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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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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.

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 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.

Uros floating island on Lake Titicaca
Map of Essential Peru - 14 Days
Essential Peru - 14 Days

From the Nazca Lines to Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu, this 14-day itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Fly over the Nazca Lines - some of the world's most impressive geoglyphs, then spend some time exploring the metropolitan city of Lima before heading out to explore the colonial city of Arequipa. Next, explore Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons, then head out to Lake Titicaca - a place rich with history, culture, and natural beauty. Finally, head to the Inca capital of Cusco and explore colorful textile markets and small towns of the Sacred Valley, and hike the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Looking down on the city of Cusco
Map of Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour - 7 Days
Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour - 7 Days

Explore Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu on this epic one week adventure. While in the Sacred Valley, you'll get to choose from a selection of great adventures, including mountain biking, horseback riding, or zip-lining. 

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.

Make the Most of Your Time in Peru

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
Checkout the Uros Floating Islands and visit Puno on Lake Titicaca
How Many Days to 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...

Explore famed Machu Picchu on all but four of the following one-week itineraries
Map of 1 Week in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
1 Week 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...

Famous view of the Lost City of Kuélap, near Chachapoyas, Peru
Map of 10 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Ten days in Peru is an excellent amount of time to enjoy a well-rounded introduction to the country's highlights on a tour featuring Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon,...

See how many parrots you can count at Parrot Clay Lick on an adventure into the Amazon
Map of 2 Weeks in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

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
Ruins at Ollantaytambo in Peru's Sacred Valley
Best Time of Year to Visit Peru

Each region of Peru has its own weather patterns and trip-planning considerations. The busy season for Machu Picchu, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley runs from June-August, and...

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...

Train at Abra la Raya on the Cusco to Puno Line
Peru's Best Train Rides

All aboard! Trains are a practical solution for traveling in Peru: they transport travelers between key destinations around the country, and they're also a wonderful way to take...

Peru Destination Guides

Detailed travel guides for the main regions of the country
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...

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...

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 Hotel Advice

Unique places to stay, curated by kimkim specialists
Cusco
Antigua Casona San Blas
5.0
(27)
· Comfort
Located in Cusco's artisan neighborhood of San Blas, Antigua Casona San Blas offers a peaceful stay within a five-minute walk from the city center. San Blas is Cusco's oldest, continuously lived-in neighborhood, where you can find numerous artisan galleries, quaint coffee shops, and delicious...
Tambopata
Refugio Amazonas Lodge
4.9
(12)
· Mid-range
Refugio Amazonas is a rustic retreat set deep within the rainforest, surrounded by the beauty of the Tambopata National Reserve. This secluded 32-bedroom jungle lodge is about two hours from the Puerto Maldonado Airport in southeastern Peru. You can easily explore nearby attractions such as Lago...
Lima
Pullman Lima Miraflores
4.8
(6)
· Comfort
Located in Lima's vibrant Miraflores district, Pullman Lima Miraflores offers a prime location for exploring the city's key sites. Just a short stroll from the iconic Malecón de la Costa Verde and Larcomar Shopping Mall, you'll also be within easy reach of the Barranco District, Kennedy Park,...

Best Experiences in Peru

Unique things to do, curated by kimkim specialists
Machu Picchu
Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu Tour
4.9
(24)
6 hours
·
Private
The ruins of the 15th century Incan citadel of Machu Picchu (which translates to "old mountain") were largely hidden to the outside world until the early 20th century. Today over a million visitors flock to this UNESCO World Heritage Site each year. They come to see a masterpiece of ancient...
Peruvian ceviche
Lima
Lima Food Tour
4.9
(16)
5 hours
·
Small group
One of the best ways to discover Peru's capital city of Lima is through its food. With an eclectic combination of indigenous, African, Asian, and European culinary influences, Lima is one of the world's most impressive gastronomic and cultural centers. This food tour begins early in Lima's...
The Plaza de Armas, Cusco
Cusco
Cusco City Tour
4.9
(18)
5 hours
·
Private
Cusco isn't just an impressive Spanish-colonial city in Peru's southern highlands. It's also the historic capital of the Inca empire. Today's tour begins at the indoor San Pedro Market, in the heart of the colonial center. This is as authentic a Peruvian experience as it gets, since locals come...

Our Latest Peru Content

Lounge poolside with views of Colca Canyon on a southern Peru luxury adventure (photo courtesy of Belmond Las Casitas)
Map of 2 Weeks in Peru - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Peru - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas

Private drivers, luxury trains, and well-appointed cruise ships ensure you can visit Peru's cities, jungles, and mountains in two weeks—and in style. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy spotting monkeys and other critters from their private Jacuzzi on an Amazon cruise. Active travelers can overnight in a cliffside capsule in the Sacred Valley, tackle high-altitude trekking in Colca, and sandboard in Ica. Those seeking a rejuvenating journey can try Andean healing treatments and unwind in 5-star spas.

