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Introducing Peru

Peru is a country steeped in culture and natural beauty. From the lush Amazon Jungle to the sacred peaks of the Andes, down whitewater rivers that carve their way toward the South Pacific, Peru has endless regions and highlights to explore. 

Where should I go?
Most travelers come to Peru to see Machu Picchu, the iconic ruins perched high above the Urubamba River, yet this is just a small glimpse into what Peru has to offer. One could spend over a week exploring the other ruins of the Sacred Valley, a corridor of villages, mountain peaks, and hiking routes above the Urubamba River. Travelers can also experience the Peruvian Amazon along the border of Brazil, which gives birth to many of the mighty tributaries of the Amazon River, full of wildlife, indigenous cultures, and pristine wilderness. The north of Peru, still undiscovered by mainstream tourism, rewards any traveler who ventures off the beaten path with untouched ruins and vistas. Then down along Peru's West Coast, past beautiful beaches with year-round surfing, you'll arrive at the mysterious Nasca lines, immense geoglyphs carved into the desert sand. Learn more

When is the best time to visit? 
Every region in Peru is a bit different. May is one of the best months to visit the Sacred Valley - it marks the end of the rainy season, and travelers can beat the crowds that arrive from June to August. September to November are the best months for wildlife viewing in the Amazon, and November offers some of the best surfing along the Peruvian coast. Learn more

Things to do in Peru
Peru is a great destination for outdoor activities as well as cultural exploration. Trekking, rafting, and biking are all popular activities. The Sacred Valley offers some of the best outdoor activity options in Peru - you can learn more here. If you're looking for a more relaxed trip focused on culture and history, get inspired by these itinerary ideas.

Getting around in Peru
Distances in Peru are very large, so domestic flights (for example from Lima to Cusco to reach Machu Picchu) are typically part of itineraries in Peru. Learn more

How many days do you need to visit Peru? 
No matter how much time you have in Peru, whether it's just a few days or a few weeks, this country can offer some unforgettable experiences. With just five days, it's possible to visit the national highlights of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. With a week or more the experiences just get better, allowing you time for historic cities and off-the-beaten-path adventures. Learn more

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Peru Tours & Itineraries

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Salkantay peak as seen during the Salkantay trek
Map of Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The Salkantay trek is one of Peru’s best alternatives to the Inca Trail. Trek over a beautiful mountain pass at the foot of Mt. Salkantay before stopping at a local organic coffee plantation, followed by a visit to the Llactapata ruins. Finally, get up early the last day to catch sunrise at the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu
Map of Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

If you’re looking for the best way to hike the Inca Trail, this classic route offers a unique approach which avoids the main crowds, and follows the ideal schedule for timing your visit to Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu
Map of Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain Adventure - 6 Days
Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain Adventure - 6 Days

Explore the essential highlights of Peru's Sacred Valley, including visits to Cusco and Machu Picchu. Then, journey through a land of wild desert landscapes, snow-capped peaks, and herds of alpacas to arrive at your ultimate destination: the rainbow-painted slopes of Mount Vinicunca hidden deep in the Andes.

Caravan in Cordiliera Huayhuash
Map of Cordillera Huayhuash - 9 Days
Cordillera Huayhuash - 9 Days

Explore the Cordillera Huayhuash on this 9-day adventure through one of the most impressive regions of the Peruvian Andes. This is one of the lesser-known and uncrowded treks due to the remote location of this beautiful mountain range.

Ausangate Trek
Map of Ausangate Camping Trek
Ausangate Camping Trek

If you’re looking for a beautiful and more remote trek in Peru, the Ausangate trek may be perfect for you. On this 8-day itinerary, you’ll discover the beauty and rugged highlands of the Ausangate region, hike past glacial lakes, and wander amidst herds of alpacas.

Looking down on the city of Cusco
Map of Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour - 7 Days
Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour - 7 Days

Explore Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu on this epic one week adventure. While in the Sacred Valley, you'll get to choose from a selection of great adventures, including mountain biking, horseback riding, or zip-lining. 

Make the Most of Your Time in Peru

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Colorful Carnival in Puno, Peru
How Many Days Should You Spend in Peru?

No matter how much time you have in Peru, whether it's just a few days or a few weeks, this country can offer some unforgettable experiences. With just three or four days and...

Cusco Plaza de Armas
Map of 7 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

In seven days, it's easy to combine Machu Picchu with day trips within the Sacred Valley, or with a visit to another region like the Amazon Rainforest or Lake Titicaca. Trekkers...

