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Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train
Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train
Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train
Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train
Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train
Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train
Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train

Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train

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Duration2 Days / 1 Nights
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$416Per person twin share.
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This price is based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room. If you have more people in your group, we can give you an even better offer!

Walking levelModerate - Demanding
Max Altitude12,142 ft / 3,701 m
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Trip Overview

Our two-day tour from Cusco to Machu Picchu by train is ideal for people who are short on time but still want to visit this world-famous attraction. We will first take the train to Aguas Calientes, a colorful town at the foot of Machu Picchu. We’ll head up to Machu Picchu, where you and your guide will have enough time to thoroughly explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

This tour takes place from January to December. Some of our departures are small group service tours while others are private tours.

Day by day schedule

Day 1: Exploring the Sacred Valley (Pisac and Ollantaytambo)

Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train
Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train
Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train
Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train
Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train
Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train
Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train

We’ll pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 07h30 and then set off towards the Sacred Valley. Leaving Cusco, we’ll pass by Saqsaywaman and head over the mountains before descending some 450 meters (1,500 ft) to the valley floor. Here we’ll find ourselves beside the sacred Urubamba River and the pretty village of Pisac. In Pisac, we will visit the colorful traditional market, where you can browse the array of local artisan work and other souvenirs – which of c...

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    Day 2: Machu Picchu in all its Glory (and Return to Cusco)

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    Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train

    To best appreciated Machu Picchu, we’ll wake up early in the morning so we can get to the citadel in good time. You’ll have time for breakfast first, and then your guide will pick you up from the hotel at around 5:40 a.m. We’ll then walk to the bus departure point for the short but zigzagging ascent up the road to Machu Picchu. 

    We’ll then pass through the gates into the Machu Picchu archaeological site. Here you’ll begin your guided walking ...

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      Choose Your Holiday Adventure: Dates & Prices:

      Kickstart your Valencia Travel Peru vacation package by selecting your preferred month of travel in our Dates & Prices section. Here, you'll find all you need to know about our trekking tour package availability and pricing, tailored to fit every season and budget. Navigate through your options to discover the ideal time for your unforgettable tour trip. With just a few clicks, you're on your way to experiencing the beauty and thrill of our Peru adventure packages, or Machu Picchu tour packages, specially curated to your preferences.

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      Package Details: What's Included & What's Not

      Discover exactly what your Valencia Travel Peru vacation package offers. Our Inclusions section highlights everything include in the cost, from accommodations and guided tours to special experiences, ensuring a comprehensive and enriching Peru tour package. In the Exclusions section, we clarify what's not included, like certain personal expenses and optional adventure activities, to help you plan perfectly and customize your Peru trip as desired. Review these sections for a clear understanding of your Peru tour package's value and structure. Any Questions? Our team is ready to assist, ensuring your Peru travel adventures meet your expectations every step of the way.

      What's included

      • Transport: Private or share 
      • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Sacred valley and Machupicchu archeological site 
      • Round trip train tickets 
      • Round trip bus tickets 
      • Machupicchu entrance fee 
      • First aid kit, if you are taking any medications, please bring your prescription with you 
      • Professional Guided tour ENG 

      What's not included

      • Minimum medical and emergency evacuation insurance 
      • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance 
      • Any activity not described in What's Included 
      • Tourist ticket 
      • Meals  
      • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes  
      • Gratuities 

      Additional Information

      Your Go-To Guide for Additional Information

      Dive into our Additional Information section for key insights and answers before your Machu Picchu tour package with Valencia Travel begins. Here's what you'll find:

      • Meeting Times: Essential start details for your Peru adventure packages.
      • FAQs: Quick answers to your Peru travel questions.
      • Destination Insights: Everything you need to know about your travel destination.

      This resource hub is designed to ensure you're well-prepared and excited for what lies ahead. Need more Peru info? We're just a message away.

      Trip preparation for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
      + General Information About Traveling to Peru

       

      GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT TRAVELING TO PERU

      Ok, so maybe you have heard of Machu Picchu, or you have learned about the incredible Inca civilisation and lost cities of gold in school, but did you know that Peru is a country of endless discovery? With its diverse culture, rich history, stunning scenery, and delicious food, Peru is a truly unforgettable destination that is on many travelers bucket-lists. Whether you want to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, sample the exquisite Peruvian cuisine in the top restaurants in the world, visit unique natural features that can only be found in this Andean country, sail on the highest navigable lake in the world, Titicaca, or explore the biodiverse regions of the largest jungle in the world, The Amazon. Peru really does have it all for the adventurous, and curious, traveler, looking for a vacation with a difference. Here is some general information about traveling to Peru. 

      Peruvian Territory 

      The Republic of Peru has a population of 31.92 million people who live on a landmass spanning 1.285 million km2, making for some densely populated areas like the capital, Lima.  

      The Different Regions of Peru 

      Peru is a country of diverse regions, each with its own unique culture, landscape, and attractions. Here is a brief overview of the three main regions of Peru: 

      The Coast:
      The coastal region of Peru is a narrow strip of land that runs along the Pacific Ocean. It is the most densely populated region of Peru and is home to the capital city, Lima. When you travel to Lima, Peru its warm climate, arid landscape, and impressive surf beaches are evident.  Some of the popular tourist destinations on the coast include: 

      • Lima: Peru's capital city is a vibrant metropolis with a rich history and culture. Many Lima, Peru tours visit the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral of Lima, and the Larco Museum. 
      • Arequipa: This historic city is known for its white colonial architecture and its not far from Arequipa to Colca Canyon
      • Paracas National Reserve: This reserve is home to a variety of wildlife, including sea lions, penguins, and flamingos. 

       

      The Andes:
      The highland region of Peru. It is home to the Andes Mountains, as well as the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu. The Sierra is known for its cool climate, dramatic scenery, and traditional culture. Some of the popular tourist destinations in the Sierra include: 

      • Cusco: This historic city was the capital of the Inca Empire. It is a popular base camp for visitors to Machu Picchu. 
      • Machu Picchu: Any trip to Peru isn’t complete without a Machu Picchu vacation package. This ancient Inca city is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is perched high in the Andes Mountains and is a must-see for any Peru adventure vacation
      • Sacred Valley: Any Sacred Valley tour from Cusco will take you to many important Inca ruins, including Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Moray. 
      • Colca Canyon: From Arequipa to Colca Canyon is just a few hours drive. This canyon is one of the deepest in the world and is home to condors, the largest flying birds in the Western Hemisphere.

       

      Amazon Rainforest:
      The Amazon Rainforest is the largest rainforest in the world and covers over 60% of Peru. It is home to an incredible diversity of plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth. The Amazon Rainforest is a great destination for travelers who are interested in nature and adventure. Some of the popular tourist destinations in the Amazon Rainforest include: 

      • Iquitos: Iquitos jungle tours are a great way to experience the Amazon and Iquitos is considered the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon. It is a popular base camp for visitors who want to explore the rainforest to the maximum. 
      • Madre de Dios: Madre de Dios is a region located in the southeastern part of Peru, in the Amazon rainforest. Visitors can enjoy activities such as hiking, rafting, canoeing, fishing, and wildlife watching.  
      • Manu National Park: Manu rainforest tours are a great way to see a variety of wildlife, including jaguars, macaws, and caimans. 
      • Tambopata National Reserve: This reserve is a great place for birdwatching, as it is home to over 1,000 different species. Famous for its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural diversity, a place that is sure to leave a lasting impression on visitors.

       

      Peru´s Main Attractions:

      • Machu Picchu: One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca city that is nestled in the Andes Mountains. Any decent Machu Picchu Travel Agency like Valencia Travel will take you to the magical Inca citadel. 
      • Sacred Valley: The Sacred Valley is a region of Peru that is home to many important Inca ruins, including Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Moray.
      • Colca Canyon: The Colca Canyon is one of the deepest canyons in the world and is home to condors, the largest flying birds in the Western Hemisphere. 
      • Amazon rainforest: The Amazon rainforest is the largest rainforest in the world and is home to a diverse range of plants and animals. 
      • Lake Titicaca: Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world and is home to the floating Uros Islands.

       

      + Entry and Visa requirements to enter Peru

      Entry and Visa requirements to enter Peru

      In this comprehensive guide, we will explain the entry requirements for when you visit Peru, ensuring that your travel plans are not only well-informed but also hassle-free. Whether you are a seasoned traveler or setting foot in Peru for the first time, we will walk you through the visa regulations, and essential documentation needed to make your Peru adventure vacation a seamless and unforgettable experience. 

       

      Entry requirements for European and USA Citizens:

      • A passport with six months validity is required to enter Peru. Immigration authorities may also require evidence of return/onward travel. 
      • Be sure your date and place of entry is officially documented by Peruvian Immigration, whether you arrive at a port, airport, or land border for your trip to Peru. 
      • Your length of approved stay will be determined by border officials at the time of entry and can range from 30 to 183 days. Extensions for tourists are usually not approved and overstays result in fines. 
      • The Embassy is unable to assist if you are denied entry. Peruvian immigration requires airlines to return travelers who are denied entry to their point of origin.
         

      Requirements for Exit:

      If you do not have an entry record, you will not be allowed to exit the country until immigration authorities confirm the time and place of your entry into the country. This can be a difficult process, costing considerable time and money to resolve. 

      Make sure the Immigration authorities record your entry, and then save the record for your exit. An entry record is required even at remote border crossings, where often the proper officials are not present. 

      Immediately report lost/stolen passports to local police and keep the report. You must apply for a new passport at the Embassy and obtain a replacement entry record from Immigration using your police report prior to exiting Peru.

       

      Travel with Minors:

      Regardless of nationality, all children who are traveling with both birth parents are required to have a valid passport and the necessary visa or citizenship of the country where they are traveling.  Peruvian immigration procedures are complex for minors traveling without one or both parents/legal guardians. 

      For entry/exit from Peru, foreigners, minors under the age of 18, traveling alone or with only one parent, generally do not require additional documentation if entering as a tourist for less than 183 days. However, if the stay lasts more than 183 days, then a “Permiso Notarial de Viaje” is required. 

      * A Permiso Notarial de Viaje is a written, notarized authorization from the non-traveling parent(s). Peruvian immigration will not accept a document notarized by a foreign Embassy or a document notarized by a foreign notary in lieu of a Permiso Notarial de Viaje. Please be aware that these authorizations are valid for 30 days and one trip only. 

      Minors who are dual national Peruvians, traveling alone or with only one parent, require a “Permiso Notarial de Viaje”. Furthermore, step-parents or guardians accompanying a dual U.S.-Peruvian citizen minor must provide a Permiso Notarial de Viaje from the non-traveling minor’s parents (as listed on the birth certificate). Finally, if an accompanying parent has sole custody, legal documentation is required. For example, a foreign court-approved custody document stating sole custody, a death certificate, a Peruvian court-approved document for travel, or a birth certificate listing only one parent.

       

      Visa Requirements and How to Apply    

      The detailed visa requirements for Peru vary depending on your nationality. Here is how to apply for a Peruvian visa: Step-by-step guide. 

      • Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your expected date of departure from Peru. 
      • You must have at least one blank page in your passport for an entry stamp. 
      • You must have a return or onward ticket. 
      • You may be asked to provide evidence of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Peru. 

