10 Things to Know Before Traveling to Peru.
Visa is the most important thing to remember before coming into Peru. Many countries don’t need visa to visit Peru, however, we will need you to consult with the Peruvian embassy of your country.
Consider travelling between June to mid-November the dry season, December to April is the raining season with most rain during January and February.
3. Book your Machu Picchu tour in Advance
The most important destination in Peru is Machu Picchu, be absolutely sure buying your entrance fees before you even think of buying your international flight ticket. Machu Picchu is regulated by the Peruvian government authorities. Only 2500 spaces are open to visitors, these spaces are easily booked from which we highly recommend to buy your tickets with at least 3 months in advance. For the Inca trail only 500 spaces including porters, cook and guides are available per day. This means that only 240 spaces are available for visitors. The Inca trail is one of the world’s greatest hikes, therefore we advise to book your Inca trail with at least 6 months in advance.
Vaccinations are important for those who are travelling to the jungle areas. Yellow fever is a must, you need to show your vaccination card at the airport to enter Madre de Dios (Tambopata), Manu, Iquitos, Ucayali.
The risk of malaria for visitors is low. However, depending how long and how deep into the jungle you tour takes place, ask your outfitter for more information.
5. Love food? Stay in Lima!! But be aware
You love food? Stay in Lima for at least 1 or 2 days, the food is GREAT, RECENTLY Peru received the world’s culinary best destination, be sure to try Ceviche, this dish is made out of fresh fish, onions, lime, garlic and others, the fresher the ingredients the better it tastes.
To prevent spending half your trip running to the toilet, it’s important to take it easy, don’t eat out in the streets, find a nice decent restaurant and eat everything cooked at least the first 3 days of your vacation, DON’T drink water from the tap. Understand that the food you eat is new and is not accustomed to your body.
6. Altitude sickness
To place such as Cusco, Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon altitude sickness can be a problem. For hiking in the Andes get properly adjusted before you start your adventure. Coca tea, lots of fluids helps to fight against.
Money, use cash and credit cards when traveling in Peru. Most restaurants in the largest cities will accept credit cards with a commission fee ranging from 4 to 5.5 %. Cash is most recommended in restaurants, shopping centers, stores etc. Most cash machines accept all types of credit cards, some of them charge a commission fee and some aloud only 300 to 500 soles for every withdrawal, BCP (Banco de Credito) is the only bank allowing 700 soles for withdrawal.
8. Combine your popular destination with off the beaten path tours
Obviously, visitors travel to Peru because Machu Picchu, but, there are MORE to see. More outfitters are opening off the beaten path tours to better enjoy Machu Picchu. Rafting adventure activities since 1 up to 11 days are now running into the River Canyons of the Andes and into the Tambopata and Yavero River in the Amazon basin, hiking tours to Ausangate, Vilcabamba and Choquequirao are also available in different forms. Overnighting at Ticonata Island in Titicaca or just a fast one day tour through Taquile and Uros is also an option to avoid tourist crowds. Stay in Cabanaconde or Yanque villages away from Chivay town in the Colca Canyon also will enhance your connection with the area. All these tours can easily be combined with the most popular destinations in Peru.
9. UV protection
The UV rays are very strong in Peru and especially at high altitude, so make sure to apply sunscreen constantly, wear a hat and sunglasses.
10. Safety first
There are several transport companies that connect the big cities in Peru, most buses are elegant and very comfortable unfortunately not all this company offer the best service and they lack in safety. The most recommendable company to travel intercity is Cruz del Sur, certainly the prices are way more expensive than the other companies.
About Boris Rojas
Boris Rojas is the owner of the Cusco/Peruvian – Tour Operator River Explorers that organizes and operated adventure, cultural and off the beaten path tours. Together with our staff, our trip packages are available for couples, families, friends and solo-travelers to Peru.