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Peru Travel Guide

Quick Facts

💰Currency Peruvian Sol (S/)
🔄Exchange Rate US$1 = S/3.73
💬Language Spanish
🗣️English Fluency Moderate
🏙️Capital Lima
👥Population 32 million
🚘Driving Side right
🔌Plugs A, C
🕑Time Peru Time (UTC-5)
🍽️Must-Try Ceviche, Lomo Saltado, Aji de Gallina, Papa a la Huancaina, Anticuchos

Backpacker Budget: US$27 (S/ 101)

Hostel Dorm US$10 (S/ 37)
Takeaway Meal US$3 (S/ 11)
Public transport US$0.5 (S/ 2)
Long-distance bus US$15 (S/ 56)
Entrance Fee US$10 (S/ 37)
Beer US$2 (S/ 7)

When to go?

January - April High season: Warm and dry weather, ideal for hiking and outdoor activities
May - August Low season: Cooler temperatures and higher chance of rain, but fewer crowds
September - December High season: Warmer temperatures with occasional rain showers

What's unique?

Welcome to Peru, a land of ancient wonders and breathtaking landscapes. Situated in South America, Peru is known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning natural beauty. From the majestic peaks of the Andes to the mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu, this country offers an exciting blend of adventure and discovery.

One of Peru's most iconic features is its archaeological sites which provide a glimpse into the ancient civilizations that once thrived here. Explore the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu, located high in the mountains and considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Discover the enigmatic Nazca Lines etched into the desert floor or marvel at the impressive stone walls and temples at Cusco's Sacsayhuaman.

Peru also boasts incredible natural landscapes that will leave you breathless. Trek through lush rainforests in the Amazon Basin, hike in the Andes or sail on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. For adrenaline junkies, challenge yourself with hiking adventures through Colca Canyon or sandboarding on massive dunes in Huacachina.

Whether you are seeking history, adventure, or simply want to immerse yourself in a captivating culture, Peru has it all. Prepare to be captivated by its diverse landscapes and enchanted by its warm hospitality.

Inside Machu Picchu
Inside Machu Picchu

Peru Backpacking Adventure
(4 weeks)

  1. 1
    Lake Titicaca

    Take an overnight boat tour of the lake to visit Taquile, Uros floating islands and more

  2. 2

    The Inca city with many things to see, can easily stay 1 week, your base to visit the Sacred Valley, Rainbow Mountain, Salinas de Maras

  3. 3
    Machu Picchu

    The world-famous Inca citadel hidden in the Andes. Book in advance if you want to hike the famous Inca Trail.

  4. 4

    Visit the beautiful city known for its colonial architecture and explore the nearby Colca Canyon

  5. 5

    Visit the oasis in the desert and try sandboarding on the giant sand dunes

  6. 6

    Explore the National Reserve and take a boat tour to the Ballestas Islands to see sea lions and penguins

  7. 7

    Discover the vibrant capital city of Peru and try the delicious local cuisine

  8. 8

    Hike in the stunning Cordillera Blanca and visit the beautiful lakes

  9. 9

    Relax on the beach and visit nearby Trujillo and the ancient ruins of Chan Chan.

  10. 10

    Visit the Museum Royal Tombs Of Sipan and explore the archaeological sites of the Moche civilization

  11. 11

    Relax on the beautiful beaches and enjoy the vibrant nightlife in this popular surf town

Lake Llanganuco, Huaraz
Lake Llanganuco, Huaraz

Fun Fact

Peru is home to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.


Is Peru safe for tourists?

Peru is relatively safe for tourists, but it is recommended to take usual precautions such as avoiding isolated areas at night and keeping an eye on personal belongings.

What are some popular tourist destinations in Peru?

Some popular tourist destinations in Peru include Machu Picchu, Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Lake Titicaca.

What is the best way to get around Peru?

The best way to get around Peru is by domestic flights for long distances, and by buses or taxis for shorter distances within cities. Trains are also available for certain routes, such as the journey to Machu Picchu.

Travel Tips

  • Money Cards are accepted at most places
  • ATM Fees Most ATMs charge no fees
  • Do try to learn some basic Spanish phrases.
  • Do respect the local customs and traditions, such as removing your shoes before entering someone's home.
  • Don't display excessive public affection.
  • Don't drink tap water, stick to bottled water.
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Cover: Stone Arch at Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca

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