Full of mystery and culture dating back millennia, Peru is an indomitable land of deserts etched with enigmatic lines, Amazonian rainforests teeming with wildlife, and soaring mountains harbouring secret cities.
While many travellers come to visit the country’s most famous site, the ruins of Machu Picchu, the real Peru lies within its warm, proud inhabitants – many of whom can trace their bloodlines back to the Incas. Whether you’re exploring the cobbled streets of Arequipa, bobbing on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca or uncovering mummies in Nazca, our Peru tours will have you feeling like a modern-day Indiana Jones. Just don’t forget to pack your fedora.
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Peru tour reviews
Our Peru trips score an average of 4.77 out of 5 based on 879 reviews in the last year.
Sacred Land of the Incas, May 2017
A wonderful experience of Peru and the Inca heritage. A lot of travel, but there is not a lot of options if you want to experience the range of communities.
Review submitted 25 May 2017
Inca Trail Express, May 2017
Our time with Intrepid was amazing. I was hesitant at first, as I have always organised my own holidays on the past, but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The location and cultural interaction was great, and our guides and tour leader definitely went above and beyond in every way to make sure that we had the time of our lives.
Review submitted 24 May 2017
Articles on Peru
Peru travel highlights
Be dazzled by the 'White City' of Arequipa
Unravel ancient history at mysterious Nazca
Spend a day exploring mighty Machu Picchu
Transport in Peru
Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.
Depending on which trip you're on while in Peru, you may find yourself travelling by:
Cruise along the coast while pedalling a bike through the colourful neighbourhoods of Lima
Accommodation in Peru
Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.
When travelling with us in Peru you may find yourself staying in a:
Camping along the Inca Trail is one of world's most sought-after travel experiences. Bond with fellow travellers over some food and rest up before another day of trekking.
Peru holiday information
At a glance
Best time to visit Peru
Culture and customs
Eating and drinking
Geography and environment
History and government
Top 10 Must-Visit Places of Peru
Festivals and Events in Peru
Health and Safety
Peru travel FAQs
PERU TOURIST VISA
Australia: Not required
Belgium: Not required
Canada: Not required
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Not required
Switzerland: Not required
United Kingdom: Not required
United States: Not required
While tipping isn't mandatory in Peru, it's customary to add spare change or a small amount to restaurant bills. Although most restaurants and bars may already include a 10% service charge within the bill, feel free to add more if the service was good. Taxi drivers generally don't expect tips.
Internet cafes can be found in Peru's large cities and towns frequented by tourists. Internet availability is less widespread in rural and remote areas, so be prepared to disconnect for a while when traveling out of the city.
You should be able to use your mobile phone in Peru's cities, but prepare for less coverage in remote or mountainous areas. Ensure you have global roaming enabled before leaving your home country.
Peru has a mix of flushable toilets and squat toilets, so expect both. It's a good idea to carry your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer, as these aren't always provided.
Short ride on a public city bus = 1 PEN
1 hour of internet use in a cyber café = 3 PEN
Bottle of beer = 4 PEN
Street cart snack/lunch = 6 PEN
Lunch in a café = 15 PEN
Dinner at a nice restaurant = 30 PEN
Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Peru. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Credit cards can be used at most top-end hotels, restaurants, shops and other tourist establishments. Expect to pay cash when dealing with smaller vendors, family-run restaurants and market stalls.
ATMs can be found in most of Peru's major cities and tourist areas. ATMs are far less common in rural areas and small villages so have enough cash to cover purchases when travelling away from the larger cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 13 Apr Maundy Thursday
- 14 Apr Good Friday
- 1 May Labor Day
- 29 Jun St. Peter and St. Paul
- 28 Jul Independence Day
- 29 Jul Independence Day Holiday
- 30 Aug Santa Rosa de Lima
- 8 Oct Battle of Angamos
- 1 Nov All Saints' Day
- 17 Nov APEC Public Holiday (Lima & Callao Only)
- 18 Nov APEC Public Holiday (Lima & Callao Only)
- 19 Nov APEC Public Holiday (Lima & Callao Only)
- 8 Dec Immaculate Conception
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Peru go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/peru/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Peru
- Be considerate of Peru’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
- Dress modestly and respectfully when visiting communities, sacred sites and places of worship.
- For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
- Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
- When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
- Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
- Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
- Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
- Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
- When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
The Intrepid Foundation
The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.
In Peru, The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:
Kusimayo improves the living conditions of children and adults affected by poverty and malnutrition in one of Peru’s poorest regions: the high plains of Puno.
Photo provided by Kusimayo
This non-profit organisation helps the Andean women and children of the Sacred Valley area with education, conservation, nutrition and health programs.
Image supplied by Roxana Mori.
Project Peru offers food, clothes, shelter, education, health and fun activities to the children living in their children’s refuge in the desert shanty towns of Lima.
To learn more or donate, go to: www.theintrepidfoundation.org