What to Do in Peru
Published on: September 5th, 2017
Last modified: July 28th, 2023
Peru is a country steeped in history and culture, backdropped by the most breathtaking scenery. A trip to this South American wonder is an experience to be treasured for a lifetime.
If you're stuck for what to do in Peru, our Travel Designers can put together an itinerary perfectly suited to your needs and interests.
From luxury boutique accommodation to private expert guides with exclusive access to certain areas, we'll help you forge lasting memories.
Sail the Amazon
Head for the waterways of the northern Amazon and spend a few nights on board a luxury expedition vessel. You’ll glide through the lush tributaries, venturing out into the rainforest in smaller boasts during the day.
Machu Picchu by rail
If style, class and comfort are top of your list when travelling, then there’s no better way to explore Peru than by rail. Hop on board a luxury train, either the romantic Hiram Bingham or the Vistadome, and travel to Machu Picchu, the misty lost city of the Incas. Along the way, you can stop at the Sacred Valley or Urubamba, just let us know what you’d like to include and we’ll structure your journey to include as much or as little as you’d like.
The ancient citadel of Machu Picchu is surrounded by mystery and your dedicated expert guide will make the ruins come alive for you, as well as allow you the space to explore on your own if you’d prefer. They will guide you to the hidden corners and best viewpoints.
And if you’re heading from Cusco to mystical Lake Titicaca, settle into a carriage on board the Belmond Andean Explorer, for a luxurious overnight journey through spectacular scenery. Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic local guides afford you the chance to really get up close to ancient cultures and the areas natural wonders, rather than just seeing them in passing.
Trek the mountains
If you have a hankering for real adventure, we can arrange first-rate, private trekking experiences for you. Explore the Ollantaytambo Fortress, the salt terraces of Maras and the Inca ruins at Moray before hitting the Inca trail. This spectacular hike crosses epic mountain passes and ancient ruins on the way to Machu Picchu. We can structure our deluxe hikes to suit your preferences. With expert local guides by your side you can set your own pace and adjust the experience to focus on your interests.
Traverse flooded forests, waterways, rivers and nature trails as you immerse yourself in the country’s most wild and beautiful places. Your knowledgeable guides will tell you about the flora and fauna and the fascinating history of the area and share with you some of the legends and beliefs of the Incas and how they are still important to the local Quechuan communities. A private trek means you have the full attention of your guide and you won’t have to worry about matching the pace of other hikers.
Explore the cities
A beautiful Unesco World Heritage site, the Spanish colonial city of Cusco is situated in a valley of the Andes Mountains. It boasts impressive Spanish architecture, top-class restaurants and a variety of activities for all ages. Admire beautiful churches built on top of giant Inca walls, visit grand central plazas and fabulous markets and wander down cobbled streets lined with colourful textiles.
We will arrange a private guide to introduce you to the city, taking into account exactly where your interests lie, be it culture, food, art or history. You may even be keen to learn to prepare some classic Peruvian dishes at a private cooking class. They will help unlock the city’s hidden secrets for you.
Peru’s capital Lima is trendy, interesting and a definite must for anyone interested in innovative culinary concepts. The city is home to a variety of top restaurants which offer interesting interpretations of traditional Peruvian dishes. We can assist with making reservations at the highest-rated restaurants. When you’re not relaxing at your luxury hotel, take time to visit the museums and admire the colonial architecture.