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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. 

Most travelers come to Peru to see Machu Picchu, the iconic ruins perched high above the Urubamba River. Most arrive by the ancient stone-paved route of the Inca Trail which passes through the Sun Gate after four days of arduous trekking. One could spend a week alone exploring the other ruins of the Sacred Valley, a corridor of villages, mountain peaks, and hiking routes above the Urubamba River.

Yet, this is just a small glimpse into what Peru has to offer. The Peruvian Amazon along the border of Brazil gives birth to many of the mighty tributaries of the Amazon River, full of wildlife, indeigenous 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.

Peru Tours

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Salkantay peak as seen during the Salkantay trek
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - 5 Days

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
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - 5 Days

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
Cordillera Huayhuash - 5-Days

Explore the Cordillera Huayhuash on this short 5-day trek through one of the most impressive regions of the Peruvian Andes. This is one of the lesser known and less frequented treks due to the remote location of this beautiful mountain range.

Ausangate Trek
Ausangate Camping Trek - 5 Days

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

Cotahuasi Canyon Trek - 4 Days

Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, the Cotahuasi is the deepest canyon in the world, cutting through the Coropuna (6,435m) and Surimana (6,093m) 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.

Kuelap fortress
Chachapoyas: Peru’s Best Kept Secret - 7 Days

Off the beaten track, Chachapoyas can be described as real ‘Indiana Jones’ territory. Located in northern Peru, at the juncture between the Amazon rainforest, the Andes Mountains and the Pacific coast, this is a mystical and wonderful place, deep in the cloud forest.

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...

View from the Santa Cruz trek 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...

Cusco Plaza de Armas
One Week in Peru: 5 Great Itineraries

With one week in Peru you can explore one region in detail or take internal flights to enjoy the highlights of two regions. Southern Peru has an incredible diversity of...

Stone mask on the ancient temple at Chavin de Huantar
10 Days in Peru: 5 Suggested Itineraries

With 10 days in Peru, you can explore several regions by taking internal flights or get to know one region in more depth. The highlights of the Cusco and Machu Picchu region...

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 to Visit Peru

Wondering when to plan your visit to Peru? Every region is a bit different, but here's everything you need to know to help decide when to go, given the places and activities...

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...

Tourist trekking in Cotahuasi Canyon
Getting Off the Beaten Path in Peru

Thousands of tourists flock to Peru each year to visit the famed ruins of Machu Picchu. But while the masses are headed toward this archaeological wonder, many sites of great...

Peru Travel Advice

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Hiking along the Inca Trail
Inca Trail Permits for 2018

Only a limited number of people are permitted to hike the Inca Trail each year. If you have your heart set on this classic trek to Machu Picchu, be sure to book your trek months...

Paragliding over the plush neighborhood of Miraflores in Lima
The Perfect Day 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...

Couples at Machu Picchu
Planning Your Honeymoon in Peru

With its mysterious Inca ruins, quaint villages, beautiful sunsets and colorful Quechua culture, Peru makes for a fascinating and romantic honeymoon. The following list covers...

Peru Destination Guides

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 Travel Maps

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Best 10 Treks in Peru
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One Week in Peru: 5 Great Itineraries
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10 Days in Peru: 5 Suggested Itineraries
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel specialists with a passion for Peru
Travel specialist Clara Gies
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Clara Gies

Born and raised in Germany I am inwardly Peruvian since I came here for the first time. I have been living for almost eight years in Peru now, traveling a lot through Peru and its neighboring...

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Travel specialist Kristy Tizon
active 11 mins 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 James L. Mackender
active 1 min ago

James L. Mackender

I recently returned to Peru early in 2017, and having spent time in the Andes during my first time here & the Amazon Jungle last year, we are developing programs and custom trips, for travellers,...

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Travel specialist Nicole and Bill Koch
active 1 day ago

Nicole and Bill Koch

We moved to Peru 12 years ago to help the poor. We worked in two schools that were free for those who could not afford an education for their children, the most poor. During those years, on our off...

