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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.
Celebrating Christmas in Peru
Get ready for Christmas in Peru with our guide to Peruvian Christmas traditions, food and drink, decorations and more...
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is Machu Picchu Closed?
Is Machu Picchu closed or closing in the near future? Probably not, but find out for sure right here...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peru in December
If you're heading to Peru in December, find out what festivals and events are taking place during the month. It's not all about Christmas...
Nazca Lines Photos
The Nazca Lines Hummingbird is one of the most famous of all the Nazca geoglyphs. Page 8.
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.
Where in the World is Peru?
Find out exactly where Peru is located, including coordinates, bordering countries and the size of Peru with comparisons.
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.
Famous People From Peru
The following famous people from Peru have become well known internationally, at least within their niche or field of expertise.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Which 5 Countries Border Peru?
Peru is bordered by five countries, with a total land boundary of 4,636 miles (7,461 km).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ormeño: Peru Bus Company Profile
Ormeño is one of the most established bus companies in Peru, serving numerous domestic and international destinations.
Peruvian Customs Regulations: The Basics
Find out what items you can take to Peru without paying extra on arrival due to Peruvian customs regulations.
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.
Renting Rooms and Apartments in Peru
Find out what long-term rental options are available in Peru, from basic rooms to apartments and houses.
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.
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.
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.
Yellow Fever in Peru
Learn more about yellow fever in Peru, including the country's yellow fever requirements and other vaccination issues.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Post in Peru
Sending and receiving post in Peru is reasonably reliable, but it's not cheap and things do sometimes go astray...
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.
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.
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.
Where is Machu Picchu Located?
Find out exactly where Machu Picchu is located, including coordinates and distance from Cusco.
Money in Peru FAQ
If you're not familiar with Peruvian currency or handling money in Peru, read on for some frequently asked questions.
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.
Fast Facts About Peru
Learn key facts about Peru, including facts and figures covering Peru's society, geography, economy and more.
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.
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.
Internet in Peru
Read about internet access in Peru, including internet cafes, hostel and hotel connections and Wi-Fi access.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Chikungunya Virus in Peru
The chikungunya virus has recently arrived in Peru. Learn more about this mosquito-borne disease, including symptoms, treatment and prevention.
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.
What is the Minimum Wage in Peru?
A brief overview of the minimum wage in Peru, with comparisons to the USA and the UK.
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.
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.
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.
Where to Spend Christmas in Peru
If you're wondering where to spend Christmas in Peru, here are some of our top recommendations for festive Peruvian destinations...
Peruvian Independence Day
Peru's Independence Day celebrations, or Fiestas Patrias, take place across the country on July 28 and July 29.
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.
Religion in Peru
Learn more about religion in Peru, from the dominant Catholic faith to evangelicalism and the survival of Inca traditions.
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 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.
Peru in January
January in Peru is a month of religious processions, major anniversaries and plenty of dancing. And don't forget the ritual battle...
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.
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. Page 3.
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.
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.
Officially Licensed Inca Trail Tour Operators...
The following tour operators carry official licenses for taking tour groups along the Inca Trail in 2013.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three Classic Peruvian Christmas Recipes
Add a Peruvian twist to your Christmas with these three classic Peruvian Christmas recipes, including hot chocolate, chicken and panetón.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Soccer in Peru
Learn more about soccer in Peru with our guide to club teams, the national selection and famous Peruvian soccer players.
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.
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.
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 Best Cinemas in Lima, Peru
You’ll find plenty of excellent cinemas in Lima, including 3D screens showing the latest movie releases.
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.
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.
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.
Peruvian Cockfighting and Gallos de Pelea
Cockfights in Peru are well organized, reasonably popular and completely legal. There can also be significant
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.
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.
Coca Leaves, Coca Tea and Drug Test Results
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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.
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 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.
Register Your Trip to Peru
When you register your trip to Peru, you give your travels an extra layer of security through enhanced communication.
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.
La Noche de los Museos, Free Entry to Museums...
La Noche de los Museos has been offering discounted or free entry to museums in Lima since 2011, with some of the city's biggest museums taking part.
How to Call Peru
Find out how to call landlines and cell phones in Peru from abroad, including country and dialing codes.
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.
Cusqueña Beer
Cerveza Cusqueña is one of the most popular beers in Peru, and arguably one of the best domestic brews.
The Peru Visa Overstay Fine
If you need to overstay your Peru tourist visa (TAM), you can pay a one dollar per day fine when you eventually leave the country.
Civa: Peru Bus Company Profile
Civa is a midrange Peruvian bus company with excellent coverage and a few top-end options.
Annual Festivals in Cusco
Find out what's happening in Cusco throughout the year with our list of annual festivals and events.
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.
The Peruvian Tourist Police
Peru's tourist police are charged with assisting and protecting tourists as well as the tourist attractions that they visit.
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.
Peru Travel Guidebooks
Read our short reviews of various Peru travel guidebooks, including Lonely Planet Peru, Eyewitness and Footprint Peru.
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.
Emergency Phone Numbers in Peru
A list of important emergency numbers in Peru, including police, fire brigade and ambulance services.
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.
Discos and Nightclubs in Peru
Peruvian nightlife revolves around dancing, with Peru's nightclubs and discos being the main venues for late night revelry.
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.
TEPSA: Peru Bus Company Profile
TEPSA has one of the most modern bus fleets in Peru, operating all along the coast and inland to Cusco.
Annual Festivals and Events in Lima, Peru
A list of all of the major annually recurring festivals and events in Lima and the wider Lima Metropolitan Area (including Callao).
Peruvian Pima Cotton, Gossypium Barbadense
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...
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 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.
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.
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.
Cial: Peru Bus Company Profile
Expreso Cial is one of Peru's midrange bus companies, with good coverage along the entire coast and services inland to Cusco.
Peru Tourist Visa Requirements
Find out what paperwork you need in order to apply for a tourist visa for Peru.
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.
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.
Peru in May
Various religious events take place across Peru in May, including the Fiesta de las Cruces and the Virgin de Chapi pilgrimage.
Peru Travel Options
There are many different ways to travel in Peru. Learn more about these travel options, from package tours to budget backpacking.
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