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Peru

Travel Guide

Peru is a mixed bag of cultures and landscapes. Whether you’re planning to visit to trek the Inca Trail to the lofty heights of Machu Picchu, explore the Amazon, party in Lima or get right off the beaten path, we can guarantee you’ll leave with more reasons to return. This hub of Spanish and European influence, colourful art, insane nature and ancient civilisations makes it a firm favourite for even the most seasoned travellers. Get stuck in with our travel guide...

Peru: fast facts

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Languages Spoken

The main language of Peru is Spanish however many Peruvians still speak the traditional Quenchua and Aymara languages across the country.

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Currency

Name: Peruvian Sol
Code: PEN
Symbol: S/
$1 = approximately 2.53 Sol.

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Time Zone

Time Zone: Peru Time Zone (UTC-05:00)

Peru travel highlights

Machu Picchu &

The Inca Trail

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Lima

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Lake Titicaca

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The Amazon

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The cost of travel in Peru

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Beers

The average price of a domestic beer in Peru is S/6 (approx $2.35). A bottle of Pepsi can cost a max of S/2.20 - just 87 cents!

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Meals

Street grills are a must-try in Peru - especially those in the jungle regions. You can try marinated chicken or chorizo with tacacho for as little as $2!

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Taxi Ride

Need a cab? Fares are less than $2 per km and a trip from Lima Airport to your accommodation can cost as little as $32!

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Transport

Local Peruvian transport is not known for its speed, but it sure is cheap! A one-way bus ticket can cost as little as 1.50 S/ which is just 60 cents! For anyone wanting to see Machu Picchu without the hike to get there, you can jump on a train instead, with oneway tickets starting from $67 from Ollantaytambo.

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Hostels

Ready for dorm life? Hostels in the capital start at around $9.30 for a room in a dorm. If you want some privacy, a double room can cost around $22. Prices vary across the country with Lima being the costliest. Prices in Cusco and more remote areas are around $4 cheaper per night.

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Hotels

There’s a huge selection of hotels across Peru, from budget to high-range. Inexpensive guesthouses (often run by families, giving you a great insight into the local culture) can cost as little as 30 S/ a night ($11.80) while something fancier can cost you 200 S/ ($80) per night.

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Peru Adventure Tours

Inca Discovery Plus | 9 days
One of the world’s best-known hikes, it will reward those willing to break a sweat with stunning views of ruins and cloud forests. We run our own treks, which ensures fair treatment of our porters and quality equipment.
Now from $1,424 | Was $1,899 | 25% off
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Amazon wildlife
Amazon to the Andes | 12 Days
On this active G Adventure, you'll head from Lima to Cusco where you'll trek to Machu Picchu via ruins, local villages and awe-inspiring mountain passes. End on an even bigger high in the depths of the world's largest jungle. Simply Amazon'. 
Now from $2,249 | Was $2,999 | 25% off
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Peru panorama tour
Peru Panorama | 15 Days
This two-week adventure includes accommodation and transport, and showcases so many elements of Peru's history and culture. Chill on Lake Titicaca, explore the Sacred Valley, scan the canopy of the Amazaon for amazing wildlife and trek to majestic Machu Picchu. 
Now from $2,549 | Was $3,399 | 25% off
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When is the best time to visit Peru?

Peru's winter falls between May and September and is the driest, most comfortable time of year to travel, especially for those visiting Cusco to tackle Machu Picchu. Peru's rainy season falls between December and March, but it stays warm during this time. The inbetween months - like April - are unpredicable, and can still see rain.
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Peru travel: your questions answered

Do I need a visa to visit Peru?

Australian citizens do not need a visa to enter Peru, just a valid passport and a return ticket! You can stay up to 183 days visa free (six months), so you've plenty of time to make the most of it, living in villages, volunteering, and travelling slowly. Just be sure to get an entry stamp when you enter by land borders, as you can be sure that custom officials will check as you’re leaving! If you decide you need need longer than six months, for example you're teaching, then you will need to apply for a visa at the Peruvian consulate.

What's the best way of getting around Peru?

Peru is about a sixth of the size of Australia, with many mountainous and remote areas. Any well-travelled individual knows, the more rugged the landscape, the more difficult it is to traverse it on public transport... although its never impossible! If you’re only in Peru for a short period of time, cover more ground with domestic flights. If you have two weeks or longer, then buses and coaches are a great way to save some dollars. You can save the hassle of organising transport cross country by booking yourself onto one of our tours, which include all transport, accommodation and a guide.

What are other important things to consider if I'm going to Peru?

There are no mandatory vaccinations for entry into Peru but we recommend vaccinating for Hepatitis A and chicken pox for travellers who have never had it previously. If you’re planning to visit more rural or jungle areas, we would also suggest vaccinating for Hepatitis B and Yellow Fever. Remember, the Yellow Fever vaccine needs to be administered at least 10 days prior to travel.

It's also important to remember to buy the correct insurance before you go. Our comprehensive policy will cover you while you're out there on the Inca Trail, climbing, swinging and dancing through the best trip of your life. Find out more, or buy online here

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