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The following tips for picking a Machu Picchu tour will help you choose a reliable and recommendable tour agency.
See our list of the best Inca Trail tour operators in Peru -- companies that also offer alternative Machu Picchu treks and Sacred Valley tours.
If you're taking electrical appliances to Peru, you'll need to know about Peru's electrical system, including voltage and electrical outlets.
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.
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.
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.
The classic Peru itinerary follows a circuit commonly known as the Gringo Trail, a route that takes in Peru's most famous attractions.
If you want to travel in Peru on a budget, the following tips will help you stretch your cash as far as possible.
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 top 10 reasons to visit Peru - a visitor's guide to the best things to see and do in Peru.
Learn how to cope with altitude sickness in Peru with our guide to symptoms, preparation and high altitude locations.
Find out what not to do in Peru, from poor transport choices to social etiquette and safety issues.
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.
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.
There are no required vaccinations for Peru, but a number of immunizations are highly recommended for travelers, including hepatitis A and typhoid.
Is Machu Picchu closed or closing in the near future? Probably not, but find out for sure right here...
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.
Listed here are the major imports and exports of Peru, as well as Peru’s main import and export partners.
Ice-capped and imposing, the highest mountains in Peru rise up from the Andes, reaching heights above 20,000 feet.
Our guide to tipping in Peru will help you decide how much to tip Peruvian tour guides, waiters, hotel staff and more.
Learn the basic expressions and etiquette for Peruvian greetings and introductions, including formal and informal ways to say hello in Peru.
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 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.
Learn more about Peruvian currency with our guide to the nuevo sol, including denominations, designs and dealing with fake and damaged money 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.
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.
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.
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.
Find out how much you'll need to pay for your Machu Picchu entrance fee, as well as what ticket types are available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marijuana is not legal in Peru, but possession of certain quantities is officially legal. Realistically, however, even small amounts can cause big problems.
Ormeño is one of the most established bus companies in Peru, serving numerous domestic and international destinations.
Find out exactly where Peru is located, including coordinates, bordering countries and the size of Peru with comparisons.
The following famous people from Peru have become well known internationally, at least within their niche or field of expertise.
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.
Of the recommended vaccinations for Peru, only a few are normally recommended for travelers who plan to only visit Machu Picchu.
Find out how high you'll be going when you visit various locations in Peru, including altitudes for major cities and tourist attractions.
Find out how much the classic 4 day/3 night Inca Trail costs, from cheaper budget treks to luxury hikes.
Find out exactly where Machu Picchu is located, including coordinates and distance from Cusco.
There are three main mealtimes in Peru: desayuno (breakfast), almuerzo (lunch) and cena (supper or dinner).
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.
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.
Get the most out of your time in Peru with these six tips for a more rewarding Peru travel experience.
Peru’s coastal, mountain and jungle regions each have distinct types of vegetation, as can be seen on this map of Peru.
Find out what baggage allowances are offered in Peru on flights with Star Peru, LAN, TACA, Peruvian Airlines and LC Peru.
A brief overview of the minimum wage in Peru, with comparisons to the USA and the UK.
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.
If you're not familiar with Peruvian currency or handling money in Peru, read on for some frequently asked questions.
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.
Learn more about yellow fever in Peru, including the country's yellow fever requirements and other vaccination issues.
The following tour operators carry official licenses for taking tour groups along the Inca Trail in 2013.
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.
If you can learn some basic Spanish essentials before you go to Peru, your entire trip will be more relaxing and more rewarding.
Find out how much to tip on the Inca Trail, including recommended tipping for guides, porters and cooks.
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.
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.
A timeline of the life of Francisco Pizarro highlighting key events in the biography of the Spanish conquistador and conqueror of Peru.
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.
Learn more about sport in Peru, from the popular pastimes of soccer and volleyball to traditional events such as bullfighting and cockfighting.
Learn key facts about Peru, including facts and figures covering Peru's society, geography, economy and more.
Peru is bordered by five countries, with a total land boundary of 4,636 miles (7,461 km).
Read about internet access in Peru, including internet cafes, hostel and hotel connections and Wi-Fi access.
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.
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.
The Whale is often the first geoglyph you’ll see after taking off from Maria Reiche Airport. It is one of the simpler Nazca Lines animal designs. Page 2.
Drink spiking is a common crime in Peru, where female perpetrators -- known as peperas -- drug men in order to rob their possessions while unconscious.
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.
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.
The Circuito Mágico del Agua, or Magic Water Circuit, is a series of illuminated water fountains in the Parque de la Reserva in Lima.
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.
Sending and receiving post in Peru is reasonably reliable, but it's not cheap and things do sometimes go astray...
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.
Find out what items you can take to Peru without paying extra on arrival due to Peruvian customs regulations.
The chikungunya virus has recently arrived in Peru. Learn more about this mosquito-borne disease, including symptoms, treatment and prevention.
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.
Learn the basics of haggling in Peru and avoid spending too much on souvenirs and other items at city markets and village stalls.
