Peru

Welcome to Peru!

Peru is legendary Machu Picchu, mysterious Nazca lines, colorful skirts of Quechua women, cute alpacas and mouthwatering ceviche. The snow-peaked Andes with turquoise lagoons have left us breathless, the lush Amazon rainforest has left us speechless. This country surprised us with how much it has to offer and after two amazing months in Peru, we have gathered more than one exciting story to tell.

Best Places to Visit

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season from May to September, which is ideal for exploring destinations like Machu Picchu and Cusco, as well as, for hiking adventures in the Andes. For a less crowded experience in Peru, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons, such as late September to October or April to early May.

Have a look into our posts to find out the best travel time for a specific destination.

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Breathtaking Hikes

Peru is home to some of the world-renowned trails, from the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu to lesser-known gems amidst snow-capped peaks and glacial lakes.

Quick Facts

This is Peru in a nutshell. Yet, this fascinating country is more than just facts. Dive into our guides for a deeper understanding of what truly defines Peru.

Capital:

Lima

It’s as big as Paris.

Time zone:

GMT-5

It’s 13:46 at the moment.

Language:

Spanish

Un café por favor.

Power Plug:

Types A and B

Two flat parallel pins.

Currency:

Peruvian Sol

10 PEN equals 3 USD.

Dialing code:

+51

Best SIMs: Claro, Bitel

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Unique Experiences

Mountains as colorful as rainbows and floating islands made out of straw – discover some of Peru’s most exceptional destinations.

Know Before You Go

Curious about Peru before your trip? Let us answer the most common questions and have you packing with confidence.

Most people come to Peru to witness the legendary Machu Picchu. But Peru is so much more than that. Did you know that it hosts some of the best restaurants in the world? Or that there’s a real desert oasis awaiting for you full of thrilling adventures?

Peru has it all – beaches, mountains, and rainforests; big cities and ancient ruins. It’s more diverse than any other country we have visited and there’s for sure something for everyone.

Peru is generally safe, particularly in major tourist hubs such as Cusco, Lima, Arequipa, and Machu Picchu, where police presence is notable. However, exercise caution in crowded markets and public transportation, and remain vigilant in specific areas. When trekking in remote regions or exploring the Amazon, look for reputable tour operators for increased safety.

Peru is relatively affordable for travelers, especially compared to many Western countries. However, expenses can vary depending on your travel style and the regions you visit. Also, be aware that visiting the renowned Machu Picchu comes at a quite high price tag.

Have a look into our posts for detailed insights into estimated costs for specific destinations, helping you plan your journey more effectively.

Most visitors from countries like the US, Canada, UK, Australia, the EU can enjoy visa-free entry for up to 183 days.

However, some exceptions and specific requirements for other countries might apply, so it’s best to check directly with the official sites. In some cases you might be asked to present a proof of return/onward ticket when entering Peru.

A common recommendation for a trip to Peru is around 10 to 14 days. This allows for a comprehensive visit, covering highlights like Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lima, and perhaps even the Amazon or Lake Titicaca.

However, you might want to extend your stay to three weeks to include other spectacular places such as the desert oasis Huacachina, phenomenal Nazca or embark on one of the breathtaking hikes in the Andes.

Hello:

Hola

Thank you:

Gracias

Goodbye:

Adiós

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Plan your Peru Trip

While traveling Peru for over two months, we’ve carefully crafted three Peru travel itineraries that fit every traveler’s schedule. Plan your trip to one of the most diverse countries on earth.

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