Andean Peaks and Ancient Empires
Peru is a living legacy of powerful empires and mythical beliefs stretched across a jaw-dropping array of landscapes, from the chiselled peaks of the Andes to the Amazon – the world’s biggest rainforest. Starting in the cosmopolitan capital of Lima, comfortably nestled at sea level and colonial at its heart, we travel from here to the city of Huaraz. Situated at over 3000 metres above sea level, Huaraz is dominated by the snowy Cordillera Blanca and Peru’s highest mountain, Huascarán.
From Huaraz, we journey up to Chiclayo, where we visit the largest dry forest in the Americas and the Sicán pyramids of Batan Grande. The lush highlands of Chachapoyas beckon us further north, as we visit one of the tallest waterfalls in the world and explore the enchanting Chachapoyan fortress city of Kuélap.
The Ballestas Islands are our next stop. Here we’ll spot many marine mammals and witness the overwhelming abundance of birdlife that inhabit the islands. The journey to the islands will have us contemplating the creator of the famous candelabra – etched into a dune, unweathered and mysterious. Our next stop, the Nazca desert, will continue to intrigue and pose questions as we take a spine-tingling flight over the puzzling Nazca Lines.
Moving on, we travel to the picturesque city of Arequipa, crafted from volcanic stone and dotted with important religious buildings. We spend some time exploring the city before travelling into the surrounding Colca Valley. The valley will have us in awe as we look down into one of the deepest canyons in the world and up into the skies where giant Andean Condors soar above our heads. We spend some time trekking in the valley, appreciating the grandeur of the landscapes, visiting various local villages and even staying in a family home.
We round off our adventure in Cusco. Here we venture into the Sacred Valley and visit the vibrant Pisac market, the astounding Inca ruins at Pisac and Moray, and the pink-hued saltpans at Maras. We will also have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of community-based activities. We stay in another traditional home, this time with a family that are native to the Sacred Valley.
The optional extension to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve will take us into a pristine and protected area of the Amazon Rainforest, where the incredible biodiversity includes pink river dolphins and 450 species of birds. We will learn about the history and protection of the area, as well as meeting and supporting indigenous communities. It’s hard not to fall under their spell as myths and legends of the Amazon are told.
Dive into Peru’s treasure trove of ancient ruins and rich cultural history, live with the locals and explore its wildest landscapes with us on this cutting-edge tour that allows us to delve that little bit deeper.< Back to Peru Holidays