Peru Tours

Peru is one of the highlights of South America and Peru travel will introduce you to a land of contrasts, a country that overflows with history, culture, folklore, biodiversity and gastronomic delights. The landscape is wild and rugged, ranging from the frozen peaks of the Andes to the rainforests of the Amazon Basin and from deep canyons above which the majestic Andean condors soar, to arid deserts etched with mysterious lines.
 
Peru is known as the “Egypt of South America” and the scattered remnants of ancient civilisations are waiting to be explored on a Peru tour, bringing the history of the country to life. The jewel in the crown is undoubtedly the legendary Machu Picchu, Lost City of the Incas, one of Peru’s twelve UNESCO World Heritage sites. For an insight into the culture, Peru travel offers colourful markets such as Pisac, the Uros reed islands of Lake Titicaca and the indigenous tribes of the Amazon Rainforest.
 
Whether you are looking for archaeology, culture, wildlife or adventure,  Chimu Adventures’ can put together a tour of Peru to suit you. Browse our example itineraries below then contact us to tailor it to suit your dates and style.  
 

Peru is a wonderfully diverse country with welcoming people and great level of service. All Chimu staff were excellent - Annie

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Tick the Big Five off your bucket list and make it a South America tour to remember. Tailor-make your visit to the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, Rio, Iguazu Falls and the Amazon. 

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Cross the famous scenery of the Altiplano to Cusco, the capital of the ancient Incan Empire, where you visit magnificent Machu Picchu.

Peru Tours

Places to Visit

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca site, located 2,430m above sea level on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley.

Amazon

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.

Cusco

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.

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world.

Lima

Founded in 1535, Lima is now a modern and sprawling city with approximately 9 million inhabitants.

Northern Peru

If you’re looking for an off the beaten track experience then Northern Peru is the place for you.

Articles On Peru

Short History of the Incas

Posted on Tue, 22 Nov 2016

History of the Incas – the rise and fall of a mighty empire which left behind some of South America’s most important historic highlights. The Incas were South America’s largest and most powerful ancient empire. They rose to prominence in the 12th century CE and remained in power for over four centuries. Through their formidable military prowess, they ruled over …

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Cricket in Peru?

Posted on Tue, 15 Nov 2016

Peru may not be the first country you think of when the subject of cricket comes up, but you may be surprised to discover that this most traditional British sport is actually alive and thriving in Lima, Peru’s capital. And it’s not just for British expats who wish to indulge in some home comforts, adamant in protecting a link ‘back …

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Discovering The Mighty Cordillera Blanca, Peru

Posted on Sat, 15 Oct 2016

The Cordillera Blanca is a spectacular mountain range just outside of Peru’s capital, Lima. Thousands of avid trekkers and backpackers flock to this wondrous place every year, hoping to climb the mighty Huascaran, the world’s highest tropical mountain. With its beautiful snow-covered peaks that feed the mighty rivers of the Callejon de Huaylas, the Cordillera Blanca is one of the …

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When Is The Best Time To Visit Peru?

Posted on Thu, 15 Sep 2016

A question we are asked a lot here at Chimu is when is the best time of year to visit Peru? Peru sits in the Southern Hemisphere close to the equator, and seasons do run accordingly. Peru is a large as well as a diverse country, and as such where you are visiting plays a large part in when the …

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Who Were The Chimu?

Posted on Tue, 13 Sep 2016

The Chimu, also known as The Kingdom of Chimor, were a civilisation that occupied the northern coast of modern-day Peru from around 900 CE until 1470 CE. The Chimu were centred in the capital Chan Chan, and their influence stretched an impressive 1,300 km along the coast of northern Peru, making them the second largest empire in ancient Andes history. …

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Arequipa – A City of Food, Culture and Nature

Posted on Sat, 20 Aug 2016

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 …

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Top Attractions on Lake Titicaca

Posted on Sat, 30 Jul 2016

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 …

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Discover Ancient Caral – The City That Time (almost) Forgot

Posted on Fri, 15 Jul 2016

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 …

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The 5 best places in Peru you have possibly never heard of

Posted on Mon, 11 Jul 2016

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 …

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Radio interview with Greg Carter Ep. 2- All About Peru

Posted on Thu, 07 Jul 2016

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 …

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Peru Reviews

All Chimu Adventures' clients are given the opportunity to review their trip once they return home. These reviews are administered by a third party and as such are unfiltered by Chimu Adventures.

