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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.

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.

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.

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. 

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 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...

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

Read our detailed insights to make sure you have the best trip
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...

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
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 Hotel Advice

Unique places to stay, curated by kimkim specialists
8 Great Family-Friendly Hotels in Lima
Map of 8 Great Family-Friendly Hotels in Lima
8 Great Family-Friendly Hotels in Lima

Each year more and more travelers to Peru are discovering the pleasures of its capital city—and bringing their kids along for the ride. It's easy to see why: from world-class...

Green Parrot posing at a lodge in Peru.
Map of Best Wildlife Lodges in Peru
Best Wildlife Lodges in Peru

While Peru is well-known for its archaeological wonders, the country is also an up-and-coming destination for spotting birds and wildlife in pristine eco-systems. At luxury...

Best Things to do in Peru

Unique things to do, curated by kimkim specialists
View from the Santa Cruz trek in Peru
Map of Best 10 Treks in Peru
Best 10 Treks in Peru

Peru — a nation with abundant natural diversity, from coast, to mountains, to jungle — has long attracted lovers of the Great Outdoors. The Peruvian Andes, running like a...

Machu Picchu
Map of Best Treks to Machu Picchu
Best Treks to Machu Picchu

A visit to Machu Picchu is the highlight of most people’s trip to Peru. In fact, this ancient Inca Citadel attracts over a million visitors each year. Many visitors get there by...

Traditionally dressed Peruvian women in a local marketplace
5 Best Cultural Experiences in Peru

Of course you'll go to Machu Picchu. But what about sipping coffee on the same farm where the beans are grown, or riding the slow train through a gorgeous landscape? Read on for...

Our Latest Peru Content

Boats on Lake Titicaca
Journey to the Amazon, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca - 13 Days

Explore the Amazon jungle, the ancient city of Machu Picchu, the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, and more on this exciting 13-day adventure through Peru. You'll get oriented in Lima before heading into the rainforest for several days of wildlife spotting and excursions on the jungle river. Then transfer to Cusco to explore the ancient Inca capital and the nearby Sacred Valley. Discover Machu Picchu at dawn before traveling onward to Puno. You'll spend a few days traveling around Lake Titicaca, visiting islands and learning about indienous cultures, at the end of the journey.

Cobblestoned streets of Cusco
Highlights of Lima, Cusco & the Sacred Valley - 9 Days

Divide your time between Lima and Cusco — with a quick side trip to Machu Picchu — on this outdoorsy 9-day itinerary around Peru. These two cities have plenty of historic sights and cultural attractions to explore, from pre-Inca ruins and colorful food markets in Lima to the quaint streets and ancient temples of Cusco. But they're also excellent places to base yourself while making excursions into the surrounding areas. Zoom around the Sacred Valley on a quad bike, trek through vibrantly hued hills at Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain, and enjoy a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, where you'll spend the night before venturing up to Machu Picchu at dawn.

An alpaca at Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain 
Gourmet Experiences & Outdoor Adventures in Peru - 10 Days

Learn to make ceviche, hike through rainbow-colored hills, taste pisco at a historic Peruvian winery, and ride a zip line through the Sacred Valley on this exciting 10-day journey through Peru. Offering a mix of gourmet experiences and thrilling outdoor activities, the trip starts in Lima, where you'll sightsee and go on a foodie tour in bohemian Barranco. Then you'll travel down the coast to Huacachina to try "surfing" on massive sand dunes and tour family-run wineries. Continue on to Cusco, day-tripping to the Sacred Valley for a rock climbing and zip-lining excursion. Travel to Machu Picchu at dawn to explore the lost city of the Incas, then spend the last day of the itinerary hiking around the colorful landscapes of Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain. With fresh air, delicious food, and insights into Peru's history and culture, this trip is a traveler's favorite.

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 Anne Godoy
active 1 day ago

Anne Godoy

I fell in love with Peru with its landscapes, culture, food, and people! Not only for what I learned in college but because of what I had seen. So that passion and love drive me every day to...

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Travel specialist Liz Karen L. Jihuallanca
active 1 day 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 Kristy Tizon
active 2 hours 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 Steve Wilson
active 1 day 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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Trip Reviews for Peru

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Our trip to Peru was amazing!
Peru | Sep 5 - Sep 17, 2022

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Kori H.
Akron, OH | Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Our trip to Peru was amazing! Everything was perfectly organized.

Martina did a great job upfront ensuring that all of our excursions , hotels, and travels were booked and coordinated. She did a great job of listening to our requests and altering our itinerary to ensure that it was everything that we wanted. She was kept in great contact before and during the trip!
Lionel was our main contact once we got to Peru, he was very helpful providing us all of the detailed information we needed... read more

Our trip to Peru was amazing! Everything was perfectly organized.

Martina did a great job upfront ensuring that all of our excursions , hotels, and travels were booked and coordinated. She did a great job of listening to our requests and altering our itinerary to ensure that it was everything that we wanted. She was kept in great contact before and during the trip!
Lionel was our main contact once we got to Peru, he was very helpful providing us all of the detailed information we needed and ensuring we got from place to place. Our trip included 6 flights, 5 hotels, and over a dozen excursions, EVERYTHING was planned to perfection.
All drivers and tour guides were extremely professional and really made our experience the best that it could be. We loved exploring everything that Peru had to offer. Some of our favorite experiences included sand boarding and camping in the desert, visiting Machu Picchu, hiking to scenic waterfalls, and exploring the amazon via jungle cruise!

