Ancient wonders, spectacular mountain treks, sparkling lakes and so much more lie in wait with our Peru tours. This beautiful country on the western coast of South America offers a travel experience like no other. From the mystical Machu Picchu that now resides as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World to its lively and sophisticated capital Lima, which is steeped in history, there's much to discover with Peru holidays.
Whatever your travelling desires may be, our holidays to Peru provide an excellent combination of action, adventure and culture that will more than satisfy all tastes. Tread the ancient Inca paths, stopping off at Machu Picchu and the old Incan capital of Cuzco while exploring all the secrets of the mountains, before heading to the glistening Lake Titicaca near the Bolivian border or into the Amazon jungle.
We have a great selection of small group tours in Peru that last for around two to three weeks, all setting off from Lima. With our Peru tours, you'll get the chance to spot exotic wildlife offshore in the Ballestas Islands on our Machu Picchu Calling tour, enjoy a relaxing dip in lakes high up in the Andes with Mountains to the Lakes and experience the country's historic culture through the Walking with the Incas. Most of our Peru holidays also include a trek to Machu Picchu.
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Peru is a relatively safe and reliable country to visit. Petty crime is common, and you should keep an eye on your valuables. Isolated areas should be avoided at night and be aware of the possibility of drink spiking.
The currency used in Peru is the sol, which is subdivided into 100 cents.
The best time to visit Peru is during winter (May to September) as it is the driest season, and the conditions are good for trekking. Although the summer (December to March) is warmer, heavy showers are more frequent.
Most restaurants and bar bills in Peru include a 10% gratuity. It is customary to add an extra 10% if the service has been good.
The tap water in Peru is not safe to drink, and you should only drink bottled water. Boiling water for one minute is the most effective way to purify it. The water can also be disinfected with iodine or water-purification pills.
This is our first travel through Encounters Travel and so far the arrangement is working very well. Our travel is not until April 2017 so I am more than hopeful all will continue to run as smoothly as it has so far.
Amazing tour. Any issues we had were addressed in a timely fashion and the resolutions were satisfactory. My only complaint is the driver picking us up was late and none of the cell numbers worked when we tried to call and figure out what to do.
Anthony has been a pleasure to work with and when he is not available, other members of the team respond in a timely manner. I have booked a total of 6 trips since December 2013 and plan to book more to fill my bucket list.
There was a lot of communication from the beginning. The encounters staff was very responsive and the tour guide was great and very accommodating. Encounters was also able to help me with last minute changes to my itinerary while I was on the trip.
Trip booked through Groupon at a Great offer price - Encounters was nothing but professional from the start. I even purchased insurance - extra days and got the best flights from my local airport- Great experience
Dial Code: +51
Area: 1,285 million km²
Elevation: The lowest point in Peru is the Bayóvar Depression ?34m | The highest point in Peru Huascarán Sur at 6,768m (22,205 ft.)
Population: 32,551,815 (2018)
Governemnt: Republic, Unitary state, Presidential system, Constitutional republic
Language: Spanish, Aymara, Quechua
Peru, officially the Republic of Peru, is a country in western South America. The country is bordered by Columbia and Ecuador in the north, Brazil in the east, Bolivia in the southeast, the Pacific Ocean in the west, and Chile in the south.
The country has varied biodiversity and its territory has been inhabited by an assortment of ancient cultures. The oldest civilisation, the Incas, dating back to the 32nd century BC, was the largest and most complex state in pre-Columbian America.
Peru has a representative democratic republic, which is divided into 25 regions. The country is seen as having an emerging market, with an upper middle-income level and a high level of human development. Peru is one of the most prosperous economies and has one of the world's fastest industrial growth rates.
The multiethnic population of Peru includes Europeans, Africans, Asians and Amerindians. The most spoken language in Peru is Spanish, and some of the population speaks Aymara, Quechua and other native languages.
The climate in Peru ranges from moderate temperatures and high humidity by the coast, with heavy rainfall and high temperatures in the Peruvian Amazon, and cold winters and seasonal rainfall in the south. This mega-diverse country has 1,800 species of birds, 300 species of reptiles and 500 species of mammals.
The leading religion practised in Peru is Roman Catholicism. Other popular faiths are Evangelicalism, Protestantism and Judaism. The culture of Peru is rooted in Amerindian and Spanish traditions, which is also influenced by African, Asian and European ethnic groups.
Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.
A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.
If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.
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