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Incredible Places Around Ecuador

Before we get started on helping you to piece together your perfect Ecuador holiday, take a look at some of Ecuador’s most beloved destinations for inspiration as to what you would like to see included on your Ecuador luxury tour.

Design a customized tour to Ecuador with CuscoPeru Travel and discover just how much this beautiful nation has within its borders: dense rainforests filled with many different species, vibrant indigenous cultures, strange volcanic landscapes and truly amazing architecture. Whether you want a luxury adventure or relaxation, or family fun, CuscoPeru Travel will work with you to design a personalized trip to Ecuador.

For those of you who are nature lovers, dream of the remarkable Galapagos Islands – or as the Spanish called them, “Las Encantadas” (The Bewitched Isles). With giant tortoises and lava lizards tottering freely, as well as flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies, and of course, Darwin’s finches, the wildlife of these pristine islands never fails to impress. Those looking for close encounters with the world’s most curious creatures can also find them in the surrounding waters; see sea lions and dolphins to the Galapagos penguin.

However, luxury travel to Ecuador does not end with these enchanting islands. There is a lot more to see, including the jungle (the Amazon), mountains (the Andes) and the coast as well as several picturesque colonial towns.




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General Information

Tourism Services

The tourism industry in Peru has changes in the past decades: investment in hotels, new tourist routes are available throughout Peru, to suit luxury traveling styles.

Visitors are advised to use authorized agencies, as well as receiving confirmation of payment and a voucher specifying all the contracted services.

Purchases made from people offering tourism services in the main squares and airports are not recommended.


Promperu

PROMPERÚ offers free of charge through a network of offices across Peru, which provide the following services:
Official tourist information about attractions, routes, destinations and companies offering tourism services.


Communications

Telephones

Payphones are available in most cities and villages; they can be operated using coins or prepaid cards, which can be purchased in shops and businesses.


Internet

Public internet booths in Peru are cheap and easily available. Most hotels offer free Wi-Fi to clients.


Postal Service

There are post offices across different regions of the country. For more information visit www.serpost.com.pe


Health

Altitude sickness

Some cities in Peru are above 4,800 sea level, especially in the mountains of Peru. When you arrive allow your body to acclimatize, it is advisable to rest on the first day of your arrival, to eat light meals and to drink plenty of liquids and coca tea. If you have a heart condition consult your doctor before traveling to Peru.


Food and water

Drink bottled water and ensure where are eating is clean. If the restaurant is full this is a great indication that the restaurant is clean and good.


Shopping

Peru has many options from trendy shopping malls in the cities to handicraft markets in small towns. Most shopping malls and stores are open 7 days a week, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.


Night Life

Peruvian nightlife is most vibrant in the big cities. Every day there are shows, concerts and various artistic presentations at discos, pubs, night clubs, folk and salsa clubs and other venues specialized in regional music for tourists.


Transportation

Airports

Main cities in the country have air terminals for domestic flights. An increasing number of airlines are covering domestic routes from different points in the country.


Interprovincial busses.

There is a large variety of busses connecting destinations across the country, as more and more cities have their own bus terminals. The service you will receive will depend on the price paid. The more you pay the better bus will be. The main national roads are in very good condition, with a dedicated police force, and fast emergency and assistance services, some of the country roads are no so good so ask about the road condition before buying a bus ticket.


Urban transportation

The urban bus, known as "combi", is the main means of transportation in the cities. They have pre-defined routes and bus stops. Before using them it is advisable to find information about routes.

It is very important to hire only taxi companies (by phone) or vehicles authorized by the municipality (yellow and with license numbers on both sides of the car); particularly if you are traveling by night.

The Metropolitano and the Lima Metro (light rail) are also available.


Trains

Tourist trains cover the following routes:
Ollantaytambo-Machu Picchu. There are currently two companies that offer this service:  Perú Rail and Inca Rail.
Cusco (Poroy) – Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes). Perú Rail is the sole operator. (Puno-Cusco. Operated by Peru Rail.


Roads

It is important to find out about the condition of the roads. In Peru all the main highways are paved, but several secondary roads are unpaved.

If a traffic officer signals you to stop, you must stop. Traffic officers must be wearing uniform and carry identification (they are required to wear identification cards including their last name on their chest.) Under no circumstances are they allowed to enter the vehicle.

Bear in mind that traffic officers are not allowed retain any personal or vehicle documents. Under no circumstances should you offer or agree to pay money to traffic officers.
In case of an accident or collision, call a traffic officer. If your car is a rental, call the representative of the insurance company provided by the rental agency. Do not leave the scene of the accident.

