Resources

  • Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/peru) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveler forum and more.
  • Latin America Network Information Center (www.lanic.utexas.edu/la/peru) Diverse, informative links including academic research.
  • Living in Peru (www.livinginperu.com) An English-language guide with articles and restaurant reviews.
  • Peru Reports (www.perureports.com) Alternative English-language news.
  • Peruvian Times (www.peruviantimes.com) The latest news, in English.
  • Expat Peru (www.expatperu.com) Useful for government offices and customs regulations.

Top Tips

  • When visiting the Cuzco area, start in the lower Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu and work your way up to Cuzco and higher attractions to aid your acclimatization.
  • Book sightseeing flights over Nazca Lines in advance to avoid waiting around in town for days on end. Try to get an early slot when conditions are calmer.
  • Shop around for ATMs as fees vary. Banco de La Nación are usually the best for most card holders.
  • Take altitude seriously. When you go to higher altitudes, don't book tours for the first few days, stay hydrated and take hiking ascents gradually.
  • Fly into Cuzco in the morning since afternoon flights can be cancelled due to high winds.
  • Avoid the cheapest buses which often have safety issues.

What to Take

  • Good walking shoes or boots
  • First aid kit with blister care and rehydration salts
  • Warm waterproof gear
  • Essentials such as a Swiss Army knife, head lamp and duct tape
  • Day pack
  • Earplugs
  • Toilet paper
  • Chargers and adapter

What to Wear

Travelers to Peru can mostly get away with casual clothing, but remember to pack for the different climates within the country. For the Andes bring shoes or boots that can tackle cobblestones and mountains, plus a rain jacket and warm layers, as it can be very chilly at altitude. Amazon travelers should presoak an outfit in permethrin for maximum mosquito protection and bring light, long-sleeve clothing and brimmed hats. Lima clubs and restaurants require a stylish city outfit. If it's beach season, bring sandals and swimwear.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date
  • Check the recommended vaccinations and medications
  • Inform debit and credit-card companies of travel plans
  • Arrange appropriate travel insurance
  • Charge devices, clear memory and cloud server and find appropriate adapters
  • Check the airline baggage restrictions
  • Reserve Inca Trail and Machu Picchu tickets