Booking a trip to Peru is one of the milestones in the life of any adventurous traveler, because this destination packs quite a punch. It has a rich culture, breathtaking natural landscapes, great food and some major world heritage sights and all of these things place it on the list of the most popular attractions. However, what you need to know about Peru is that it’s not your average destination and if you’re used to only visiting capital cities, then you’ll need to do a bit of research before the trip to get used to this country and not get caught by surprise.
Transport & accommodation
The perfect vacation begins with booking transport and accommodation with at least one month in advance. Fortunately, Peru has become a popular attraction and complete travel packages to this country are available at reliable operators such as IMBT Tours. Finding a good place to stay and cheap airplane tickets shouldn’t be a problem if you take the time to look for offers. Although last minute deals are very easy to find, we recommend booking early if you’re on your first trip to Peru.
Peru is not a conventional destination, which is why some precaution is advised. The country itself is not dangerous, but it has a different lifestyle compared to Western countries and some things you might not be used to. In terms of health, medical travel insurance is very useful and you should also have a few shots before you go. Schedule an appointment with a travel medicine clinic to get vaccines for malaria, Hepatitis A and yellow fever, as well as prescriptions for travel sickness medicine.
Researching the main attractions
Peru has a lot to take it when it comes to tourist attraction, so you shouldn’t wait until you get there to ask about the main attractions. There are stunning places to see for everyone, but it all depends on what kind of tourist you are. For example, walking the Inca Trail is recommended for tourists who have been on hikes before and aren’t afraid of bit of physical effort. On the other hand, if you’re not ready for this and you’re interested in feeling the authentic city vibe, the cobbled streets of Lima are right for you.
Learn more about the food
Cuisine is an essential part of any holiday and make no mistake, while in Peru, you will not miss McDonald’s, Starbucks, or any fast food chain. Fresh street food is a must try in Peru and it will be unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before. You should get used to the taste of seafood, though, because the most popular street dish in Peru, ceviche, is exactly that: raw fish marinated in citrus. Also, keep in mind that Peruvians don’t like going easy on the spices, so you should build tolerance to hot chili peppers in advance.
Read more into Peruvian history and culture
What makes Peru such a wonderful country isn’t just the landscapes, it’s also the people, the local culture. To make the most out of your stay, you should read a bit about the people in advance and you will appreciate this country even more. Peruvians are a very friendly and welcoming people, and a very religious one as well. Over the centuries, they have been under the influence of many countries, which is what makes their lifestyle complex and diverse. When you get the time, before seeing famous landmarks, try talking to the locals, because their way of life will definitely make you think.
Tips & tricks
As always, before visiting a new country for the first time, you should know some tips and tricks that will make your life easier there. When it comes to Peru, the first rule is to be dressed as comfortable as possible. You will do a lot of walking, so it goes without saying that a couple of good pairs of walking shoes are a must. Peru is no place for high heels or formal attire. Also, get ready for altitudes. Walking the Inca Trail is a fantastic and rewarding experience, but you could feel a bit lightheaded if you aren’t used to heights. High protection SPF should also be in your backpack, together with a map and a medical kit. Last, but not least, it’s best that you carry cash and small change, because very few stores accept credit cards here.