Peru Tours

Organized tours in Peru enable travelers to experience a wide range of attractions, landscapes, climates, and cultures. A slew of reputable agencies offer a number of excursions, from scenic day trips around Lake Titicaca (the world’s highest navigable lake) to mystical multi-day hikes through Machu Picchu and along the Inca trail. Tours in the Peruvian Amazon explore one of the most bio-diverse areas of the planet, while Andes trips will take you high into the picturesque peaks. Choose an adventure trekking tour, or sit back and take in the sites by bus: there are trips for every spirit of traveler, with expeditions that can include hiking, mountain biking, rafting, culture tours, and even shopping. A wide range of itineraries means there is something to fit all interests, time-frames and budgets. Tours can easily be booked internationally or in all major cities once in Peru.

Andes Tours

The snowcapped peaks and glacial lakes of the Peruvian Andes offer some of the most incredible scenery in the hemisphere, and a wide range of tours cater to both expert mountaineer and novice trekker alike. It is not necessary to be “super fit” to hike in the Andes, but you do need to be of generally good fitness and a regular walker. Tours are rated by level of difficulty and last from a few days to a couple of weeks or more. The majority of Andes tours depart from Huaraz, though trips can be taken from several of the country’s other mountain towns.

Amazon Tours

Amazon tours allow you to explore one of the most bio-diverse areas on the planet. Take a boat trip down the Amazon tributary rivers or stay in an Eco Lodge-or combine the two. Knowledgeable guides take you deep into the rainforest in search of the more than 1,500 species of birds, 2,500 species of fish, and more than 50,000 species of plants. Tours can last anywhere from two days to two weeks and offer a wide range of accommodation options.

Lake Titicaca Tours

Tours of the world’s highest navigable lake explore its waters and the traditional communities living on its shores and islands. Trips range from half-day or day excursions to multiple-day tours. Most travel agencies in Puno organize tours of Lake Titicaca.

Inca Trail and Alternative Tours to Machu Picchu

Hiking the Inca Trail is by far one of the most popular activities in Peru, and there are a host of tour possibilities to guide you. There are also a number of alternative treks that are cheaper, quieter, and less quickly booked up than the Inca Trail. Shorter jaunts of a few days touch upon a few sites, while trips of three days to more than a week will take you winding through an array of scenery, altitudes, climates, and ecosystems that range from high Andean plains to dense cloud forest. Many excursions end with a climactic arrival at the breathtaking Machu Picchu site. Most trips leave and return to Cusco, and if you haven’t had time to acclimate to high altitudes it may be worth hanging out here for a few days before hitting the trail. Look around: trips vary greatly in levels of difficulty and price.

Organized Tours

There are a number of operators who can provide guided tours of Peru. Many of these are based in the country; check out each city’s specific section to find tour operator listings for that area. Alternatively, there are tour operators based in North America, Europe and Australia that offer a variety of tours taking in most of Peru’s main highlights. These companies offer a variety of trips; some take in just one or two destinations, some explore the whole country pretty thoroughly, and others offer multi-country tours, visiting Peru as part of a trip that may cover several countries in South America. These types of tours are often group trips where you will be traveling with a number of others from different countries and backgrounds from all over the world. They are more costly than going it alone, but for those who like to have everything organized upfront, they can be a good option.

