It only takes a mere glance at Peru’s superb list of tempting attractions – the lost Incan city of Machu Picchu, the glassy waters of Lake Titicaca, the snow-brushed peaks of the Andes, the dense fringes of the Amazon Rainforest – to begin dreaming about your next holiday.
One of the most naturally stunning countries on earth, Peru’s striking diversity and remarkable history also ensures it remains one of the most enigmatic too.
It’s why Peru is swiftly earning a reputation as a must-visit holiday destination for those who label intrigue and wonder amongst their travel desires… After all, if historians are yet to fully understand the origins of Peru, there is much for the humble traveller to discover!
A Travelbag Peru tour opens up a world of opportunities to experience, from watching the sun rise through the mist across the magical Machu Picchu, to following the iconic Inca Trail through rural communities and ancient ruins, to standing at the edge of the immense Amazon Rainforest.
Indeed for many, a Peru holiday is all about visiting Machu Picchu, one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’ and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Only discovered in 1911, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ stood remarkably preserved for centuries on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba (Sacred) Valley and has baffled historians and archaeologists for decades with its quirky details, including staircases, terraces, fountains and towers, as well as some staggering engineering feats, not least how the huge stones were transported up such steep hills.
Few visions are as spectacular as those associated with this Incan treasure, and it is imperative that you stay long enough to watch a stunning sunrise, when the mist slowly clears and the sun releases Machu Picchu from the shadows of the night.
To get a better understanding of the Incan culture, however, a tour that includes the Inca Trail is an insightful choice. Wending through the incredible Peruvian valleys, the traditional Inca Trail takes in stops at the Inca ruins of Patallacta, the small village of Wayllabamba and the Incan tambo of Runkuraqay, among many others.
With Machu Picchu marking the fitting end point to the Inca Trail, traversing this notorious route allows you to admire these remarkable sites against the backdrop of a beautiful Andean landscape, which appears to evolve amongst the eerie mist and clouds.
Peru’s history goes farther than the Incas, however, as represented by the extraordinary Nazca Lines, a series of fascinating ancient patterns which form recognisable shapes, including a monkey, a spider, a humming bird, a dog and fish.
Like Machu Picchu, the Nazca Lines were only brought to international attention relatively recently in 1927 yet are thought to date back to 400-650AD. Though best viewed from a flight, many of the images can be seen from the foothills on the Pampas du Jumana.
Though only 13 per cent of it is located in Peru, the Amazon Rainforest actually covers 60 per cent of the country’s land and is a breeding ground for tremendous biodiversity. The Manu National Park, which is a 45 minute flight from Cuzco, is the largest National Park in Peru and is distinguished by its relative inaccessibility, which has ensured immaculate preservation.
Located further south to straddle the borders of Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and is situated on the shores of Puno. Significant for its size – 8,300 square kilometres – and the fact it is the highest navigable body of water in the world at 3821m above sea level, Lake Titicaca is worth visiting just to witness the vast expanse of the turquoise water set against the hilly backdrop.
To experience Lake Titicaca fully, however, an overnight stay on one of the six islands – Uros (floating islands), Amantani, Taquile, Isla del Sol, Isla de la Luna and Suriqui – represents remarkable peace and tranquillity as you relax beneath the star-peppered cloak of darkness.
From the magic of Machu Picchu, to the serenity of Lake Titicaca, to the mystery of the Nazca Lines, Peru is a land of unimaginable beauty, history and culture with little compare.
Book a Peru holiday in 2013 and prepare to take an enchanting step back in time…
Highlights of Peru
Traverse the historic Inca Trail, immerse yourself in the rural ways of the Sacred Valley, explore the ancient ruins of Cuzco and, of course, discover the magic of the ‘lost’ city of Machu Picchu on a truly unforgettable Peru tour with Travelbag.
Whether you prefer the flexibility of an independent tour, the benefits of an escorted tour helmed by our excellent team of friendly expert guides or the romance of a small group tour, Travelbag has the Peru tour to suit you.
Find out why there has never been a better time to book a Peru tour with Travelbag in 2013 by taking advantage of our comprehensive itineraries, arranged accommodation and transfers, and the unique experiences that come only with a Travelbag tour.
Key Highlights of Peru
- Watching a majestic sunrise over Machu Picchu
- Trekking the spectacular Inca Trail
- Exploring the ancient relics of Cuzco
- Floating on the world’s highest lake
- Venturing into the Amazon Rainforest
- Discovering the mysterious Nazca Lines.
For more information about Travelbag’s excellent range of Peru tours, call 0871 703 4698 to chat with one of our knowledgeable travel experts about creating the perfect Peru holiday for you.
TOP TEN THINGS TO DO IN PERU
- Welcome the dawn of a new day in Machu Picchu - Few moments in the world will be considered as breathtaking as the sunrise to be enjoyed in the ‘lost’ city of Machu Picchu, as light gently washes over this extraordinary site high above the Sacred Valley
- Journey through time on the Inca Trail - Traverse the Inca Trail on the way to your final destination at Machu Picchu, a picturesque journey that wends through Aztec ruins, rural villages and Incan tambos (resting place for travellers)
- Step on Titicaca’s floating islands - Take a boat across beautiful Lake Titicaca – the highest lake in the world – to visit the unusual floating islands of the Uros people, a unique Travelbag tour experience.
- Marvel at the Sacred Valley - Admire the dramatic vistas of the Sacred Valley as it wends through the region of Cuzco and visit some of the rural villages and ancient ruins that hark back to the Incan era.
- Explore the ancient Incan capital - The historic city of the Incans, Cuzco offers an abundance of ancient attractions, including the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and the grand Plaza de Armas
- Discover Peru’s mysterious Nazca Lines - Ponder the history of the enigmatic Nazca Lines, a set of ancient patterns in the ground that date back to 400-650AD but have only been known about since the 1920s…
- Stand at the corner of the Amazon - Covering more than 60 per cent of Peru’s entire land, learn more about the Amazon Rainforest’s remarkable diversity with a visit to Manu National Park.
- Get a taste for lively Lima - Explore the lively colonial streets of Lima, Peru’s capital city, and perhaps sample a local dish of ceviche washed down with a Pisco Sour.
- Admire Peru’s colonial heritage - The UNESCO World Cultural Heritage city of Arequipa is distinguished by its numerous historical and colonial attractions, namely the Santa Catalina Convent.
- Relax on the shores of Lake Titicaca - Set on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the city of Puno is the ideal from which to explore the vast lake and enjoy the town’s warm atmosphere.
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