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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.
When and Where to Celebrate National Pisco Day...
National Pisco Day in Peru takes place on the fourth Sunday of every July, with various events held in Peru's main pisco-producing regions.
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.
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.
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.
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 Major Imports and Exports of Peru
Learn about Peru's major imports and exports, including production rankings and Peru's main global trade partners.
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 to Say Hello in Peru: Greetings and...
Peruvian greetings and introductions can be formal or informal, with the etiquette for saying hello in Peru dependent on various factors.
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.
Famous People From Peru
The following famous people from Peru have become well known internationally, at least within their niche or field of expertise.
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.
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.
Is Machu Picchu Closed?
Is Machu Picchu closed or closing in the near future? Probably not, but find out for sure right here...
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.
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.
Meals and Mealtimes in Peru
There are three main mealtimes in Peru: desayuno (breakfast), almuerzo (lunch) and cena (supper or dinner).
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.
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.
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.
A Begginer's Guide to Lunch in Peru
Lunch in Peru is a great time to sample some of the nation's traditional dishes. You can also eat for cheap with the set lunch Peruvian menu.
Top 10 Reasons to Visit Peru
Discover our top 10 reasons to visit Peru, including archaeological sites, culinary delights, epic treks and vibrant festivals.
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.
5 Maps of Peru
A political map of Peru gives clear details regarding settlements, national boundaries and neighboring countries.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Where is Machu Picchu Located?
Find out exactly where Machu Picchu is located, including coordinates and distance from Cusco.
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.
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.
A Beer Drinker's Guide to 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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the Minimum Wage in Peru?
A brief overview of the minimum wage in Peru, with comparisons to the USA and the UK.
Renting Rooms and Apartments in Peru
Find out what long-term rental options are available in Peru, from basic rooms to apartments and houses.
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.
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.
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.
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)?
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.
Ormeño: A Seasoned Bus Company in Peru
Ormeño is one of the most established bus companies in Peru, serving numerous domestic and international destinations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Seeing the Sunrise at Machu Picchu
Find out how, where and when to watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu, including the potential problems involved.
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.
Celebrating Pisco Sour Day
Peru's Día del Pisco Sour, or Pisco Sour Day, takes place each year on the first Saturday of every February.
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.
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.
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.
Using ATMs in Peru
Learn all about using ATMs in Peru, including cash machine locations, withdrawal fees, accepted cards and safety tips.
Officially Licensed Inca Trail Tour Operators...
The following tour operators carry official licenses for taking tour groups along the Inca Trail in 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the Inca Trail Cost?
Find out how much the classic 4 day/3 night Inca Trail costs, from cheap budget treks to luxury hikes.
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.
Money in Peru FAQ
If you're not familiar with Peruvian currency or handling money in Peru, read on for some frequently asked questions.
The Nazca Lines Flight: Photos of the Main...
The flight over the Nazca Lines is spectacular, but it's not always easy to identify individual geoglyphs. Here's a photographic guide to the main shapes.
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.
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.
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.
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 more than three million people arriving in 2014.
Yellow Fever in Peru
Learn more about yellow fever in Peru, including the country's yellow fever requirements and other vaccination issues.
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...
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.
Which 5 Countries Border Peru?
Peru is bordered by five countries, with a total land boundary of 4,636 miles (7,461 km).
Fast Facts About Peru
Learn key facts about Peru, including facts and figures covering Peru's society, geography, economy and more.
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.
Post in Peru
Sending and receiving post in Peru is reasonably reliable, but it's not cheap and things do sometimes go astray...
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.
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.
The Llamas of Machu Picchu
The llamas of Machu Picchu roam the ruins like they own the place, grazing, sleeping and occasionally photobombing at the famous Inca citadel.
Annual Festivals in Cusco
Find out what's happening in Cusco throughout the year with our list of annual festivals and events.
Soccer in Peru
Learn more about soccer in Peru with our guide to club teams, the national selection and famous Peruvian soccer players.
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.
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.
8 Savory Street Food Snacks in Peru
Cheap and tasty savory snacks in Peru range from leaf-wrapped juanes to filling empanadas and street food classics like anticuchos.
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.
Malaria Maps of Peru from the CDC, NHS and...
Malaria maps of Peru from the CDC, NHS and Peru's Ministry of Health show different distributions albeit in similar parts of the country.
Explore a Virtual Peru With Google Street View
A large number of Peruvian towns and cities are now available on Google Street View, including cities such as Lima, Arequipa and Cusco.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Volleyball in Peru
Volleyball is the second most popular sport in Peru, and the most popular sport among Peruvian women.
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.
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.
Celebrating Christmas in Peru
Get ready for Christmas in Peru with our guide to Peruvian Christmas traditions, food and drink, decorations and more...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Celebrating National Ceviche Day in Peru
Each year on June 28, Peruvians honor their most famous national dish with the Día Nacional del Cebiche, or National Ceviche Day.
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.
Four Different Ways to Travel in Peru
There are many different ways to travel in Peru. Learn more about these travel options, from package tours to budget backpacking.
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.
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.
Is Kayaking the Perfect Way to Explore Lake...
Kayaking on Lake Titicaca with the Titikayak project is the perfect and most peaceful way to explore Peru's most famous lake.
The Art of Haggling in Peru
In Peru, haggling is a normal part of the shopping process, and without a bit of bargaining you may well spend too much on souvenirs and other items.
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 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.
Festivals and Events in Peru in October
Peru in October offers a good selection of religious and cultural festivals, from massed pilgrimages to colorful dances.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Opportunistic Theft in Peru and How to Guard...
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.
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...
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.
The Movil Tours Bus Company, A Good Way to Get...
Movil Tours is a midrange Peruvian bus company that operates mainly to the north of Lima, but also has services to Cusco and Puerto Maldonado.
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.
Cockfighting in Peru and the Gallos de Pelea
Cockfights in Peru are well organized, reasonably popular and completely legal. There can also be significant
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.
Can I Use PayPal in Peru?
You can use PayPal in Peru, but the service does have some important limitation in place.
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.
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.
Who Discovered Machu Picchu?
Did Hiram Bingham discover Machu Picchu, or had the Inca citadel been found before Bingham arrived in 1911?
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.
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.
Peruvian Independence Day, July 28
Following a struggle against its Spanish colonial masters, Peru finally proclaimed its independence on July 28, 1821.
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.
Free Topographic Maps of Peru
If you’re looking for free topographic maps of Peru, you’ll find an impressive series at the University of Texas Libraries website.
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.
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.
Peru in March
Find out what's happening in Peru in March, including Semana Santa festivities and a couple of wine harvest festivals.
Peru Hop, a Hop-On Hop-Off Option for Exploring...
Peru Hop is a new hop-on hop-off bus system for tourists in Peru, letting you travel between Lima and Cusco with more freedom.

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