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Machu Picchu and Cusco are two of the world's best known and fascinating sites, and both are a 'must' on anyone's visit to Peru. Cusco, the ancient Inca capital, is a beautiful, yet rare mix of indigenous culture and colonial splendour. It was ruled by the magnificent Incas from 1200AD, until the Spanish conquistadors arrived in 1534. Today many interesting highlights from both these civilisations await any visitor, including the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay, and out to the Sacred Valley and traditional markets at Pisac and Chinchero.

Machu Picchu, the magical Lost City of the Incas, hides in the lush Andean mountains some 70 miles from Cusco. These ancient ruins are believed to have been built in the mid-15th century by Inca Pachacutec and were then mysteriously lost in history until stumbled upon in 1911 by the explorer Hiram Bingham. Despite recent studies, knowledge of Machu Picchu remains sketchy, with evidence merely suggesting it must once have been an important ceremonial centre. What is clear is that anyone making the effort to visit the site will be duly rewarded and whilst we recommend travelling by the Hiram Bingham Orient Express rail service to Machu Picchu, those able to trek the legendary Inca Trail will enjoy a 'once in a life time' view and sense of achievement on arrival at the Inca Gate.

Enjoy Machu Picchu holidays and Cusco tours with Abercrombie and Kent. Our experts have first hand experience and will help you build your perfect Peru holidays.



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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:

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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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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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Peru: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley

Nights: 8 | from £5,375pp

An 8 night adventure into the heart of Peru, this tour explores Peru's pre-Columbian culture, rich musical traditions and the impressive Machu Picchu. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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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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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Located right beside the lively Cuzco central square, Hotel Monasterio is a former monastery and national monument dating from 1592. Resplendent with... Find out more

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Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

This former palace and convent is emerging from years of restoration to become one of the city's most exclusive hotels. Located in a peaceful plaza close... Find out more

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Belmond Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley

Belmond Rio Sagrado Hotel enjoys a privileged location overlooking the Urubamba River in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. With ten deluxe... Find out more

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Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu

This Belmond hotel stands amidst a place rich in ancient heritage, renowned spirituality and incredible natural beauty. It is the ideal base from which... Find out more

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Casa Cartagena

Casa Cartagena was built originally during the Inca Empire and then stripped to its foundations and modified during the colonial times and is a Monument... Find out more

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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

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.

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Javier Peralta (our guide in Cusco, Machu Picchu and thereabouts) and Edwin Frisancho Carrasco (driver in same place) were both simply AMAZING! We have been to different parts of the world and have had lots of different guides but these two people were the best we have experience by a mile.

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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

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area.

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