Stone mask on the ancient temple at Chavin de Huantar
Map of 10 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days in Peru, you can explore up to three regions by taking internal flights or focus on one off-the-beaten-path area like Northern Peru. The highlights of the Cusco...

The vast expanse of the Sacred Valley
Map of 2 Weeks in Peru - 5 Unique Itineraries
2 Weeks in Peru - 5 Unique Itineraries

A two-week visit to Peru allows travelers to comfortably combine Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley with one of the country's more remote regions. Enjoy the culture and history...

Peru Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
Agricultural terraces surrounding the ruins
Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu and its surrounds offer a variety of seasonal outdoor activities and phenomenal festivals throughout the year. For ideal weather (bright, dry and cool), you'll want...

View of Machu Picchu
Top 10 Places to Visit in Peru

From ancient Inca ruins to the mysterious Nazca Lines, snow-capped peaks to dense Amazonian jungle: Peru is one of the world's most diverse destinations. That diversity is also...

Spectacular mountain scenery in the Sacred Valley © Kiki Deere
Best Activities in Peru

Peru’s spectacularly varied landscapes offer endless opportunities for outdoor activities and sports: trekking, rafting and mountain biking are just a handful of the activities...

Peru Travel Advice

Read our detailed insights to make sure you have the best trip
Machu Picchu - the perfect set
5 Movies to Watch Before Your Trip to Peru

Grab some popcorn! Your adventures in Peru will be even more fulfilling if you take the time to watch a film or two before you begin the trip. And these comedies, biopics, and...

Cusco, historic capital of the Inca Empire, by night
24 Hours in Cusco

Cusco has been a bastion of Peruvian culture since its founding in the 12th century. Today, it's a sophisticated city filled with fabulous museums, galleries, restaurants, and...

Train at Abra la Raya on the Cusco to Puno Line
Peru's Best Train Rides

All aboard! Trains are a practical solution for traveling in Peru: they transport travelers between key destinations around the country, and they're also a wonderful way to take...

Peru Destination Guides

Detailed travel guides for the main regions of the country
Estancia El Chillo, Amazonas Region
Northern Peru: Everything You Need To Know

While the majority of travelers head straight for Machu Picchu in southern Peru, the North remains a hidden gem for those willing to venture off-the-beaten-path. You'll have...

Peru Hotel Advice

Unique places to stay, curated by kimkim specialists
8 Great Family-Friendly Hotels in Lima
Map of 8 Great Family-Friendly Hotels in Lima
8 Great Family-Friendly Hotels in Lima

Each year more and more travelers to Peru are discovering the pleasures of its capital city—and bringing their kids along for the ride. It's easy to see why: from world-class...

Green Parrot posing at a lodge in Peru.
Map of Best Wildlife Lodges in Peru
Best Wildlife Lodges in Peru

While Peru is well-known for its archaeological wonders, the country is also an up-and-coming destination for spotting birds and wildlife in pristine eco-systems. At luxury...

Best Things to do in Peru

Unique things to do, curated by kimkim specialists
View from the Santa Cruz trek in Peru
Map of Best 10 Treks in Peru
Best 10 Treks in Peru

Peru — a nation with abundant natural diversity, from coast, to mountains, to jungle — has long attracted lovers of the Great Outdoors. The Peruvian Andes, running like a...

Machu Picchu
Map of Best Treks to Machu Picchu
Best Treks to Machu Picchu

A visit to Machu Picchu is the highlight of most people’s trip to Peru. In fact, this ancient Inca Citadel attracts over a million visitors each year. Many visitors get there by...

Traditionally dressed Peruvian women in a local marketplace
5 Best Cultural Experiences in Peru

Of course you'll go to Machu Picchu. But what about sipping coffee on the same farm where the beans are grown, or riding the slow train through a gorgeous landscape? Read on for...

Our Latest Peru Content

Boats on Lake Titicaca
Journey to the Amazon, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca - 13 Days

Explore the Amazon jungle, the ancient city of Machu Picchu, the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, and more on this exciting 13-day adventure through Peru. You'll get oriented in Lima before heading into the rainforest for several days of wildlife spotting and excursions on the jungle river. Then transfer to Cusco to explore the ancient Inca capital and the nearby Sacred Valley. Discover Machu Picchu at dawn before traveling onward to Puno. You'll spend a few days traveling around Lake Titicaca, visiting islands and learning about indienous cultures, at the end of the journey.