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Trip Reviews for Peru

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

Peru in 10 days, Peru - Jun 24 - Jul 8, 2018

Traveler: Teresa W. - Local specialist: Clara Gies

Clara and her entire team were outstanding to work with. They went above and beyond expectations to insure our trip unfolded without a hitch. We had an air travel problem that left us stranded, so a team member came and picked us up, and took us to temporary lodging. Behind the scenes, Clara took care of the chain reaction from the problem, so the trip continued along smooth for us--without a wrinkle in our general enjoyment. Her team also fixed a problem that I created. It was a misread of... read more

Clara and her entire team were outstanding to work with. They went above and beyond expectations to insure our trip unfolded without a hitch. We had an air travel problem that left us stranded, so a team member came and picked us up, and took us to temporary lodging. Behind the scenes, Clara took care of the chain reaction from the problem, so the trip continued along smooth for us--without a wrinkle in our general enjoyment. Her team also fixed a problem that I created. It was a misread of the itinerary in which I had wash done that I would have not been able to pick up. Her team picked up the wash and had it ready at a hotel in time for me to avoid losing a significant amount of my clothes. Our experience with Clara as our travel agent was excellent. She picked well thought-out details that enhanced our experience. Most of all, we could count on her to be there when we needed her. Bravo Clara, and thank-you for the stellar planning of a memorable trip to Peru!

Caro

Group: lares valley trek & sacred valley touring , Peru - Jul 5 - Jul 12, 2018

Traveler: Caro H. - Local specialist: James M

I could not have asked for a more amazing experience on the Lares Trek! Our guide Daniel was phenomenal - it felt like traveling with a good friend. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the land, the history, and the people, and he kept the pace of our journey challenging yet rewarding. Our porters were lovely and our camp cook was an absolute artist. I couldn't believe the meals that were being served to us; they were easily worthy of very expensive restaurants in the US, and here he was... read more

I could not have asked for a more amazing experience on the Lares Trek! Our guide Daniel was phenomenal - it felt like traveling with a good friend. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the land, the history, and the people, and he kept the pace of our journey challenging yet rewarding. Our porters were lovely and our camp cook was an absolute artist. I couldn't believe the meals that were being served to us; they were easily worthy of very expensive restaurants in the US, and here he was cooking them up on a camp stove! The accommodations for the nights we weren't camping were also wonderful. I can't speak highly enough of Nunu Hotel in Lamay! Throughout the entire trip, Daniel made sure that we were doing things we wanted to do at the pace we wanted to do them, and he made optional itinerary change suggestions that really improved our experiences as well. I already want to go back and do another trek with this amazing crew!

Ronald

Peru adventure, Peru - Jun 27 - Jul 4, 2018

Traveler: Ronald P. - Local specialist: Stephanie Guerra

Marseille in lima was great however she never showed the catacombs.

Alexandra in cusco was fantastic

Jose was a little stiff at first but got better

Example Trip Requests

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17 day Peru adventure

We would like to Hike inca trail to Machu Picchu, Amazon stay in jungle, Lima food tour, Lake Titicaca. Inca ruins. Adventure, camping, small group. Rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, backpacking. We also will be visiting Galapagos on the same trip either...

A couple visited Peru in October 2017

Peru Sabbatical

We are a family with three active teenage boys. We are looking for a 5 week holiday. We love seeing the world while being active (hiking, biking, white water rafting, snorkeling, zip lining etc.). Machu Pichu is a must and we would love any other...

Family of 2 adults and 3 children visited Peru in July 2018

Ausangate Nevada Trek in July

I am interested in a ten day trip to Peru. I would like to trek for five or six days in the Andes. My son and I are experienced trekkers. I would like a guide. The Ausangate trek looks like it could be a great fit for us.

Group of 2 friends visited Peru in July 2017

Private Guided Tour of Sacred Valley

I am seeking a private guided tour on May 31 for two people starting 7-8am from Tambo del Inka hotel in Urubamba, to Pisaq Archaelogical Park, then back to Ollantaytambo ruins, then to train station in Ollantaytambo by 3pm. We have a train to Machu Picchu...

A couple visited Peru in May 2017

Touring the Sacred Valley from Cuzco before the Inca Trail

Would like to see some of the sacred valley while waiting in Cuzco. Would prefer to do a partial day trip. We are not sure if we will have any altitude issues so would like to get a simple guided tour of the valley towards the end of our stay in Cuzco. We...

Group of 4 visited Peru in May 2017