Ancient Inca Civilisation, Andean Mountain Landscapes & Amazon Rainforest

Discover Inca ruins, dramatic mountain, desert and forest landscapes and a rich culture where rural life and proud local traditions remained intact. A living museum of the great Inca civilization, blended with Colonial influences from the Spanish Conquistadores.

Experience the immense Amazon rainforest and the Andean mountain range with fascinating historic Cusco, the fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas, the lost citadel of Machu Picchu and magical Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake. Clinging to the Pacific coast is the coastal desert with the mysterious Nazca Lines and the vibrant city of Lima, the culinary capital of South America.

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Language: Spanish, Quechua - Capital: Lima - Time Difference: GMT -5 Hours - Flying time from UK: 12H 30M Non-stop - Currency: Nuevo Sol

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Plaza de Armas - Parade13 by Robert Luna - licensed under CC


Sample avant-garde cuisine in the culinary capital of South America, which also has excellent art and history museums

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Cusco by Indrik myneur - licensed under CC


Beautiful Cusco was the centre of the Inca Empire and is the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent.

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Machu Picchu Sunset by Perou Magique - licensed under CC

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is probably the best known Inca site in South America, and one of the most recognisable ruins in the world.

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Inca Trail

Completing the four day Inca Trail is without doubt one of the most rewarding experiences for any traveller.

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Sacred Valley of the Incas

The Sacred Valley is characterised by traditional agriculture, bustling markets and outstanding Inca ruins.

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Andean Explorer Train

Travel in ultimate style on board the Belmond Andean Explorer, South America's first sleeper train. Journey between the f…

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Puno & Lake Titicaca

Sail past floating reed islands on deep blue waters, and come face to face with the ancient communities of Lake Titicaca…

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Iquitos Amazon Cruises

Cruises along the rivers of the Amazon basin, are reached from Iquitos airport in the north of Peru. There are excellent …

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Tambopata Amazon Lodges

The Peruvian Amazon rainforest is one of the last easily accessible virgin tropical rainforests of the world. Most of the…

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Nazca-8 by Corey Spruit - licensed under CC

Nazca Lines

Where else can you see man made symbols so big they can only be seen from the air?

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now thats what I call architecture by twak - licensed under CC


The 'White City' lies in a green valley at the foot of three snow-capped volcanoes in the southern Peruvian desert

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Cañon del Colca by descubriendoelmundo - licensed under CC

Colca Canyon

Watch Andean condors soaring in front of your eyes at one of the world's deepest and most beautiful canyons.

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Pelicans on Ballestas Islands, Peru by Aguakina - licensed under CC

Paracas & Ballestas Islands

Find wildlife including dolphins, whales, penguins and sea lions along this craggy Pacific Shore

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Llanganuco Lake by inyucho - licensed under CC


The city of Huaraz, north of Lima, is the perfect base from which to explore the Huascaran National Park and the pre-Inca…

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Chan Chan, Perú by Carlos Adampol Galindo - licensed under CC


The impressive colonial city of Trujillo, north of Lima, attracts visitors with its amazing pre-Inca ruins of Chan Chan

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The 10 best train journeys in Latin America - Part I

Travel from the end of the world to the edge of a canyon, as we share our favourite train journeys from across Latin Amer…

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King Penguin by Don Faulkner - licensed under CC

The 10 best wildlife experiences in Latin America

Latin America is full of wonderful wildlife opportunities, discover ten of our favourite places to indulge your passion.

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Christ on Corcovado mountain by Artyominc - licensed under CC

Travelling with children in Latin America: why do it and where to go

Read our six compelling reasons as to why you should take your children travelling. Then discover the five best family-fr…

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Family adventures in Peru

"A beautiful country with wonderful people" - read about the adventures of the Green family as they travelled through the…

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Hotel de Sal, Salar de Uyuni by Nico Kaiser - licensed under CC

Epic adventures in the Land of Extremes

Nine record-breaking Latin American phenomenons to fire your imagination

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18 ways to deal with high altitude

18 tips to help you deal with the effects of altitude sickness on the Altiplano; where it occurs and how to not let it sp…

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City Guide: Cusco

Discover what to do and where to go in the historic city of Cusco in Peru.

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