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Peru is a wonderfully diverse country with welcoming people and great level of service. All Chimu staff were excellent - Annie
At a head spinning altitude of just under 3,400m, Cusco is one of the most breath-taking cities you will ever visit in South America.
Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire and although the Spanish looted and rebuilt much of the city there are still plenty of Incan remains. Narrow, cobble-stoned streets lined by Inca walls stretch out from the main plaza in every different direction. Most colonial buildings were built on top of Incan foundations and the stonework is unparalleled in its precision and beauty. Some of the Inca’s most sacred sites still exist in part. The incredible Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) and Sacsayhuaman (fortress overlooking Cusco) are two definite must-sees. A visit to the local market is also an experience not to miss, and you can find all sorts of culinary delights in Cusco, from the very traditional to the very modern..
Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world.
Founded in 1535, Lima is now a modern and sprawling city with approximately 9 million inhabitants.
Peru’s capital, Lima, sits on the Pacific coast. Founded in 1535, Lima is now a modern and sprawling city with approximately 9 million inhabitants, but it has a long and interesting history. In the early stages of Spanish Colonisation Lima was considered to be the Capital of South America. Lima has some very impressive, stately buildings and the local museums are also well worth a visit. Lima was the last to end the Spanish Inquisition, in 1820. Therefore the Lima Museum, although somewhat shocking, makes for a fascinating visit. The road from Lima south to Arequipa is a rather popular route to take. It is easy to combine with the Lake Titicaca and Cusco/ Machu Picchu regions, making an action-packed loop from Lima all the way to Cusco.
If you’re looking for an off the beaten track experience then Northern Peru is the place for you.
Comprising two (domestic and international) terminals, Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport is Colombia’s busiest and the third most trafficked airport in all of Latin America. As the most convenient aviation gateway into the country, Bogota International Airport handles over 50 percent of the air traffic in and out of the country, with over 30 million people transiting through its gates …READ MORE
A fascinating icy wonderland home to some of the most iconic wildlife on earth, as well as imposing glaciers, dramatic fjords and breathtaking frozen horizons, Svalbard is the famed ‘last stop’ en route to the North Pole. An archipelago floating over 800km north of the Norwegian mainland, Svalbard is, quite literally, built on ice, and is as spellbinding as it …READ MORE
The largest rainforest on the planet, one sensational adventure: will it be lodge or river cruise for your unforgettable Amazon adventure? Planning a trip to the Amazon rainforest is one of the most coveted bucket-list adventures for those who travel anywhere in Latin America. Given the sheer size of this jungle haven (almost 7 million square kilometres) access points into …READ MORE
Kicking off a brand new year with a Latin American adventure is too good an idea to pass up. Global festive season notwithstanding, January is simply a superb month to visit some of the most iconic highlights in the whole continent. Not only to escape the freezing temperatures of the Northern Hemisphere but because NOW is when you’ll find the …READ MORE
Boasting a complex climatic system dictated by altitude, rather than latitude, Bolivia is, in some respects, a year-round destination. Having said that, the country does fall under the tropical rain season spell and, given the remoteness and lack of major infrastructure in its most revered spots, this can cause severe travel restrictions at certain times of year. Being such a …READ MORE
With a rich indigenous history dating back 4,000 years, Guatemala is one of the most enriching countries to visit in South America. Once an ancient hub for the Maya Empire and subsequent Spanish colony, the country has suffered tremendous blows throughout its existence thanks, primarily, to its precarious location locked between much more dominating countries. Forever a pawn and relentlessly …READ MORE
Discover the fascinating history of Belize, from Mayan stronghold to nature-lover’s paradise. Belize is often described as ‘Mother Nature’s best-kept secret’ and one of the world’s last untouched travel destinations, but it is often overlooked by mainstream tourism. Revered by avid SCUBA divers, Belize boasts the world’s second largest coral barrier reef. Beyond the tropical azure beauty, you will find …READ MORE
If you happen to be reading through all of our month-by-month best of’ guides, you’re probably seeking that sweet spot: that month of the year when everything, or at least the great majority of Latin American destinations, are at their best. Well…consider it found. Welcome to what we like to call…Awesome April! April marks the start of autumn in the …READ MORE
Travelling to Antarctica is an expensive endeavor. Given its location, there is no way you can get there without spending a significant amount of money. One of the cheapest options available, though, is to take an Antarctica overflight, which depart each year out of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Such trips are certainly convenient, but are they worthwhile? Antarctica Flights These flights are taken …READ MORE
It’s quite astonishing to imagine a small island of only 11 million people could elicit such extraordinary images by the mere mention of its name. Cuba, a country synonymous with revolution, resistance, socialism, rum and cigars, is one of the most fascinating destinations in the world. Despite the recent easing (and not) of tensions with the USA, its archenemy for …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