For a shot in the arm of South American culture, head for a luxury holiday or honeymoon in Peru. Peru lives and breathes its Inca heritage, from the world famous site of Machu Picchu, perched impossibly in the Andes, to colourful communities in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, where Inca arts, crafts and cuisine still thrive. Drop some 3000m and you hit steamy rainforests in the Amazon jungle: take a cruise along the rivers to see caiman crocodiles, pink river dolphins and stunning Amazon sunsets. Trek or cycle into the jungle and encounter colourful wildlife from monkeys to macaws. Meanwhile in the south of Peru, Colca Canyon - reportedly the deepest canyon in the world - will stop you in your tracks.

Peru is home to some of the world’s best restaurants, and its stunning cuisine includes traditional street food such as anticuchos (grilled beef hearts), pachamanca barbecues that make the most of seasonal produce (cooked in the ground over hot stones) and delicious Asian fusion dishes and seafood such as ceviche- and make sure you try a pisco sour, Peru’s national drink, which is made from a white-grape brandy.

Peru is one of the best South American countries for luxury honeymoons and adventure holidays, including active family holidays, and offers countless options for exhilarating, action-packed itineraries including Machu Picchu tours and trekking holidays.

A luxury holiday in Peru combines extremely well with Ecuador and the Galapagos, Brazil and Chile. To tailor-make your own tour of Peru - and further afield - call and speak to one of our experts on 020 7337 9010.

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Rafting from Lake Titicaca into the Amazon rainforest. Shed civilisation: navigate your way through rapids and virgin jungle, and discover wildlife so diverse that many of the species haven’t even been named yet.


Alternative treks to the Inca Trail. The fittest and most intrepid trekkers can follow the Vilcabamba mountain range up to the Incan site of Choquequirao (‘the Cradle of Gold’). With rarely-seen views down to Machu Picchu, this site is far bigger than its famous counterpart and has beautifully preserved examples of ritual baths and residential architecture.


Mountain biking to the Maras salt pans. Traversing dirt trails and the ancient mule routes of the Sacred Valley, you’ll pass beautiful Lake Huaypo and Inca ruins before arriving at a whole hillside terraced with salt pans. A great day trip.


Amazon cruises with Aqua Expeditions, such as M/V Aqua. Mind-blowing wilderness meets total luxury on these wonderful vessels: think freshwater dolphins, giant lily pads, Amazon villages and piranha fishing, all topped off with fantastic food and awesome Amazon sunsets back on board.


The condors of Colca Canyon. These majestic but endangered birds have a wingspan of three metres, and soar on the thermals above a canyon that is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.



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