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What You Should Know More About Peru

  • Travel Advice

    • Keep the beggars at bay.

    • Do not get over friendly with the guide or the strangers here.

    • Make sure you dress in accordance with the local traditions and cultures.

    • Do not do anything that hurts the local sentiments.

    • Always be alert.

    • Do not leave your valuables in the hotel room.

    • Opt for a hotel that has a room safe.

    • Do not flaunt your valuables or jewelry in public places.

    • Make sure you have some idea of the local language before you visit the country.

    • Do not get involved in drugs of any form.

    • If you have a medical condition, carry all the needed medicines.

    • Always have with you a first aid kit.

    • Do not film without permission.

    • If you ever feel lost, take help from the locals here.

    • Whenever you interact with the locals, do ensure you are warm and polite.

    • Do not let anyone take advantage of you.

    • Whenever you are visiting any new destination, it is always a good idea to gather sufficient information about that place before you travel there.

    • Always travel in large groups.

    • Make sure you do not explore the unknown trails during the night hours.

    • Ensure that you have with you at least one identity proof.

  • Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Peru is 18 years.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can't afford to miss?

    Colca Canyon


    The Colca Canyon is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.  It is the second deepest canyon in the world with a depth of 3,400 meters. The lower section houses a winding river which is quite fascinating. In the past, the Colca Canyon was home to the Collagua Cabana and was later inhabited by the Inca people. Tourists admire the stone terracing that is evident on the canyon walls dating back to 800 AD. In order to reach the canyon, you will have to cover a four-hour drive from Arequipa. You can access day tours, but it is recommended to spend two or more days considering the travelling time. Travellers can also reach out to explore the villages, churches as well as hot springs which are present in the surrounding area. The Inca ruins are also listed among the top highlights in Colca Canyon.


    Lake Titicaca


    Lake Titicaca is surely one of the top places to see in Peru. The shimmery blue waters close to the rolling hills and classic small villages offer a smooth scenery. This landmark is visited by tourists who are fond of peaceful locations managed in a natural setup. The lake is situated 3,820 meters above sea level, and is known to be the highest navigable lake across the globe. Tourists can access a boat ride to the islands in order to examine the various sections of the lake. The Uros Floating Islands (Islas Flotantes) is a must visit place which is home to the minor communities of Uros Indians. You will indeed get to learn about their traditional ways which is quite inspiring. Apart from the floating islands, you should also tour the small villages which are present along the shores of Titicaca as well as in the main islands of Isla Amantani Isla Taquile. If you wish to stay near Lake Titicaca, then do search for an accommodation in the city of Puno. The hotels and restaurants in this area are perfect for tourists. Moreover, bus, train and airway service is available in this city.


    The Inca Trail


    For adventure freaks, the popular Inca Trail is a challenging hike that can be covered in a four-day time span. The hike terminates at Machu Picchu, which is one of the most famous destinations in Peru. This mesmerizing trail begins at km 82 near the Cusco – Aguas Calientes rail line. From this point, you will get to cross more than 30 Inca ruins and other spectacular scenic wonders. Tourists must remember that, the second hike is regarded as the most difficult part of the trail. The climb of 1,200 meters in a step elevation at two different spots is not that easy. You must access the trail with the help of an expert agency by making a prior reservation, particularly during the months from June to August. As per the tour type, hikers can carry their backpacks or can get it delivered.


    Machu Pichu


    Machu Pichu is listed among the renowned tourist places in Peru. It is located 300 meters above the Urubamba River making it a majestic area to visit. This ruined city has been placed in the most dramatic setup as compared to any other landmark in the world. You will be stunned by the spectacular backdrop of lush, steep and cloud-covered mountains. With the view of the mountainous jungles and a fabulous look at the river below this ancient Incas city offers a serene experience for travellers. In order to reach this destination, you can access the rail service; several trains leave from Urubamba to Aguas Calientes. From Aguas Calientes, you can use the bus service which take visitors up to Machu Picchu. The drive would end in a quick duration of 20-minutes.


    The Sacred Valley


    The beautiful Sacred Valley can be reached in less than an hour if you start the tour from north of Cusco. This area houses the amazing towns of Urubamba, Pisac and Ollantaytambo. It is tagged as a fertile valley that consists of several Inca ruins worth viewing. If you wish to wander at peace, then tour the markets for shopping as well as to learn about the native culture. The prime highlights in the valley include the Sunday Market, the Pisac Ruinsand the fortress present in the gorgeous little town of Ollantaytambo. One can also visit the town of Moray which is known for its interesting circular terracing. Apart from this, the salt mines at Salinas can be examined which have been active since the time of the Incas.


    Ica and the Sand Dunes at the Huacachina


    If you are a sporting enthusiast, then the oasis resort of Huacachina located near the boundary of Ica is the perfect place for your satisfaction. It is known as a palm-fringed resort town that is situated around a lagoon and is surrounded by large sand dunes. This region is totally different from what Peru actually is. A large number of tourists visit this area for accessing the unique sport of sandboarding. You would love the experience to surf down the sand dunes on special boards that can be rented at an easy price. Dune buggies can also be hired, which is an amazing way to cherish the surrounding landscape. Ica has a dry climate and a sunny weather almost throughout the year, making it a great place to stay without any restrictions.


  • What you will like there?

    The Beaches


    Peru is known for its exquisite beaches which are also the hub for a large surfer population. Some of the top surfing points can be checked out at various beaches such as Costa Verde, Herradura and Punta Rocas. All of these coastline sections are situated south of Peru’s capital city, Lima.  If you wish to stay and soak yourself in the sun surrounded by crystal sand, then do visit the popular beaches like Punta Sal, El Silencio, Punta Hermosa, Santa María and Pucusana.


    Top Beverages


    If you are in Peru, do not miss out on the renowned local beverages which are famous among travellers. The bubble gum flavored Inca Kola as well as other Peruvian drinks will surely keep you stuck. You can even taste some popular wines produced from the Ica region along with coco tea which is quite amazing. Mad over Coca Cola? You will be served the best cola soft drink in this region that is sweetened using real sugar. There are numerous resorts where you can easily access a large variety of such beverages.


    Mouth Watering Cuisines


    This country is known for its 28 different climatic varieties which is somewhat responsible for the diversified cuisine offering. Moreover, the presence of several cultures makes Peru an ethnic mixture of numerous flavors. You would surely admire dishes such as Ceviche Mixto, Lomo Saltado, Empanadas, Chicharrón and Tiradito, Butifarra. Tourists prefer food tours in the region that is helpful in exploring some of the unique delicacies only available in Peru.


    Handicrafts


    Textiles in Peru are quite fascinating. There are a number of handicraft items which can be check out in different sections of the country. You will get to see women weaving some interesting patterns so as to make carpet, jumper, scarf etc. Few other alluring artisanal crafts are evident in the form of instruments, canvas paintings, wood carvings and jewelry. There are several shopping markets where you can easily purchase these goods.


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