       

      Visa-free entry: Citizens of the following countries are eligible for visa-free entry to Peru for up to 90 days: 

      • Andorra 
      • Antigua and Barbuda 
      • Argentina 
      • Aruba 
      • Australia 
      • Austria 
      • Bahamas 
      • Barbados 
      • Belgium 
      • Belize 
      • Bolivia 
      • Brazil 
      • Brunei 
      • Bulgaria 
      • Canada 
      • Chile 
      • Colombia 
      • Costa Rica 
      • Croatia 
      • Curaçao 
      • Cyprus 
      • Czech Republic 
      • Denmark 
      • Dominica 
      • Dominican Republic 
      • Ecuador 
      • El Salvador 
      • Estonia 
      • Finland 
      • France 
      • Germany 
      • Greece 
      • Grenada 
      • Guatemala 
      • Guyana 
      • Haiti 
      • Honduras 
      • Hong Kong 
      • Hungary 
      • Iceland 
      • Ireland 
      • Israel 
      • Italy 
      • Jamaica 
      • Japan 
      • Korea (Republic of) 
      • Latvia 
      • Lesotho 
      • Liechtenstein 
      • Lithuania 
      • Luxembourg 
      • Malawi 
      • Malaysia 
      • Malta 
      • Mauritius 
      • Mexico 
      • Monaco 
      • Mongolia 
      • Montenegro 
      • Montserrat 
      • Mozambique 
      • Netherlands 
      • New Zealand 
      • Nicaragua 
      • North Macedonia 
      • Norway 
      • Oman 
      • Palau 
      • Panama 
      • Paraguay 
      • Poland 
      • Portugal 
      • Puerto Rico 
      • Qatar 
      • Romania 
      • Saint Kitts and Nevis 
      • Saint Lucia 
      • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 
      • Samoa 
      • San Marino 
      • Saudi Arabia 
      • Serbia 
      • Seychelles 
      • Singapore 
      • Sint Maarten (Dutch part) 
      • Slovakia 
      • Slovenia 
      • Solomon Islands 
      • Spain 
      • Suriname 
      • Sweden 
      • Switzerland 
      • Taiwan 
      • Trinidad and Tobago 
      • Turks and Caicos Islands 
      • United Arab Emirates 
      • United Kingdom 
      • United States 
      • Uruguay 
      • Vanuatu 
      • Vatican City 
      • Venezuela 

       

      Visa on arrival 

      Citizens of the following countries are eligible for a visa on arrival to Peru for up to 180 days: 

      • Bolivia 
      • Brazil 
      • Chile 
      • Colombia 
      • Ecuador 
      • Paraguay 
      • Uruguay 

       

      Visa required 

      Citizens of all other countries require a visa to enter Peru. Visas can be obtained from Peruvian embassies and consulates around the world. 

       

      Additional requirements:

      In addition to the general requirements listed above, you may also be required to provide the following documents when applying for a Peruvian visa: 

      • A completed visa application form 
      • A passport photo 
      • Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Peru 
      • A return or onward ticket 
      • A letter of invitation from a Peruvian resident (if required) 

      The specific visa requirements for Peru may vary depending on your nationality and the purpose of your visit. It is important to check with the Peruvian embassy or consulate in your home country for the latest information.

       

      + Understanding Travel Insurance: What You Need to Know

       

      Travel Insurance in Peru - Everything You Need to Know for your Peru Adventure Vacation 

      Peru is a popular destination for adventure travelers, with activities like hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, mountain biking in the Andes, and surfing on the Pacific coast. However, it is important to note that these activities can be dangerous, and it is important to have travel insurance in case of an accident or illness, on any Peru vacation package. Here are some important pointers about understanding travel insurance-what you need to know

       

      What is travel insurance? 

      Travel insurance is a type of insurance that protects you against financial losses incurred while traveling. It can cover a variety of expenses, including medical bills, lost luggage, and trip cancellation. 

       

      Why is travel insurance important for Peru? 

      Peru is a developing country with limited medical facilities, especially in remote areas. If you have an accident or illness while traveling in Peru, you could face high medical bills. Travel insurance can help cover these costs, as well as the cost of transportation back home. 

      Additionally, Peru is a country with a wide range of climates and altitudes. It is important to be prepared for the possibility of altitude sickness, heatstroke, and other health problems. Travel insurance can help cover the cost of medical treatment for these conditions. 

       

      What types of adventure activities are covered by travel insurance? 

      Most travel insurance policies will cover a wide range of adventure activities, on your Peru adventure vacation, including: 

      • Hiking 
      • Trekking 
      • Mountain biking 
      • Surfing 
      • Whitewater rafting 
      • Scuba diving 
      • Skydiving 

      However, it is important to check your policy carefully to make sure that the specific activities you are planning are covered. 

       

      How to choose a travel insurance policy for Peru

      When choosing a travel insurance policy for any of our Peru vacation packages, there are a few things to keep in mind: 

      • Make sure the policy covers the adventure activities you are planning. As mentioned above, not all travel insurance policies cover all adventure activities. Be sure to check your policy carefully to make sure that the specific activities you are planning are covered. 
      • Choose a policy with a high enough medical coverage limit. Medical costs in Peru can be high, so it is important to choose a policy with a high enough medical coverage limit to cover your potential expenses. 
      • Consider purchasing evacuation coverage. Evacuation coverage can help cover the cost of transporting you back home in case of a medical emergency. This is especially important if you are planning on traveling to remote areas of Peru. 

       

      How to file a travel insurance claim

      If you need to file a travel insurance claim, you should contact your insurance company as soon as possible. They will be able to guide you through the process and help you get the compensation you are entitled to. 

      Travel insurance is an important investment for any traveler, but it is especially important for travelers to Peru. With its diverse landscape and range of adventure activities, Peru is a country where accidents can happen. Travel insurance can help protect you from financial losses in case of an accident or illness. 

       

      Tips for choosing and using travel insurance in Peru

      • Read the policy carefully before you buy it. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of the policy, including what is and is not covered. 
      • Purchase your insurance policy early. This will give you time to file a claim if necessary. 
      • Keep a copy of your insurance policy with you at all times. This will make it easy to file a claim if you need to, during your Peru adventure tours. 
      • Contact your insurance company if you have any questions or concerns. They will be able to help you understand your policy and file a claim if necessary. 

       

      Recommended Travel Insurance Companies

      • WorldTrips: The Atlas Travel Insurance plan is our “best value“. One of the first insurers in the world to offer plans for purchase over the Internet, WorldTrips helps thousands of customers in over 130 countries. You get a range of benefits and excellent customer service at an affordable price. 
      • GeoBlue: The GeoBlue Travel Insurance is our best plan for US citizens traveling abroad. GeoBlue is a member of the world-renowned Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and has the premier network of doctors in over 180 countries. 
      • IMG: The Patriot Travel Insurance plan is one of the world’s leading global travel and medical insurance policies; IMG services members in over 190 countries. 
      • World Nomads: Adventure travelers from over 130 countries rely on World Nomads to cover them for over 200 adventure activities on your Peru adventure trip. 
      • Seven Corners Travel Insurance: Hundreds of thousands of international clients have trusted Seven Corners and their global network of healthcare providers to care for them while abroad. 
      • Global Underwriters: Global Underwriters are especially notable for their coverage of internationally organized sporting activities. 
      • AMEX Travel Insurance: American Express is the oldest company on the list, established in 1850. You don’t have to be a cardholder to get their insurance, but you will get special perks if you are. 
      • TripTime Insurance: TripTime has an easy-to-use interface for any trip, allowing you to add coverage for adventure sports, marine activities, and personal property on your Peru adventure vacation. 

       

      + Local Culture and Customs

       

      Local Culture and Customs in Peru
      Peruvian culture and customs in Peru are a diverse mix of indigenous, Spanish, and African influences. The country is home to a variety of indigenous peoples, each with its own unique culture and traditions. The Spanish conquistadors arrived in Peru in the 16th century and brought their own language, religion, and customs with them. African slaves were also brought to Peru, and their culture has also had a significant impact on Peruvian culture. One of the most notable aspects of Peruvian culture is its music and dance. Peruvian music is a fusion of indigenous, Spanish, and African influences. Some of the most popular genres of Peruvian music include cumbia, salsa, and huayno. Peruvian dance is also a popular form of cultural expression. Peruvian cuisine is another notable aspect of a Peruvian culture vacation. Peruvian cuisine is known for its use of fresh ingredients and its variety of dishes.  Peruvian culture is a rich and diverse tapestry of influences from all over the world. It is a culture that is full of life, color, and flavor and an integral part of the immersive experience on your Peru culture trip!.

      Peruvian People
      Peruvians are generally friendly and welcoming people. They are always happy to help visitors and share their culture with them. Peruvians have a strong sense of family and community. They are also very proud of their country's rich history and culture. Peru is a very religious country. The majority of Peruvians are Roman Catholic. Peruvians are known for their love of food and music. They also enjoy spending time with family and friends. 

      Peru Festivals
      Peru has a number of vibrant festivals throughout the year. To immerse yourself in true Peruvian culture, try and visit a traditional festival in Peru. Some of the most popular festivals include: 

      • Inti Raymi: Inti Raymi is a Peru festival that celebrates the winter solstice and the sun god Inti. It is held on June 24th in Cusco. 
      • Qoyllur Rit'i: Qoyllur Rit'i is a festival that celebrates the Virgin of the Snow Star. It is held in the Ausangate mountains in May or June. 
      • Carnaval: Carnaval is a festival that celebrates the beginning of Lent. It is held in February or March and is celebrated throughout Peru.
         

      Peru is a country that has something to offer everyone. Whether you are interested in culture, history, food, nature, or adventure, you are sure to find something to love in Peru. With its endless possibilities, Peru is a country that you can visit over and over again and always have a different and unique experience. So enjoy the best of Peru culture travel and immerse yourself in local Peruvian culture at every opportunity!.

       

      + Currency & Payments How to Manage Money While Traveling

       

      Currency & Payments: How to Manage Money While Traveling in Peru

      Traveling to Peru is an adventure that promises awe-inspiring landscapes, unique adventures, rich cultural experiences, and delicious cuisine. To make the most of your Peru trip, it's essential to understand how to manage your money efficiently on your Peru vacation package. In this comprehensive guide, we'll cover everything you need to know about handling your money in Peru, including currency exchange options, ATMs, exchange rates, and credit cards! Read on for our tips for managing currency and payments in Peru

      Currency in Peru 

      Peru's official currency is the Peruvian Sol (PEN). While major cities and tourist destinations often accept US dollars, it's advisable to carry some Peruvian Soles for smaller purchases and to avoid unfavorable exchange rates. All Major cities when you visit Peru have a number of options for withdrawing you cash and you can usually choose to withdraw US dollars, or Peruvian soles, which will charge the appropriate exchange rate as well as the withdrawal charge. It is recommended to convert your currency to Soles once you first arrive in Peru, for your Peru getaway, as the exchange rate should be better here than in your home country. There are lots of small changing booths located near the tourist center of any city in Peru and most have an honest exchange rate. 

      Fake Notes /Damaged Notes 

      Fake bills are fairly common in Peru and nearly everyone has their own way of checking. When you pay in cash you will see merchants holding up the bill to the light, running it between their hands or subjecting it to other tests. You can generally tell a fake note as they feel a lot smoother to the touch and don’t have the metal security line running through them. If in doubt ask them to change the note. Don't be alarmed, this is a normal on Peru vacation packages! Most people are looking for watermarks, metallic markings, and raised lettering that prove the bill is real. Most stores will not accept your money if it is too worn out or ripped. 

      When you exchange your money, on your Peru vacation package, don't hesitate to ask the changer for a different bill if you think the one, they gave you is too worn out or if it is ripped. If you do get stuck with an old, but real, bill that no one will take, then you can go to any bank and they will replace it free of charge with a bill of equal value. 

      US Dollars are commonly accepted for larger purchases. The dollar bills will only be received if they are brand new and not ripped in any way. 

      Currency and Payments in The Main Cities

      Lima:

      • ATMs: ATMs are widely available throughout Lima, especially in Miraflores, Barranco, and the historic center. Look for major banks like Banco de Crédito del Perú (BCP), BBVA Continental, Scotia Bank and Interbank, when you travel to Lima, Peru. 
      • Money Changers: When you visit Lima, you can find currency exchange offices in tourist areas, malls, and at the airport. For competitive rates, consider visiting exchange houses like Western Union or exchanging money at a bank. 
      • Credit Cards: Credit cards are widely accepted when you visit Lima, including at most hotels, restaurants, and shops. Visa and MasterCard are the most commonly accepted cards and American Express and Diners are accepted in in many establishments. 

      Cusco:

      • ATMs: ATMs are readily available in Cusco's city center, around Plaza de Armas, and in the San Blas neighborhood. On your Cusco tours, look for Banco de Crédito del Perú (BCP) Interbank, Scotia Bank and Globalnet ATMs. That are on almost every street corner. 
      • Money Changers: Currency exchanges are numerous in Cusco, especially near Plaza de Armas and along Avenida El Sol, which you are sure to pass on your Cusco city tour. Check for competitive rates and fees. 
      • Credit Card: Credit cards are accepted in many establishments in Cusco, but it's wise to carry cash for smaller businesses, markets, and rural areas. 

