After nearly a year of closed borders during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Peru has reopened to visitors. There is nowhere else in the world like Peru as its intense concentration of cultural heritage and natural wonder create an inspiring collection of opportunities. From the desert to the Andes, the jungle to the coastline, the joy of discovery is all around. Whether you are looking for a couple’s getaway along Lima’s beaches, a family adventure in search of sloths, or an exciting trek on the renowned Inca Trail, your decision to travel in 2021 brings three advantages as you experience all that Peru has to offer.
Peru is a destination abounding in natural beauty and incredible cultural heritage that culminates in the dramatic image of Machu Picchu. While the Nazca Lines are truly fascinating and Lake Titicaca is an exceptional natural and cultural wonder, Machu Picchu is the most recognizable monument in Peru and high on many travel wish lists.
The weight of Machu Picchu's legend creates an air of mystique around the Lost City of the Inca. The architecture inspires the unfathomable, forcing visitors to question how the engineers designed and constructed the buildings without mortar on a plateau sitting among the clouds at over 7,972 feet above sea level. As Peru slowly reopens to tourists, Machu Picchu is only allowing a limited number of visitors each day.
"The vast majority of visits are outside in open spaces, such as vast archeological sites, and most places are rather small towns or even in the countryside, like remote and isolated lodges in the Rainforest. So in addition to Machu Picchu running at only forty-percent capacity and also having implemented social distancing measures, there won't really be any crowded places at all," says Victoria, a Zicasso travel specialist for Peru.
The result will be a unique feeling of freedom among the ruins as if you are visiting the mysterious and enchanting city in private. Machu Picchu remains one of the world's New Seven Ancient Wonders, a title that encouraged even more visitors to travel to the site each year. The new safety restrictions open the panoramic view so you can embrace the legend, the atmosphere, and a personalized experience before the crowds return.
No matter where you visit in Peru, whether trekking the Amazon or witnessing the Nazca Lines from the air, it is the diverse culture of the country that provides the most unique, immersive, and authentic experiences. Peru does not have a single heritage but comprises a combination of cultures connected through a shared history of colonialism and national independence.
From Amazonian tribes to Andean villages, Peru's diverse cultures offer a distinctive introduction to the country and a warm welcome after nearly a year of closed borders. During this challenging year, Peru has designed protocols to safely bring back their visitors. "Most hotels have implemented Covid-protocols required and approved by the Peruvian Ministry of Health," Victoria says. "All of them have special cleaning protocols, capacity limitations, mask requirements, and other safety measures."
Your Zicasso travel specialist has the local connections to design your itinerary in a way that ensures you are comfortable with your surroundings and activities, depending on how you prefer to travel. With the option to travel with a private driver, your own tour guide, or both, most of the country's iconic highlights are outside in open spaces, and until tourists return in the usual numbers, you may not see any crowds at all.
Tourism is an integral part of many local businesses around Peru and a way for locals to share their authentic heritage, traditions, customs, and perspective with the outside world in a tangible way. By taking the time to visit Peru now, you can expect a warm and enthusiastic welcome from locals as they seek to reconnect with those excited to explore the incredible culture and surroundings.
Where you stay during a trip can help elevate your experience and add to the memories you make. While accommodations may not seem like the most important detail of your stay at first, by the time you reach your destination, the tiny details can have significant impacts. Peru is a haven of luxury with unique and comfortable hotels that accentuate your travel throughout the country. Whether looking for a panorama over the Pacific or a secluded terrace on a cliff overlooking Lake Titicaca, visiting Peru now may offer you the chance of an upgrade to a higher category room.
“Take advantage of the flexible payment terms that may be available for your trip,” says Paul, a Peru travel specialist. “Enjoy the splendor of Peru’s range of luxury hotels with the chance of free room upgrades and perks.” While our Zicasso travel specialists are known to include surprises for our travelers, this time in Peru will be especially unique as properties are anxious to ensure a spectacular visit to those travelers first to return.
It is not just about the amenities in a boutique hotel or the attentive service of an accommodation offering a private chef, but the way these experiences elevate your travel in Peru. From private jacuzzis open to the night sky for unfettered views of the starlight or a garden view of Machu Picchu, by booking a regular room when traveling in 2021, you may find yourself in the best hotel room you've ever experienced.
You can discover new perspectives through the waters of the world’s highest navigable lake or fish for piranha in the Amazon, find exceptional artisan crafts at a local market or uncover the thriving wildlife in an island ecosystem. Visiting Peru now will immerse you in an experience that few may ever know, along with memories that will last a lifetime.
If you are ready to bring your Peru dreams to life, our travel specialists are destination experts and uniquely positioned to guide your plans. Their local connections run deep, and their ability to surprise you with innovative ideas and a customized trip design will make this next trip your best one yet.
For more ideas as you consider your plans, find inspiration with our sample Peru itineraries. If you are interested in planning your perfect Peru trip, you can also speak with a Peru travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.