Destinations - Peru
We have included some general information on the places you can visit during our Peruvian tour. To view information about a destination please click directly on the map below.
The city of Arequipa was founded in 1540 by the conquering Spanish, and lies at an altitude of 2350 metres. Annual temperatures range from 10 to 24 degrees Celsius, and better months to visit are from June to September.
Also named 'Ciudad Blanca' (White City), Arequipa is Peru's cleanest city and a lot of the constructions are made of a pale stone.This amazing place is surrounded by three huge volcanoes, Chachani (6075 metres), Picchu Picchu (5425 metres) and the most famous, Misti (5822 metres).
Arequipa is famous for lovely Alpaca textiles considered one of the world's finest wool. Many displays of colourful sweaters, ponchos, scarves and a variety of other knitwear can be found throughout the city.
The Mystery of the Incas & the Mystique of the Mountains...
Cajamarca lies at 2,650 meters situated in the Andean Highlands, 180 km inland from the coast and has a population of 160,000. The area is mainly agricultural and is famous for its cheeses. Colonial buildings including the Cathedral and the lovely San Francisco Church encircle the Plaza de Armas. In the centre of the Plaza de Armas is an imposing stone fountain and the gardens are renown for their topiary, making this one of the most attractive Plaza de Armas in Peru.
Andean Life at its most natural...
The small town of Chachapoyas is the gateway to the imposing ruined Fortress of Kuelap. Within the province of Amazonas, it is a place to see Andean life at its most natural, unchanged by modern times and tourism. Every evening, the Plaza de Armas becomes the focal point for people to meet. Young lovers, good friends and families come together and socialise.
Your tour to the little-known settlement of Kuelap can be combined with a visit to the other wonder of the north, the extensive collection of artefacts found at the burial site of the Lord of Sipan now housed in the world-class museum, 'Museo Tumbas Reales del Señor Sipán'
Little known and mostly overlooked - a mixture of old and new...
On the northern coast of Peru lies Chiclayo, the commercial centre of Northern Peru. The bustling city is a mixture of old and new, has a pleasant Plaza de Armas.
The undiscovered North of Peru is still little-known and mostly overlooked by the average traveller and tour operator. As a result, this region offers some of the most rewarding experiences to be had in Peru. Your time here will be complemented by your stay in our private farmstead for a truly personal and authentic visit.
A few days in Cuzco are simply not enough!
Centre of the Inca world, you enter the archaeological capital of South America. Cuzco is the most visited area in all of Peru and contains a wonder of living history - Sacsayhuaman, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo and Pisaq are just a few of the many sites to be visited.
Cuzco is not a place to be for a few days, as you will discover, a week is not enough time to see all there is to be seen, it is for this reason we ask you to consider your time available and carefully pick the places you would most wish to visit. This is just the start of the discovery for the visitor as the area contains such sites as Pucu Pucara, Quenqo and Qusilluchayo, the list of fascinating places just goes on and on.
Sking? In Peru?
Huaraz is the capital of the Ancash region and lays at an altitude of 3,091 m.You can expect average temperature of 16 degrees C but as in most of the Andes the bright sunshine can make for a very agreeable temperature.
From December to April is the rainy season, this can make travelling around this area more difflicult. However this can be an amazing time of year and far less crowded bringing many rewards to the more adventurous traveller.
Between May and November the climate is beautiful and is known as the Andean summer. Huaraz has a wealth to offer the outdoor person from spectacular landscapes to fresh unclimed rock.
The area is famous for its ski resorts which is something you would not normally think of in this part of the world.
The City in the Jungle...
The city of Iquitos is the capital of the Loreto province. Found on the river Amazon, it is Peru's largest jungle city. Iquitos can only be reached by air or boat as no roads venture that deep into the rain forest. Iquitos also boasts local beaches on the banks of the Nanay River and is known locally as the Playa Santa Clara, a place to enjoy a swim in the river and a boat ride this area can be reached by a paved road. From Iquitos you will start your jungle experience and as a general rule the longer your journey, the deeper and more interesting sights and sounds will be experienced. An example of one of these explorations is to the National Reserve of Pacaya-Samiria some 18 hours distance by river. With an area of approximately two million hectares the reserve extends of what is considered to be one of the principal natural depressions of the Amazon. A vast network of lakes, lagoon, canals, swamps and wetlands is home to an impressive variety of flora and fauna.
The starting point for your Peruvian Experience...
Lima, the capital city of Peru was founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistadors and has now grown to become one the largest cities in the world inhabiting about a third of the country's total population! Lima's urban sprawl has earned somewhat of a reputation over the years but for those willing to look a little deeper there are plenty of interesting sights and rewarding experiences to be had here.
With a blend of colonial styles and modern architecture, the heart of the city is the spacious Plaza Mayor (formerly the Plaza de Armas) where can be seen some of the finest buildings in Lima from the Presidential Palace to the Cathedral.
The Lost City of the Incas - simply spectacular... a 'must-see'!
Situated 120km NW of Cuzco, overlooking the Urubamba River valley, the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu abandoned by its people lay undiscovered until 1911.
It was the North American explorer Hiram Bingham who found the mist shrouded ruins covered in jungle.Nothing could have prepared him for what he was to find, before him stood walls of granite carved by the finest craftsmen, partially covered over by trees and moss, the growth of centuries. Today the ruins can be seen in all their glory set in a spectacular landscape surrounded in rugged peaks.