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing destination & highlight of South America All transfers very good, accommodation in Lima (Second Home Hotel) very good & great location although on the last night it was too far from airport for early flight the next day. Accommodation in Puno (Casa Andina Private) very good but out of town, in Cusco (Casa Cartagena) superb & great staff, in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) very good but no water available early of 1st morning for showers etc., in Puerto Maldonado (Refugio Amazonas) good considering remote location & limited electricity. Beer was always cold after hard days jungle trecking! Will cover tours through Peru in a separate review
Date published: 2014-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Peru, Peru, Peru! I don't think there was one meal in Peru that I regretted. The gastronomy in Peru was mentioned prior to leaving Australia, but to be perfectly honest I never had a chance to try it before. My gosh, forget other world cuisines - and get to Peru. The food was out of this world. It was something that really struck me. All enjoyed with a Pisco Sour of course! The rest of the trip was wonderful. Machu Picchu has long been on my bucket list, and to tick it off was a lifetime achievement. The Sacred Valley and Pisac markets were also fantastic, a wide variety of goods available all at a reasonable cost. We loved the Waka Punku hotel in Cusco, a real gem and close to the action.. Lake Titicaca was also a wonder, visit the Uros Islands was mind blowing. Next trip is Galapagos next year.. and please can we stop in Peru again? Many thanks to all in Peru we met, and were welcomed by including Larry, Sandra, Andy and Ale. You have a great team in Peru, and I will sing their praises to everyone I see.
Date published: 2014-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing diversity - great service Peru is a wonderfully diverse country with welcoming people and great level of service. All Chimu staff were excellent - we were collected and delivered promptly by lovely friendly people. The Inca trail was an experience not to be missed - hard in places but the guides and porters were wonderful (especially the cook who managed to deal with my wheat intolerance at 3500m!!) and the views incredible. The jungle was a complete contrast - like walking into a sauna. I've never had so many showers. Again cannot fault the hacienda or the guides. Saw so much wildlife as they knew exactly where to look and were so knowledgeable. Cusco is a great place if a little touristy. Loads of places to eat at very reasonable prices and large portions.
Date published: 2015-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best experience ever! Everything from the initial airport pick up went so smoothly! We were always looked after, guides were fantastic and knowledgeable. Organisation of our entire trip was very professional, so we could truly relax and get absorbed in the experience without having to worry about the logistics of getting places, organising tickets, finding out schedules etc. Peru is such an amazing country, so much to see - will definitely have to come back to explore more! Thanks Chimu for making this dream come true:)
Date published: 2015-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Salkantay Trek plus The trek was fantastic. The Mountain Lodges of Peru were excellent in every way. In the future, we recommend that trekkers should be advised to take gaiters.
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved every moment! The trip was well planned ensuring that the impact of altitude was minimised. The destination provides a wide variety of experiences. From fantastic scenery to outdoor pursuits to strong cultural experiences of ancient civilisations.
Date published: 2014-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific trip The suggested itinerary went smoothly and we were met by guides at each destination and escorted to our hotels. We felt very safe.
Date published: 2014-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As promised it was amazing and as promised. The trip worked like clockwork from start to finish. The trips and guides were helpful, attentive and professional. All the destinations were spectacular, the Hotels really top class and the staff very helpful. I would say that this was one of the best trips we've been on. Lima is massive and busy but so interesting. Machu Pichu eye opening and so different. Lake Titticaca such a spectacular sight and all the people so friendly and different. Each journey opened our eyes and peaked our interest, added to our knowledge We want to see more! Maybe Chilean and Patagonian adventures!? next?
Date published: 2016-10-25
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Country Information

Geography of Peru

Posted on Thu, 10 Nov 2016

Regarding the geography of Peru, 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 after Brazil and Argentina and it ranks amongst the …

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Weather in Peru

Posted on Wed, 09 Nov 2016

The weather and climate in Peru varies greatly depending on the region. The country has many climates and even microclimates that result from the presence of the Andes Mountains and the cold Humboldt Current. The climate across Peru varies from cold with wet summers and dry winters in the Andes, to a hot wet Equatorial climate in the lowlands and …

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The Vibrant Folklore Culture in Peru

Posted on Fri, 28 Oct 2016

Peru is well known for the Inca empire but Peru was the home for many indigenous cultures before the Incas entered. Peru has a diverse folklore due to the various influences of different cultures and the modern society, visible in daily music and dancing. Multi-ethnic Population Peru has a multi-ethnic population with influences from indigenous blood, Spanish colonisation, African slaves …

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The Rich Biodiversity of Peru

Posted on Mon, 24 Oct 2016

Peru has a rich biodiversity that results from its varied geography ranging from the high Andes Mountains to the Amazon Rainforest to the coastal regions. Peru boasts over 1,800 species of birds, 500 species of mammals and 300 species of reptiles. Biodiversity in Peru Mammals Rare species include the puma, jaguar, spectacled bear and pink river dolphins. Peru is also …

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The History of Peru

Posted on Wed, 12 Oct 2016

The Peru of today was shaped by its interesting and diverse history that dates back to 3000 years B.C and had a significant influence on culture, customs and cuisine of its inhabitants. Even though the complete history is difficult to explain in one blog, a few Peruvian history facts are listed below: Civilisation in Peru Peru was home to the Norte Chico …

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The Peruvian Cuisine

Posted on Sat, 08 Oct 2016

Peruvian cuisine is very diverse with regions and some cities even having their own specialities depending on geography and climate that in turn dictates available ingredients. Today Peruvian cuisine combines pre-Inca and Inca staples and food with the cuisines that the immigrants from Europe, Africa and Asia brought with them. This has resulted in a unique fusion of foods and …

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Frequently Asked Questions

What money do they use in Peru ?

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.

What language do they speak in Peru?

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.

What is the religion of Peru?

Peru’s predominant religion is Roman Catholic although the indigenous Peruvians have blended Catholicism with their traditional beliefs, creating a fascinating mix.

Do I need to be fit to go to Peru ?

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.

Is it safe to travel in Peru ?

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

Do I need a visa to travel to Peru ?

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.

How long do I need to travel Peru ?

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.

How much should I budget for daily in Peru?

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.

Do I need to get vaccinations for Peru?

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

What kind of power adaptor plug do I need for Peru ?

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 should I pack to travel in Peru ?

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

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