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Are you looking for great-value Peru hotels? TravelSupermarket can point you in the right direction...
Peru is located on the west coast of South America, to the north of Chile, west of Bolivia and Brazil, and south of Colombia and Ecuador. Home to rainforests and barren plains, as well as the mighty peaks of the Andes, the landscapes of Peru are as diverse as the adventures, experiences, people and cuisine of this great nation.
The Inca Trail lures people here with promises of a breath-taking walk via ancient ruins and dense jungles, through valleys and mountains and clouds and on to Machu Picchu. It is exhausting, but the rewards are endless. The city of Cusco is a great base for journeys to Machu Picchu; book hotels in Cusco with TravelSupermarket.
Elsewhere, with its colourful fiestas, fascinating Andean culture, quiet colonial towns, and other amazing ancient sites, Peru offers a wealth of travel treats. Go white-water rafting, surf the waves of the Pacific Ocean, canoe along the Amazon River. Then, on dry land, pick up arts and crafts at markets, hop in a dune buggy on the sands, and wrap your taste buds around a zesty dish of ceviche: fish that has been cured in citrus juices and pepped up with chillies - it’s a coastal favourite in Peru.
Read on to learn more about the country’s major destinations and then find your ideal hotel in Peru with the TravelSupermarket search tool. Save money on hotels by comparing prices with us – you can also look for cheap flights to Peru.
Whether you are checking in at basic guesthouses or high-end luxury hotels, Peru offers a warm welcome to all its visitors...
Cheap Peru hotels are easy to come by, whether you are heading for the busy streets of Lima or visiting the city of Iquitos, which sits between mighty jungle and even mightier river in the north east of Peru.
Lima is one of the biggest cities in the Americas (just behind Sao Paulo and Mexico City and with a few more thousand residents than New York City). It is vast. It is busy. It is smoggy. It is also wonderfully exciting, rich in history, art and culture. Stay by the sea in districts such as Miraflores and Barranco. In central Lima, use Plaza Mayor as your starting point and look for hotels in this major tourist area. You can stay in modern skyscraper hotels, opt for colonial majesty, or go for a small and friendly hotel – some of which are boutique-style and costly, others more basic with price tags to match.
In the cities of Arequipa, Cusco, and Trujillo, there is the same diverse range of accommodation options.
Hotels in Iquitos, meanwhile, are much cheaper, and are in colonial-style dwellings, basic apartments, mid-range hotels with jungle views, and some rainforest lodges. You won’t find big brand luxury hotels here.
The peak season for tourism in Peru is from May to October, when days are drier and mosquitoes less bothersome along the Amazon. July and August are very busy and it is advisable to book hotels well in advance of travel.
Peru is nothing if not surprising, and the numerous attractions on offer mean there is something to wow visitors of all kinds...
Top five attractions
Plaza Mayor in Lima
Plaza Mayor is the oldest public square in Lima and is often described as the heart of Peru. Take a leisurely stroll around its edges and you’ll find the country’s most important municipal buildings.
Inquisition Museum in Lima
Housed in the National Senate and open to the public since 1968, the Museum of Congress and Inquisition offers a fascinating glimpse into Peru’s turbulent past.
One of the great wonders of the world, Machu Picchu is an Incan lost city perched on a small mountain plateau 7,000 feet above sea level. Discovered by explorers in 1911, many of its secrets remain shrouded in mystery.
Jungle river cruise in Iquitos
Let the boat take the strain as you view verdant rainforest for a one-day or four-day expedition into the depths of the Peruvian rainforest.
Labelled as an alternative to the Galapagos Islands, the Islas Ballestas are home to a great diversity of wildlife. Take a boat trip to see penguins, sea lions and seals in their natural habitat.
You might be surprised by how many events Peru has on its social calendar. Here are just three of the best…
Carnaval; February: Peru has a slightly unusual take on carnival season – water fights tend to dominate the festivities, which also include the staples of fancy dress, drinking, eating and dancing.
Fiesta de la Vendimia de Surco; March: The annual wine festival across Peru is quite the experience. Add vast quantities of wine to food fairs, bonfires, beauty pageants and fireworks, and you’ll soon get the idea.
Lima Film Festival; August: Growing year by year, this showcase for South American cinema is becoming a major player on the world stage.