Do not stop if unknown people signal you to stop alongside the road.


Prohibitions

It is forbidden to take photographs of airports, military bases, police stations and areas surrounding high voltage towers.
Peruvian legislation forbids and punishes the removal, transportation, commercialization and export of wild flora or fauna species, live or dead, without the corresponding authorization.
Peruvian laws forbid and punish the commercialization and export of genuine objects belonging to national cultural heritage (ceramic, textile, metal and other archeological, historical or artistic objects).

Peru is committed to contribute to the rights and happiness of their children. For that reason, people seeking child sex or engaging in the sexual exploitation of children and teenagers are punishable with prison.


Adventure Sports

Hire services from companies specialized in the activities you wish to participate in and make sure they provide the necessary safety equipment

Archeological sites

All archeological sites are managed by agencies reporting to the Ministry of Culture. Use of rubber or hiking footwear is encouraged in order to minimize the impact of your visit on the environment and contribute to its preservation.

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General information


Access by air:

Located in the heart of South America, Peru is a great place to start your South America journey. You will land at Jorge Chavez International airport where many international airline companies travel. From Lima you can travel to any South American destination or any major capital city in the world.


By land:

The entry points by land are:
  • From Ecuador: Tumbes via the Pan Americana Highway and Piura from the city of Loja (Ecuador).
  • From Bolivia: There are two crossings, Desaguadero and Kasani, for travelers coming from La Paz and Copacabana respectively.

By Lake

You can travel from Guaqui in Bolivia to Puno via Lake Titicaca.


By Sea

Cruises put in mainly at the port of Callao in Lima.

Travel Tips For A Great Trip

Clothing:

Regardless of the season and the area of Peru you are visiting, it is advisable to carry warm clothes, loose pants, cotton tops, hiking footwear, good sunblock and a hat both for the cold and for the sun.


Your Safety:

Don't let your personal belongings out of your sight.
Avoid using unmarked taxis during the night.
Avoid exchanging currency in the street use change house which are available in city centers.


Health

In case of altitude sickness, rest well during the first days avoiding physical strain; drink mate with coca leaves or take coca pills.
Drink plenty of fluids, particularly in high altitude zones, using only bottled or previously treated water.

Others

Peru's electricity runs on 220 volts and 60 cycles (except for Arequipa where it is 50 cycles)
There is no set amount for gratuities, it depends on the customer's level of satisfaction with the service. 5 to 10% of the check is usually considered adequate.

Leaving Peru

Airport Security

Due to Peru’s travel requirements and security measures, it is forbidden to carry sharp items such as scissors, pliers, blades, etc. in your carry-on baggage. For international flights, all liquid, gel and aerosol containers in carry-on luggage must not exceed 200 ml (6.76 oz.).

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General Information and Travel Requirements

The entry into Peru for Citizens of most American and Western European countries does not require a tourist visa. The maximum period of stay granted by the authorities is 183 days that cannot be extended. For longer periods of time for other purposes (business, study, work, etc.) it is necessary to apply for the corresponding visa at a Peruvian consulate.


Currency

The "Nuevo Sol" is the currency of Peru.  There are notes of: 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 soles. Coins are 10, 20 and 50 cents, as well as 1, 2 and 5 Nuevos Soles. Countless shops, restaurants, hotels accept US Dollars. It is possible to exchange currency in banks and currency exchange agencies. Most cities in the country have ATMs.


Time zone

Peru has one-time zone -5h, GMT


Health

Hygienic conditions in Peru are good, particularly in the cities. Over the last year’s health services have been modernized and expanded to many hospitals and clinics in order provide adequate care; however, it is always advisable to purchase your own travel health insurance.

Please check with your health care professional for advice on Visas.

Archeolgical And Historical Patrimony

All original items belonging to the National Cultural Patrimony are protected by Peruvian legislation and their commercialization am export are forbidden.

With regards to replicas of pre-Hispanic and colonial objects it is necessary to obtain permission form the Ministry of Culture. Purchase receipts or other documentation issued by the seller indication that the item is not listed as National Cultural Patrimony is required.

What To Do

The Living Cultures Of Peru

Peru is a country full of ancient cultures and customs. Many remaining from pre Columbian times. Today the traditions are seen in the many festivals, rituals and the way of life. The cultures of Peru will both delight and educate you.


Inti Raymi

Inti Raymi is a traditional show held in Cusco every June, the festival is to worship the Sun God of the Inca Culture.

