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Peru Travel: Most Popular Articles

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A Guide to Electrical Outlets and Current in Peru
If you're taking electrical appliances to Peru, you'll need to know about Peru's electrical system, including voltage and electrical outlets.
Top Tips for Picking a Machu Picchu Tour
The following tips for picking a Machu Picchu tour will help you choose a reliable and recommendable tour agency.
How High is Machu Picchu?
For many people planning a trip to Machu Picchu, altitude sickness is one of the main concerns. Learn about altitude sickness at the site and in Cusco.
Top 10 Things to Do in Lima
Discover the highlights of the Peruvian capital with our list of the top 10 things to do in Lima, from historic sites to water parks.
The Best Inca Trail Tour Operators in Peru
See our list of the best Inca Trail tour operators in Peru, including cheaper treks for backpackers and luxury options for well-heeled travelers.
Is Machu Picchu Closed?
Is Machu Picchu closed or closing in the near future? Probably not, but find out for sure right here...
Celebrating Christmas in Peru
Get ready for Christmas in Peru with our guide to Peruvian Christmas traditions, food and drink, decorations and more...
Your Quick Guide to the Major Cities in Peru
Peru has a population of just over 29 million, the majority of which lives in urban areas. Learn more about the major cities in Peru ordered by population.
The Languages of Peru
Peru is a multilingual country with a complex array of languages. Spanish is the most common language in Peru, but indigenous tongues still exist throughout much of the nation.
Peruvian Greetings and Introductions
Learn the basic expressions and etiquette for Peruvian greetings and introductions, including formal and informal ways to say hello in Peru.
Major Imports and Exports of Peru
A list of all Peru's major exports, including metals, natural gas, vegetables and coffee.
Famous People From Peru
The following famous people from Peru have become well known internationally, at least within their niche or field of expertise.
A Guide to Tipping in Peru
Our guide to tipping in Peru will help you decide how much to tip Peruvian tour guides, waiters, hotel staff and more.
Traveling From Lima to Cusco by Bus or Plane
Independent travelers have two main ways of getting from Lima to Cusco: quick and easy flights or more scenic, adventurous and time-consuming bus journeys.
A 10- to 30-Day Itinerary on Peru’s...
The classic Peru itinerary follows a circuit commonly known as the Gringo Trail, a route that takes in Peru's most famous attractions.
Travel Tips for Backpacking in Peru
When you go backpacking in Peru, you're never far from your next adventure. The country is affordable and easy enough to explore independently, making it a prime backpacking destination.
The Art of Haggling in Peru
Learn the basics of haggling in Peru and avoid spending too much on souvenirs and other items at city markets and village stalls.
20 Tips for Traveling in Peru on a Budget
If you want to travel in Peru on a budget, the following tips will help you stretch your cash as far as possible.
Domestic Airlines in Peru
Domestic airlines in Peru offer scheduled flights to most of the nation's major destinations. Read about Peru’s five main airlines: StarPeru, LAN, TACA, Peruvian Airlines and LC Busre.
A Guide to Llamas, Alpacas, Guanacos and...
Peru is famous for its camelids, members of the Camelidae family -- and relatives of camels -- who are found both wild and domesticated in parts of South America.
Using US Dollars in Peru
Do you need to take US dollars to Peru? Or can you get by on Peruvian currency alone? Learn more with our guide to using the USD in Peru.
The Best Hostels in Cusco, Peru
A selection of the best hostels in Cusco, including cheap places for budget backpackers and more expensive options for travelers with cash to spare.
Top 10 Reasons to Visit Peru
The top 10 reasons to visit Peru - a visitor's guide to the best things to see and do in Peru.
5 Maps of Peru
A political map of Peru gives clear details regarding settlements, national boundaries and neighboring countries.
The Highest Mountains in Peru
Ice-capped and imposing, the highest mountains in Peru rise up from the Andes, reaching heights above 20,000 feet.
Types of Public Transport in Peru
There are various types of public transport in Peru, ranging from modern air fleets to antiquated trucks. Here is an overview of Peru flights, buses, boats and more.
Breakfast in Peru
Breakfast in Peru can be as simple as bread, jam and a cup of coffee, but you'll also come across substantial breakfasts, often with a regional twist.
Is Peru a Third World Country?
Is Peru a third world country? A developing country? And how far does it have to advance before becoming a developed country?
Meals and Mealtimes in Peru
There are three main mealtimes in Peru: desayuno (breakfast), almuerzo (lunch) and cena (supper or dinner).
Is Marijuana Legal in Peru?
