Empires of Peru tailor made tour

“Spend two weeks on a holiday to Peru that tours the empires of old, from clifftop Kuelep temple in the north to Machu Picchu.”


Lima | Jaen | Chachapoyas | Kuelap temple | Gocta Falls hike | Chiclayo | Sipan tombs | Trujillo | El Brujo | Huanchaco Bay | Chan Chan | Cusco | Sacred Valley of the Incas | Pisac | Ollantaytambo fortress | train to Machu Picchu

Description of Empires of Peru tailor made tour

Jump on this tailor made holiday to Peru that spans several centuries’ worth of empires. A flight to Jaen will take you into the Amazonas region that balances between the rainforest and high Andes. You’ll pop by Spanish-flavoured Chachapoyas (“warrior of the clouds”), take a guided tour of Kuelap fortress and hike to Gocta Falls (771m). Watch out for cock-of-the-rock birds and mountain sloths. Further south, you’ll see Sipan and its first-century Moche burial site, plus the Sacred Valley of the Incas, before taking the train to Machu Picchu.

This holiday to Peru is a tailor made tour, so you can tweak the suggested itinerary to your liking. A mix of private and public transport will get you from place to place, including trains and planes.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We understand that travel and tourism can both benefit and harm the environment, the economy, the social structure, culture and communities in any country. As a company we love Latin America and strive to protect the rural and urban landscapes which we take you to visit. We work with local operators which have a proven record in training guides to set a good example in their respect for their surroundings and pass on advice and encouragement to visitors on how to preserve the fragile environment in simple ways, such as by refilling a water bottle, disposing of rubbish responsibly, not disturbing local communities or wildlife and not purchasing items made from endangered animals or plants.
On this tour we use a mix of public and private services, in order to reduce the impact it has on the environment. From Chiclayo you will travel for four hours by public couch along the coastal Pan-American highway to Trujillo for example. You will also hike through cloudforest to the base of the lofty Gocta waterfalls.
When selecting accommodation, we give preference to hotels and lodges which have a verifiable commitment to eco-friendly practices. Certain accommodation we use during this holiday, including Gocta Andes Lodge, are associated with responsible tourism organisations. Furthermore, we aim to use hotels and lodges that reflect the environment they are set in. Hotel La Xalca in Chachapoyas for example has been constructed to blend with the Spanish colonial style of the streets around the main plaza, with whitewashed walls, beamed ceilings, wooden balconies and a central courtyard.
There is probably no country in the world with such a sheer richness and variety in history of empire as Peru. During this good-value holiday you visit several of Peru’s archaeological sites - including Machu Picchu of the Incas, the Kuelap temple of the Chachapoyans, and the Moche temples. As they are such an important part of the country’s cultural heritage, we understand the importance of preserving these fragile ruins like no other. We appreciate that it is vital that the impact of every visitor is reduced as much as possible. We ensure that our guides are well-trained and not only teach guests about the history of the sites they are visiting, but also educate them on how they can minimise the impact of their visit: simple actions such as not touching the ruins and making sure you dispose of your waste correctly will always be suggested by our guides. At all of the sites you visit during your holiday you will be accompanied by a responsible guide trained in these practices.

The Impacts of this Trip

We pride ourselves on delivering our clients truly authentic and unforgettable experiences in Latin America which connect travellers with the people whose country they visit. On this holiday you will have the opportunity to engage with the local culture by visiting the more local and artisan markets of Cusco and the handicraft shops of Trujillo. Our guides will point out local markets, shops, bars and restaurants where you have the opportunity to purchase locally produced food and handicrafts – in that way supporting the local economy and promoting the country’s cultural diversity.

Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the cultural and historical significance of the different empires. To put the upcoming visits to the archaeological sites into context, the tour starts with a private guided visit to the famous Largo Museum in Lima, which shows exactly how Peruvian culture developed over the centuries. The visits to the archaeological sites are all accompanied by our local partners, some of whom we have worked with for over 25 years. They share their expert knowledge on the sites and towns you visit.


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