Peru Tours

Why visit? While most travellers know the legendary Machu Picchu, Lost City of the Incas, only few of us know that it is only one out of twelve UNESCO World Heritage sites waiting to be discovered on a tour through what is known as the “Egypt of South America”.
 
From admiring the snow-capped peaks of the Andes or trekking the ancient Inca trail, to exploring the rainforests of the Amazon Basin, uncovering Peruvian weaving traditions on one of Lima’s colourful street markets or sampling “Pisco Sour” in a traditional hacienda, a tour to Peru will introduce you to the countless facets of one of the most fascinating cultures in the world.
 
How to get there? Generally, the easiest way for Australians to get to Peru is with LATAM or QANTAS via Santiago. Other slightly longer options include Air New Zealand via Buenos Aires, or a multitude of options via Los Angeles.
 
More information: Below we have shown you just a fraction of the options available for Peru and multi-country travel. Browse to get an idea of where you want to travel.
 
Still wondering? Contact us, you are definitely better off giving us a call or dropping us a line and letting us do the hard work for you.
 
#Livefortoday and book your Peru tour with us today. Chimu Adventures is Australia's leading Latin America and Polar specialist and can put together an itinerary to suit you.
 

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

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Featured Peru Trips & Deals

POPULAR  From 2,199

Trek the same ground as the Incas over the Peruvian Andes, through cloud forest, ending at Machu Picchu on the famous Inca Trail hike.

POPULAR  From 2,625

From Lake Titicaca, to Cusco and Machu Picchu, this nine-day trip is packed full of excitement allowing you see all the best that Peru has to offer.

GREAT PRICE  From 4,359

Marvel at the cascading beauty of Iguazu Falls, the famous sites of Rio de Janeiro and hidden histories of Cusco on this express tour of South America.

Peru Tours

9 NIGHTS From 6,095

This tour will have you tasting the diversity Peru has to offer whilst exploring the highlights of the coast and the Andes.

9 NIGHTS From 3,100

This tour really packs a punch – three must-see destinations in one. And so many contrasts! Start in Cusco, hike the Inca Trail and finish up in the Amazon Jungle. All in 10 days!

7 NIGHTS From 2,310

A classic adventure in the Inca heartland from Cusco, to the Sacred Valley towns & countryside, as well as the famous Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu.

3 NIGHTS From 4,575

Explore one of the world’s most intriguing environments on board the luxury Delfin Amazon Cruise! 

15 NIGHTS From 4,310

This comprehensive 16-day tour is an exciting adventure through Southern Peru's highlights taking in cities, desert, lakes and mountains.

5 NIGHTS From 1,560

This 4-day Lares trek is guaranteed to please, it ends in Machu Picchu, as per the Inca Trail plus enjoy a day at the ruins.

17 NIGHTS From 5,309

Visit the major highlights of Peru. From Lima to Ica & Nazca & head up into the Andes via Arequipa. Marvel at Lake Titicaca, Cusco and mighty Machu Picchu.

3 NIGHTS From 1,560

If you have limited time but still want to experience the thrill of hiking down to the Sun Gate at sunrise, this 3-day Inca Trail experience is for you.

20 NIGHTS From 7,339

Looking to explore South America? This 21 day loop covers the best of Argentina, Brazil, Peru and a taste of Chile. Giving you an incredible taste of the continent.   

Places to Visit

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

Best Things To Do in South and Central America – NOVEMBER Guide

Posted on Mon, 15 Oct 2018

As the southern summer season takes hold of a great part of the South America, now is the time to explore the more remote regions of Patagonia, the normally crowded big-name attractions in Peru and Bolivia, as well as the hot-spot of Colombia, where rains subside. November is a brilliant month to travel almost anywhere in Latin America, as the …

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Visit the Pantanal and Meet Some of the World’s Strangest Creatures

Posted on Sun, 14 Oct 2018

You know you’re approaching an otherworldly place when the street sign tells you to watch out for an animal that seems to have been inspired by a science-fiction book. Sure, it kind of looks like a mouse…but how big would it have to be to warrant a SIGN?! Remote and pristine, the Pantanal was established as a UNESCO World Heritage …

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Latin America Travel – Best Souvenirs That Won’t End Up in a Drawer

Posted on Fri, 12 Oct 2018

We admit that when travelling, sometimes, it is simply easier to dedicate just a couple of hours of our last day to hitting a gargantuan tourist market and filling up a small suitcase full of fridge magnets, key-chains and snow-globes that glow in the dark. Because, really, who wants to waste time and money buying stuff for friends back home …

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Last Minute Bookings To Antarctica. Is It Possible?

