Peru is one of the most visited countries in South America. Its home to Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world. The capital city, Lima is known as the capital of South American Gastronomy. Peru has places with great historical significance. From unspoiled beaches in Mancora to Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake in south. This country has some or the other attraction in every turn. You would find these tips helpful to plan your dream trip.
PERU TRAVEL GUIDE
A typical set-lunch menu at the Central Market (Mercado Central) would cost for S/.5 (USD 1.5 $). Most mid-range restaurants have menus from S/.15 . A one liter jar of fresh fruit juice at the Mercado would cost S/.3-10 (USD 1-3$)
You can find hostel dorm rooms for 8-12 USD per night. Private rooms costs 15-30 USD per night.
Bus is the prime mode of transport. A one way ticket would cost 80 centavos. In some regions like Puno and Huaraz there are moto-taxis (tuk-tuk) priced at S/.2 per trip.
Long distance busses would cost 20-50 USD, flights are reasonably cheap if booked well in advance.
busportal.pe is the best website to compare prices and buy tickets.
Money saving Tips
Get a student card
Carry your student card with you while visiting tourist attractions across the country including Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley to get discounts.
Buy Tourist Pass
While in Cusco get a tourist pass, a tourist pass would grant you an entrance to 13 attractions in total, most within the city and a few like sacred valley on the outskirts. TA tourist pass could be bought from any travel agency in Cusco.
- Foreigners: S./ 130.00 aprox. (US $ 43.00)
- Students: S/. 70.00 aprox. (US $ 23.00)
(only for students under the age of 26 with ISIC Cards)
Things to see and do in Peru
Get lost in Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu should top the list of attractions in Peru. This 15th century citadel is the most familiar icon of Inca Civilization. In 1911 an American historian and explorer Hiram Bingham travelled the region looking for an old Inca capital and was shown to Machu Picchu by a local farmer. Bingham brought Machu Picchu to international attention and organised an expedition in 1912.
Do a homestay at one of the islands on the world’s highest navigable lake
Lake Titicaca in Puno is the world’s highest navigable lake with a surface elevation of 3,812 meters (12,507 Ft) straddles between the border of Peru and Bolivia. Three islands on the Peruvian side are open for tourism including the renowned Uros floating islands. There are different types of tours available, however spending a night at one of these islands with locals would be the best way to experience their way of living.
Trek through the world's deepest canyon
Colca canyon in the southern part of the country, near Arequipa, is one of the deepest canyons in the world. It’s twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA. Colca Canyon is home to the Andean condor (Vultur gryphus), a species that has been the focus of worldwide conservation efforts. These condors can be seen at a close range as they fly past the canyon walls.
See the geoglyphs
The Nazca Lines are mysterious geoglyphs that span a vast swath of the rugged Peruvian desert,it remains as an enigma. Some belive that these lines were a landing strip for returning aliens while some say it represents a celestial calendar created by the ancient Nazca civilization.
Visit the poor man’s Galapagos
Ballestas islands or Isla Ballestas are a group of small islands located near Paracas in Southern Peru. These islands are an important sanctuary for marine fauna like the guanay guano bird, the blue-footed booby and the tendril. Other notable species include Humboldt penguins and two varieties of seals (fur seals and sea lions), amongst other mammals.
Immerse yourself in the capital city
The capital of Peru, Lima is a perfect blent between modernity and history. The wide lanes and skyscrapers with plazas lined with coffee shops and burger joints sits a few blocks away from historic churches and colonial houses. One of the most visited churches are UNESCO’s world heritage site San Francisco Church and Convent. The church is known for its catacombs where over thousands of skulls and bones were discovered. Some people believe that there was a secret passageways that connected to the Cathedral and the Tribunal of the Holy Inquisition.
Get a picturesque view of the blue lagoon
Laguna 69 is a prominent attraction located near Huaraz. The blue lagoon is one of the more than 400 lakes that form part of the Huascarán National Park which is considered Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The breathtaking turquoise lake is hugged by snowy mountain peaks, jagged rocks and trickling waterfalls and is located 4,600 metres above the sea level.
Relax on a beach in Mancora
Mancora is a resort town in Piura. It is known for its pristine sand beaches and large waves which makes it a surfer’s paradise. On the South east of the town, La Poza de Barro hot springs and mud baths are worth visiting.