So you’ve got a date with Peru now what?
For how long? 2 months
First Impressions: If you could only do one thing in Peru…..
Cusco and the surrounding area. There is just so much to do and it’s just insanely beautiful. There are also rumors of Machu Picchu closing soon, so get here!
Will there be a second date? Possibly! I loved Peru and definitely missed some things I’d like to see, but South America has SO much I need to hit the rest of the continent before I go back.
Budget: Peru isn’t an expensive country in general, however, many of the attractions cannot be done without a tour, which therefore makes it a bit on the pricier side.
Accommodation- S/. 25-40 PEN ($8-12 USD) /night Restaurant- S/. 15-40 PEN ($ 5-12 USD) without alcohol (S/. 5- 10 PEN for menu del dia) Street food- S/. 3-5PEN ($1-2 USD) Beer- S/. 10 PEN ($3 USD) Pisco Sour- S/. 15 PEN (usually 2×1) ($5 USD) but more expensive and less deals in Lima and Cusco
What to bring: Layers. The weather changes in an instant.
When to go: Peak travel season is May – October during the dry season. But this means larger crowds, higher prices and the temps are a bit cooler. Rainy season peaks during January and February but honestly, I went during these times and really didn’t experience too much of an inconvenience. Part of Peru is the desert where you’ll have no problems and around Cusco you just have to bring layers and an umbrella with you. The weather is warmer, prices are lower and based on the crowds during low season I don’t even want to imagine what it’s like during peak season.
Visas: Americans do not need a visa when entering Peru, however, you may be asked to show proof of onward travel. Your length of stay is determined when you arrive and can be anywhere from 30-183 days. I am unclear what this is based on. It’s Peru- so I’m guessing it just depends on how good or bad of a mood your customs officer is in. They’ll ask you when you plan on leaving, though, and if you give them a date they’ll generally give you some wiggle room.
Vaccinations: None, unless you’re going to the Amazon where it’s recommended you get Yellow Fever and Typhoid vaccinations. It’s optional but be careful because some countries will not let you enter if you’ve been to the Amazon and have NOT had yellow fever vaccination.
***Always check beforehand. Information can change so make sure you’re checking yourself for up to date information on Visas, vaccinations, and safety recommendations from your government! US citizens can check HERE***
Hello- Hola Please- Por favor Thank-you- Gracias
Where is: Dónde está…..
Bathroom-el baño Hostel- Hostal (os-tal)
Left- izquierda Right- derecha Straight- derecho
Near- cerca (ser-ka) Far – lejos (lay-hos)
What did I miss?
Máncora- A surf and party town up north. I would’ve hit it if I bussed in, but too far to reach from Lima when I was headed in the opposite direction.
Huaraz- I did too many mountains and needed a break. But it looks beautiful and I can’t wait to come back to go!
Nazca- I saw a few of the Nazca lines when for free in a short stop along the highway with Peruhop. They were not interesting nor very cool and I am not intrigued by them at all. There are helicopter tours that are expensive and unorganized and it’s just not worth your time or money.
My favorite part: Peru is an amazing country to visit. It has a little bit of EVERYTHING. I had the most fun in Huacachina but spending a lot of time getting to know Cusco was seriously impactful to me.