14 days: Cusco, Puno, Arequipa, Nazca, Ica and Lima

Price Per Person : $ .00

Tour TypeHistory, Cultural, Ecology

Tour DistanceAll tour is done by transportation

DifficultyNone

ConsiderationsWe will book your Machu Picchu entrance and train tickets

SeasonFrom April to December

Trail ClosetAvailable all around the year

Peru

Cusco, Puno, Arequipa, Nazca, Ica and Lima 14D / 13N

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Overview Trip to Peru 14 days: Cusco, Puno, Arequipa, Nazca, Ica and Lima

Day 1:
Arrival in Cusco

We will greet you at the airport and settle you into your hotel in Cusco. You will have the rest of the day to relax and acclimatize to Cusco’s high altitude. If you are feeling well in the afternoon, you can explore the city center and markets by yourself.

Day 2:
Cusco City Tour

You will do a City Tour passing by the mains ruins of Cusco.

Day 3:
Sacred Valley Tour – Aguas Calientes

We will pick you up from your hotel in the morning for a tour of the Sacred Valley. We will stop in Pisac to visit the market and the nearby ruins and continue to the scenic town of Ollantaytambo. In the evening we will take a train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.

Day 4:
Machu Picchu Tour – Cusco

After breakfast, our guide will pick you up from your hostel/hotel and lead you to the bus station where you will board a bus to Machu Picchu. At Machu Picchu, you will have a 2 hour walking tour of this mysterious city, followed by free time for your own exploration. During this time, you may choose to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain if you have reserved a spot (please, let us know at the time of booking your tour, so we can make the arrangements). Once you have completed your tour of Machu Picchu, you can take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes and have lunch there. Your train back to Ollantaytambo will depart in the evening and we will pick you up from Ollantaytambo to drive you back to you accommodation in Cusco. To avoid any confusion, your driver will wait outside the train station with a sign with your name.

Day 5:
Cusco – Andahuaylillas – Raqchi – La Raya Pass – Puno

On this fifth day of your Peruvian adventure, you will have a bus tour of the countryside while on your way to Puno, a city situated on the banks of Lake Titicaca. We will make stops at Andahuaylillas, considered the Sistine Chapel of the Andes and the Incan temple of Raqchi. We will also stop at La Raya Pass to take in the spectacular view of the Andes before we arrive in Puno and stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 6:
Uros Floating Islands

In the morning, we will board a boat and take a tour of the fascinating Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island. You will see how the people have constructed these islands entirely of reeds. You will then continue to Taquile Island, where the locals are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, which are regarded as among the highest-quality handcrafts in Peru.

Day 7:
Bus from Puno to Chivay – Colca Canyon

On this day, you will have a bus tour of the countryside while on your way to Chivay. We will arrive in the town of Chivay in the afternoon where you can enjoy the hot springs and enjoy a nice dinner after checking-in to your hotel.

Day 8:
Chivay – Condor’s Cross – Arequipa Hotel night in Arequipa

From Chivay, we will drive to Condor’s Cross, a spectacular viewpoint where you will take in the breathtaking Canyon. We will then make our way back to Arequipa, first stopping at the cliffside Tombs and the Hanging Bridge of Sifón.

Day 9:
Free moorning  – City tour in the afternoon, Then a overnight bus to Nazca

On this day, you will have free morning to explore some of the section of the city, before you will start an afternoon city tour. After the tour, you will transfer to the bus station of Cruz del Sur where you will board the bus that will take you to Nazca.

Day 10:
Nazca – Flight over The Nazca Lines

We will pick you up from the bus station and take you to your hotel. After 2 hours of free time you will take an aerial tour over the ancient and mysterious Nazca Lines.

Day 11:
Nazca – Ica

In the morning you will travel to Ica. There, you will make a tour in the desert, where you will see the famous Oasis and sandboard.

Day 12:
Ica – Ballestas Islands tour – Lima

In the morning, we will make our way to to the Ballestas Islands, and will have a tour by boat of these islands where you will see animals such as penguins and sea lions as well as appreciate amazing rock formations.

Day 13:
Lima

You will make a City Tour in the capital of Peru. You wil have a free afternoon. You can use this time to go to the Museo do Oro or do a gastronomic tour.

Day 14:
End of the journey

We will drive you to the airport and say goodbye!

Iitinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco

Highlight of the day: Arrive to the capital of the Incas

In the morning we will take you to the Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon your arrival in Cusco, we will transfer you to the hotel of your choice within the city tour Cusco. After you arrive, you will have free time to take a short rest and adjust to the high altitude of the city.

Day 2: Cusco City tour

Highlight of the day: You will visit the Sun Temple and Sacsayhuaman

At 1 p.m., we will meet you at your hotel lobby to begin your tour. From here, you will head to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, where you will visit the famous cathedral. Following, you will continue on foot through an ancient Inca-built street from the Plaza de Armas to the Q’oricancha, the Temple of the Sun. At the Q’oricancha you will be able to compare and contrast the building methods of the Incan culture and Catholicism. This was the key spiritual center of the Incas, which leads to all four quarters of the Inca Empire. There is also a bronze, high altar to be seen.

From Q’oricancha, your group will walk down Avenida El Sol, where you will take your bus 25 minutes outside of the city. You will be taken to the majestic Inca site, Sacsayhuaman, with its enigmatic, 200 ton monoliths, You will be able to hear from your guide and then, explore on your own.

From Sacsayhuaman, you will take a five minute bus ride to the Q’enqo Inca site to see its fascinating Incan altars. Following, you will take another five minute drive to Puca Pucara, a small, circular Inca site. The final stop on our tour is Tambomachay, a water temple with impressive water fountains, thought to be used by the Inca for bathing. We’ll then drive back down to Cusco where the tour ends in the main square, unless you are taking a private tour, in which case, we will return you to your hotel.

