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Explore our collection of Peru luxury tours and find your perfect itinerary. Travel to Peru and discover sensational flavors of world-renowned gastronomy and mystical landscapes filled with ancient citadels, coastal metropolises, enchanted lakes, and bellowing canyons. Rest easy in luxury hotels that overlook stunning scenery. You can see the Amazon Rainforest, the Pacific Ocean, the Andes Mountains, and the revered ruins of Machu Picchu. Be inspired and educated by our expert local guides as you cross top destinations in Peru off your bucket list.

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Our collection of luxury Peru vacations are fully customizable to suit any type of travel style. Hand-pick the destinations you want to see at the pace you prefer. Work with your personal Peru travel advisor who’s dedicated to making your vacation an unforgettable experience. All of our offerings are vetted firsthand by our team of quality experts to ensure your enjoyment at every leg of the journey. Contact our Inca Experts to plan your Peru trip with excellent tours, luxury hotels, and private transfers throughout.

What to see in Peru

From coastal deserts, to the Andes Mountains, to the Amazon Rainforest Peru is filled with wonders. Hidden Incan ruins on terraced mountaintops, mysterious Nazca Lines, unique animals, and breathtaking landscapes await you.

View of Machu Picchu and surrounding mountains, with fluffy white clouds overhead.

Machu Picchu


Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the icon of the Inca Empire, and “New World Wonder” found in Peru. A 15th-century stone citadel nestled in the cloud forests of the Andes Mountains, a trip to Peru isn’t complete without seeing this historical site for yourself.

A man rowing a canoe down a river surrounded by trees in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest.

Amazon Rainforest


Your eyes will widen as you step into the largest jungle in the world. The Amazon Rainforest houses countless species of plants, birds, fish, mammals, and insects. Stay in a comfortable all-inclusive lodge near the Tambopata Research Center in Puerto Maldonado or take a cruise on the Amazon River from Iquitos as you explore the sights and sounds of pristine nature.

Several tents at a campsite on a clearing above thick clouds on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

The Inca Trail


The Inca Trail is one of the most famous trekking routes in South America. From Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail takes you 26-miles along 500-year old pathways once reserved for spiritual leaders and royalty. The trail only permits 500 people per day (including guides, chefs, and porters) so Inca Trail permits can sell out 6-months in advance.

Aerial view of the historic colonial buildings surrounding Cusco's Plaza de Armas.

Cusco


Cusco is the gateway to Machu Picchu and was the capital of the Inca Empire. Impressive archaeological ruins like Sacsayhuaman, Qorikancha, and various Inca temples surround the area offering endless opportunities for exploration. The monumental Inti Raymi festival is held in Cusco every year in June.

A totora reed boat docked next to one of the Uros Islands, also constructed from totora reed.

Lake Titicaca


As the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca offers some of the world’s most stunning sunsets while its waters make for panoramic views of the otherworldly Uros and Taquile floating islands. Believed to be the birthplace of the mighty Inca civilization, Lake Titicaca is a cultural and natural wonder in Peru.

Two people sitting on a hill overlooking trees and agricultural fields in Peru's Sacred Valley.

Sacred Valley


The aptly named Sacred Valley is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful landscapes you’ll pass through on your Peru tour. Adventurers can zip line or thrill in white water rafting tours. Visit the multi-hued Maras salt mines, explore the Ollantaytambo ruins and Pisac market, or embark on the Classic Inca Trail. Rest easy in scenic Sacred Valley hotels overlooking the mighty Andes Mountains before moving onwards to Aguas Calientes and a tour of Machu Picchu.

High rise buildings lining the verdant cliffs of the Costa Verde, with a highway and beaches below.

Lima


The capital city of Lima is the ultimate destination for foodies. Alongside modern skyscrapers visit pre-Incan ruins like Huaca Pucllana, explore award-winning food, the Basilica and Convent of San Francisco, government palaces, the historic UNESCO World Heritage city center, a boardwalk overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and artsy bohemian districts. Shop, eat and enjoy a Pisco sour in this lively city.

The Hummingbird, one of the geoglyphs found at the enigmatic Nazca Lines, as seen from the air.

The Nazca Lines


The Nazca Lines are gargantuan geoglyphs and geometric shapes carved into the arid desert landscapes. They draw in travelers with their grand scale and mystery. Predating the Inca Empire, the Nazca Line geoglyphs are an example of prehistoric art and archeology. Make your own interpretations of their purpose as you soar over, or get a birds-eye view from the observation tower of these magnificent artifacts that reveal stories of civilizations long gone.

Two hikers walking along a cliffside path in Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world.

Colca Canyon


Colca Canyon is one of the deepest canyons in the world and offers spectacular views and stunning photos. The lush valley, terraced mountains, natural hot springs, and larger-than-life Andean condors soaring overhead make this a worthwhile stop on your tour of Peru.

Aerial view of the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa overlooking the Plaza de Armas.

