Our Peru holidays take you to one of South America’s most diverse countries, home to a staggering array of landscapes. From the highest tropical mountain range in the world and the arid plains of Nazca, to the lowlands of the Amazon jungle Peru’s sights are awe-inspiring.

As you travel through the country the sheer variety of the scenery will surprise and delight you. Peru can also lay claim to one of the world’s richest heritages. The past is ever-present, due to the wealth of Inca and pre-Inca ruins and monumental adobe cities. The wildlife is as rich as the landscapes and culture. From the giant condors that soar above the Andes, to the humpback whales that visit the Pacific coast and the jaguars that slink between the trees of the Amazon rainforest, Peru’s wildlife is impressive.

The country is also one of the word’s top culinary hotspots. On a Peru holiday or tour you’ll get the chance to sample an exciting range of exotic tastes offered across a variety of venues, from gourmet restaurants to laidback, backstreet cevicherías.

Top highlights on Peru holidays and tours

  • Fly over the mystical Nazca Lines, etched into the desert and of unknown origins
  • Explore incredible Inca and pre-Inca sites such as the fortress of Kuelap and the pyramids of Chiclayo
  • Travel through amazing Andean scenery in the region of Huaraz
  • Hike through the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world
  • Venture deep into the Amazon in search of jaguar, manatees and sloths

Bursting with colour, traditional music and warm-spirited people, Peru is one of our favourite Latin American countries and on our tours we’ve delved a little deeper to discover new treasures.

Whether it be trekking the Andes and snowy mountains of the Cordillera Blanca, or wandering through its picturesque cobble-stoned streets and bustling markets, Peru holidays offer endless activities and unforgettable experiences. Not to forget the chance to get to know the locals through homestays and community-based projects.

Culture

Peru has more than 10,000 years of history and boasts a great wealth of traditions and cultures. Undoubtedly one of the most diverse countries in the world, Peru is home to varied folklore, many different musical styles and dances, imposing archaeological complexes and 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The beliefs, customs and way of life in Peru have been inherited from native Incas, Spanish conquistadors and settlers. But whatever a person’s ethnic background, Peruvian’s all agree on the importance of family and religion. The predominant religion in Peru is Catholicism. This exists peacefully alongside other belief systems such as other Christian faiths and traditional beliefs, which are often blended with Catholicism by indigenous peoples.

Spanish is the official language of Peru but there are 47 native languages, including Quechua, spoken by 13% of the population and Aymara, spoken by only 1.7%. Since pre-Hispanic times, music and dance have played a very important role in Peruvian society. Peruvians once used reeds, seashells and animal bones to produce sounds. It is said that the Peruvians of the Nazca culture were the most important pre-Hispanic musicians on the whole continent.

When to go on holiday to Peru

You can visit Peru all year round and the country experiences two main seasons. The dry season is from May to October and sees sunny days but chilly nights. There is more rain between November and March, with January and February being the wettest months to visit. Trekking can become more dangerous during the wettest months but there are advantages of greener scenery and the flora and fauna will still be abundant in the Amazon.

Start planning your Peru trip

Check out our small group tour to Peru: Andean Peaks and Ancient Empires. While many of our trips are small group adventures with set departures, as a bespoke operator, we can design and create trips to suit any traveller, from solos to larger groups. If you would like to find out more about tailor-made Peru holidays or our group tours, call us on 01473 328546 or email us via our contact page. We’d love to hear from you.

Peru Holidays and Tours

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Good for:Historic Sites, Stunning Landscapes, Local Culture and Wildlife