Everything you need to know before visiting Peru
Due to the great diversity of climate, Peru is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Lima is the second-largest desert city in the world, the Andes hide incredible Inca ruins left almost intact by a civilization that perished too soon, and the Peruvian part of the Amazon is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. Machu Picchu Fortress is considered one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, and the variety of resources attracts millions of tourists each year fascinated by Peruvian cuisine.
The incredible destinations that can be visited in Peru can sometimes make the task of planning a trip really challenging, so keep in mind the following:
Visit the desert
Although Machu Picchu is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world, do not miss out the chance to visit the coastal regions and the desert. Book at least three days in Lima to discover the Peruvian gastronomy for which Peru has been recognized as one of the world’s best culinary destinations. A cooking class is an authentic Peruvian experience where you can spend your time learning to prepare traditional dishes such as Lomo Saltado or Aji de Gallina.
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For a day trip visit Huacachina, the oasis city in the middle of the desert.
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Stay at a lodge in the Amazon
In the Amazon live millions of species of insects, fish, birds, or large mammals, and it is the last place on Earth where harpy eagles, jaguars, and pink dolphins are still found. Spend a few days at a lodge and don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit a Macaw Clay Lick or adventures such as trekking through the jungle at night. As accommodation options, you can choose between Iquitos, Tambopata National Park, or Taricaya Reserve.
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If you have the opportunity, visit two different parts of the jungle, because each National Park is special. We stayed 4 days in Taricaya Reserve to observe the wildlife and 3 days in Tambopata National Park for bird watching at Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick.
Choose Inka Trail
One of the most beautiful trekking routes in the world is located in the Peruvian Andres, along some ancient Inca cities and absolutely spectacular landscapes between the clouds. The road built by the Incas through the mountains, for reaching from Cuzco to Machu Picchu citadel, has become in recent years one of the most appreciated experiences in Peru.
To reduce the negative impact of tourism on the original structures, a limited number of access permits are offered for sale only once a year and can be purchased just through a travel agency. From Cuzco to Sun Gate or Inti Punku ( the entry point to Machu Picchu) is 88km, and the route can only be followed with a group of qualified guides, so if you decide to go on the Inca Trail, you must plan your trip early.
Do not go alone
From a safety point of view, you can opt for a tour organized by a local travel agency. Depending on your preferred destination, you can create your own itinerary, including accommodation, transport, and activities you want to take part with a guide. If you do not have much time, then this option is perfect to visit as much as possible without having to worry about staying in line for tickets.
Do not forget that flights are often delayed
Regardless of the itinerary you choose, don’t be scared if at the last moment your flight is delayed. Try to organize your schedule as safely as possible and make sure to keep a few hours between the flights with a stopover.