Explore the ruins of Machu Picchu, the beauty of Lake Titicaca, the geoglyph designs of Nazca line and more with a custom tailored journey through Peru
A country with deep cultural roots, Peru is one of the most diverse places on the planet. Travel from an arid desert, to soaring mounting ranges, to lush tropical forests. Discover the wonders of Machu Picchu with one of Peru’s most knowledgeable travel guides. Peru is a land of aromas, flavors and textures where traditional and foreign elements fuse together incredibly. Taste the culinary legacy of a country with a penchant for fine foods.
Peru is a destination with something for everyone; limitless adventure for thrill-seekers, history and mysticism for those who want to delve into the ancient Andean culture, as well as relaxation and luxury for those searching for a breath of fresh air. Our specialists have explored the main sights, as well as the lesser-known ones. They will carefully plan your journey as a tailor-made trip to match your specific preferences.
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Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Cusco
Uncover the history of the Inca Empire. Enjoy innovative Peruvian cuisine and explore museums in Lima before journeying to Cusco and the fortresses and villages of the nearby Sacred Valley. Then travel by train to explore the Lost City of the Incas. Set on top of a remote mountain surrounded by tropical jungle, the citadel of Machu Picchu is one of the most breathtaking and iconic sights in the world.
Upon arrival in Lima, you will be welcomed at the airport by your local TourTailor representative who will bring you to your hotel and assist you with check in
Luxury: Casa Andina Premium Miraflores or similar
Upscale: Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel or similar - 2 Nights
Meet your guide to explore Lima on a full-day city visit, which includes Plaza Mayor and the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. After lunch, visit the Larco Herrera Museum to discover its incredible collection of pre-Columbian artifacts. Enjoy a leisurely evening and perhaps enjoy one of Lima’s award winning Peruvian restaurants.
Luxury: Casa Andina Premium Miraflores or similar
Upscale: Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel or similar
This morning you will be taken to the airport to board your flight to Cusco and travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Slightly lower in elevation than Cusco, this stunning valley holds its own abundance of Incan artifacts and natural wonder, a perfect place to explore while adjusting to the higher altitude of the region.
Along the way, you will have a guided visit of the charming community of Chincheros, and a private weaving demonstration at the workshop of Nilda Callanaupa, where you will see the traditional process of creating local textiles, starting with the raw alpaca wool. Enjoy lunch at Wayra Ranch before continuing to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon to relax and acclimate in your beautiful surroundings.
Luxury: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness or similar
Upscale: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba or similar - 2 Nights
Although famous for Machu Picchu and Incan history, Peru is also alive with a wealth of culture and religious celebrations. From wine to live music, delightful local cuisine to joyful dancing, here are a few of TourTailor’s favorite Peru festivals.
Inti Raymi is the Incan celebration of the sun god, Inti. It coincides with the winter solstice and the harvests season and has been celebrated for over 600 years. During the Festival of the Sun, thousands of Peruvians and tourists celebrate with dancing, singing, extravagant feasts, and elaborate cultural re-enactments. Sacsayhuaman, the Incan archeological site, is the setting for the festivities.
For 18 days, people worship the Virgen de la Candelaria in Peru’s most colorful festival. Dancers and Musicians parade through the streets of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The festival is related to the pre-Hispanic farming cycles of planting and harvesting (worshipping Pacha Mama, or Mother Earth), as well as with the region’s mining activity. This festival is on UNESCO’s “Intangible Cultural Heritage List”
Fiesta de la Vendimia, or The Wine Festival, lasts ten days and celebrates Ica’s grape harvest. During the wine festival, crowds gather for dancing, street processions, grape stomping, and sampling local delicacies, as well as some of Peru’s best wines.
Easter week represents the peak of religious sentiment for the people of the Andes. The departmental capital of Ayacucho, San Cristóbal de Huamanga, celebrates one of the most intense portrayals of the passion, death and resurrection of Christ.
The week starts out with the entry of Jesus into the city riding on a donkey. On Wednesday, the images of the Virgin Mary and Saint John are paraded in fervent processions. On the evening of Holy Friday, the lights of the city wink out to give way to the Christ of Calvary. After days of grieving, Resurrection Sunday takes on a festive air, Christ is resurrected and appears once more on his litter and is carried through the streets.
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Peru has three main geographic regions: Pacific coast, Andes highlands and Amazon rainforest; this is why you will find a wide variety of climate conditions. It is important to know what clothes to wear at every place you visit, depending on the local weather.
Peru is generally a safe country to visit, with people who are friendly and respectful to tourists. Nevertheless, it is important to take precautions in order to make your trip more enjoyable.Be cautious with money, credit cards, and other valuable items, as they are favorite objects of pickpockets. Do not exchange money in the street. Carry your purse or backpack, cell phone and photographic camera with caution in public or crowded places. Learn about what areas and places you should not visit for safety reasons. Keep your valuables in the safe provided by your accommodation. Carry a bank emergency phone number in order to request the cancellation of your credit or debit card in case of loss or theft. Avoid taking cabs in the street. It is highly recommended to use private taxi companies, requested by telephone or via app.
