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Peru - tourist guide for holidays

Peru is a country which is worth your visit. It is full of natural wonders and historical monuments so you can surely spend here a nice time. Peru is a country you can visit on your own - or you can choose one of organized trips with a travel agency as well. Here you can find useful information about traveling in this country: prices, accommodation, itineraries, statistics and more.

Peru - the best places to see

Peru If you compare Peru with other countries of the world, you will see it is rather small country. Nevertheless there is a lot of interesting places. We have chosen a few of them.
  • Machu Picchu + Inca trail
  • Puno + Titicaca Lake (including Uros - floating islands) + Sillustani Funeral Towers
  • Cuzco (Plaza de Armas + cathedral + Sacsayhuaman fortress + Sacred Valley)
  • Lima (Plaza Mayor + Peru Museum + city center)
  • Iquitos (jungle of Amazonia)
  • natural reservation of Paracas
  • Nazca Lines
  • Arequipa + Colca Canyon
  • mountains around Huaraz + national park Huascaran

Peru - useful information

~ Roman Catholic: 81 %
~ other: 12 %
~ no religion: 7 %
Religion - Peru
Peru: flagCapital: Lima
Area: 1,285,220 km2
Number of inhabitants: 29,248,000
Currency: Sol (Nuevo), PEN, S/
Language: Spanish
Time zone: GMT-5 (GMT = London)
International telephone dial code: +51
Mobile phones system: GSM 900/1800
System of measurement: metric
Common languages: English in tourist places
Serious travel risk: malaria in some areas
Voltage in electric network: 220 V
Electric plug:
Electric plug - Peru

Peru - Travellers Forum

  Miraflores Suites in Lima-Peru
I agree waht you all have said about LIma, but the point for enjoying the city of Lima is really Miraflores. I found a site offering apartments in Miraflores for tourists and it was great. Good price, very clean, with everything. I stayed in \"Miraflores Suites in Lima-Peru\" and the price...
  Machu Picchu
I wouldn't believe the Machu Picchu is as great as it is. Everybody knows it (most of us from pictures) but the reality is overwhelming. It is much bigger than on the pictures and there is a lot of places around to see. I recommend to spend a whole day here - and visit Huayna Picchu or Wayna Picchu ...
  Hi ... Greetings from Peru!
Hi ... Greetings from Peru! Martin! Do not know if you've gone to Peru ... But still I answer! For if a traveler needs this information! On the subject of vaccines, only if you go to Amazon they ask you to put the yellow fever vaccine! If you go to Machu Picchu or elsewhere will not need any vac...
  dotaz na očkování do Peru
Ahoj všem cestovatelům:) mám konkrétní dotaz ohledně očkování do Peru.. rád bych se dozvěděl jasné doporučení na co vše být očkován při pobytu v Peru...budeme se pohybovat i v oblasti Amazonie...odlétáme za 5 týdnů... Děkuji předem za reakci. ...
Ahoj, chtěla bych vědět, jestli je možné se v Peru pohodlně domluvit klasickou španělštinou nebo jestli je potřeba umět dialekt. Předem díky...

Peru - the map and typical itinerary

Peru - map
Itinerary 1: Lima (Plaza Mayor + Peru Museum + city center) - days: 1, natural reservation of Paracas - days: 1, Nazca Lines - days: 1, Arequipa + Colca Canyon - trekking - days: 3, Puno + Titicaca Lake (including Uros - floating islands) + Sillustani Funeral Towers - days: 2, Cuzco (Plaza de Armas + cathedral + Sacsayhuaman fortress + Sacred Valley) - days: 3, Machu Picchu + Inca trail - days: 2, Lima (Plaza Mayor + Peru Museum + city center)
Itinerary 2: Lima (Plaza Mayor + Peru Museum + city center) - days: 1, Arequipa + Colca Canyon - trekking - days: 3, Cuzco (Plaza de Armas + cathedral + Sacsayhuaman fortress + Sacred Valley) + day trip - Machu Picchu + Inca trail - days: 2, mountains around Huaraz + national park Huascaran - trekking - days: 3, Lima (Plaza Mayor + Peru Museum + city center)
Itinerary 3: Lima (Plaza Mayor + Peru Museum + city center) - days: 1, Cuzco (Plaza de Armas + cathedral + Sacsayhuaman fortress + Sacred Valley) - days: 3, Machu Picchu + Inca trail - days: 2, Iquitos (jungle of Amazonia) - days: 4, Lima (Plaza Mayor + Peru Museum + city center)
Itinerary 4: any combination of the previous itineraries

