PERU

Peru is a diverse and beautiful country located in South America. From the stunning Andes Mountains to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, there is so much to see and do in this incredible destination. Whether you're interested in exploring the vibrant culture of Lima, trekking through the Amazon rainforest, or tasting delicious Peruvian cuisine, Peru has something for everyone. Don't miss the opportunity to visit this amazing country and experience all that it has to offer!

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Arequipa

Arequipa, known as the "White City" due to its stunning colonial architecture made of white volcanic stone, is a must-visit destination in Peru. With its picturesque plazas, historic churches, and vibrant markets, Arequipa offers a unique blend of culture and history. Visitors can also explore the nearby Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world, and spot Andean condors soaring overhead. Whether you're a history buff, nature lover, or simply looking to experience the beauty of Peru, Arequipa has something for everyone.

Cuzco

Cuzco, located in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, is a city steeped in history and culture. From its ancient Incan ruins to its colonial architecture, Cuzco offers visitors a glimpse into Peru's rich past. The city is also a gateway to the iconic Machu Picchu, making it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in exploring the wonders of the Andes.

Lima

Lima, the capital city of Peru, is a vibrant and bustling metropolis that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and modernity. From its colonial architecture to its world-renowned gastronomy, Lima has something to offer every visitor. Whether you're exploring the historic district of Miraflores, sampling ceviche at a local market, or taking in the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Lima is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who visit.

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At Itaca Tours, we offer additional services to elevate your travel experience to the next level. We have partnered with various companies to ensure you have everything yo need for a seamless and enjoyable trip. 

First, you can request a SIM Card through Drimsim, ensuring you have internet and phone service wherever you go. This way, you stay connected with your loved ones and have access to maps, guides, and other essential travel information.

Additionally, thanks of our partner Ekta, we offer travel insurance options for your peace of mind.

Lastly, we have partnered with Radical Storage to provide secure luggage storage services. You can leave your bags in a safe location while you explore new destinations, free from the hassle of carrying your belongings around.

With these services, we aim to make your travel experience as convenient and worry-free as possible.

Tips to travel

Traveling to Peru offers a rich tapestry of culture, history, and natural beauty. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your trip:

Visa Requirements: Check the visa requirements for your nationality before traveling to Peru. Many visitors can enter visa-free for short stays, but it's essential to verify the specific requirements based on your country of origin.

Best Time to Visit: Peru's climate varies greatly depending on the region. The best time to visit depends on your interests and the regions you plan to explore. The dry season (May to September) is generally the best time to visit the Andes mountains, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon rainforest, with sunny weather and mild temperatures. The wet season (October to April) brings rain showers, especially in the Amazon and the Andean highlands, but it's also a great time to visit for lush landscapes and fewer crowds.

Currency and Payments: The official currency of Peru is the Peruvian Sol (PEN). US dollars are widely accepted in tourist areas, but it's advisable to exchange some currency for soles for use in local markets and establishments. Major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants, and larger stores, but it's always a good idea to carry cash for smaller purchases and transactions.

Health Precautions: Make sure to drink bottled or purified water to avoid stomach issues. Apply sunscreen and insect repellent as needed, especially in tropical areas like the Amazon rainforest. If you're traveling to high-altitude areas like Cusco or Puno, take it easy upon arrival to acclimatize to the altitude. Consider purchasing travel insurance that includes medical coverage before your trip.

Transportation: Getting around in Peru can be done through buses, domestic flights, taxis, and rental cars. Buses are an affordable option for traveling between cities and regions, with comfortable buses operated by companies like Cruz del Sur and Ormeño. Domestic flights are convenient for traveling long distances, especially to remote areas like the Amazon and the Andean highlands. Taxis are readily available in urban areas and can be hailed on the street or arranged through your accommodation. If you prefer more flexibility, consider renting a car, but be aware of local driving conditions and traffic laws.

Accommodation: Peru offers a range of accommodation options, including hotels, hostels, guesthouses, and eco-lodges. In Cusco, consider staying in the historic center for easy access to attractions and restaurants. In the Sacred Valley, you'll find unique accommodations like traditional haciendas and eco-friendly lodges. Book accommodations in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons.

Language: Spanish is the official language of Peru. While English is spoken in tourist areas, hotels, and restaurants, it's helpful to have some basic Spanish phrases to communicate with locals and enhance your travel experience.

Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in Peruvian culture by trying traditional Peruvian cuisine, such as ceviche, lomo saltado, and ají de gallina. Don't miss the opportunity to explore Peru's rich history and heritage by visiting archaeological sites like Machu Picchu, the Nazca Lines, and the city of Cusco.

Safety: Peru is generally a safe destination for travelers, but it's essential to remain vigilant, especially in urban areas where petty theft can occur. Be aware of your surroundings and take precautions with your belongings. Avoid displaying valuables and be cautious when using ATMs.

Respect Local Customs: Familiarize yourself with Peruvian customs and etiquette to show respect for the local culture. Greet people with a handshake or a warm "Hola". Embrace the warmth and hospitality of the Peruvian people.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can have a memorable and enjoyable experience exploring the beauty and culture of Peru.

Travel Advisories

The U.S. Department of State has four Travel Advisory Levels: Level 1 - Exercise normal precautions; Level 2 - Exercise increased caution; Level 3 - Reconsider travel; Level 4 - Do not travel

Level 2 - Exercise increased caution when traveling to Peru. 

Exercise increased caution due to crime, civil unrest, and the possibility of kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do not travel to:

  • The Colombian-Peruvian border area in the Loreto Region due to crime.
  • The Valley of the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM), including areas within the Departments of Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, and Junin, due to crime and terrorism.

Country Summary: Crime, including petty theft, carjackings, muggings, assaults, and other violent crime, is common in Peru and can occur during daylight hours despite the presence of many witnesses. Kidnapping is rare, but does occur. The risk of crime increases at night. Organized criminal groups have been known to use roadblocks to rob victims in areas outside of the capital city of Lima.

Demonstrations occur regularly throughout the country. Public demonstrations can take place for a variety of political and economic issues. Demonstrations can cause the shutdown of local roads, trains, and major highways, often without prior notice or estimated reopening timelines. Road closures may significantly reduce access to public transportation and airports and may disrupt travel both within and between cities.

It's advisable to consult your country's official travel advisory website, for the most up-to-date information and specific travel advisories related to this country. Additionally, register your travel plans with your embassy or consulate for assistance in case of emergencies.

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