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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.
languages icon LANGUAGES
The main language of Peru is Spanish
however many Peruvians still speak
the traditional Quenchua and Aymara
languages across the country.
currency icon CURRENCY
Peruvian Sol (PEN)
Symbol: S/
$1 = approximately 2.53 Sol
time zone icon TIME ZONE
Peru Time Zone
(UTC-05:00)

Peru tour deals

a hiker trekking through narrow mountain trails in the Inca Trail

Inca Discovery Plus

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.
9 days
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a colourful native bird of the Amazon in red yellow and blue sitting on a branch

Amazon to the Andes

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'. 
12 days
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Peruvians dressed in traditional red patterned capes and greeting each other

Peru Panorama

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 Amazon for amazing wildlife and trek to majestic Machu Picchu. 
15 days
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What we love about Peru

trekking The Inca Trail
The ancient Inca Trail leading towards Machu Picchu combines jaw-dropping scenery, lush cloud forest, sub-tropical jungle and a mix of Inca ruins.
amazon Amazon Jungle
The Peruvian part of the Amazon jungle is possibly the most diverse in all of South America, boasting at least 1,000 birds and over 200 mammal species.
llama Llama spotting
The llamas have an important place in the Inca culture, dating back to about 5,000 years ago. You can spot these large and fluffy animals all over Peru and even throughout the Inca Trail. 

FAQ - Travel in Peru

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.

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.

Do I need vaccinations before travelling 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.

What's the best way to get 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.

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