Take an adventure holiday to PERU with World Expeditions, one of the world’s leading travel companies.
Peru – A Superb Trekking Holiday Destination
Cusco, once capital of the great Inca Empire, stands at 3400 metres (11,200') in the heart of the southern sierra. It is remarkable for the perfect stonework of its Inca ruins, its many beautiful colonial churches and palaces, and of course the World renowned ruins of the lost city of the Incas at Machu Picchu.
World Expeditions operates a wide variety of treks in Peru from the classic Inca Trail trek to more remote treks through the Andes, such as the Huayhuash Circuit, through to easy walks that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Our most famous adventure in Peru is the classic trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, which can be enjoyed on its own or combined with other touring options in Peru.
Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
This classic trekking holiday combines visits to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the unique markets at Chinchero with a trek along the spectacular Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This holiday in Peru has been described as probably the most spectacular short trek in the world. You will be walking along a granite path built more than 500 years ago. More about the Inca Trail - Machu Picchu Trek.
The Salcantay Trek to Machu Picchu
The Salcantay trek to Machu Picchu is giving the Inca Trail a run for its money with its spectacular close up views of Mount Salcantay and challenging yet rewarding hike over the Salcantay Pass (4640m). The trail has far less trekkers than its famous friend and does not require the same, and often sold out, trekking permits.
Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the sacred Salcantay Mountain, high in the mystical Andes, a sight which often evokes a deep emotional connection between you and your natural surroundings.
The Peruvian Amazon: Sandoval Lake & Puerto Maldonado
The Peruvian Amazon makes up 60% of Peru and is the second largest portion of the Amazon after the Brazilian Amazon. You can cruise, raft and canoe your way through the lush jungles and twisting tributaries of the vast Amazon River basin whilst getting up close and personal to Peru’s wildlife at your jungle lodge in Puerto Maldonado. View Amazon Jungle Trips >>
Responsible Travel in Peru
Responsible Travel has been at the heart of World Expeditions ever since our inception over 40 years ago. It really is the element of our company that drives most of our decisions about how we operate in the field. We’re always thinking about what we can give back.
From selecting our campsites, ensuring a Leave No Trace policy, removing litter through our 10 Pieces Litter Collection initiative, supporting our porters and mule drivers and giving back to local communities through our Community Project Travel program, World Expeditions is committed to true sustainable travel.
Cusco is an incredibly vibrant city enriched with culture, heritage and an energy all its own. From the ancient Inca people and the deeply revered goddess Pachamama - the Earth Mother - to the modern day gastronomic wonders of award winning Peruvian cuisine, Cusco is well worth a few nights in between exploring the Sacred Valley, trekking in the Andes and spotting wildlife in the Peruvian Amazon.
Around the Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley connects Cusco to the Amazon and Machu Picchu. The area has many ancient archaeological Inca sites to discover. Spectacular highlights also include the local markets, the Inca cities of Ollantaytambo and Pisac as well as rafting the Urubamba River.
Peru has a population of 21 million, made up of pure-blooded Indians (biggest group are the Quechuas, whose forebears were the "Incas") and Mestizos, who are a mixture of Indian and European backgrounds. More than half the population live in the largest cities, namely Lima, Arequipa and Trujillo. Its capital, Lima, located 12° south of the equator, was the capital of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the early 19th Century.
Geographically, Peru is made up of the three distinct regions: the coast, mountains and jungle. The arid coastal strip is mainly desert and runs up to 60 kms wide. Down the centre of the country runs a great range of snow peaks and highlands that make up part of the immensely long chain of mountains known as the Andes, running from Colombia in the north all the way to the southern tip of Chile. Trekking in the Andes is arguably one of the world's great adventure travel experiences.
The third region is the jungle - from the "eyebrow of the jungle" in the Andean foothills to the pristine jungles of the great Amazon rain forest. The coastal area is the economic heartland of Peru, and the coastal waters with the cold Humboldt Current running north up the coast contain some of the richest fishing grounds in the world. The highlands or "sierra" contain more than a third of the population, mostly the Quechua- or Aymara-speaking Indians engaged mainly in pastoral farming. This is a high, very often lush and fertile land of gentle slopes and valleys surrounded by the high peaks of the Cordilleras Vilcabamba, Vilcanota and Blanca.