       

      Arequipa:

      • ATMs: ATMs are available in Arequipa's city center, especially around Plaza de Armas and Calle Mercaderes. Popular banks include Banco de Crédito del Perú (BCP) Interbank and Banco Continental, which you are sure to pass by on your Arequipa city tour. 
      • Money Changers: You can find currency exchange services in central locations, including banks and exchange offices. Compare rates for the best deal. 
      • Credit Card Acceptance: Credit cards are accepted in many restaurants, hotels, and shops in Arequipa's main tourist areas and on most Arequipa tours.

      Puno:

      • ATMs: ATMs are found in the city center of Puno, near Plaza de Armas, Lima Street, where the major banks such as Banco de Crédito del Perú (BCP), Interbank and Banco Continental are.  
      • Money Changers: Currency exchange offices can be found in central locations around Puno and easily visible on any of the Puno tours. Check rates and fees before exchanging money. 

       

      Credit Card Acceptance:
      Credit cards are accepted in the restaurants and hotels you will visit on your Peru vacation package, but cash is preferred in many smaller establishments and local markets. If you are buying in local stores, soles are the only way to purchase. Try and break up your bigger notes in larger establishments as change is quite often an issue, especially in more remote regions. 

      Exchange rates in Peru:
      Regarding exchange rates in Peru, it's essential to check with the specific businesses or hotels as rates can vary. In most cases, you'll be charged in Peruvian Soles (PEN), but some high-end establishments may offer the option to pay in US dollars at a potentially less favorable exchange rate. Always ask for the local currency amount to get the best value for your money. At the time of writing, there are $3.70 soles to the US Dollar.

       

      + Language Tips: Do You Need to Speak Spanish for a trip to Peru?

       

      Language Tips: Do You Need to Speak Spanish for a trip to Peru?

      When planning a trip to Peru, one question that often arises is whether you need to speak Spanish to navigate this South American country. While it's true that knowing some Spanish can enhance your travel experience, it's not an absolute requirement. Let´s explore the advantages of speaking Spanish in Peru, the areas where it can be beneficial, and practical language tips for travelers who may not be fluent but still want to make the most of their Peru Machu Picchu trip

      The Advantages of Speaking Spanish in Peru:

      Enhanced Cultural Experience: Speaking Spanish can open doors to a deeper understanding of Peruvian culture. You can engage in meaningful conversations with locals, learn about their traditions, and partake in cultural activities more easily on their Peru culture trip

      Improved Communication: In rural areas and small towns, English proficiency among locals may be limited. Knowing Spanish can help you communicate your needs, ask for directions, and seek assistance when required when you are traveling in the more remote regions of your Peru trip

      Navigating Public Transportation: While major tourist hubs often have bilingual signs, public transportation in smaller towns may not. Having basic Spanish skills can be invaluable when using buses, taxis, and local services, especially on any Lima tour packages

      Where You May Not Need Spanish  

      In Peru's popular tourist destinations like Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu, you'll find that many people in the service industry, such as hotel staff, tour guides, and restaurant workers, speak at least some English. In these areas, it's possible to get by with minimal Spanish skills. However, to truly immerse yourself in the local culture and explore off-the-beaten-path locations, on a Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco for example, having a grasp of the language can be immensely helpful. 

      Practical Language Tips for Travelers  

      Learn Basic Phrases: Even if you're not fluent, learning essential phrases like greetings, thank you, and please can go a long way. Peruvians appreciate when travelers make an effort to communicate in their language.
      Use Language Apps: There are several language-learning apps and websites that can help you pick up basic Spanish before your trip. Duolingo, Babbel, and Rosetta Stone are popular options. 
      Carry a Pocket Dictionary: A pocket-sized Spanish-English dictionary can be a handy tool for quick translations when you're on the go. 
      Practice Pronunciation: While grammar and vocabulary are important, working on your pronunciation can make you more easily understood by locals. 
      Engage Locals: Don't be afraid to strike up conversations with locals. They are often eager to help and can provide valuable insights into their culture and language. 
      While speaking Spanish in Peru isn't mandatory, it can significantly enrich your travel experience. Learning a few basic phrases for your Peru vacation package, for being open to interactions with locals, and having some language tools at your disposal will empower you to explore this beautiful country with greater ease and authenticity, whether you're visiting popular destinations or venturing off the beaten path on your Peru trip.

       

      Family-Friendly Travel
      + The Top Kid Friendly Activities in Peru

       

      The Top Kid Friendly Activities in Peru:

      Peru offers a wide range of kid-friendly activities that can make your family trip both fun and educational. Here are some top options:

      • Machu Picchu: While the hike itself might not be suitable for very young kids, a visit to Machu Picchu is a great way to introduce children to history and culture. They'll be amazed by the ancient ruins and stunning scenery. 
      • Cusco: The city of Cusco is filled with history and culture. Visit the Plaza de Armas, explore Inca ruins, and enjoy the local markets. Kids can learn about Inca history and see the fusion of Inca and Spanish architecture. 
      • Sacred Valley: Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit Pisac and Ollantaytambo to see more ruins and experience local culture. The wide-open spaces are perfect for kids to run around and explore. 
      • Nazca Lines: Older kids with an interest in history and mysteries might enjoy a flight over the Nazca Lines. These massive geoglyphs in the desert are a fascinating sight. 
      • Amazon Rainforest: A family adventure in the Amazon jungle can be incredibly educational and fun. Kids can see unique wildlife, learn about the rainforest ecosystem, and experience boat rides and jungle walks. 
      • Arequipa: The Santa Catalina Monastery in Arequipa is like a mini city within the city. Kids can explore its narrow streets, colorful buildings, and historical rooms. 
      • Ballestas Islands: Take a boat tour to the Ballestas Islands to see penguins, sea lions, and a variety of bird species. It's like a mini Galapagos experience. 
      • Beaches: Peru has some beautiful beaches. Mancora, for example, is a family-friendly destination with warm waters and plenty of activities like swimming, surfing, and sandcastle building. 
      • Local Markets: Visiting local markets can be a cultural experience for kids. They can see traditional Peruvian products, taste local foods, and engage with locals. 
      • Chocolate Making: Peru is known for its delicious chocolate. Consider taking a chocolate-making workshop where kids can learn about the process and make their own treats. 
      • Inca Textile Workshops: In Cusco and the Sacred Valley, you can find textile workshops where kids can learn about traditional Inca weaving techniques and even create their own textiles. 
      • Parque de la Reserva (Magic Water Circuit): In Lima, this park features a series of fountains with colorful lights and music. It's a mesmerizing and entertaining experience for kids of all ages. 
      • Cusco Planetarium: A visit to the planetarium in Cusco can be an educational and interactive experience for kids, where they can learn about Inca astronomy and the night sky. 
      • Peruvian Cuisine: Let your children explore Peruvian cuisine. Encourage them to try ceviche, empanadas, and other local dishes. Many Peruvian restaurants are family-friendly. 

      Remember to adapt your activities to your children's ages and interests to ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience in Peru

      + Kid-Friendly Hotels and Child Care Options

       

      The Best Kid-friendly Hotels and Child care Options in Peru

      Peru offers many family-friendly hotels and child care options to make your trip enjoyable and stress-free. Here are some recommendations for kid-friendly hotels and child care options in Peru.

      Kid-Friendly Hotels:

      • Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu)
        This eco-friendly resort in the heart of the cloud forest is a great option for families. They offer various child-friendly activities and have spacious rooms and beautiful gardens. 
      • Belmond Miraflores Park (Lima) 
        This luxury hotel offers family suites and amenities such as a pool and children's menu at their restaurant. It's conveniently located in the Miraflores district. 
      • Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu)
        This hotel offers family-oriented amenities and is located just a short walk from the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. They have a children's program that includes art and cooking classes.
      • Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Cusco)
        A beautiful hotel in Cusco, offering family suites and proximity to the city's historic attractions. 
      • Explora Valle Sagrado (Sacred Valley) 
        This all-inclusive resort offers family-friendly activities and excursions in the Sacred Valley, allowing kids to explore the region.

       

      Child Care and Babysitting Services: 

      • Ask the Hotel:
        Many hotels can arrange for babysitting services. Inquire with your hotel about their childcare offerings. They often have trusted local caregivers. 
      • Local Babysitting Agencies:
        In major cities like Lima and Cusco, you can find babysitting agencies that can provide reliable child care services. Examples include "Nanas y Amas de Casa" or "Bebeviajes." 
      • Check Reviews:
        Before choosing a babysitter or childcare service, read reviews and ask for recommendations from other travelers. Safety should be a top priority. 
      • Online Services:
        You can use online platforms like Babysits or Care.com to find local caregivers. Ensure you thoroughly vet and check references when hiring independently.

       

      Remember that it's essential to take necessary precautions and thoroughly vet any child care providers. Ensure that they are experienced, trustworthy, and capable of communicating in a language you are comfortable with. 

      Additionally, when traveling with children in Peru, consider exploring family-friendly attractions like the Larco Museum in Lima, visiting the Pisac Market in the Sacred Valley, or taking a boat trip on Lake Titicaca. These destinations offer fun and educational experiences for kids.

       

      + The Best Family Restaurants in Peru

       

      The best Family Restaurants in Peru

      Peru offers a rich culinary tradition, and there are many family-friendly restaurants where you can enjoy delicious Peruvian cuisine. Here are some of the best family restaurants in Peru: 

      • Panchita (Lima): Panchita is a popular family restaurant in Lima, known for its delicious Peruvian dishes, particularly grilled meats, and traditional side dishes. The atmosphere is welcoming, making it a great choice for families. 
      • La Lucha Sangucheria (Lima): La Lucha is famous for its mouthwatering sandwiches, including the classic Peruvian sandwich, "Butifarra." The casual and friendly ambiance is suitable for families with kids. 
      • Canta Rana (Lima): Located in the Barranco district, Canta Rana is a beachside restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere. They serve a variety of seafood dishes and have a kids' menu, making it a great choice for families. 
      • Pardo's Chicken (Various Locations): Pardo's Chicken is a Peruvian chain known for its delicious rotisserie chicken and a wide range of side dishes. It's a family-friendly spot with options for children. 
      • Tanta (Various Locations): Tanta is a popular chain of Peruvian restaurants owned by renowned chef Gastón Acurio. They offer a diverse menu with a mix of traditional and fusion dishes, making it a great choice for families seeking variety. 
      • El Mercado (Lima): El Mercado is a trendy but family-friendly restaurant in Lima, serving a mix of traditional and contemporary Peruvian cuisine. They offer a welcoming environment and a kids' menu. 
      • Papachos (Lima and Cusco): Papachos is a burger joint in Lima owned by celebrity chef Gastón Acurio. It's a great place for families looking for a taste of Peruvian-inspired burgers and casual dining. 
      • Jack's Café (Cusco): Jack's Café is a popular breakfast and brunch spot in Cusco. It's a cozy and family-friendly place, known for its delicious breakfast items, sandwiches, and smoothies. 
      • Sumaqcha (Cusco): Sumaqcha is a restaurant located near the San Pedro Market in Cusco. It serves authentic Peruvian food in a friendly, local atmosphere, making it a great option for families looking for an immersive experience. 
      • Cucharitas (Cusco): Cucharitas is an ice cream specialty restaurant with an excellent selection of dishes for parents and children .....the perfect family option!.

       

      Food and Cuisine
      + Must-Try Traditional Dishes in Peru

       

      The Top Traditional Dishes to try in Peru

      Peruvian food is a cuisine of contrast, robust yet delicate, acidic with sweet or starchy and hot and cold on the same plate. Traditional Peruvian food relies on different herbs and spices, producing bold flavors, ranging from the crisp and refreshing to the deep and hearty, combining opposites in a blend of culinary genius. While many people visit Peru to experience Machu Picchu and unparalleled trekking, Peru’s true treasure is its rich culinary heritage. Rich ingredients from the coast, the Andes and The Amazon combine with culinary techniques from Africa, Europe, and East Asia come together to produce unique taste sensations, giving Peru the title of the culinary capital of South America. Peru’s gastronomic boom began, reinventing dishes that had a long tradition in the kitchens of Peruvian families. Here is a list of top traditional Peruvian dishes to sample on your visit to Peru.

