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Adventurous Peru is on many people’s bucket lists. Not uncommon since, in addition to the world wonder Machu Picchu, you can also find mountain ranges, beautiful panoramas and authentic cities. This colourful country in South America is the ideal destination for adventurers and active travellers. In the capital, Lima, you find yourself in a lively but charming metropolis. In Cusco you can go on an adventure to Rainbow Mountain or take the train to Aguas Calientes near Machu Picchu. This Inca city is simply impressive and takes you into an interesting era. Enjoy the beautiful nature and intriguing culture of this South American country!
In our opinion, the easiest way to transport yourself in Peru is with the application Uber. Of course if you arranged a SIM card with Internet. It is often said online that this way of transport is not yet fully established in Peru, but we did not experience any problems and even found this way of transport very pleasant and fast. The advantage of Uber is that you do not have to negotiate about the price and you do not have to explain in Spanish where you need to be. Unfortunately, most Peruvians speak little or no English.
Bus and train
The most common means of transport used by Peruvians themselves is definitely the bus. It is cheap and will take you almost anywhere. However, these buses are often of poor quality. If this is for a short trip, it does not matter so much. But for a long drive, this may be disappointing. Besides the regular buses for the locals, there are also luxury buses. These are a lot more expensive but are comfortable and perfect for long distances. You can easily find these buses via Google. A train is rarely used in Peru. The only commonly used train route is from Cusco to Machu Picchu. It is called the Inca Rail or the Peru Rail.
Often, a domestic flight is the best and cheapest way to get around in Peru. For example, a flight from Lima to Cusco costs only €40 for a single ticket. Which is as much as the bus. However, the journey by bus is eight times longer than by plane. Attention! If you go from Lima to Cusco by plane, the chance of altitude sickness is much more common. With the bus, your body will have more time to adjust to the different heights.
Taking a taxi is also a good option to get from A to B. In big cities like Lima, there are often fixed prices for a ride. In the smaller villages, negotiations are often necessary. And that can sometimes be very tiring. Taxis are often very cheap and above all safe. At least if you take the taxis autorizados (the registered taxi companies). They can also always produce a valid licence. Does it not feel safe? Do not get into the car.
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World wonder Machu Picchu
Food does not have to be expensive in Peru. A meal in a restaurant costs an average of 25 Soles (7 euros). This makes a daily budget of 30 euros per day with drinks very realistic. If you are staying in an Airbnb and have your own kitchen, this budget can be considerably lower. Peruvian cuisine revolves mainly around chicken and lots of vegetables. Although one of the dishes you must try is ‘Ceviche’ (raw fish). Be careful what you order in Peru, because guinea pig and alpaca is also a traditional dish here. In addition, a delicious lemonade or Pisco Sour is a good idea in Peru. Attention! Alcohol is not that cheap.
Documents for Peru
For a normal stay as a tourist, you do not need a special visa in Peru. All you need is an international passport that is valid for 6 months upon arrival in the country. You will receive a stamp in your passport on arrival that gives you 90 days permission to travel through the country. However, a flight ticket for departure from Peru may be requested at customs. Furthermore, your driving licence is valid in this country, so you do not need to make any special requests.
Vaccinations for Peru
There are currently no mandatory vaccinations in Peru. However, it is recommended that you take a vaccination against DTP and Hepatitis A. If you are going to the Andes Mountains, a yellow fever vaccination is also recommended. However, if you visit only Cusco and Machu Picchu in the Andes, you do not have to. Because in this region, this virus has also been amost disappeared. For an up-to-date list, please refer to Vaccinations when travelling.
Most hotels in Peru have a Wi-Fi connection that is decent but not excellent. The same applies to an Airbnb. If you would like to use the Internet on the go, for example to use Uber, you have two options in Peru. Or you can buy a SIM card with internet in one of the many shops, such as providers Claro or Movistar. You must then recharge this card when your data has been used. Or you can take the second option, which we recommend. A portable wifi hotspot with a SIM card that you can use unlimitedly for a month with 5 different devices. You can also buy these in one of the shops mentioned above. The only drawback to this option is the cost. Because at 50 euros, it is not cheap. Never buy a SIM card at the airport (unless you have no other choice)! The prices here are considerably higher!
Tips in Peru
The fancy restaurants in Peru automatically add 10 per cent to the bill. In all other restaurants, this is a free choice but certainly not mandatory. However, this is common practice and most waiters will ask for a tip. Especially with tourists. A taxi driver is often given 15 per cent and 4 soles (1 euro) per night for housekeeping. But again: this is not an obligation!
Souvenirs in Peru
In Peru, there is a wide range of nice souvenirs that do not have to cost a lot. So keep this in mind when packing your suitcase for the journey. This South American country is best known for its handmade jumpers and ponchos made of alpaca wool. You can recognise genuine alpaca woollen jumpers by their price. Because these jumpers are more expensive than the other souvenirs. Besides these jumpers, you can also find ornaments, jewellery and ceramics here.
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