Peru - Machu Picchu Tours and Beyond

21 Dec 2015

For many years now Peru has been ranked as one of the best-selling destinations in South America with its robust tourism infrastructure and striking landscapes ranging from jungle to beach and mountains it's easy to see why the destination has so much appeal. With luxury hotels and spas, family friendly accommodation and cheap hostels the appeal to travelers' ranges from the high end right down to the budget conscious backpacker.

Of course any trip to Peru has got to involve a visit to the magnificent Inca Trails and Machu Picchu, and now with British Airways flying direct to Lima from May 2016 this bucket list destination becomes that little bit closer to being ticked off.

Getting to Machu Picchu from Lima is a bit of an adventure in itself, a 700mile trip to Cusco either by plane (1-hour flight) or by bus (22 hours) and then a further 75-mile trek along the Inca Trails alternately an idyllic 4-hour train journey along Vilcanota canyon.


Once in Cusco there are a number of side trips worth considering, The Sacred Valley has a number of small villages inhabited by indigenous people with markets and cultural experiences and it really offers an insight into the ancient Inca lifestyle.

Over 60% of Peru is covered by the Peruvian Amazon and there are a number of isolated jungle lodges in the Tambopata National Reserve, again accessible by boat via Cusco. Visitors can feel the eerie atmosphere of the virgin rainforest and immerse themselves in the jungle call, it really is an experience you will never forget.

As well as the expected trekking cycling and horse riding excursions Peru also offers the adventurous a wide variety of sporting activities such as climbing, canoeing, white water rafting and even diving fishing and kite surfing. The Highlands offer some excellent hiking and horse riding trails with lodge to lodge excursions, and although the Inca Trail is the most popular you must book a permit in advance and the trail is closed every February for conservation work, a number of other trails aimed at tourism have sprung up in the area, the enormous Colca Canyon is one worth heading for, twice the size of the Grand Canyon and is a very popular spot for overnight stays.

A number of beach resorts either side of Lima offer plenty of opportunity for watersports notably Paracas in the South and Tumbes or Piura in the North, try Surfing, fishing, diving or even hang gliding.

It is easy to see why Peru has been the destination of choice for much of the British public year after year and also why British airways have made the decision to fly direct to Lima, so get that bucket list out and get ticking.