Ride aboard a luxury train to arrive in the high-altitude city of Cusco, en route to Machu Picchu
Map of 10 Days in Peru - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Peru - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas

Ten luxury days in Peru are perfect for focusing on two or three regions while discovering the country's impressive ruins and natural beauty. Must-see sights include Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu, and you can experience all of them during activities catered to your preferences. Wildlife lovers should also include time in the Amazon, while those who love train travel can glide to Lake Titicaca. Paracas, known for its coastal dunes and wildlife, is another superb destination to consider.

On an outdoor adventure in an Amazon reserve, enjoy three nights at the luxury Tambopata Research Center
Map of 1 Week in Peru - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas
1 Week in Peru - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas

With one week in Peru, you can uncover the historical, natural, and cultural wonders of one or two regions while indulging your creature comforts. Must-see destinations for first-time visitors are Machu Picchu and the vibrant cities of Lima and Cusco, while the Peruvian Amazon is an excellent fit for adventure lovers. Other options include a trip down Peru's Pacific coast and a gourmet food tour amid the Andean highlands.

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
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7 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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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 Liz Karen L. Jihuallanca
active 19 hours ago

Liz Karen L. Jihuallanca

Peruvian delicious food, unique culture, and fascinating history are part of me! And as a good cusqueñian, I am very proud of my culture and heritage. I have lived and worked in the USA and made...

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Travel specialist Johanna Fabian
active 10 hours ago

Johanna Fabian

I enjoy slow travel, ideally being in one country for a month where I can really get to know the local people, their way of life and of course their food! I am Peruvian-American and have traveled...

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Travel specialist Anne Godoy
active 5 hours ago

Anne Godoy

I fell in love with Peru's landscapes, culture, food, and people—not only because of what I learned in college but also because of what I had seen. That passion and love drive me every day to...

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Travel specialist Kristy Tizon
active 7 hours ago

Kristy Tizon

Kristy, a Peruvian-American originally from Los Angeles but now based in Lima, Peru, has a deep passion for travel. She founded Miski Travels, a travel agency that offers customized trips to...

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Trip Reviews for Peru

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Our trip to Peru was absolutely amazing, than...
Peru | May 25 - May 31, 2024

Victoria
Victoria L.
San Francisco, CA | Reviewed on Jul 16, 2024
Our trip to Peru was absolutely amazing, thanks to the excellent planning and support from Liz and the team at kimkim. Every detail was meticulously organized, and we had no logistical issues whatsoever. While we packed a lot into a short amount of time, which led to some early mornings and long days, this was a lesson for us in future travel planning. Overall, the personalized and attentive service made our experience unforgettable. We will be returning to Peru and would definitely use... Read more

Our trip to Peru was absolutely amazing, thanks to the excellent planning and support from Liz and the team at kimkim. Every detail was meticulously organized, and we had no logistical issues whatsoever.

While we packed a lot into a short amount of time, which led to some early mornings and long days, this was a lesson for us in future travel planning. Overall, the personalized and attentive service made our experience unforgettable. We will be returning to Peru and would definitely use kimkim!

Hotel Reviews
Casa Andina Premium Cusco
Cusco

We love the stay in Cusco, it was amazing. The hotel had a colonial feel with lots of history. I wish we had more time to enjoy it, but our tight schedule didn’t allow for it.

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Location
Staff
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GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca Puno
Lago Titicaca, Puno

The hotel in Puno was also very nice, and we had more time to enjoy it compared to the other hotels. The setting was lovely, and it provided a great base for our Lake Titicaca adventures.

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Casa del Sol
Machu Picchu

Casa del Sol was beautiful and luxurious. The only downside is that we didn’t get to spend much time there because of our packed schedule. It had a lovely spa and nice rooms, making it a place I’d love to return to.

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Location
Staff
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Holiday Inn Lima Airport
Lima

Our stay at the Holiday Inn Lima Airport was brief but practical. It’s a standard airport hotel, which was convenient for our early flight the next day. Nothing special but it served its purpose well.

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Activity Reviews
Private tour to Llachon & The Uros by boat
Private tour to Llachon & The Uros by boat
Puno

Our private tour of Lake Titicaca, including Llachon and The Uros islands, was phenomenal. The floating islands were unlike anything we had seen before, and having a private boat and guide made it feel very personalized and luxurious. This part of the trip was absolutely worth it.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Explore Machu Picchu & Return to Cusco  (Private Guided tour in Machu Picchu)
Explore Machu Picchu & Return to Cusco (Private Guided tour in Machu Picchu)
Peru

We did enjoy the train and land transfer back to Cusco, but the Pachamanca Farm Experience wasn’t quite what we expected. It was interesting to see the traditional cooking method, but it felt like a lot of effort for what it was. We might have preferred spending more time in the city.

