Home to the Peru Amazon rainforest, a sprawling coastline and Andes mountains that seem to reach the heavens, Peru is a natural dream. Peru is also a hiker’s paradise, with plenty of jaw-dropping trekking tours. Of course, hiking to Machu Picchu should be at the top of your trip’s to-do list, along with the Inca Trail and the country’s other spectacular treks.
“We booked this tour after learning that Inca trail passes were sold out for our dates. However I don't regret a bit of choosing this tour as we experienced a real beauty of Peru far from the touristy paths. Our guide Wilfredo was amazing. He shared with us a lot of interesting facts about Inca's people and their culture. The hike was quite challenging for me personally but with his help and support I got through it with the minimal discomfort. I highly recommend bringing rainproof jackets or ponchos on the trip regardless of how nice the weather seems to be. We got tricked by the sunny morning and were soaked in the afternoon. Also it gets very very cold in the mountains at night. Please layer up and have pair of gloves on you. SPF is a must thing to use even on a cloudy day. My nose got burned from the cold wind and a sun and starting peeling. Bring coca candies or leaves with you. Helps a lot with the altitude sickness.
Overall me and my friend were very happy with the trip!”
Peru is as mysterious as its landmarks. It finds its way into most travel wish lists for one major reason – Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. They say that the moment you see Machu Picchu for the first time from that historic trail, you suddenly realize just how rewarding traveling can be, and tend to re-discover a long-lost part of your soul.
You might only know about Machu Picchu, but the fabled city is just the beginning. Peru was once home to a thriving pre-Columbian civilization that had dominated the region before the Spanish. The Incas were responsible for creating some of the most beautiful archaeological wonders, combining striking architecture with jaw-dropping natural beauty, making the country feel alluring and enchanting. Another adventure during your trip to Peru awaits at the Nazca lines, ancient markings that make you think twice about the existence of aliens.
Trek the Cordillera Blanca, the highest range of the Peruvian Andes
Machu Picchu can become very crowded during high season. Beat the crowds by staying nearer the site the night before your visit, and be sure to book your tickets ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
Stores often shut down for the afternoon siesta, so always plan your meals in advance.
It's advisable to not drink the tap water. Many hotels provide bottled water, which should also be used for brushing your teeth.
Altitude sickness can be a real issue for some people visiting Peru. Try combatting it with coca leaf tea, a Peruvian remedy that is readily available across the country. Chewing the leaves can have the same effect.
On a holiday to Peru, don't skip a visit to Lima. Peru's largest city is often overlooked for hotspot tourist destinations but is full of great food and interesting museums that you'll regret missing out on.
Always carry cash when travelling through Peru as many shops will not accept credit cards.
Peru has seasonal weather so please do check up on the best time to visit Peru before planning your tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in Peru, do check out our Peru Travel Guide for more information.