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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.
Is Machu Picchu closed or closing in the near future? Probably not, but find out for sure right here...
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.
Our guide to tipping in Peru will help you decide how much to tip Peruvian tour guides, waiters, hotel staff and more.
There are many different ways to travel in Peru. Learn more about these travel options, from package tours to budget backpacking.
Learn the basic expressions and etiquette for Peruvian greetings and introductions, including formal and informal ways to say hello in Peru.
Learn how to cope with altitude sickness in Peru with our guide to symptoms, preparation and high altitude locations.
See our list of the best Inca Trail tour operators in Peru, including cheaper treks for backpackers and luxury options for well-heeled travelers.
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.
A list of all Peru's major exports, including metals, natural gas, vegetables and coffee.
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.
There are no required vaccinations for Peru, but a number of immunizations are highly recommended for travelers, including hepatitis A and typhoid.
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.
If you want to travel in Peru on a budget, the following tips will help you stretch your cash as far as possible.
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.
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 what not to do in Peru, from poor transport choices to social etiquette and safety issues.
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 dollars in Peru.
The top 10 reasons to visit Peru - a visitor's guide to the best things to see and do in 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.
Find out how much to tip on the Inca Trail, including recommended tipping for guides, porters and cooks.
Is Peru a third world country? A developing country? And how far does it have to advance before becoming a developed country?
Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain will both be closed to the public temporarily in April 2016. Machu Picchu itself will remain open.
Ice-capped and imposing, the highest mountains in Peru rise up from the Andes, reaching heights above 20,000 feet.
The following famous people from Peru have become well known internationally, at least within their niche or field of expertise.
Find out what baggage allowances are offered in Peru on flights with Star Peru, LAN, TACA, Peruvian Airlines and LC 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.
Learn more about Peruvian currency with our guide to the nuevo sol, including denominations, designs and dealing with fake and damaged money 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.
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.
Of the recommended vaccinations for Peru, only a few are normally recommended for travelers who plan to only visit Machu Picchu.
Find out exactly where Peru is located, including coordinates, bordering countries and the size of Peru with comparisons.
Marijuana is not legal in Peru, but possession of certain quantities is officially legal. Realistically, however, even small amounts can cause big problems.
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.
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.
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.
If you're not familiar with Peruvian currency or handling money in Peru, read on for some frequently asked questions.
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.
A political map of Peru gives clear details regarding settlements, national boundaries and neighboring countries.
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.
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.
Find out exactly where Machu Picchu is located, including coordinates and distance from Cusco.
Take the Pan-American Highway north from Lima to Ecuador and explore the highlights of Peru's north coast.
If you're not a fan of tours and tour groups, you might want to hike the Inca Trail without a guide. Independent trekking, however, is no longer possible.
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 how much you'll need to pay for your Machu Picchu entrance fee, as well as what ticket types are available.
There are three main mealtimes in Peru: desayuno (breakfast), almuerzo (lunch) and cena (supper or dinner).
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.
Peru is bordered by five countries, with a total land boundary of 4,636 miles (7,461 km).
The Circuito Mágico del Agua, or Magic Water Circuit, is a series of illuminated water fountains in the Parque de la Reserva in Lima.
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.
Find out if you can enter Peru with a simple Tarjeta Andina de Migración, or if you need to apply for a Peru tourist visa before traveling.
Learn more about yellow fever in Peru, including the country's yellow fever requirements and other vaccination issues.
Read about internet access in Peru, including internet cafes, hostel and hotel connections and Wi-Fi access.
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.
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.
A brief overview of the minimum wage in Peru, with comparisons to the USA and the UK.
Find out what items you can take to Peru without paying extra on arrival due to Peruvian customs regulations.
Find out how much the classic 4 day/3 night Inca Trail costs, from cheap budget treks to luxury hikes.
Get the most out of your time in Peru with these six tips for a more rewarding Peru travel experience.
Tourists are not often the victims of violent crime in Peru, but opportunistic theft is common. Find out how you can reduce the risk of petty theft.
If you are thinking about taking your laptop to Peru, read these travel tips -- and laptop travel pros and cons -- before you go.
Learn the basics of haggling in Peru and avoid spending too much on souvenirs and other items at city markets and village stalls.
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.
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 can learn some basic Spanish essentials before you go to Peru, your entire trip will be more relaxing and more rewarding.
Foreign tourists should not drink tap water in Peru due to the risk of stomach problems and other potential hazards.
Peru is a region prone to natural hazards, including earthquakes, flooding, landslides and climatic shifts brought about by El Niño.
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.
Learn all about using ATMs in Peru, including cash machine locations, withdrawal fees, accepted cards and safety tips.
A list of important emergency numbers in Peru, including police, fire brigade and ambulance services.
Sending and receiving post in Peru is reasonably reliable, but it's not cheap and things do sometimes go astray...
Ormeño is one of the most established bus companies in Peru, serving numerous domestic and international destinations.
The CDC malaria map of Peru is a good overall indicator of possible malaria transmission areas in Peru.
Learn more about sport in Peru, from the popular pastimes of soccer and volleyball to traditional events such as bullfighting and cockfighting.
Peru has a minimum legal drinking age, although the enforcement of the law is variable at best...
Find out what long-term rental options are available in Peru, from basic rooms to apartments and houses.
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.
Discover the 12 most popular cities in Peru in terms of foreign visitors -- places that international tourists typically add to their travel itineraries.
Only 500 Inca Trail permits are issued for any given day, with about 200 of those going to tourists, so you should book the Inca Trail well in advance.
