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Amazing Travels In Peru

Why Go?

Considering travel to Peru? Well, there are countless reasons why Peru could be the perfect place for your next vacation. If the stunning landscapes ranging from arid coastal deserts to the thriving rainforests of the Amazon—with the majestic Andes in between aren’t enough to get you packing, throw in the 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites, a thriving culture, and an intriguing history going back thousands of years.

Incredible Natural Environments In Peru

For nature lovers, Peru is one of the most biodiverse places you can possibly find anywhere on our planet. It is also regarded as one of the best places in the world for bird watching with the array of flora throughout the country being just as spectacular. For photographers, Peru is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Intriguing Cultures

Wherever you travel within Peru, the living culture here is both enchanting and intriguing. A blend of Hispanic and native traditions, you’ll find that Peru is deeply rooted in its rich heritage. Inherited from the Incas, Spanish conquistadors and immigrant settlers, Peru’s micro-cultures intertwine with the changing landscapes, and include about 47 indigenous languages being spoken here like Quechua and Aymara.

The incredible ancient civilizations their histories, and all of the amazing art and architecture are as fascinating as they are mysterious. With so many sites to see, you’ll either need to move here or make several trips to feel you’ve even scratched the surface and we only have some of the highlights here!

Peru Is For Foodies

Peru has also come into its own as a culinary destination. There is no shortage of great food here. You’ll find wonderful food stalls, excellent restaurants and plenty of celebrity chefs so, loosen those belt buckles and eat your way through Peru if you must!

Peru Has Something For Everyone

Whatever you seek from your travels, you should be able to find it in Peru. From backpacking bliss to over the top luxury, the range of accommodations is well covered and the infrastructure for getting around is quite good. Families with young children can also consider Peru to be an excellent choice for an amazing vacation. Without doubt, we believe you’ll enjoy the wonderful hospitality of the Peruvian people and fall in love with their friendly ways.

We hope you find enough travel inspiration here to get you packing, but if you need more ideas, we’ve got them!

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Languages Spoken – Spanish, Quechua and Aymara. Indigenous languages in the Amazon basis includes Aguaruna, Ashaninka, Shipib and Jaqaru.

Suggested Readings

Diversity of Cultural Expressions | UNESCO

The Music and Dance of Peruvian Culture

10 Things To Do in Peru

1 – Book accommodations, trains, and any Machu Picchu plans well in advance!

2 – Drink only bottled water and ensure that ice cubes are made from purified water.

3 – Go to Machu Picchu before Cusco to do your acclimating. Cusco is actually at a higher elevation.

4 – Plan your packing well! Peru has at least 28 different climates within its borders and you don’t want to be stuck without the proper clothing if you are planning on making your way through different parts of the country.

5 – In bigger places like Lima, take one of the free walking tours that are available.

6 – Make sure you have the proper shoes for your planned activities. Don’t be that tourist!

7 –  Pack earplugs. Just do it.

8 – If you are a coffee lover, you will be thrilled to know the best coffee in the world—according to somebody, somewhere is Café de Las Nubes. It is only sold in Peru, so stock up!

9 – Reconsider having pictures taken with alpacas and llamas in the middle of cities. You will likely come across older Peruvian women in traditional costumes who are seeking tips. Quite often, these animals are mistreated and they are exploited. There are plenty of free roaming animals that you will be able to photograph.

10 – Eat ceviche at lunch. The fish are caught daily and this is when it will be the freshest.

Citizens of the United States will need a passport with a minimum validity of six months from the date of entry into Peru.

A tourist visa is not currently required and tourists can stay up to 183 days without additional permissions.

 

List of All Nationalities & Requirements

 

(Updated 10/08/2020)

The following airlines have direct flights from the U.S. and typically will fly into Lima first.

American Airlines
Avianca
Delta
Jet Blue
LATAM
Spirit Airlines
United Airlines

 

Domestic Airlines 

Peru is quite easy to get around with a number of public and private transportation options.

 

  • Car Rentals; secure parking is advised.
  • Light Rail Lima’s Metropolitano offers and efficient, fast service to downtown.
  • The train is  expensive and is geared toward tourists, but could be an amazing experience.
  • Bus is a great option for getting around inexpensively.
  • Taxis 
  • Shared taxis are common in the provinces and a great way to get around when traveling further distances.

The official currency of Peru is the Sol (S /), also called nuevos soles.

Current Exchange Rates

US Dollars are accepted in many stores, restaurants, hotels and service stations. Always have a back-up plan with respect to payments with local vendors, local transport, and tourist activities.

 

ATMs are found in almost all cities in the Peru, and most are connected to the Plus (Visa), Cirrus (MasterCard / Maestro), American Express and other networks. You can take cash out in US dollars or soles, but the exchange rate is often higher.

 

You can also find “money changers” in the streets who will exchange money, but the transaction cannot be guaranteed. The typical operating hours for the bureaux de change are Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm, and 9am to midday on Saturdays. Bills should always be in very good condition and it is better to use smaller denominations.

