Explore our selection of Peru tours and find your perfect itinerary. Come to Peru to discover a mystical land with ancient citadels, coastal metropolises, enchanted lakes, bellowing canyons, top-notch hotels, and world-renowned gastronomy. You can see the Amazon Rainforest, the Pacific Ocean, the Andes Mountains, and some of the most revered ruins in the world like Machu Picchu all in one trip. Visit one of the most fascinating countries on the planet with local guides and first-rate accommodations, and cross some top destinations off your bucket list!
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Peru is brimming with famous sites to explore. Scenic landscapes, archaeological ruins, mouthwatering flavors, and eye-popping nature are all part of your Peru adventure. Must-see places in Peru include.
Machu Picchu is a 15th-century stone citadel sitting at the top of a mountain. Built by the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and “New World Wonder” that is sure to take your breath away.
Follow 500-year old stone pathways directly to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu by hiking the Inca Trail. Choose between the classic 26-mile 4-day Inca Trail trek, or opt for the shorter 2-day Inca Trail. Permits are limited so plan with your Peru for Less travel advisor 6-months in advance.
The Amazon Rainforest is the largest jungle in the world and is the perfect destination for animal sightseeing. Comfortable lodges near Puerto Maldonado or Iquitos will be your base for daily activities and excursions into the rainforest. Those wanting an extra dose of luxury should highly consider an Iquitos Amazon River cruise.
Once the capital of the mighty Inca Empire, Cusco is an outdoor museum with archaeological ruins, colonial buildings, and endless opportunities for exploration. Here you can find Cusco’s best restaurant and hotel options. Don’t miss the picturesque city views from the Sacsayhuaman ruins before you visit Machu Picchu.
Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the entire world. Its waters are home to the Uros and Taquile floating islands made from totora reeds. Witness stunning sunsets, colorful textiles, and panoramic views of Lake Titicaca.
Lima is the capital city of Peru and where you’ll find award-winning restaurants, government palaces, and the UNESCO World Heritage historical city center. You’ll also come across pre-Incan ruins, artsy bohemian districts, and lots of shopping! We recommend enjoying a Pisco sour with views of the Pacific Ocean.
See some of Peru’s most spectacular landscapes as you visit the Sacred Valley. Surrounded by the Andes mountains and with the Urubamba River snaking through, adventure awaits. Zip line or white water raft, see the Maras salt mins, explore Ollantaytambo and the Pisac market, options here seem endless. Sacred Valley hotels are idyllic retreats you’ll wish you had even more time at!
Hundreds of years ago, the Nazca culture drew huge geoglyphs and geometric shapes into the coastal desert of Peru. Today, they are a beautiful mystery that can be explored in a 12-seater plane that gives everyone perfect views of the famous Nazca Lines. You’ll see the spider, the monkey, the hummingbird, the astronaut, and more!
Paracas National Reserve
The Paracas National Reserve brings you close to nature on the coastal desert landscapes of Peru. Resting along the Pacific Ocean, you’ll witness rock formations, migratory birds, and sea lions. The protected Paracas National Reserve houses museums with well-preserved artifacts from pre-Incan cultures. Choose from ATV rides, boat trips to Ballestas Islands, or sit pool-side with a Pisco sour.
Arequipa is the second-largest city in Peru, though it doesn’t feel like it with its quaint shops and cobblestone streets. The white stone used in the construction of the cities buildings like the white-stone basilica Cathedral in the historical center, have given Arequipa its nickname as the white city. See El Misti Volcano backdropped against this city brimming with great food and rich history.
Colca Canyon is where to go in Peru to see Andean condors flying freely. The lush valleys, terraced mountainsides, and crystalline rivers offer spectacular views. Relax in the natural hot springs of one of the deepest canyons in the world.
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When is the best time to visit?
The very best time to visit Peru is between the months of May and September (Peru’s winter). This is the dry season in the Andes Mountains, therefore it’s the best time to see the most popular sites like Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Inca Trail. The best time to visit coastal Lima is the opposite, between December and April (Peru’s summer). During the summer months you can enjoy Lima’s warm sunshine and avoid the chilly mist and clouds of winter.
How much time do I need?
You can see the top sites of Peru in as little as four days, while you can get the full breadth of the country in two weeks. The majority of visitors spend somewhere in between — around a week to 10 days depending on what destinations they wish to see. Travelers focused on the beloved Andean sites of Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley and Cusco need a week or so. Travelers wanting to see the coast, mountains and rainforest should plan 10-11 days. Additional destinations like Lake Titicaca, Arequipa and Nazca Lines each add another 2-4 days.
