Adventure & Luxury Travel to Peru

Bienvenido (welcome) to Peru! We invite you to embark on a journey to the Land of the Incas; home of the world-famous ruins (UNESCO World Heritage Site) of Machu Picchu, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Lima.

Our personalized itinerary weaves in active adventures and high-end luxury experiences with well-deserved pampering at award winning lodges. Explore the beautiful Andean mountains, the lush Amazon rainforests and the arid plains bordering thePacific Ocean. Gain deeper insight on this magnificent country by venturing through rare historical sites, hiking stunning mountains and soaking in the 360 degrees of the enchanting cloud filled forests. Most importantly travel at your own pace, with expert naturalists and archeologists.

Best time to travel to Peru:

Peru is really an all-year round destination. The best time to visit is between April and November. The Inca Trail closes every Feb during the rainy months and for maintenance.

Peru’s climate has two main seasons- wet and dry- though it varies depending on the geographical region. Your travel should be based on the climatic conditions in these regions; the Amazon Jungle, the Arid Coastal Desert and the Andean Mountains and Highlands.

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Experience an intimate Andean village

Popular with those heading to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, is an intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways and 83 whitewashed adobe casitas tucked away in the cloud forest.

Exploring the Sacred City of Machu Picchu

Walking the ancient footprints of the Incas and exploring the Sacred City of Machu Picchu gained popularity after being voted as one of the ‘New 7 wonders of the World’ in 2007.  

The most frequently searched topic on traveling to Peru is whether to climb up Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain. 

While trekking is one of the best ways to experience Machu Picchu, we like to remind travelers that you don’t have to experience these archaeological sites on a trek. You can go on one of the most amazing train rides from Cusco to Aguas Calientes. The train rides through the breathtaking Andes and takes you closer to the grand entrance of the Machu Picchu ruins.

Trekking Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain

Both treks offer incredible scenic sites and sweeping views but vary in hike intensity and journey time

Huayna Picchu mountain is recommended for the confident hiker with its sheer drops and two hours of hike time. 

Machu Picchu mountain requires three-four hours to ascend the hike and takes you away from the larger crowds to enjoy the scenic beauty.

Whichever way you choose to explore Machu Picchu, you are in good hands with our private guides who plan the trek with picnics along the trails.

Discover the Andean culture at Cusco the former Inca capital, still perceived as the cultural capital of Peru. The Quechua and the Aymara are the two main native cultures of Peru, both of whom speak their native languages. With a mix of ancient Andean culture and Spanish colonialism Cuso is a city with beautiful churches, grand plazas and local markets.

The Sacred Valley is historically an important part of Peru. The valley was one of the bases of Inca civilization and is home to many indigenous people living the same way they have been for centuries. Visiting the local communities in Sacred Valley gives you a peek into the time-honored traditions of the Inca civilization that is well preserved, despite the globalization.

Peru is a perfect adventure destination for families, couples and small-groups whether you choose to go hiking or go for a unique luxury break.

For more information on our curated itineraries to Peru, email us at info@xplor.earth or call our travel advisor at 732 266 0224

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Peruvian people, food and culture

The people of Peru are warm and welcoming. Spanish and Catholicism have historically provided Peruvians with a strong sense of national belonging supported by shared values, language, religion, food and music. While the cities have a modern European outlook, the Inka legacy is prevalent in rural parts of Peru. Here, the food, traditions, swirling skirts and panpipes transport you to the indigenous culture dating back to the Inka times both historically and culturally. Besides being known for its archaeological wonders, Peru is celebrated as South America's leading culinary destination. Ceviche is Peru’s national dish that has become popular throughout Latin America and beyond. Cuy (guinea pigs) is the traditional Peruvian dish for the brave palettes. The cute guinea pigs that you will see on posters across Peruvian restaurants can be savored grilled or roasted. While the list of Peruvian specialties is long we must flag Peru's national drink - Pisco Sour! The Inca legacy is prevalent in certain rural parts of Peru where you can witness events celebrated since the Inca times.

Language Spoken

Languages spoken:

Apart from Spanish, Peru has 2 official languages, and several dialects. Quechua and Aymara are still heavily spoken and have official usage.

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Fun Fact

The "dancing stones"of Machu Picchu are known to bounce during an earthquake and then fall back into their rightful place. Machu Picchu is built on 2 fault lines. However, the ingenuity of civil engineering and construction techniques of the Incas has protected Peru's ancient Inca structures from the impacts of an earthquake.

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One reason you should go here

Discover the famous Inca Trails and explore the stunning UNESCO ruins of Machu Picchu.

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Our sample itinerary for

 

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17-18 September 2022, 1-2 October 2022
16-17 September 2023, 7-8 October 202