Peru

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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.

—— IMAGE GALLERY

Peru map
CAPITAL  LIMA

LANGUAGE  SPANISH

CURRENCY  SOL

READ  THE LAST DAYS OF THE INCAS

TASTE  CEVICHE

SIP  PISCO

EXPERIENCE  THE 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.

La Rosa

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.

Inca Trail Machu Picchu trailhead

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.

Cusco

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.

Peru 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.

“In the variety of its charms and the power of its spell, I know of no place in the world which can compare with it. Not only has it great snow peaks looming above the clouds more than two miles overhead, gigantic precipices of many-colored granite rising sheer for thousands of feet above the foaming, glistening, roaring rapids; it has also, in striking contrast, orchids and tree ferns, the delectable beauty of luxurious vegetation, and the mysterious witchery of the jungle.” – Hiram Bingham
San Francisco Church

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.

—— FEATURED POST

Machu Picchu

MOUNTAIN LODGES OF PERU

Mountain Lodges of Peru operates a collection of upscale lodges along some of Peru’s most scenic hiking routes.

—— 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

MACHU PICCHU WHEELCHAIR ACCESS

MANCORA: SAND & SURF

PERU’S AMAZON BASIN

THE SACRED VALLEY

THE SOUTH VALLEY & PAUCARTAMBO

THE SOUTHERN COAST & NAZCA LINES

TRAIN JOURNEYS THROUGH PERU

WHY NO HELICOPTERS TO MACHU PICCHU?

TRAVEL
GUIDES

MACHU PICCHU

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