Top Peru vacation deals
Experience Your Best Peru Vacation
The next time you're planning a vacation abroad, consider a visit to Peru. While known around the world for the ancient Incan city, Machu Picchu, the area also offers pristine beaches, mountains to climb, hiking trails, and so much more.
Whether you're adventurous or more low-key, Peru has something to offer. Sightseeing doesn't get any better than it does off the bluffs of Miraflores. The bluffs are located outside the city of Lima and are great vantage points for stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Lima itself is a city rich in history and is a terrific example of the Peruvian culture. Orbitz.com can help you book the perfect hotel for your vacation needs.
Best time to take a trip to Peru
Peru's location south of the equator means that winter falls from June to September, and summer is from December to April. Peru experiences a dry season and a wet season, and you'll want to plan your vacation with that in mind. The driest months are December through April, where temperatures reach the mid-90s during the day. This is the peak travel season for the area, so you'll want to book your reservations well in advance. A notable climate exception is the Amazon jungle, where the daily climate is hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from 86°F to 100°F, with significant rainfall year-round. Whenever you decide to visit Peru, it's always a good idea to start with Orbitz.com.
Insider tips for Peru travel
Tribal Lounge and Bar
If you've never visited Peru before, a good place to start is the Tribal Lounge and Bar. The restaurant is English speaking and a good place to meet up with fellow travelers.
Located on the beach at Paracas, Peru Kite offers a unique kite-surfing experience for novice and advanced surfers alike.
Magic Water Circuit
The Magic Water Circuit in downtown Lima is one of the most visited attractions in the city. Families with children will enjoy the 13 fountains that combine music with lights and water movement.
Sandboarding in Huacachina
Experience an exhilarating board run down one of the towering sand dunes located in Huacachina. High-speed dune buggy rides are also available.
Barranco and the Bridge of Sighs
Often overlooked, the Barranco district, outside of Lima, offers a laid-back vibe. Check out one of the many Latin, Creole, or Rock concerts at a local bar, or stroll across the Bridge of Sighs to make a wish while holding your breath.
Things to do in Peru
The Inca Trail
One of the most fantastic experiences you can have in Peru is hiking the Inca Trail to the Lost City. While many partake of the adventure through a 4-day trek along its entire length, day tours are also available. Reservations are suggested.
The Amazon Rainforest
Covering almost 60 percent of Peru, the Amazon Rainforest offers an unforgettable vacation memory. Riverboats can be booked for the 3-hour trip from Puerto Maldonado to a jungle lodge located on the banks of Tambopata River.
View the strange and mysterious Nazca Lines by airplane. The designs are ancient geoglyphs ranging from geometric designs to animals.
Hiram Bingham Train
Experience the luxury of the Orient Express on the Hiram Bingham Train. The route goes through the Andean mountains, and the service is reminiscent of an era long gone.
Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas is the heart of Cusco and contains a myriad of shops, museums, and dining experiences. The Cusco Cathedral is the centerpiece of the plaza and contains hundreds of artworks.
Temple of the Sun
The Temple of the Sun is the ruins of one of the most important religious sites of Incan society, before the Spanish invasion. The museum displays several excellent examples of relics from both cultures.
Grab the kids and visit ChocoMuseo, a Cusco attraction devoted to the history of Peruvian chocolate. Chocolate workshops are available where you can make your own treats.
Gigantic limestone blocks are the foundation of this Incan military fortress. The Sacsayhuaman ruins are a perfect example of Incan architecture.
Las Pocitas Beach
Enjoy a relaxing day on the beach at Las Pocitas. Natural rocks form pools that are ideal to take a dip in.
Visit Rancho Santana if you'd like to see the pyramids of Batan Grande by horse. Peruvian Paso horses are available to rent by the hour, and the ranch also has a bungalow for those wishing to stay overnight.