 

Credit/Debit cards are widely accepted.

 

Customary Practices

 

Bargaining

  • Expect to bargain in cash with street vendors and stalls.

 

Tipping

  • Tipping is commonly practiced.
  • Typical for a Restaurant is a 10% for good service.
  • Porters & tour guides: each should receive a tip at the end of a the trip.
  • Taxis  generally a tip not required, unless drivers have assisted with heavy luggage or you feel like it is something you’d really like to do.

Like anywhere, traveling in Peru is not without risk. While the U.S. State Department’s travel advisory sounds quite alarming, the fact of the matter is Peru is high on the bucket list for many people and receives quite alot of tourism under normal travel conditions. Generally, most traveler’s stick to the beaten path and experience no issues.

 

As to precautions concerning your health, the CDC does make some recommendations for travelers. There is a high risk for malaria in some parts of the country and altitude sickness is a very real concern. Depending on your tolerance levels, we do have several suggestions for how to acclimatize to the higher elevations you will likely encounter.

 

One of the best things you can do is plan to spend enough time in Peru to acclimatize safely. The best thing to do is to not fly into Cuzco right of the bat and take the slow way in, by train or car. Running through Peru like your hair is on fire is not the way to go!

If you are planning to travel with children under the age of 18, you should always ensure that you meet the entry requirements of the country.

 

At this time, unless the child is a citizen or has dual citizenship that includes Peru, nothing other than a passport is required. That said, if both parents are not traveling together, a notarized letter and custody documents are a good idea to bring with you anyway.

 

(Updated 10/08/2020)

~ Amazing Travels in Peru ~

Why Go?

Considering travel to Peru? Well, there are countless reasons why Peru could be the perfect place for your next vacation. If the stunning landscapes ranging from arid coastal deserts to the thriving rainforests of the Amazon—with the majestic Andes in between aren’t enough to get you packing, throw in the 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites, a thriving culture, and an intriguing history going back thousands of years.

Incredible Natural Environments In Peru

For nature lovers, Peru is one of the most biodiverse places you can possibly find anywhere on our planet. It is also regarded as one of the best places in the world for bird watching with the array of flora throughout the country being just as spectacular. For photographers, Peru is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Intriguing Cultures

Wherever you travel within Peru, the living culture here is both enchanting and intriguing. A blend of Hispanic and native traditions, you’ll find that Peru is deeply rooted in its rich heritage. Inherited from the Incas, Spanish conquistadors and immigrant settlers, Peru’s micro-cultures intertwine with the changing landscapes, and include about 47 indigenous languages being spoken here like Quechua and Aymara.

The incredible ancient civilizations their histories, and all of the amazing art and architecture are as fascinating as they are mysterious. With so many sites to see, you’ll either need to move here or make several trips to feel you’ve even scratched the surface and we only have some of the highlights here!

Peru Is For Foodies

Peru has also come into its own as a culinary destination. There is no shortage of great food here. You’ll find wonderful food stalls, excellent restaurants and plenty of celebrity chefs so, loosen those belt buckles and eat your way through Peru if you must!

Peru Has Something For Everyone

Whatever you seek from your travels, you should be able to find it in Peru. From backpacking bliss to over the top luxury, the range of accommodations is well covered and the infrastructure for getting around is quite good. Families with young children can also consider Peru to be an excellent choice for an amazing vacation. Without doubt, we believe you’ll enjoy the wonderful hospitality of the Peruvian people and fall in love with their friendly ways.

We hope you find enough travel inspiration here to get you packing, but if you need more ideas, we’ve got them!

Travel Like You Mean It

~ Good To Know ~

Destination Specialists

Citizens of the United States will need a passport with a minimum validity of six months from the date of entry into Peru.

A tourist visa is not currently required and tourists can stay up to 183 days without additional permissions.

 

List of All Nationalities & Requirements

 

(Updated 10/08/2020)

The following airlines have direct flights from the U.S. and typically will fly into Lima first.

American Airlines
Avianca
Delta
Jet Blue
LATAM
Spirit Airlines
United Airlines

 

Domestic Airlines 

Peru is quite easy to get around with a number of public and private transportation options.

 

  • Car Rentals; secure parking is advised.
  • Light Rail Lima’s Metropolitano offers and efficient, fast service to downtown.
  • The train is  expensive and is geared toward tourists, but could be an amazing experience.
  • Bus is a great option for getting around inexpensively.
  • Taxis 
  • Shared taxis are common in the provinces and a great way to get around when traveling further distances.

The official currency of Peru is the Sol (S /), also called nuevos soles.

Current Exchange Rates

US Dollars are accepted in many stores, restaurants, hotels and service stations. Always have a back-up plan with respect to payments with local vendors, local transport, and tourist activities.

