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Peru is a wonderfully diverse country with welcoming people and great level of service. All Chimu staff were excellent - Annie
One of the most unique and legendary races in the world is also one that we know the least about. The fascinating Chachapoya, also known as ‘Cloud People’, were a race of humans that lived during the ninth century. The Cloud People began carving settlements out of the extremely dense mountain forests situated between the Marañón and Huallaga rivers, and …READ MORE
The Marañón River has remained so secret that most Peruvians still do not know the wonders it beholds! Its reputation is growing as ‘The Grand Canyon of South America’, however it still receives very few visitors outside of hard-core rafting & kayaking circles. The Marañón Waterkeeper is letting the cat out of the bag, so to speak. In 2017 they are filming …READ MORE
The Ballestas Islands are one of Peru’s least known highlights, although their proximity to the capital (Lima) means that an overwhelming majority of visitors to the country will end up visiting them nevertheless. One of those rare treats which reveal themselves only upon arrival, the Ballestas are a collection of rocky islets, just a few km off the western coast …READ MORE
Think South America has no more secret wonders up its sleeve? Think again! Let us introduce you to Rainbow Mountain in Peru, one of the most spectacular visual feasts in the continent. Everyone dreams of wanderings off the beaten tourist path, of discovering hidden gems in a region of the world which has been explored at length. When travelling to …READ MORE
Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash rates as arguably the most secretive of our featured South America’s secret wonders. This is a place very few people know exists, and that includes return visitors to Peru. Except, of course, among members of the international hard-core trekking scene. Among discerning hikers, you see, Peru’s Huayhuash Mountain range is known as one of the world’s foremost …READ MORE
So another year is upon us, bucket lists are being made, re-written or added to and it’s the time of year you promise to do everything, from lose weight, work less and spend more time with the loved ones. Always good ideas, always with the best of intentions. We all know that come the end of January, you will have …READ MORE
More than 1,500 years since their ancient culture vanished, the Nazca people continue to mesmerize the world. A mysterious collection of geoglyphs, known as the Nazca Lines, lie at the heart of an arid plateau in the southwestern Peruvian desert. This legendary UNESCO site is one of Peru’s foremost highlights and a site no visitor to this South American gem …READ MORE
History of the Incas – the rise and fall of a mighty empire which left behind some of South America’s most important historic highlights. The Incas were South America’s largest and most powerful ancient empire. They rose to prominence in the 12th century CE and remained in power for over four centuries. Through their formidable military prowess, they ruled over …READ MORE
Peru may not be the first country you think of when the subject of cricket comes up, but you may be surprised to discover that this most traditional British sport is actually alive and thriving in Lima, Peru’s capital. And it’s not just for British expats who wish to indulge in some home comforts, adamant in protecting a link ‘back …READ MORE
The Cordillera Blanca is a spectacular mountain range just outside of Peru’s capital, Lima. Thousands of avid trekkers and backpackers flock to this wondrous place every year, hoping to climb the mighty Huascaran, the world’s highest tropical mountain. With its beautiful snow-covered peaks that feed the mighty rivers of the Callejon de Huaylas, the Cordillera Blanca is one of the …READ MORE
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Before travelling to a destination it’s always great to gain an insight into the country, whether that be through a travel guide or maybe by reading a book based on someone else’s travels or adventures in that region. Here are just a few books that you might enjoy before or after your Peru travels. Cloud Road – A Journey Through …READ MORE
Although tourism plays a crucial role in the economy of Peru, there are often resulting adverse effects on the environment and ecosystems caused by the influx of tourists. Sustainable tourism and ecotourism mean conscientious and responsible travel. Conserve the environments you travel through, respect the local communities that you visit and always try to minimise your impact on the natural …READ MORE
Regarding the geography of Peru, Peru lies on the central western coast of South America with the Pacific Ocean to its west. It shares borders with Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil and Bolivia to the east and Chile to the south. It is the third largest country in South America after Brazil and Argentina and it ranks amongst the …READ MORE
The weather and climate in Peru varies greatly depending on the region. The country has many climates and even microclimates that result from the presence of the Andes Mountains and the cold Humboldt Current. The climate across Peru varies from cold with wet summers and dry winters in the Andes, to a hot wet Equatorial climate in the lowlands and …READ MORE
Peru is well known for the Inca Empire but Peru was the home to many indigenous cultures before the Incas arrived. Peru has a diverse folklore due to the various influences of different cultures and the modern society, visible in the country’s music and dancing. Multi-ethnic Population Peru has a multi-ethnic population with influences from indigenous blood, Spanish colonisation, African slaves …READ MORE
Peru has a rich biodiversity that results from its varied geography ranging from the high Andes Mountains to the Amazon Rainforest to the coastal regions. Peru boasts over 1,800 species of birds, 500 species of mammals and 300 species of reptiles. Biodiversity in Peru Mammals Rare species include the puma, jaguar, spectacled bear and pink river dolphins. Peru is also …READ MORE
The Peru of today was shaped by its interesting and diverse history that dates back to 3000 years B.C and had a significant influence on culture, customs and cuisine of its inhabitants. Even though the complete history is difficult to explain in one blog, here is a brief summary of some of the main events in the history of Peru. Civilisation in …READ MORE
Peruvian cuisine is very diverse with regions and some cities even having their own specialities depending on geography and climate that in turn dictates available ingredients. Today Peruvian cuisine combines pre-Inca and Inca staples and food with the cuisines that the immigrants from Europe, Africa and Asia brought with them. This has resulted in a unique fusion of foods and …READ MORE
The unit of currency in Peru is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN). The US Dollar is widely accepted in many stores throughout the country and prices are often given in both US dollars and Soles. Please check websites such as www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for up to date exchange rates prior to your departure.
