Birthplace of the great Inca civilisation, Peru remains deeply connected to its storied ancestral heritage. Nearly half the population is purely indigenous, inhabiting some of the most fantastical settings on earth. In combination with the diverse and welcoming people are magnificent archaeological treasures, grand colonial cities and stunning natural beauty. Travel through captivating Cusco and the magical Sacred Valley set high in the Andes Mountains to the majestic Lost City of the Incas; Machu Picchu. One of the most fascinating sights in the world. In addition to Inca history, Peru is also home to the Colca Canyon, the sparkling Lake Titicaca where communities still live today on small floating islands and the mighty and mysterious Amazon rainforest.
Peruvian cities such as Lima provide a vivid contrast to these natural wonders. A blend of frenetic and cosmopolitan neighbourhoods, scenic Spanish colonial centres and folk music clubs. While south of Lima lies the vast Ica Desert, which surprisingly, is home to wonderful vineyards. Nearby, discover the mystery of the Nazca Lines and coastal Paracas. Friendly people, incredible scenery and rich culture await in a country that, for good reason is atop many people’s bucket lists.
- Machu Picchu, the great Inca ruins hidden deep in mist-covered-cloud forest
- Cusco, a beautiful Andean town, once the capital of the Inca Empire
- The enchanting islands on Lake Titicaca, one of the world’s highest navigable lakes
- Arequipa, a charming colonial city located close to smouldering volcanoes and the world’s deepest canyons
- Hike the Santa Cruz trail through the towering peaks of the Cordillera Blanca
When to Visit
The best time to visit Peru varies by region but generally, the drier winter season of April to October is the best time for visiting Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. The rainiest months in this region are usually January and February. The coastal cities of Lima, Arequipa and Nazca are year-round destinations but clearer, hotter days are more likely in December through May.
Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Lima & Cusco.