       

      • Ceviche.- Let’s begin with the national dish of the country. Ceviche can be described as addictive and there are not many Peruvians who don’t class this Peruvian dish as one of their favorites. Other South American countries have their own versions of the dish, but this marinated fish or seafood, served cold, includes the catch of the day, marinated for a few minutes in lime juice, onion, salt, and hot chilies (aji) in Peruvian cuisine. Preparing a ceviche is an art that Peruvians like to experiment with to make other dishes like quinoa ceviche and even a mango ceviche for vegetarians!.
      • Lomo Saltado.- There’s nothing more Peruvian than lomo saltado. As a country that is home to diverse cultures, the birth of this dish could only have been possible because of cultural influences in the kitchen. Lomo Saltado is originally a Chinese dish brought by Chinese immigrants. Combine sliced steak, marinated in soy sauce, red onions, french fries, ají amarillo or chili and you have the basic recipe, then serve with rice. Coming in second only to ceviche in popularity, lomo saltado is a mix of Chinese stir-fry and classic Peruvian cuisine. Originating from the coastal region of Peru, this world -famous dish is on most menus throughout the country these days and is a must -try on your Peruvian vacation.
      • Aji de Gallina.- There are different stories about the origins of the deliciously creamy Aji de Gallina. Historians say that when Peru was taken over by the Spanish, a dish that came from Europe made with chicken breast and Arab seasonings, became the first version of Aji de Gallina. Another theory claims that poor citizens collected the hen bones that were thrown away by the rich and took the remains to their houses where they added chili and bread to make a bigger meal. Aji de Gallina today is generally made with strips of chicken, bread, potatoes, olives and eggs, and is one of the most unique dishes on your Peru vacation. 
      • Pachamanca.- Pachamanca originates from the Andean region and the cooking is done underground, somewhat like an underground barbecue! The word “pachamanca” is broken down into two: “pacha” meaning earth, and “manca” meaning pot. This impressive dish has been served at important ceremonies since pre-Columbian times. It is cooked with hot stones that cover the meat and vegetables, along with potatoes and other spices used according to the region, then covered with earth to do its thing! 
      • Cuy (Guinea Pig).-Guinea pig or “Cuy “in Spanish is the second most popular meat source in the Andes, with alpaca being the first. The thoughts of eating a rodent or a pet may seem an unfavorable idea for many, however a melt-in-your-mouth tender dark meat, infused with the taste of wood smoke, all beneath a crispy golden skin. Just imagine you’re eating a single-serving roast suckling pig or roast chicken and enjoy this tasty, low calory nutricious dish as the Incas once did. 
      • Arroz con Pollo /Pato.- On the surface, this appears to be a simple Spanish Creole recipe. In Peru, however, this is a signature dish with many regional variations. Typically, the rice is combined with cilantro paste, herbs, and dark beer to lend it a hearty, earthier flavor. Topped with a leg or thigh of roast duck or chicken, this dish is served up all over Peru both at home or in restaurants. 
      • Juane.- This traditional Amazonian dish is a must-try if you are heading into the jungle region of Peru. It consists of rice, chicken, eggs and olives all wrapped in macaw flower leaves. In some parts of the Amazon, you can find Juane with yuca root, “paiche” (the biggest fish in the Amazon), and fried plantains and if you are heading to a jungle lodge, is often served on the boats for lunch, due to its organic, takeaway style, packaging. 
      • Choritos a la Chalaca.- Along the coast of Peru, Choritos a la Chalaca make the best appetizers on any summer day. Originating from the port of Callao, this dish consists of mussels filled with onions, tomatoes, and corn kernels, while the fish marinates with the lime juice, just like a ceviche does. You do not even need a fork to eat Choritos a la Chalaca. Just eat it directly from the shell! 
      • Pollo a La Brasa .- Named the unofficial national dish of Peru, this spit roast chicken is Peruvian soul food. Chefs marinate a whole chicken in a potent combination of garlic, herbs and spices, then spit roast it over hardwood to give it its heavenly crisped skin and exotically earthy flavor. Whatever time you arrive to a destination in Peru, you can guarantee that the local “polleria” will be open to sample this delicious dish.

       

      + Options for Vegetarian and Vegan Travelers

       

      Vegetarian Food In Peru.-

      Peruvian cuisine is celebrated worldwide for its diverse flavors and unique blend of culinary traditions. While the country is famous for its seafood and meat dishes, Peru also offers a delightful array of vegetarian options for those who prefer plant-based fare. From the highlands of the Andes to the coastal regions, there's a rich tapestry of vegetarian dishes waiting to be discovered in Peru. In this article, we'll delve into the world of vegetarian food in Peru and explore some of the must-try dishes. 

       

      • Quinoa- The Andean Superfood.- Peru is one of the largest producers of quinoa in the world, and this protein-rich grain is a staple of Andean cuisine. Vegetarians will find an abundance of quinoa-based dishes, such as quinoa salads, soups, and quinoa-stuffed vegetables. Try "Quinotto," a Peruvian take on risotto made with quinoa, cheese, and various vegetables. Quinoa provides a hearty and nutritious foundation for many vegetarian meals in Peru
      • Papas a la Huancaína.- Papas a la Huancaína is a beloved Peruvian appetizer. It features sliced boiled potatoes covered in a rich and creamy sauce made from queso fresco, aji amarillo (yellow chili pepper), and other secret ingredients. It's a spicy and satisfying dish that's a must-try for vegetarians. 
      • Causa Limeña.- Causa Limeña is a visually stunning dish that layers mashed yellow potatoes with a zesty filling of avocado, lime, and sometimes, vegetables like asparagus or carrots. These layers are often garnished with hard-boiled eggs, olives, and aji amarillo sauce. The combination of textures and flavors in Causa Limeña is a true Peruvian delight. 
      • Aji de Gallina without the gallina!.- While Aji de Gallina is traditionally made with shredded chicken, a vegetarian version is easy to find. This dish features a creamy sauce made from aji amarillo, bread, and nuts, served over sliced boiled potatoes. It's comfort food with a delightful kick of spice. 
      • Rocoto Relleno.- Rocoto relleno is a Peruvian pepper dish that can be made vegetarian. The rocoto pepper is stuffed with a mix of vegetables, cheese, and occasionally, nuts. It's often served with a side of potatoes or rice and offers a flavorful and spicy experience for adventurous vegetarians. 
      • Lucuma Peru's Unique Superfruit.- For those with a sweet tooth, don't miss out on trying Lucuma, a unique Peruvian superfruit. It's often used in desserts, such as ice creams, custards, and pies, providing a distinct caramel-like flavor that's truly one-of-a-kind. 
      • Vegetable Stir-Fries and Ceviche.- In coastal regions like Lima, you'll also find a variety of vegetarian-friendly options. Many restaurants offer vegetable stir-fries and ceviche made with fresh mushrooms or vegetables, providing a unique twist on traditional seafood dishes. 

       

      Our Veggie Restaurant Recommendations:

      Cusco:

      • Green Point - Cusco:
        Location: Carmen Bajo, San Blas, Cusco.
        Green Point is a beloved vegetarian restaurant located in the heart of Cusco. This cozy, eco-friendly eatery offers a diverse menu with a focus on organic and locally sourced ingredients. Diners can choose from an array of vegetarian and vegan options, including tasty burgers, hearty quinoa bowls, and Andean-inspired dishes. The restaurant's sustainability practices and welcoming ambiance make it a must-visit for vegetarians in Cusco
      • Organika - Cusco.-
        Location: Calle Tandapata 294, Cusco.
        Organika is a tranquil haven in the historic district of Cusco. The restaurant's commitment to organic and sustainable dining is reflected in its diverse vegetarian and vegan menu. Patrons can savor dishes like the delectable pumpkin soup, Andean-style stuffed peppers, and innovative quinoa salads. The serene setting and the use of Andean superfoods in their recipes make Organika a standout choice for health-conscious diners. 
      • El Jardín de Jazmín - Cusco.-
        Location: Plazoleta Nazarenas 182, Cusco
        Our next stop is Cusco, where we find El Jardín de Jazmín, a vegetarian restaurant that beautifully blends traditional Peruvian cuisine with a vegetarian twist. The menu boasts Andean delights such as Locro de Zapallo and Vegetarian Anticuchos, served in a charming garden setting. El Jardín de Jazmín captures the essence of Andean culture and flavors, making it a must-visit in Cusco.
      • Qura - Cusco.-
        Location: Carmen Bajo 257, Cusco.
        Qura is an upscale vegetarian and vegan restaurant that brings gourmet dining to the heart of Cusco. The menu combines international and Peruvian flavors to create beautifully presented dishes, such as beetroot risotto and quinoa-stuffed avocados. The restaurant's stylish decor and welcoming atmosphere make it a fantastic choice for a special evening of vegetarian indulgence. 
      • Sonccollay - Cusco.-
        Location: Calle Marques 252, Cusco.
        Sonccollay, a vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Cusco, offers a diverse selection of dishes, including flavorful soups, hearty salads, and creative wraps. The restaurant's dedication to promoting plant-based cuisine and environmentally friendly practices aligns perfectly with the ethos of many vegetarian diners.

       

      Lima:

      • Santo Remedio - Lima.- 
        Location: Jirón Colina 110, Barranco, Lima.
        Santo Remedio is a vegetarian restaurant in the artistic district of Barranco in Lima. Known for its warm and welcoming atmosphere, it serves a diverse array of vegetarian and vegan dishes, from veggie stir-fries to gourmet salads. Santo Remedio is a testament to the evolving vegetarian scene in Lima, offering creative and flavorful options for all diners. 
      • La Bodega Verde - Lima.-
        Location: Av. Mariscal La Mar 737, Miraflores, Lima.
        Just a short stroll away from the coastline, La Bodega Verde is a gem nestled in the heart of Miraflores. The restaurant offers a tranquil ambiance, complete with lush greenery and cozy seating. Their diverse menu includes scrumptious vegetarian and vegan options, including savory stuffed empanadas, colorful Buddha bowls, and a variety of fresh smoothies. Don't miss their delectable vegan desserts!.
      • El AlmaZen Verde - Lima.-
        Location: Av. Paseo de la República 245, Lima 
        Our journey begins in the capital city, Lima, with El AlmaZen Verde. This delightful vegetarian restaurant prides itself on using locally sourced, organic ingredients. The menu is a testament to Peru's agricultural diversity and offers a wide array of vegetarian and vegan dishes. From hearty quinoa salads to creative veggie-packed sandwiches, El AlmaZen Verde is a haven for health-conscious diners. 

      Peru's vegetarian culinary landscape is diverse and rich, offering a wide range of flavorful dishes that cater to those who prefer plant-based eating. From the ancient grains of the Andes to the spicy coastal delights, there's something for every vegetarian palate to savor in this gastronomic paradise. So, if you're planning a trip to Peru or just looking to explore new flavors, don't miss the opportunity to experience the vibrant world of vegetarian food in Peru. It's a journey your taste buds won't soon forget. 

       

      + Culinary Workshops and Pisco Sour-Making Classes

       

      Peruvian Cooking Classes and Pisco making Classes.- 

      Peru is known for its rich culinary heritage and diverse cuisine, which includes dishes like ceviche, lomo saltado, and anticuchos. If you're looking to learn more about Peruvian cooking and enhance your culinary skills, you might consider taking cooking classes in Peru. Here are some of the best cooking classes and culinary schools in the country. 

       

      • Lima Gourmet.-
        Lima, the capital of Peru, is a great place to explore Peruvian cuisine. Lima Gourmet offers various cooking classes, including ceviche and Pisco sour workshops. They also provide market tours to help you understand the ingredients used in Peruvian dishes. 
      • Rooftop Kitchen.-
        Located in Cusco, Rooftop Kitchen offers classes that focus on traditional Peruvian dishes and the use of native ingredients. You'll have the opportunity to learn from experienced chefs and enjoy the stunning views of Cusco while cooking. 
      • Casa de Avila.-
        This cooking school in Arequipa offers classes on Peruvian and Arequipeño cuisine. You can learn to make traditional dishes like rocoto relleno and ocopa, as well as desserts like queso helado. 
      • Peruvian Cooking Experience (Cusco).-
        This school provides a comprehensive cooking experience in Cusco, allowing you to prepare a full meal from appetizers to dessert. You'll get hands-on experience with Peruvian ingredients and cooking techniques. 
      • Cusco Culinary.-
        This cooking school in Cusco offers a variety of classes, including traditional Peruvian cuisine, chocolate making, and mixology. You can choose the class that best suits your interests. 
      • Peruvian Cooking Classes in the Sacred Valley.-
        If you're staying in the Sacred Valley near Cusco, consider taking a cooking class there. You'll get to use fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and learn about traditional Andean and Peruvian cooking. 
      • Peruvian Cooking Classes Online.-
        In addition to in-person classes, you can also find online cooking classes and workshops that teach you how to prepare Peruvian dishes from the comfort of your own kitchen. Check websites like Airbnb Experiences or platforms that offer virtual cooking classes. 
      • Pisco Sour making Classes.-
        Cusco is a great place to learn how to make a traditional Peruvian cocktail, the Pisco Sour. Many cooking schools and bars in Cusco offer Pisco Sour making classes so you can learn how to make Peru´s world-famous cocktail! 

