A HIGHLIGHT OF EVERY TRIP TO PERU
The most famous sight in South America is the legendary ruined city of Machu Picchu. It is located on a ridge above the Urubamba Valley, not very far from Cuzco. From there you can comfortably reach the world heritage site , which was built in the 15th century, by train and bus. Or you can go on foot on the legendary Inca Trail . When you arrive at your destination, you can experience life in the Inca period up close at an altitude of almost 2,500 meters .
Of course, a visit to Machu Picchu is part of many of our Peru trips . If you wish, you can also climb the Huayna Picchu and enjoy the magnificent view of Machu Picchu from there.
THE URUBAMBA VALLEY
THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA
North of Cuzco is the beautiful ” Valle Sagrado “, the Sacred Valley of the Inca. The river “Urubamba” flows through it and is very fertile. From here the region is supplied with potatoes, corn, quinoa and many other foods. The residents lead a very pristine life with their llamas and alpacas , completely in harmony with nature. The various ruins in the Sacred Valley, such as those at Pisac and Ollantaytambo , are particularly worth seeing . Or the salt terraces of Maras and the archaeological site of Moray. But also the colorful markets and friendly people in the many small towns have a very special charm.
We have wonderful hotels in our program for the Sacred Valley , from which you can discover the Urubamba Valley for a few days on your Peru trip.
FLOATING ISLANDS & MAGICAL PLACES
According to relationshipsplus.com, the “Lago Titicaca” is the largest freshwater lake in South America and is located at over 3,800 meters in the high plateau of the Altiplano . The western part of Lake Titicaca belongs to Peru, the eastern part to Bolivia. The most famous sight on the Peruvian side are the floating reed islands of the Uros. In addition, the island of Taquile, known for its traditional handicrafts, is a popular destination for Peru vacationers.
On the Bolivian side , you should definitely see the Sun Island and the Moon Island with the ruins of the Inca Empire. The city of Copacabana , located on a peninsula, is also worth a visit – it is the most important pilgrimage site in Bolivia.
GIGANTIC HIGHLIGHTS OF THE Native Americans
This sight can only be seen from a great distance and height: The Nazca Lines are huge images that were scratched in the desert by the indigenous people. With lines and shapes up to 20 kilometers long, images of animals (condor, monkey, whale, dog, etc.), but also human shapes are shown. The pictures were taken between 800 and 600 BC. Chr. Created and probably are related to fertility rituals. With us you can discover the Nazca Lines as part of a round trip, for example by sports plane .
PARACAS & ISLAS BALLESTAS
CULTURE & NATURE
The Paracas peninsula, located on the Panamericana , is best known for its historical sites from the pre-Inca culture of the same name. At the same time Paracas is part of a nature reserve , which also includes the famous islands “Islas Ballestas”. Many protected animal species and countless bird species live here: dolphins, fur seals, seals, penguins and the famous blue-footed booby. Sometimes there are flamingos to be seen on. And the endless beaches of the peninsula and the associated bay are ideal for walks.
We would be happy to organize a stay in Paracas for you as part of a vacation in Peru, including a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands.
MUMMIES & GRAPE BRANDY
The city of Ica is also located on the Panamericana and on the edge of the desert . The most famous attraction here is a collection of mummies and various artifacts from the pre-Columbian era. In Ica you should also try white wine and the grape brandy pisco – both are grown or produced in the vicinity.
A few kilometers outside of Ica is the seemingly unreal and fascinatingly beautiful oasis of Huacachina. Here you can just relax and / or take a buggy tour through the desert dunes . We would be happy to integrate an excursion to the Huacachina oasis into your Peru tour.
THE WHITE CITY
Arequipa is located in the south of Peru and is also called “The White City” because of the many buildings made of light volcanic stone . The climate here is dry but pleasant and the sun almost always shines. Arequipa’s city center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is particularly worth seeing . The cathedral from the 17th century is just as worth a visit as the “Iglesia de la Compañía”. The “Santa Catalina” monastery is considered to be one of the most important religious buildings of the colonial era. In addition, Arequipa has many interesting museums, beautiful markets and exciting excursions around the city.
WHERE THE CONDOR FLIES
Not far from Arequipa is the Colca Valley, the second deepest canyon in the world. Here you can go on fantastic hikes . And in the morning hours in the Colca Canyon there is a great chance of observing the majestic condors.
THE PERUVIAN AMAZON LOWLANDS
FASCINATION OF THE AMAZON
The dense rainforest, the humid tropical climate, the widely branched river system, the original life and the incredible number of animal and plant species make this region so unique. And it all begins in Peru, because here, in addition to part of the main river, there are also the two source rivers Marañón and Ucayali. Not to forget the famous Manú National Park in the “Madre de Dios” (“Mother of God”) region, which is part of the world natural heritage .
Most tours in the Peruvian part of the Amazon region start from the cities of Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos . From there you can reach various accommodations such as eco-lodges, from where you can take further guided tours, on foot or by boat.
River cruises are a particularly pleasant way to explore the Peruvian Amazon. The tours last between 4 and 8 days. You can choose between ships of different classes. We also have various (eco) lodges in our program for your stay in the rainforest .