Peru Travel Guide

Continent: South America

Peru Travel Essentials

Ideal Duration: 10-14 days for exploring Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Lima; 3 weeks for a more comprehensive visit including the Amazon Rainforest and the Nazca Lines

Currency: Peruvian Sol (PEN)

Best Time: May to September (Dry season for most regions) Read More

Accommodation Cost (per night in USD):
Dorm bed: $5-15
Budget: $20-40
Mid-range: $60-100
Luxury: $120 and above

Budget for Food & Drinks (per day in USD):
Budget: $5-15
Mid-range: $20-40

Visa Policy for Indians:
Visa required

Visa Policy for Other Nationals: Visa required for many countries

Getting In Peru:
Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) in Lima, Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) in Cusco
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Getting Around Peru: Buses, trains, domestic flights, taxis Read More

"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.

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. (Read More)

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What's Great about Travelling to Peru?

Gorgeous landscapes. Great food. Comparatively cheap.

What's Not So Great about Travelling to Peru?

Traffic. Non-potable water. Rampant pickpocketing.

Who should Travel to Peru?

Adventure lovers. Photographers. Family groups. Solo travellers.

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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.

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.

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.

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How to reach Peru from India?

The airlines that go from India to Peru are Air France, British Airways, American Airlines, Jet Airways, Delta, Iberia, Emirates, United, Lufthansa and Egypt Air. There are one stop and two stop flight options.


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