 

ATMs are found in almost all cities in the Peru, and most are connected to the Plus (Visa), Cirrus (MasterCard / Maestro), American Express and other networks. You can take cash out in US dollars or soles, but the exchange rate is often higher.

 

You can also find “money changers” in the streets who will exchange money, but the transaction cannot be guaranteed. The typical operating hours for the bureaux de change are Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm, and 9am to midday on Saturdays. Bills should always be in very good condition and it is better to use smaller denominations.

 

Credit/Debit cards are widely accepted.

 

Customary Practices

 

Bargaining

  • Expect to bargain in cash with street vendors and stalls.

 

Tipping

  • Tipping is commonly practiced.
  • Typical for a Restaurant is a 10% for good service.
  • Porters & tour guides: each should receive a tip at the end of a the trip.
  • Taxis  generally a tip not required, unless drivers have assisted with heavy luggage or you feel like it is something you’d really like to do.

Like anywhere, traveling in Peru is not without risk. While the U.S. State Department’s travel advisory sounds quite alarming, the fact of the matter is Peru is high on the bucket list for many people and receives quite alot of tourism under normal travel conditions. Generally, most traveler’s stick to the beaten path and experience no issues.

 

As to precautions concerning your health, the CDC does make some recommendations for travelers. There is a high risk for malaria in some parts of the country and altitude sickness is a very real concern. Depending on your tolerance levels, we do have several suggestions for how to acclimatize to the higher elevations you will likely encounter.

 

One of the best things you can do is plan to spend enough time in Peru to acclimatize safely. The best thing to do is to not fly into Cuzco right of the bat and take the slow way in, by train or car. Running through Peru like your hair is on fire is not the way to go!

If you are planning to travel with children under the age of 18, you should always ensure that you meet the entry requirements of the country.

 

At this time, unless the child is a citizen or has dual citizenship that includes Peru, nothing other than a passport is required. That said, if both parents are not traveling together, a notarized letter and custody documents are a good idea to bring with you anyway.

 

(Updated 10/08/2020)

~ Places To Go & Things To Do In Peru ~

~ When Should You Go To Peru? ~

Anytime of the year is a great time to go to Lima and if there is one thing that is practically guaranteed in Lima— it is not going to rain or snow whenever you visit. If it does, consider yourself lucky!

 

Monthly Averages Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 79° 81° 79° 75° 72° 68° 66° 64° 66° 68° 72° 75°
Low 66° 66° 66° 64° 61° 59° 59° 59° 59° 59° 62° 64°
Precipitation 0.7″ 0″ 0″ 0.4″ 0.4″ 0″ 0.1″ 0.1″ 0.1″ 0″ 0″ 0.4″
Avg # of Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Source : NOAA

Anytime of the year is a great time to go to Lima and if there is one thing that is practically guaranteed in Lima— it will not rain whenever you visit. If it does rain, consider yourself lucky! 

 

 

Monthly AveragesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High79°81°79°75°72°68°66°64°66°68°72°75°
Low66°66°66°64°61°59°59°59°59°59°62°64°
Precipitation0.7″0″0″0.4″0.4″0″0.1″0.1″0.1″0″0″0.4″
Avg # of Days000000000000

 

Monthly Averages Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 88° 90° 88° 88° 86° 86° 86° 88° 90° 90° 90° 88°
Low 72° 72° 72° 72° 72° 72° 70° 70° 70° 72° 72° 72°
Precipitation 10″ 10.8″ 13.8″ 12″ 10.6″ 7.9″ 6.5″ 6.1″ 7.5″ 8.5″ 9.6″ 10″
Avg # of Days 17 18 20 19 18 15 14 12 14 16 17 16

 

Source : NOAA

 

Monthly Averages Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 88° 90° 88° 88° 86° 86° 86° 88° 90° 90° 90° 88°
Low 72° 72° 72° 72° 72° 72° 70° 70° 70° 72° 72° 72°
Precipitation 10″ 10.8″ 13.8″ 12″ 10.6″ 7.9″ 6.5″ 6.1″ 7.5″ 8.5″ 9.6″ 10″
Avg # of Days 17 18 20 19 18 15 14 12 14 16 17 16

 

Source : NOAA

 

Monthly Averages Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 84° 82° 86° 83° 77° 74° 70° 75° 73° 76° 76° 79°
Low 63° 62° 64° 60° 55° 52° 49° 52° 51° 53° 53° 57°
Precipitation 0.4″ 0.3″ 0.2″ 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
Avg # of Days 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Source : NOAA

 

Monthly Averages Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 63° 63° 63° 64° 64° 63° 62° 64° 84° 66° 67° 66°
Low 37° 40° 39° 35° 29° 25° 24° 27° 54° 36° 38° 39°
Precipitation 4.9″ 4.3″ 3.1″ 1.5″ 0.1″ 0″ 0″ 2.07″ 0.2″ 1.1″ 2″ 3″
Avg # of Days 17 14 14 6 0 0 0 1 1 6 7 12

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