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If you're taking electrical appliances to Peru, you'll need to know about Peru's electrical system, including voltage and electrical outlets.
The following tips for picking a Machu Picchu tour will help you choose a reliable and recommendable tour agency.
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.
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.
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 or closing in the near future? Probably not, but find out for sure right here...
Get ready for Christmas in Peru with our guide to Peruvian Christmas traditions, food and drink, decorations and more...
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.
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.
Learn the basic expressions and etiquette for Peruvian greetings and introductions, including formal and informal ways to say hello in Peru.
A list of all Peru's major exports, including metals, natural gas, vegetables and coffee.
The following famous people from Peru have become well known internationally, at least within their niche or field of expertise.
Our guide to tipping in Peru will help you decide how much to tip Peruvian tour guides, waiters, hotel staff and more.
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.
The classic Peru itinerary follows a circuit commonly known as the Gringo Trail, a route that takes in Peru's most famous attractions.
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.
Learn the basics of haggling in Peru and avoid spending too much on souvenirs and other items at city markets and village stalls.
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 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.
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.
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.
A selection of the best hostels in Cusco, including cheap places for budget backpackers and more expensive options for travelers with cash to spare.
The top 10 reasons to visit Peru - a visitor's guide to the best things to see and do in Peru.
A political map of Peru gives clear details regarding settlements, national boundaries and neighboring countries.
Ice-capped and imposing, the highest mountains in Peru rise up from the Andes, reaching heights above 20,000 feet.
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 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? A developing country? And how far does it have to advance before becoming a developed country?
There are three main mealtimes in Peru: desayuno (breakfast), almuerzo (lunch) and cena (supper or dinner).
Marijuana is not legal in Peru, but possession of small quantities is officially OK. Realistically, however, even small amounts can cause big problems.
Learn how to cope with altitude sickness in Peru with our guide to symptoms, preparation and high altitude locations.
Find out what not to do in Peru, from poor transport choices to social etiquette and safety issues.
Find out how high you'll be going when you visit various locations in Peru, including altitudes for major cities and tourist attractions.
Find out exactly where Peru is located, including coordinates, bordering countries and the size of Peru with comparisons.
There are no required vaccinations for Peru, but a number of immunizations are highly recommended for travelers, including hepatitis A and typhoid.
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 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.
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 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.
Find out how much to tip on the Inca Trail, including recommended tipping for guides, porters and cooks.
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 Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain will both be closed to the public temporarily in April 2016. Machu Picchu itself will remain open.
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.
Find out what long-term rental options are available in Peru, from basic rooms to apartments and houses.
Find out exactly where Machu Picchu is located, including coordinates and distance from Cusco.
Peru is a region prone to natural hazards, including earthquakes, flooding, landslides and climatic shifts brought about by El Niño.
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.
Sending and receiving post in Peru is reasonably reliable, but it's not cheap and things do sometimes go astray...
Peru has a minimum legal drinking age, although the enforcement of the law is variable at best...
A timeline of the life of Francisco Pizarro highlighting key events in the biography of the Spanish conquistador and conqueror of Peru.
Learn more about sport in Peru, from the popular pastimes of soccer and volleyball to traditional events such as bullfighting and cockfighting.
Learn more about religion in Peru, from the dominant Catholic faith to evangelicalism and the survival of Inca traditions.
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.
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.
Find out what baggage allowances are offered in Peru on flights with Star Peru, LAN, TACA, Peruvian Airlines and LC Peru.
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.
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 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 to apply for a Peru tourist visa before traveling, or can you enter Peru with a simple Tarjeta Andina de Migraciones (TAM)?
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.
Peru is bordered by five countries, with a total land boundary of 4,636 miles (7,461 km).
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.
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.
Find out how much you'll need to pay for your Machu Picchu entrance fee, as well as what ticket types are available.
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.
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.
Following a struggle against its Spanish colonial masters, Peru finally proclaimed its independence on July 28, 1821.
Find out how much the classic 4 day/3 night Inca Trail costs, from cheap budget treks to luxury hikes.
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.
By law, every Peruvian citizen of adult age must have a Documento Nacional de Identidad (“National Identity Document”), commonly known as a DNI.
A brief overview of the minimum wage in Peru, with comparisons to the USA and the UK.
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.
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...
If you can learn some basic Spanish essentials before you go to Peru, your entire trip will be more relaxing and more rewarding.
Learn more about soccer in Peru with our guide to club teams, the national selection and famous Peruvian soccer players.
The Circuito Mágico del Agua, or Magic Water Circuit, is a series of illuminated water fountains in the Parque de la Reserva in Lima.
Learn all about using ATMs in Peru, including cash machine locations, withdrawal fees, accepted cards and safety tips.