      When choosing a cooking class in Peru, consider the location, the dishes you want to learn, the duration of the class, and your budget. Make sure to read reviews and book in advance, especially during the high tourist season. These classes are not only an opportunity to learn about Peruvian cuisine but also a fun and memorable cultural experience. 

       

      Safety and Security
      + Do Hotels Have Safety Deposit Boxes

      When traveling to the enchanting country of Peru on your Peru vacation package, your top priority should be experiencing its rich culture, stunning landscapes, and mouthwatering cuisine. But just as important is ensuring the safety of your valuable possessions while you enjoy your journey. Many hotels in Peru offer a valuable solution in the form of safety deposit boxes. Here, we will delve into the importance of these secure storage options and how they can provide peace of mind for travelers during their trip to Peru. 

       

      Protection for Valuables 

      Safety deposit boxes in Peruvian hotels serve as a reliable and secure means of safeguarding your most valuable belongings, such as passports, cash, jewelry, electronics, and important documents. Knowing that your possessions are locked away can help you relax and fully immerse yourself in you Peru travel experience. 

       

      Convenience and Accessibility 

      Most hotels in Peru provide safety deposit boxes in the rooms or at the front desk. This accessibility ensures that you can easily access your belongings when needed, without the hassle of carrying everything with you at all times, during your Peru vacation. 

       

      Peace of Mind 

      Traveling can be stressful, and the last thing you want to worry about is the safety of your valuables. Safety deposit boxes offer travelers the peace of mind they need, allowing them to focus on enjoying their trip rather than constantly checking on their possessions on the numerous Peru tours. 

       

      Enhanced Security Measures 

      Hotels in Peru take guest safety seriously, and safety deposit boxes are typically equipped with advanced security features, including digital locks or keycard access. This provides an added layer of protection against theft or unauthorized access. 

       

      Insurance and Liability 

      In the unfortunate event that any of your belongings are lost or stolen while stored in a hotel's safety deposit box, many hotels offer liability protection and insurance, providing compensation for the loss. Be sure to check with your hotel about their specific policies. 

       

      Practical Usage 

      Safety deposit boxes are not only for securing valuable items but can also be used to store important travel-related documents, such as travel itineraries, tickets, and visas. Having all these essentials in one secure location simplifies your travel experience. All hotels that we use have safety deposit boxes in the hotel rooms or at the reception for your safety during your visit to Peru. 

       

      When planning your trip to Peru, make sure to prioritize the safety of your belongings by utilizing the safety deposit boxes provided by your hotel. It's a small but crucial step that can enhance your travel experience and ensure that your focus remains on exploring the wonders of this incredible country, free from the worry of your valuables. In Peru, safety and security are paramount, and the availability of safety deposit boxes in hotels is a testament to the commitment of the hospitality industry in ensuring your peace of mind during your vacation in Peru. These tips for ensuring a safe and secure trip in Peru will help you have a safe and pleasurable trip to Peru! 

      + Is It Safe to Travel to Peru

      Peru is a country in South America, located on the western side of that continent, encompassing a part of the Andes Mountain range that runs the length of South America, and facing the South Pacific Ocean. Peru shares its borders with Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil, and Bolivia to the east and Chile to the south. What makes this country stand out among all the other countries in the world are its unsurpassed cultural diversity and history. The archaeological heritage of pre-Columbian cultures and the nexus of the ancient Inca’s empire attract the true adventure lovers to this country. Every year it gets thousands of visitors thanks to its wonders. Lots of travelers head straight to Machu Picchu as it’s the most famous destination in the country, but there is so much more to see and do. Peru has amazing beaches and its beauty is not only about historical sites and colonial cities like Lima and Cuzco. Of course, we can't forget about the natural wonders like Rainbow Mountain, Titicaca Lake, Amazon Rainforest, and the mysterious Nazca Lines. Unfortunately, Peru is also famous to be a quite dangerous country, for different reasons. The Media and Embassies often say it’s a dangerous country, it’s not unusual to see violent strikes and violent protests in the cities due to the dissatisfaction towards the government, and pickpockets are pretty common. 

      But if you listen to all what media says, you would never go to Peru. They generally focus on the negative aspects of the country, they only talk about strikes, violence, protests, social problems, drugs, and poverty. Of course, we are not here to deny that these issues exist, just like every other country, Peru has its issues, yet you can travel safely throughout Peruvian territory especially if you join a tour group on a Peru vacation package 

      The press rarely talks about how amazing the Peruvians are. They are kind people and always interested in making friends and they just want travelers to enjoy their time in the country and fall in love with their wonderful Peru. They want travelers to know that there is much more in Peru than crimes and social problems. It won’t take long to make Peruvian friends. They are really friendly, they have a Latin soul after all, and they are so lively. Of course, like in every country, not everybody is genuine and kind. Scams do exist on a small scale so it is important to have your wits about about you during your trip to Peru. 

       

      Some Issues 

      There are sometimes issues in Peru regarding protests and the strikes, more recently due to the arrest of the ex- President Pedro Castillo. However, this type of unrest is not generally directed at tourists. Most of the time Peruvians are just fighting for their rights in their country, because they want better conditions of life and work, they deserve a better country and they don’t want a government that makes bad decisions. The people are calling for a re-election but this has not been addressed by the government. Protests are generally not directed at tourism and tourists are generally safe unless they get caught up in the protests by accident, or the streets and tourist destinations are closed due to the protests. 

       

      Embassy /Consulate Recommendations 

      Embassies are advising that you should avoid any protests or government buildings where protests are likely to take place. The current protests could spread to other parts of the country and lead to road closures, further rail suspensions and closure of airports. Travellers are therefore advised to monitor local social media and adhere to government advice. They should also travel with a sufficient supply of food, water and medication, as well as local currency in cash. 

       

      Is Peru safe for family vacations? 

      In general, Peru is a safe country to travel with children. People are kind, the landscapes are truly stunning and the learning experiences are culturally enriching and fascinating. Many families travel to Peru, some more adventurous than others however, there are few basics to remember. For example, talk to your doctor before taking babies under 2-year-old to high elevation. Book in advance with a reputable tour operator and make sure that all activities you book are suitable for the younger members of the family. 

       

       Is it safe to travel to Peru alone?  

      The general answer is yes, single travelers don´t usually have too many issues. It is recommendable to learn some Spanish before your travel, a little goes a long way, when you are getting around Peru.  

       

      Female travelers 

      Peru is generally safe for female travellers. Women will however, get more unwanted attention, such as dealing with wolf whistling and cat calls. Women should be prudent if alone at night, you may be seen as an easy target for thieves; also, if you are at the bar, you should never leave your drink unattended. 

       

      How safe is the water and food in Peru? 

      In some countries, it is appropriate to drink tap water. Unfortunately, this is not an option in Peru. Make sure you boil the tap water before drinking it at least for 1 minute. In general, the tap water is loaded with limescale and is detectable on drinking even when boiled.  If you are staying at hotels, we recommend bringing a refillable bottle with you to stock up on water from their “bidon” of purified water, and avoid the use of plastics. 

       

      Contact us here if you are uncertain about travel to Peru and we will put your mind at rest. Peru is generally a safe country to visit in South America yet still has its periods of unrest like anywhere else in the world! Please contact us if you are concerned bout your safety in Peru! 

      + Pickpockets in Peru, Preventing theft in Peru, Safety tips for travelers, Peru travel advice

      Peru, a mesmerizing country known for its rich cultural heritage, ancient ruins, and stunning landscapes, beckons adventurers from all around the world. While the allure of Peru is undeniable, so is the presence of pickpockets, a common challenge for tourists. Here, we will shed light on the crafty pickpockets of Peru and provide essential tips to help travelers safeguard their belongings and enjoy a secure exploration of this Andean gem. Here are some Safety tips for travelers to Peru. 

       

      The Pickpocket Predicament 

      Pickpocketing is a prevalent issue in many major cities and tourist destinations in Peru, including Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, and Machu Picchu. These nimble-fingered thieves often target distracted or unsuspecting tourists in crowded areas, public transportation, markets, and even historical sites. The methods employed by pickpockets are as diverse as the country itself, making it crucial for travelers to be vigilant during their visit to Peru. 

       

      Safety Tips for Travelers 

      Conceal Valuables 

      Keep your money, passport, and other valuable documents concealed in an under-clothing pouch or a money belt. Avoid carrying large sums of cash or flashy jewelry. 

      Use Anti-Theft Bags 

      Invest in anti-theft bags with features like lockable zippers, cut-resistant straps, and RFID-blocking compartments. These will make it much harder for pickpockets to access your belongings. 

      Stay Aware 

      Pay attention to your surroundings, especially in crowded places. Be cautious of individuals who get too close, bump into you, or exhibit unusual behavior. 

      Divide and Secure 

      Divide your valuables into multiple pockets and bags. This way, even if a pickpocket succeeds in taking one item, the rest will remain safe. 

      Beware of Distractions 

      Pickpockets often use distraction techniques. Be cautious if someone spills something on you, asks for directions, or engages you in conversation abruptly. 

      Opt for Secure Transportation 

      When using public transportation, especially buses and trains, be on guard. Keep an eye on your belongings and use luggage locks if necessary. 

      Prevent Digital Theft 

      Use password protection and tracking apps for your electronic devices. Ensure your gadgets are secure, and avoid using public Wi-Fi networks for sensitive transactions. 

      Know Emergency Numbers 

      Familiarize yourself with local emergency numbers and contact information for your country's embassy in Peru in case you need assistance. 

      Stay Informed 

      Stay updated on the latest travel advisories and safety recommendations for your destination. Local insights from fellow travelers in Peru can be invaluable. 

      Blend In 

      Avoid drawing attention to yourself by dressing like a local and speaking quietly in public. Dress modestly and respectfully when visiting religious or cultural sites. 

       

      Exploring the enchanting land of Peru is an unforgettable experience, but it's essential to be aware of the presence of pickpockets and take measures to protect your belongings. By following the safety tips outlined in this article, you can minimize the risk of falling victim to theft and fully enjoy the remarkable attractions, culture, and hospitality that Peru has to offer. Stay vigilant, stay prepared, and create lasting memories in this captivating trip to Peru. 

      Technology and Connectivity
      + Buying a SIM Card in Peru: What You Need to Know

      On a Peru Vacation package to explore the enchanting landscapes of Peru, staying connected is crucial. Whether you want to share your incredible experiences with friends and family or ensure access to navigation apps and travel information, getting a local SIM card is a convenient and cost-effective solution. Here we'll guide you through the process of purchasing a SIM card in Peru, so you can stay connected and make the most of your journey. 

       

      Why Buy a Local SIM Card in Peru? 

      Cost-Effective Communication 

      Roaming charges from your home country can quickly add up, making it expensive to stay in touch while traveling in Peru. Purchasing a local SIM card is a budget-friendly alternative, allowing you to enjoy affordable data, call, and text rates, saving you money in the long run. 

       

      Reliable Coverage 

      Local SIM cards in Peru are more likely to provide better coverage in remote and rural areas compared to international roaming services. This is especially important when you plan to explore places like the Andes Mountains, the Amazon Rainforest, or the Sacred Valley of the Incas. 

       

      Convenient Data Access 

      With a local SIM card, you can access the internet on the go, making it easy to use mapping and translation apps, check bus or train schedules, and search for nearby attractions, restaurants, and accommodations. 

       

      Staying in Touch 

      Having a local number during you Peru vacation package makes it easier for friends, family, or fellow travelers to reach you, reducing the hassle of international dialing codes and ensuring you can be reached in case of emergencies. 

