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Peru is a wonderfully diverse country with welcoming people and great level of service. All Chimu staff were excellent - Annie
Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca site, located 2,430m above sea level on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley.
Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca site, located 2,430m above sea level on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley. It is the most famous of all Inca sites but it was not until 1911 that it was brought to the world’s attention by the American historian Hiram Bingham. The Incas abandoned the city just prior to Spanish colonisation meaning that the Spanish conquerors never had a chance to pillage the city. As a result the ruins are still in fantastic condition and given the location of the city – on a dramatic ridgeline surrounded by sheer cliffs and the Urubamba River on three sides – it truly is a remarkable place to visit. Machu Picchu was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and in 2007 it was voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
A place that is larger than life, the Amazon comprises half of the world’s remaining rainforest, whilst the Amazon River is the second longest in the world.
A place that is larger than life, the Amazon comprises half of the world’s remaining rainforest, whilst the Amazon River is the second longest in the world. Home to more species of wildlife per square kilometre than its African or Asian counterparts, the Amazon rainforest is positively humming with life. Butterflies the size of birds, brightly coloured Makaws, comical Tucans and an array of cheeky monkeys frequent the tree tops, whilst Anacondas, Coatis, Capybara and Jaguars are among the lowland neighbours. Add to that 2.5 million species of insects and you can understand why an Amazon Jungle tour would be an experience of a lifetime. Navigating the River is by far the most popular way to tour the Amazon. As well as being a convenient way to travel it is also very rewarding. You may be greeted by one of the enigmatic pink river dolphins, locals will wave excitedly as you cruise past and enormous trees will stand sublime on the river banks welcoming you to your Lodge. Whether enjoying a Peruvian Amazon tour in Puerto Maldanado, Manu or Iquitos, a Bolivian tour in Rurrenabaque, a Brazilian tour in Manaus or an Ecuadorian tour in the remote Kapawi region, you won’t be disappointed. You may choose a luxury Amazon River tour on-board a first-class cruiser or stay in one of our chosen community run, eco-friendly lodges. Either way, you will get up close and personal with this enigmatic part of the world.
At a head spinning altitude of just under 3,400m, Cusco is one of the most breath-taking cities you will ever visit in South America.
Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire and although the Spanish looted and rebuilt much of the city there are still plenty of Incan remains. Narrow, cobble-stoned streets lined by Inca walls stretch out from the main plaza in every different direction. Most colonial buildings were built on top of Incan foundations and the stonework is unparalleled in its precision and beauty. Some of the Inca’s most sacred sites still exist in part. The incredible Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) and Sacsayhuaman (fortress overlooking Cusco) are two definite must-sees. A visit to the local market is also an experience not to miss, and you can find all sorts of culinary delights in Cusco, from the very traditional to the very modern..
Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world.
Founded in 1535, Lima is now a modern and sprawling city with approximately 9 million inhabitants.
Peru’s capital, Lima, sits on the Pacific coast. Founded in 1535, Lima is now a modern and sprawling city with approximately 9 million inhabitants, but it has a long and interesting history. In the early stages of Spanish Colonisation Lima was considered to be the Capital of South America. Lima has some very impressive, stately buildings and the local museums are also well worth a visit. Lima was the last to end the Spanish Inquisition, in 1820. Therefore the Lima Museum, although somewhat shocking, makes for a fascinating visit. The road from Lima south to Arequipa is a rather popular route to take. It is easy to combine with the Lake Titicaca and Cusco/ Machu Picchu regions, making an action-packed loop from Lima all the way to Cusco.
If you’re looking for an off the beaten track experience then Northern Peru is the place for you.
