Peru is a country located in South America. Lima is the capital and it is a country known for its high mountains, exceptional Incan ruins, culture, colors and landscapes. This Peru travel guide is laid out to help you plan the ultimate trip to this country.
Peru is easily one of the most visited countries in South America, with good reason as it is home to the wonder of the World, Machu Picchu. But there is so much more to the country than that one site.
There are deserts, there are rainforests, there are high altitude mountains and there are giant lakes. There's an abundance of culture, history and wildlife to learn about too.
Anything less than a 2-week trip will leave you wanting more and I think you could easily max out your 6-month visa exploring Peru’s many wonders.
We've been to Peru three times over the years and will not hesitate when an opportunity to go again presents itself. We hope you find our advice both helpful and inspiring.
Do you need a visa? US Citizens get a free 180 day Visa on Arrival
Currency: Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN)
Climate: Temperate, varying by region. Cooler at altitude, warm summers and cold winters
Primary Religion: Christianity
Local Languages: Spanish, English is widely spoken.
Etiquette Tips: Dress conservatively, ask permission to take photos of people, do not give money to begging children, do not flash valuables
WIFI: Available in most, if not all, accommodation throughout the country. Many restaurants and tourist offices offer free WIFI too.
SIM Cards: If you have an unlocked phone, it is possible to pick up a local SIM card at any Peru airport on arrival. This will enable you to have data like you would at home. Another alternative is a universal SIM card that works in multiple countries.
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Below you will find some of the places we have stayed during our travels in Peru. These are individual properties that we enjoyed and would recommend to other travelers.
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Viator - The best trips are made up of multiple smaller tours to really dig in and get to know the places you are visiting. Our preferred place to book day tours, day trips and shorter multi-day tours is Viator.
G Adventures – If you want to do a group tour around Peru, go with G Adventures. They offer great small group tours that use local operators and leave a small environmental footprint. If you go on a tour with anyone, go with them.
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