Peru has an array of ‘must-see’ sights that tend to be visited in a logical route, and at Audley we pride ourselves on being able to offer our clients these classic trips but also something to make your trip a more authentic and personal experience.
During our extensive travels throughout the length and breadth of the country researching hotels and excursions we have discovered some options that will allow you to escape the crowds just for a while, be it a quiet lunch in a hacienda, a homestay or a private Inca Trail walk.
Managing your time in Peru
To make the most of the country, trips to Peru tend to be busy affairs with plenty of early mornings and long days, although we will ensure that you have time to rest, and also time to acclimatize to the altitude.
Internal flights (which tend to be scheduled in the mornings, hence the need for early starts) are used where necessary, but wherever possible we prefer to make use of the spectacular road and rail journeys that link the main towns and sights.
Spanish is the official language, English is spoken in tourist areas. Many indigenous communities in the highlands still have the ancient languages of Quechua and Aymara as their mother tongue.
Food and drink
Seafood is a speciality in the coastal areas, especially the traditional 'ceviche', fish marinated in lemon juice and hot peppers. Highland cuisine is based around corn and potatoes, there are many nutritious and tasty soups and the main delicacy is roasted guinea pig ('cuy'). The most famous drink is pisco, a white grape brandy with a unique taste. Coca tea is made from an infusion of coca leaves and helps to ward of altitude sickness, the most popular soft drink is the national institution of Inca-Kola, a luminous yellow drink that is probably best avoided.
Tipping for good service is an accepted fact. Amounts are discretionary.
The Peruvian currency is the new sol. Change is always in short supply. ATM's are available in the major cities and towns. Most machines take all debit cards, as well as Cirrus and Plus cards. Visa and Amex are widely accepted (Mastercard to a lesser degree). If you want to bring traveler's cheques, they should be in US dollars, although in general the rate of exchange and commission charges will not be as favorable as that received with cash or cards.
Our certified country specialists can advise on any safety concerns you may have. For current information, please refer to the State Department website.
When to go to Peru
* This is a rough guide to when to travel in the country as a whole. It may not necessarily apply to a specific itinerary or part of the country.
- The best time to travel
- A good time to travel, some factors to be aware of
- Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year
- Snow or ski season
- Travel is not recommended