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Peru Travel: Most Popular Articles

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5 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.
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.
The Best Inca Trail Tour Operators in Peru
See our list of the best Inca Trail tour operators in Peru -- companies that also offer alternative Machu Picchu treks and Sacred Valley tours.
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.
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.
How to Do 10-30 Days on Peru’s Gringo Trail
The classic Peru itinerary follows a circuit commonly known as the Gringo Trail, a route that takes in Peru's most famous attractions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Famous People From Peru
The following famous people from Peru have become well known internationally, at least within their niche or field of expertise.
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.
Is Machu Picchu Closed?
Is Machu Picchu closed or closing in the near future? Probably not, but find out for sure right here...
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.
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.
Where in the World is Peru?
Find out exactly where Peru is located, including coordinates, bordering countries and the size of Peru with comparisons.
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.
Do You Know the Major Imports and Exports of...
Listed here are the major imports and exports of Peru, as well as Peru’s main import and export partners.
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.
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.
Lima to Cusco
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.
Do You Need a Tourist Visa for Peru?
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.
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.
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 dollars in Peru.
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.
Is Machu Picchu a Wonder of the World?
Machu Picchu is officially a Wonder of the World -- at least, it is according to the New7Wonders Foundation.
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.
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.
Peruvian Currency Guide
Learn more about Peruvian currency with our guide to the nuevo sol, including denominations, designs and dealing with fake and damaged money in Peru.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is Marijuana Legal in Peru?
Marijuana is not legal in Peru, but possession of certain quantities is officially legal. Realistically, however, even small amounts can cause big problems.
Peruvian Independence Day
Following a struggle against its Spanish colonial masters, Peru finally proclaimed its independence on July 28, 1821.
Soccer in Peru
Learn more about soccer in Peru with our guide to club teams, the national selection and famous Peruvian soccer players.
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 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.
Ormeño: Peru Bus Company Profile
Ormeño is one of the most established bus companies in Peru, serving numerous domestic and international destinations.
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.
Money in Peru FAQ
If you're not familiar with Peruvian currency or handling money in Peru, read on for some frequently asked questions.
National Holidays in Peru
There are a number of national holidays in Peru, some of which are familiar to most travelers while others are unique to the Peruvian calendar.
Geography of Peru: Coast, Mountains and Jungle
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.
Coca Leaves, Coca Tea and Drug Test Results
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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.
Fast Facts About Peru
Learn key facts about Peru, including facts and figures covering Peru's society, geography, economy and more.
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.
5 Maps of Peru
Peru’s coastal, mountain and jungle regions each have distinct types of vegetation, as can be seen on this map of Peru.
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.
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.
Post in Peru
Sending and receiving post in Peru is reasonably reliable, but it's not cheap and things do sometimes go astray...
Trains in Peru
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.
Altitude Table for Peruvian Cities and Tourist...
Find out how high you'll be going when you visit various locations in Peru, including altitudes for major cities and tourist attractions.
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 List of All the Major Music Concerts in Peru...
Full listings of all the major concerts in Peru, including music festivals, updated regularly throughout 2014.
Festivals and Events in Peru in September
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.
Peruvian Customs Regulations: The Basics
Find out what items you can take to Peru without paying extra on arrival due to Peruvian customs regulations.
How Much Does the Inca Trail Cost?
Find out how much the classic 4 day/3 night Inca Trail costs, from cheaper budget treks to luxury hikes.
What’s the Best Fish for Ceviche?
Any white fish - the fresher the better - can be used to make ceviche. Find out what fish are commonly used in Peruvian ceviche.
Taxis in Peru
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.
Moyobamba, Peru
Learn more about Moyobamba, Peru, capital of the San Martin region and home to orchids, thermal baths and other natural attractions.
Yellow Fever in Peru
Learn more about yellow fever in Peru, including the country's yellow fever requirements and other vaccination issues.
Can I Hike the Inca Trail Without a Guide?
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.
Vaccinations for Machu Picchu
Of the recommended vaccinations for Peru, only a few are normally recommended for travelers who plan to only visit Machu Picchu.
The Best Cinemas in Lima, Peru
You’ll find plenty of excellent cinemas in Lima, including 3D screens showing the latest movie releases.
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.
The North Coast of Peru
Peru’s most famous beach hotspot, the small town of Máncora is the place for sun, sea and surf. Page 6.
How Far in Advance Should I Book the Inca Trail?
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.
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.
Meals and Mealtimes in Peru
There are three main mealtimes in Peru: desayuno (breakfast), almuerzo (lunch) and cena (supper or dinner).
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.
Officially Licensed Inca Trail Tour Operators...
The following tour operators carry official licenses for taking tour groups along the Inca Trail in 2013.
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.
Internet in Peru
Read about internet access in Peru, including internet cafes, hostel and hotel connections and Wi-Fi access.
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.
Religion in Peru
Learn more about religion in Peru, from the dominant Catholic faith to evangelicalism and the survival of Inca traditions.
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.
Sport 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 in October: Festivals and Events
Peru in October offers a good selection of religious and cultural festivals, from massed pilgrimages to colorful dances.
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.
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.
Peru Postal Codes
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.
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.
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.
Lima Airport
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.
Festivals in Cusco
Find out what's happening in Cusco throughout the year with our list of annual festivals and events.
