Experience Machu Picchu
Tailor-made Peru holidays with Round the Experts
As passionate travellers, many members of our team have visited Peru and experienced our tailor-made holidays we offer first-hand, giving us unrivalled insights that we pass on to you to ensure you have the best Peru holiday possible. No matter your interests, whether you're eager to undertake classic Journeys like the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or you want to see a different side of Peru, we will design you a tailor-made Peru itinerary that will ensure you make the most of your time in Peru.
A trip to Peru is a big one, so you can rest assured knowing that when you book with Round the World Experts you are booking with one of the world’s largest travel retailers. With 18,000 people worldwide and the largest choice of airfares, we can tailor-make your holiday to include everything and anything you want – and all for fantastic value.
In fact, when you book with Round the World Experts, you will have access to our Travel Butler service free of charge. So from the moment you book, through to when you arrive home, we’ll always be on hand to help make sure your Peruvian adventure exceeds your expectations.
To start planning your itinerary of Peru, talk to our Peru Holidays team today.
If you're coming for the nature, Peru boasts 12 national parks and numerous other protected areas where you can indulge in outdoor activities ranging from whitewater rafting to surfing or trekking. Peru's landscapes also beg to be explored on foot, which you can do by taking the four-day Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu, searching for Peru's abundant wildlife and bird species in the rainforests and wetlands, or wandering around colonial squares.
Peruvian culture has been formed by the relationship between the Spanish and the indigenous population they conquered almost 500 years ago. Today its architecture reflects that relationship, with much of it European in style with strong indigenous influences. While you can explore its fascinating history at the nation’s museums, be sure to take time to enjoy modern day life in Peru as well, best experienced with a plate of regional cuisine in Lima, followed by some time spent at the beaches that are just minutes from downtown.
When to go
Peru is generally warm and pleasant all year round, although most people tend to visit in the winter months of June, July and August, when temperatures in the Andes and other highland regions are cooler, drawing many international travellers to the Inca Trail. Another busy period is from mid-December to mid-January when the country becomes a popular escape from the Northern Hemisphere winter. The wettest and warmest months, from December to March, are less suited to trekking, and this is when more people flock to the dry coastal areas to cool off in the ocean currents. With a packed events calendar, there are always cultural activities taking place if you're looking for local flavour. All the Christian holidays are celebrated in Peru with unparalleled enthusiasm, while many historic Inca and folk festivals are also still alive and well.
Airlines that fly to Peru
- Air France
Peru has more than 230 airports, but for international visitors the main gateway is Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport, located around seven miles from the centre of Lima and 11 miles from Miraflores. Airport shuttles and taxis connect the airport with the city, or you can hire a car or arrange pick-up from your accommodation.
Best time to fly
The ideal time to visit Peru depends largely on where you're going and what you're planning to do, since different regions experience the seasons in different ways. Generally speaking though, the shoulder seasons of mid-January to May and September to mid-December offer comfortable conditions as well as lower prices. For more specific advice based on where you want to visit, talk to our expert team.
LAN Peru is Peru’s major international airline. Flights from London to Lima take around 15 hours with one or more stopovers. Onward transfers are also available to Cusco, Iquitos and other destinations.
For first-time visitors:
- Visit the spectacular Inca site of Machu Picchu
- Hike the Inca Trail connecting the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, one of the world's most rewarding routes
- Explore the full range of Peruvian cuisine in Lima
- Pick up handmade mementos at bargain prices in Cusco’s markets
- Visit the Plaza de Armas in the heart of Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire
- Explore the archaeological site at Chan Chan, the largest city in pre-Columbian America
- Board a boat on Lake Titicaca to visit the Uros Islands, constructed entirely from dried reeds
- See the colourful Santa Catalina Monastery in Arequipa
- Take a scenic flight over the vast and puzzling Nazca Lines
- Set sail on Lake Titicaca, the largest lake on the continent and the highest navigable lake in the world
- Head to Cutervo, Peru's oldest national park, and keep a lookout for jaguars and ocelots
- Watch Andean condors swoop over Colca Canyon, more than twice the depth of the Grand Canyon
- Take the Santa Cruz trek for dramatic views of the White Mountain Range
- Sunbathe or learn to surf at Mancora Beach
For religious festivals:
- Witness Cusco’s ancient Inti Raymi Festival of the Sun, ushering in the winter solstice in June
- Enjoy the famous scissor dancers during the Fiesta de la Cruz (Festival of the Cross) in May
- Observe the colourful processions of Semana Santa every evening in the lead-up to Easter
- Head to Puno in February for the traditional folk music, costumes and masks of the Virgen de la Candelaria festival, lasting a full two weeks
The ultimate itinerary
If you are planning on making it to Machu Picchu, we recommend doing so with a tour company such as Intrepid. A popular Intrepid tour to take is the Classic Peru group tour which over nine days will see you witness the incredible sight of Machu Picchu, as well as the Sacred Valley, and Lake Titicaca, with travel taking place on bus, boat and train.