The two neighboring parks of Parque Central and Parque Kennedy lie at the heart of Lima’s Miraflores district, wedged between the two main avenues of Diagonal and Larco.
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.
These average daily budgets for traveling in Peru are based on your style of travel and your length of stay.
Peru in October offers a good selection of religious and cultural festivals, from massed pilgrimages to colorful dances.
Find out how and where to exchange money or use an ATM in Lima airport -- or how to avoid the process altogether.
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.
Knowing how to say goodbye in Peru -- vocally and physically -- is an important part of nearly all everyday interactions, both formal and informal.
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.
Knowing how to prevent mosquito bites in Peru will help you avoid diseases like malaria, dengue and yellow fever.
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.
Cockfights in Peru are well organized, reasonably popular and completely legal. There can also be significant
By law, every Peruvian citizen of adult age must have a Documento Nacional de Identidad (“National Identity Document”), commonly known as a DNI.
There are only a handful of trains in Peru, with rail networks limited to just a few parts of the country. The existing lines, however, are often spectacular.
Learn key facts about Peru, including facts and figures covering Peru's society, geography, economy and more.
Taking taxis in Peru is not always as straightforward as in more developed countries. There are no meters and safety is an issue, so choose your Peruvian taxis carefully.
Is Peru safe or should foreign travelers be concerned about the potential dangers? We take a step back and look at the real level of risk in Peru.
All the major music concerts in Peru in 2015, including gigs and festivals in Lima and across Peru. Updated regularly.
Dengue fever outbreaks are becoming increasingly common in Peru. Learn how to spot the symptoms and protect yourself against the mosquito-borne infection.
There are plenty of cheap and easy savory snacks in Peru, providing perfect quick eats for travelers on the move.
The Plaza de Armas in Lima, also known as the Plaza Mayor, is located in the heart of Lima's historic center.
Read our 13 tips for traveling alone in Peru and make the most of your solo travel experience.
Get ready for Christmas in Peru with our guide to Peruvian Christmas traditions, food and drink, decorations and more...
Following a struggle against its Spanish colonial masters, Peru finally proclaimed its independence on July 28, 1821.
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.
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.
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?
Flores is a midrange Peru bus company. The company’s more costly services are generally good, but the economy class options are not recommended for long distance travel.
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.
Despite a lack of national holidays, September in Peru is not without its fair share of colorful festivals and events, from regional religious pilgramges to vibrant cultural showcases.
Toilets in Peru range from bearable to hideously unclean. Knowing where to find a decent option is an unglamorous but essential part of traveling.
The Lima Metropolitano is a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system of articulated buses running along dedicated lanes in the Peruvian capital.
If you have lost your Tarjeta Andina, there's no need to panic. Getting a replacement TAM is fairly easy and not too expensive.
Discover the most haunted places in Peru, from spooky hotels in Lima to eerie abandoned houses in Cusco...
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.
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.
Cerveza Cusqueña is one of the most popular beers in Peru, and arguably one of the best domestic brews.
Our Inca Trail packing list contains all the essential items you’ll need to pack for your trek to Machu Picchu, including clothing and camping gear.
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.
Shopping in Peru can be slightly confusing for first time visitors. Here are some tips to help make your shopping experience as smooth as possible.
The chikungunya virus has recently arrived in Peru. Learn more about this mosquito-borne disease, including symptoms, treatment and prevention.
Peruvian Pima cotton (Gossypium barbadense) is grown in coastal valleys in northern Peru. This luxury cotton is highly valued on the global market; souvenir and bargain hunters take note...
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.
Find out what's happening in Cusco throughout the year with our list of annual festivals and events.
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.
International travelers can drive in Peru for a maximum of six months using their home driving license. An International Driving Permit may also be a good idea...
Find out what you can and can't take into Machu Picchu -- and how you're expected to behave -- with our guide to Machu Picchu visiting rules.
Cusco is located at an elevation of 11,152 feet (3,399 meters) above sea level, so you need to acclimatize when you arrive.
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.
The following tour operators carry official licenses for taking tour groups along the Inca Trail in 2013.
Discover the best Peru blogs on the web with our selection of the most insightful, original and knowledgeable blogs about Peru.
There are currently 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Peru, ranging from colonial city centers to high-altitude national parks.
Prostitution is legal in Peru, as long as the prostitutes are over 18 years of age and are registered with local authorities.
Most travelers do not need the rabies vaccination for Peru, unless engaging in specific activities that carry a risk of infection.
If you're looking for some conversation starters in Peru, here are a few topic tips and some subjects to possibly avoid.
Find out how, where and when to watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu, including the potential problems involved.
Can you travel to Peru with a criminal record? Well, it largely depends on the seriousness of the crime...
Learn more about soccer in Peru with our guide to club teams, the national selection and famous Peruvian soccer players.
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.
The classic Inca Trail isn't too long, especially over four days, but the high altitude makes the trek all the more difficult.
Learn more about religion in Peru, from the dominant Catholic faith to evangelicalism and the survival of Inca traditions.
Drink spiking is a common crime in Peru, where female perpetrators -- known as peperas -- drug men in order to rob their possessions while unconscious.
A timeline of the life of Francisco Pizarro highlighting key events in the biography of the Spanish conquistador and conqueror of Peru.
If you like the idea of watching mototaxis racing in Peru, try to catch a Motokar Cross event.
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.
Volleyball is the second most popular sport in Peru, and the most popular sport among Peruvian women.
Any white fish - the fresher the better - can be used to make ceviche. Find out what fish are commonly used in Peruvian ceviche.
The apu mountain spirits were powerful forces in the Inca world, and mountains remain sacred in the Andean regions of modern Peru.