Before going on any vacation, it is always good to read as much information about your destination as possible. There are some great books out there that have some helpful tips and advice to guide you and give great advice for the traveler. Here we are going to give you some Peru Travel Advice to take with you on your next holiday to the Andean Country.
On any trip, you will need accommodation and Peru has accommodation to suit every budget from five star super luxury to backpacker budget hostels. Most of the luxury hotels are housed in Spanish Colonial houses that have been refurbished and have all the modern facilities. Some of the hotels even have impressive art collections to enjoy.
The hotel rates differ from season to season especially in busy tourist spots like Cusco, where you will pay more in the high season. Something to remember is that if you require a double bed than in Peru the room will be called a Matrimonial room.
In Lima, remember to look at apartment rentals for your stay, these can be a great alternative for a family and the apartment will feature a kitchen. Apartments will work out cheaper and you will have more amenities if you plan a long-term stay. As most international flights arrive late into Lima you will need to organize your hotel before you arrive, most of the better hotels will also arrange a pick up on arrival.
Most western countries have Embassies or a Consulate in Lima, these are here to help you if you need you should find out the address and emergency telephone number of your Embassy before you leave home.
You will want to take your electrical devices with you on your trip to Peru and for that reason; you will need your chargers. Electrical current in Peru is 220V. Standard outlet accept round prongs, some have dual voltage outlets, which take flat prongs.
Look into Travel Insurance as part of Peru vacation cost. Having a travel insurance policy will cover against theft, loss, accidents and illness and we recommend that you purchase a policy before you leave home.
You will need money on your trip to Peru, Peru´s currency is the Nuevo Sol and comes in bills of 10, 20, 50 & 100. The coins 10, 20 & 50 centimos, than 1 & 5 sol coins. American Dollars are widely accepted in larger tourist shops and restaurants but not accepted in smaller shops and markets. All of the major cities have banks with ATM´s which you can use, be aware who is around you and be careful they do not see your security number. Credit cards are widely accepted but there will be a minimum fee of 7% per transaction.
You always think about your safety when you travel and traveling in Peru in no exception. Be careful with your belongings and of petty theft. When in crowded areas be aware of your surroundings and use your daypack on your front. Never leave your bag unattended and leave your flashy jewelry at home.
Some good Peru Travel advice is regarding the toilets in Peru, Peruvian plumbing leaves something to be desired. Never put anything other than your human waste in the toilet, there will always be a small bin next to the toilet to put your paper and other essentials.
A Peru family tour can be the experience of a lifetime, travel to ancient sites with the kids will be an investment in their education. The most popular way to travel with the children is by plane, this is the most efficient and quickest way to get around the country with your time limits. Luxury train travel is also highly sought after with wonderful train journeys all over the country.
If you are traveling to the Cusco region of Peru make sure that you take into account the high season and the need to book in advance for your tours and accommodation. The Inca Trail, which is the most famous trail in South America, books out months in advance so be aware if you want to walk in the footsteps of the Inca to Machu Picchu. Speaking of the great Inca city here are a few Machu Picchu Facts to help you get the best out of your tour to Machu Picchu.
- Did you know that there are two entrance times to Machu Picchu daily
- You need to enter the site with a licensed guide
- You cannot walk on any part of the ruins
- Walking sticks are not allowed and will be taken from you at the entrance
- You can only take water and snacks into Machu Picchu not food.
- If you want to climb Huayna Picchu than book your ticket in advance
Traveling to Peru can be one of life’s great pleasures, be sensible, look after yourself, do your research and most of all come to Peru and bring your sense of adventure.