Peru

Step into the Incan empire’s gloried past

Rich with majestic natural beauty and the legacy of a great, ancient civilization, Peru stirs our hearts. We love the magnificent old capital of Cusco, the gorgeous Urubamba Valley, and of course Machu Picchu. We're also partial to the country's out-of-the-way delights, such as the less-visited Choquequirao ruins and the startling Cordillera Blanca Andean sub-range. But nothing overshadows Peru’s most precious resource: its gracious people. Our guides—the best in the region—are stellar examples. Now is the time to plan for 2014: Inca Trail permits are limited and hotel availability is going fast. To get started, give us a call at 888-570-7108. 

 

Peru

“I will never address another human without remembering the grace of the Andean people; I will never sleep again without drifting to some lofty terrace in the Andes, majesty and beauty unmatched.” So wrote one of our travelers to Peru not long ago. We feel much the same, and we’re intent on sharing this captivating country in the best possible style.

There’s so much to see and do in Peru that it’s hard to know where to start; that’s where we come in. We’ll help you sort through the possibilities: seeing the Amazon by boat or land, visiting a serene eco-lodge on Lake Titicaca, flying over the confounding Nazca Lines, trekking in the Huayhuash and the Vilcanota, some of the world’s most startling mountains. We also know the best approaches to the classics—Cusco, the Urubamba Valley, Machu Picchu—and have an unmatched lineup of top-notch guides; we visit their homes, swapping experiences and worldviews as with old friends.  And for those of you with youngsters in tow, we have dozens of tricks to make them come home raving about the history lesson you snuck into their vacation.

Sample Itineraries

Choquequirao: Trekking to the Other Machu Picchu

  • A vast Incan city seen by few
  • Hike Incan trails over high passes
  • Local market & indigenous villages
  • 13 days, including Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu & the Galápagos Islands

  • 2 countries, 2 national treasures
  • Incan ruins & descendants’ markets
  • Remarkable animal encounters
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Machu Picchu & the Urubamba

  • Fabled archaeological sites
  • Cusco’s Incan-Spanish mélange
  • Ideal itinerary for a short getaway
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Mountain Lodges of Peru

  • Remote, top-flight Andean landscapes
  • Hike to magnificently sited lodges
  • Shop the famous Pisac market
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Peru Family Journey

  • Pottery-making & chocolate-tasting
  • Outings by horse, bike & raft
  • Visit ruins & Quechua villagers
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Peru Custom Treks

  • Comfortable, well-supported treks
  • Weaving villages & Incan sites
  • 3–13 days, from easy to rigorous
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Peru Extensions

  • Easy add-ons to Latin America trips
  • Amazon luxury cruise or eco-lodge
  • Lake Titicaca, Nazca lines & more
  • 3- to 7-day options
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