Inti Raymi, is one of the most important festivals of the imperial city of Cusco. This marvelous spectacle which takes place in Sacsayhuaman ruin is celebrated every June 24th and is meant to pay homage to the Sun god, a symbol Inca culture. Close to 750 actors participate, in a day filled with color and spectical. If you happen to be in Cusco, make sure you get tickets to Inti Raymi.

Inti Raymi takes place in three historical and natural sites that are representative of the festival. Coricancha, Haucaypata, and Sacsayhuaman. Check out the schedule and the locations where the ceremony will be celebrated


Danza De Tijeras

A colorful and risky sequence of jumps and dancing to the rhythm of a pair of scissors. Originally from Ayacucho it has been recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


Caballitos De Totora

Reed water-crafts dating back to the Mochila culture, they are still used by local fishermen as a work tool or for riding waves on north coast beaches.


Pyramids and Colonial Ambience

Temples, pyramids and cities of mud that survive inclement weather: Chan Chan, Huaca del Sol y la Luna, el Brujo are some of the most remarkable destinations in the province of La Libertad. It offers exquisite colonial architecture in the beautiful mansions that line its streets, living culture with deeply-rooted customs like fishing on Caballitos de Tortora, it is the birthplace of the seductive "marinera", the national dance of Peru. La Libertad, the very picture of ancient nobility.


Knitters Of Taquile Island

Lake Titicaca still upholds this tradition that is done equally by men, women and children, and who produce some of the country's finest textiles

Lake Titicaca is one of the most important natural heritage sites in the world, as well as a great source of resources for the communities that live around its blue waters, maintaining ancestral traditions and customs.

The island of Taquile has pre-Inca terraces and ceremonial sites. Its inhabitants are experts in the art of traditional textiles, which has been recognized by UNESCO since 2005 as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Peru Of Luxury Adventure

Peru´s geography makes it to be the perfect place for adventure. A warm desert coast, an imposing mountain range and a lush jungle invite you to enjoy all kinds of adventures including hiking in the mountains, sandboarding on coastal dunes and canoeing in rivers.


Trekking

To trek in Peru is to walk through beautiful Andean landscapes with stunning views of snow-capped mountains and lagoons.

Journey along the Qhapaq Ñan, the network of ancient roads that connected the Inca Empire; experience the culture of the communities; hike along the Cordillera Blanca or find more than one route to Machu Picchu in Cuzco.

Almost all the mountain ranges, including valleys, plains and hills, offer trekking routes with higher or lower degrees of difficulty.

There are some roads so steep that they take your breath away; trails that stretch across the mountains; long, hidden and imperceptible paths in the dense vegetation of the Amazonian forests.

Peru's trails are perfect for all levels of experience.


Road To Choquequirao

The road begins in the town of Cachora in Apruimac. Along the route, one can see the impressive landscapes of the Apurimac River and the trek features the Choquequirao archaeological site.


The Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

A 39-kilometre trekking and camping trail. The longest trail starts in Pisacucho (km 82) on the Machu Picchu railway. The trail crosses through different ecosystems before arriving at the Machu Picchu citadel.


Surf

Beaches stretching north to south, where there is the chance to ride the world's most impressive waves. The Pico Alto wave, is the biggest in South America reaching up to 10 m in height.

Peru's beaches are considered by experts to be among the best in the world. There are permanent surfing opportunities all year round, with small, big, long, tubular, high peak and bell waves, as well as a large quantity of waves that break closely one after the other.

There is a theory that states that it was in Ancient Peru rather than in Polynesia or the South Pacific where the oldest evidence of men riding the waves with the help of rafts exists.


Kayak

You can kayak on the river Cañete in Lunahuaná, set in a warm and sunny valley only a few hours’ drive south from Lima.

In the many less difficult rivers, where canoeing and rafting can also be enjoyed, tourists can travel by kayak. This is especially true for the peaceful lagoons located in various regions around the country, where there are plenty of boat hire services.

The exact origin of the kayak is unknown, although the vessel has often been used as a mode of transport by Nordic peoples. According to some historians, kayak means "clothes for travelling by water" or "man`s-boat", as the vessel is characterized by the fact that generally only one person fits inside. Kayaking requires basic control of the craft, which essentially depends on the balance of the person willing to take the risk of possibly falling into the waters of a lagoon.

It is essential to know how to swim before embarking on a trip in a kayak. In Peru, kayaks can be enjoyed in the lagoons of the coast, mountain or jungle.


Mountaineering

he Cordillera Blanca in Ancash, is the second highest mountain range after the Himalayas. It has more than 30 peaks that are more than 6 thousand meters high. The Huascarán peak, standing at 6,768 m high, is truly imposing. The Cordillera Blanca is the highest tropical mountain range in the world and the Peruvian capital of mountaineering.