       

      Buying a SIM Card in Peru: Step by Step 

      Choose a Network Provider 

      Peru has several mobile network providers, but the two most popular and widely used ones are Claro and Movistar. Both offer reliable coverage and a range of prepaid plans suitable for travelers. You can purchase SIM cards from their stores or authorized resellers. 

       

      Requirements 

      You will need your passport to purchase a SIM card in Peru. It's a legal requirement for registration purposes, so make sure to carry it with you when you visit a provider's store or kiosk. 

       

      Select a Plan 

      Once you have chosen a network provider, discuss your needs with the store staff. They will help you select a suitable prepaid plan based on your data, call, and text requirements. Plans often come in different sizes, with varying amounts of data and validity periods. 

       

      Registration 

      The salesperson will register your SIM card using your passport information. This process is straightforward and should only take a few minutes. 

       

      Insert the SIM Card 

      After you have completed the registration and purchased a plan, the salesperson will help you insert the SIM card into your phone. They will also set up any necessary network settings. 

       

      Top Up Your Credit 

      Prepaid plans come with a fixed amount of credit for data, calls, and texts. You can top up your credit at most convenience stores, kiosks, and authorized dealers. Be sure to check your balance regularly to avoid running out of credit. 

       

      Enjoy Your Stay 

      With your new Peruvian SIM card, you're now ready to explore the country without worrying about expensive roaming fees. You can stay connected, share your experiences, and access valuable travel information on the go. 

       

      Buying a SIM card in Peru is a simple and cost-effective way to ensure seamless communication during your journey through this captivating country. With reliable coverage and affordable data plans, you'll have the freedom to explore Peru's diverse landscapes, engage with its rich culture, and stay connected with loved ones. So, before you embark on your Peru adventure trip, remember to grab a local SIM card and enjoy a well-connected and hassle-free travel experience. 

      + Electrical Voltage and Power Adapters In Peru

      Peru, with its diverse landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture, is a captivating destination for travelers. As you plan your Peru Vacation package to this South American gem, it's essential to be well-prepared, and one of the often overlooked aspects of travel is understanding the country's electrical system, plug sockets, and power chargers. Electrical voltage and adapter requirements in Peru, may be different from your home country, so this guide will help you navigate the complexities of Peru's power infrastructure, ensuring your devices stay charged throughout your Peru adventure trip. 

       

      Peru's Electrical System 

      Peru's electrical system operates at a voltage of 220 volts and a frequency of 60 hertz. This is different from many countries, including the United States and Canada, which use 110-120 volts and 60 hertz. It's crucial to check the voltage requirements of your electronic devices before plugging them into Peruvian outlets to avoid damage or malfunction. 

       

      Plug Types in Peru 

      Peru primarily uses two types of plug sockets: 

      • Type A: This plug has two flat pins, similar to those used in North America. However, due to the higher voltage in Peru, it's not advisable to use a Type A plug for devices designed for 110-120 volts. If your device is dual voltage (110-240 volts), you can use a Type A adapter. 
      • Type C: Type C plugs are the standard European two-pin plugs, with round pins. Most modern hotels and accommodations in Peru are equipped with Type C outlets. 

       

      Some upscale hotels and establishments in Peru may also have Type B outlets, which are the same as Type A but have an additional grounding pin. These can accommodate both Type A and Type B plugs. 

       

      Adapters and Converters 

      To ensure your devices can be used safely in Peru, consider bringing the following: 

      • Adapter: If your device is dual voltage (110-240V), you will only need a plug adapter to convert your plug type to match Peruvian outlets. These are inexpensive and readily available online and in most travel supply stores. 
      • Voltage Converter: If your device is not compatible with 220 volts, you will need a voltage converter. Be cautious when using converters, as they can be bulky and may not be suitable for certain high-power devices like hairdryers or curling irons. It's often more convenient to invest in dual-voltage travel-friendly appliances or purchase them locally on your Peru vacation package . 

       

      Charging Your Devices 

      When charging your devices in Peru, follow these essential tips: 

      • Check the voltage requirements: Always check your device's voltage requirements before plugging it in. Most modern electronic gadgets like laptops, smartphones, and cameras are dual voltage, meaning they can handle both 110-120V and 220-240V. 
      • Use surge protectors: Consider using surge protectors for sensitive electronic devices to safeguard them against voltage fluctuations and power surges that might occur in some areas. 
      • Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS): In regions with inconsistent power supply, a UPS can help protect your equipment and prevent data loss during power outages. 

       

      Understanding Peru's electrical system and the plug sockets used in the country is essential for a smooth and enjoyable travel experience. By knowing the plug types, having the right adapters, and being aware of voltage requirements, you can keep your devices charged and ready to capture the beauty on your Peru adventure trip. Traveling to Peru prepared ensures you can fully enjoy your journey without any unnecessary disruptions. 

      Travel Logistics
      + Getting to Peru - Flight Tips and More for Travelers

      Peru, with its rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and archaeological wonders, has become a bucket-list destination for many travelers. From the mystical Machu Picchu to the vibrant city of Lima and the breathtaking Amazon rainforest, Peru offers a diverse range of experiences waiting to be explored. To embark on this unforgettable journey, you'll first need to navigate the logistics of getting there. Here we will explain all about getting to Peru, flight tips and essential travel information for your visit to Peru. 

       

      Choosing Your Entry Point 

      Peru is a vast country with several international airports, but the two primary entry points for most travelers are Lima and Cusco. 

       

      1. Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM), Lima 
      Why Choose Lima: Lima, the capital city, serves as the primary gateway to Peru. It boasts the largest and most well-connected international airport in the country, making it a popular starting point for many travelers. 

      Connecting Flights: If you're coming from North America, Europe, or Asia, chances are you'll have to take a connecting flight to Lima. Major airlines like LATAM, American Airlines, and Delta operate flights to Lima from various international hubs. 

      Domestic Connections: Lima offers seamless domestic connections to other Peruvian destinations, including Cusco, Arequipa, Juliaca and Iquitos. 

       

      2. Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ), Cusco 
      Why Choose Cusco: Cusco is the gateway to the world-famous Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. If your main focus is exploring these historical and archaeological wonders, flying directly into Cusco may be a convenient option. 

      Connecting Flights: While Cusco has limited international flights, they are mostly from neighboring countries. Most travelers from outside South America will have to connect through Lima or other major hubs in the region before reaching Cusco. 

       

      Booking Your Flight 

      When booking your flights for your visit to Peru, keep the following tips in mind: 

       

      1. Timing: Peru's peak tourist season generally runs from May to September. Prices tend to be higher during this period, so consider traveling to Peru during the shoulder seasons (April, October) for more affordable options and fewer crowds. 
      2. Flexible Dates: Use flight comparison websites and apps to find the best deals. Be flexible with your travel dates to take advantage of lower fares. 
      3. Multiple Airports: Check if you can save money by flying into one airport and departing from another, such as flying into Lima and departing from Cusco, or vice versa. 
      4. Airlines: Research airlines that serve Peru and compare prices, baggage fees, and in-flight services to find the best fit for your needs. 

       

      Best airlines and tips for flying to Peru 

      From Europe 

      Major European airlines like British Airways, Air France, Iberia, KLM, and Lufthansa operate flights to Lima. They often offer convenient connections from various European cities. 

       

      From the USA 

      If you're traveling from the United States, you can choose from several airlines, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Spirit Airlines, which offer flights to Lima. 

       

      From Canada 

      Air Canada and WestJet are popular choices for travelers departing from Canada to Lima. They provide connecting flights from major Canadian cities. 

       

      From Australia 

      While there are no direct flights from Australia to Peru, you can connect through major hubs like Los Angeles, Dallas, or Santiago with airlines like Qantas, LATAM, or American Airlines. 

       

      Entry Requirements 

      Before you travel to Peru, make sure you have the necessary entry requirements in place: 

      1. Passport: Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned departure date from Peru. 
      2. Visa: Depending on your nationality, you may not need a visa for short stays in Peru (up to 90 days). Check the specific visa requirements for your country before traveling to Peru. 

       

      Preparing for Your Arrival 

      To make your arrival in Peru smooth and hassle-free, here are some important steps to take: 

      • Currency: Exchange some currency into Peruvian Soles (PEN) before you arrive or withdraw money from ATMs at the airport for initial expenses. 

      • Language: Learn a few basic Spanish phrases, as English is not widely spoken outside of major tourist areas. 

      • Transportation: Arrange transportation from the airport to your accommodation in advance. Many hotels and hostels offer airport transfers. 

      • Travel Insurance: Consider purchasing travel insurance that covers medical emergencies and trip cancellations. It's a valuable safety net for unexpected situations. 

       

      Getting to Peru is the first exciting step in your journey to explore this captivating country. Whether you start your adventure in Lima or Cusco, careful planning and preparation will ensure a smooth and enjoyable Peru trip. Remember to check the latest travel advisories and entry requirements before departure, and be ready to immerse yourself in Peru's rich culture, history, and natural beauty. From the Andes Mountains to the Amazon rainforest, Peru has something extraordinary to offer every traveler and this useful information about the best airlines and tips for flying to Peru will make your Peru vacation all that more enjoyable! 

      + The Best Ways to Get to Machu Picchu

      The most famous attraction in Peru, by far is Machu Picchu, which  attracts visitors from all over the planet. The archaeological site sits on an isolated mountain ridge where the Andes Mountains meet the Amazon Rainforest. For your Peru Machu Picchu trip, one of the most iconic archaeological sites in the world, and for any Machu Pichu vacation package, you will need to plan ahead, as it is located in a remote area of Peru. Here are the best ways to get to Machu Picchu. 

       

      By Train and Bus from Cusco 

      Cusco to Aguas Calientes: Start your Peru Machu Picchu trip by flying into Cusco, the nearest major city to Machu Picchu. From Cusco, take a train to Aguas Calientes (also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo). Several train companies, such as Peru Rail and Inca Rail, offer daily services. The train ride is a scenic experience in itself. 

      For travelers short on time and otherwise not able or willing to trek to Machu Picchu, most travelers on a Peru vacation package will arrive in Aguas Calientes by train, the ideal solution. It is also the only option with which travelers can avoid an overnight stay in Aguas Calientes altogether and instead arrive in the morning from either Ollantaytambo or Poroy (Cusco). 

      Prices for train tickets to Machu Picchu differ depending on the advanced time of booking, the time slot chosen for the day of travel and the type of train.  

      The Vistadome and Expedition trains come with large panoramic windows and skylights through which passengers can enjoy the stunning views of the Sacred Valley. Trains depart for the three-hour train journey from Poroy, a small village outside Cusco, or the 1:30-minute ride from Ollantaytambo several times a day.  

      The Belmond Hiram Bingham offers a luxury level of service with the inclusion of gourmet food, drinks and on-board entertainment. Running only between Poroy and Machu Picchu, the service offered during the three-hour train is reminiscent of luxury exclusive train travel on the orient Express, with all the creature comforts thrown in. 

       

      Hiking 

      The Inca Trail 

      The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the most authentic trail to Machu Picchu and one of the most iconic trekking experiences in the world. If your dream is to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, then you will be hiking an extensive Andean Road system built by the Incas called the Qapaq Ñan, spanning 30,000 kms and was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2014. 

      With a length of 45 kms and reaching an altitude of 4,200m in elevation, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu passes through several types of Andean environments, including cloud forest and alpine tundra, with many Incan ruins along the way. It is the only trail which actually reaches the Sun Gate, Inti Punku, the historic entry point to Machu Picchu, from which hikers enjoy a spectacular view over the sacred city. Hikers are not permitted to trek the Inca trail without a guide and as a result, books out months in advance, especially in high season. 

       

      The Short Inca Trail 

      Getting to Machu Picchu on the two-day Inca Trail consists of a stunning train journey, to access Km 104 of the Inca Trail hike. 

      You will disembark the train around 30 minutes before Aguas Calientes at what will appear to be the middle of nowhere, the stop KM 104. From here, the short Inca Trail hike will take you into the Andes Mountains and will ascend up around and down this mind-blowing mountain range. It is an intermediate hike that can take anywhere from 5-8 hours. There are plenty of steep climbs and tight curves, but they are all worth the stunning views from the top of the world in Peru. This shorter option joins the classic Inca trail on its day 3 allowing you to trek into Machu Picchu through the sun gate, but with no camping involved. After the first day’s trekking, you will spend a night in Aguas Calientes in a hotel with the Machu Picchu visit on the second day. 

