There’s no denying it: Peru is one hot destination right now. The recipient of no less than three awards at this year’s World Travel Awards—Best Culinary Destination, Best Tourist Attraction (Machu Picchu) and Leading Cultural Destination—the country is most definitely having its moment in the travel spotlight. So how on earth do you beat the crowds and make sure that you get to see exactly what you want to see? That’s a no brainer: go on a guided tour. Here are six tempting tour suggestions that will make you want to pack your bags and travel to Peru right now…
Your Dream: It’s not every day that you get to explore and incredible country like Peru, so you want to experience as much of it as you can while you’re there, from the impressive archaeological remains of Taquile on Lake Titicaca, to Cusco’s mystical Santo Domingo Convent.
Your Tour: 9 Days, Best of Peru
This tour takes you from the capital city of Lima into the heart of the Sacred Valley, where you will take a train journey to Aguas Calientes. From there you’ll board a shuttle up to the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. You’ll also travel through the picturesque Andean villages that lie between Cusco and Puno, and take a boat trip on the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca
Your Dream: Vacations aren’t just about a change of scenery for you. Architectural heritage, pretty landscapes and culinary surprises just aren’t enough for you… You yearn for a vacation that’s full of mystery, full of wonder.
Your Tour: 8 Days, Wonders of Peru
You’ll see all the splendors of Lima, Cusco and the Sacred Valley—all absolute musts when you visit Peru—but the highlight of your trip will undoubtedly be the world-famous Nazca Lines. These enigmatic, ancient geoglyphs adorn the rusty-red expanses of the Nazca Desert, filling everyone who sees them with absolute wonder. Swirls, zig-zags, monkeys, spiders—some as big as the Empire State Building—these mystical lines transform the dessert into giant celestial being’s art project. While you’re there it’s well worth booking a flight over the lines, so you can see them in all of their crazy magnificence from the sky.
Your Dream: You want to throw yourself into the mystical allure of Machu Picchu. You dream of gazing upon the ancient city as it languishes above dark-green forests and deep valleys; and you ache to see the curved tower of the Temple of the Sun and peer into the well-carved niches of the Sacristy.
Your Tour: 7 Days, Charming Peru
This is an essential tour for you if you want to enjoy the major highlights of Lima, Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and—of course—the jewel in Peru’s crown: Machu Picchu. You’ll sample authentic Peruvian cuisine in Lima, fly over the snow-capped Andes to Cusco, visit the traditional market at Pisac and wallow in the wonder of the Lost City of the Incas, 8,200 feet above the Sacred Valley.
Your Dream: You like your luxuries while you’re on the road. You dream of wellness hotels in converted 17th century haciendas and hideaways on private islands on Lake Titicaca.
Your Tour: 10 Days, Amazing Peru
When you’re not wandering around Lima’s beautiful Main Square or shopping for local crafts in Puno’s historic Casa del Corregidor, you’ll be relaxing in some of the most stylish hotels that Peru has to offer. After all, a little luxury goes a long way when you’re following in the footsteps of the ancient Incas in the Sacred Valley.
Your Dream: You can’t bring yourself to ignore the call of the wild. You dream of escaping modern life and exploring the Amazon Basin instead; of surrounding yourself with gigantic trees, macaws, Brazilian tapirs and black cap Capuchin monkeys.
Your Tour: 8 Days, Peruvian Dream
From the wonders of Lost City of the Incas to the traditions of the Uros ‘People of the Lake’, this tour gives you a real sense of the magic of Peru. But for you the highlight is sure to be the chance to stay in a jungle lodge just a short riverboat ride from Puerto Maldonado. From there you can see black caiman at the little Caiman Cocha lagoon, or head to the observation deck at Lake Apu Victor to take in panoramic views of the Amazon.
Your Dream: For you, travel as an opportunity to see how other people live. You dream of diving deep into unique cultures, of celebrating colorful folkloric traditions and coming face to face with people whose way of life is so different from your own that it amazes and fascinates you.
Your Tour: 9 Days, Peruvian Adventure
After seeing all the sites of Lima and Cusco, you’ll be whisked off to the Uros Islands—the unique floating islands on Lake Titicaca—just a few miles outside Puno. These islands float on buoyant totora reeds, which the local people have been using to build their islands, homes and boats for centuries. The islanders originally retreated to their floating islands to escape the Incas, and today they take great pride in maintaining their traditional way of life.
Do you dream of flying high above the mysterious Nazca Lines? Of delving deep into the Amazon jungle? Of wandering around the UNESCO site of Machu Picchu? Yes? Then come with us to Peru. Not only will you have the experience of a lifetime, but you will have a sophisticated itinerary that has been lovingly-created by Indus’ Peru experts. To find out more about our tours to Peru, please feel free to contact us at any time.
About the Writer: Vickie Sam Paget
Vickie is a freelance writer and editor based in Vancouver, BC. When she’s not creating dynamic travel or tech content, globetrotting or gazing at the North Shore Mountains, you can usually find her curled up with a good book or sipping a pint of the good stuff in her local Irish bar.