Marijuana is not legal in Peru, but possession of small quantities is officially OK. Realistically, however, even small amounts can cause big problems.
How to Avoid Altitude Sickness on Your Trip to...
Learn how to cope with altitude sickness in Peru with our guide to symptoms, preparation and high altitude locations.
12 Things Not to Do in Peru
Find out what not to do in Peru, from poor transport choices to social etiquette and safety issues.
How High Are You? An Altitude Table for Peru's...
Find out how high you'll be going when you visit various locations in Peru, including altitudes for major cities and tourist attractions.
Where in the World is Peru?
Find out exactly where Peru is located, including coordinates, bordering countries and the size of Peru with comparisons.
What Vaccinations Do You Need for Peru?
There are no required vaccinations for Peru, but a number of immunizations are highly recommended for travelers, including hepatitis A and typhoid.
A Guide to Peruvian Currency
Learn more about Peruvian currency with our guide to the nuevo sol, including denominations, designs and dealing with fake and damaged money in Peru.
Lunch in Peru
Lunch in Peru is a great time for travelers to sample some of the nation’s traditional dishes. You can also save money by making the most of the set lunch Peruvian menu.
A Guide to Beer in Peru
Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in Peru. It's cheap, it's available everywhere and it comes with its own beer drinking traditions.
Traveling in Peru by Bus
Traveling Peru by bus is a cheap way to get from place to place, but you should avoid the cheaper operators and stick with the midrange to top-end Peru bus companies.
How Much to Tip on the Inca Trail
Find out how much to tip on the Inca Trail, including recommended tipping for guides, porters and cooks.
The Coast, Mountain and Jungle Regions of Peru
Peru is a geographically diverse nation with three distinct regions running roughly from north to south. The coast lies to the west, the Andes run through the middle, and the Amazon jungle lies to the east.
Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountains to...
Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain will both be closed to the public temporarily in April 2016. Machu Picchu itself will remain open.
Before You Go to Peru
Find out what you need to do before going to Peru with our guide to the fiddly details of trip planning, including vaccinations, visas and financial matters.
Renting Rooms and Apartments in Peru
Find out what long-term rental options are available in Peru, from basic rooms to apartments and houses.
Where is Machu Picchu Located?
Find out exactly where Machu Picchu is located, including coordinates and distance from Cusco.
7 Potential Natural Hazards in Peru
Peru is a region prone to natural hazards, including earthquakes, flooding, landslides and climatic shifts brought about by El Niño.
Schedules and Services of Trains to Machu Picchu
There are a number of trains to Machu Picchu station in Aguas Calientes, with three companies offering a variety of services from Cusco, Ollantaytambo and Urubamba.
Post in Peru
Sending and receiving post in Peru is reasonably reliable, but it's not cheap and things do sometimes go astray...
What is the Legal Drinking Age in Peru?
Peru has a minimum legal drinking age, although the enforcement of the law is variable at best...
Francisco Pizarro: A Timeline
A timeline of the life of Francisco Pizarro highlighting key events in the biography of the Spanish conquistador and conqueror of Peru.
The Most Popular Sports in Peru
Learn more about sport in Peru, from the popular pastimes of soccer and volleyball to traditional events such as bullfighting and cockfighting.
Religion in Peru
Learn more about religion in Peru, from the dominant Catholic faith to evangelicalism and the survival of Inca traditions.
How Much Does it Cost to Eat Out in Peru?
So how much does it cost to eat out in Peru? Find out with our example food prices for various eating establishments in Lima and throughout Peru.
Malaria in Peru
Many travelers are concerned about the risk of malaria in Peru, but the actual risk is low. Read more about the risk areas, malaria prevention and symptoms.
Baggage Allowances for Domestic Flights in Peru
Find out what baggage allowances are offered in Peru on flights with Star Peru, LAN, TACA, Peruvian Airlines and LC Peru.
Can I Hike the Inca Trail Without a Guide?
If you want to hike the Inca Trail without a guide, I'm afraid you're out of luck. Independent trekking along the classic trail is no longer possible.
Recommended Vaccinations for Visiting Machu...
Find out what vaccinations you need for Machu Picchu, as well as other potential health concerns when visiting Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
Trains in Peru: A Rare but Interesting Way to...
Trains in Peru are a rare sight, with rail networks limited to just a few parts of the country. The existing lines, however, are often spectacular.
Do You Need a Tourist Visa for Peru?
Do you need to apply for a Peru tourist visa before traveling, or can you enter Peru with a simple Tarjeta Andina de Migraciones (TAM)?
How Many People Visit Peru Each Year?