Prices of rooms and meals

Prices symbol
  • Cheap accommodation: $8
  • Medium accommodation: $35
  • Expensive accommodation: $120
  • Cheap meal: $3
  • Medium meal: $7
  • Expensive meal: $18
The prices are per 1 person (and 1 meal or 1 night) and are in US Dollars.
It is often possible to buy cheap meal on streets or in fast-food restaurants. Medium priced meal is usually available in standard restaurants, expensive meal in expensive restaurants. We do not include extreme prices of accommodation and food (for example luxurious apartments in high quality hotels). (Prices are usually very different in different places and in different seasons. In the main season may be in touristic destinations the cheapest rooms unavailable.)

Peru on the Internet

Are you looking for more information? On the Internet there are a lot of information. Here are some advices: Peru may have different names in different languages. For example Peru, Peru, Le Pérou, Perú. Use these names in search engines. It is good idea to precisely specify what are you looking for. If you need information about a place, use the name in a search engine. You may use other names of the place as well. If you need - for example - an information about history of the place, add the word history to the search engine.

What Others say

Peru (Spanish: Perú, Quechua: Piruw, Aymara: Piruw), officially the Republic of Peru (Spanish: República del Perú (help·info), IPA: [respuβlika del peru]), is a country in western South America. It is bordered on the north by Ecuador and Colombia, on the east by Brazil, on the southeast by Bolivia, on the south by Chile, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Peruvian territory was home to the Norte Chico civilization, one of the oldest in the world, and to the Inca Empire, the largest state in Pre-Columbian America. The Spanish Empire conquered the region in the 16th century and established a Viceroyalty, which included most of its South American colonies. After achieving independence in 1821, Peru has undergone periods of political unrest and fiscal crisis as well as periods of stability and economic upswing. Peru is a representative democratic republic divided into 25 regions. Its geography varies from the arid plains of the Pacific coast to the peaks of the Andes mountains and the tropical forests of the Amazon Basin. It is a developing country with a medium Human Development Index score and a poverty level around 40%. Its main economic activities include agriculture, fishing, mining, and manufacturing of products such as textiles. The Peruvian population, estimated at 28 million, is multiethnic, including Amerindians, Europeans, Africans and Asians. The main spoken language is Spanish, although a significant number of Peruvians speak Quechua or other native languages. This mixture of cultural traditions has resulted in a wide diversity of expressions in fields such as art, cuisine, literature, and music.

Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas whose empire was captured by the Spanish conquistadors in 1533. Peruvian independence was declared in 1821, and remaining Spanish forces defeated in 1824. After a dozen years of military rule, Peru returned to democratic leadership in 1980, but experienced economic problems and the growth of a violent insurgency. President Alberto FUJIMORI's election in 1990 ushered in a decade that saw a dramatic turnaround in the economy and significant progress in curtailing guerrilla activity. Nevertheless, the president's increasing reliance on authoritarian measures and an economic slump in the late 1990s generated mounting dissatisfaction with his regime, which led to his ouster in 2000. A caretaker government oversaw new elections in the spring of 2001, which ushered in Alejandro TOLEDO as the new head of government - Peru's first democratically elected president of Native American ethnicity. The presidential election of 2006 saw the return of Alan GARCIA who, after a disappointing presidential term from 1985 to 1990, returned to the presidency with promises to improve social conditions and maintain fiscal responsibility.
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