From the iconic local cuisine to the trek travel of the Inca ruins, Peru impresses at every turn. Here’s your guide to everything you need to know.
Explore Peru’s ancient heritage
With a cultural heritage that dates back centuries, Peru is a dream for history buffs. To discover the history of the ancient Incas firsthand, the first place you should head is Cusco. A stunning colonial city, Cusco was once the centre of Incan life and plenty of ruins can be found here. Of course, the world famous Inca trail here that leads up to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu is simply the must-do of the region, not to mention the world.
Indulge in delicious food
Making a name for itself around the world as a foodie hotspot, Peru has plenty to entice. Lima in particular is known as a gastronomic heaven, with a vibrant restaurant scene. Whether you visit an upscale diner or a local cevichería, you’re sure to enjoy the unique flavors on offer in Peru. And don’t forget to wash it all down with an iconic Pisco sour!
Kick back and relax
If you need a few days of rest and relaxation after an Inca trek, Peru has so much on offer. Head to the oasis resort of Huacachina for palm trees and desert sands, or to the beachy delights of Máncora to chill out in style. To really treat yourself, why not make your way to the bodegas of Ica Valley and enjoy a few glasses of delicious wine?
The currency of Peru is the Nuevo sol (the plural is Nuevos soles), which is known simply as sol and is subdivided into 100 cents. As of March 2016, £1 is worth around S/. 4.70, and S/. 10 is worth around £2.10.
Here’s a roundup of what you can expect to spend in Peru, with prices in US dollars:
|Inexpensive meal for one – £2||Bottle of water – 30p||0.5 litre beer – £1|
|Mid-range restaurant meal for one – £6.30||Cappuccino – £1.55||Local bus ticket – 25p|
Traveling around Peru
With such large distances between cities, flying is often a good choice around Peru. Be sure to check out LAN, StarPerú, and TACA for the best choice of domestic flights. As always, you’ll be able to get the best dals the further ahead in advance you book.
Bus travel is plentiful across Peru and it’s a great option for those on a budget – you’ll be able to get across the country for around £28! The luxury of the bus will depend on the price of your ticket; be sure to check out Cruz del Sur and Ormeño for the most comfortable of options.
In Peru, collectivos are shared taxis or minibuses than run along a certain route, just like a bus. You’ll find them at major stopping points along the road and you can flag them down as they go past. Collectivos usually squeeze about seven people into the car so it’s not the most comfortable way to ride, but it’s a Peruvian experience that simply can’t be missed.
Travelex in Peru
It’s really simple to order your Peruvian sol from us before you head off on your trip. When you place your order, all you need to do is decide whether you’d prefer to pick up your travel money from us in store, from your nearest airport or have it delivered right to your home instead. Head over to our store locator to find your nearest Travelex.Order your sol