Arequipa


Arequipa is a charming colonial town that doesn’t feel like the second-largest city in Peru. Nicknamed the white city after the white volcanic stone used in the construction of the city. Arequipans are proud of their unique regional cuisine and invite you to taste the difference. Stone carvings, early cave paintings, and perfectly preserved mummified remains call to lovers of history while views of El Misti Volcano, the white-stone basilica Cathedral in the historical center, and gardens in the city of Santa Catalina Monastery intrigue lovers of beauty.

The sun setting over a several boats in the water off the seaside resort town of Paracas.

Paracas National Reserve


Paracas National Reserve is a unique coastal desert ecosystem brimming with migratory birds, ocean-kissed rock formations, and sea lions resting on every imaginable surface. Choose from activities like ATV rides, bike tours, and boat trips to the Ballestas Islands or lay on the restorative beaches overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Visit intriguing museums with some of the most well-preserved artifacts of the Paracas culture. As one of the first National Reserves in Peru, this protected park is an emblem of Peru’s beautiful coastal landscape.

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Adventure Tours


Peru is a haven for thrill-seekers with epic landscapes that have graced the covers of National Geographic. With endless options for adventure tours, Peru is an incredible destination for adrenaline seekers. Your Inca Expert travel advisor will help you: hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, go horseback riding, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, or on ATV tours in the Sacred Valley. You can include bike tours through the capital city of Lima, hikes into the Colca Canyon, and adventure tours in the Amazon. Get ready for a wild once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

A group of hikers walking along the Inca Trail with a snow-capped mountain off in the distance.

Cultural Tours


Explore Peru's unique culture with organized trips to local communities to observe the traditional lifestyle, fascinating visits to historical sites including the UNESCO-recognized Machu Picchu, and outstanding museums displaying some of the world's most impressive collections of pre-Columbian art. Just ask your Inca Expert travel advisor to help you create a custom cultural itinerary tailored specifically to your interests.

Peruvian women dressed in traditional clothing dancing during the Inti Raymi festival.

Spa & Wellness Tours


Let your Peru vacation restore and invigorate you. Detox from city life in a serene wellness retreat in the Sacred Valley or shores of Lake Titicaca. Your Inca Expert travel advisor can customize your Peru package to include idyllic locations for yoga, meditation, and top-notch spa services. Soak in natural hot springs, take part in shaman healing ceremonies, get a massage with Andean ingredients like quinoa or coca leaves, or be mindfully aware as you stand at the peak of Machu Picchu on this life-changing Peru experience.

A mirror and champagne bottle overlooking two massage tables decorated with flowers and candles.

Food Tours


Discover the flavors of Peru at Chef Virgilio Martinez's internationally-acclaimed restaurants. Lima's Central is considered one of the top 10 restaurants in the world, bringing guests on a whirlwind gastronomic tour through Peru's diverse regions. Mil is located next to the Moray ruins in Cusco's Sacred Valley, and showcases Peru's diverse agriculture using locally-sourced ingredients. Talk to your Inca Expert travel adviser to plan a visit to one or both of these world-class restaurants.

A selection of plates with beautiful presentation at Mil restaurant near the Moray ruins.

Family & Friend Tours


Travel to Peru with your family, friends, and/or colleagues with complete peace of mind. Your Inca Expert travel advisor will navigate you and your travel companions through the must-see places in Peru like clockwork, even if you don’t all want the same activities. Your group will delight in private guided tours, private transfers, and a travel experience completely catered to you and your pod.

A group of llamas on the grass in front of a wooden structure at a petting zoo in Arequipa.

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Our Inca Expert travel advisors will help you plan a trip that is perfectly tailored to your interests and preferences.

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No, our Peru tours can start any day of the year. Our trips are fully customizable; you can choose the start and end date of your trip, the specific destinations you want to see, the hotels you prefer, and the tours you want for a unique experience.

Give yourself at least 4 days in Peru to avoid being affected by altitude sickness when visiting Machu Picchu. Most visitors exploring the iconic sites of Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu spend between 7 - 10 days in Peru. If you want to add destinations like the Amazon Rainforest, Lake Titicaca, Arequipa, or the Nazca Lines, allot 2-4 days for each destination depending on the destinations and tours you want.

After arriving at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport, take an hour and a half flight from Lima to the city of Cusco. In Cusco, a scenic train ride will transfer you 3 hours and 15 minutes to the quaint town of Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu. A 30-minute shuttle bus ascends you to the main entrance of the Machu Picchu citadel. You can also opt to hike one of the famous treks to Machu Picchu from Cusco or the Sacred Valley like the Inca Trail, Lares Trek, or Salkantay Trek instead of the train.

We recommend you pace yourself and arrive at Machu Picchu gradually to avoid being affected by altitude sickness. Spending one or two nights in Cusco will acclimate your body to the high altitude and result in a more enjoyable experience at Machu Picchu.

