Peru Travel Guide
Peru is hands down in my top three favorite countries in the world to travel around. It has rolling sand dunes, lake life, vast canyons, lush rainforests, sprawling city life, massive mountains, rich history, famous cuisine, unique wildlife, warm people, beaches and surf and the list goes on. It truly does have it all. They also grow avocados and quinoa so they’re both extremely cheap and abundant. Eat up and strap in for your Peruvian adventure. It’s unmissable and unforgettable.
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Best time to travel Peru
They dry season of May – October coincides with peak season when it’s more expensive and much more crowded but has drier (obviously) weather which also is important because sometimes in the mountains the snow can make it too dangerous to visit.
Wet season is considered to be November- April. The advantages are the lower crowds and prices as well as beautiful lush greenery. The downsides are the rain, as well as making it a bit harder to spot wildlife in the Amazon and lots and lots of your friendly mosquitos. I was in Peru from November – mid January and besides the mosquitos never was only rained out in the Amazon for one activity. I enjoyed the flexibility of being able to book things last minute and based on he crowds in some places don’t even want to begin to imagine what high season is life.
The Inca trail is closed every February for maintenance so if you have your heart set on that trail don’t come during Feb. Machu Picchu is still in full swing and there are some other awesome alternative treks.
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July 20, 2020: Internal transportation has started with masks required on all public transit. Domestic flights are running at 30% capacity with strict protocols. Masks are obligatory as well as online check-in and only passengers are allowed in the airport. Arrive at least 3 hours early due to long lines.
The re-opening of Machu Picchu has been pushed back from July 24.
As of mid-May it was announced that international borders would potentially open in October.
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Official currency: S/ Peruvian Sol
Budget: Food, alcohol and accomodation aren’t particularly outrageous but you can expect activities and transportation to be your main costs. Expect to pay anywhere from $1.50 – $3 USD for a beer , $10-$15 for dorm bed and usually start at $30 for budget hotels. Your treks and tours will vary depending on length. It’s important to shop around so you’re not being taken advantage of but remember that many times you get what you pay for and you probably don’t, in fact, want the cheapest tour. Ask what is offered, look at pictures and try to find reviews online as well as talking to someone in person if at all possible.
Credit cards: The tourist trail is very well established throughout Peru and you won’t have issues using your card to pay for tours or accomodations for a small surcharge. Bars and restaurants will also take card but more local places its best to use cash. Additionally the surcharges on smaller purchases start to add up.
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Where to go
Suggested itineraries for traveling Peru
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97 visa exempt countries may come from 90 days to 183 depending on the nation. This includes most of the Americas, Europe and Oceania, a handful of Asian countries and South Africa.
**Always check with your government for the most up to date information on visa requirements.**
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Yellow fever is recommended
**Recommendations are given assuming you are up to date on routine vaccinations. Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on required vaccinations for Peru travel specific to your country**
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Exercise Normal Precautions
**Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on safety**
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Know before you go so you can be the most respectful and responsible visitor possible
Things to keep in mind when traveling Peru:
- Porters: Many people who come to Peru go on a long trek or two. Porters do not always get paid as they should or have the best work environment. Make sure your trekking company has ethical policies and ensure your backpack is less than the max weight so the porters have room for their belongings.
- Be wary of any wildlife tourism (especially in the Amazon) shouldn’t allow interaction with animals
- Always shop and spend local when you can – from home stays to restaurants or markets and souvenirs
Official Languages: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
Plugs: Same the US and much of North America