Lima & The Southern Desert

Lima lies on the shores of the Pacific Ocean and has interesting museums, a vibrant cafe scene, striking architecture and friendly people.

A city where local knowledge definitely helps, our guides will show you hidden plazas, lovely old buildings and archaeological collections that will amaze (including one with curiously erotic pre-Inca pottery).

Live Andean and African-Latin music can be heard in the local bars. We can show you a night out in one of the peñas or live music venues where just tapping your feet is not an option. Lima boasts some of the best restaurants to be found in Latin America, reflecting Peru’s new gourmet culture.

Most hotels are located in the upmarket districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, about a 20 minute drive from the historic centre and around 45 minutes from the airport at Callao.

Lima is also a good base for exploring the coast to Ica and Paracas where we will arrange a boat trip around the Ballestas Islands (Peru’s version of the Galápagos). For the young and young at heart head to the oasis of Huacachina where you can jump aboard a dune buggy for some rollercoaster rides over the sand dunes before trying your hand at sandboarding. Further south you can fly over the Nazca Lines, mysterious huge shapes and markings etched in the desert by an earlier lost civilization.

Worth scratching the surface

When to go: All year round

"Many thanks for organising our expedition, we had a wonderful time and met some lovely people"

P Philson

"Our guide was more than excellent, he taught us so much about the Incas he made it come alive"

J & R Goodman

"We experienced so many different things and feel very lucky to have seen so many amazing sights"

W & S Andrews

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