Wondering how to plan a trip to Peru? First off, you must know that Peru is a fascinating gateway to the widest adventures. It boasts lots of attractions and things to do with which you can have the best time of your life.
Cusco Peru Travel always says that Peru is a diverse spectrum of landscapes. The desert on the coast, the idyllic highlands, and the biodiverse Amazon only dazzle with mystery and awe. Each year, thousands of travelers book their flights to our country to seek out adrenaline in adventure travel in Peru. This can seem overwhelming for a first-time visitor. But never consider backing out of your travel plan. We will give you a comprehensive travel guide with everything you need to know.
How to plan a trip to Peru
Planning your trip, researching your options, making your plans and choosing wisely can enhance your travel experience in Peru. This list is a good start plan before you get to our country.
Buying plane tickets
Buying tickets is always a gamble since the prices can change unexpectedly. For this reason, we recommend looking at some websites that offer flight comparisons. They scan for the cheapest days to fly. So, if you are not only adventurous but also flexible, these sites will come in handy for you. Moreover, flight tickets are cheaper when bought long before departure. One to two months -even more- seems to be the most cost-effective time to purchase.
Booking your tours in advance
As we mentioned before, Peru is a country of contrasts. This is the main reason why many adventure travelers, avid outdoor enthusiasts, and adrenaline-seekers come to Peru to enjoy its natural wonders.
With so many fascinating Peru destinations to choose from, booking a tour in advance can make all the difference. To illustrate, if you are an avid hiker, the Inca Trail hike will be perfect for you. But since the Peruvian government limited access to 500 people per day, booking your Machu Picchu tour at least two or three months in advance is essential. Lots of travelers consider that there is something unique and special about entering Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate (Inti Punku).
Besides, we also recommend booking your accommodation ahead of time to have a place to stay once you arrive in Peru.
Your travel departure date is around the corner, you have paid for your flight tickets, accommodation and your tours are booked but what happened if you need to cancel your trip unexpectedly. Or you get sick or injured on your adventure trip…
We understand adventurous souls, but not having a travel insurance policy is not worth the risk. You can lose a lot of money and, worst of all, the excitement of your travel will end in unhappiness. A travel insurance Peru protects you from the many things that could go wrong.
*Take into consideration that most insurers will not allow you to renew or extend your travel insurance policy once you have begun your trip.
Furthermore, be sure to schedule an appointment with a doctor to get advice on any prescriptions and vaccinations you may need in Peru. There are some vaccinations highly recommended e.g. Hepatitis A, Yellow Fever (if you plan on going into the Amazon) and Malaria.
Be sure to schedule vaccinations ahead of time, at least two or three weeks before you start your journey. This period will give the vaccines enough time to take effect.
Visas and Passports
In general, most world’s citizens who are traveling as tourists don’t have to apply for a visa before arriving (for more information, visit the Migraciones Peru website). If your passport is valid at least six months and it has at least 2 free pages in the visa section, everything will be ok. This is enough to get a Tourist visa. You will receive a TAM (Tarjeta Andina de Migración) and an entry stamp that says the number of days you can stay in Peru.
The maximum time for a tourist to stay in Peru is 183 days per year. Besides, according to the Peruvian Government, it’s not possible to extend your tourist visa.
Insider’s Tip: Sometimes airlines require you to show your return flight ticket to be able to board the flight to Peru. We know you really want to have an adventure experience in Peru, but not having a return flight can be an adventure that can end very badly. So, take the proper precautions.
On the other hand, the team of Cusco Peru Travel recommends making copies of your passport. Leave one with someone back home and bring another with you, in case you lose your passport during your luxury tours in Peru.
Collection of experiences
Since your trip to Peru may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, it’s well worth doing some research and making plans before you arrive in Peru. This will make your journey a full and enriching one.
Peru has many wonders waiting for you to be discovered. Here in Cusco Peru Travel, our speciality is to make your trip an outstanding experience, fill-in this form and let your tailor-made luxury Peru vacation begin.