If you are looking for an adventure worthy of a bucket list then look no further than Peru. I visited this incredible country in 2009 as part of an incredible trip with World Challenge. We had initially planned to travel to Mexico but due to the swine flu outbreak at that time, we were diverted at the last minute to Peru and what a fortune turn of events that was. While much has changed since my last trip to South America, Peru remains one of my favourite destinations in the world and is still full of wonders ready to be explored by eager travellers.
If you are travelling from the UK then given the distances involved, we would recommend spending at least 2 weeks (if not longer) in Peru. Don’t worry though – there is so much for you to see and do during your visit there is no chance that you will get bored. From Lima to Cusco and Machu Picchu to the Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca, there are so many wonders for you to explore. Time to get planning!
Views from the Ausangate Trek
Visit the Uros Islands
Sleep at the bottom of a glacier
Currency – Peruvian Sol.
Best time to visit – The best time to visit Peru is during the peak season between May and October. This time of year is really popular for travellers to Peru as it is the dry season which means better weather for all of your exciting adventures.
Accommodation – Accommodation in Peru can be a mixed bag and you do get what you pay for. Due to the nature of my trip, I stayed mostly in hostels and basic hotels. The accommodation on offer was reasonably priced although we did sometimes compromise on comfort! Most hostels we stayed in also included a free breakfast of scrambled eggs.
Food – Peruvian food has become a hit in the UK with a string of London restaurants offering incredible ceviche. Keep an eye out during your trip for wonderful local seafood. Another Peruvian classic is guinea pig although I have to admit I chickened out at that point!
Transport – Make sure to do your research on public transport in Peru as some of the network is significantly better (and safer!) than other parts. We used reputable coach companies throughout our trip which offered modern and comfortable buses for long journeys. The Andean Explorer is a must if you are travelling from Puno to Cusco. Internal flights are also available if you are travelling between Cusco and Lima.
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How much will it cost me – if you are on a tight budget then look away now. A trip to Peru is likely to be quite expensive not least because flights from the UK will set you back a significant amount. Living costs once you are in Peru will be fairly low but make sure to budget for some great excursions once you are there. This is definitely one for a blow-out bucket list trip!
Going to Peru is, well, if you ever have an opportunity in your life to go there, you should do it because it is absolutely mind boggling.
If you are ready for a Peruvian adventure – check out the rest of our Peru content to kickstart your planning and help you make the most of your trip.