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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.
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.
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.
Major Imports and Exports of Peru
A list of all Peru's major exports, including metals, natural gas, vegetables and coffee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the Minimum Wage in Peru?
A brief overview of the minimum wage in Peru, with comparisons to the USA and the UK.
Meals and Mealtimes in Peru
There are three main mealtimes in Peru: desayuno (breakfast), almuerzo (lunch) and cena (supper or dinner).
5 Maps of Peru
A political map of Peru gives clear details regarding settlements, national boundaries and neighboring countries.
Ormeño: Peru Bus Company Profile
Ormeño is one of the most established bus companies in Peru, serving numerous domestic and international destinations.
Where in the World is Peru?
Find out exactly where Peru is located, including coordinates, bordering countries and the size of Peru with comparisons.
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 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.
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.
Where is Machu Picchu Located?
Find out exactly where Machu Picchu is located, including coordinates and distance from Cusco.
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 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.
Which 5 Countries Border Peru?
Peru is bordered by five countries, with a total land boundary of 4,636 miles (7,461 km).
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Money in Peru FAQ
If you're not familiar with Peruvian currency or handling money in Peru, read on for some frequently asked questions.
Peruvian Customs Regulations: The Basics
Find out what items you can take to Peru without paying extra on arrival due to Peruvian customs regulations.
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.
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.
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.
Yellow Fever in Peru
Learn more about yellow fever in Peru, including the country's yellow fever requirements and other vaccination issues.
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 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.
Peruvian Independence Day
Following a struggle against its Spanish colonial masters, Peru finally proclaimed its independence on July 28, 1821.
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.
Fast Facts About Peru
Learn key facts about Peru, including facts and figures covering Peru's society, geography, economy and more.
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.
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.
Renting Rooms and Apartments in Peru
Find out what long-term rental options are available in Peru, from basic rooms to apartments and houses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Post in Peru
Sending and receiving post in Peru is reasonably reliable, but it's not cheap and things do sometimes go astray...
Officially Licensed Inca Trail Tour Operators...
The following tour operators carry official licenses for taking tour groups along the Inca Trail in 2013.
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.
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.
Religion in Peru
Learn more about religion in Peru, from the dominant Catholic faith to evangelicalism and the survival of Inca traditions.
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.
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.
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.
Racing Mototaxis in Peru
If you like the idea of watching mototaxis racing in Peru, try to catch a Motokar Cross event.
Coca Leaves, Coca Tea and Drug Test Results
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Soccer in Peru
Learn more about soccer in Peru with our guide to club teams, the national selection and famous Peruvian soccer players.
Annual Festivals in Cusco
Find out what's happening in Cusco throughout the year with our list of annual festivals and events.
8 Classic Savory Snacks in Peru
Juanes are a specialty in the Peruvian jungle. The rice dish is neatly packaged in a green leaf, making it a very portable Peruvian snack.
Cockfighting in Peru and the Gallos de Pelea
Cockfights in Peru are well organized, reasonably popular and completely legal. There can also be significant
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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?
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.
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.
Opening Hours in Peru
Opening hours in Peru vary depending on the type of business and the size of the town or city. They also reflect the Peruvian penchant for lengthy lunches.
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.
The North Coast of Peru
Take the Pan-American Highway north from Lima to Ecuador and explore the highlights of Peru's north coast.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Volleyball in Peru
Volleyball is the second most popular sport in Peru, and the most popular sport among Peruvian women.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Cusqueña Beer
Cerveza Cusqueña is one of the most popular beers in Peru, and arguably one of the best domestic brews.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Using ATMs in Peru
Learn all about using ATMs in Peru, including cash machine locations, withdrawal fees, accepted cards and safety tips.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Emergency Phone Numbers in Peru
A list of important emergency numbers in Peru, including police, fire brigade and ambulance services.
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 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.
How Long is the Classic Inca Trail?
The classic Inca Trail isn't too long, especially over four days, but the high altitude makes the trek all the more difficult.
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.
Cancha, Peruvian Toasted Corn
Cancha is a type of Peruvian toasted corn served as a nibble in restaurants and bars and as an additional ingredient in many ceviches.
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.
Seeing the Sunrise at Machu Picchu
Find out how, where and when to watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu, including the potential problems involved.
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.
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.
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.
Peru Travel Options
There are many different ways to travel in Peru. Learn more about these travel options, from package tours to budget backpacking.
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.
Cusco Altitude Information
Cusco is located at an elevation of 11,152 feet (3,399 meters) above sea level, so you need to acclimatize when you arrive.
Peru 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.
The Peruvian Paso Horse
The Peruvian Paso horse is an iconic symbol of Peruvian history and culture, known for its graceful gait, spirited nature and all-round elegance.
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...
How and Where to Go Paragliding in Lima
Find out how and where to go paragliding in Lima, including seafront flights from Miraflores and scenic flights in Pachacamac.
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.
From Grape to Glass With Pisco Portón
A look at the pisco-making process from the grape harvest to fermentation and distillation and onto the finished bottled product.
Civa: Peru Bus Company Profile
Civa is a midrange Peruvian bus company with excellent coverage and a few top-end options.
Peru in June
Find out what's happening in Peru in June, including Inti Raymi and the Festival of San Juan.
A Guide to Larcomar Shopping Center in Lima
Find out what shops and services are located in Larcomar, including high-fashion retailers, upscale restaurants, cinema and bowling.

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