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Peru Machu Picchu

Peru

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Peru is one of STA Travel's personal favourites. With an ancient Inca heritage, strong Quechua and Aymara cultures, and world-class trekking, this country is fascinating. Would any trip to South America is complete without a pilgrimage to the citadel of Machu Picchu, a genuine world wonder only discovered in recent history? Throw in the Amazon, a few bustling cities and some of South America's most dramatic landscapes, and you've got yourself one insane adventure lined up. 

Peru: Fast Facts

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Languages Spoken

The official language spoken in Peru is Spanish but many still speak the traditional Quenchua and Aymara dialects.

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Currency

Name: Peruvian Sol

Code: PEN

Symbol: S/

£1 = approximately 4 Sol. 

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Time Zone

Time Zone: Peru Time Zone (UTC-05:00)

Peru travel highlights

Machu Picchu &

The Inca Trail

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Lima

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Lake Titicaca

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The Amazon

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Peru travel costs

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Beers

The typical cost of a domestic beer in Peru is S6 (approx £1.40) and imported beer is a few Sol more.

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Meals

The cost of a meal in Peru varies - for local food, expect to pay around S10 (less than £3). A meal in a sit down restaurant can cost up to S40- around £10 per person.

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Taxi Ride

Taxiiii? A normal taxi fare starts at around 5 S/ per kilometre. Expect to pay around 80 S/ for a 10-11km journey from Lima Airport to your hotel or hostel.

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Transport

Local transportation in Peru is slow and bumpy, but cheap... and exciting! Expect to pay 1.50 S/ (around 30p) for a bus ticket or single journey in a colectivo.

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Hostels

Looking for a cheap stay? Hostels in Peru come as cheap as £2.50 per person per night.

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Hotels

You can stay in a range of hotel options in Peru. Inexpensive guesthouses can cost as little as 30 S/ a night; something a little fancier will cost you up to 200 S/ (£48) per night. 

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Peru Adventure Tours

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Peru on a Shoestring | 11 days
This is a trip that's packed with all the essentials - yep, we're giving you maximum Peru at minimum cost! Catch a glimpse of the mysterious Nazca Lines and the beautiful Colca Canyon, then soak up the delights of Cuzco and the iconic Machu Picchu before topping it all up with a unique homestay in the Sacred Valley. 

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Amazon wildlife
Amazon to the Andes | 12 Days
Experience the treasures of Argentina and Brazil in this jam-packed trip.Tango in Buenos Aires, soak up the sun and surf in Rio, exploring two of South America's most vibrant capitals. Marvel at the majesty of Iguassu Falls and chill out on beautiful beaches with caipirinhas. Peru, Argentina and Brazil?! Simply Amazon'. 

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Peru panorama tour
Peru Panorama | 15 Days
A two-week adventure showcasing many aspects of Peru's history and culture. Be challenged by the Inca Trail, immerse yourself in a local homestay, explore floating villages on Lake Titicaca and visit a women's weaving project. Not to mention, wildlife galore in the Amazon jungle! 

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When is the best time to visit Peru?

Peruvian winter falls between May to September; this is the driest and coolest season so therefore the best for anyone wanting to trek the Inca Trail and get the best views of Machu Picchu. Summer falls from December to March sees heavy rain. For a  reasonable chance of fair weather and less crowds of tourists, we recommend shoulder season. If you're heading to the Andes, wrap up - it can get cold!
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Peru travel FAQs: You ask, we'll answer!

How do I get around Peru?

Seasoned travellers will know the unwritten rule: the more beautiful, diverse and dramatic the landscape of a country, the more difficult it seems to get to traverse it on local transport! Peru is pretty big, and although buses and overnight coaches are cheap, they're uncomfortable and long. Those on limited time (two weeks or less) may want to consider domestic flights, for example, between the capital city of Lima, to Cuzco and the Inca Trail. If you've got a little more time, we recommend one of our awesome flexible hop-on hop-off bus passes such as Bamba's Peru Express, or even a tour!

Do I need a visa to visit Peru?

If you've got a British passport with 6 months validity left on it, you're free to pass through Peru's borders for the sake of tourism, and stay for up to 183 glorious days. Just make sure you get an entry stamp, to avoid any sticky situations with customs officials who will check on your way out of the country.

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