Machu Picchu, Peru

Peru Holidays

Discover the home of the Inca Empire, a land steeped in ancient culture but also teeming with wildlife. Journey with our experts to explore Peru, from the Amazon basin and arid coastline to the snow-capped Andean peaks.

Peru brings together all that makes South America special, from colourful textiles and dense rainforests to colonial architecture and Andean communities. In the highlands you will find soaring snow-capped mountains and Inca remains. In the Amazon, a plethora of remarkable species.

To say that it is diverse is an understatement. Peru has 84 of the planet’s 104 recognised ecosystems and contains more than 20% of the known plant and animal species in the world. The coast is home to the capital city of Lima with its mix of colonial buildings, pre-Inca ruins and world-class cuisine. Further south is a desert landscape with huge sand dunes and the famous Nazca lines. Probably no other country in the world has such an astonishing archaeological heritage as Peru.

Highlights of Peru

Explore Peru

  • Colca Canyon
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Lima
  • Machu Picchu
  • Sacred Valley
  • Arequipa
  • Cusco
  • Huaraz & Central Mountains
  • Nazca & Southern Coast
  • Northern Peru
  • Peruvian Amazon


Discover some of our suggested activities to include on your Peru holiday

Three Lagoons at Huayhuash Trek, Peru

Hike to the Llanganuco Lakes

Trek to the mesmerising turquoise Llanganuco Lakes at the foot of Huarascan mountain in the high Andes.

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Sand boarding, Peru

Dune Sandboarding

Speed down the huge dunes in the desert oasis that lies outside of Huacachina atop a sand board.

Hummingbird, Nazca Lines, Peru

Fly over the Nazca Lines

Experience the Nazca Lines, the pre-Columbian geoglyphs that are etched into desert sands, from the air to marvel at one of humanity’s greatest mysteries.

View from Taquile Island, Peru

Sail on Lake Titicaca

Set sail on the highest navigable lake in the world and visit the communities on Isla Taquile.

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Misti Volcano, Arequipa, Peru

Travel to Colca Canyon

Hike amongst green valleys and remote villages while looking out for the giant Andean condor that inhabit the region.

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Rafting, Amazon, Peru

White Water Rafting

For a real adventure, go rafting over the rapids of Rio Colca in one of the world’s deepest canyons.

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Andean Cock of the Rock, Peru

Wildlife Watching

Head to prime locations to seek out cocks-of-the-rock, green jays, speckle-faced parrots and spectacled bears.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Amazonian Boat, Brazil

Cruise the Amazon

Sail on the world’s mightiest river during an authentic Amazon cruise that navigates far off the beaten track.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Villena Rey Bridge, Miraflores District, Lima, Peru

Explore Miraflores

Stroll around the city, uncovering its plethora of local eateries and artisan markets, or amble along the 6-mile boardwalk that hugs the coast and try beginners’ surfing.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru

Discover the Inca Empire

Built on Inca foundations, the historic city of Cusco combines stone arches with colonial plazas and is inhabited by locals who still wear their traditional, colourful garments.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Mountain biking, Sacred Valley, Peru

Sacred Valley Mountain Biking

Brave a mountain bike and journey through the twists and turns of the undulating valley landscape.

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Monastery of Santa Catalina, Arequipa, Peru

See the Santa Catalina Convent

Step back in time during a visit to one of Peru’s most fascinating religious buildings, the citadel within a city that was once home to nuns.

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Stand up paddle boarding

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Take to the calm waters of the Amazon Rainforest to embark on a stand up paddle boarding adventure atop inky black rivers.

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Where to Stay

Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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Frequently asked questions about Peru

Can I walk some of the Inca trail? Is this the most beautiful walk?

How long will I need to acclimatise?

I have heard about some great train rides. Can I include these in my trip?

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Bird

Reaching the sun gate and marvelling over Machu Picchu unveiled one of the most impressive landscapes that Paul has seen in his global travels.

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Roxy Dukes

If your passion is the outdoors and you are looking to delve into South American culture, Roxy recommends one of the lodge-to-lodge hiking programmes to explore the Sacred Valley and beyond. Hopping between the quiet mountain towns, meet the locals that live off the grid and immerse yourself in the welcoming spirit of Peru.

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Once again, I would like to thank James for organising our trip. Our visit to Peru was perfect. Each of the expert guides in Peru made the whole thing run like clockwork, and I cannot thank all of you enough.

Destination: Peru
Travel Expert: James

Paul put together a spectacular trip through the highlights of Peru, and no detail was missed. His recommendations for acclimatising were particularly helpful, and something no one else I spoke to had mentioned.

Destination: Peru
Travel Expert: Paul

Our trip to Colombia and Peru, organised by James, exceeded all of our expectations! We travelled initially to see our eldest son who lives in California and then decided that (while close by) we would "nip" to Peru with the aim of visiting Machu Picchu, and onward to Colombia. A spectacular and memorable trip of a lifetime.

Destinations: Colombia & Peru
Travel Expert: James

Local woman weaving textiles, Peru
Local woman weaving textiles, Peru

ECOAN: Andean Ecosystems

We support projects right across the planet. For example, in Peru, Steppes Travel supported an eight-month project run by ECOAN – an NGO focused on preserving the fragile Andean ecosystems. The project developed women’s textiles associations in the fragile high-altitude ecosystems of the Vilcanta Mountains.

When planning your trip speak to our experts about how you can also support the destinations you are visiting.


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Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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