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Rising from the Pacific to the mighty Andes, Peru has it all – beaches, jungles, deserts and volcanoes. Dine in the bustling modern metropolis of Lima, experience the ancient Amazon rainforest and climb the historic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Peak season varies from region to region in Peru. If you want to explore the jungle or climb the Andes the drier months from May to September are best, and the busiest. The coastal areas are more popular during the summer, from October to March.
Flights from Europe are most in demand from May to September, so booking early is essential.
Direct flights are available, but there are many more cheap fares with stopovers in Europe, the US or Central America.
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Optimal flight times from UK airports to Peru are:
Jorge Chavez International Airport seven miles outside Lima is the main gateway to Peru. Buses and taxis transport visitors to the city, although a rail connection is under construction. Taxis offer the most convenient method of transport as many flights arrive late at night.
Some international flights arrive at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cuzco, in the southeast of the country and close to Machu Picchu. The airport lies close to the city centre.
Visitors to Mancora in the northwest usually arrive at Piura, some 80 miles from the resort.
The main airlines flying from the UK to Peru are:
Flying is the easiest way to get around the country, as Peru’s geography can make other forms of transport difficult. The domestic flights also provide jaw dropping views.
Locals tend to rely on the bus network, which is cheap and has routes to most places. Trains take even longer than buses and there are fewer options here.
In the cities taxis are a good option, but make sure you agree your fare first in the local currency.
Machu Picchu, the iconic 15th century Inca settlement, was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. It lies 1.5 miles above sea level in the Scared Valley, 50 miles northwest of Cusco. Some visitors tackle the four-day Inca Trail to get there, but it is possible to visit the site in a day. Visitor numbers are limited so book tickets ahead.
Peru offers more than mountains and jungle: the beaches of Mancora in the north are a highlight, offering great surfing, amazing sunsets and sensational seafood.
Ancient traditions rub shoulders with modern technology in the vibrant capital Lima. The architecture of the colonial district, with churches, cloisters and monasteries, is not to be missed.
Peru has gained a reputation as a paradise for foodies, so enjoy the dining. This is the land of quinoa, causa, ceviche and, for the intrepid, roast guinea pig.