Natural Peru

Peru is one of 10 mega-diverse countries of the world, with hundreds of endemic species of flora and fauna; a paradise for bird watching and orchid spotting, or the exploration of remote and mythical natural landscapes, some still pristine virgin lands teeming with life.


Manu National Park

The park hosts one of the greatest concentrations of life on the planet, with record numbers of birds (over 800 species), mammals (200 species) and plants, including orchids and giant trees.

The National Park of Manu, a World Cultural Heritage Site, is one of the areas with greatest biodiversity on the planet. It is located in the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios. Located in the south of Peru, in the eastern sector of the Andes mountain range and bordering the Amazon basin, it is the only park in Latin America to cover the full range of environments, from low, tropical jungle to cold, high grassland over 4,000 masl.

One of the main attractions of the park are the clay licks, regularly visited by flocks of macaws as well as other species of fauna, who come here looking for food. The park contains some 221 species of mammal, including the otorongo (jaguar), black panther tapir, collared peccary, deer, capybara, spider monkey, etc. In terms of birds, highlights include the harpy eagle, jabiru, roseate spoonbill, jungle goose and the cock of the rock. For a spectacular view visitor can climb to the Tres Cruces lookout point and enjoy both the sunset and two contrasting landscapes: The Andes and the rainforest. The best time to go is between May and August when the sky is clear and it is possible to see the sun come up twice during the same dawn, due to a natural phenomenon.

A large part of the park is indigenous territory: 30 peasant communities that live here speak Quechua as their first language and there are various native Amazonian tribes in the region.


Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, in the immediate vicinity of the provinces of Puno and Huancané in the department of Puno, at an average altitude of 3,810 masl. It covers 36,180 hectares.

Wild flora and fauna from Lake Titicaca are preserved in the area. The reserve also contributes to the socio-economic development of the region and maintaining alive the traditional cultures of the people that inhabit the area. The communities of Uros and Uros Titino, which inhabit the islands on the vast lake, offer various hospitality options for tourists, providing an excellent opportunity to soak up the local culture.

The entire length of the Peruvian part of Lake Titicaca was recognized by the Ramsar Convention on January 20th 1997, and it is considered a wetland of international importance, especially as a habitat for aquatic birds.

The floating islands of Los Uros, inhabited by descendants of the ethnic Uros people since ancient times, form one of the main attractions. The people living in the reserve provide lodging, activities such as traditional fishing, weaving and reed handicrafts, as well as excursions on traditional totora reed boats.


Colca Canyon

One of the deepest canyons on earth, with a depth of over 3,400 meters (11,155 feet) at its lowest point, from where the spectacular flight of the Andean condor can be witnessed.

It is located four hours away from Arequipa City. The road to the valley runs across the slopes of the Chachani volcano, the Salinas Aguada Blanca National Reserve and fields where alpacas and viscachas feed on ichu and yareta (shrub-like plants that are also used as fuel). The highest point of the valley is at 4,350 meters (14,271 feet) above sea level.

40 km (25 miles) from Chivay, the first town on the road, there is a natural viewing spot from where tourists can watch the condors flying around the Coropuna and Ampato volcanoes. Also from this spot, tourists can view the canyon area with a depth of 4,160 meters (13,648 feet) at its lowest point, making it the deepest in Peru.


Llanganuco Lagoons

The lagoon is part of the Huascaran National Park and the region is almost unrivalled in its natural beauty and unspoiled environment. The first lagoon, Chinancocha is around 1450 meters long is the most popular of the lagoons. The lagoons feature many varities of wild birds.

Luxury Peru Today

Modern and cosmopolitan, the cities delight locals and tourists alike with a variety of entertainment, art, design, music, and one of the richest and most prestigious cuisines in the world.

They are your primary resource for Peru’s current events, and will greet with you a smile, lots of fun, and plenty of flavor. The capital city is a modern and fine example of the cosmopolitan side of Peru, with its world-class gastronomy (recognized by The Economist as one of the 12 most exquisite cuisines on the planet) its vibrant nightlife and variety cultural activities and entertainment options.

Luxury Peru Today

Modern and cosmopolitan, the cities delight locals and tourists alike with a variety of entertainment, art, design, music, and one of the richest and most prestigious cuisines in the world.

They are your primary resource for Peru’s current events, and will greet with you a smile, lots of fun, and plenty of flavor. The capital city is a modern and fine example of the cosmopolitan side of Peru, with its world-class gastronomy (recognized by The Economist as one of the 12 most exquisite cuisines on the planet) its vibrant nightlife and variety cultural activities and entertainment options.




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