Peruvian girl in traditional clothing

Peru

Hidden high above the clouds the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu lie cradled among the Andes mountains. A bucket-list item for many visitors. Travel to where archeological ruins echo mighty indigenous cultures. Visit beautiful Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America and, according to Andean legend, the birthplace of civilization. Whether you want to trace the mystery about the Nazca Lines geoglyphs, savor the traditional Peruvian delights of Lima after a day of bird watching on the Ballestras Islands, shop for hand-painted beads in the capital city of Cusco, or wander Chinchero in the Sacred Valley (where legend has it the rainbow was born),  Peru will leave you breathless. 

Tours & Packages to Peru

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Amazing Peru
Colonial Lima, then to the Andes for Cusco, the Sacred Valley & the awe-inspiring Incan city of Machu Picchu; also Puno & ancient Lake Titicaca
11 days  •  $3599 $3199
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Enchanting Ecuador & Peru
Picturesque Quito & the Amazon Rainforest, Papallacta, Otavalo & its market, Colonial Lima, the Sacred Valley, awe-inspiring Machu Picchu & Cusco
16 days  •  from $3799 $3399
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Exotic Peru
Colonial Lima, then to the Andes for the Sacred Valley & awe-inspiring Machu Picchu; plus explore rich South American heritage in Cusco
8 days  •  from $2249 $1949
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos Cruise
Enchanting Lima, then to the Andes for Cusco & the lost world of Machu Picchu; plus picturesque Quito & a spectacular 4 night Galapagos Cruise
16 days  •  $7399 $6799
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + cruise + flights
Sensational South America
Colonial Lima, the Inca capital of Cusco & awe-inspiring Machu Picchu; then Brazil for the simply astounding Iguazu Falls; optional extension to Rio
11 days  •  $3299 $2999
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Peru? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capitol: Lima
Population:  31 million
Currency: Peruvian sol (PEN)
Languages:  Spanish
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: PET (UTC -5)

Weather

Peru's terrain ranges from desert to jungle and mountain to coast. February and March are generally fair everywhere. Mountains tend to be rainy November to March and Highlands between October and April. Most Peruvians take their vacations from July to September which happens to be when most tourists visit Peru. June through September have the most humidity in Lima, and the Amazon is always hot and humid. Take along a sweater no matter where you are going or what season you are traveling in.

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least 90 days after your return date, though we strongly recommend at least six months.

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Peru for stays up to 183 days. Consult the official Peru Tourism website or the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

The best items to shop for are ponchos, cotton and linen, blankets, tapestries, pottery, alpaca-wool sweaters and rugs, Inca walking sticks, oil paintings, handmade statues, woven-straw items, silver, leather, and gold. Bargaining is the rule in markets. Avoid purchasing artifacts or antiques as they cannot be exported. Also avoid handcrafts made with feathers, depending on the bird it came from, it could be illegal.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

Travelers are not at risk for malaria who are visiting the highlands of Machu Picchu or Lima. There is a risk in Cusco. Consult your physician about possible vaccinations for yellow fever, hepatitis, and typhoid.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

220 volts. Plugs A, B & C. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Tipping

In restaurants, an 18% service charge is included in the bill if you are paying by credit card. If you are paying in cash, there is no fee; tip 5%- 10%.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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Rave Reviews

Peru was beautiful and our tour guide, Luis, was THE BEST!!! He truly brought this region to life with his vast knowledge of the Andean/Incan culture. I don't think anyone else could have guided me through Machu Picchu and explain the Incan world the way he did. He took us to the best places to find quality products as well as showed us great spots to eat. On top of that, he really cared that we had a great time. He truly helped to make our trip amazing! Peru is an amazing destination that everyone should go to. Friendly Planet is the way to travel and I look forward to future trips with them.

Gayle Gonsalves, Toronto, Ontario

The Amazing Peru tour is excellent. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

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Amazing Peru