Ignite your sense of adventure in Lima. Paraglide over the Lima skyline for 360° views of the city or plunge yourself into the waters of the Pacific Ocean by taking a Lima surfing class. Talk to your Inca Expert travel advisor about customizing your Peru trip with Lima bike tours, or any alternative adventure activity.
Our Inca Expert travel advisors will help you plan a trip that is perfectly tailored to your interests and preferences.
The Amazon Rainforest is the largest jungle in the world. You’ll see species of plants, birds, fish, mammals, and insects as you relax in a comfortable all-inclusive lodge near the Tambopata Research Center in Puerto Maldonado. Luxury Amazon River cruises from Iquitos are an alternative option for jungle exploration done in style.
Hike the famous Inca Trail to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu. This 26-mile hike through idyllic Peruvian landscapes only permits 500 people per day, so talk with your Inca Expert travel advisor today to book in advance.
Visit Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire and gateway to Machu Picchu. Tour through historical sights and Inca temples or delight in gourmet food at some of the top restaurants in Cusco.
Lake Titicaca is a cultural and natural wonder in Peru. For impressive sunsets, a visit to the Uros and Taquile floating islands, and relaxing luxury hotels, head to Lake Titicaca.
The Sacred Valley has unending sites to behold and things to do. Visit the Maras Salt Mines, Ollantaytambo ruins, Pisac market, begin the Inca Trail, or simply relax at your scenic Sacred Valley hotel with unmissable views.
It’d be a mistake to miss out on Lima’s top restaurants and UNESCO World Heritage sites. The capital city is home to the most exclusive restaurant in Peru: Central. You can also tour through museums, art galleries, and more in the vibrant city of Lima.
The mysterious Nazca Lines are giant geoglyphs drawn into the desert floor. Soar above them to see the hummingbird, the astronaut, the spider, and many more!
Arequipa is a refreshing mix of colonial architecture, Peruvian history, and natural beauty. Visit the historical center, Santa Catalina Monastery, or various lookout points in the city for views of El Misti Volcano. Then, spot Andean condors soaring through Colca Canyon as you continue your tour through scenic Peru.
"It exceeded my expectations and I loved the people I met there. The hikes were so well organized, food was amazing, and the guides were super caring even getting the cooks to make a cake for me on my birthday on the Lares trek."
Traveled to: Lima, Cusco, Lares, Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain
"Based on the trip you organized, the historical knowledge, the people, the food, the culture and the natural beauty of Peru, it was simply the best trip I’ve ever taken. This trip will forever be in my memory."
Traveled to: Lima, Puerto Maldonado, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Lares Trek, Machu Picchu
"We wouldn’t stop talking about how well executed and planned everything was. I personally loved the Inca trail addition and I am so glad you gave that to us as an option. The hike to Huayna Picchu was also a group favorite."
Natasha Mehta & friends
NY & PA, USA
Traveled to: Cusco, Lares + 2-day Inca Trail Trek, Machu Picchu
"All in all we had an absolutely amazing time and the trip completely blew my expectations out of the water. The hotels were all fabulous with beautiful views. Thank you sincerely for the trip of a lifetime!"
Traveled to: Lima, Paracas, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley
"Our trip to Peru was nothing short of magnificent. As for our favorite part, we loved it all. Machu Picchu was everything we thought it would be and more. We had a wonderfully successful trip to Peru!"
Traveled to: Amazon, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco
The capital city of Lima was founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535.
Lima is located on the central coast of Peru, next to the Pacific Ocean.
2 days. The capital of Lima is a fantastic preamble to what you will encounter throughout Peru, and definitely shouldn’t be missed. 2 days can be spent in the capital city exploring the Larco Museum, dining at top-rated restaurants, touring the city, or taking part in adventure activities like paragliding.
Yes, until the completion of the new Chinchero Cusco International Airport, it is necessary to fly into Lima and then travel to Cusco in order to get to Machu Picchu.
Yes. As the capital city of Peru, Lima has UNESCO world heritage sites, archaeological ruins, adventure activities, some of the world’s top-rated restaurants, museums, art galleries, festivals, and more. With so much variation for Lima tour options, there’s truly something for everyone.
The best time to visit Lima is during the summer months, between December-March when skies are sunny and clear and outdoor activities, like surfing or paragliding in Lima, can be most enjoyed. The top historical and cultural attractions in Lima can certainly be visited year-round however, winter months between June to September are overcast and humid.
Travelers to Lima should exercise regular caution by being aware of their belongings and surroundings and by keeping valuables in their hotel safety box when out touring. Main tourist destinations like Miraflores and Barranco are safe, especially during daylight hours. In the evenings, stick to well-lit major streets for extra safety.
To get from Lima to Machu Picchu you’ll need to take a plane, a train, and a bus. First, you’ll fly 1 hour and 30 minutes from Lima’s international airport to Cusco. In Cusco, a 3 hour and 15-minute train ride will take you through the scenic Sacred Valley to the town of Aguas Calientes, the basetown for Machu Picchu. In Aguas Calientes, a 30-minute bus ride will take you up to the main entrance of the Machu Picchu ruins.
To avoid symptoms of altitude sickness during your Machu Picchu tour, it’s best to acclimate in Cusco or the Sacred Valley for 1-2 days before the train ride to Machu Picchu.
Lima is situated at sea level, so travelers will not experience any symptoms of altitude sickness while in Lima.