The best time to visit Peru is during Peru’s winter months between May and September. This is the dry season in the Andes which offers favorable weather patterns for the most popular sites in Peru like Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Inca Trail, and the Amazon Rainforest in Puerto Maldonado. The prime time to visit coastal Lima is during Peru’s summer months between December and April to enjoy the warm summer sunshine and coastal beaches.

Travelers from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the European Union, and select other countries do not need a tourist visa to enter Peru. Do note that all travelers must have a passport that is valid for more than six months after your departure date. Upon arrival at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport, Peruvian Immigrations will stamp your passport and mark the number of days you are permitted to stay, typically 90 days.

For specific information about visa requirements for your country, visit VisaHQ.

Yes, Peru is a safe tourist destination to travel to. Travelers should exercise regular caution by keeping expensive items in your hotel safety box, keeping an eye on personal belongings, and being aware of your surroundings in crowded areas like markets.

Our Top Pick hotels are all located in safe, convenient locations and come equipped with safes for storing your valuables.

For safety information regarding Covid-19, please review our updated post about coronavirus in Peru.

Consult your doctor and visit the CDC Peru website for more information about vaccination recommendations and requirements in Peru.

We think - yes! Lima houses something for every kind of traveler, world-renowned gastronomy that brings travelers specifically to Lima, a UNESCO downtown historic center, top museums like Larco Museum, art galleries, shopping malls overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and adventure activities like paragliding over the Lima skyline or surfing. Since you’ll be landing at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport anyway, why not add on an extra day in Peru’s capital?

Contact an Inca Expert travel advisor to see if Lima would be worth adding to your Peru trip.

Spanish is the primary language spoken in Peru as a result of being colonized by Spain in 1533. The indigenous languages of Quechua and Aymara are also official languages of Peru that can be encountered more often in rural areas. Even though English is not widely spoken in Peru, your guides, hotel personnel, and the use of a language translator like Google Translate will make your time in Peru easy.

All Inca Expert tours are done in private with English-speaking local guides.

No. Tap water in Peru is not safe to drink unless purified or boiled. Travelers should purchase bottled water. You can also utilize refill stations with boiled or filtered water often available in your hotel lobby. Boiled drinks like coffee and tea are safe to drink.

Inca Expert prearranges all transportation for your Peru tour to give you complete peace of mind. Private, clean, and roomy H1 or Sprinter vans will meet you at your hotels or airport and bring you from A to B. Choose between the Luxury Hiram Bingham train or Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu. If traveling from Lima to the Nazca Lines or Paracas, a VIP bus with large seats and ample leg-room will be reserved in your name.

You may need to bring a voltage converter and electrical plug adaptor for your electronics when traveling in Peru. Peru uses 220-volt electricity, instead of 110-volts. If your device does not have built-in dual voltage (110V/220V) you will need an adaptor so your electronics do not surge. Most mobile phones, laptops, and cameras have this built-in, but be sure to double-check before plugging in. Most electrical outlets, like the ones in top-rated hotels, are now designed to support both the American flat-pronged plug and the European round-prong plug, but if you plan to charge your devices offsite from your hotel, it will be handy to have a Type C plug adapter just in case.

Yes. ATMs are abundant in major cities but generally charge a $3-$6 fee to your debit card to use the machine. Locations include BCP, Scotiabank, Interbank, BBVA Continental, and more. Credit cards are widely accepted in Peru with VISA being the major credit card provider. Always keep some Peruvian soles on hand because some locations offer discounts for cash, and local markets and street vendors only accept soles.

It is customary to tip in Peru for exceptional services as you’ll receive on a tour with Inca Expert. The exact amount is up to your discretion, but we recommend:

Guide:
Half-day private tour - 30-35 soles ($8-$10 USD)
Full-day private tour - 50-60 soles ($14-$16 USD)

Driver:
Half-day private tour - 5 soles ($1.50 USD)
Full-day private tour - 10 soles ($3 USD)

4-Day Inca Trail/ Multi-day Trekking tour:
Guide: 60-80 soles per person ($16-USD 22)
Chef: 115 soles collective tip (USD 30 collective tip)
Porters: 100 soles per porter collective tip (USD 25 per porter collective tip)

Servers:
10% of the total bill

The exchange rate for US dollars (USD) to Peruvian Soles (PEN) is currently $1 USD to 3.77 PEN. Money can be exchanged at an exchange house (casa de cambio) in any destination in Peru though bigger cities like Cusco, Arequipa, and Lima will have more options to find the best rates.

40-50% of travelers experience minor symptoms of altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness, like shortness of breath, fatigue, and dizziness when traveling in high altitude destinations in Peru such as on the Inca Trail, in Cusco, Arequipa, and Lake Titicaca. Symptoms of altitude sickness generally alleviate after 24-48 hours in altitude. Best practices for minimizing its impact on your trip include taking the time to acclimate, drinking lots of water, resting, avoiding alcohol, and eating light non-fatty foods upon arrival at altitude.

Consult with your doctor before traveling to high altitude destinations.

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