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A large flock of Scarlet Macaws, photographed around a salt lick on a birding expedition in the Amazon

SMILE. YOU’VE  LANDED IN PERú

Perú occupies my daydreams with unique regularity. As a fifth-grader, I was amazed by a photo of Machu Picchu—vowing to see the city first-hand. As soon as I was able, I left for Peru. The reality exceeded my expectations. While I’m drawn back regularly, I still can’t help finding myself retracing my journeys, as I shop for groceries or wait at traffic lights.

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CapitalLima

LanguageSpanish

CurrencySol

ReadThe Last Days of the Incas

TasteCeviche

SipPisco

ExperienceThe Salkantay trek

Perú is larger and more diverse than one might expect. Its territory exceeds the combined area of Germany, France, Switzerland, and Italy. The world’s longest exposed mountain range—the Andes—divide a dry coastal plain from the Amazon Basin, which covers half of Perú’s landmass.

coral Sunset over beach in lima, peru photographed on vacation

Countless cultures have arisen in what is now Perú. The earliest inhabited sites date back over 12,000 years. Throughout the last five millennia, complex civilizations built massive cities such as Caral, Chavín de Huantar, and Chan Chan. The most famous of Perú’s cultures, the Inca Empire, began its ascent in the 13th century. Over the next three hundred years, Inca influence stretched out, eventually reaching present-day Colombia and Chile.

These cultures left more than stonework and gold. Their efforts domesticated potatoes, peanuts, quinoa, and tomatoes. Today, Perúvian cuisine is recognized as one of the world’s best—a rich fusion of Andean, Spanish, African and Asian flavors.

Historic light orange church with two domed towers, lit up at dusk in Cusco-Peru

Perú is also rich in biodiversity. Over 1,700 bird species are found in Peru, as are more than 50 primate species, including pink river dolphins, jaguars, vicuñas, and hundreds of orchid varieties.

Closeup shot of eye of partially submerged sub-adult caiman.

With its diverse climate zones, Peru accommodates year-round travel. Temperatures in each region are fairly constant throughout the year. However, the rainy season in Cusco and Machu Picchu generally extends from December through March, and the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance each February.

Rooftop of the historic san francisco church in Lima Peru. Spanish architectural influence

Lima’s international airport can be reached in about ten hours from New York, Los Angeles or Houston. Trips to Peru are easily combined with visits to mainland Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Chile, and Argentina. LANDED organizes luxury accommodation, private transportation, and tours with expert guides. Speak with a travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.

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DESTINATIONS

ANCIENT CULTURES OF THE NORTH COAST

AREQUIPA

CHAVIN DE HUANTAR

CHOQUEQUIRAO

COLCA CANYON

CORDILLERA BLANCA

CUSCO

INCA TRAIL: THE CLASSIC ROUTE

KUELAP: CITY IN THE CLOUDS

LAKE TITICACA

LIMA & BEYOND

MACHU PICCHU

MANCORA: SAND & SURF

PERU’S AMAZON BASIN

THE SACRED VALLEY

THE SOUTH VALLEY & PAUCARTAMBO

THE SOUTHERN COAST & NAZCA LINES

TRAIN JOURNEYS THROUGH PERU

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS & BEYOND

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GUIDES

A switchback trail near Machu Picchu Peru, photograhed on a hiking tour of the region

First light at Machu Picchu is an unforgettable experience. At dawn, the site is often concealed by low clouds. As sun rises, the mists slowly dissipate to reveal walls and plazas—first in glimpses, then in majesty.

GO WITH LANDED.

Our three-week trip through Peru with three teenage children was exactly that bonding and sharing experience we had hoped for. The rhythm, the variety, and the tone of locations and activities was spot on. Not obvious when planning takes place across two continents, a 7-hour time difference, and between perfect strangers. With effective listening and probing skills, you built a good picture of what we were looking for, which was more complicated than “just” luxury. The result was a great trip, one that felt like it was very much made just for us. Beyond the expected expertise and knowledge of the country, we liked the fact that the guides, hoteliers, and others we met in Peru all knew and liked you personally. Because of your relationships, they really gave their best in making our trip memorable.

G. Holschuh, Brussels, Belgium

IF YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL.

We wanted to thank you for your help with planning and coordinating all the details of our amazing honeymoon in Peru. Everything went really well. All of the guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Your telephone call while we were in the Sacred Valley was so appreciated. It was nice to know you were keeping track of everything from back home. Ending the trip at Isla Suasi was perfect–relaxing and stress-free. Hopefully, our next trip to Central or South America won’t be too far away, and we’ll be contacting you again soon.

J. Werblin, New York, NY

DO IT.

We’re heading home from an extraordinary adventure in Peru. Thank you for organizing such a perfect trip. We experienced the magic of these landscapes and cultures, all while relaxing in beautiful mountain resorts–a perfect mix!

R. Rosenberg, New York, NY

We wanted to thank you for your help with planning and coordinating all the details of our amazing honeymoon in Peru. Everything went really well. All of the guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Your telephone call while we were in the Sacred Valley was so appreciated. It was nice to know you were keeping track of everything from back home. Ending the trip at Isla Suasi was perfect–relaxing and stress-free. Hopefully, our next trip to Central or South America won’t be too far away, and we’ll be contacting you again soon.

J. Werblin, New York, NY

Your thorough knowledge of Peru, endless attention to detail, and enthusiasm about my trip exceeded my expectations each step of the way. Unlike some travel companies, Mosaico follows up during your trip with emails and phone calls to ensure everything is going smoothly. This level of service really sets you apart.

B. Nikrandt, Los Angeles, CA

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