Do I need a visa?
Visitors from the United States, Canada, European Union, Australia, New Zealand and select other countries do not need a tourist visa to visit Peru. Peruvian Immigrations will mark your passport upon arrival to Peru with how many days you are permitted to stay, typically 90 days. Remember that your passport must be valid for more than six months after your departure date. For specific information about additional countries’ visa requirements, visit VisaHQ.
What vaccinations should I get?
In general, all travelers should have their routine vaccinations up-to-date, plus Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines (especially those staying in rural areas). Yellow fever vaccine is recommended for those visiting the Amazon rainforest. For more information, visit the CDC Peru website and speak with your doctor for information about vaccination recommendations and requirements when traveling to Peru.
What language is spoken in Peru?
The primary language spoken throughout Peru is Spanish. Other official languages of Peru are the indigenous languages of Quechua and Aymara, which you will hear more in rural areas. English is not widely spoken in Peru, though you can get by with no problem with the help of guides, hotel personnel and language translation apps. It is helpful to learn some basic Spanish before your trip if possible as well.
Is Peru safe?
Yes, Peru is a safe tourist destination. Violent crime is no more common in Peru than any other tourist destination in the world. Of course, like anywhere, you should exercise caution to avoid petty crime like robbery by keeping your valuables secure and avoiding dark, non-touristy places at night. Be aware of your surroundings, know your route and keep your personal items secure and you will be fine.
Is the water safe to drink?
In Peru, the tap water is not safe to drink. For drinking water, stick to bottled water. We recommend brands like San Mateo and San Luis, which can be found at any corner bodega or supermarket. Tap water boiled vigorously for a minute or more is also safe for hot beverages, although those with a sensitive stomach should boil bottled water instead. The tap water is fine for brushing your teeth, just avoid swallowing it.
What is the best mode of transportation?
At Peru for Less, our vacation packages include all your secure transfers and transport with specific pickup locations for your ease and convenience. For any independent exploring throughout the city, we recommend simply booking a secure taxi through your hotel. Or, you can use a rideshare app like Uber or Cabify. We recommend apps like Uber over hailing a street taxi, so that you can confirm your driver/vehicle and easily visualize your route. The street bus system can be a bit tricky to navigate, but Lima’s Metropolitano offers easy rides to the historic center.
What kind of adapter/converter do I need for my electronics?
Peru uses a 220 volt, 60 cycle current while the US uses a 120 volt supply. Luckily, most laptops, cameras and mobile phones can accept dual voltage (110V/220V) , but be sure to confirm before plugging in. Other electronics, like hair straighteners, are likely 110V so you will need a converter for those. Conveniently, the outlets in Peru are often the two-pronged flat type like in the US, especially at popular hotels, but in some locations you will find the two or three prong circular kind. It’s a good idea to bring both a converter and adapter just in case. However, the converter can be skipped if you are sure your electronics are dual voltage.
What is the exchange rate?
The currency in Peru is Peruvian Soles and abbreviation is PEN. Currently, $1 USD is equal to 4.10 PEN. Money can be exchanged at any casa de cambio (exchange house). The touristy areas all have several casas de cambio that you can go to and find a good exchange rate. Some major supermarkets accept USD although the exchange rate won’t be as good, and change will be given to you in soles.
Can I use the ATMs?
Yes, and they are plentiful in the major cities. You can step into any BCP, Scotiabank, Interbank, BBVA Continental or others and use their ATM with your debit card for a $3-$6 fee. The machines at these banks all have options in English. Opt to use an ATM located inside a bank rather than on the street for higher security.
Is Lima worth visiting?
Absolutely! Lima is a very interesting metro area with many things to see. There is a historic central area, a beautiful coastline with 2+ miles of continuous parks, an artsy bohemian district and a world-renowned culinary scene. You can stay at a comfortable hotel in the popular Miraflores, San Isidro or Barranco districts and enjoy day tours or wander around at your leisure sampling the amazing food and wandering into the shops. Keep in mind that between the months of June and October it is extremely cloudy and often misty in Lima, the rest of the year is more moderate and sunny.
How do I get to Machu Picchu?
To get to Machu Picchu first you need to fly into Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport. From there, you need to take an hour and a half flight to Cusco. Once in Cusco, you can take a three hour and 15 minute train. Once in the town of Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu, you take a 40 minute shuttle bus up to the citadel.
