Where do you even start in Peru? Machu Picchu, the Peruvian Amazon, the Nazca Lines or a zesty pisco sour? Decisions, decisions.
When you travel to Peru, you’re setting yourself up for a pretty mind-expanding adventure.
Then there’s trekking in the Amazon jungle, exploring the reed islands of Lake Titicaca, keeping your eyes peeled for Andean condors in Colca Canyon and moseying around the white city of Arequipa. If travelling Peru doesn’t leave you satisfied, it might just be because you haven’t eaten enough guinea pig.
What people say
Great trip! Such an adventure of Peru in-depth.... Great experiences including trekking to Machu Picchu, local homestay, jungle lodge experience! Highly recommended for travellers with an adventurous flare!
What people say
This trip is jam packed full of amazing things and provides an excellent coverage of southern Peru. Local guides and the homestay enable you to get to know local people better and feel less like a standard tourist. Colca Canyon and doing the Inca Trail to get to Machu Picchu were definitely the highlight plus the awesome people be got to meet along the way!
Peru travel highlights
Mountains, mystery and some seriously ancient ruins - you’ll have Machu to write home about after visiting this divine Wonder of the World.
Eat your way through Lima’s delicious food scene and see why so many call Peru’s capital the world’s best food city.
Defy logic while standing on Lake Titicaca’s famous floating islands, which is made entirely out of reeds by the Uros people (who still live on them!).
This ancient city is the gateway to countless Inca ruins and wild adventures – choose to white-water raft down the Tampobata River or marvel at the Puma-shaped fortress of Sacsayhuaman.
A visit to Ollantaytambo – a village with some amazing Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley – isn’t complete without climbing its steep terraces for some breath-taking views.
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Peru travel FAQs
Australia: No – not required
Belgium: No – not required
Canada: No – not required
Germany: No – not required
Ireland: No – not required
Netherlands: No – not required
New Zealand: No – not required
South Africa: No – not required
Switzerland: No – not required
United Kingdom: No – not required
USA: No – not required
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months past your date of departure.
Some restaurants add a 10% service charge to your bill. At restaurants that don’t do this, it’s customary to add spare change or a small amount to the bill.
Internet can be accessed at hotels and internet cafes in large cities, but is quite limited in rural and remote areas.
Mobile phone coverage is generally good in Peru’s cities, but may not be available in more remote and mountainous areas. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.
Peru has a mix of both squat toilets and western-style flushable toilets. It’s a good idea to carry your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer, as they are not always provided. Some public toilets charge a small usage fee. Expect to use squat toilets if travelling on the Inca Trail.
One hour of internet use in a cyber cafe = USD 0.90
Bottle of local beer = USD 1.25
Lunch in a cafe = USD 4
Sit-down dinner at a nice restaurant = USD 10 – USD 20
Drinking water isn’t recommended in Peru. Avoid drinks with ice and make sure to peel fruit before eating it. Help the environment and try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle with filtered water. Your leader or hotel can tell you where to find filtered water.
Most hotels, large retailers and tourist attractions accept credit cards but will usually charge a fee (about 7%) for using them. Expect to pay cash when dealing with small vendors, family-run restaurants and market vendors.
ATMs are widely available in larger cities and regional centres, but are far less common in remote and rural areas. Make sure you have enough cash before leaving urban areas.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Geckos are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1: New Year’s Day
April 14: Good Friday
May 1: Labour Day
June 24: Inti Raymi
June 29: Feast of St Peter and St Paul
July 28-29: National Independence Days
Aug 30: Feast of Santa Rosa de Lima
Oct 8: Battle of Angamos Day
Nov 1: All Saints Day
Dec 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Dec 25: Christmas
For a current list of public holidays in Peru go to: https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/south-america/Peru/public-holidays/
No vaccines are required in order to enter Peru but some are recommended for protection against disease. Visit your doctor or travel clinic for advice and make sure to schedule vaccinations 4-6 weeks before your departure date, as some require time to become effective.
1. Hepatitis A (transmitted through contaminated water)
2. Typhoid (transmitted through contaminated water)
3. Yellow Fever (transmitted by mosquitos): This vaccination is recommended if you’re visiting Puno or the Amazon. Some countries require a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate for entry after visiting Peru. Do your research before leaving home to see if you require this vaccine.
Most people start to experience altitude sickness when they are more than 2,500 metres above sea level. Many popular tourist spots including the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Puno, Colca Valley and Lake Titicaca are all above this elevation. Avoid alcohol and exercise before your body has adjusted when visiting these parts, drink plenty of water and talk to your doctor about possible medication. Peruvians also have their own method for treating the effects of altitude – try chewing coca leaves or drinking coca tea.
Dengue fever, malaria and yellow fever are all mosquito-transmitted diseases found in certain parts of Peru. Malaria is not generally found in highland tourist areas (Puno, Cusco, Machu Picchu). But make sure to bring anti-malarial medication if you are planning on visiting areas of lower elevation (less than 2000m). You can also protect yourself by wearing light coloured clothing when travelling in these parts and by using a good bug repellent.
While it might be common to see rainbow flags displayed throughout the Andes, this is in fact the flag of the Inca Empire and not a gay pride flag. Peru is a conservative, Catholic country where LGBTQI-rights are still developing. Many members of the LGBTQI community don’t publicly identify themselves and generally Peruvians will tolerate homosexuality on a ‘don’t-ask-don’t-tell’ basis. While Lima may be more tolerant towards LGBTQI-travellers, it’s advised that you should exercise caution when travelling in country areas.
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