Do you want to travel to Peru and are unsure of what to expect? Are you nervous about the unknown? This is normal when travelling for the first time to an unknown part of the world. What will the food be like? Can I drink the water, what is the transport system like? Can I fly where I need to go? What will the weather be like when I am there?
These are all valid questions that you may be asking yourself. But relax, Peru tourism is geared for the traveller, with hundreds of thousands of people coming to Peru every year to see all that the country has to offer. With many different ancient cities, Peru is a feast of manmade and natural beauty that will both surprise and delight even the most seasoned of travellers. The choices of company to take a Peru travel package tour are endless, so do your research and you will find what is best for you.
These are a few tips for visiting Peru for the first time traveller.
On any trip to Peru, you will have to land in Lima, the capital of Peru. The capital has a bad reputation, but in recent years, it has been improving its reputation and is starting to be considered the place to be. Recently voted the world’s culinary capital, Lima is full of great restaurants and tasty street food. Not only is the food a feature, but Lima is home to some of the best museums in Peru, like Museo Larco. Do not discount Lima, it is well worth a few days of your time. After Lima, you may want to travel south via Nazca and see the mysterious Nazca lines, then move onto the beautiful white city of Arequipa; with no rainfall and a warm climate, Arequipa is Peru’s second largest city and has a relaxing atmosphere.
From Arequipa travel to the high Andes to the lakeside town of Puno. The town is on the shore of Lake Titicaca, famous for its floating islands. If you have never heard or the Uros islands, they are home to the Uros people who made their home on the lake, and every six months or so they add a new layer of reeds to the island, they also make their houses and boats from the same reeds.
Travelling north from Puno, you will reach the Inca city of Cusco, a beautiful ancient city filled with cobblestone streets, museums and a history all waiting for you to explore. Not far from Cusco is the spectacular Sacred Valley of the Incas. Set amongst the Andes mountain range, the Sacred Valley is a lovely place to spend a few days while touring on your Peru holiday. From Cusco, you can also travel to the must-see sight in Peru, Machu Picchu; travel to the Inca citadel located on the side of a mountain. Never discovered by the Spanish, Machu Picchu remained hidden until an American professor known as Hiram Bingham discovered the site in 1911. Machu Picchu is a fascinating place full of mystery and history that you will discover on your personal guided tour when you travel to Machu Picchu.
A short flight from Cusco is the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado, this is the starting point for the jungle lodges located in the area. A few hours down the Madre de Dios River, you will find some of the most luxurious lodges, featuring jungle walks, river cruises, macaw licks and all that you would expect to find in the Amazon jungle.
Now that you know where to go on your Peru holiday, we will now give you some information on what to expect in Peru.
If you plan to travel to the south of Peru, most of the points of interest are at altitude, so it is a good idea to gradually climb as opposed to going from low altitude straight to high altitude-your body needs time to adjust. Your first stop could be Arequipa, then onto the higher cities of Puno and Cusco. Both of these towns are at an altitude of over 3500 meters above sea level, and if you have never been at altitude before, you may want to take it easy for the first few days after you arrive. Avoid meat, alcohol and smoking for the first few days and do not try to climb any mountains. Altitude affects everyone differently, so it would be a good idea to bring some medicine from home just in case you need it.
Peru is full of automatic teller machines, so organize with your banks before you leave home and using the ATMs to get money in Peru will not be a problem. If you bring cash with you, there are change houses in all of the popular tourist spots. Always remember not to change your money on the streets and if using ATMs make sure there is nobody behind you. When you receive your cash, check that it is not ripped or in bad condition as you will have trouble using it.
When thinking about security, just remember to be sensible and not walk down dark alleys at night, leave most of your valuables in the hotel safe and just take enough money for the day, don’t flash around expensive cameras or phones and leave all your good jewellery at home.
In the high regions of Peru always remember to use sunscreen, as the sun is very strong and you will burn. Also in Machu Picchu and the jungle regions of Peru, it is advisable to use insect repellent. The lodges all have nets over the beds, but still use the repellent when sleeping to protect yourself. We hope we have provided you with some helpful hints for your trip to Peru.
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