Find out what's happening in Cusco throughout the year with our list of annual festivals and events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Foreign tourists should not drink tap water in Peru due to the risk of stomach problems and other potential hazards.
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.
Learn more about religion in Peru, from the dominant Catholic faith to evangelicalism and the survival of Inca traditions.
Take the Pan-American Highway north from Lima to Ecuador and explore the highlights of Peru's north coast.
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...
Peru is a region prone to natural hazards, including earthquakes, flooding, landslides and climatic shifts brought about by El Niño.
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 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 Plaza de Armas in Lima, also known as the Plaza Mayor, is located in the heart of Lima's historic center.
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.
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Learn more about soccer in Peru with our guide to club teams, the national selection and famous Peruvian soccer players.
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. Page 2.
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.
Discover the 12 most popular cities in Peru in terms of foreign visitors -- places that international tourists typically add to their travel itineraries.
These average daily budgets for traveling in Peru are based on your style of travel and your length of stay.
The Lima Metropolitano is a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system of articulated buses running along dedicated lanes in the Peruvian capital.
Find out how and where to exchange money or use an ATM in Lima airport -- or how to avoid the process altogether.
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.
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.
All the major music concerts in Peru in 2015, including gigs and festivals in Lima and across Peru. Updated regularly.
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.
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.
Knowing how to prevent mosquito bites in Peru will help you avoid diseases like malaria, dengue and yellow fever.
Learn how to stay safe in Trujillo, Peru, a great city with a far from perfect reputation in terms of safety and criminal activity.
Parque Kennedy sits to the south of Parque Central in the center of Miraflores, Lima.
January in Peru is a month of religious processions, major anniversaries and plenty of dancing. And don't forget the ritual battle...
Find out what long-term rental options are available in Peru, from basic rooms to apartments and houses.
There are many different ways to travel in Peru. Learn more about these travel options, from package tours to budget backpacking.
Knowing how to say goodbye in Peru -- vocally and physically -- is an important part of nearly all everyday interactions, both formal and informal.
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.
If you want to call Peru from abroad or from within one Peruvian region to another, you'll need the correct area code.
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 Larcomar shopping center in Lima, Peru, is a popular sea-front location for shopping, eating and going to the cinema in the Peruvian capital.
By law, every Peruvian citizen of adult age must have a Documento Nacional de Identidad (“National Identity Document”), commonly known as a DNI.
Find out how much a bus ticket from Lima to Cusco costs with various popular bus companies, including Cruz del Sur and Oltursa.
There are 25 administrative regions in Peru, known as departments. Find out more with our guide to Peru's departamentos.
If you're looking for some conversation starters in Peru, here are a few topic tips and some subjects to possibly avoid.
Following a struggle against its Spanish colonial masters, Peru finally proclaimed its independence on July 28, 1821.
The classic Inca Trail isn't too long, especially over four days, but the high altitude makes the trek all the more difficult.
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.
There are currently 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Peru, ranging from colonial city centers to high-altitude national parks.
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.
Peru has a minimum legal drinking age, although the enforcement of the law is variable at best...
Cerveza Cusqueña is one of the most popular beers in Peru, and arguably one of the best domestic brews.
Find out how and where to go paragliding in Lima, including seafront flights from Miraflores and scenic flights in Pachacamac.
Dengue fever outbreaks are becoming increasingly common in Peru. Learn how to spot the symptoms and protect yourself against the mosquito-borne infection.
Most travelers do not need the rabies vaccination for Peru, unless engaging in specific activities that carry a risk of infection.
If you are thinking about taking your laptop to Peru, read these travel tips -- and laptop travel pros and cons -- before you go.
Oltursa is primarily a coastal bus company, but continues to expand its coverage inland while modernizing its fleet.
Full listings of all the major concerts in Peru, including music festivals, updated regularly throughout 2014.
Find out what's happening in Peru in March, including Semana Santa festivities and a couple of wine harvest festivals.
Cockfights in Peru are well organized, reasonably popular and completely legal. There can also be significant
A list of all of the major annually recurring festivals and events in Lima and the wider Lima Metropolitan Area (including Callao).
Peruvian nightlife revolves around dancing, with Peru's nightclubs and discos being the main venues for late night revelry.
Cusco is located at an elevation of 11,152 feet (3,399 meters) above sea level, so you need to acclimatize when you arrive.
Find out all you need to know about watching Peru play soccer, including buying tickets, venues and key games.
Volleyball is the second most popular sport in Peru, and the most popular sport among Peruvian women.
You’ll find plenty of excellent cinemas in Lima, including 3D screens showing the latest movie releases.
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.
A list of important emergency numbers in Peru, including police, fire brigade and ambulance services.
Discover the best Peru blogs on the web with our selection of the most insightful, original and knowledgeable blogs about Peru.
If you’re looking for free topographic maps of Peru, you’ll find an impressive series at the University of Texas Libraries website.
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...
Find out how to call landlines and cell phones in Peru from abroad, including country and dialing codes.
Can you travel to Peru with a criminal record? Well, it largely depends on the seriousness of the crime...