May - Oct
The idea of visiting Peru is synonymous with the once-in-a-lifetime experience of visiting the legendary lost cities and cultures that can be traced back to the mysterious Inca civilization. While the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu and Inca trail are the biggest draw, there is much more to explore in Peru. The capital city, Lima, has beautiful colonial architecture, the finest dining, ethnic craft market, and hottest nightlife. Diverse landscapes that vary from Amazonian jungles to spectacular Andes Mountains and arid desert coastlines. Fascinating ancient sites, cultures, and world-class museums that display prehistoric treasures.
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Machu Picchu: The jaw-dropping mountaintop UNESCO World Heritage Site is the most visited in South America and can be reached via hiking trails or train rides. To preserve the Incan ruins, Peru is now limiting the number of visitors to the site. Advance booking is highly recommended.
Lake Titicaca: According to Andean legend, Lake Titicaca was the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of the first Inca. Straddling Peru and Bolivia’s borders, at 12,500 feet, it is the highest navigable lake in the world and home to the Uru tribe, that live on floating islands made of reeds.
The Amazon: With half of Peru covered with three Amazon regions, it is not surprising that it is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. The riverine national parks and reserves around Iquitos; the Chachapoyas-Gocta-Kuelap circuit, with its mummy museums, ruins, and waterfalls; and the most protected reserve in Amazon, the Tambopata reserve.
Exotic Wildlife: Home to over 14,500 species of animals and birds, Peru offers incredible wildlife watching opportunities. Spot a jaguar, mighty harpy eagle, giant river otters, or sharp-toothed spectacled caimen as you paddle down the Amazon river. Other species include the pink river dolphins that live exclusively in freshwater, speckled bears that were the inspiration for Paddington Bear, Humboldt penguins, and Andean Condors. Many habitats are endangered, so we ensure that you visit the areas responsibly.
Food: Peruvian cuisine is rapidly making its mark on the global culinary map. Its history dates back to Inca and pre-Inca and later influenced by Spanish, Chinese, European, Indian, and Japanese immigrants. Enjoy continent’s finest ceviche, traditional specialties such as alpaca steak, butifarra (sausage), and a local Andean delicacy, cuy (dry guinea pig meat.)
When to go:
Best time to visit: May-Oct. Dry, sunny months are best for trekking.
High Season: May-Oct. Advance planning of six to eight months is recommended if you wish to travel during the high season. Inca Trail permits are limited.
Low Season: Nov-Apr. January to April is the wettest time at the Andes and the Amazon. Inca Trail closes during February. However, Machu Picchu remains open.