What is involved in planning a trip to Peru? There is so much involved and you may just want an agent to handle all the details for you. If you do plan to go with an agent there are still the destinations that you want to see that need to be considered. However, if you want to be involved with the planning of your tour than where to start.
Peru is a country with many unique and fascinating destinations to explore. The country is divided into three parts, the coast, the highlands and the jungle all with exciting and different places to see. Most would have heard of the ancient history of Peru and the many cultures that inhabited the country for many centuries, some of which left wonderful places for us to visit.
You will without a doubt arrive into the capital of Peru, Lima. The city has much to offer on one of many Peru luxury tours. Most people stay in the modern Miraflores district of Lima. Here you will find many wonderful hotels, restaurants and nightlife. Lima is known internationally for it food and fine dining restaurants all of which are waiting for you to sample. While in Lima you should take a tour to the historic center of the city, where you will find many Spanish Colonial building including churches and the government buildings.
From Lima you can travel to all parts of Peru, there are domestic flights to all the major cities in the country. You might for example decide to travel to Arequipa from Lima, which is only a short flight away. In Arequipa, which is considered Peru´s second city, you will find great food, a lovely climate and some wonderful historical buildings. What you must not miss in Arequipa is the Santa Catalina Monastery, which is an interesting look into the religious past of Arequipa.
From Arequipa travel around five hours and you will arrive to the Colca Valley, here you will find the spectacular Colca Canyon. The canyon is one of the deepest in the world and is set in a magnificent location. What attracts people to the canyon is the Condors and how they soar in the skies above, seeming to have no fear.
From Lima, you can also travel to the Southern town of Puno. Puno and Lake Titicaca should be on your list to see, the lake is one of the highest inland lakes in the world, but the thing that most people visit the area to see is the famous Uros Islands. These islands are home to the Uros people who made the Islands centuries ago to escape the mainland and the warring tribes. Today the people depend on tourism to make a living and you are able to visit a few of the forty-eight islands. The Uros Islands are necessary to visit, as there is not anywhere else on the planet equal.
If you love nature and the prospect of seeing animals you can and you should visit the Amazon basin in Peru. There are many great lodges and places to stay in the jungle regions of Peru. These lodges feature fascinating jungle walks where you will learn about some of the benefits of the jungle plants. The Amazon is a thirty minute flight from Cusco or an hour and a half from Lima.
The city of Cusco is a short flight from Lima and worth a few days of your holiday time. The city was the heart of the Inca Empire and featured many amazing temples. When the Spanish arrived, they dismantled these temples and built their churches on the foundations. Today you can visit the impressive churches and the city of Cusco. The city will remind you of the old European towns with Terracotta roof tiles and cobblestone streets and Spanish Colonial churches. Cusco is known for its restaurants and nightlife with many clubs to dance the night away.
Not far from Cusco is the Sacred Valley of the Inca, a place where you will experience some of the best natural beauty in South America. The sear size of the Andes Mountains will amaze and the rivers that run through the Valley are host to some adventure activities that you must try. The Valley has some pretty impressive Inca Ruins to visit and at the town of Pisaq there is a market with some of the best shopping in Peru.
On everybody´s holiday list is Machu Picchu; the Inca Citadel is one of the most spectacular ancient sites that you will see in your lifetime. Getting to the site can be an adventure in itself. There are several options, first you have trains and there is a train for your budget. The trip takes around four hours from Cusco and you will arrive relaxed and ready to visit Machu Picchu. The second way to arrive at Machu Picchu is by hiking, there are many different treks that you can do that all arrive at Machu Picchu. Do not get me wrong these treks are hard work made worse by the altitude but if you love to hike than this is the way for you. Explore Machu Picchu with a professional guide to learn the history of this fascinating place.
Luxury destinations in Peru are easy to come by. If you like to travel in luxury, Peru is the place to go. Cruising down the Amazon is a luxury ship or staying in a five star hotel at the gates of Machu Picchu or a Spanish colonial house with a wonderful art collection you will not be disappointed in what is on offer in Peru. So if you are planning a trip to Peru take our Peru travel advice and book your luxury holiday today.