Learn key facts about Peru, including facts and figures covering Peru's society, geography, economy and more.
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.
Learn more about yellow fever in Peru, including the country's yellow fever requirements and other vaccination issues.
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 Turístico del Cusco, or Cusco Tourist Ticket, grants access to a wide range of museums and archaeological sites in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
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 is the hub for domestic and international air travel in Peru. Learn more with our guide to flights and facilities.
Taxis in Peru have no meters, the drivers often overcharge and safety is an issue, so you should always choose your Peruvian cabs carefully.
Take the Pan-American Highway north from Lima to Ecuador and explore the highlights of Peru's north coast.
Prostitution is legal in Peru, as long as the prostitutes are over 18 years of age and are registered with local authorities.
Ormeño is one of the most established bus companies in Peru, serving numerous domestic and international destinations.
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?
If you're not familiar with Peruvian currency or handling money in Peru, read on for some frequently asked questions.
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.
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.
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.
The CDC malaria map of Peru is a good overall indicator of possible malaria transmission areas in Peru.
There are plenty of cheap and easy savory snacks in Peru, providing perfect quick eats for travelers on the move.
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.
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.
Toilets in Peru range from bearable to hideously unclean. Knowing where to find a decent option is an unglamorous but essential part of traveling.
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.
Get the most out of your time in Peru with these six tips for a more rewarding Peru travel experience.
All the major music concerts in Peru in 2015, including gigs and festivals in Lima and across Peru. Updated regularly.
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 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.
Read our 13 tips for traveling alone in Peru and make the most of your solo travel experience.
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.
These average daily budgets for traveling in Peru are based on your style of travel and your length of stay.
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? In a word: No. But there are some ways to incorporate rail travel into your Lima to Cusco trip.
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.
If you're wondering where to spend Christmas in Peru, here are some of our top recommendations for festive Peruvian destinations...
Find out how and where to exchange money or use an ATM in Lima airport -- or how to avoid the process altogether.
Cockfights in Peru are well organized, reasonably popular and completely legal. There can also be significant
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.
Discover the most haunted places in Peru, from spooky hotels in Lima to eerie abandoned houses in Cusco...
The chikungunya virus has recently arrived in Peru. Learn more about this mosquito-borne disease, including symptoms, treatment and prevention.
Dengue fever outbreaks are becoming increasingly common in Peru. Learn how to spot the symptoms and protect yourself against the mosquito-borne infection.
Can you travel to Peru with a criminal record? Well, it largely depends on the seriousness of the crime...
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.
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.
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?
Peru is a region of major seismic activity, with as many as 200 minor earthquakes occurring on average each year.
The following tour operators carry official licenses for taking tour groups along the Inca Trail in 2013.
Find out what's happening in Cusco throughout the year with our list of annual festivals and events.
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.
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, or Saint John, is one of the most important events in the Peruvian jungle, held each year on June 24.
This satellite image of Peru, taken from NASA World Wind, clearly shows the country's three geographic regions and other natural features.
Learn how to stay safe in Trujillo, Peru, a great city with a far from perfect reputation in terms of safety and criminal activity.
Foreign tourists should not drink tap water in Peru due to the risk of stomach problems and other potential hazards.
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, also known as the Plaza Mayor, is located in the heart of Lima's historic center.
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.
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.
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.
A list of important emergency numbers in Peru, including police, fire brigade and ambulance services.
If you are thinking about taking your laptop to Peru, read these travel tips -- and laptop travel pros and cons -- before you go.
Cerveza Cusqueña is one of the most popular beers in Peru, and arguably one of the best domestic brews.
Find out what to see and do in Trujillo, Peru, a city brimming with colonial elegance and pre-Inca archaeological sites.
Civa is a Peruvian bus company with excellent coverage, a good reputation and a modern fleet of buses that includes some top-end options.
Facts about the spectacled bear, including size, weight, conservation status and his relationship with Paddington Bear.
Drink spiking is a common crime in Peru, where female perpetrators -- known as peperas -- drug men in order to rob their possessions while unconscious.
Oltursa is a Peruvian bus company operating primarily along the coast of Peru, but it continues to expand inland while modernizing its fleet.
Find out what’s happening in Peru in November with our guide to national and regional events.
Discover 12 things to do in Lima with kids, including recreational parks, zoos, miniature cities, ice rinks, spooky catacombs and submarines...
The Lima Metropolitano is a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system of articulated buses running along dedicated lanes in the Peruvian capital.
Volleyball is the second most popular sport in Peru, and the most popular sport among Peruvian women.
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.
Knowing how to prevent mosquito bites in Peru will help you avoid diseases like malaria, dengue and yellow fever.
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.
Even fit and experienced trekkers can suffer from altitude sickness on the Inca Trail, a high elevation route that requires some acclimatization.