Most travelers get to Machu Picchu more gradually than outlined. They spend a night or two in Lima, a night or two in Cusco, and a night or two in the Sacred Valley before making their way to Machu Picchu. The train from Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu takes a little less than two hours. Some travelers also opt for a multi-day trek to Machu Picchu like the Inca Trail, Lares Trek or Salkantay Trek instead of train.
Will I get altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness, occurs in 40-50 percent of people who live in low elevation areas traveling to an elevation of 10,000 feet or more. It occurs in 25 percent of people traveling to a destination of 8,000 feet or more. It is a temporary condition characterized by slight headache, shortness of breath when walking, fatigue, minor dizziness and loss of appetite. Symptoms develop between 6 to 24 hours of being at higher elevations, and last one to three days. It is typically mild and no need for alarm.
There are many ways to combat altitude sickness, like drinking lots of water, avoiding heavy and fatty foods, no smoking or drinking alcohol, eating whole grains and veggies and taking it slow the first couple days. Do not begin a challenging hike the first two days at high elevation, start your trek on day three the earliest.
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How much time should I spend in Peru? We recommend spending ten days to two weeks in Peru, as this allows visitors to visit plenty of the country's major highlights along with some off-the-beaten-path destinations.Is Peru cheap for vacation? ›
Our Verdict. Peru is one of the least expensive countries to live in and visit in South America. You can get by on less than $30 a day, and as long as you can afford the flights, it's accessible to shoestring backpackers and every traveler in between.Is 2 weeks long enough in Peru? ›
2 weeks in Peru is enough time to see the major highlights and a few hidden gems. If you have extra time, it's very easy to spend a month or so exploring this incredible country!What is the best way to travel to Peru? ›
- Don't just be a typical tourist. ...
- Buses are better than planes. ...
- Don't rush. ...
- Be Prepared. ...
- Check the weather. ...
- Sample the traditional lunch “menu” ...
- Visit the local markets. ...
- Shop around for the best tours.
Discover the best time to visit Peru. The winter (May – September) is the driest season and therefore the best time of year to travel, especially if you're planning to visit Cusco or trek to Machu Picchu. The summer (December – March) is warmer of course, but is also the wettest season, with frequent heavy showers.What is the cheapest time to go to Peru? ›
High season is considered to be November and December. The cheapest month to fly to Peru is February.What is the safest place in Peru? ›
Machu Picchu is such a common tourist destination that you'll most likely be safer here than any other part of Peru. Chances are you'll be hiking with a group or in a crowd, so pickpockets and other petty thieves are unlikely to be around. It's much more important to be vigilant in cities like Lima or Cusco.Can you use US dollars in Peru? ›
What currency is accepted in Peru? Nuevo Peruvian Soles and US Dollars are widely accepted in Peru. However, there may be a slight disadvantage when paying with USD. The cost of a product or service could be slightly higher if you pay in USD.How much money do you need to go to Peru? ›
Like anywhere in the world, in Peru, you live pretty cheaply or as expensively as you want, but on average, the daily amount of money you will need is $150-$200 per person per day.What should I be aware of when traveling to Peru? ›
- Carry Cash... Peruvian Cash. ...
- And speaking of money, don't be afraid to haggle! ...
- Eat your ceviche in the morning. ...
- Go ahead, chew some coca leaves. ...
- Peruvian plumbing works a bit differently. ...
- Know your seasons. ...
- The Inca Trail is genuinely challenging.
Peru Travel Guide: Money-Saving Tips
Stay at hospedajes – These are family-run hotels and are the cheapest accommodation you can find outside of hostel dorms. Try to stay in these as often as possible. Take public transportation – Embrace public transportation to get around — it's super affordable. And skip the taxis.
How much money will you need for your trip to Peru? You should plan to spend around S/. 179 ($46) per day on your vacation in Peru, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.What can you not bring to Peru? ›
- Drugs, narcotics and medication containing narcotics.
- Used clothes and shoes due to amount and value not considered for personal use.
- Any beverage named “Pisco” not produced in Peru.
- Used car spare parts.
- Some pesticides and other chemicals.
