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PERU TOURS

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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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it safe to visit Peru?

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.

What is the official currency of Peru?

The currency used in Peru is the sol, which is subdivided into 100 cents.

When is the best time of the year to visit Peru?

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.

Should you tip in Peru?

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.

Can you drink the tap water in Peru?

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.

TOUR REVIEWS

I have dealt with Anthony Horrobin on a number of occasions and it is like talking to an old friend on the phone. Anthony is super-efficient and will always go the extra mile to create the perfect trip.

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.

The trip was excellent and very well run, we have no complaints it was exactly as we expected.The guide was knowledgable and courteous, it ran on time and accommodation was fine.We have no complaints and have now booked again to go to India.
The trip was as above and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, all destinations were as expected and lived up to our expectations.We went with the idea of visiting Turkey and especially Gallipoli which achieved our goals.The historical part of thetrip was very well done and memmorable.

I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
Everything was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and liked that we were interested in what he was telling us. We were lucky to be in a group with like minded people who also wanted to stay in places longer of which our guide accommodated. Only negative thing was the sitting train. Best to just take the flying option. Train was not bad but has no services, no alcohol, and breakfast was all carbs and an egg. Egypt really seems to like their breads and pastries....

I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
We had a wonderful time and great memories. We felt safe the whole time and would recommend this trip to anyone of any age as long as you can walk a lot. They are with you from arrival to departure and any problems that arose the guides would try their best to solve. They also showed remarkable patience for other people in other groups we saw that were acting like idiots.

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Time: GMT-5
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)
Capital: Lima
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.

Highlights

  • Parque Nacional Manu – an expansive national park in southeastern Peru, spread over the Andean Highlands with rich biodiversity.
  • Cuzco – a city in the Peruvian Andes, famous for its archaeological remnants and Spanish colonial architecture.
  • Lima – the capital of Peru, resting on the Pacific coast, with a preserved colonial centre.
  • The Sacred Valley – a region in Peru's Andean Highlands, and the centre of the ancient Inca empire.
  • Nazca Lines – a gathering of pre-Columbian geoglyphs carved into the desert sands, south of Peru.
  • Caral – an enormous settlement in the Supe Valley, and the most ancient city of the Americas.
  • Ayacucho – a city in south-central Peru, which is known for its 33 colonial churches.
  • Islas Ballestas – a group of islands by the town of Paracas, which is only accessible by boat.

Tips

  • You should ask permission before taking a photograph of local people in indigenous communities.
  • It is illegal to purchase pre-Columbian antiquities and take them out of Peru.
  • Take some time to get used to the high altitude, stay hydrated and ascend gradually.
  • Bring a sturdy pair of shoes for trekking the mountains and walking on the cobblestones.
  • Wear pants, long-sleeve shirts and brimmed hats to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
  • Carry cash with you to buy souvenirs at markets, bottled water and snacks.
  • A Yellow Fever vaccination is required if you travel to the Amazon basin.

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TAILOR-MADE Peru TOURS

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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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