Cobblestoned streets of Cusco
Highlights of Lima, Cusco & the Sacred Valley - 9 Days

Divide your time between Lima and Cusco — with a quick side trip to Machu Picchu — on this outdoorsy 9-day itinerary around Peru. These two cities have plenty of historic sights and cultural attractions to explore, from pre-Inca ruins and colorful food markets in Lima to the quaint streets and ancient temples of Cusco. But they're also excellent places to base yourself while making excursions into the surrounding areas. Zoom around the Sacred Valley on a quad bike, trek through vibrantly hued hills at Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain, and enjoy a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, where you'll spend the night before venturing up to Machu Picchu at dawn.

An alpaca at Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain 
Gourmet Experiences & Outdoor Adventures in Peru - 10 Days

Learn to make ceviche, hike through rainbow-colored hills, taste pisco at a historic Peruvian winery, and ride a zip line through the Sacred Valley on this exciting 10-day journey through Peru. Offering a mix of gourmet experiences and thrilling outdoor activities, the trip starts in Lima, where you'll sightsee and go on a foodie tour in bohemian Barranco. Then you'll travel down the coast to Huacachina to try "surfing" on massive sand dunes and tour family-run wineries. Continue on to Cusco, day-tripping to the Sacred Valley for a rock climbing and zip-lining excursion. Travel to Machu Picchu at dawn to explore the lost city of the Incas, then spend the last day of the itinerary hiking around the colorful landscapes of Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain. With fresh air, delicious food, and insights into Peru's history and culture, this trip is a traveler's favorite.

Peru Travel Videos

Peru Travel Specialist Interview - Nicole
Peru Travel Specialist Interview - Clara
Exploring the Sacred Valley

Peru Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
Peru map: 7 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Peru map: 10 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Peru map: 2 Weeks in Peru - 5 Unique Itineraries
2 Weeks in Peru - 5 Unique Itineraries
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Peru
Travel specialist Anne Godoy
active 1 day ago

Anne Godoy

Once I finished school, I learned that my country and the rest of the world had so many unique and beautiful cultures and experiences. I decided to travel around Peru to some off-the-beaten-path...

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Travel specialist Liz Karen L. Jihuallanca
active 22 hours ago

Liz Karen L. Jihuallanca

Peruvian delicious food, unique culture, and fascinating history are part of me! And as a good cusqueñian, I am very proud of my culture and heritage. I have lived and worked in the USA and made...

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Travel specialist Kristy Tizon
active 22 hours ago

Kristy Tizon

Kristy is a Peruvian-American who is originally from Los Angeles but now calls Lima, Peru her home. Growing up as a Peruvian-American, she was able to experience the best of both worlds. Her...

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Travel specialist Steve Wilson
active 3 days ago

Steve Wilson

I love Peru! Its culture, history, food, people and incredible scenery. And I love talking about Peru with culturally-minded travelers and helping them create an experience that reflects their...

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Trip Reviews for Peru

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Jessica planned such an amazing trip with the...
Peru | Aug 27 - Sep 1, 2022

Natasha
Natasha J.
Ozone Park, NY | Sep 03, 2022

Jessica planned such an amazing trip with the limited time we had! We especially loved the floating Islands and interacting with the locals. Our guides were very friendly and knowledgeable and we absolutely loved and adored them. Peru was so stunning and we are so happy that we had Jessica to plan this to our liking where we didn’t have to worry about calling a taxi, or what we would have to do on certain days. read more

Jessica planned such an amazing trip with the limited time we had! We especially loved the floating Islands and interacting with the locals. Our guides were very friendly and knowledgeable and we absolutely loved and adored them. Peru was so stunning and we are so happy that we had Jessica to plan this to our liking where we didn’t have to worry about calling a taxi, or what we would have to do on certain days.

Hotel Reviews
Casa Andina Standard Puno
Puno

This was such a beautiful hotel in prime location of the plaza and food however the water was turned off late at night and didn’t turn back on until after 5 am. We had some early mornings and we ran a bit late because we didn’t know

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Gringo Bill's Boutique Hotel
Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu

This was at a prime location with food and pharmacies however the hot water wasn’t working upon arrival for one room and the water would stop working after some time. There was a dead bug in one room but other than that the hotel was fine

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Tierra Viva Cusco Centro
Cusco

This hotel was stunning! It was also really walkable to restaurants and was beautiful definitely one of our favorite stays of the trip!