The number of foreign tourists visiting Peru each year has increased dramatically during the last 15 years, with almost three million people arriving in 2013.
Which 5 Countries Border Peru?
Peru is bordered by five countries, with a total land boundary of 4,636 miles (7,461 km).
So How's the Internet in Peru?
Internet access in Peru has improved greatly in recent years, with Wi-Fi connections in most hotels and hostels, as well as in restaurants and bars.
12 Things to Know Before Traveling to Peru
There are a few things you should know before traveling to Peru, all of which will help you hit the ground running once you set foot on Peruvian soil.
Machu Picchu Entrance Fees
Find out how much you'll need to pay for your Machu Picchu entrance fee, as well as what ticket types are available.
Postal Codes in Peru
Peru introduced postal codes for the entire country in February 2011. The five-digit codes can be difficult to find -- a reason why many Peruvians decide not to use them.
Biography of Saint Rose of Lima, First Saint of...
Saint Rose of Lima, born in Lima in 1586, was the first Catholic saint of the Americas and remains a highly venerated figure in Peru, Latin America and beyond.
Peruvian Independence Day, July 28
Following a struggle against its Spanish colonial masters, Peru finally proclaimed its independence on July 28, 1821.
How Much Does the Inca Trail Cost?
Find out how much the classic 4 day/3 night Inca Trail costs, from cheap budget treks to luxury hikes.
How to Fill Out the Tarjeta Andina
When you enter Peru, be it by air, land or water, you will need to fill out a form called the Tarjeta Andina de Migración.
What is a Peruvian DNI?
By law, every Peruvian citizen of adult age must have a Documento Nacional de Identidad (“National Identity Document”), commonly known as a DNI.
What is the Minimum Wage in Peru?
A brief overview of the minimum wage in Peru, with comparisons to the USA and the UK.
A Guide to Larcomar Shopping Center in Lima
The Larcomar shopping center in Lima, Peru, is a popular sea-front location for shopping, eating and going to the cinema in the Peruvian capital.
Peru in December
If you're heading to Peru in December, find out what festivals and events are taking place during the month. It's not all about Christmas...
Essential Spanish for Peru
If you can learn some basic Spanish essentials before you go to Peru, your entire trip will be more relaxing and more rewarding.
Soccer in Peru
Learn more about soccer in Peru with our guide to club teams, the national selection and famous Peruvian soccer players.
The Marvelous Magic Water Circuit in Lima, Peru
The Circuito Mágico del Agua, or Magic Water Circuit, is a series of illuminated water fountains in the Parque de la Reserva in Lima.
Using ATMs in Peru
Learn all about using ATMs in Peru, including cash machine locations, withdrawal fees, accepted cards and safety tips.
Fast Facts About Peru
Learn key facts about Peru, including facts and figures covering Peru's society, geography, economy and more.
The 10 Longest Rivers in Peru
The 10 longest rivers in Peru all eventually flow into the Amazon River -- either directly or via one of the Amazon’s many large tributaries.
Yellow Fever in Peru
Learn more about yellow fever in Peru, including the country's yellow fever requirements and other vaccination issues.
How to Say Goodbye in Peru
Knowing how to say goodbye in Peru -- vocally and physically -- is an important part of nearly all everyday interactions, both formal and informal.
The Boleto Turistico: Cusco Tourist Ticket
The Boleto Turístico del Cusco, or Cusco Tourist Ticket, grants access to a wide range of museums and archaeological sites in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
What Can You Take to Peru Without Paying Duties?
Find out what items you can take to Peru without paying extra when you arrive because of Peruvian customs regulations.
Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima
Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima is the hub for domestic and international air travel in Peru. Learn more with our guide to flights and facilities.
Everything You Need to Know About Taxis in Peru
Taxis in Peru have no meters, the drivers often overcharge and safety is an issue, so you should always choose your Peruvian cabs carefully.
Discover the North Coast of Peru
Take the Pan-American Highway north from Lima to Ecuador and explore the highlights of Peru's north coast.
Prostitution in Peru
Prostitution is legal in Peru, as long as the prostitutes are over 18 years of age and are registered with local authorities.
Ormeño: A Seasoned Bus Company in Peru
Ormeño is one of the most established bus companies in Peru, serving numerous domestic and international destinations.
Nazca Lines Photos
Before you fly over the Nazca Lines, a few things will probably cross your mind. Will I get airsick? Is this going to be worth the money? Will I be able to take some good photos?
Money in Peru FAQ
If you're not familiar with Peruvian currency or handling money in Peru, read on for some frequently asked questions.
