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Introducing Peru

Peru is a country steeped in culture and natural beauty. From the lush Amazon Jungle to the sacred peaks of the Andes, down whitewater rivers that carve their way toward the South Pacific, Peru has endless regions and highlights to explore. 

Where should I go?
Most travelers come to Peru to see Machu Picchu, the iconic ruins perched high above the Urubamba River, yet this is just a small glimpse into what Peru has to offer. One could spend over a week exploring the other ruins of the Sacred Valley, a corridor of villages, mountain peaks, and hiking routes above the Urubamba River. Travelers can also experience the Peruvian Amazon along the border of Brazil, which gives birth to many of the mighty tributaries of the Amazon River, full of wildlife, indigenous cultures, and pristine wilderness. The north of Peru, still undiscovered by mainstream tourism, rewards any traveler who ventures off the beaten path with untouched ruins and vistas. Then down along Peru's West Coast, past beautiful beaches with year-round surfing, you'll arrive at the mysterious Nasca lines, immense geoglyphs carved into the desert sand. Learn more

When is the best time to visit? 
Every region in Peru is a bit different. May is one of the best months to visit the Sacred Valley - it marks the end of the rainy season, and travelers can beat the crowds that arrive from June to August. September to November are the best months for wildlife viewing in the Amazon, and November offers some of the best surfing along the Peruvian coast. Learn more

Things to do in Peru
Peru is a great destination for outdoor activities as well as cultural exploration. Trekking, rafting, and biking are all popular activities. The Sacred Valley offers some of the best outdoor activity options in Peru - you can learn more here. If you're looking for a more relaxed trip focused on culture and history, get inspired by these itinerary ideas.

Getting around in Peru
Distances in Peru are very large, so domestic flights (for example from Lima to Cusco to reach Machu Picchu) are typically part of itineraries in Peru. Learn more

How many days do you need to visit Peru? 
No matter how much time you have in Peru, whether it's just a few days or a few weeks, this country can offer some unforgettable experiences. With just five days, it's possible to visit the national highlights of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. With a week or more the experiences just get better, allowing you time for historic cities and off-the-beaten-path adventures. Learn more

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Peru Tours & Itineraries

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Salkantay peak as seen during the Salkantay trek
Map of Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The Salkantay trek is one of Peru’s best alternatives to the Inca Trail. Trek over a beautiful mountain pass at the foot of Mt. Salkantay before stopping at a local organic coffee plantation, followed by a visit to the Llactapata ruins. Finally, get up early the last day to catch sunrise at the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu
Map of Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

If you’re looking for the best way to hike the Inca Trail, this classic route offers a unique approach which avoids the main crowds, and follows the ideal schedule for timing your visit to Machu Picchu.

Caravan in Cordiliera Huayhuash
Map of Cordillera Huayhuash - 9 Days
Cordillera Huayhuash - 9 Days

Explore the Cordillera Huayhuash on this 9-day adventure through one of the most impressive regions of the Peruvian Andes. This is one of the lesser-known and uncrowded treks due to the remote location of this beautiful mountain range.

Ausangate Trek
Map of Ausangate Camping Trek
Ausangate Camping Trek

If you’re looking for a beautiful and more remote trek in Peru, the Ausangate trek may be perfect for you. On this 8-day itinerary, you’ll discover the beauty and rugged highlands of the Ausangate region, hike past glacial lakes, and wander amidst herds of alpacas.

Machu Picchu
Map of Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain Adventure - 6 Days
Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain Adventure - 6 Days

Explore the essential highlights of Peru's Sacred Valley, including visits to Cusco and Machu Picchu. Then, journey through a land of wild desert landscapes, snow-capped peaks, and herds of alpacas to arrive at your ultimate destination: the rainbow-painted slopes of Mount Vinicunca hidden deep in the Andes.

Cotahuasi Canyon Trek
Map of Cotahuasi Canyon Trek
Cotahuasi Canyon Trek

Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, the Cotahuasi is the deepest canyon in the world, cutting through the Coropuna and Surimana massifs. With numerous hiking trails and vantages points, Cotahuasi is a beautiful region that few travelers get to see. With single and multi-day tours, you’ll get to hike the length of one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.

