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Immerse yourself in the rich cultures of Peru, from experiencing the daily life of our country’s ancestors to enjoying Peruvian food, its festivals, more colorful local celebrations and traditions from the coast of Lima, crossing the beautiful archeological circuits of Cusco and Machupicchu , until you reach the Peruvian Amazon in Puerto Maldonado and its beautiful Sandoval Lake.
Hiking and mountain exploration.The Incas built more than 26,000 miles of trails and roads. We have hundreds of miles of wild and adventure roads to choose from in Peru. Join us to enjoy and explore the best hikes through the Peruvian mountains, to discover archaeological sites such as Machu Picchu, Huchuy Qosqo, Lares trek, Ausangate Walk and Choquequirao.
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Explore the timeless destinations of Peru w ith the insider knowledge and secrets of our local experts.Our favorite places are the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu within driving distance to Cusco.
Inca legends say Manco Capac, the first Inca, rose from the waters of Lake Titicaca. He was destined to build the great Inca Empire whose powerful capital would reside in the neighboring region of Cusco. Nowhere can one feel the influential presence of Titicaca more than amongst the local cultures of Puno and its surrounding regions.
The city of Puno is the starting point for the many travelers who wish to cross the waters of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at 12,507 ft. They do this to explore the floating islands of Uros, as well as other islands steeped in unique culture and traditions. The shimmering, blue waters of Titicaca are also known as being the birthplace of the sun, according to local legend.
Today, Puno is known as the “folkloric capital of Peru” for its wealth of its artistic and cultural expressions, particularly dance. Celebrations like the Feast of the “Virgen de la Candelaria” and the Regional Competition of Autochthonous Dances take place here annually.
Arequipa, known as “the white city” for its buildings made of white volcanic stone, lies at the feet of the mighty volcanoes of Mt Chachani, Mount Misti, and the snow covered peak of Mount Pichu Pichu. The historic, downtown area of Peru’s second-largest city is an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and features many baroque churches and mansions from the Spanish colonial era, including the exquisite Monastery of Santa Catalina with its cobblestone streets, flowering patios, and bright plazas. The unique vibe in the neighboring districts of Sabandía, Tiabaya, and Tingo is not to be missed.
Arequipa’s famed foodie scene has also put the city on the radar for travelers in recent years.
Less than four hours from the city center is the Colca River valley and canyon, one of the most remarkable destinations in the country. Throughout the region, you’ll see colorful, pre-Incan agricultural terraces still used today for growing quinoa, corn, barley, and wheat.
During the pre-Hispanic times, the region was inhabited by the Collaguas and Cabanas cultures. Today, the inhabitants still conserve their Colonial churches, although in Yanque, Lari, and Madrigal, you’ll continue to witness the inhabitants practicing their ancestral traditions.
The Colca Valley is also an ideal destination for lovers of adventure sports such as mountain biking, hiking, and whitewater rafting. At the “Cruz del Condor” overlook, you’ll see the majestic Andean Condors flying overhead. Other noteworthy places in the region are the Toro Muerto petroglyphs, the Andagua Valley of the Volcanoes, and the Cotahuasi Canyon.
The ancient Nazca culture dominated this desert region of Peru from around 100 BC to 750 AD. They left behind a wealth of symbols and artifacts that give us incredible insight into their civilization. The Nazca region is most well-known for its series of ancient geoglyphs or “Nazca lines” hidden within the desert. This has been designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is believed to have been created by the Nazca culture between about 500 BC and 500 AD.
These geoglyphs depict geometric shapes as well as symbols of nature, including animals and plants. These mysterious symbols were first documented by American scientist Paul Kosok in 1939. Their meaning continues to mystify current-day experts. The Nazca desert is one of the driest on Earth, and the lack of wind has helped keep the lines uncovered and visible to the present day. The ancient Nazca people also left behind a series of extensive, underground aqueducts which are still functioning today.
This bustling capital city is home to over 12 million people and is the largest in the country.
It’s strategically placed at the convergence of the Chillon, Rimac and Lurin Rivers and right on the Pacific Ocean where the large port of Callao is located.
This fog-enshrouded desert city is surprisingly the second driest world capital (after Cairo), but it maintains a cool, comfortable temperature year-round.
The city was founded on January 18, 1535 by Francisco Pizarro, and became known as “The City of Kings”. Due to its location on the Pacific, Callao became an important port from which Peruvian products were shipped to Europe, then eventually around the world.
The city has experienced a rejuvenation since the turn of the century. Upscale oceanfront districts like Miraflores, San Isidro, and Barranco are quickly becoming popular with travelers for their cool, glamorous vibe, and food scene.
Lima is undeniably one of the top gastronomical destinations, boasting some of the most highly-rated restaurants in the world. Foodies love this town. The historic, colonial center maintains a beautiful ‘Plaza Mayor’ main square where the Cathedral and Presidential Palace are found.
Lima is home to the University of San Marcos, founded in 1551 during the Spanish Colonial regime. The university is one of the oldest in the new world, and is still in operation today