Posted on Wed, 10 Oct 2018

Antarctica is a beautiful and majestic place and a must do on many people’s bucket list, but what options are there if you feel you may have missed out because of common issues such as lack of time, slight forgetfulness or low to high volumes of procrastination? We are here to let you know that there are still options for …

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Crystal Endeavor- Where Luxury Meets Expedition

Posted on Tue, 09 Oct 2018

Many ships have braved the seas of the Polar regions and many have been specially designed for the distinct conditions, however, the Crystal Endeavor reaches new heights in the world of Polar vessels, being ‘the first purpose-built mega yacht that is Polar Code compliant’. The Crystal Endeavor has challenged and introduced exceptional new standards in expedition cruising and absolute luxury. …

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Heads Up! Your Wildlife Guide to the Andes Mountains

Posted on Mon, 08 Oct 2018

Your comprehensive guide to South America’s Andes Mountains – one mesmerizing wildlife treat at a time South America’s most defining topographical feature is home to some of its most iconic creatures. Although many first-time visitors simply include some section of the Andes Mountain range in their itinerary for the sole purpose of being overawed by a wall of sky-high peaks …

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National Geographic’s World’s Best Eco-lodges – Latin America Cleans Up!

Posted on Thu, 04 Oct 2018

National Geographic has just released its collection of World’s Best Eco-lodges and we certainly weren’t surprised to find that, out of the 44 worldwide contenders, Latin America is home to 12.  We’ve long-since known that Latin America offers a wealth of options for those who love exploring and love Mother Nature, in equal measure, and have been dedicated to offering …

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Wildlife Watching in Brazil – Amazon VS the Pantanal

Posted on Thu, 04 Oct 2018

One amazing country – two magnificent wildlife powerhouses. Which one is best to visit? Wildlife-enthusiasts looking for an exceptional journey in Brazil will undoubtedly come to the same decision crossroads: should they visit the largest rainforest on earth…or the largest wetlands? Whilst the Amazon Rainforest may be the most famous and celebrated wildlife-watching destination in Brazil, the Pantanal is, by …

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Why Travelling With a Purpose is the Best Way to Travel

Posted on Wed, 03 Oct 2018

There are more options for meaningful travel, out there, than humans on our planet and that’s because purpose, by its very definition, is an immensely personal perspective. Whether you travel to volunteer or learn a new language or to satisfy a particular personal challenge (hike a mountain in every country, watch a soccer match in every city or hike through …

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The Most Sensational Hiking Trails in Chile (That Aren’t The W-Trek)

Posted on Tue, 02 Oct 2018

You’re an avid hiker and you already know that the W-trek is Chile’s #1 must-do trail. Time to discover what other sensational hiking trails the country has to offer. Chile’s recent announcement of the opening of a brand-new hiking trail, which effectively links three of its most impressive routes in Patagonia to form one colossal, 2800km odyssey, will certainly help …

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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 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 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 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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Peru – Books You Definitely Want To Read

Posted on Mon, 20 Feb 2017

Before travelling to a destination it’s always great to gain an insight into the country, whether that be through a travel guide or maybe by reading a book based on someone else’s travels or adventures in that region. Here are just a few books that you might enjoy before or after your Peru travels. Cloud Road – A Journey Through …

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Sustainable Tourism In Peru

Posted on Tue, 06 Dec 2016

Although tourism plays a crucial role in the economy of Peru, there are often resulting adverse effects on the environment and ecosystems caused by the influx of tourists. Sustainable tourism and ecotourism mean conscientious and responsible travel. Conserve the environments you travel through, respect the local communities that you visit and always try to minimise your impact on the natural …

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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 to many indigenous cultures before the Incas arrived. Peru has a diverse folklore due to the various influences of different cultures and the modern society, visible in the country’s 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, here is a brief summary of some of the main events in the history of Peru. Civilisation in …

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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