Make the Most of Your Time in Peru

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Colorful Carnival in Puno, Peru
How Many Days Should You Spend in Peru?

No matter how much time you have in Peru, whether it's just a few days or a few weeks, this country can offer some unforgettable experiences. With just three or four days and...

Cusco Plaza de Armas
Map of 7 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

In seven days, it's easy to combine Machu Picchu with day trips within the Sacred Valley, or with a visit to another region like the Amazon Rainforest or Lake Titicaca. Trekkers...

Stone mask on the ancient temple at Chavin de Huantar
Map of 10 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days in Peru, you can explore up to three regions by taking internal flights or focus on one off-the-beaten-path area like Northern Peru. The highlights of the Cusco...

The vast expanse of the Sacred Valley
Map of 2 Weeks in Peru - 5 Unique Itineraries
2 Weeks in Peru - 5 Unique Itineraries

A two-week visit to Peru allows travelers to comfortably combine Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley with one of the country's more remote regions. Enjoy the culture and history...

Peru Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
Agricultural terraces surrounding the ruins
Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu and its surrounds offer a variety of seasonal outdoor activities and phenomenal festivals throughout the year. For ideal weather (bright, dry and cool), you'll want...

View of Machu Picchu
Top 10 Places to Visit in Peru

From ancient Inca ruins to the mysterious Nazca Lines, snow-capped peaks to dense Amazonian jungle: Peru is one of the world's most diverse destinations. That diversity is also...

Spectacular mountain scenery in the Sacred Valley © Kiki Deere
Best Activities in Peru

Peru’s spectacularly varied landscapes offer endless opportunities for outdoor activities and sports: trekking, rafting and mountain biking are just a handful of the activities...

Peru Travel Advice

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Machu Picchu - the perfect set
5 Movies to Watch Before Your Trip to Peru

Grab some popcorn! Your adventures in Peru will be even more fulfilling if you take the time to watch a film or two before you begin the trip. And these comedies, biopics, and...

Cusco, historic capital of the Inca Empire, by night
24 Hours in Cusco

Cusco has been a bastion of Peruvian culture since its founding in the 12th century. Today, it's a sophisticated city filled with fabulous museums, galleries, restaurants, and...

Paragliding over the plush neighborhood of Miraflores in Lima
24 Hours in Lima

Lima offers history, world-class museums, an unbeatable foodie scene, and the second-largest cityscape in South America. Not sure where to start? To the rescue: a foolproof plan...

Peru Destination Guides

Detailed travel guides for the main regions of the country
Estancia El Chillo, Amazonas Region
Northern Peru: Everything You Need To Know

While the majority of travelers head straight for Machu Picchu in southern Peru, the North remains a hidden gem for those willing to venture off-the-beaten-path. You'll have...

Peru Experiences

Unique things to do in Peru
Rainbow Mountain
Rainbow Mountain (Mount Vinicunca) Hike

It's a 3.5-hour drive from the city of Cusco to the trailhead leading up Vinicunca, known as the Rainbow Mountain. Also called the Montaña de los Siete Colors (Mountain of the...

Nazca Lines & Huacachina Adventure

This day excursion includes an aerial tour of the famous and mythic Nazca Lines of the southern Peruvian desert. The lines are a series of about 300 giant Pre-Columbian...

On the trail to Machu Picchu
One day Inca Trail Machu Picchu

The most famous trek in Peru is the Inca Trail, a five-day hike from Cusco that culminates at the ruins of Machu Picchu. But for those with scheduling constraints, there's...

Our Latest Peru Content

A honeymoon romance
Map of Honeymoon Adventure to Peru: Lima, Ica, Cusco, & Machu Picchu - 10 Days
Honeymoon Adventure to Peru: Lima, Ica, Cusco, & Machu Picchu - 10 Days

Enjoy the highlights of Peru on this ten-day honeymoon getaway. You'll start in Lima with a culinary tour of some of the city's best restaurants, then continue to the coast for luxury desert camping and dune surfing. Transfer to the Sacred Valley for lunch in a suspended glass sphere and a visit to Machu Picchu.