The Colonial City of Arequipa in Peru can really make you feel as though you have been transported to a European Metropolis. Moreover there is the amazing presence of Spanish architecture set in a back drop of snow-capped peaks of the Andes Mountains and the amazing Misti Volcano overlooking the entire city. The sight of this still active volcano standing 5822 …READ MORE
Discover the Top attractions on Lake Titicaca and experience a captivating destination drenched in dramatic history, enticing culture, and indescribable beauty. Floating high in the Andes and forming a natural border between Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is one of the most remarkable sights in all of South America. With its sapphire waters and jaw-dropping background of snow-peaked Andes, Lake …READ MORE
A hidden UNESCO treasure only a few hours out of Lima, Caral is an ancient citadel which predates the Incas by 4,000 years. Time may have forgotten the reputed ‘Oldest City in the New World’ for a while, but it has now rediscovered it with gusto. So come along as we explore what is, thus far, the oldest city ever …READ MORE
We all know Peru is probably one of the hottest destinations in Latin America right now… and deservedly so. Named by many as the Egypt of the Americas – due in no small part to its incredible archaeological wealth. Peru also boasts amazing diversity in its ecosystems, everything from beaches, to desert, to mountains, cloud forests and the incredible Amazon …READ MORE
On Chimu Adventure Travel with Greg Carter thanks to Chimu Adventures live for today call 873981 Last week we invite Greg Carter to the show and Chimu Adventures will be joining us every Sunday. To talk about amazing adventure travels in Latin America and Antarctica and we will talk about Antarctica we will talk about Rio. But today we have Greg …READ MORE
Chachapoyas has been one of Peru’s best kept secrets for years. Hidden in one of the most remote corners of the high Andes, and boasting innumerable and priceless archaeological ruins, this is the region avid adventurers head to when they wish to get completely off the well-hiked trail. Imagine exploring a beautifully preserved ancient fortress with just a handful of …READ MORE
Situated on the high cliffs at the southern end of the bay of Lima, lies Barranco. Unlike many other parts of the city of Lima, Barranco has kept all its charm from its bygone days as well as being stacked with period buildings. The area has a buzzing arts scene and bohemian vibe. The cliffs of Chorrillos shield Barranco from …READ MORE
Heard of the Marañón River? No? That’s ok, not many people have; which is surprising considering that it is the primary source of the Amazon and hosts one of the greatest river journeys on the planet. The Marañón, a hidden treasure Born in Northern Peru then flowing through a remote valley nestled between towering Andean peaks, the wonders of the …READ MORE
For over a century, Machu Picchu has captivated adventurous explorers the world over. Peru’s unrivalled crown jewel, and indeed one of South America’s most coveted bucket-list destinations, this ancient Inca citadel was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. But no accolade could ever accurately depict the feeling of actually being there, of seeing it …READ MORE
Mention Peru to anyone and the first thing they’ll envisage is Machu Picchu. The ancient Inca city, shrouded in secrecy until the turn of the last century, is the country’s foremost attraction, even though this land is actually brimming with an immense number of priceless treasures, most of them little-visited and – many of them in Northern Peru.READ MORE
At a head spinning altitude of just under 3,400m, Cusco is one of the most breath-taking cities you will ever visit in South America. We mean that in every which way imaginable. Regarded by many as a mere springboard for Machu Picchu adventures, Cusco is arguably one of the quietest and most undervalued achievers. Not just in Peru, mind you, …READ MORE
Peru is not usually what comes to mind when one thinks of kick-ass surfing trips. That is, unless you’re an actual surfing fanatic. Forget Hawaii, California and even Australia: if it’s superlative surfing you’re after – minus the bling, the crowds, and the expense of the world’s most popular surfing destination – pack that board and head to Peru. Here, …READ MORE
The mere mention of Peru conjures up images of ancient lost worlds, incredible ruins set atop vertiginous mountains, colourful braided folks, sunburnt faces and curious looking camelids. Llamas, the Incas, pan flutes and remote lands…Peru is all these things, no doubt, but is also so much more. Peru is amazing gastronomic discoveries, adrenalin-pumping activities, breath-taking nature and mind-boggling mysteries. The …READ MORE
Four years ago the world celebrated the centenary of the discovery of Machu Picchu, renowned as the famous Lost City of the Incas, and one of South America’s most revered attractions. Yet the fact that Machu Picchu turned out to be neither holy nor ‘lost’ seems to be largely overlooked by the waves of visitors who ascend upon its spectacular …READ MORE
While we agree that visiting Peru and not hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu would be a travesty of colossal proportions, we’d also like to highlight the fact that Peru is so much more than just one hike, one ancient site, one attraction. Peru is colourful locals in every town and village, mouth-watering ceviche on the beach; it’s a …READ MORE
Peru’s Colonial capital certainly has been winning a lot of plaudits of late, mainly due to its blossoming food scene, enigmatic nightlife and its reputation as a cultural hub – blending the best of the old and new of Peru. I have compiled a bit of a “must see” of Lima, for those who want to know what to do… …READ MORE
There are two words likely to be top of mind for every visitor to Peru: Machu Picchu. Visiting this extraordinary place and new wonder of the world is a must – and for those keen to walk in the footsteps of the Incas, the experience of getting there is just as special as the site itself.READ MORE
Tell people you’re going to Lima and there’s a good chance they’ll mention the food – this increasingly cosmopolitan city has emerged as a gastronomic hotspot, with many globally recognized restaurants and award winning chefs putting Lima on the food map.READ MORE
Done Disneyland? Whilst a trip to Peru probably isn’t at the top of every family’s travel agenda – it should be! Blessed with an amazing array of wildlife, natural beauty, colourful locals and being steeped in history; there really is no place like it. Even if there is no Mickey Mouse.READ MORE
Imagine…it is 6 o’clock in the evening and you are sat at the top of a giant sand dune watching the sunset over a breathtaking landscape, where golden yellows, rusty reds and pinks blend with each other. Below lies an oasis with a desert lagoon surrounded by exotic palm trees.READ MORE
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Peru lies on the central western coast of South America with the Pacific Ocean to its west. It shares borders with Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil and Bolivia to the east and Chile to the south. It is the third largest country in South America.