  • Convento y Museo de la Recoleta
    One of the most impressive historical monuments in Peru, the Franciscan Recoleta Monastery dates back to 1648. This museum offers a microcosmic illustration of the two dominant cultures that shaped Peru. One of these is pre-Columbian, featuring Nasca, Chavín and Chancay pottery, stones and mummies
  • Eco-tourism in Peru
    Eco-tourism in Peru has boomed in the last decade. There are many valid eco-lodges that have little or no negative effect on the environment and help you truly appreciate Peru's natural beauty. However, many hotels claim to be eco-lodges (often simply by adding the prefix "eco" to all goods and ser
  • Sacred Valley
    My taxi driver Pablo picks me up at 7 a.m. at my hotel, Hostal Marani in Cusco, for my tour of the Sacred Valley. Amazing mountain scenery is on view as we head to our first destination, Chinchero. There is a huge market here on Sundays. There are more Inca ruins and terraces set among the beautiful
  • InkaNatura Travel - Tours
    InkaNatura Travel is owned by the nonprofit group Peru Verde, and operates on the slogan of "conservation through tourism," with all net proceeds benefiting conservation efforts of national parks, reserves, and archaeological sites in Peru. InkaNatura organizes unique tours focused on nature, cultur
  • Molino de Sabandía
    This centuries-old mill, powered by a nearby waterfall, is in operation, grinding grains and flours, after being restored in 1973. This historical landmark is worth visiting both for its historical architecture, as well as the natural beauty surrounding it. Alpacas and vicuñas freely wander outsid
  • Reserva Nacional San Fernando
    Reserva Nacional San Fernando is a 154,716-hectare (382,312-ac) land and sea national park near San Juan de Marcona. It has two distinct sectors. The northern part of the reserve is where the Ica and Grande rivers flow into the sea, creating a beautiful contrast between the barren desert and the fo
  • Toro Muerto petroglyphs
    Stretching 200 meters (652 feet) wide for about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles), the impressive Petroglifos de Toro Muerto is one of the largest collections of petroglyph drawings in the world. Figures of animals, birds and peopleâ??many of them mysterious flying "ancient astronauts"â??carved into volca
  • Amazon Animal Orphanage and Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm
    Few travelers get to see stealthy jaguars, solitary anteaters and rare red uakari monkeys in the jungle, but at the Amazon Animal Orphanage and Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, you can visit with wildlife and see the fragile insects in all stages of life. Chances are, a gregarious monkey will take a ri
  • Casa Torre Tagle
    One of the oldest and most accomplished expressions of Spanish colonialism, the Casa Torre Tagle merits a visit. It is named after the Marquis Torre Tagle, a former treasurer of the Spanish Armada. Built in 1735, this is one of the last examples of Baroque design found in the Americas, with imperia
  • Mansión del Fundador
    Its name in Spanish translates to â??Mansion of the Founder.â? The founder in question being Don Garcí Manuel de Carbajal, who was among many knights ordered by Francisco Pizarro to establish cities across Peru as a means of consolidating the territory under Spanish rule. Don Carbajal accompli
  • Huancas
    Huancas, 5 kilometers north of Chachapoyas, derives its name from the Huancas nation. Originally from the Mantaro valley east of Lima, they were sent by Inca ruler Huayna Cápac as mitmaq, or colonists to the Chachapoya realm. Huancas has become renowned for its pottery, made exclusively by women,
  • Casa Goyeneche
    Across the street from the Casa Torre Tagle, is the Casa Goyeneche, also known as the Casa Rada, constructed 40 years later. These side-by-side buildings provide a striking opportunity to observe
  • Aeroxtreme
    Paragliding instructor Michael Fernández has more than 15 years of experience. He offers tandem flights year-round that fly over the beautiful Costa Verde in Miraflores. Flights are around 10 minutes long and no experience is necessary. Be sure to bring your camera. Mike also offers one-day cour
  • Travel and Hotel Guide
    We offer complete information about hotels and tours in Cusco and Machu Picchu.
  • Gayperu Travel
    Gay Peru Travel specializes in tours to Peru's many beauties, especially for gay travelers. Its main offering is the 14-night/15-day “Fascinating Andes” excursion, visiting sites in Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, the Amazon jungle and Lago Titicaca. The package includes lodging, breakfast, to
  • Motorbike Tours
    Motorcycling in Huascarán National Park. Bring strong boots. Daily, 9 a.m.-10.30 p.m.
  • Ica Wineries
    In the countryside around Ica, 85 traditional wineries woo visitors with sensational food, charming atmosphere and, more importantly, the opportunity to taste locally produced wines and piscos. In the evenings, the ambiance changes to down-to-earth cant
  • Sandboarding in the Ica Desert
    You've most definitely heard of surfing and skiing, and probably snowboarding, but sandboarding? Believe it or not, one of the most popular activities in southern Peru's I
  • Homestay
    I stayed with a family for two days in Chicheros. They taught me how to weave, I played with the kids and saw what life was like in small Andean town. They took me to their potato patch, too. The room was very basic and they gave me hot water to have a bath, but it was special.