Peru

Step back in time to the land of the Incas


Peru is undoubtedly one of South America’s highlights, drawing in visitors from every corner of the globe thanks to its rich cultural, historical and geographical landmarks. The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are unsurprisingly the star attractions but there is plenty more to see and do here, from treating your tastebuds to local delicacies to immersing yourself in the traditional way of life of local inhabitants. 


The ancient citadel of the Incas should definitely be top of your list, but Kuélap is a lesser-known but highly impressive pre-Inca citadel near Chachapoyas that are also worth a visit. At Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest commercially navigable lake, you can incorporate a homestay and learn about traditional way of life in this unique part of the world. Marvel at the cathedrals and dine at one of the picanterías in Arequipa’s colonial surrounds, head to peaks and glacial lakes of the Cordillera Blanca, or immerse yourself in Andean history in colourful Cuzco. 


Talk to one of our expert travel consultants about planning your ideal trip to this cultural and historical wonderland. There are many different ways to experience Peru, and we can tailor a journey to match your interest and style of travelling.

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Things you should know about Peru

Three quarters of the world’s alpaca population lives in Peru. 

The humble potato originated in Peru and was exported back to Europe with the Spanish colonisers. There are over 3,000 varieties growing in the country today.

Peru is home to the largest bird in the world, the Giant Andean Condor. 

Tips and advice from our travel advisors

The Inca trail is an iconic way of entering the sun gate at Machu Picchu but if you think your fitness can’t handle the jandal then try the lesser known smaller 3/4 day walk off the main train link. Still entering through the Sun Gate above the iconic ruins at the end of the day will leave you speechless.
Amanda Dudson
World Travellers Christchurch City
Peru is known as the number one foodie destination in Latin America, from Michelin starred restaurants to food fairs, amazing street food and La Mistura, the biggest food fair in Latin America.
Silvana Gottini
World Travellers Motueka
There’s a big cone mountain in the background of Machu Picchu called Wayna Picchu that you can climb if you want to get off the beaten track a bit – it is quite adventurous and pre-booking to enter through the gates is essential.
Angela Sargeant
World Travellers Nelson
I recommend learning the basics of Spanish by using Duolingo or taking a night class. Learning basics before you go is really vital for connecting with people.
Angela Sargeant
World Travellers Nelson
LATAM have an air pass for travelling within South America which you can only purchase in NZ from your travel agent prior to travelling to South America. The air pass is great value and makes for easy travelling. Accommodation and food is cheap making it a good value place to visit.
Angela Sargeant
World Travellers Nelson
Don’t forget pisco sours, join in on dancing and explore the churches - the artwork can rival Europe!
Sarah Bartlett
World Travellers Fuzion Travel
Take comfortable shoes and layers! Weather can change with the altitude in Peru.
Sarah Bartlett
World Travellers Fuzion Travel
Arequipa is Peru’s second largest city. It’s made out of white volcanic stone and surrounded by volcanoes so the city has got this beautiful old feel to it and is a great alternative to staying in Lima. Take a walking tour that leaves daily from the town square and learn about Arequipa from a local. No need to book just turn up at the allocated time.
Angela Sargeant
World Travellers Nelson

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