Peru is split into three distinct geographical areas, each region being starkly different with different ecosystems and climates.
The coastal area on the western side of the country includes Lima and other major cities. It is characterised by narrow bands of arid to semi-arid desert, beaches and fertile valleys alongside the Pacific Ocean.
This inland mountainous region of Peru is dominated by the Andes Mountain Range that runs through the middle of the country, made up of two distinct mountain ranges - the Cordillera Occidental and the Cordillera Oriental.
This vast region of plains in the Amazon River Basin is located in the east. It is covered by an endless expanse of tropical rainforest consisting of both highland and lowland jungle.
The unit of currency in Peru is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN). The US Dollar is widely accepted in many stores throughout the country and prices are often given in both US dollars and Soles. Please check websites such as www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for up to date exchange rates prior to your departure.
Spanish is the official language of Peru, spoken by more than 80% of the population. There are also many indigenous languages including Quechua and Aymara. In recent years an increased effort has been made to promote all of the indigenous languages. Aymara was made an official language in the Puno/Lake Titicaca region.
Peru’s predominant religion is Roman Catholic although the indigenous Peruvians have blended Catholicism with their traditional beliefs, creating a fascinating mix.
The level of fitness needed will depend on the Peru tour that you choose to take in terms of places to be visited and the types of activities to be included on your itinerary. Many parts of Peru are at altitudes above 2000 metres, where there is a risk of altitude sickness. Altitude sickness affects everyone differently and usually has nothing to do with your general fitness level, but we highly recommend acclimatizing at altitude before taking strenuous treks or walks. If you do plan to include a trek whilst you are in Peru, particularly in the Andean highlands, then the fitter you are the easier you will find the trek.
Most South American countries have now recognized that tourism plays an important part in their economies and governments have taken great steps to change South America’s poor security image. Peru has certainly become a much safer place to visit in recent years. You will find a strong police presence in the towns, cities and sites most frequently visited by tourists. To minimise security risks we recommend the following: • do not show any outward signs of wealth or wear expensive jewellery • keep your valuables in your hotel in safety deposit boxes • keep any valuables that you must carry with you hidden, as pickpockets can be present in crowded areas and around tourist areas • use only registered taxis with official identification • avoid going on your own to remote areas/ruins where tourists would not be expected to go • always keep your day pack and camera close to you and never leave them unattended
A pre-arranged visa is not required to enter Peru for citizens of the following countries: • Australia • United Kingdom • The United States • Ireland • Canada • New Zealand • European Union • South Africa For other nationalities please visit the website of the relevant consulate.
You could spend anything from a few days to a few weeks on your Peru travels, depending on whether you plan to explore the entire country or just focus on one experience such as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or an Amazon adventure. Chimu Adventures offers itineraries to suit every time frame.
Our Peru tours include breakfast daily and many other meals may also be included in your itinerary. As a rough guide for additional spending money based on having moderately-priced lunches and dinners and buying a few souvenirs at local markets, we suggest a budget of 20-30 USD per day per person.
Although no specific vaccinations are required for Peru travel and no proof of any vaccination is required to enter Peru, we recommend that you visit your doctor or a traveller’s medical centre for current information specific to those places that you will be travelling through. As a general guide we recommend the following: • Yellow Fever – Especially for jungle areas • Hepatitis – Both A and B (twinrix) • Typhoid • Diphtheria • Cholera • Rabies • Tetanus
In Peru the standard voltage is 220V and standard frequency is 60Hz. Power sockets are of types A, B and C. Please visit the below link for more information: http://electricaloutlet.org/
What you need to pack will depend on when and where you plan on travelling and on the activities that you plan to include whilst on your Peru tour. The following should act as a useful checklist of essential items: • Passport, photocopy of passport & spare passport photos • Travel Insurance documents • Air tickets and itinerary • Foreign Currency (US$) and/or debit/credit cards, traveller’s cheques • Money belt • Small daypack • Basic first aid kit • High UVA sun block • Sunglasses & sunhat • Mosquito spray & insect repellent • Comfortable walking shoes/boots • Sandals • Long sleeve tops and trousers • Light-weight clothing • Warm clothing (depending on itinerary and time of year) • Camera with spare battery and memory cards • Security code padlock • Adaptor • Small torch