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Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport
Lima

This was a great hotel right off the airport that had a restaurant with food which was great since we had a super late night flight

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Local specialist: Jessica Danker

Best of Peru
Peru | May 5 - May 11, 2022

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Justin D.
Port Chester, NY | Aug 31, 2022

Absolutely incredible trip with perfect logistics and an amazing guide and team on the ground!

My wife and I had an unforgettable week in Peru which was planned perfectly by the Miski team! I recommend Miski to everyone who asks about our trip. I could not thank the Miski team enough for their ability to create a perfect trip based on our preferences.

Local specialist: Kristy Tizon
Kristy
Kristy Tizon
Local specialist in Lima | Aug 31, 2022

It was such a pleasure to have you for your trip to Peru. Thank you so much for choosing to boom with us. Come visit us again!

Lima, Parachas, Ica, Cusco, Machu Picchu with teens!
Peru | Aug 10 - Aug 20, 2022

Tiffany
Tiffany H.
Manhattan, NY | Aug 21, 2022

Carlos in Lima was super knowledgeable about all of the different Peruvian foods, felt like I got an herbalist lesson along with an amazing historical overview of the culinary scene in Lima. Absolutely Wonderful.

Jaime was so kind and kept everything in order and expectations managed for the trip through Parachas and Ica.

Edwin in Cusco and the Inca trail and Machu Picchu I really cannot say enough. His knowledge of Incan history and his capacity to tell it through a captivating... read more

Carlos in Lima was super knowledgeable about all of the different Peruvian foods, felt like I got an herbalist lesson along with an amazing historical overview of the culinary scene in Lima. Absolutely Wonderful.

Jaime was so kind and kept everything in order and expectations managed for the trip through Parachas and Ica.

Edwin in Cusco and the Inca trail and Machu Picchu I really cannot say enough. His knowledge of Incan history and his capacity to tell it through a captivating story was priceless. He clearly loves his job and feels passionate about his work. He was so supportive of my kids (12 and 16) throughout and kept them in mind- captured their attention and made all of the trekking doable. 5 stars.

The Mountain View experience in Maras in the sacred valley was a once in a lifetime experience. A hidden gem. So glad we had this adventure up there.

The river rafting, rock climbing and zip lining were incredible. So much fun for the whole family and all of the guides were so kind and supportive. Both of the adventure companies were amazing - top rate.

The only improvement I would make would be the hotel in Urubamba. The hotel was a bit removed from town and out dated. Not a big deal - just some feedback. I wish we had had a chance to stay in Oyantaytambo. Next time!

Hotel Reviews
Cooper Hotel Boutique
Cusco

Cooler hotel was more than hospitable. Small and intimate, unpretentious, and the breakfast was amazing - made to order in the most amazing sun room. Fantastic location. Delicious teas. Super kind staff.

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San Agustin Urubamba
Urubamba

The hotel seemed a bit outdated and many things were not working (fireplaces, pool, the hot tub was quoted at $80 - US dollars- for 1 hr usage, no filtered water available for free),

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The hotel was a bit removed from town
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Hotel Antigua Miraflores
Lima

Beautiful hotel with comfortable quarters for a family of three. Decent breakfast, coffee shop on site. Great location.

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Fantastic Peruvian ambiance
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Close to the water and between Barranco and San Isidoro
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Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu, Cusco

Clean, environmentally sound, free filtered water. Wish we had been able to spend a little longer there.

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Activity Reviews
Lima City & Food Tour
Peru

This tour was a fun and easy way to get a good flavor of Lima. Carlos was incredibly knowledgeable about the medicinal value of all Of the rich variety of fruits and vegetables the Peruvian cuisine offers. His love for Lima and for food were infectious. Highly recommend. It was great for my 12 and 16 year old as well!

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Vegetarian friendly
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Full Day Ica Adventure (6am)
Peru

While this could have felt like a long day of travel instead it felt like a great adventure broken up into the most diverse experiences. I can’t believe all we saw and experienced in one day. From a boat ride in the morning, learning about bird fertilizer that was used even during Ican times! Penguins, sea lions, and more… to an amazing lunch and wine tour and tasting, to dune buggy riding and sand boarding in the desert! It was a packed day full of fun. The comfy van was a great transport to and from. Highly recommend, especially if you have kids!

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Local specialist: Johanna Fabian
Johanna
Johanna Fabian
Local specialist in Lima | Aug 21, 2022

Hi Tiffany,
I'm happy to hear you and your children had a great time in Peru! It was a pleasure planning this trip for you, I'll be sure to let the rest of my team know about your comments.

We hope to see you in Peru again!
Johanna