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Peru: a land of ancient civilisations and folklore, bursting with colour and music and home to some of the world's most iconic sites and natural wonders. Peru is both literally and figuratively breath taking. A good place to acclimatise and catch your breath is the beautiful city of Arequipa. Here you can visit the Santa Catalina Convent and the nearby museum, which houses the Incan mummy, Juanita the 'Ice Maiden'. From Arequipa you can embark on a trip to the 3km deep Colca Canyon, a nesting site for condors who glide on the warm air of the thermals. Peru is synonymous with Andean and Incan culture and any visit to this beguiling country should include Cusco, a remarkable city with its mix of Inca and Spanish culture. Once the capital of the Incan Empire, Cusco is the gateway to Peru's most dramatic highlight: Machu Picchu. Arrive at the Sun Gate at first light for a glimpse of this Inca citadel appearing beneath the morning mist. Peru is also filled with an array of natural wonders including magical Lake Titicaca, the highest lake in the world. The extraordinary Amazon rainforest, with its abundant flora and fauna, is a dramatic contrast to the Andean scenery of the centre of the country and the mysterious Nazca lines carved into the arid desert landscape to the west.

Peru Holidays with A&K
Our returning guests don't just like Peru, they love it. Absolutely adore it. They've written extensively about its charms, highlighting a visit to the iconic mountain top citadel of Machu Picchu with the renowned Alfedo Mormontoy. The former resident archaeologist revealed small, little known details about the blockbuster site that spoke volumes about Inca life - a perfect match of dramatic location and top-notch insider knowledge.

And that's just the start. They've enthused about a private recital we arranged in a converted monastic chapel where traditional instruments included animal bone and feathers; praised our guide Luis Silvera, a former professional drummer who revealed Cusco's best live music, and recalled an exclusive lunch in a private hacienda overlooking the Sacred Valley with a tour of the owner's wonderful Pre-Columbian art collection, followed by a private weaving demonstration.

A&K knows Peru inside out. Our offices in Lima and Cusco have 35 multi-lingual staff and long-established contacts with the best hotels - lovely and authentic, not just luxury - smartest guides, and specialists in everything from art to archaeology. In Cusco we also have 'guardian angels' on call 24/7 for any requirements. Small wonder we've hosted 11 Presidents, and eight first ladies.

But travel to Machu Picchu and Peru with Abercrombie & Kent and you'll see far more than just the famous Inca site. You'll cruise the Amazon aboard Aria, stopping in at indigenous villages in the teeming jungle. We've received sent vivid accounts from our returning travellers of feeding baby manatees, spotting caiman in the inky black night (-well, if you will tell our guide you're the adventurous type) and champagne sundowners alongside gambolling pink dolphins.

There's Lima's splendid colonial architecture, the north's extraordinary pre-Inca pyramids, and south's enigmatic Nazca lines and Colca Canyon, twice as deep as its grand American relative.

It's all waiting for you, but you need a tour operator whose staff really know the lay of the land. Step forward our driver who suddenly pulled over and stopped on a remote road. He'd seen a guest using his mobile and knew the signal would vanish around the next bend. Now that, we'd say, is local knowledge of the highest order.



Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Discover Peru

Nights: 12 | from £4,190pp

A magical 12 night tour discovering Peru's ancient culture and colours from the magnificent Lost Citadel of Machu Picchu to the iconic Lake Titicaca. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Classic Peru

Nights: 9 | from £4,120pp

Machu Picchu is THE bucket list sight. The ‘lost city’, hidden in the Andes, is swirled in mist and mystery – the stuff of travel legend. But with a ten... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Peru

Nights: 7 | from £4,450pp

The Land of the Incas welcomes you and shows you its greatest ancient and historic treasures on this 8 day adventure that will leave you wanting to return... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Active Peru

Nights: 14 | from £5,945pp

Get active the Inca way. Discover the wildlife-rich Amazon Basin and trek through little-visited rural villages on the stunning Salkantay Trail. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Northern Peru

Nights: 10 | from £3,630pp

Enjoy the splendours of northern Peru’s history, culture and wildlife on this exciting 10 day adventure through Lima, Chiclayo, Kuelap, Cajamarca, and... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

La Casona Inkaterra

Cusco  

La Casona is Cusco's first luxury boutique hotel. A former colonial manor house, it was amongst the earliest Spanish constructions in Cusco, built over...Find out more

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Mountain Lodges of Peru

The Mountain Lodge Trek is the first Trans-Andean lodge to lodge trek to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Departures are based on small groups...Find out more

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Adventure & Culture

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Casitas del Colca

Peru

Las Casitas del Colca is Peru's hidden gem, a collection of luxurious cottage villas with a fabulous spa, set in the peace and serenity of the remote...Find out more

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Titilaka

Peru

Titilaka is a striking modern lodge, offering a luxurious refuge from which to explore the national, cultural and historical treasures of this remote...Find out more

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Reserva Amazonica

Peru

Inspired by native Amazon design, Reserva Amazonica offers 30 thatched roof cabañas - all combining natural materials with contemporary amenities and...Find out more

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View a selection of our top offers:

Luxury Small Group Journeys - Peru Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley

Peru

Save up to £375pp
Travel on this Luxury Small Group Journey – Peru: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley on any departure in May and June 2017 and receive a £375 discount per person, based on double occupancy only. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Peru Special Offer

Peru

5% Discount
Book a holiday to travel from now until the end of December 2016 to Peru and receive 5% discount. This discount does not include Amazon cruises and mountain treks. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Graeme, Charlie, Melissa, Dave, Kerry and Kelly are experts in designing the perfect holiday in Latin America to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of our hotels and resorts featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

Read about our lastest experiences in Latin America and the Caribbean in our Travel Blog pages.

To find out more about our Latin America team, click on the consultant links below or call them on 01242 547 701 or enquire online

 

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Best time to be there

Being such a geographically diverse country the weather in Peru is determined both by altitude and season. May to October is the best time to travel although the Amazon area is hot and humid throughout the year.

Fly to

Lima - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid

flying time

15 hours

time difference

GMT -5 hours

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Not required for UK passport holders

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Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area.

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