Your health is very important to us. If you have any preexisting medical conditions, consult your physician before visiting high altitude cities such as Arequipa, Cusco and Puno. Cusco, Puno and Arequipa are cities located above 6,600 feet of altitude, so it is advisable to take it easy on the first day to acclimate. If you feel symptoms of a headache, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, insomnia, shortness of breath, or dehydration, you may have high-altitude sickness, known locally as soroche. Drink lots of water and avoid heavy meals, tobacco and alcoholic beverages. If you suffer from asthma or other respiratory conditions, be careful when visiting cities like Lima, as there is a high level of humidity.
Do not drink (or brush teeth) with tap water. We recommend that you drink bottled water.
Peru is a very photogenic country. If you want to take pictures or film local people, it is polite to ask for their permission first. In some places, such as Cusco or Puno, local people wear their traditional outfits and will charge you a symbolic amount if you wish to photograph them. Filming is allowed in all touristy areas as long as it is not done for professional purposes. Taking photographs is not permitted inside most museums and churches, particularly with flash. Ask your guide about exceptions.
Attire is casual in most places in Peru. If you plan to frequent more upscale establishments, we suggest packing a more formal outfit. We recommend wearing comfortable clothes and tennis or trekking shoes during the tours. Rubber-soled shoes are also recommended when visiting archaeological sites. Always carry a light jacket.
Most cities and towns in Peru have plenty of pubs, bars and disco clubs, as well as restaurants and casinos. Most of these places are open until 3 am.
Peru uses 220 volts nationwide. Most four and five-star hotels provide 110 volt plug-ins.
Currency: Peru’s official currency is the Sol and its symbol is: S/. Coins can be of 10 cents, 50 cents, 1, 2 and 5 soles. There are also bills of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 soles.
Payment Methods: U.S. dollars are accepted in most businesses, restaurants and gas stations, and taken at the exchange rate of the day. Some establishments only accept $20 dollar bills, so always carry local currency. Most establishments accept major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Inquire about the accepted cards before making a purchase. Your passport or a valid ID may be requested in order to make a purchase using a credit card. We recommend you bring dollars in cash and a credit or debit card that you can use to withdraw money in case of an emergency.
Where to exchange money: You may exchange foreign currency for soles in banks. However, if you prefer exchange bureaus (which usually provide better rates) ask the hotel's concierge for reliable places. Avoid street money exchange agents.
Banks and ATMs: Banking hours are from Monday to Friday, from 9:00-18:00, and Saturdays from 9:00 -12:00 or 13:00. ATMs are available at airports, shopping centers, main tourist areas and banks 24/7. Ask in your hotel where the closest ATMs are located. We recommend you always be accompanied while withdrawing money. Avoid assistance from strangers if you have a problem with your debit or credit card. Remember worldwide standard safety measures.
Although tipping is not mandatory, the amount can vary depending on satisfaction level for the service you received.
Bars and restaurants: A 10% tip over the total amount of the bill is expected when no service charges have been included. You can add 5% more for an exceptional service even when such charge is already included in the bill.
Cabs: Taxi drivers do not expect a tip unless they carry your luggage, in which case US $1 per person is appropriate.
Private drivers: Tips can range between US $5-$10 per day, depending on the service, length of the journey, and number of passengers.
Tour guides: Guides expect a tip as it indicates the service provided was up to standard
Phone: Peru’s telephone network allows national and international long-distance calls from private and public pay phones. Collect calls cannot be made from a public pay phone. You can make calls from your hotel by charging them to your bill.
International Roaming: Activate international roaming service on your cell phone if you bring it with you during your travels.
Internet: The majority of hotels include internet service and WiFi connection. If your hotel does not include internet, you can go to a public internet cabin or coffee shop that offers these services at a very cheap rate.
Foreign visitors in Peru are exempt from paying 18% of the sales tax (IGV, in Spanish, standing for Impuesto General a la Ventas) for your accommodation and all meals consumed in the hotels you stay at. To receive this exemption it is essential that you provide your passport and the Andean Migration Card (Tarjeta Andina de Migración- TAM); you will receive the TAM upon your arrival in Perú. These documents should be presented when you check-in, otherwise the hotel will charge you the tax. The hotel must retain a photocopy of your passport and Andean Immigration Form (Tarjeta Andina de Migración) at check-in.
In order to buy silver and gold jewelry, alpaca and vicuña weavings and fabrics, and souvenirs in general, you can go to the artisan markets. You can also visit specialized shops in shopping centers and at the airport. Most shops and markets are open every day, even on holidays, from 09:00 - 20:00.
Airlines: Usually airline companies accept one or two pieces of luggage of 50 pounds each. Ask about your airline’s policy regarding carry-on luggage. We recommend you put all essential items in your carry-on.
Trains: Only the necessary day or overnight luggage is allowed as carry-on. This luggage is transported in the storage compartment facilities aboard the train, which is why your carry-on should not exceed the following measures: 1 bag or backpack (11 pounds) 62 inches (height, length, width). Any luggage that does not meet these requirements shall not be accepted onboard.