Typically on the first visit to Peru, travellers will visit the 'southern loop' between Lima and Cusco, with Cusco often the only or main stopping point because of getting to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.Do I need travel insurance for Peru? ›
Although travel insurance isn't mandatory for visiting Peru, purchasing Peru travel insurance is a smart idea. The most common reason why travelers want to purchase Peru travel health insurance is to replace their health insurance while abroad in case the unexpected happens.What is the best month to travel to Machu Picchu? ›
The best times to visit Machu Picchu are the shoulder seasons; April, May, September, October, and November. There is still little rain expected during these months, and it is away from the cold winter nights of the dry season. Also, during these months, there will be fewer visitors.What is the coldest month in Peru? ›
Average Temperature in Peru
The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from December 4 to March 13, with an average daily high temperature below 37°F. The coldest month of the year in Peru is January, with an average low of 12°F and high of 27°F.
If you want to buy tickets to climb the Huayna Picchu mountain, we recommend doing it at least 3 months in advance, since there are only 200 spots available every day. In the same way, you can contact us to help you with your purchase.What is off season in Peru? ›
The low season is from January to April when it is the rainy season with heavy and incessant showers. The Inca trail, one of Peru's main attractions may also be shut in the month of February due to the ongoing rains.How much is flight ticket to Peru? ›
The average price for direct flights from Lagos to Lima, Peru is NGN708,490.
5. There Are No Bathrooms Beyond the Main Entrance. You'll find a small snack bar, restaurant and bathroom just outside the gate at Machu Picchu before you enter the site — which costs one sol, or about 30 cents to use — but that's all folks.What is the nicest place in Peru? ›
Machu Picchu is amongst the prettiest places in Peru. The place is home to the famous ruins of an Inca citadel. Other famous places in Peru are Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Lima, Nazca, Huaraz, Maras, Mancora, Markawasi, etc.Is Peru safer than Mexico? ›
So statistically, you may be safer in Peru than in Mexico. But if you've got some street smarts and some common sense, traveling in both is fine.Are mosquitos a problem in Peru? ›
Most of Peru is mosquito-free; the only places where you are likely to encounter mosquitoes is in lowland areas around the Amazon Basin, as well as other rainforests and cloud forests. Some travelers have been bitten by mosquitos at Machu Picchu.How much is $1 US in Peru? ›
Dollar to Peruvian Nuevo Sol Exchange Rate Today, Live 1 USD to PEN = 3.8261 (Convert Dollars to Peruvian Nuevo Sol)Do US cell phones work in Peru? ›
What do you need to stay connected in Peru? While many devices with Android and iPhones sold in Apple stores are unlocked by default; most GSM devices will be blocked. Travelers can give up the hassle and risk of trying to unlock their own cell phone and buy one that is already unlocked upon arrival in Peru.Can I use my US credit card in Peru? ›
Are credit cards accepted in Peru? Credit cards can be used in Peru, especially in large cities, where you can purchase most items with a credit card. Upscale hotels, restaurants, and shops will all accept credit cards.Can I use my debit card in Peru? ›
Most ATMs in Peru accept only one type of credit/debit card and international money network, either Cirrus (www.mastercard.com; tel. 800/424-7787) or PLUS (www.visa.com; tel. 800/843-7587). Visa and MasterCard ATM cards are the most widely accepted; Visa/PLUS is the most common.How much is a Coke in Peru? ›
Peru - Coca-Cola - price, June 2022.
|Peru - Coca-Cola - price, June 2022|
|Machu Picchu Solo||US$65||US$35|
|Machu Picchu + Huaynapicchu||US$79||US$50|
|Machu Picchu + Mountain||US$77||US$32|
Is it safe to drink tap water in Lima and Peru? No, it is not safe to drink tap water in Lima or the rest of Peru. However, it is safe to drink boiled water or filtered water. This gives travelers and citizens several options for getting their drinking water.What injections do I need for Peru? ›
Courses or boosters usually advised: Hepatitis A; Tetanus. Other vaccines to consider: Diphtheria; Hepatitis B; Rabies; Typhoid; Yellow Fever. Selectively advised vaccines - only for those individuals at highest risk: none.What are major issues in Peru? ›
Violence against women, abuses by security forces, and threats to freedom of expression are also major concerns. Covid-19 and measures imposed to prevent its spread have had a devastating impact on poverty and inequality, negatively impacting social and economic rights.How much does a Machu Picchu tour guide cost? ›
How much does a private guide cost in Machu Picchu? A private guide service costs between 70 and 120 dollars for the entire group. The number of visitors must not be more than 16 people.How much money can an American bring to Peru? ›
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY: $30,000 USD. More than $10,000 USD must be declared upon entry.How much is a Mcdonald's meal in Peru? ›
|Meal in a cheap restaurant||10.00 PEN (7.00-20)|
|McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)||18 PEN (15-20)|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||7.00 PEN (4.00-12)|
|Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)||12 PEN (7.00-20)|
|Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)||2.50 PEN (2.00-5.00)|
Jeans – To wear anywhere but while hiking. Athletic Bottoms or Trekking Pants – Wear long pants for the Amazon rainforest.What medication should I take to Peru? ›
Pack sunscreen and insect repellant (for both active and warm destinations). You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine.Should I bring a suitcase to Peru? ›
Most visitors will move around quite a lot, often with trains. It's better to have a softshell suitcase you can easily carry around. If you are comfortable with it, a big backpack or a duffel bag will be the best option.What is the prettiest city in Peru? ›
- Cuzco. The most beautiful city of Peru. I been there I want there Google Maps. ...
