Peru

When it comes to nature’s gifts, Peru seems to have stolen the lion’s (or perhaps jaguar’s) share. Peru possesses the world’s most bio-diverse rainforests, breathtaking mountains, highest altitude lake, plunging canyons, vast deserts and a long Pacific coastline. When combined with such cultural treasures as magical Machu Picchu, glorious Cusco and a host of other pre-Columbian sites and Spanish colonial cities, it is easy to understand why Peru is one of South America’s most appealing and popular destinations.

Wildlife-wise, the rainforest reserves of southeast Peru are considered the most species-rich in all Amazonia. Parrot clay licks provide an awesome avian spectacle; oxbow lakes hold families of giant otter (some six feet long); towering jungle platforms afford unrivalled views over verdant rainforest canopies. In addition, Peru’s high Andean peaks reveal stunted paramo habitat and the mighty condor in flight, and the Pacific coast’s Paracas Marine Reserve has been likened to a mini-Galapagos.

Peru Wildlife Holiday Ideas

# Family Holiday

Adventurous Peru for Active Families

Peru
14 Days from £4187
The ideal family holiday to Peru by combining some of the most spectacular archa...
# Tailor-Made Tour

The Best of Peru On a Budget

Peru
14 Days from £3621
A complete Peru programme of great depth and remarkably good value...
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The Highlights of Peru in Comfort and Style

Peru
15 Days from £6550
his is a top quality Peru highlights programme with superlative accommodation fo...
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The Wilds of Peru Off the Beaten Track

Peru
16 Days from £5915
Avoid the crowds yet still see some extra special Peruvian wildlife...
# Tailor-Made Tour

The Wonderful Wildlife Highlights of Peru

Peru
16 Days from £5101
A well-rounded, absorbing wildlife holiday with accommodation of a very high sta...

Featured Accommodation

Colca Lodge

Peru
Southern Highlands
Perfect base for exploring the pre-Inca history of the valley and for viewing th...

Sol y Luna Hotel

Peru
Machu Picchu
Set within a 25-acre estate just one kilometre from the town of Urubamba in the ...

Tambopata Research Centre

Peru
Amazon Basin
A rainforest lodge in the middle of the uninhabited portion of the Tambopata Nat...

Refugio Amazonas

Peru
Amazon Basin
Located in a 200-hectare private reserve surrounded by the community of Condenad...

Posada Amazonas

Peru
Amazon Basin
Nestled in a patch of primary Amazonian rainforest in the world famous Tambopata...

Manu Wildlife Centre

Peru
Amazon Basin
Located in an area that has some of the highest diversity of microhabitats in th...

Destination Map

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Peru: -7.362467, -71.191406

Best Time To Visit Peru

It is the dry season in the Peruvian highlands and in Peru’s south-eastern Amazon between May and October.

The overriding influence of the Andes causes the climate of Peru to vary widely from region to region. However, the dry season for both the Andes and the Amazon basin normally lasts from May to October. Mean temperatures differ according to altitude.

Travel Info

Flight Time
Approximately 14 hours’ flying time from London to Lima (plus stops).

Time Zone
GMT -5

Best visited
May to October

Language Spoken
Spanish

Population
30.38 million

Area Specialist

John Melton
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If you want to see condors, the best place is Cruz del Condor in the Colca Canyon, near the beautiful colonial town of Arequipa.

If you have any questions regarding travel to Peru please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

We would like to thank you again for organising such a magnificent holiday for us in Peru, the Andes and the Amazon basin. The arrangements worked very smoothly, and coped with the inevitable ‘glitches’ (like transport strike in Cusco) as if they were part of the program. The guides and couriers were excellent, without exception, and looked after us very well indeed, without fussing over us. It was a most colourful and exciting trip, and every day was an adventure, bringing us new experiences. Coming back to England was quite an anticlimax (which we are gradually adjusting to, by contemplating our next trip).

Mr T H & Mrs J H - Hampshire