The most interesting structures to be seen are the Royal tomb, close to the entrance of the city, the temple of the sun, the tower, the priests house, the temple of the three windows, the central temple, the sunken plaza, and the fountains forming the baths. Machu Picchu is overlooked by Huayna Picchu, who's terraces and summit also have Inca ruins. It will amaze you as to how they managed to work the terraces on this hazardous peak.
Shh... Don't tell everyone, but we know a little secret!
Looking to relax at the end of your Peruvian adventure? Hidden away in the northernmost parts of Peru, bordering Ecuador, are some of the most spectacular beach resorts to be found anywhere in the world. You can choose to stay on a B&B basis, relaxing in a first class hotel close to the beach with all the modern facilities you would expect, or stay on a full board basis in a purpose built beach resort.
We can build your stay into your itinerary for any amount of days you wish, a perfect way to end any holiday to Peru. Combine your beach extension with a visit to the northern pyramids at Tucume and the world-class exhibition of ceramics, gold and silverware of the tombs of Lord Sipán at Lambayeque.
A connection with the heavens..
Nazca is the home of the mysterious lined drawings which have mystified anthropologists and scientists alike.
The Nazca lines are a series of drawings and geometrical figures revealing animals, birds and insects.
Some of these figures can reach 1,000 feet in size and are estimated to be over 2,000 years old. The images have been made by removing the stones from the surface and piling them up to the side which also reveals the lighter coloured soil that lay beneath them. The best way of seeing these fascinating drawings is to see them from the sky, with Peruvian Secrets, you will have the opportunity of taking a flight in our privately hired light aircraft. This is the ideal way of capturing this fascinating experience. The flight time is approximately 30 minutes and is best taken at midday. At the end of this fascinating tour you will be able to make your own conclusions as to the meaning of Nazca Lines.
The Paracas Penuinsula
Paracas is home to many animals and birds including sea lions, seals, penguins and even turtles, which are unusual for this latitude. Along with sea mammals are a wide variety of bird life including pelicans, albatross, boobies, cormorants and, of course, seagulls. The area is also home to the majestic condors that come down to feed on the carcasses of dead seals.
By far the best way of seeing the wonderful variety of animals is to take a trip around the coast by boat. From the northern most point 'Punta Pejerry', is the best view of the 'Candelabro' drawing. This huge picture laid out on the highest cliff face overlooks the bay. No one can say for why it was created but everyone will agree, it is very impressive.
The Tambopata Lodge is located 120 km West of Puerto Maldonado on the Tambopata River. This puts us in the heart of the Tambopata/Candamo National Reserve. Upstream from the lodge there are no further habitations. The lack of people and the close proximity of the Andes Mountains contribute to the abundance of fauna and flora unseen in other areas.
The lodge offers excellent facilities including: 25 double rooms with a maximum capacity of 50 people between them, these can be converted to either single, triple or quadruple rooms. All rooms have private bathrooms, mosquito nets and comfortable beds. Services include: Restaurant, Bar, Radio Communications and Laundry. Meals include a healthy mix of meat, chicken and fish. Vegetarian food is available.
Puno & Lake Titicaca
Puno is the commercial centre of the lake area. The bustling town is the main point to start any tour of the massive lake. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world and is rich in Indian past. It lays at an altitude of 3,856 metres (12,750 ft) and has over 30 islands. The area has two climates - cool and dry or cool and wet. During the day it can be very pleasant with brilliant blue skies and hot sun.
Lake Titicaca, 'Islas Flotantes' - the floating islands
Floating islands made of reeds, known as the Islas Flotantes, are scattered around the edges of the Lake. These artificial islands are home to the lake Indian population known as the Uro Indians. The Indians are a unique population within Peru, however the encroachment of modern times and poverty has caused them to abandon their traditional practices of fishing, hunting birds and living off lake plants for the more comfortable lifestyles to be had in Puno. Many of the islanders now rely heavily on tourism, selling their hand made crafts and giving daily demonstrations to tourists.
The Sacred Valley
The Urubamba Valley is also known as the Sacred Valley following the length of the Vilcanota river and consists of areas between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Access to the area is via two paved roads. The most popular route runs from Cuzco Northwest via Chinchero (28 kms) to the town of Urubamba (57 kms). The second route leaves Cuzco towards Pisac (32 kms) and then follows the river Vilcanota to the town of Calca (51 kms) at the centre of the valley along this route you will pass picturesque villages, agricultural terraces and many archaeological sites.
This area offers a wide range of activities including climbing, trekking, river rafting, archaeology, horse riding and mountain biking. The area is also extremely photographic with the summits in the Vilcanota range all reaching a height of over 5,000 metres.
A Surfer's Paradise - Peru's best bech resorts
The coastline off Trujillo is home to some of Peru's best resorts. Among the most popular are Huanchaco, Las Delicias and Puerto Chicamo who offer a good choice of hotels and water sport facilities.
Huanchaco is ten kilometeres from Trujillo and here can be seen the famous 'caballitos de totora' (reed boats) in use. A wide variety of restaurants selling excellent quality seafood make this a great place to relax. Las Delicas is a beautiful, safe bathing beach.
Puerto Chicama or Malabrigo(bad shelter) is a beach set between two hills which funnel the strong winds to create some of the longest, largest waves to be found in the world which makes this a paradise for surfers. We recommend a Trujillo beach resort as a great way to finish any tour of Peru with a few days of relaxation and pampering in one of the fine hotels offered by Peruvian Secrets.