Peru Travel Videos

Peru Travel Specialist Interview - Nicole
Peru Travel Specialist Interview - Clara
Exploring the Sacred Valley

Peru Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
Peru map: 7 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Peru map: 10 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Peru map: 2 Weeks in Peru - 5 Unique Itineraries
2 Weeks in Peru - 5 Unique Itineraries
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Peru
Travel specialist Steve Wilson
active 8 hours ago

Steve Wilson

I love Peru! Its culture, history, food, people and incredible scenery. And I love talking about Peru with culturally-minded travelers and helping them create an experience that reflects their...

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Travel specialist Anne Godoy
active 1 day ago

Anne Godoy

Once I finished school, I learned that my country and the rest of the world had so many unique and beautiful cultures and experiences. I decided to travel around Peru to some off-the-beaten-path...

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Travel specialist Kristy Tizon
active 3 days ago

Kristy Tizon

Kristy is a Peruvian-American who is originally from Los Angeles but now calls Lima, Peru her home. Growing up as a Peruvian-American, she was able to experience the best of both worlds. Her...

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Travel specialist Katy Shorthouse

Katy Shorthouse

I've been guiding and designing tours all over South America since 2004. I detest large buses, bored guides, and above all, numbers on sticks. I'm passionate about Peru and have lived here for 12...

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Trip Reviews for Peru

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim
Sheldon

Impressive with how every detail was attended to. · Peru - Sep 18 - Sep 25, 2021

Traveler: Sheldon S. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

Everything provided by Kimkim Travel (through Peruvian Soul in Peru) was perfect. I had some nervousness about using an agency since I usually travel independently, but with my wife and my advancing age, and her mobility challenges, I decided it was the best option for a trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. I was impressed with the attention we got, and the adaptation to our needs. First, communication, online and with whatsapp: Jesus must sleep at his keyboard, since every time I... read more

Everything provided by Kimkim Travel (through Peruvian Soul in Peru) was perfect. I had some nervousness about using an agency since I usually travel independently, but with my wife and my advancing age, and her mobility challenges, I decided it was the best option for a trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. I was impressed with the attention we got, and the adaptation to our needs. First, communication, online and with whatsapp: Jesus must sleep at his keyboard, since every time I had a question, concern, or panic, he responded, usually within minutes, although occasionally when at night, it was the first thing in the morning. Likewise, Carlos, who handled airport pickups/dropoffs, and Julio, our personal guide for 4 days from Cusco to Machu Picchu and back, were equally responsive and helpful. Beyond communication, Julio was a font of knowledge, adapted the tour to our needs, attentive, and facilitated numerous accommodations for my wife that made our Machu Picchu experience possible. In Lima, we also enjoyed the services of Abraham for a few hours, and were pleased with his manner and helpfulness as well. The trip provided by Kimkim/Peruviansoul was well designed as a private conducted tour, very fairly priced, and conducted without a hitch. All the personnel were reliable and excellent. The hotels were great.

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Sheldon,

Thanks so much for such kind comments. We really feel very happy to hear you had a wonderful time in Peru along with your wife. We really made our best from the time we received your request until your departure from Peru, and I'm very happy you felt safe and comfortable with our services provided. For us, it is very important to always give the best possible experience to our clients as well as be careful about details and most important, guarantee the best tour guides such as... read more

Dear Sheldon,

Thanks so much for such kind comments. We really feel very happy to hear you had a wonderful time in Peru along with your wife. We really made our best from the time we received your request until your departure from Peru, and I'm very happy you felt safe and comfortable with our services provided. For us, it is very important to always give the best possible experience to our clients as well as be careful about details and most important, guarantee the best tour guides such as Julio and Abraham, with whom you could venture to the most precious sites during your trip! Thanks again for trusting us and we really hope to have you or your family, friends in Peru sometime in the future!

Stay in touch! Thanks for all your kindness.

