14 June 2018
The third largest country in South America, Peru is a fascinating destination. With the Andes running down the middle and the Amazon basin and desert Pacific coastline on either side, Peru boasts an exciting mix of glaciated mountains, steamy jungles and sandy beaches.
Best time to visit Peru
The main tourist season in Peru is from May to October, and it peaks in July and August. Winter, from June to September, is the best time for the Inca Trail due to the wonderful visibility of the clear, sunny days; this is also a good time to visit the Amazon basin, as there are fewer mosquitoes and the animals stay closer to the water, making them easier to spot.
Recommended length of stay: Spend at least three nights in Cusco, and stay long enough to explore the Amazon jungle from Puerto Maldonado and the ruins of Kuelap in Chachapoyas
Local currency: Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN)
Top three experiences
Visit the capital of the old Inca empire, Cusco
Ensure you spend a couple of days in this mesmerising colonial city to truly experience this melting pot of Amerindian and mestizo culture.
Explore the Amazon jungle, Puerto Maldonado
Fly to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to the southern Amazon jungle, and stay in a jungle lodge to get up close and personal with exotic wildlife.
Discover the ruins of Kuelap, Chachapoyas
For an off the beaten track experience, travel to Chachapoyas to explore the fortress of Kuelap – built between 600 to 900 years before Machu Picchu.
Where would you like to visit on your next adventure? Contact your local Travel Counsellor for a tailor-made holiday, or read our Authentic Encounters brochure for more inspiration.