Peru is one of the world's 'must see' destinations. Visit the mystical Machu Picchu and the floating Uros Islands in Lake Titicaca. Peru has charming coastal deserts, majestic Andean Mountains and the tropical Amazon Rainforest. All areas have their own unique climate, flora and fauna.
We have extensive experience of the country and can recommend flights, hotels and activities to suit your needs. We are happy to discuss your interests, wishes and requirements to tailor make your perfect Peruvian holiday.
Peruvian landscape is hugely diverse and spectacular. Bordered on the north by Ecuador and Colombia, on the east by Brazil and Bolivia, on the south by Chile, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean, Peru's land raises from the sea to some of the world's highest peaks. The geography of Peru is diverse and has various altitudes, creating 28 different climates, with 3 main geographical regions - the arid coastal plains in the west, the central & rugged Sierra / Andes Mountains and in the east, the lush and dense Amazon rainforest. Some stunning scenery can be found in the Colca Canyon where the local people still farm using the Inka terraces. The Nasca Lines phenomenon is another unique landscape in Peru, which clients can fly over to view the unexplained lines that create the pictures.
Peru has over 1,700 species of birds, over 500 species of mammals and over 300 species of reptiles. Mammals include spectacular species like the Jaguar and Spectacled Bear and rare endemic species like the Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey. There are over 1800 species of birds - the second highest number of any country. New species of birds are still being discovered and catalogued by scientists. 42 species have been officially added to science in the last 30 years. There are also approx 300 species of reptiles and approx 380 species of frogs in Peru. One of the best places in the world to view the huge Condor Birds is at Cruz de la Condor in the Colca Canyon. Here visitors can see close up the condors as they swoop up from their nests underneath where you stand.
The climate of Peru, because of its considerable size from north to south and the difference in altitude between the various areas of the country, is very varied. The climate of the country is greatly influenced by the presence of the chain of the Andes and from the cold Humboldt Current along the coasts of the Pacific Ocean. In general along the coast the climate is sub-tropical dry with very little rain. The summer runs from December to February and are hot (26 to 30°C); winters are chilly (10 to 18°C) and usually hazy all day long. Along the Andes Mountains, the climate has two seasons - a rainy summer (Oct- Apr) and a dry winter (May - Sept). The Amazon area has warm humid climate with rainfall throughout the year and a relatively short dry season between June and August.
Currently there are no direct flights to Peru. Flights operate either via a variety of US cities or via Amsterdam with KLM, or Madrid with Iberia and LAN. Some of the airlines offer the advantage of departing Lima in the evening so clients can fly in from one of the other regions and connect to their international departing flight - avoiding a 2nd stay in Lima. Within Peru the quickest and most convenient method of getting between most areas is by flying on the large domestic flight network. There are also the train services that are popular between Puno (Lake Titicaca) and Cusco as well as the train service from Cusco and the Sacred Valley to the town that serves Machu Picchu. Within clients' itineraries we can combine private transfers, domestic flights and train journeys to suit personal preferences and budget.