- Arequipa. Metropolis of southern Peru. ...
- Lima. Capital of Perú ...
- Ayacucho. The town of 33 churches. ...
- Huanta. The city guarded by Jesus. ...
- Writer. Starting point for beautiful ruins. ...
- Chivay. The gateway to Colca Canyon.
Perhaps the most popular of the Peru attractions to visit is Machu Picchu. Listed as one of the new seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu is known as the Incas' ancient ceremonial center.
Overview of Travel Costs for Peru
Not only is Peru a fantastic destination for adventure seekers and nature lovers, but it is also one of the most affordable ones in South America.
By Peruvian law, you must always carry the passport in case of random document checks in towns, hotels or other areas. It is also advisable to make some photocopies of your passport and store them in different bags, for it is the main ID for traveling in our country.Do I need to carry my passport in Peru? ›
A passport valid for six months is required to enter Peru. Tourists must also provide evidence of return or onward travel. Travelers to Peru will receive a card from Peruvian Immigration upon arrival stating the length of approved stay (usually 90 days).Is 5 days in Peru enough? ›
Summary of 5 days in Peru: Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu
5 days in Peru are enough to get to know the country a little bit and visit some of the most popular places and bucket-list destinations.
4 to 7 Days in Peru
Four days is still incredibly tight, but with five to seven days in Peru you can do one or two destinations in reasonably relaxed fashion (especially with seven days), or really focus on one region or city. Five days is enough for exploring Cusco and Machu Picchu.
Spending 7 days in Peru means tasting incredible food, immersing yourself in awe-inspiring natural beauty, and finding adventure around every corner. From dancing in Lima to making the trek to the ancient city of Machu Picchu, there's so much to discover in Peru!Is 6 days enough in Peru? ›
Six days is just enough time for an efficient tour of the country's highlights. You can certainly visit Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley—and if you fly into Cusco instead of Lima, you can even fit a short Inca Trail trek in the itinerary.Is Lima or Cusco better? ›
Lima is also the best option for different restaurants, bars, shopping, and nightlife. However, Cusco can be regarded as the Incan capital of the country. And this was the hub from where the Inca dominated western South America. The Inca became the largest pre-Columbian civilization in the Americas.When should you not go to Machu Picchu? ›
Machu Picchu in February
Travelers must be prepared for rain, schedule changes due to landslides, or bad weather. February is one of the worst months to visit Machu Picchu. Most trails will be closed, including the Inca Trails, Salkantay Treks, and Choquequirao Treks.
You can travel in Peru without speaking the local language; you can see all the sites you want to see; and you can normally find an English-speaking guide for most major attractions.Do you need in shape for Machu Picchu? ›
Training for Machu Picchu is as much about your physical endurance as it is about your mental stamina. There will be points where the trek is particularly tough, usually on the trails up to high passes. Despite tired legs and sore bodies, you will need to be able to dig deep to push yourself up and over passes.How difficult is walking around Machu Picchu? ›
What is the Machu Picchu trek difficulty? The difficulty of the Classic Inca Trail is considered to be a moderate level hike. The classic Inca Trail Route is 43 km (26 mi) long and often steep, you will hike over four days at an elevation nearing 13,828 feet (4,215 meters).Can you travel from Lima to Machu Picchu a day? ›
Of course, getting from Lima to Machu Picchu in one day is possible. However, the risk is very high. The visitor would have to take a flight from Lima to Cusco very early (Flights that depart 05 or 06 am). If you want to locate the International Airport of Lima, we suggest checking a Lima travel guide.