Private Guided Tours to Peru and Machu Picchu

Kensington Tours is an award winning tour company offering Custom Private Guided tours at unbeatable value

Company Overview

  • Private Guided Travel:

    Your Own Private Expert Guide & Vehicle

  • Customized Travel:

    Your Schedule, Your Budget, Your Preferences

  • Excellent Value:

    Private Tours for 20 to 30% Less Than Premium Group Tours

Kensington Tours is an award winning tour operator offering private guided tours worldwide. Their destination experts will customize a trip itinerary exactly to your needs, and English speaking local guides will provide you with an exclusive personal tour. Enjoy three, four, or five star hotels according to your budget, all 20 to 30% less than premium top rated group tour companies.  

Kensington Tours is a National Geographic Traveler and Adventure Magazines award winner and top tour pick, a Travel + Leisure Magazine award winner, and a VoyageTrek Editor's Choice.

Kensington Tours Info

Kensington Tours offers custom private guided tours and travel experiences worldwide.The company offers hundreds of trips on all seven continents.

Private Guided Tours and Travel

Enjoy private travel at your own pace. All of our tours offer private guides and vehicles, with itineraries customized to your needs by our travel consultants.  

Safe: In-country offices and staff. Private guides and vehicles, and 24 hour emergency support.

Personal: No groups. Enjoy private travel with your own guide at your own pace.

Flexible: No preset start dates. Start when you want, and change the itinerary to suit your needs.

Credible: 10,000's of satisfied customers, and dozens of awards from companies like National Geographic and Travel + Leisure.

... all for considerably less than premium group tours.

The Kensington Story

Kensington Tours was founded through the inspiration of intrepid explorer and Royal Geographic Society Fellow Jeff Willner.  Jeff grew up in Africa where his parents worked for much of his childhood, and from which came his thirst for travel and an appreciation for different cultures.  Jeff has traveled over 70 countries in search of the extraordinary.  During his travels, Jeff began to imagine a company that used the deep knowledge and personal attention of local English speaking guides to turn trips into extraordinary experiences.

Jeff used his years of experience at the Wharton Business School and at McKinsey & Company to build his vision for Kensington Tours.  Kensington Tours is led by a team of destination experts with real in-country experience and seasoned business executives who have built an award winning travel company that offers trips all over the world.

Kensington Tours offers travelers extraordinary travel experiences at unrivalled value.

Kensington Tours Advantage

Experience the most extraordinary travel destinations with the luxury of a private guide, vehicle, and driver, all for considerably less than most luxury group tours.

Private Guides and Customized Tours Put You in Control:  Today's savvy traveler doesn't want the constraints of a group tour with strangers that offers set itineraries and specific departure dates.  Every Kensington Tour is private, flexible, and custom built to your exact needs.  Start, stop, and customize your trip how you want.  Your own private car, driver, and knowledgeable local guide put your needs first and put you in control.

Unmatched Value:  Once you shop the competition, you will see that Kensington Tours average about 30% less in price than comparable group tours offered by top tour companies.  We use technology and in-country teams to work more efficiently and lower our costs so we can pass the savings on.

Experienced, Local Guides and 24/7 Support:  We have in-country English speaking staff and guides available around the clock to offer you personalized and expert service so you can have the trip of a lifetime.

Certified Quality and Proven Track Record:  Kensington Tours has won awards by most of the top travel magazines including National Geographic Traveler and Adventure, and Travel + Leisure.  Kensington Tours has been a leading tour operator of custom and private luxury tours for over a decade.  We have thousands of satisfied clients who have traveled with us on all continents.  Kensington Tours is a member in good standing with the leading travel associations.

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Tours to Peru

  • Machu Picchu
  • Sacred Valley
  • Cusco
  • Lima
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Nazca Lines
  • Amazon
  • Inca Trail & Andes
  • City Tours

Customized Itineraries to all Travel Destinations in Peru.  Tour Extensions Available to:  Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, Ecuador and the Galapagos, and all countries in South America.

Peru Overview

Peru is a country in South America, situated on the western side of that continent, facing the South Pacific Ocean and straddling part of the Andes mountain range that runs the length of South America. Peru is bordered by Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil and Bolivia to the east, and Chile to the south. Peru is a country that has a diversity and wealth little common in the world. The main attractions are their archaeological patrimony of pre-Columbian cultures and the center of Inca's Empire, their gastronomy, their colonial architecture (has imposing colonial constructions) and their natural resources (a paradise for the ecological tourism).

Although Peru has rich natural resources and many great places to visit, many of the people live in poor conditions. 36% of the population live under the poverty line. The rich, consisting mostly of a Hispanic (or "Criollo") elite, live in the cities. Nevertheless, most Peruvians are great nationalists and love their country with pride (largely stemming from Peru's history as the center of both the Inca Empire and Spain's South American Empire). Also, many Peruvians separate the state of Peru and its government in their minds. Many of them distrust their government and police, and people are used to fighting corruption and embezzlement scandals, as in many countries.

The Peruvian economy is healthy and quite strong, however, still some Peruvians see their economy as stuck in a rut. It is indebted and dependent on industrial nations, especially the United States. This dependence, combined with US foreign policy decisions in recent years has contributed to a widely held negative view about the United States government in Peru, but not against individual US citizens.The word gringo, is used commonly, but is not generally intended as offensive. The original meaning encompassed all white-skinned people who do not speak Spanish. Many people use the word gringo exclusively for Americans or American look-alikes. It's not uncommon for blonde people to be called gringo. Peruvians do not hesitate to greet you with "¡Hola, gringo!".

Generally, people are very friendly, peaceful and helpful. When in trouble, you mostly can rely on getting help. But as with any setting, it is always good to watch out for yourself and try to avoid bad situations. If you get into an argument, it is a good idea to remain amicable, but firm. Most of the time, you can find a compromise that satisfies everyone.

Peru is not exactly a haven for efficiency. Do not expect things to be on time, or exactly as they intend to be. Outside of the more upscale tourist services and big cities like Lima, English is uncommon and the people, trying to be friendly, can give wrong or inexact advice, a translator can always be helpful in this cases. Plan ahead and leave plenty of time for traveling.

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Quick Facts
Capital Lima
Government Constitutional republic
Currency Nuevo sol (PEN)
Area 1,285,220 km2
Population 27,925,628 (July 2006 est.)
Language Spanish (official), Quechua ,Aymara
Religion Roman Catholic 90%
Electricity 220V/60Hz (North American plug)
Calling Code +51
Internet TLD .pe
Time Zone UTC -5

Cities & Destinations:

  • Lima
  • Arequipa
  • Ayacucho
  • Cajamarca
  • Chiclayo
  • Cuzco
  • Iquitos
  • Puno
  • Trujillo
  • Destinations:
  • Chan Chan
  • Chavín de Huántar
  • Huascarán National Park
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Machu Picchu
  • Manú National Park
  • Nazca lines
  • Paracas National Reservation
  • Río Abiseo National Park