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Peru

Continent: South America

Ideal Duration: 10 - 12 days

Best Time: June - September Read More

Currency: Peruvian Sol (PEN)

Budget: Relatively inexpensive

"The Land of Mystical Rainforests & Breathtaking Beauty"

Peru Tourism

Peru is a counry in South America. More than anything else, it's known for its lush Amazon rainforests as well as the ancient city of Machu Pichu. The country offers a lot of trekking opportunities for adrenaline junkies or those who wish to revel in the beauty of nature. Peru is also known for its variety of festivals that are celebrated with a lot of pomp and joy and which can last for days. The population is culturally diverse, just like the landscapes.

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Best time to visit Peru

June - September is the best time to visit Peru

This is peak tourist season in Peru. It is the dry season, but also very pleasant. During this period, several festivals also take place, and trekking opportunities are aplenty. If you'd like to make the most of your trip, try and visit during these months.

Regions in Peru

Peru is divided into the Central Coast, which houses the capital Lima, the Southern Coast which is known for its sand dunes and greenery, the Northern Coast which holds a lot of beaches for relaxation, the Southern Sierra which has a lot of mountains and valleys, Central Sierra, known for quirky and charmingly traditional old towns and Northern Sierra which is the Andean region. The other secondary regions include Altiplano, San Martin, Peruvian Amazon and Madre de Dios.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Gorgeous landscapes. Great food. Comparatively cheap.

What's Not So Great?

Traffic. Non-potable water. Rampant pickpocketing.

For Whom?

Adventure lovers. Photographers. Family groups. Solo travellers.

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Currency of Peru

Peruvian Sol or nuevo sol is the national currency. It is preferable to carry and use notes of smaller denominations. USD 100 notes are fairly difficult to exchange. ATMs are easily available and credit cards are also accepted at several places.

Exchanging Money in Peru

Note that credit card fraud is a serious problem in Peru. Notify your bank that you will be in Peru before you travel, so that they are well aware of your expenditure. Regarding money exchange, opt forÊCasasÊdeÊCambio, which are foreign exchange bureaus. Their hours are longer and the service provided is quick. Moreover, they also offer better rates. A lot of places in Peru accept the USD. Refrain from exchanging money on the streets as those people might be frauds.

Nightlife in Peru

The real nightlife of Peru can be experienced in the country's capital - Lima. The city truly comes to life during the night. Here, you will find all sorts of bars, clubs, and pubs to hit up. There are also bars dedicated solely to music, featuring jazz nights and other specials. Pe–as of Lima are also very popular -- they are the cultural folk dance shows, with dancers and singers decked out in traditional costumes. Lima also has a bunch of excellent restaurants to dine at, ranging from luxury ones to little cafŽs and more.

Shopping in Peru

Peru has tons of sleek and shiny shopping malls offering designer clothes, the latest electronic appliances, home decor pieces, toys and more. However, there are also colorful markets and other stall owners selling unique wares and handicrafts in Peru. If you're looking for an apt souvenir, to sum up, your journey, opt for arpilleras. They are handmade fabrics and sportÊcollages that portray what life is like in Peru. Local women design these arpilleras, and you can find them at most markets.

Festivals of Peru

Peru celebrates a lot of religious as well as pagan festivals. The most popular Peruvian festivals are Fiesta de la Cruz, Inti Raymi, Puno Week, Virgen de la Candelaria, Carnaval, Semana Santa and Fiesta de la Vendimia.

History of Peru

Long, long ago, Peru was a part of the Great Incan Empire. It was also the major viceroyaltyÊof Spanish South America. In 1821, Peru declared itself to be independent, but they managed to fully defeat the Spanish forces only in 1824. Years later, another war was fought between Peru and Spain, followed by a war with Chile. In 1945, Peru broke free from the shackles of dictatorship with the election of a President. In spite of several more protests, the democracy of Peru managed to survive.

Hygiene in Peru

Tap water is not safe here. It is better to carry packaged water with you. Do not consume fruits and vegetables without washing them first, as several instances of indigestion have been reported in the past.

Customs of Peru

The style of dressing in Peru is informal. Whenever you are greeting someone, do so with a firm handshake and a warm smile. Be respectful towards the natives and never refer to them as indios, as it is considered derogatory. Usually, 10% of the total bill amount is added as a tip, provided you like the service.

Tips for visiting Peru

Carry a bandana or a scarf with you while you travel, as it gets very dusty here. Pack your sunscreen with you, as the heat can get really uncomfortable. Do not eat at street stalls where there are no locals waiting in line. Carry mosquito repellent.

Culture of Peru

Peruvian culture has been inherited from the Incas or the natives. Music and dance is an integral part of their culture and identity. Although the nuclear family system is dominant here, the extended family is also given a lot of importance, as kinship is important to them. The main religion of Peru is Roman Catholicism. Other Christian groups also exist. The official language of Peru is Spanish. Other languages spoken here include Aymara and Quechua, which are aboriginal languages.

Food of Peru

Peruvian cuisine draws its influence from the popular indigenous culture. This in large part, refers to the Incas. However, immigrants who came in from Asia and Europe also seem to have left a mark on Peruvian cuisine. Staples in their food include corn, potatoes, more tubers, quinoa, beans and more vegetables. Chilli peppers are also used a lot in their meals. Some traditional Peruvian dishes would include a Peruvian ceviche platter which consists of seafood, Chupe de Camarones which is a shrimp dish and a variety of potato dishes such as stuffed potatoes and Ocopa. Regarding beverages, there is Pisco (brandy) which is Peru's national drink. Non-alcoholic beverages are Inca Kola which has a distinct flavor of lemongrass and Chicha Morada; a drink made using cloves, cinnamon, sugar and ice.

Stay options in Peru

Peru offers the typical accommodation facilities that all other countries do. You have a selection of top quality hotels to choose from, as well as an option of sharing dorms, living in a hostel or going for mid-range options. Camping is also an option and is generally done in the rural areas of Peru. There are also jungle lodges, more commonly known as Tambo lodges. Residential accommodation is also offered, and they even give you discounted rates if you're staying for a longer period.

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