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Peru Travel Guide

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.
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The official language is Spanish, with traditional dialects like Qenchua and Aymara.
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Peruvian Sol (PEN)
Symbol: S/
£1 = approximately 4 Sol
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Peru Time Zone (UTC -05:00)

Top destinations in Peru

Cusco & the Inca Trail
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Best tours in Peru

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Peru on a Shoestring

This is a trip that's packed with all the essentials! 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. 
11 days
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Lima to La Paz: Sandboarding & Sunsets

Experience the best of Peru and Bolivia and create incredible memories with new friends. Explore from Lima to La Paz, visiting legendary Machu Picchu, the palm-fringed lagoon of Huacachina, and world famous Lake Titicaca. Join a small group of like-minded travellers for a journey you’ll never forget, with adrenaline pumping adventures.
21 days
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Lake Huacachina in the middle of a desert

Cheap flights to Peru

Roll up, check in, get out and explore the magnificent country of Peru. Immerse yourself in the local life, conquer the Inca Trail, explore the fascinating cities and tick off your bucket list on an epic adventure to Peru.
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Latin America Bus Passes

Travelling around Peru doesn't get much better than this. Expect modern buses fitted with comfy seats, USB ports, air con and toilets. Passes are flexible and you can make unlimited schedule changes before and during your trip.

Peru travel FAQs: You ask, we'll answer!

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!

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. 

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.

Need a little more inspiration on all things Peru? Check out the STA Travel blog!

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The Perfect Peru Itinerary

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High Five Bolivia!

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5 alternative treks to do in Peru

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