Is the concept Luxury on a budget in Peru something that seems a bit strange to your way of thinking. Well you would not be alone, most people associate luxury with high cost of tours and hotels. Yes, this is the case when you travel for example through Europe, where to stay in a five star hotel would set you back some dollars. However, traveling through South America is still affordable for most. The cost may surprise you and the Peru vacation cost even more.
These days more than ever before you can shop around for all your travel needs on line. The variety of websites that can offer anything from flights to hotel is endless. With this in mind do some research into the cost of hotels and flight to get the best deals.
Let us start with the costs involved in traveling with in Peru. The country is quite large and traveling from one city to another is time consuming. The intercity bus services in Peru are generally very good, but having said that make sure that you pick one of the better providers like Cruz del Sur for your journey. A journey from Lima the capital of Peru to Cusco for example can take up to 20 hours and the cost will be around US$60 per person. The journey from Cusco to Puno in the southern most part will take around 7 hours and cost around US$20 per person. Traveling by bus is a great way to see the countryside but only if you have the time.
If you are not the kind who likes to travel by bus and likes to arrive everywhere quickly, than take a flight to your destination. There are several companies in Peru that offer flights to every corner of the country. The best of the bunch is LATAM, which has many departures daily to all parts of Peru. A flight from Lima to Arequipa will cost around US$150 and take you around 1 hour and 30 minutes; flying will be the way to go if you are on a tight schedule.
Peru has some of the great train journeys of the world and on any holiday, you should make sure that you take a least one. Not to be missed is Machu Picchu there are several trains to take from Cusco. One of the most popular is the VISTADOME, the train will cost you around US$230 per person return but the train has some special features. One of the most notable is the glass panels in the ceiling. What is the advantage of this you may ask, well you will travel through the Sacred Valley of the Inca and the views of the spectacular Andes are breathtaking. A full day tour to Machu Picchu with train and all entrances and guides, you should expect to pay around US$600 to US$1000 depending on the service you require.
Adventure travel in Peru is something that is growing every year. Peru being set among the Andes Mountains it is only natural that there should be plenty to do adventure wise. When you are in Cusco region of Peru you should try to travel to Rainbow Mountain and trek to see this wonder of nature. A good day tour will cost you around US$100 per person. For those who love hiking than book an Inca Trail, which is 4 days of hiking through the fabulous Andes following some of the ancient roads of the Inca.
If adventure is not your thing, than traditional tours are very popular. Peru has many different areas to explore and is one of the most bio diverse on the planet. Travel to the southernmost part of Peru and discover Puno and Lake Titicaca. The lake is famous not only for being one of the highest inland lakes in the world but also for the fascinating Uros Islands. The islands are completely made out of the reeds that are growing on the lake. For a day tour on the lake expect to pay around US$50 per person, more for a private tour.
Your Peru vacation cost will also include hotels and the price will depend on the type of hotel you choose. Peru is full of low cost hostels, perfect for the young and the backpackers. The city of Cusco especially you can find some great hostels that you can stay for very little money.
If you do not want to stay in a low cost hostel then your next options is three star hotels. The choice is endless get some advice on this from TripAdvisor. When you step up to a four star hotel you will start to experience some of the luxury Peru has to offer. A great four-star hotel in the city of Cusco will cost you around US$70 per person per night. Next, you have five star hotels that are an experience in luxury that should not be missed if you have the money. The truly wonderful Belmond chain of hotels in Peru are for a special occasion or even if you want to spoil yourself.
The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge at the gate of Machu Picchu gives its guest special treatment and you will have special privileges to the ruins. The views of the valley and the lovely gardens also make this property special. Expect to pay for a night at the Sanctuary around US$700 per person.
When thinking about your Peruvian vacation one of the things that you will think is what to bring to Peru, the best answer to this questions is bring your sense of adventure and your sense of humor and leave your worries at home.