Regarded as the richest country in the world, Peru, in native Quechua terms, means ‘the land of abundance.’ One thing for sure is the abundance of history and culture of the country, not to mention exquisite foods and exotic drinks! However, visiting anywhere without proper knowledge and advice will get you lost, even in a country filled with friendly and tourist-loving locals. That’s why it is important to get quick info about Peru and insider tips to best prepare for your visit.
When to visit Peru is a tricky question. We break it down for you: it all depends on what you want to do and where you want to go. If you’re here for specific celebrations, such as Inti Raymi in Cusco (24th June), Candelaria in Puno ( 2nd February) or Semana Santa in Ayacucho (varies every year, but usually on March or April), then you have to come on those dates, period.
However, if you don’t have a specific date in mind, then it will depend on where you want to go. If you’re all about the Peruvian jungle, then coming on the dry season (between May and October) is a must, otherwise, most trekking paths will be flooded and mosquito issues can get serious. Although it does get hotter, it’s better than getting your tours canceled due to rain.
The ideal time frame for visiting the jungle applies to the Andes, as the dry season guarantees flawless access to most touristic attractions, as well as the best landscapes, which is the case of the mountains of Vinicunca (rain darkens it’s vibrant, seven colors). If you’re interested in visiting the coast, however, the story changes. From December to March, the climate in Lima is ideal. You get the full Latin American heat and the best landscapes. Other parts of the coast, however, such as Piura, have a pretty good climate all year round.
Newcomer to the country? Going for the classic trip to Machu Picchu is a great way to get to know Peru. The must-visit locality caters famous archaeological site and ruins of the Inca Empire for you to discover. Amidst that, you can also visit Reserva Nacional de Paracas for a relaxing experience of the coast. Puno for the most spectacular views of Titicaca Lake and cultural exchange with local communities or Chachapoyas, for unique, lesser-known archeological ruins and beautiful landscapes such as Catarata de Gocta.
You can also book, through Venturia, luxury packs that include a sample of emblematic Peruvian destinations, such as a 3-day ride in the Andean Explorer train, that takes you to Cusco, Puno, and Arequipa.
The alluring aroma of Peruvian dishes tends to attract hungry food hunters walking the streets of Peru. The multicultural nation creates a variety of savory goodness from pre-Hispanic cuisines to the favored chifa – a fusion of Peruvian and Chinese dishes.
Also, the country is home to world-renowned restaurants such as Maido and Restaurante Central in Lima. However, you don’t need to go fancy to have a great culinary experience, as long as you try the basics -Lomo Saltado, Tacu Tacu, Ají de Gallina, any dessert with lúcuma or chirimoya and Pisco Sour- you’ll be just fine.
The official currency used in Peru is the Nuevo Sol, and you’ll find better rates in the various Casas de Cambio, which you can find in almost every district. A camera is a must though with the technology we have today, your smartphone is more than enough. There are tons of picturesque buildings, archeological mastery, Instagramable scenery and lush green vegetation to capture. As Peru is filled with outdoor activities, bring along athletic/hiking shoes so your feet won’t get tired easily, as well as sports apparel. Because regions in Peru are so diverse, and climates of the jungle, highlands, and coast can be sharply contrasting, you might want to check the specific climate of the places you’re going and pack accordingly.
To design truly unforgettable travel experiences in Peru, you need a specialized, skilled and passionate team to make that happen time and time again. Here at Venturia we have just that, an expert group of people whose creativity, knowledge, inspiration for and love of Peru transmits through to every single trip, embodying the pure beauty of travel along the way.
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