Peru Vacations

Peru is a vibrant South American country with rich culture, history and eco-tourism...where air is constantly on your mind. You can sail down the Amazon river where 20% of the world's oxygen is produced, have your breath taken away at awe-inspiring Lake Titicaca, the highest lake in the world, or test your lung capacity hiking the Incan Trail on ... Read more
your way to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. The gigantic, mysterious Nasca lines and figures etched into the desert sand in southern Peru are fascinating to see via plane or helicopter. The capital, Lima, offers a wide variety of entertainment and activities, from well-preserved Incan ruins to world-leading restaurants, while the coast is known for adventures like surfing and whale watching.

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Peru is divided into three regions that stretch from north to south. The desert coast is mild and sunny most of the year and draws big crowds to its beaches between Christmas and Easter. Lima is a notable ... Read more
exception to this rule, as it can be gray for weeks on end and rather cool between May and November. The center of the country is comprised of the Andes, where winters (June - August) can see temperatures dip below freezing at night but the days are sunny and perfect for trekking. November through April is the wet season, which can make camping an unpleasant experience. The jungle is hot year-round, and although there are periods when the rain is lighter, it is best to pack a poncho in preparation for an afternoon downpour no matter when you travel.

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Safety

Solo Female Travel Tips

The countryside, smaller towns, and mountain regions are generally more comfortable than big cities. In Lima, use Uber or, "call a cab from your hotel instead of hailing one from the street" and "consider a private door-to-door drop-off bus company ... Read more
instead of public transit." Don't flash your jewelry or valuables (as in any country). Don't stray from the beaten path when hiking, particularly alone. While traveling in Peru (even solo), "you need to be more aware there."

Expert Take: Solo Female Travel in Peru

Trip by Skyscanner surveyed its Solo Female Traveller Tribe to compile woman-to-woman safety tips for this destination. While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

LGBTQ Tips

In Peru, it's good to search out the 'charming LGBTQ-friendly hotels or bed and breakfasts' opened by 'European and American expats' which are a great way to support the LGBTQ community in Peru' since it's 'not very well supported at the moment' ... Read more
Check out the 'Fallen Angel in Cusco, especially for their big quarterly parties' Overall, Peru was 'fairly open and safe'.

Trip by Skyscanner surveyed its LGBTQ Tribe to compile safety tips for this destination. While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

Peru reviews & trip reports

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London, UK

The countryside, smaller towns, and mountain regions are generally more comfortable than big cities. In Lima, use Uber or, "call a cab from your hotel instead of hailing one from the street" and "consider a private door-to-door drop-off bus company instead of public transit." Don't flash your jewelry or valuables (as in any country.) Don't stray from the beaten path when hiking, particularly alone. "I do still recommend travel to Peru (even solo), but you need to be more aware there."

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

I made my way the entire length of the country, it was much larger than expected and incredibly diverse.

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San Luis Obispo

Ancient land of the Incas and encompassing a huge variety of landscapes - from hot, sweaty Amazonian jungle to Andean highlands - Peru is one of the easiest countries for first-time visitors to South America. Start off in coastal Lima, then fly to Cuzco for train rides or trekking to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Other colorful stops include Lake Titicaca outside Puno and the colonial city of Arequipa, gateway to Colca Canyon.

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Berkeley, California, USA

Loved Peru! So many things to do and explore in this wonderful country. No matter where you go, you are sure to see new things and learn about this amazing culture.

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Brisbane, Australia

Beautiful country with an amazing array of different ecological zones, ranging from the Pacific Coast, dry desserts, lush rain-forests, and high Andean peaks. Once the center of one of the greatest Pre-Columbian empires, and full of interesting colonial and republican history. It is a fascinating mixture of traditional and modern cultures, and you could easily spend a couple years exploring its diversity

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Anaheim, California, USA

Wonderful people, rich culture and amazing history, Peru i is an amazing and enchanting place

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Cheltenham, UK

The most magical of South American countries and so much more than Machu Picchu!

With the Pan American Highway stretching from North to South of the country travelling in Peru is very easy and there are very comfortable long-haul coach companies that service almost every major town and city in the country.

What are the highlights?

If you have time on your hands then 6 weeks will get you from the brilliant Moche and Chimu archaeoligical areas of Lambayeque and Chan Chan in the north, to the hikers paradise of Huaraz in the Andes. Further south is Lima and Nazca (famous for its desert lines). Cut inland to Arequipa to see the old colonial town and monastery, spot the mighty Condors at Colca canyon (the world's deepest canyon) and then back up into the Andes to Lake Titicaca (the world's highest lake). Travel to the Inca homeland of Cuzco with its magnificent archaeology (Pisac, Sacsayhuaman, Machu Picchu etc) and finally dip into the Amazon to the Manu Reserve, one of the world's richest biospheres.

Those are just some of the highlights, without even covering: the mesa-mountain ruin at Moquegua, the colonial Cajamarca - final resting place of the last Inca King, mysterious Chavin de Huantar (the oldest ruin in Peru), The Man of Sipan and visiting the poor-man's Galapagos Islands - the Paracas Islands.

Or for the gourmands amongst us how about eating Cerviche on Huanchaco beach or Guinea Pig in the Andes, drinking Pisco in Pisco, Chicha in Ayacucho or chewing Coca Leaf on Sun Island in Lake Titicaca (birthplace of the Inca).

If you are short of time then flying is a good option but try and keep in mind that this country definately deserves more than a dip into Machu Picchu and out again.

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Kiryat Gat, Israel

Peru is amazing Country very beautiful great People and good food :)))))))))

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Mission, Texas

Many archeological sites like Machu Pichu, Nazca Lines,and the city of Cuzco. Really good food and very inexpensive whole meals that include main dish, soup and drink for just a $1.

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