Holidays in Peru? It sounds marvelous. Peru houses inspiring landscapes, bewitching cultures rooted in ancient history, and a wealth of biodiversity. They make Peru one of the most mesmerizing and interesting destinations in South America. Certainly, your holidays in Peru will boast all of the world’s allure and splendor. There is no need to say that a good idea must be accompanied by proper preparation to come true. This is the key to a pleasant trip. So, if you want to know how to plan a trip to Peru, you should know it can be a challenge. But if you are looking to experience a truly impressive, unbeatable, and complete journey, Cusco Peru Travel will help you. Because we create tailor-made holidays full of marvelous insights that will make your holidays in Peru unforgettable. For this reason, we have an interesting summary of what you need to know before venturing into our wonderful country.
Everything you need to know about organizing holidays in Peru
GENERAL ADVICE FOR YOUR HOLIDAYS IN PERU
It is always helpful to have a general idea of what to expect when traveling to a new country. To see a country and the different places of interest in a correct way, a little planning and research are necessary. Before you can prepare an itinerary or book a tour package, be sure to keep the following things in mind.
VISA AND PASSPORT
You might ask yourself what are the requirements for your holidays in Peru. Well, to enter the country as a citizen of the U.S., Canada, and the European Union, you don’t need to apply for a tourist visa. You only need your passport. It has to have at least six months of validity before your return date. To avoid inconveniences for your travel back, we recommend having your return ticket on hand. Besides, carry your passport always with you in case of random document checks. Citizens from South American countries don’t need to present their passports to enter Peru. An official photo ID will be enough. It is also advisable to make copies of them. In this way when you find yourself enjoying the best Peru beach destinations, you will not worry about losing them.
Although Peru is a multilingual nation (home to a multitude of indigenous tongues), Spanish is the official language. If you are planning your vacation in Machu Picchu with a tour operator, you will have the advantage of having English-speaking staff (or maybe another language). But if you are away from the tourist hotspots or if you want to mix with the locals, you won’t find many English speakers. You can try to learn the basics before your holidays in Peru. It will help you with any language barriers you may encounter.
But generally, within a luxury family vacation, you will not have problems with English. Despite the fact that Spanish is the language of choice for Peruvians, in the main cities and popular tourist centers, there are many people with certain basic notions of the English language.
We recommend changing your money to local currency once you arrive at the airport before your journey experience officially begins. Peru’s currency is the Peruvian “Sol”. ATMs, currency convertors, and banks are located within tourist locations, but keep in mind that in remote areas they aren’t easily accessible. Major credit cards are widely accepted and even some establishments accept US dollars and Euros. Besides, Cusco Peru Travel recommends checking the fees for overseas ATM withdrawals with your bank.
Depending on where you want to enjoy your holidays in Peru, you will have numerous luxury and budget options. It is highly recommended to carry duplicate credit cards. As well as carry copies of your original documents and passport, and thus avoid losing them. You will not have to worry about the Peru trip cost since this destination is still quite affordable compared to other European countries.
ELECTRICITY AND VOLTAGE
Both the electrical current and the plug outlets in Peru may be different from other countries in the world. In Peru, there are two electrical outlets: Type A and Type C. Type A are commonly seen in much of northern Peru (US and Canada as well) while Type C in most of southern Peru. But the whole country runs on 220-volt currents.
So, if you don’t want to burn out your electronic devices or appliances, take into consideration an adaptor and a voltage converter among the things you need to pack for Peru.
Please note that within certain regions of Peru, electricity service is not always available. In certain regions of the Peruvian Amazon, you will find that not all their lodgings have electricity. But within the best luxury Amazon lodges, you will not have these drawbacks.
Have you ever heard “better to be safe than sorry”? This is exactly what we recommend for your holidays in Peru. Despite no travel insurance is needed to enter our country, the purchase of one is ideal. Unquestionably, having one will give you peace of mind if any unexpected incident arises. If you plan to travel to the jungle, we highly recommend getting a yellow fever vaccine at least two weeks before starting your trip. Besides, don’t forget about the altitude in the Andes. The altitude sickness symptoms (dizziness, fatigue, headache, etc.) appear at around 2,400 meters above sea level due to the lack of oxygen. So, take the proper precautions. Despite water in Peru is potable, tap water is not recommended for drinking. Purified bottled water is easily available almost everywhere. Some hotels have water purification systems in place.
Cusco Peru Travel considers that one of the most important things to bring along on your holidays in Peru is an optimistic mindset and a positive attitude. Your travel attitude is your state of mind. It’s your patience when you have had a taste of bad luck. It’s your level of comfort in a different style of life. In other words, it’s everything. It will only bring benefits to your travel experience. And if you find yourself experiencing solo travel, don’t worry. This has many benefits and you will most likely meet new people along the way.
After reading this, you are going to gear up to explore Peru! Peru has it all, literally. From extreme outdoor activities to gastronomical adventures and cultural experiences. It offers only awe-inspiring experiences in every sense of the word. Without a doubt, Peru is exactly what every traveler is looking for.
BOOK IN ADVANCE
Always book any of your flights in advance. This is one of the recommendations we make to all travelers who organize their holidays in Peru. In Peru, due to its large influx of tourists and other factors, many domestic flights can be canceled or advanced. Especially in those regions where the weather can play against your time. Therefore, to avoid any inconvenience, you can book your tickets well in advance. In addition, we always recommend being around two hours before your check-in.
And we don’t just mean flights, if not EVERYTHING. Hotels, restaurants, tours in Peru, everything. In this way, you will avoid many headaches. But if you plan to book your entire trip together with a tour operator like us, rest assured that we will guarantee everything.
“HAPPINESS CONSISTS OF LIVING EACH DAY AS IF IT WERE THE FIRST DAY OF YOUR HONEYMOON AND THE LAST DAY OF YOUR VACATION.”
In conclusion, taking these tips into account, you will have no problem enjoying incredible holidays in Peru. Planning a well-deserved vacation to the Andean country is usually not very different from other places. We hope together with the Cusco Peru Travel team to have been helpful. If you want to know more about our tours around Peru, you can consult with our qualified advisors. They will be happy to help you fulfill the trip of your dreams.