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The breathtaking country of Peru is a land of vast coastline, steep mountains in shades of green, buzzing cities, and extraordinary antiquities. A luxury cruise to Peru will take you to the cosmopolitan capital of Lima, sprawling along a long line of cliffs pounded by the Pacific, with intriguing ruins to explore within easy reach.
Pisco, sandwiched between the jagged Andes, the desert, and the ocean, is rich in wildlife, from the sea lions, boobies, and pelicans of the Ballestas Islands to the diverse bird life of the beautiful Paracas National Reserve, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.
Choose an extended expedition to the Galapagos Islands with Celebrity, and you could also explore the wonders of Machu Picchu, the glorious old city of Cuzco and the beautiful Sacred Valley, in the shadow of the serrated, snow-capped Andes. Discover Peru on a luxury South American cruise with Celebrity Cruises.
Peruvian chefs offer a fresh, exciting approach to food, using ingredients that have been in the country’s cuisine for millennia. Don’t miss a chance to try ceviche, fresh sea bass marinated in lime juice with salt, onion, and hot chilies. You’ll also find rich, meaty dishes, from spiced beef skewers to roast guinea pig, a delicacy here. Everywhere you go, you’ll be offered a Pisco Sour, the national drink, which is Peruvian brandy with lime, sugar syrup, frothy egg white, and bitters.
Peru is rich in spectacular man-made wonders, from the incredible desert drawings of the Nazca Lines to the mysterious “candelabra” carved into the bleak cliffs of the Ballestas Islands, near Pisco. There are archaeological sites to admire close to Lima, from the temples and pyramids of the pre-Columbian Pachacamac Oracle Temple to the seven-story adobe pyramid of Huaca Pucllana, an astonishing remnant of the sophisticated pre-Inca culture that thrived here between 200 AD and 700 AD.
The snowy Andes tower over the lush Rio Urubamba Valley, known as the Sacred Valley; this was once the heart of the Inca empire. Even higher in the mountains, at a dizzying 11,200 feet, is the glorious old city of Cuzco, a maze of cobbled squares and lavishly decorated cathedrals. It’s the gateway to Machu Picchu, which is the prize of travel to Peru for many. Hemmed in by sheer cliffs and often draped in ethereal mist, this Inca citadel is surely one of the most captivating places on earth.
Cruises visiting Lima and Pisco last 16 nights, sailing between Los Angeles and Valparaiso, Chile. Extended expeditions from the Galapagos that include a land tour to Lima, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu also last 16 nights and combine a seven-night voyage around the islands.
Cruise the starkly beautiful coast of Peru on a stylish, contemporary ship offering everything you’ll need for a luxurious vacation that spans two continents. You’ll have leisurely days to read by the pool, try a class in the gym, head to The Spa for a treatment, and enjoy cocktails in the sunshine. Solstice-series ships offer the delightful Lawn Club, where you can enjoy a picnic on the grass, or challenge friends to a game of boules. Upgrade your experience and choose The Retreat for suite accommodation and dining in the elegant and exclusive restaurant, Luminae at The Retreat.
On a Peru cruise with Celebrity Cruises, you’ll come away with a deeper understanding of the fascinating civilizations that have left their mark on this richly diverse country. Whether your interest lies in mountain citadels, ancient temples and pyramids, intriguing museums, or exploring remote islands and nature reserves, you’ll find new sights, tastes, and experiences to discover here.