Spanish is the official language of Peru, spoken by more than 80% of the population. There are also many indigenous languages including Quechua and Aymara. In recent years an increased effort has been made to promote all of the indigenous languages. Aymara was made an official language in the Puno/Lake Titicaca region.
Peru’s predominant religion is Roman Catholic although the indigenous Peruvians have blended Catholicism with their traditional beliefs, creating a fascinating mix.
The level of fitness needed will depend on the Peru tour that you choose to take in terms of places to be visited and the types of activities to be included on your itinerary. Many parts of Peru are at altitudes above 2000 metres, where there is a risk of altitude sickness. Altitude sickness affects everyone differently and usually has nothing to do with your general fitness level, but we highly recommend acclimatizing at altitude before taking strenuous treks or walks. If you do plan to include a trek whilst you are in Peru, particularly in the Andean highlands, then the fitter you are the easier you will find the trek.
Most South American countries have now recognized that tourism plays an important part in their economies and governments have taken great steps to change South America’s poor security image. Peru has certainly become a much safer place to visit in recent years. You will find a strong police presence in the towns, cities and sites most frequently visited by tourists. To minimise security risks we recommend the following: • do not show any outward signs of wealth or wear expensive jewellery • keep your valuables in your hotel in safety deposit boxes • keep any valuables that you must carry with you hidden, as pickpockets can be present in crowded areas and around tourist areas • use only registered taxis with official identification • avoid going on your own to remote areas/ruins where tourists would not be expected to go • always keep your day pack and camera close to you and never leave them unattended
A pre-arranged visa is not required to enter Peru for citizens of the following countries: • Australia • United Kingdom • The United States • Ireland • Canada • New Zealand • European Union • South Africa For other nationalities please visit the website of the relevant consulate.
You could spend anything from a few days to a few weeks on your Peru travels, depending on whether you plan to explore the entire country or just focus on one experience such as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or an Amazon adventure. Chimu Adventures offers itineraries to suit every time frame.
Our Peru tours include breakfast daily and many other meals may also be included in your itinerary. As a rough guide for additional spending money based on having moderately-priced lunches and dinners and buying a few souvenirs at local markets, we suggest a budget of 20-30 USD per day per person.
Although no specific vaccinations are required for Peru travel and no proof of any vaccination is required to enter Peru, we recommend that you visit your doctor or a traveller’s medical centre for current information specific to those places that you will be travelling through. As a general guide we recommend the following: • Yellow Fever – Especially for jungle areas • Hepatitis – Both A and B (twinrix) • Typhoid • Diphtheria • Cholera • Rabies • Tetanus
In Peru the standard voltage is 220V and standard frequency is 60Hz. Power sockets are of types A, B and C. Please visit the below link for more information: http://electricaloutlet.org/
What you need to pack will depend on when and where you plan on travelling and on the activities that you plan to include whilst on your Peru tour. The following should act as a useful checklist of essential items: • Passport, photocopy of passport & spare passport photos • Travel Insurance documents • Air tickets and itinerary • Foreign Currency (US$) and/or debit/credit cards, traveller’s cheques • Money belt • Small daypack • Basic first aid kit • High UVA sun block • Sunglasses & sunhat • Mosquito spray & insect repellent • Comfortable walking shoes/boots • Sandals • Long sleeve tops and trousers • Light-weight clothing • Warm clothing (depending on itinerary and time of year) • Camera with spare battery and memory cards • Security code padlock • Adaptor • Small torch