• Transportation in Peru is varied, and its type depends on the area where you are. On the coast, the main mode of transport are boats, while throughout the country there are bus services that may be economic or luxury. Taxis are also available, as well tour services, trains and others.
• It is advisable to carry at least one credit or debit card if cash is required for an emergency. ATMs are available in major cities and airports in Peru. The best option for daily expenses are the traveler’s checks.
• For vegetarians, in the main cities of Peru there are several restaurants that offer versions of traditional Peruvian dishes with soy substitutes. However, one must specifically request a plato vegetariano, and one must know that the term “sin carne” refers only to red meat and pork.
• The high season for a country visit occurs between June and August, which coincides with the summer holidays in the U.S. and Europe. Therefore, the best time of year to go, for example, to the ruins of Machu Picchu.
• On the proper places, tipping is up to an average of 10 percent, but an extra 10 percent is always welcomed if the service has been satisfactory. The hotel porter and bell boy are usually given a dollar per bag.
• The town of Huanuco is a placid place to visit, especially for its altitude, and with a privileged geographical condition compared to the highlands. It also has one of the oldest archaeological sites in Peru, the Temple of Kotosh, also known as the Temple of the Crossed Hands.
• The Amazon basin in Peru is an attraction that stands out as a true natural attraction, and has managed to preserve its flora and fauna by the Peruvian government intervention. The area can offer trips through the jungle, observing animals and more urban services among its three areas: Pucallpa, Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos.
• Another natural attraction is the Urubamba River, better known as the Sacred Valley. In this region, located north of Cuzco, are the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, and other Inca sites, as well as colorful markets and villages, and high-impact activities such as rafting and trekking.
• The city of Arequipa also offers various activities that combine the best of urban and outdoor living. From climbing the peaks of the Andes or an expedition across the jungle to visit a trendy nightclub, this place will satisfy all tastes.
• Mancora is a must for anyone who goes to Peru. With hotels and restaurants available around its area, this is the place for those seeking the tranquility and beauty of a beach that is conveniently located in the sunniest region of the country.
Text: Amura ± Foto: Patrick Monney