Private jet charter and flights to Peru
From the Pacific coast up into the Andes and across to the Amazon Rainforest, Peru is a fascinating country of epic landscapes, the deeply held traditions and the relics of a once-powerful empire. There are poster-child attractions like Machu Picchu, vibrant markets where intricately weaved goods are sold, and fiery cuisine that’s making waves across the world. Experience it all, charter a private jet today.
Peru’s main gateway is Lima. This oceanside city is perhaps not the prettiest and charming of the country’s main settlements, but it has a rich history as the capital of Spain’s South American empire. Head to the Plaza de Armas in the heart of the city and you can see plenty of colonial-era buildings and pop into the Convento de Francisco and wander the streets of El Centro to get a feel for the city’s former grandeur. Many visitors stay in Miraflores, an upscale neighbourhood overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which is about six miles away from the centre of town. You can follow the 6-mile Malecon and enjoy the sea views, see the pre-Incan ruins of Huaca Pucllana, shop ‘til you drop at the markets and in the artisan shops along Avenida Petit Thouars, and enjoy some of the best Peruvian cuisine at high-end restaurants.
Travel south along the edge of Pacific, and you’ll reach a relatively narrow strip of desert between the ocean and mountains. The first stop of note along the Pan-American Highway as you drive south from Lima, is Pisco, the gateway to the Paracas National Reserve. This protected area of desert and coastal landscapes features towering dunes and rugged water-sculpted rock formations. Continue onwards and you’ll reach a town that shares its name with one of Peru’s most mysterious wonders – the Nazca Lines. To see these huge geoglyphs that were drawn in the soil of the Nazca Plain, you’ll need to take to the skies on a flight-seeing trip, or at least travel up to a viewpoint in the surrounding hills.
When people are dreaming of visiting Peru, it’s usually just a small part of the Andes that they’re thinking of. Within just under 40 miles as the crow flies, you’ll find a Spanish colonial city that was built on the ruins of Inca temples, a breathtaking canyon scattered with traditional towns, and one of the world’s finest bucket-list topping attractions. Cusco is the set-off point for adventures in this part of the world, but it’s way more than just a gateway. The city is centred around the Plaza de Armas and there are a whole host of attractions within walking distance from the square. One of the main sights is Coricancha, a temple which was considered to be the holiest site in the Inca Empire. In the 16th Century it was all but destroyed by the Spanish conquistadors who later built the Convento de Santo Domingo on the site of the temple.
Cusco sits at a lofty 3399 metres above sea level and can be literally breathtaking for those arriving straight from Lima. We recommend heading down into the Sacred Valley to acclimatise for a few days. While you’re here, visit the Inca citadels of Ollantaytambo and Pisac where you can enjoy incredible views of the valley and the Río Urubamba below, explore pretty towns and ancient villages, and shop for woven goods that have been made a stone’s throw away. The real star of the show in Peru is undoubtedly Machu Picchu. This citadel in the clouds clings to the crest of a mountain high above the Sacred Valley and is surrounded by tree-cloaked peaks. To reach Peru’s most famous site, you can catch a train from Cusco or Urubamba, or hike in as you complete the multi-day trek along the Inca Trail.
There’s no hiding the fact that Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu are popular and draw visitors in their thousands. If you want to get away from the crowds but still see the wondrous landscapes of the Andes, visit the Central Highlands to the north of Cusco. Within the hills and valleys of this lesser-visited area, there are colonial gems such as Ayacucho which can rival Cusco when it comes to striking architecture, the relatively remote city of Chachapoyas and the culinary hotspot of Huancayo. Alternatively, you can also head in the opposite direction; approximately 240 miles to the south-east of Cusco, is Puno, a city on the edge of Lake Titicaca, a vast high-altitude lake that straddles the Peru-Bolivia border. This top-of-the-word region is rich in indigenous culture; to learn more, head to the man-made Uros Islands which are made of layers of reeds that float on the surface of the lake.
The Amazon Rainforest covers almost two-thirds of Peru’s entire landmass, stretching from the border with Ecuador, Columbia and Brazil to the foot of the Andes. The best way to explore this tropical region where meandering waterways cut through swathes of deep green, wildlife-rich jungle is travelling by luxury boat or staying at a hidden-away lodge. Most cruises are four or five nights long and depart from Iquitos, a city on the western bank of the Amazon River. From here you’ll head south towards the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve where you might see pink river dolphins, sloths, monkeys, caimans and a whole host of vibrant bird species
Peru is served by a variety of airports from the main airport in Lima, Jorge Chávez International Airport to small domestic airfields in cities such as Ayacucho and Iquitos. Simply contact our team and we’ll arrange everything you need to charter a private jet to Peru.