Coca Leaves, Coca Tea and Drug Test Results
Coca leaves and coca tea could make you test positive for cocaine in a drug test when you return home from Peru, so consume with caution.
Machu Picchu Facts
Dive in to our list of Machu Picchu facts -- and a few theories -- and pick up some interesting tidbits of information about Peru’s most famous attraction.
Cruz del Sur: Peru Bus Company Profile
For overland travelers in Peru, Cruz del Sur remains one of the top bus companies for long distance trips, with good service and excellent coverage.
Malaria Maps of Peru
The CDC malaria map of Peru is a good overall indicator of possible malaria transmission areas in Peru.
8 Classic Savory Snacks in Peru
There are plenty of cheap and easy savory snacks in Peru, providing perfect quick eats for travelers on the move.
Dates for All the National Holidays in Peru
There are a number of national holidays in Peru, some of which will be familiar to most travelers while others are unique to the Peruvian calendar.
Driving Licenses in Peru
International travelers can drive in Peru for a maximum of six months using their home driving license, after which they need a Peruvian driving license.
Your Essential Guide to Toilets in Peru
Toilets in Peru range from bearable to hideously unclean. Knowing where to find a decent option is an unglamorous but essential part of traveling.
How Far in Advance Should I Book the Inca Trail?
Advanced Inca Trail reservations are vital. With only 500 trail permits issued for any given day, you should book the Inca Trail well ahead of time.
6 Tips for a More Rewarding Peru Experience
Get the most out of your time in Peru with these six tips for a more rewarding Peru travel experience.
Music Concerts in Peru in 2015
All the major music concerts in Peru in 2015, including gigs and festivals in Lima and across Peru. Updated regularly.
The Top 12 Most Popular Cities in Peru
Discover the 12 most popular cities in Peru in terms of foreign visitors -- places that international tourists typically add to their travel itineraries.
The Two-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
The two-day Inca Trail trek might be a good option if you are short on time, short on stamina or if you want to hike the Inca Trail with kids.
13 Tips for Traveling Alone in Peru
Read our 13 tips for traveling alone in Peru and make the most of your solo travel experience.
Swindles and Scams in Peru
Staying clear of scams in Peru is all about prior knowledge. If you can spot a scam before it sucks you in, you won't have much to worry about.
How Much Money Will You Spend in Peru?
These average daily budgets for traveling in Peru are based on your style of travel and your length of stay.
Safety Tips for Women Traveling Alone in Peru
Solo women travelers in Peru face more risks than their male counterparts. If you're going to Peru alone, first read our tips for female travelers.
Is There a Train From Lima to Cusco?
Is there a train from Lima to Cusco? In a word: No. But there are some ways to incorporate rail travel into your Lima to Cusco trip.
The Flag of Peru: History and Symbology
A look at the flag of Peru, including its history, the colors and symbols that give it meaning, and the different national, state and war versions.
Where to Spend Christmas in Peru
If you're wondering where to spend Christmas in Peru, here are some of our top recommendations for festive Peruvian destinations...
Lima Airport ATMs and Currency Exchange
Find out how and where to exchange money or use an ATM in Lima airport -- or how to avoid the process altogether.
Cockfighting in Peru and the Gallos de Pelea
Cockfights in Peru are well organized, reasonably popular and completely legal. There can also be significant
A Profile of Peru's Flores Bus Company
Flores is a midrange Peruvian bus company. Its higher cost services are generally good, but the economy class is not ideal for long distance travel.
The Most Haunted Places in Peru
Discover the most haunted places in Peru, from spooky hotels in Lima to eerie abandoned houses in Cusco...
The Chikungunya Virus in Peru
The chikungunya virus has recently arrived in Peru. Learn more about this mosquito-borne disease, including symptoms, treatment and prevention.
Dengue Fever in Peru
Dengue fever outbreaks are becoming increasingly common in Peru. Learn how to spot the symptoms and protect yourself against the mosquito-borne infection.
Can I Travel to Peru With a Criminal Record?
Can you travel to Peru with a criminal record? Well, it largely depends on the seriousness of the crime...
Huayna Picchu Tickets and Daily Hike Limits
All you need to know about the Huayna Picchu hike at Machu Picchu, including ticket prices, where to buy them, and climbing Huayna Picchu Mountain.
Types of Accommodation in Peru
Accommodation in Peru ranges from rustic homestays to luxury lodges, with a little bit of everything in between. Prices also vary greatly, but you’ll soon learn what type of lodging is best suited to your budget and your style of travel.
Tired of Trekking in Cusco? How About Some...
If you're looking for an alternative to trekking near Cusco, how about a day of kayaking and stand up paddleboarding on the beautiful Lake Piuray?