Biography of Saint Rose of 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.
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.
Crime in Peru: Opportunistic Theft
Tourists are not often the victims of violent crime in Peru, but opportunistic theft is common. By developing certain habits, you can reduce the risk of petty theft.
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.
Where is Machu Picchu Located?
Find out exactly where Machu Picchu is located, including coordinates and distance from Cusco.
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.
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.
Oltursa: Peru Bus Company Profile
Oltursa is primarily a coastal bus company, but continues to expand its coverage inland while modernizing its fleet.
The Brüning Museum in Lambayeque, Peru
Many Moche ceramics feature ocean imagery, as can be seen in pottery housed in the Brüning Museum. Page 2.
Tips for Talking to Peruvians
If you're looking for some conversation starters in Peru, here are a few topic tips and some subjects to possibly avoid.
Inca Trail Packing List
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 Best Historic Hotels in Cusco
If you enjoy the idea of relaxing in a colonial courtyard built on ancient Inca foundations, consider a stay at one of Cusco’s historic hotels.
Newspapers in Peru
The following list highlights the most popular national newspapers in Peru, from broadsheets to trashy tabloids.
Movil Tours: Peru Bus Company Profile
Movil Tours is a midrange bus company that operates mainly to the north of Lima, but also has services to Cusco, Puerto Maldonado and Rio Branco in Brazil.
Peru Travel Guidebooks
Read our short reviews of various Peru travel guidebooks, including Lonely Planet Peru, Eyewitness and Footprint Peru.
Flores: Peru Bus Company Profile
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.
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.
10 Tips for Long Distance Bus Travel in Peru
Long distance bus travel in Peru is a test of physical and mental stamina. Here are 10 tips to help you stay sane during lengthy journeys.
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.
How to Get a Replacement Tarjeta Andina
If you have lost your Tarjeta Andina, there's no need to panic. Getting a replacement TAM is fairly easy and not too expensive.
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.
The Apu Mountain Spirits
The apu mountain spirits were powerful forces in the Inca world, and mountains remain sacred in the Andean regions of modern Peru.
Machu Picchu Visiting Rules
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.
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.
The 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Peru
There are currently 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Peru, ranging from colonial city centers to high-altitude national parks.
How to Call Peru
Find out how to call landlines and cell phones in Peru from abroad, including country and dialing codes.
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?
Christmas in Peru
Get ready for Christmas in Peru with our guide to Peruvian Christmas traditions, food and drink, decorations and more...
Peru Tourist Visa Extensions (TAM)
If you want to extend your tourist visa, one option is to border hop and re-enter Peru. Alternatively, pay a fine for each day you have overstayed your allotted time.
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.
Discos and Nightclubs in Peru
Peruvian nightlife revolves around dancing, with Peru's nightclubs and discos being the main venues for late night revelry.
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...
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.
Peru in November: Festivals and Events
Find out what’s happening in Peru in November with our guide to national and regional events.
Renting Rooms and Apartments in Peru
Find out what long-term rental options are available in Peru, from basic rooms to apartments and houses.
Peruvian Cockfighting and Gallos de Pelea
Cockfights in Peru are well organized, reasonably popular and completely legal. There can also be significant
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 Best Peru Blogs
Discover the best Peru blogs on the web with our selection of the most insightful, original and knowledgeable blogs about Peru.
Booking Hotels in Peru
It's often a good idea to book a hotel or hostel room in advance when you're traveling in Peru, even if you prefer to find a room on arrival.
Register Your Trip to Peru
When you register your trip to Peru, you give your travels an extra layer of security through enhanced communication.
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.
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.
Peru Travel Options
There are many different ways to travel in Peru. Learn more about these travel options, from package tours to budget backpacking.
Administrative Regions of Peru (Departments)
There are 25 administrative regions in Peru, known as departments. Find out more with our guide to Peru's departamentos.
About Street Harassment in Peru
Street harassment is nothing new in Peru, a country in which catcalls and whistles aimed at women in the street and on public transport are common.
Driving Licenses in Peru
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...
Tips for Shopping in Peru
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 Flag of Peru
The flag of Peru, as used today, was first introduced in 1825 by the great military and political leader Simón Bolívar.
Tingo Maria, Peru
A travel guide to the city of Tingo Maria in the Huánuco region of Peru, including attractions, places to stay and Tingo Maria National Park.
Savory Snacks in Peru
There are plenty of cheap and easy savory snacks in Peru, providing perfect quick eats for travelers on the move.
Cusqueña Beer
Cerveza Cusqueña is one of the most popular beers in Peru, and arguably one of the best domestic brews.
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.
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.
Watching the Peruvian National Soccer Team
Find out all you need to know about watching Peru play soccer, including buying tickets, venues and key games.
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.
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.
Civa: Peru Bus Company Profile
Civa is a midrange Peruvian bus company with excellent coverage and a few top-end options.
Día de la Canción Criolla in Peru
Peru's Día de la Canción Criolla, or Day of the Creole Song, takes place each year on October 31.
Airports in Peru
There are more than 230 airports in Peru, but only 20 airports have regular scheduled flights, most of which are domestic rather than international.
12 Eclectic Art Museums in the Capital of Peru
There is a good selection of art museums in Lima, with collections including pre-Columbian and colonial works, modern art, photography and more.
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