Peru has all it takes to become one of the best destinations in the world. It has a plethora of gastronomy, colorful culture, and age-old history. Its natural wonders are awe inspiring.

This South American nation is fast becoming a tourist hot spot. On the northern part of the country, there are Colombia and Ecuador. The Eastern region shares its borders with Brazil and Bolivia. The western coast is next to the South Pacific Ocean.

It is divided into the Northern Coast, the Central Coast and the Southern Coast. The Sierra region is east of the coast, and it’s also distributed as Northern Sierra, Central Sierra and Southern Sierra. San Martin is just next to Northern Sierra. Altiplano covers the southeastern part of the country, with Madre de Dios on the east. The Northeast is the flush area of the Peruvian Amazon.

Lima is the capital city. Other cities you should make time to visit are Puno, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Arequipa, Cuzco, Iquitos, Cajamarca. Some of the natural and cultural heritage sites are Machu Pichu (Incan ruins), Chan Chan (Heritage site a mud city), Huascaran National Park, Lake Titicaca, Chavin de Huantar (Heritage site), Nazca lines (desert lines), Mancora (beach town), Manu national park and Rio Abiseo National Park.

You can get around the cities with the help of taxis. Their charges are less than $5. For long distance travel from destination to destination, you can opt for a bus. Due to the difficult terrains of Peru, it is better to take flights to the major cities. Hiking can take you to beautiful places around the country. Also, car hire is available in all the major cities and bigger airports. The minimum age for renting a car is 25. You need to present your passport, national driving license, credit card as a guarantee, and sometimes a cash deposit.

Spanish is the official language. You have to know some basic phrases to communicate with the locals. People in cities can only understand, but generally doi not speak, English.

The country’s currency is the Nuevo Sol (PEN). One USD is equal to PEN 3.4. Only a few bureaus de change in Lima and Cusco will exchange currencies other than US Dollars. Many hotels and shops also readily accept US Dollars. You should not exchange money from street vendors. Credit cards are easily acceptable in Lima and tourist areas. ATMs are widely available in urban areas. However, for security reasons, it is better to use ATMs inside banks. 

As for electricity, Peru uses types A and C sockets. You may need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 220 V.  Many of your devices may need a step-up transformer to match the electrical voltage.

If you want to keep a budget, you can stay at hostels. It will cost you $5 per night. A day’s expense can be roughly around $20. That is very cheap when compared to European standards.

August 15, 2016 12:00 am Published by 2 Comments

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