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Great-value return flights & accommodation | great solo travel option ✈️
We've discovered some awesome fares on direct return flights to Peru, from £520, and jumped at the chance to put a travel itinerary together for this iconic destination.
So why should Peru be on your 2024 travel list?
It's not just Machu Picchu that makes this place so iconic. There's also some of the best hiking on the continent, easy access to the Amazon Rainforest, desert oases, epic surf spots and sandy beaches, plus a blend of cosmopolitan cities and historical sites. There's a little bit of everything on offer...
A great starting point for your Peruvian adventure is Lima, and this is where we've found flights to, departing in April and returning at the end of May, giving you enough time to properly explore this epic destination. There are similarly priced flights throughout late winter and into spring, so take your pick of dates!
After exploring Lima, you can head to Paracas, or ‘the poor mans Galapagos’, where you can take a boat to check out some of the region's wildlife. Mostly birds and sea lions, but there's also a chance to see dolphins and whales.
From there, you can head onto Huacachina, a desert oasis famous for its sand boarding and jeep experiences.
Arequipa is the next stop, a bustling city and the base for treks into the striking Colca Canyon.
From here you can hop onto a bus straight to the charming city of Cusco, with its cobbled streets, historic buildings and museums, and beautiful main square. It's a very relaxing and walkable city.
This is where you can embark on trips to Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain and the Amazon Rainforest.
Pirate tip: If you aren't going as part of an organised trekking tour on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, then we would recommend booking the train as opposed to the cheaper bus option. The roads can be pretty scary on this route. Make sure you book the train in advance, as it does get busy.
The final spot on your Peruvian itinerary should be Lake Titicaca, on the border of Bolivia, which you can get to via a bus to the town of Puno. It's one of South America's largest lakes and said to be the birthplace of the Incas.
You can then easily take an hour bus to Juliaca to catch a cheap flight back up to Lima.
For solo adventuring, Peru is a fairly safe place to travel, thanks to a well-traversed tourist path, brilliant bus service, plentiful hostels, and an abundance of tours and activities to join.
Pirate tip: have your wits about you in the larger cities, particularly Lima. We would recommend trying to link up with fellow travellers in the hostel if you wanted to go out at night.
We might be Pirates, but we’re an honest bunch. We check all our deals when we review them to make sure everything is available. Here’s the catch: with deals this hot, things change quickly: flight prices fluctuate, hotel rooms sell out, currencies yo-yo. Mainly, demand for the best deals means the lowest prices don’t last long. But, if you’ve missed out this time, don’t worry: we’re working on more great offers.