I typically do not like booking with travel agents, but I would book with Kimkim again in a heartbeat!

Hotel Reviews
Villa Barranco - Ananay
Lima
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Aranwa Paracas Resort & Spa
Paracas, Pisco, Ica
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Desert Camp
Huacachina
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Sol y Luna
Urubamba
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Antigua Casona San Blas
Cusco
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Delfin III Amazon Cruise
Iquitos
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Local specialist: Martina Capel
Martina
Martina Capel
Local specialist in Lima | Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Dear Kori and Emeric,

Thank you so much for your great review and comments. It was a pleasure for me organizing your honeymoon trip to Peru - you wanted it to be very special and it was my mission to make sure it will be unforgettable.

I am so glad that you enjoyed your time in Peru and that you got to experience as well the less-visited places (like the desert camp).

Thank you for travelling with us.
Warm regards,
Martina

An amazing travel companion!
Peru | Sep 7 - Sep 15, 2022

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Elizabeth S.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Sep 16, 2022

What a great find kimkim has been. I wanted to plan a trip on somewhat short notice and was going alone, so the options were a bit overwhelming. Johanna and kimkim made this incredibly easy — from planning a great itinerary to communicating the entire way through my trip to ensure everything went smoothly. I felt very cared for and had an amazing adventure in Peru with a great balance of solo exploration adventure, guided activity for historical context, and people helping manage pickups/drop... read more

What a great find kimkim has been. I wanted to plan a trip on somewhat short notice and was going alone, so the options were a bit overwhelming. Johanna and kimkim made this incredibly easy — from planning a great itinerary to communicating the entire way through my trip to ensure everything went smoothly. I felt very cared for and had an amazing adventure in Peru with a great balance of solo exploration adventure, guided activity for historical context, and people helping manage pickups/drop offs. Can’t recommend highly enough!

Hotel Reviews
Abittare Hotels
Cusco

Well designed, good location, and excellent service. I had a lot of nice touches, like a spontaneous upgrade I didn’t request, the lobby holding my bag for me while I stayed a night at Machu Picchu, and all around lovely hospitality. Only note is the acoustics are about what you might expect of older construction— you can hear people walking around pretty clearly. Truly charming hotel though.

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The space heaters were an excellent touch!
Refugio Amazonas Lodge
Puerto Maldonado
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Such knowledgeable guides who made the entire stay there feel like wilderness camp.
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Local specialist: Johanna Fabian
Johanna
Johanna Fabian
Local specialist in Lima | Reviewed on Sep 16, 2022

Hi Elizabeth,
Thank you so much for the great review. It was a pleasure helping you plan your solo trip to Peru and so happy to hear you had a great time. We hope you visit us again with your husband next time!

Best,
Johanna

Perfect Peruvian Bucket list
Peru | Aug 19 - Sep 6, 2022

Nickie
Nickie S.
Forest Lake, MN | Reviewed on Sep 13, 2022

Our trip was incredible! Anne did an excellent job in listening to what we were looking for. The food tour in Lima was an excellent way to start our adventure. It was like A to Z in Peruvian cooking ending with a Pisco sour. Yum! The accommodations were all in convenient locations to walk around the cities. The restaurant recommendations , we were never disappointed. Julio was one of my favorite guides as he loves his culture and was so informative. He just really gave us a first... read more

Our trip was incredible! Anne did an excellent job in listening to what we were looking for. The food tour in Lima was an excellent way to start our adventure. It was like A to Z in Peruvian cooking ending with a Pisco sour. Yum! The accommodations were all in convenient locations to walk around the cities. The restaurant recommendations , we were never disappointed. Julio was one of my favorite guides as he loves his culture and was so informative. He just really gave us a first class history tour of Peru. The dinners in m people's homes allowed us to see first hand the farming as well as the hospitality the Peruvians show. Lake Titikaka was lovely with the beautiful people sharing a long heritage of culture and the pick up at the hotel by boat was so nice not to have to take another shuttle.
But the best part of our trip was hiking the Inca trail with Richard. The pied piper of Peru. Altho the hike was tougher than we thought it would be, Richard shared his love of his culture all the way along, the porters were so helpful and the cook outdid himself.
Ending in the Amazon was like the dot at the end of a perfect sentence.
No detail was spared. 5 stars to a great company. You helped make our bucket list trip truly a trip of a lifetime. Hats off!!!!

Hotel Reviews
Terra Andina Mansion Colonial
Cusco

This hotel is a must! Located in a central location to the marketplace. Close but not too close. Fantastic breakfast included and real coffee made to order! Tea in the evenings. Very clean and comfortable. Great internet.

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Beautifully redone
Location
Close to walk everywhere
Staff
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Very clean
Tambopata Research Center
Tambopata

Very nice hotel located in the jungle. Very fun daily excursion. The guides are amazing. They find bugs and animals everywhere.

Authenticity & Character
Well it definitely brought you into the jungle. If you do not like bugs, this is not the place for you.
Location
It was fun to go a couple of hours into the Amazon
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Comfort great, lots of bugs in room. But that is where you are
Local specialist: Anne Godoy