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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.
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 -- companies that also offer alternative Machu Picchu treks and Sacred Valley tours.
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.
Is Machu Picchu Closed?
Is Machu Picchu closed or closing in the near future? Probably not, but find out for sure right here...
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.
Major Imports and Exports of Peru
A list of all Peru's major exports, including metals, natural gas, vegetables and coffee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peruvian Customs Regulations: The Basics
Find out what items you can take to Peru without paying extra on arrival due to Peruvian customs regulations.
Meals and Mealtimes in Peru
There are three main mealtimes in Peru: desayuno (breakfast), almuerzo (lunch) and cena (supper or dinner).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Where in the World is Peru?
Find out exactly where Peru is located, including coordinates, bordering countries and the size of Peru with comparisons.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
What is the Minimum Wage in Peru?
A brief overview of the minimum wage in Peru, with comparisons to the USA and the UK.
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 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.
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.
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?
Yellow Fever in Peru
Learn more about yellow fever in Peru, including the country's yellow fever requirements and other vaccination issues.
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.
Ormeño: Peru Bus Company Profile
Ormeño is one of the most established bus companies in Peru, serving numerous domestic and international destinations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Money in Peru FAQ
If you're not familiar with Peruvian currency or handling money in Peru, read on for some frequently asked questions.
Which 5 Countries Border Peru?
Peru is bordered by five countries, with a total land boundary of 4,636 miles (7,461 km).
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.
Internet in Peru
Read about internet access in Peru, including internet cafes, hostel and hotel connections and Wi-Fi access.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Religion in Peru
Learn more about religion in Peru, from the dominant Catholic faith to evangelicalism and the survival of Inca traditions.
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.
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.
Where is Machu Picchu Located?
Find out exactly where Machu Picchu is located, including coordinates and distance from Cusco.
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 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.
Renting Rooms and Apartments in Peru
Find out what long-term rental options are available in Peru, from basic rooms to apartments and houses.
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.
Post in Peru
Sending and receiving post in Peru is reasonably reliable, but it's not cheap and things do sometimes go astray...
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.
8 Classic Savory Snacks in Peru
Peruvian tamales are made from corn dough with added meat, vegetables or cheese, providing a great snack for travelers in Peru.
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.
Peruvian Independence Day
Following a struggle against its Spanish colonial masters, Peru finally proclaimed its independence on July 28, 1821.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Officially Licensed Inca Trail Tour Operators...
The following tour operators carry official licenses for taking tour groups along the Inca Trail in 2013.
Coca Leaves, Coca Tea and Drug Test Results
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Soccer in Peru
Learn more about soccer in Peru with our guide to club teams, the national selection and famous Peruvian soccer players.
Emergency Phone Numbers in Peru
A list of important emergency numbers in Peru, including police, fire brigade and ambulance services.
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.
Discover Parque Kennedy and Parque Central in...
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
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.
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 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.
Cusqueña Beer
Cerveza Cusqueña is one of the most popular beers in Peru, and arguably one of the best domestic brews.
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.
TEFL Certification Courses in Peru
If you want to teach English as a foreign language in Peru, a TEFL certification will help you get the teaching position that you want.
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.
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.
Volleyball in Peru
Volleyball is the second most popular sport in Peru, and the most popular sport among Peruvian women.
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.
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.
Rabies in Peru
Most travelers do not need the rabies vaccination for Peru, unless engaging in specific activities that carry a risk of infection.
Cockfighting in Peru and the Gallos de Pelea
Cockfights in Peru are well organized, reasonably popular and completely legal. There can also be significant
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.
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.
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.
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.
Annual Festivals in Cusco
Find out what's happening in Cusco throughout the year with our list of annual festivals and events.
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.
Using ATMs in Peru
Learn all about using ATMs in Peru, including cash machine locations, withdrawal fees, accepted cards and safety tips.
Peru in June
Find out what's happening in Peru in June, including Inti Raymi and the Festival of San Juan.
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.
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 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.
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.
Peru in May
Various religious events take place across Peru in May, including the Fiesta de las Cruces and the Virgin de Chapi pilgrimage.
Profile of the Oltursa Bus Company in Peru
Oltursa is primarily a coastal bus company, but continues to expand its coverage inland while modernizing its fleet.
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.
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...
The Peruvian Tourist Police
Peru's tourist police are charged with assisting and protecting tourists as well as the tourist attractions that they visit.
Civa: Peru Bus Company Profile
Civa is a midrange Peruvian bus company with excellent coverage and a few top-end options.
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.
Malaria Maps of Peru
The CDC malaria map of Peru is a good overall indicator of possible malaria transmission areas in Peru.
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.
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.
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.
It’s OK to Eat Ants in Peru
It’s perfectly OK to eat ants in Peru, as long as they are the big-bottomed variety known locally as mamacos.
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...
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.
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.
Machu Picchu's Celebrity Visitors Since 1911
Machu Picchu has received many celebrity visitors over the last 100 years, from politicians to princesses, from Bart Simpson to billionaires.
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.
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.
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.
All the Latest Peru Travel Warnings, Alerts and...
All the latest travel warnings, alerts and advisories for travelers in Peru, including everything from natural hazards to strikes and demonstrations.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.

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