Peru is known as the `Land of the Incas` - home to ancient ruins, indigenous cultures and fabulous food and festivals! From Machu Picchu high in the majestic Andes Mountains to the arid desert etchings at Nazca and the lush rainforest of the Amazon River, Peru offers stunning glimpses into its 5000 year history. Explore the country's culture through its cuisine (Ceviche and Pisco), its markets with traditional pottery and weavings and its festivals, which can last for days! Hike the Inca Trail, cruise down the Amazon or across Lake Titicaca or just relax on the beach and take in the museums of the capital city of Lima.
The premier archeological site of Machu Picchu is Peru`s main attraction with its magnificents sights and ruins, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The extraordinary, vibrant and fascinating city of Cuzco is brimming with a variety of sights, attractions and activities along with delicious authentic cuisine and vibrant markets. The Amazon River is the mightiest river in the world, originating in streams running through the Andes, the longest river on earth surrounded by pristine wilderness, exotic wildlife, and birdlife. The Sacred Valley of the Incas is an alluring destination in Peru encompassing a massive area, a lush verdant valley filled with roaring rivers, soaring snow-capped peaks and unique geography.
Peru can be visited all year round, and the country experiences two main seasons. The dry season between May and October sees sunlit days, brilliant blue skies in the Andes, and crisp nights. It is a fantastic time to be in Peru; but being the high season, early booking is necessary. Between November and March, guests will observe more frequent rain, with January and February being the wettest months to visit. Sightseeing during this time does provide the benefit of fewer visitors, greener landscapes, and a little lower price for flights and hotels. Although the Amazon also seea more rain between November and March, this should not keep you from visiting - the flora and fauna will still be ample and there are always breaks in the showers. For more information, check out: Best Time to Visit Peru
We recommend 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel, and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in larger cities.
Getting around Peru can be done in several ways including buses and trains. Peru is a large country with difficult mountain terrain and other landscapes that can be difficult to navigate. Train services are very limited and only offer a few tourist routes.
By Bus: The country has a complex network of private bus companies that crisscross the country and cover the most popular tourist routes.
By Train: Train travel in Peru connects passengers to some of the fascinating sights such as Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, and Cuzco. The journeys can be a simply spectacular experience steaming through the magnificent Peruvian peaks boasting breathtaking views.
The local currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol, and each Sol is subdivided into 100 centimos. Exchange rates vary, but you can change US dollars, or travelers check locally and obtain cash advances via ATMs in most towns, and cities. Always advise your bank, and credit card issuers, when you intend to use your cards abroad. For more detailed information, consult our guide to tipping in Peru
Ninety percent of Peruvians speak Spanish as their first language. English may be spoken at your hotel and in the tourist areas, but not everywhere. We suggest you get a good English-Spanish dictionary and familiarize yourself with common phrases such as hello, goodbye, excuse me and numbers 1-10.