       

      Salkantay Trek 

      If there are no permits for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, then the second favourite option is the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. The trek offers a similarly diverse trekking experience with a mix of different terrains, ranging from snowy peaks to tropical areas. The biggest highlight of the 55-km trek is crossing the Salkantay Pass at a lung-bursting 4600m elevation with spectacular vistas into the valley below and views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. 

      Starting in Mollepata or Soraypampa, the Salkantay Trail finishes in Aguas Calientes, where hikers stay for the night before visiting Machu Picchu the next day. Officially renamed Machu Picchu Pueblo, Aguas Calientes is the town closest to Machu Picchu and the principal access point through which most visitors must pass either on their way to the sacred city. 

       

      Alternative Hikes 

      A number of different hikes have been adapted with Machu Picchu being the final destination, via of course Aguas Calientes.  These include the magnificent 4-day Lares trek, The 9-day Choquequirao Trek, not for the feint-hearted and The Moonstone Inca Quarry trek which takes 5 days. Whichever your chosen option, the prize at the end of the day is the magnificent Machu Picchu! 

       

      By Bus and Hike from Hydroelectric Station 

      An economical option is to take a bus from Cusco to Hydroelectric Station, which takes around 6-7 hours. From there, you can hike along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes, which takes about 3 hours. This option is more time-consuming but cheaper than taking the train. Dozens of minibuses take passengers to nearby Hidroelectrica, a hydroelectric power station at the end of a long and narrow dirt road in the Urubamba Valley. Hidroelectrica is connected to Aguas Calientes via a train line, but many people prefer complete the route on foot instead.  

       

      Tour Package 

      Many tour operators such as Valencia Travel offer comprehensive Peru tour packages for your Peru trip, that include transportation, accommodation, entrance tickets, and guided tours. This can be a convenient option for those who want a hassle-free experience. This way you can forget about all the logistics for your Machu Picchu vacation package and concentrate on the magnificent scenery and awe-inspiring archaeological site ! 

      Visiting Machu Picchu is a unique and awe-inspiring journey that combines history, culture, and natural beauty. It's a place that appeals to travelers of all interests and backgrounds, making it a must-visit destination for those exploring Peru and South America. Whether you trek, train, or bus to Machu Pichu on your Peru holiday package is however you decision!  

      + Transportation Options in Peru: Getting Around Made Easy

      Traveling around Peru offers a diverse range of experiences, from exploring ancient ruins like Machu Picchu to enjoying the vibrant culture of cities like Lima and Cusco. The best ways to travel around Peru depend on your interests, budget, and the regions you plan to visit. Often traveling around Peru comes down to one deciding factor; How much time you have. If time allows, you can travel the country by bus, car or train to see this magical country. However, if your vacation is a short one, then air travel could be the best option. As they say, travel is the main part of the journey, not just the destination! Here are some options to consider. 

       

      Domestic Flights 

      Peru is a large country with diverse geographical features, so domestic flights are often the quickest way to cover long distances. Major cities like Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, and Iquitos have well-connected airports. Airlines such as Latam, Star, Sky, or Jetsmart are the main domestic airlines. If you are booking domestic flights, please bear on mid that the cheaper flight options only include hand luggage which should be reserved at the time of booking. 

       

      Buses 

      Peru has an extensive and affordable long-distance bus network. Several bus companies offer different levels of service, from budget to luxury. The main companies are Oltursa, Cruz del Sur, Civa or Ormeño. While travel times can be long, the scenic routes offer beautiful landscapes and the opportunity to interact with locals. 

       

      Trains 

      Consider taking the train for certain routes, especially between Cusco and Machu Picchu. The scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu is an experience in itself. Peru Rail an Inca Rail are the main operators to Machu Picchu and you can choose between Expedition tourist class, Vistadome or the luxury Hiram Bingham to Machu Picchu. You can also take the Andean Explorer from Cusco to Puno, or visa versa for stunning landscapes and an element of luxury through the altiplano. 

       

      Taxis 

      In cities like Lima, Cusco, and Arequipa, apps like Uber or take taxis for convenient transportation within the city. Ensure you use reputable companies for your safety. 

       

      Colectivos 

      These shared minivans or taxis are a common mode of transportation for short distances or reaching places not easily accessible by buses. The destinations are usually called out at the bus stops or the stops are listed on the windscreen. 

       

      Walking 

      Many cities in Peru, especially Cusco and Arequipa, have compact and walkable historic centers. Exploring on foot is a great way to soak in the culture and architecture. 

       

      Bicycles 

      Some cities, like Lima, have bike-sharing programs, and you can also rent bicycles for exploring various destinations, including the scenic Miraflores boardwalk in Lima. This can be incorporated into any Lima city tour. You can also hire bikes and mountain bikes to explore the Sacred Valley either independently or on any Sacred Valley tour from Cusco! 

       

      Boats 

      In regions like the Amazon rainforest and Lake Titicaca, boats are often the primary mode of transportation. Consider taking boat tours to explore these areas. 

       

      Combis 

      These are small public buses that operate in cities and towns. They are inexpensive but can be crowded and less comfortable. 

       

      Hiking 

      If you're adventurous and in good shape, consider trekking options like the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or the Huayhuash Circuit for breathtaking scenery. 

       

      Taxis Collectivos 

      These are shared taxis that follow specific routes and are a faster option than buses for some routes. 

       

      Rental Cars 

      While not always necessary, renting a car gives you the flexibility to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations. However, be aware of the challenging driving conditions and road quality in some areas. 

       

      Guided Tours 

      If you prefer a hassle-free experience, consider joining a guided tour that includes transportation, accommodations, and activities. This can be particularly convenient for trekking and exploring remote areas as well as the more traditional destinations on your Peru vacation package.

      Remember that while traveling in Peru, it's essential to consider your safety and make informed choices about transportation. Always research the latest travel advisories and use reputable transportation providers. Additionally, be prepared for high altitudes in some areas, so acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness. By knowing your transportation options in Peru, you can discover this amazing country to the maximum! 

      + Domestic Flights in Peru: Cost and Booking Tips

      Peru, a land of diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage, offers travelers a myriad of experiences. Whether you're exploring the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, trekking through the Amazon rainforest, or savoring the flavors of Peruvian cuisine, on your Peru visit, this South American gem has something for everyone. To make the most of your journey, it's essential to understand the ins and outs of domestic flights within Peru. Here, we will explore the cost of domestic flights and provide you with valuable cost-saving tips for booking domestic flights in Peru for your Peru vacation package. 

       

      Getting around Peru by plane, the main destinations 

      The main destinations when you visit Peru can be easily reached by air in around 1 to 2 hours from Lima, the capital city. Some of those cities in the south of Peru are Cusco, Arequipa, Juliaca (Puno), Puerto Maldonado (Tambopata) and Ayacucho. In the north: Trujillo (La Libertad), Chiclayo (Lambayeque), Piura (Mancora), Tumbes, Jaen, and Iquitos. The average cost of a domestic flight for your Peru getaway can be anywhere between $50 USD (one way) and $250 USD (one way, depending on the time of year, how far you book in advance, and how much luggage you have, to mention just a few influential factors. 

      Flights to cities like Cusco and Arequipa have many departures during the day. Yet, some others only have one or two daily frequencies (or even every 2 days). To make sure you find a good flight schedule, we recommend checking your dates on the airline web page in advance to plan your trip according to it. 

       

      The Cost of Domestic Flights in Peru 

      The average cost of a domestic flight on your Peru trip can be anywhere between $50 USD (one way) and $250 USD (one way), depending on the time of year, how far you book in advance, and how much luggage you have, to mention just a few influential factors. 

      • Understanding Seasonal Variations: Like many travel destinations, the cost of domestic flights in Peru can vary significantly based on the time of year. Peak tourist seasons, typically from June to August and around Christmas and New Year, tend to see higher prices due to increased demand. To save on flights, consider traveling during shoulder seasons or the off-peak months when prices are more budget-friendly. 
      • Booking in Advance: One of the golden rules for saving on domestic flights for your trip to  Peru is to book your tickets well in advance. Airlines often offer discounted fares for travelers who plan their trips ahead of time. Aim to book your flights at least a few months before your intended travel date to secure the best deals. 
      • Flexible Travel Dates: If your travel schedule allows for flexibility, consider adjusting your departure and return dates. Sometimes flying a day earlier or later can result in substantial savings. Use fare comparison websites or flexible date search options on booking platforms to find the most cost-effective options. 
      • Comparison Shopping: The Peruvian domestic flight market is competitive, with several airlines operating routes within the country. Take advantage of this competition by comparing prices across different carriers. Popular domestic airlines in Peru include LATAM Airlines, Avianca, and Viva Air. Be sure to explore budget options, as they often offer competitive fares. 
      • Frequent Flyer Miles and Loyalty Programs: If you frequently travel within or visit Peru, consider joining a frequent flyer program or loyalty program offered by a Peruvian airline. Accumulating miles and loyalty points can lead to discounts and free flights, saving you money in the long run. 

       

      Which airline should I use to book my domestic flights within Peru? 

      You are probably wondering with which airline should you book your domestic flights on your your Peru vacation package. There are not many options to choose from, but some of them are more reliable than others and have many departures. We recommend Latam Airlines, Sky Airlines (low cost), and Avianca (only for Lima to Cusco or visa-versa). There are other airlines, such as Star Peru or Viva Air, that also offer departures to the major destinations. But have lesser frequencies and not a very good reputation in punctuality and service. 

       

      Latam

      Flying to 15 different destinations within Peru, LATAM has made a name for itself as the biggest airline in the country, with the highest frequency of domestic flights in Peru. It is probably the airline with the biggest and most modern plane fleet in the country, and probably the most reliable airline for your Peru adventures. 

      Destinations: Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Jaen, Chiclayo, Cusco, Iquitos, Lima, Piura, Puerto Maldonado, Pucallpa, Juliaca (Puno), Tacna, Tarapoto, Trujillo, and Tumbes. 

      Pros: Great variety of flight frequencies, big aircraft, inflight service, good reputation on safety onboard, sustainability programs, and variety of rates depending on your preferences on board. 

      Cons: Some of the highest rates on domestic flights. 

       

      Sky Airlines 

      The big Chilean low-cost airline that has recently started operations in Peru in 2019, has quickly consolidated their position in the Peruvian airline market with their low rates, punctual flight departures, and many departures for your Peru trip. 

      Destinations 

      Puerto Maldonado (Tambopata), Juliaca (Puno), Cusco, Arequipa, Piura, Trujillo, Tarapoto, Pucallpa, Iquitos, Ayacucho and Tumbes. 

      Pros: Flights to the most important and popular cities within Peru, many departures, good aircraft conditions, reliable reputation, and some of the cheapest rates for flights in Peru. 

      Cons: As a low-cost airline, it doesn’t include service on board or snacks. The base price for a flight doesn’t include carry-on or checked bags, it only consists of an 8-kg personal item (but you can add more bags for an additional fee). 

       

      Avianca 

      Although Avianca was the second leading airline in Peru, they went bankrupt last year. Then, they decided to stop their domestic flight operations within the country (except for Cusco) and only offer flights and other countries outside Peru. A member of Star Alliance, Avianca also complies with the highest standards in terms of safety, innovation, and customer service. 

      Destinations: Cusco 

      Pros: Modern plane fleet, overall excellent passenger experience, both airport and flight services run very smoothly, great frequent flyer program, snack onboard. 

      Cons: Only operates flights from Lima to Cusco and visa-versa. Not many daily departures. 

       

      Viva Air 

      Considered as a sister airline with Viva Colombia, Viva Air was the first low-cost airline established in Peru. Its prices are low, competitive and it targets travelers looking for a quick break for their vacation to Peru or those who would like to visit their family and friends. 

      Destinations: Cusco, Arequipa, Piura, Iquitos, Tarapoto, Jaen, Chiclayo, Cajamarca, Tacna, and Juliaca (Puno). 

      Pros: Low and standardized prices according to each destination. Flights to the most important and popular cities within Peru. 

      Cons: Any service is included onboard as a low-cost airline. Not a very good reputation due to delays in transited destinations. 

       

      Star Peru 

      Star Peru is one of the smallest airlines in Peru. Although it’s an ok airline with much cheaper rates than Latam, friendly staff, and proper flight schedules, it doesn’t have a good reputation for punctuality and has reported many flight cancellations. 

