What to Bring to Peru- a journal guide

Trip to Peru

Peru has many different climate conditions over the country and this makes it difficult to decide what to pack. If you are going to the coastal regions in the summer, then it will be warm. If you are going to the highlands in the wet season, then you will need your wet weather clothing. The jungle is mostly warm but you will need light long clothing to protect yourself from the insects.  So where you are going and what time of year that you re going are very important factors to take into consideration when choosing what to pack for your trip to Peru.

Summer in Lima

When arriving in Peru, you will land in the capital of Peru, Lima. The capital has had a bad reputation in the past but in recent years, the city has undergone a transformation and now is a great place to spend a few days. The city is famous for its cuisine and recently won an award for the best food destination in the world at the World Travel Awards. As mentioned earlier, Lima and the coastal areas of Peru have different seasons. If you visit in the summer-which is December to April- the weather will be hot and sticky. Therefore, you will need to bring light clothing for your stay. If you visit in the winter months, from June to October than Lima will be cool and grey, so you will need to dress in layers.

Peruvian Andes

The next region of Peru that you will visit will be the highlands or the Andes. Here, you will find all the ancient history that Peru has to offer; the city of Cusco was the heart of the Inca Empire and is filled with fascinating ruins. Later, the Spanish arrived and built their lovely Spanish Colonial houses and churches, which you can still see today. Not far from Cusco, is the world famous Machu Picchu, which on any Peruvian vacation must be experienced. Further south in the highlands is the town of Puno, which is on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The lake is one of the highest lakes in the world and has the Uros Islands, which you must see whilst you are in the area. What are the Uros Islands you may ask? Many centuries ago, the peaceful Uros people were caught in the middle of a war on the shores of Lake Titicaca. They decided that they did not want to live in the middle anymore, so they made the islands out of the reeds where they still live today. When traveling to the highlands you will need warm clothing. Dressing in layers is the way to go, as the mornings are cold as are the evenings, but during the day you will find that it will get warm and you will need to take your jacket off.

Amazon Region

Any tour to Peru should include the Amazon region. Here, you will discover all the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer; explore the jungle on a guided tour and if you are lucky, you may see some of the animals that live deep in the jungle. There are many luxury lodges on offer to spend a few days in the heart of the jungle. Travel to the northern part of Peru to the jungle town of Iquitos and experience one of the fabulous jungle cruises that travel along the Amazon Basin in style and comfort. For your jungle adventure, you should bring lightweight clothing with long sleeves and long pants to help protect you from the insects.

Luxury on a budget in Peru is possible with many luxury hotels and tours at half the price of the United States or Europe. Over the past ten years, the luxury travel market has exploded, so there are many great hotels on offer. In the highlands, for example you can stay in a Spanish Colonial house that has been converted into a luxury hotel. Most have retained their colonial past and feature some wonderful collections of colonial art, this is especially the case in the Inca city of Cusco.

What is the best time to travel to Peru month by month? There is no ‘best time’ to travel to Peru, all months have their positives, and this will depend on what you want to see and do. The climate differs from region to region and you will have to do some research to decide what suits you.

While many of you will want to experience the nature and ancient cultures of Peru, there are those of you who will want to experience the top 10 best foods Peru. Internationally known for its fine cuisine Peru will both surprise and delight you when it comes to the variety of foods on offer. On any journey to the Andean country, try the local food for new taste sensations. Peruvians love their food and it shows in the plates that are on offer.

So if you are considering a trip to Peru and are thinking of what to bring to Peru, think of what time of year you will be traveling and where in the country you are traveling to.

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