Jesus, Kim Kim & Peruvian Soul team

Christine

Amazing trip to Peru (and felt 100% safe during COVID) · Peru - Sep 12 - Sep 20, 2021

Traveler: Christine C. - Local specialist: Kristy Tizon

We had an incredible 10-day trip to Peru. Kristy & Miski Travels crafted a wonderful itinerary for us, and we got to explore the Amazon, Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Macchu Picchu / Aguas Calientes, and Palccoyo (Rainbow Mountain). Kristy was extremely helpful in answer all of our questions, particularly around COVID requirements and protocol. We showed up at the airport prepared with the affidavit of health that she informed us about, and were able to use the at-home rapid testing kits that she... read more

We had an incredible 10-day trip to Peru. Kristy & Miski Travels crafted a wonderful itinerary for us, and we got to explore the Amazon, Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Macchu Picchu / Aguas Calientes, and Palccoyo (Rainbow Mountain). Kristy was extremely helpful in answer all of our questions, particularly around COVID requirements and protocol. We showed up at the airport prepared with the affidavit of health that she informed us about, and were able to use the at-home rapid testing kits that she told us about in order to get back home to the US. Peruvians were incredibly diligent and respectful about keeping masks on, and we felt very safe while there. Around Cusco & Macchu Picchu, our guide José taught us an incredible amount about Incan history, architecture, religion, and more. We are so excited about everything we had learned, seen, and eaten, and can't wait to go back again someday!

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Kristy Tizon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for your kind words, Christine! I am so glad you had a wonderful time in Peru. We can't wait to have you back someday! :)

Suzanne

My overall takeaway: TAKE THIS TRIP. · Peru - Sep 5 - Sep 18, 2021

Traveler: Suzanne P. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

My husband and I used Peruvian Soul through KimKim.com for our two-week Peru honeymoon, which included Lima, Sacred Valley, Cusco, and Tambopata in the Amazon.

My overall takeaway: TAKE THIS TRIP. Here’s why:

Peru has so much to offer. We had a new adventure every day. The people, culture, history, food, drinks, architecture, animals, views etc. are so fun to experience. We never felt unsafe, lost, or unprepared. The travel agency prepares you before the trip and we tried to be smart... read more

My husband and I used Peruvian Soul through KimKim.com for our two-week Peru honeymoon, which included Lima, Sacred Valley, Cusco, and Tambopata in the Amazon.

My overall takeaway: TAKE THIS TRIP. Here’s why:

Peru has so much to offer. We had a new adventure every day. The people, culture, history, food, drinks, architecture, animals, views etc. are so fun to experience. We never felt unsafe, lost, or unprepared. The travel agency prepares you before the trip and we tried to be smart travelers anyway.

Peruvian Soul, booked through kimkim.com, will make your trip so EASY and SPECIAL. The itinerary made for us by Anne based on what we wanted was perfect and we were given freedom to make changes as needed. The inter-country travel is all taken care of by the agency which is a huge help; i.e. you don’t have to buy separate tickets from Lima to Cusco to the Amazon – just your flight to Peru and back. We had private vans for transportation provided and private tour guides. We could have, but ended up not needing one taxi. All of the tour guides, especially Julio, are professional, extremely knowledgeable (trust me – we asked a lot of questions), and passionate. They knew all of the best photo-ops, every available bathroom, times in between bathrooms, and had good tips along the way like when we needed COVID masks, bug spray, extra water etc.

Kimkim.com made it easy to communicate with Peruvian Soul, our travel agency. It’s easy to make payments on the site. The itinerary is easy to look through, and our travel agent was always quick to respond if we had questions. The itinerary is great to print out before your trip so you can be organized as well.

COVID in Peru: up until we finally took our flight to Peru we were monitoring the COVID situation to make sure we were safe/eligible to travel. As of Sept 2021, the Peru govt. had a mask mandate in all public places including outdoors. All markets, restaurants, tourist stops were required to take visitor temperatures and give hand sanitizer out. These requirements really didn’t end up being big deal, and it was really nice having the peace of mind that we were being safe, and Peruvians were being safe. Peruvian Soul also coordinated an antigen test for us our last day in Peru so we could return to the U.S., which was also a huge help since we speak limited Spanish.

All in all, you will not regret this trip and fall in love with Peru just like we did.

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Suzanne,

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review and left those kind words to each of us.

I am pleased that your honeymoon was perfect. And thanks again for letting us be part of your memories!

It was a pleasure having you and help you through all your trip around Lima, Cusco & The Amazon.