      Destinations: Ayacucho, Cusco, Huanuco, Iquitos, Lima, Pucallpa, Puerto Maldonado, and Tarapoto. 

      Pros: Good fares, small waiting lines, good flight schedules, small but comfortable planes, friendly crew. 

      Cons: Difficult to book tickets online, old airline fleet, canceled flight departures, and bad reputation in punctuality. 

       

      Booking Tips for Domestic Flights in Peru 

      Online Booking 

      The easiest and most convenient way to book domestic flights in Peru is through online booking platforms. Websites and mobile apps offered by airlines or third-party booking agencies provide a hassle-free way to compare prices, check flight availability, and make reservations. 

      Local Travel Agencies 

      In some cases, local travel agencies in Peru can offer competitive prices and personalized assistance for booking domestic flights. While online booking is generally more convenient, it's worth exploring this option if you want an in-person touch. 

      Language 

      Most airline websites and booking platforms offer English-language options. However, having some knowledge of basic Spanish can be helpful, especially when interacting with local travel agencies or airport staff. 

      Baggage Policies 

      Different airlines in Peru may have varying baggage policies and fees. Be sure to check these details before booking to avoid unexpected charges at the airport. 

      Airport Taxes 

      Keep in mind that some airports in Peru charge departure taxes, which are not included in your ticket price. Ensure you have enough local currency (Peruvian Soles) to cover these fees when departing from such airports. 

       

      Navigating domestic flights in Peru can be an essential part of your travel experience, allowing you to explore the country efficiently and comfortably. By using these cost-saving tips for booking domestic flights in Peru and following these booking tips, you can optimize your travel budget, leaving you with more resources to immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of this captivating nation. So, start planning your Peru adventure trip today, and let the domestic flights take you to new heights! 

      Environmental Responsibility
      + How to Be a Responsible Traveler

      Traveling to a country as diverse and culturally rich as Peru is an incredible experience that can leave a lasting impact on both the traveler and the destination. As tourism continues to grow, it's essential for visitors to be mindful of their actions and choices to ensure that their presence contributes positively to the local communities, environment, and culture. This article aims to provide valuable insights and guidelines on how to be a responsible tourist when exploring the enchanting landscapes and vibrant traditions of Peru. 

       

      Respect Peruvian Culture and Traditions 

      Peru boasts a remarkable cultural heritage that includes ancient civilizations like the Inca, as well as the customs and traditions of its indigenous communities. As a responsible tourist, it's crucial to respect and appreciate the local culture. This includes dressing modestly when visiting sacred sites, asking for permission before taking photos of people, and refraining from disrupting religious ceremonies. 

       

      Support the Local Economy 

      One of the most effective ways to positively impact a destination is by supporting its local economy. Prioritize staying in locally-owned accommodations, dining at local restaurants, and purchasing handmade crafts and products from local artisans and local businesses. This practice ensures that the money you spend directly benefits the communities you visit, creating a sustainable source of income for them. You will probably also  get a lower price too! 

       

      Choose Sustainable Tour Operators 

      When planning your trip to Peru, opt for tour operators such as Valencia Travel that prioritize sustainability and responsible tourism practices. Look for those that follow ethical guidelines, focus on minimizing their environmental footprint, and support local initiatives. Responsible tour operators often provide educational experiences that foster an understanding of the local culture and environment. 

       

      Porters Rights 

      If you are planning to trek along the Inca Trail to machu Picchu, select a tour operator such as Valencia Travel that values and respects the rights of porters. Ethical tour companies ensure that porters are treated fairly, paid decent wages, provided with proper equipment, and work in safe conditions. They limit the weight porters carry and prioritize porter welfare throughout the journey. 

       

      Minimize Plastic Waste 

      The issue of plastic pollution affects destinations worldwide, and Peru is no exception. Bring a reusable water bottle and a cloth bag to avoid single-use plastic items. Many hotels and restaurants in Peru are adopting eco-friendly practices, so support their efforts by using eco-friendly products and avoiding unnecessary plastic consumption. 

       

      Conserve Natural Resources 

      Peru is home to diverse ecosystems, from the Amazon rainforest to the Andes Mountains. Be conscious of your water and energy usage, especially in regions where resources might be scarce. Opt for eco-friendly activities like hiking and wildlife spotting that have minimal impact on the environment. 

       

      Wildlife and Nature Interaction 

      Peru is known for its unique wildlife, including the majestic condors and colorful Amazonian creatures. However, it's vital to maintain a respectful distance from animals and their habitats. Avoid touching, feeding, or attempting to get too close to wild animals, as this can disrupt their natural behavior and ecosystems. 

       

      Dispose of Waste Responsibly 

      Whether you're exploring the bustling streets of Lima or the remote trails of Machu Picchu, always dispose of your waste responsibly. Use designated trash bins and recycling facilities, and if none are available, carry your trash with you until you find an appropriate place to dispose of it. 

       

      Being a responsible tourist in Peru is about making conscious choices that preserve its cultural heritage, protect its environment, and support its communities. By respecting local traditions, supporting the local economy, and choosing sustainable practices, you can leave a positive impact on this beautiful country while creating unforgettable memories for yourself. Remember that your actions as a responsible traveler in Peru can inspire others to follow suit, ensuring that Peru remains a vibrant and cherished destination for generations to come. 

      + Sustainable Practices for the Eco-Friendly Tourist in Peru

      Peru, has long been a magnet for travelers seeking an adventure that combines natural wonders and historical intrigue. From the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu to the lush biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest, the allure of Peru is undeniable. However, as the global movement towards eco-consciousness gains momentum, it becomes imperative for travelers to explore this remarkable country with a commitment to sustainability. From supporting indigenous artisans to responsible wildlife viewing in the Amazon, reducing plastic waste to choosing eco-friendly accommodations, this guide is your roadmap to responsible and sustainable travel in Peru. Discover how you can immerse yourself in Peru's wonders while leaving only footprints and taking away unforgettable memories and a sense of fulfillment. Join us on this journey to explore the best of Peru in a way that respects its heritage and protects its natural beauty. 

       

      Support Local Communities 

      Stay in locally-owned accommodations, eat in local restaurants, and buy handicrafts from local artisans. This helps the local economy and reduces the carbon footprint associated with large, international chains. 

       

      Responsible Wildlife Viewing 

      When visiting the Amazon rainforest or other natural areas, choose operators that follow ethical wildlife viewing guidelines. Avoid tours that engage in activities harmful to animals, such as riding them or getting too close to nesting sites. 

       

      Respect Cultural Heritage 

      Peru has a rich cultural history. When visiting archaeological sites like Machu Picchu or historic towns like Cusco, be respectful of the heritage. Do not touch or climb on ancient structures and follow the guidance of local authorities. 

       

      Reduce Plastic Use 

       Carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification methods to reduce the need for single-use plastic bottles. Avoid using plastic bags and opt for reusable bags. 

       

      Minimize Energy and Water Consumption 

      Conserve resources by turning off lights, air conditioning, and heating when not in use. Limit your water usage and choose accommodations with water-saving initiatives. 

       

      Choose Sustainable Tour Operators 

      Look for tour operators like Valencia Travel that have sustainability initiatives, such as waste reduction, renewable energy use, and low-impact transportation options. They should also employ local guides who can provide insight into the culture and ecosystem. 

       

      Responsible Trekking 

       If you plan on hiking along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, use the services of operators who follow Leave No Trace principles. Pack out your waste, and choose responsible tour companies with responsible camping practices. 

       

      Public Transportation 

      Use public transportation or shared transportation options when moving between cities or exploring regions. This helps reduce the carbon footprint associated with private vehicles. 

       

      Opt for Eco-Lodges 

      Choose accommodations that are certified as eco-friendly or sustainably operated. These lodges often have initiatives in place to minimize their environmental impact. 

       

      Learn About the Local Ecosystem 

      Take the opportunity to educate yourself about the local flora and fauna. Understanding the environment helps you appreciate it more and encourages its protection. 

       

      Reduce Water Waste 

      Be mindful of water consumption, especially in regions where water is scarce. Take shorter showers and reuse towels to reduce the need for frequent washing. 

       

      Dispose of Waste Properly 

      Always use designated trash and recycling bins, and do not litter. In rural areas, pack out your trash to avoid impacting local ecosystems. 

       

      Support Conservation Efforts 

      Consider donating to local conservation organizations working to protect Peru's natural and cultural treasures. Visit museums and cultural centers that contribute to preservation efforts. 

       

      Offset Your Carbon Emissions 

       If flying when you travel to Peru, consider offsetting your carbon emissions by investing in carbon offset programs. 

       

      Respect Wildlife and Nature 

      Do not disturb wildlife, and stay on designated paths in protected areas to minimize your impact on the environment. 

       

      By following these sustainable practices, eco-friendly tourists can help preserve Peru's stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage for future generations while also supporting local communities and minimizing their environmental footprint, during your trip to Peru. Eco-friendly tourism practices not only enrich your travel experience but also ensure that the natural beauty and cultural richness of Peru are preserved for generations to come, and will allow you to savor the splendors of Peru while minimizing your environmental footprint and contributing positively to the local communities. 

      + The Importance of Environmental Awareness in Peru

      Peru, a land of astonishing ecological diversity, rugged mountain ranges, and ancient civilizations, stands as a testament to the remarkable harmony between nature and culture. From the Amazon rainforest to the majestic Andes and the mysterious Nazca Lines etched in the arid desert, Peru's landscapes hold an exceptional beauty that has captured the world's imagination. Yet, beneath this enchanting facade lies a delicate balance that requires our vigilant care and environmental consciousness. Environmental awareness is of vital importance whenever people visit on their Peru vacation package. Find out more here. 

       

      Biodiversity and Conservation 

      Peru is one of the world's most biologically diverse countries, home to a wide range of ecosystems, including the Amazon rainforest, Andes mountains, and coastal deserts. Preserving this biodiversity is crucial for the health of the planet and for future generations. 

       

      Indigenous Communities 

      Many indigenous communities in Peru rely on the environment for their livelihoods and cultural identity. Environmental awareness is essential to protect their rights and ensure that their traditional knowledge is respected. 

       

      Climate Change 

      Peru is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including glacial melting in the Andes and extreme weather events. Raising awareness about climate change is essential for mitigating these effects and adapting to new challenges. 

       

      Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security 

      Peru is a major producer of agricultural products, including quinoa and coffee. Environmental awareness in Peru is critical for promoting sustainable farming practices that preserve soil and water resources. 

       

      Ecotourism 

      Peru's natural beauty, including the Amazon River, Machu Picchu, and the Nazca Lines, is a major driver of its economy through tourism. Environmental conservation is essential for preserving these attractions and maintaining the tourism industry. 

       

      Water Resources 

      Access to clean water is a fundamental human right, and many Peruvians rely on rivers and lakes for their water supply. Protecting these water sources from pollution and overuse is essential for public health. 

       

      Illegal Logging and Mining 

      Peru faces challenges from illegal logging and mining activities, which can have devastating effects on the environment. Environmental awareness can help combat these illegal activities and promote sustainable resource management. 

       

      International Commitments 

      Peru is a signatory to international agreements and conventions aimed at environmental protection, such as the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity. Environmental awareness is crucial for fulfilling these commitments. 

       

      Public Health 

      Environmental degradation can have a direct impact on public health in terms of air and water pollution. Promoting environmental awareness can help reduce these health risks. 

       

      Long-term Economic Viability 

      Sustainable environmental practices are essential for the long-term economic well-being of the country. Environmental degradation can lead to increased costs, reduced agricultural productivity, and the loss of natural resources. 

      In conclusion, environmental awareness in Peru is crucial for preserving the country's unique natural resources, protecting the rights and livelihoods of Peru´s indigenous communities, and ensuring a sustainable and healthy future for its citizens. It also plays a significant role in Peru's global commitments to environmental protection and its economic stability. The importance of environmental awareness in Peru cannot be overstated. This nation is both a treasure trove of biodiversity and a testament to the enduring traditions of indigenous communities. It is a place where the effects of climate change are acutely felt, where sustainable agriculture and responsible tourism are pivotal to the economy, and where the protection of vital water resources is non-negotiable. Peru's environmental challenges and triumphs resonate globally, as it navigates the intricate interplay of conservation, culture, and development. 

       

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