The History and Management of Earthquakes in Peru
Peru is a region of major seismic activity, with as many as 200 minor earthquakes occurring on average each year.
Officially Licensed Inca Trail Tour Operators...
The following tour operators carry official licenses for taking tour groups along the Inca Trail in 2013.
Annual Festivals in Cusco
Find out what's happening in Cusco throughout the year with our list of annual festivals and events.
Flagship Products of Peru
The 12 flagship products of Peru, or productos bandera del peru, are culturally and economically important exports that represent the image of Peru outside the country.
All About Mototaxis in Peru
Mototaxis offer a cheap and easy way to get around in many Peruvian towns and cities. Read more about these three-wheeled contraptions, including their history, cost and safety.
The Festival of San Juan in Peru
The Festival of San Juan, or Saint John, is one of the most important events in the Peruvian jungle, held each year on June 24.
Explore a Large Satellite Image of Peru
This satellite image of Peru, taken from NASA World Wind, clearly shows the country's three geographic regions and other natural features.
Safety in Trujillo, Peru
Learn how to stay safe in Trujillo, Peru, a great city with a far from perfect reputation in terms of safety and criminal activity.
Can You Drink Tap Water in Peru?
Foreign tourists should not drink tap water in Peru due to the risk of stomach problems and other potential hazards.
Festivals and Events in Peru in January
January in Peru is a month of religious processions, major anniversaries and plenty of dancing. And don't forget the ritual battle...
The Plaza de Armas in Lima
The Plaza de Armas in Lima, also known as the Plaza Mayor, is located in the heart of Lima's historic center.
Peru Border Crossing Basics
Border crossing between Peru and its five neighboring countries can be an intimidating process. In reality, it's not too difficult. Learn the basics with our border-crossing guide.
Festivals and Events in Peru in February
February in Peru is carnival season, so you'll never be far from a party or two. The other key highlight is the Virgen de la Candelaria festival in Puno.
The Peru Visa Overstay Fine
If you need to overstay your Peru tourist visa (TAM), you can pay a one dollar per day fine when you eventually leave the country.
Emergency Phone Numbers in Peru
A list of important emergency numbers in Peru, including police, fire brigade and ambulance services.
Do You Really Need to Take a Laptop to Peru?
If you are thinking about taking your laptop to Peru, read these travel tips -- and laptop travel pros and cons -- before you go.
Cusqueña Beer
Cerveza Cusqueña is one of the most popular beers in Peru, and arguably one of the best domestic brews.
A Guide to the Colonial City of Trujillo, Peru
Find out what to see and do in Trujillo, Peru, a city brimming with colonial elegance and pre-Inca archaeological sites.
The Civa Bus Company in Peru
Civa is a Peruvian bus company with excellent coverage, a good reputation and a modern fleet of buses that includes some top-end options.
The Spectacled Bear: the Real Paddington from...
Facts about the spectacled bear, including size, weight, conservation status and his relationship with Paddington Bear.
Peperas and Drink Spiking in Peru
Drink spiking is a common crime in Peru, where female perpetrators -- known as peperas -- drug men in order to rob their possessions while unconscious.
Profile of the Oltursa Bus Company in Peru
Oltursa is a Peruvian bus company operating primarily along the coast of Peru, but it continues to expand inland while modernizing its fleet.
Peru in November: Festivals and Events
Find out what’s happening in Peru in November with our guide to national and regional events.
12 Things to Do in Lima With Kids
Discover 12 things to do in Lima with kids, including recreational parks, zoos, miniature cities, ice rinks, spooky catacombs and submarines...
Riding the Metropolitano in Lima
The Lima Metropolitano is a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system of articulated buses running along dedicated lanes in the Peruvian capital.
Volleyball in Peru
Volleyball is the second most popular sport in Peru, and the most popular sport among Peruvian women.
Inca Kola, Peru’s Soft Drink of Choice
Inca Kola is a hugely popular and altogether iconic Peruvian beverage. It may not be to everyone's taste, but you have to try it when you go to Peru.
How to Prevent Mosquito Bites in Peru
Knowing how to prevent mosquito bites in Peru will help you avoid diseases like malaria, dengue and yellow fever.
Kuelap Fortress Photo Gallery
The Chachapoyas region, tucked away in Peru’s northern interior, is a treasure trove of natural and archeological attractions. The fortress of Kuelap takes pride of place.
The Inca Trail and Altitude Sickness
Even fit and experienced trekkers can suffer from altitude sickness on the Inca Trail, a high elevation route that requires some acclimatization.

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