By Admin | Last Updated August 29, 2019
Peru is the 3rd largest country in South America. A beautiful and mysterious country with a rich history and culture, Peru has it all – mountains, beaches, deserts, rain forests, stunning colonial cities, and the Inca civilization. Machu Picchu, the Inca settlement, is the most visited site in South America. Cusco, the ancient capital, has a history of more than 1000 years. Lima, the capital city on the coast, has many good museums and nightclubs.
Visit the coastal town of Huanchaco, the relaxing beaches at Mancora, or hike up the Andes. You can also visit Lake Titicaca and the see the Amazon rainforest. Peru is a complete country for tourists with its dramatic landscape, archeological sites, indigenous culture, and great food. Few countries offer more.
Tourism is a growing industry in the country, the 3rd biggest contributor to the economy. In fact, tourism is the most rapidly growing industry in Peru, growing at 25% over the last 5 years, which is the highest in South America. Most international tourists are from the United States, UK, France, Brazil, Spain, India, Japan, Chile, and Argentina.
3,835,000 people visited Peru in 2017, according to the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization), making it the 4th most popular country in the continent after Brazil, Argentina, and Chile.
|Landscape||The landscape is truly diverse in Peru. You will find the Amazon rainforest, Andes, beautiful beaches, and deserts. Rarely will you find more in a country.|
|Bio-diversity||There are more than 28 micro-climates in Peru that host a wide range of flora and fauna.|
|Adventure||From hiking, sand boarding, skiing to rafting, there is everything here for the thrill seeker.|
|History, archaeology||Peru is a storehouse of historical and archaeological ruins and sites. Visit the many sites, museums, and ruins in the country.|
|Inca||Peru is the home of the Inca Empire. There is Machu Picchu, one of the new 7 wonders of the world. Also visit Pachacámac, Ollantaytambo, Cusco, and Choquequirao, which are very impressive too.|
|Culture||Peru is a culturally rich country, where the old amalgamates with the new in every form. There are modern cosmopolitan towns, and Cusco, the ancient capital, which has a history of more than 1000 years. Experience the unique culture of the country.|
|Food||Choclo, Causas, Arroz Con Pato, Aji de Gallina, Coca Tea… there are many unique and yummy food to try in Peru. Go for the seafood, roasted pork, fried whole guinea pig.|
|Handicrafts||Peruvians are great at handicrafts. Peruvian women weave very fine carpets and scarves that are eye-catching. They also create instruments by hand, jewelry, and paintings.|
|Mysticism||Mysticism is second only to India. There is no dearth of Shamans in Peru. You can start your spiritual sojourn here.|
|The Amazon||There are 3 Amazon regions with boat rides, waterfalls, and even mummy museums. The 3 circuits are – Tambopata, Chachapoyas-Gocta-Kuelap, and around Iquitos.|
You will need a passport to visit the country. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months. Single-entry visas have a maximum stay of 183 days a year.
However, you can get a visa at the airport or any other border town if you are from these countries – USA, Canada, Mexico, Central American countries, all South American countries, those from the European Union, Switzerland, South Africa, few Southeast Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand.
To get a visa –
You can carry a few items for personal use like clothes, toiletry, jewelry, medicines, books and magazines, and small personal electronic items.
You can visit throughout the year, but the winter season from May to September is the best time to visit Peru. It is the driest season. A trek to Machu Picchu is extremely comfortable this time of the year.
If you are planning to visit the coastal areas, like Lima, you will find dense low-hanging fog from May to September. From November to March, the water temperature is just right for a swim.
Avoid the Amazon between October and April. Travel during the dry season, to maximize your experience.
|Spring||Between March and May. The average temperature ranges between 22-24 degrees. Spring is good for visiting the coastal regions.||March 8th – International Women’s Day. April- May – Good Friday and Easter. May 1st – Labor Day|
|Summer||Between December and February. The weather is hot and wet at this time. avoid the hilly areas and the Amazon.||June 29th – The Day of Saints Peter and Paul 28th and 29th July is celebrated as Independence Day.August 30th – Santa Rosa|
|Autumn||September, October. Average daily temperature hovers between 20-22 degrees. There will be a little drizzle on many days.||October 8th – Day Battle of Angamos November 1st – All Saints Day|
|Winter||June -August is winter in Peru. Very little rainfall. The winter is very comfortable.||December 8th – Immaculate Conception December 25th – Christmas January 1st – New Year|