South America Destinations | Peru

Key Points for Planners

  • Easy flight makes Peru a HOT SPOT for MICE groups
  • Peru is a year-around destination
  • Peru has invested in new hotels and infrastructure
  • Time zone compatibility means easy travel
  • Machu Picchu offers time entry options so an entire group can enter at once


From its dream-like landscapes to its rich cultural and historical tapestry, there’s no place quite like Peru. Its rich past offers a variety of sites to see. From the Inca settlement at Machu Picchu and evidence of early civilizations in the Americas, to its Spanish colonial cities, Art Nouveau hotels, monuments, mansions, and the rustic charm of Peruvian homes, there’s no shortage of exciting places to explore.

Breathtaking views are the norm in Peru: snow-capped peaks, glaciers, canyons, deserts, islands, coastline … everywhere you look it’s like a picture postcard.

This country along South America’s western edge offers astonishing natural beauty and equally amazing contrasts in climate and terrain.

Key Locations

  • Lima
  • Cusco
  • Arequipa
  • Nazca Lines
  • Puerto Maldonado
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Ballestas Islands
  • Machu Picchu
  • Chan Chan
Machu Picchu is Peru’s big draw. An incredible train ride through the Urubamba Valley for a long, steep climb up a rocky railway reveals heavenly views of Machu Picchu—the magical lost city of the Incas. Today it boasts world-class hotels and haute cuisine along with the Inca-magic. Peru is also a foodie’s paradise, as you may expect of a country with 8,000 varieties of potatoes. Irresistible favorites include rocoto relleno (stuffed hot chili pepper), adobo (marinated roast beef), fresh seafood, and spicy chupe stews. Your guests can explore active volcanoes, zigzag through ice floes, soak in remote hot springs, and hike the Patagonian wilds.
For the less intrepid travelers, Northern Peru offers delicacies like arroz con pato (duck served with rice) and its local variety of ceviche. It’s not only delicious food and remote scenery. Lima, its capital city of eight million, is a bustling ethnic melting pot with a rich cultural scene and plenty of nightlife. Other destination cities—Cusco, Chiclayo, and Trujillo—offer plenty of arts and culture as well, including a fascinating museum full of treasures unearthed in one of the most sensational finds of recent archaeology: pottery, headdresses, precious symbols, and more from the pre-Inca Moche people who lived in the valleys of Peru’s north coast more than 1,500 years ago.
Adventure activities in Peru range from action and water sports to spectacular cultural and religious festivals. Popular activities include rafting down the Santa River, climbing the Pastoruri glacier, participating in the Malabrigo surfing championships, and, for the ultra-fit, hiking the spectacular 27-mile Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. With this much to offer, it’s no wonder that this land of wonders is fast becoming a favorite destination for MICE event planners and corporate groups.

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