Peru – General Travel Information

Lake in Peru

Deserts, jungles, mountains and ancient temples are some of the places you can get lost in over in Peru. Peru sounds like a scene straight out of a fantasy adventure novel. It also has a wide scale of different climates and if you’re planning to visit its important to know the right time to go.

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Surfers and beach lovers can visit pretty much year round since the coast always sees enough sun. Peru’s northern beaches, Las Pocitas, Paita, Pimental & Santarosa, Huanchaco and Punta Sal should are all considered to be some of the top beaches. Peru’s coastline runs over 3,000km. The beaches unfold one another with a variety of scenery and landscape. The mountains on the beach are beautiful. Punta Sal considered the best beach overall.


The weather is tropical without the humidity, its dry and there’s sunshine all year round. There’s not much rain and the winter (June-August) temperatures are in the high 20’s centigrade. In the summer (January-March) the temperatures are in the high 30’s centigrade. Not much of a difference between summer and winter temps. It is possible though that the temperature can feel a little cooler due to the coastal breezes.

Main attractions

Machu Picchu is Peru’s most visited attraction. It’s referred to as the lost city of the Incas. Machu Picchu was built with polished dry-stone walls which is a classical Inca architecture. It was constructed around 1462 A.D. Most of its inhabitants died within a century of construction. These amazing temples are located about 80 km of Cusco right in the crest of the Machu Picchu Mountain. The Incas were an amazing tribe and the site is the evidence of that fact. Their selection of location is more than perfect. Beautiful mountains, fresh springs and fertile land that can produce food 4 times more than the amount of people that would of lived there. This is something that I think should be on everyone’s bucket list. Visit Machu Picchu at least once in your lifetime.

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The time zone is 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time. There is no Daylight saving time in Peru.


Spanish is the official language of the country but you will still find many different languages and dialects. Quechua and Aymara are spoken in regions like the highlands where most of the indigenous people are. English is most Peruvians 2nd language, so don’t worry about having trouble communicating.


Peruvian currency is known as a Nuevo sol written as (S/). They come in coins of 5, 10, 20, and 50 centimos, 1 sol and 5 soles. The bills come in 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 Nuevo soles. Most places take US dollars but it’s always better to pay with their currency. It’s easy to take advantage of tourists. Once you’re there everything is inexpensive.


Amazing food like ceviche, fresh seafood, and indigenous corn. The Peruvians are known for chichi morada which is a corn cider to die for. Ceviche made of every kind of seafood you can think of. Most of their food is spicy so make sure you ask them to make it mild. If you can take the heat I promise the flavor is worth it. Peru’s culture, food, drinks, landscapes, and weather are enough excuses for me to make me want to visit.

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