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Private tour to Chinchero, Moray, Maras  & Train to Aguas Calientes
Private tour to Chinchero, Moray, Maras & Train to Aguas Calientes
Peru

Taking the Observatory Train to Machu Picchu was a highlight. The lunch at Tinkuy was delicious, and the tour of Machu Picchu was incredible. The guides were informative, and having a day and a half there made it even more special.

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Private tour to The Sacred Valley
Private tour to The Sacred Valley
Peru

I really enjoyed our private tour to The Sacred Valley. It was a beautiful introduction to the region, and we had no logistical issues which made the experience smooth. The Sacred Valley itself was stunning and walking around was a great way to start our adventure

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Local specialist: Liz Karen L. Jihuallanca
Liz Karen
Liz Karen L. Jihuallanca
Local specialist in Cusco | Replied on Jul 17, 2024

Hi Victoria,
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! I am happy I was able to help with your trip and that you had a great time here. I hope to stay in touch for any future travels to South America!
Take care!
Liz.

Amazing 6 day trip in Cusco!
Peru | Jul 7 - Jul 13, 2024

Harper
Harper K.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on Jul 15, 2024
The trip in Cusco was well planned. We appreciated the logistical planning for transport and the guided tours in English. The travel agency in Cusco set up a what's app group and Jime was very prompt in her responses in the what's app chats. She was also very helpful and would provide exact and accurate instructions for each day's activities. In particular, we want to thank our tour guides (Edilberto Huamani in Sacred Valley and Cusco archeological sites tour, Fatima in Machu Picchu and Ketty... Read more

The trip in Cusco was well planned. We appreciated the logistical planning for transport and the guided tours in English. The travel agency in Cusco set up a what's app group and Jime was very prompt in her responses in the what's app chats. She was also very helpful and would provide exact and accurate instructions for each day's activities. In particular, we want to thank our tour guides (Edilberto Huamani in Sacred Valley and Cusco archeological sites tour, Fatima in Machu Picchu and Ketty in Rainbow Mountain tour) for giving us excellent overview of the history of Cusco. They were very kind and enthusiastic in sharing their knowledge with us. They spoke English very well and we could converse easily with them.

For the trip to Pisac, we had a Spanish speaking guide with a translator who seemed like an intern with the tour company. It was unfortunate that we realised the Spanish guide had a lot of information to share but the translator did not manage to translate the information accurately. For example, the Spanish guide spoke for 1 minute regarding the archeological sites in Pisac, and the translator followed up with 1-2 sentences which did not appear to represent what the guide had wanted to convey. The translator did not have very good command of the language as well. Although we enjoyed the sights in Pisac, we thought we would appreciate the sites further if there was a good English speaking guide with us.

The rainbow mountain tour allowed us to appreciate the beautiful scenery but I suffered from altitude sickness. It was also very cold in the mountain with strong wind, and we were unprepared for the weather. Jime had mentioned that it was very cold in the rainbow mountain the day before the trip, but we had not packed thick jackets for our entire trip in Cusco. I will suggest that the tour company should warn the participants regarding the weather and give the temperature ranges in the mountain, and also give warning regarding possible altitude sickness + give information regarding the altitude and how strenuous the activity may be, so that the participants can gauge if this tour is suitable for them.

Overall, we still enjoyed our trip and will recommend other tourists to consider booking the tour with this company, especially for English speaking visitors. The itinerary allowed us to experience many aspects of what Cusco has to offer, and we understood more of the Peruvian/Incan culture from our trip. Thank you Martina for planning this.

Hotel Review
Sol Natura Hotel
Ollantaytambo

No frills hotel - good location with basic amenities. Quite clean.

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Near the train station
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Local specialist: Martina Capel
Martina
Martina Capel
Local specialist in France | Replied on Jul 15, 2024

Dear Sharon,

Thank you so much for this great review !

How wonderful that you enjoyed this short trip to Cusco and the different excursions around the Inca sites and traditions. Thank you as well for your constructive comments in regards to the guide in Pisac and the weather conditions in Peru. It is true that weather in the mountains can be very unpredictable !

It makes me very happy that you enjoyed your stay and I wish you many more adventurous trips with KimKim.

Warm regards,
Martina & Team

Machupicchu: The tour guide told us many stor...
Peru | Jun 27 - Jul 7, 2024

Ms. HUI-CHU
Ms. HUI-CHU C.
Singapore | Reviewed on Jul 14, 2024

Machupicchu: The tour guide told us many stories in detail and helped us take many good photos.

Rainbow mountain:There are not too many people, so you can really revel in the beautiful scenery

In fact the whole trip was great and a very unique experience, I will recommend it to my friend KimKim

Local specialist: Liz Karen L. Jihuallanca
Liz Karen
Liz Karen L. Jihuallanca
Local specialist in Cusco | Replied on Jul 16, 2024

Hi Hui-Chu,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a short message for us. I'm very glad to know that you all had a great time in Peru!
Kindly.
Liz.