“Few romances can ever surpass that of the granite citadel on top of the beetling precipices of Machu Picchu, the crown of Inca Land.”
— Hiram Bingham
Dive right into the culturally rich world of Peru, where one of the world’s greatest hikes awaits. That of course is the Inca Trail which leads through lush subtropical jungle, over weathered stone steps and past ancient ruins until you finally reach the massive mountain top citadel of Machu Picchu. Words alone cannot describe this marvel of engineering and the natural beauty in which it is perched. A backdrop of steep Andean pinnacles that penetrate the sky as if reaching for the heavens. Experience for yourself what makes this trek so remarkable.
Back down from the sky and in the city of Cuzco cobblestone streets lead through a maze of grand churches, remnants of ancient Inca temples and locals walking their lamas on leeches; yes you read that right! Steeped in Andean history this busy city has the wildest nightlife found anywhere in the Andes and even has a museum showcasing magical plants that grow naturally in Peru. Are you a lover of cultural music? This is a great place to experience the sounds of the Andes. Music and dance are an essential part of the Peruvian lifestyle. Watch in amazement as local musicians entertain the crowds with infectious beats and rhythms pouring out of the Charango, Cajon drum, Andean harp and Quena flute. The musicians dazzled in costumes that are as colorful as the music itself.
The country is also well known for its’ fine crafts and textiles. These diverse pieces of art have been influenced by the country’s cultural and historical formation over thousands of years. From woodwork to jewelry to ceramics and metal artifacts, it’s a pretty good assumption you’ll need some room on your carry-on bag to bring home your very own piece of Peru. The images of inspiring architecture will also return home with you in your memory. In the capital city of Lima colonial architecture is found throughout the city which has been influenced by the Spanish and Indigenous people of Peru. The result is design as deep as the history of the country itself. The city’s old quarters is now recognized as a UNESCO Mankind Heritage Site. One of the most impressive buildings is La Catedral which the founder of Lima, Francisco Pizarro carried the first log to construct the original wall of this historical masterpiece.
Ready for a swim? The beaches of Lima are plentiful. With more than 1,800 km of coastline, Peruvians have a close connection with the great Pacific. Take it easy and relax at one of the many beaches or find yourself catching a wave while surfing. Did you say surfing in Peru? We certainly did! In fact, at Puntas Rocas you can watch world class surfers compete at an international surf competition in February. Once you have had your beach time, head inland and choose from some 80 wineries to sample some local product or sip the national drink of Pisco -Peru’s miracle drink. Ask for a Pisco Sour just as the locals prefer it.
Peru is a massive country with endless possibilities, from trekking and hiking, mountain biking, river-running, scuba driving, sand-boarding and exploring the rain forest. Let us personalize a Peruvian adventure for you or your group today!
Ready for that pilgrimage to Machu Picchu and beyond? Lace up your hiking boots, grab those trekking poles and your’e on your way!
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*All our international tour packages are customized to your travel desires and run in partnership with our industry partners which have been hand-selected based on providing superior service and authentic outdoor experiences for solo, couples or small groups of travelers. These packages showcase a countries diversity in terms of both culture and the landscapes which shape the people who call them home. Our partners consist of local-owned accommodations, transportation, eateries and operators to enhance the experience for you, giving you the chance to embrace a place from the eyes of a local.
- Difficult Overall Difficulty
- 1-14 Days Tour Length
- 1-50 Km Walking Distance