Included:

  • Transportation to and from the airport on your arrival day in Cusco
  • Transfer from your hotel/hostal
  • Tourist transportation  for the Cusco City Tour (this will be a large group tour)
  • Professional guide who is fluent in English
  • Basic Hotel in  Cusco (upgrades available)

Not Included:

  • Entrance fees to  Sun Temple or Qoricancha (15 soles per person or 5 dóllars)
  • Entrance fees to  Catedral (40 soles person or 12 dóllars)
  • Full tourist ticket or Boleto Turístico  (130 soles  per person or 40 dollars )

What to bring: Small day pack ,warm jacket, water, hat, sunscreen, sunglases

Day 3: Sacred Valley Tour – Train to Aguas Calientes

Highlight of the day: Learning a lot about the Inca empire and understanding more about the different sites.

The tour begins at 8:00am with pickup at your hotel or hostel and a picturesque ride to the village of Pisac for a visit to its famous craft market. Located 33 kilometers from Cusco, the village of Pisac sits below one of Cusco´s most important archeological sites, where you will be able to explore an ancient Inca agricultural center and its stunning terraces. In Urubamba, or “The Heart of the Sacred Valley,” you can eat lunch (not included) in the shadow of snow-capped Chicon Mountain and explore the lush, palm-filled Plaza de Armas before continuing with the afternoon portion of the tour.

Next, you will arrive in Ollantaytambo, where villagers still live in ancient stone houses built by the Incas around Hanan Huacaypata Square. You will experience the majesty of one of the Inca´s most impregnable fortresses, as you climb to the scenic Temple of the Sun and admire the sophisticated engineering of the Baths of the Princess.

Finally, you will board the 4:30 p.m train to Aguas Calientes, After an approximately two-hour journey through the Andes, you will arrive at Aguas Calientes train station, where you will be greeted by our staff and escorted to your hotel and hostel to spend the night before your day at Machu Picchu. At dinner, you will be briefed on the next day´s tour and itinerary.

Included:

  • Transfer from your hotel/hostal
  • Tourist transportation  for the Sacred Valley Tour (this will be a large group tour)
  • Professional guide who is fluent in English
  • Lunch in the Sacred Valley
  •  Expedition train ticket Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Basic Hotel in Aguas Calientes  (upgrades available)

Not Included:

  • Entrance fees Salt mine of Maras (15 soles per person  or 5 dollars)
  • Full tourist ticket or Boleto Turístico  (130 soles per person 40 dollars )
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes

What to bring: On this day you will not return to Cusco because you will spend the night in Aguas Calientes. Therefore you have to make sure you bring the original Passport to board the train, and for your visit to Machu Picchu. Put a change of clothes into your small backpack, comfortable shoes, comfortable and light clothing or sportswear, waterproof jacket or rain poncho, cap or hat for the sun, warm clothes for the end of the afternoon, sunscreen, sunglasses, water (at least 1L) camera, cash (in small denominations of Peruvian nuevos soles

Day 4: Tour of Machu Picchu

Highlight of the day: Visit of the new seven wonder of the world

Today you will visit Machu Picchu. You will determine, with your tour guide, the best time to start your day. Most people prefer to rise at 4 a.m. walk to the bus station to take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu. It can be enjoyable to arrive at the ruins as soon as they open, at 6 a.m., to catch the magical mists on the ruins as the sun rises. After a 25 minute bus ride to Machu Picchu, your tour guide will take you to the best views before the day trippers arrive. Then, we will start the two hour guided, walking tour, exploring all of the famous places of this impressive citadel: After the tour, you will have time to explore the ruins on your own. If you have booked permits to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will head to that adventure. If you chose not to book a hike, you can climb to the Sun Gate and witness its amazing views. At around 12:p.m or 1 p.m., you will need to take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants there. Be sure to arrive at the train station 30 minutes before your departure.

Note: Machu Picchu Inca site is different from Machu Picchu Mountain. When most people refer to Machu Picchu, they are referring to the archeological site. Machu Picchu Mountain requires a separate permit to climb. Please notify us if you are interested and we can book this for you. It must be done in advance and is a part of your entry into the site

Included:

  • Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to MachuPicchu/ Aguas Calientes
  • Machu Picchu entrance fees
  • Professional guide who is fluent in English
  • Two hours walking tour in Machu Picchu
  •  Expedition train ticket from to Aguas Calientes  to Ollantaytambo train station
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco
  • Basic Hotel in  Cusco (upgrades available)

Not Included:

  • A ticket to climb HuaynaPicchu or MachuPicchu Mountain-let us know in advance if you would like to do this
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes

What to bring: Original passaport, small day pack , warm jacket, water, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses

 

Day 5: Cusco – Andahuaylillas – Raqchi – La Raya Pass – Puno

Highlight of the day: Visit the Sistine chapel of the Andes

We will pick you up from your hotel at 6:30 p.m. and drive you to our first stop, Andahuaylillas, the sistine chapel of the Andes. We will then drive to the Inca temple of Raqchi, and have a delicious buffet lunch in the town of Sicuani. You will also observe the wonderful views of the Andes from the high La Raya Pass and learn about the pre-Inca Pukara culture in the Museum of Pukara. This tour will open your eyes to a part of Peru missed by many tourists while you continue your journey through Peru from Cusco to the gateway of Lake Titicaca, Puno.

Included:

  • A bilingual tour guide
  • Buffet lunch in Sicuani- vegetarian option is available at no extra charge
  • Entrance fees for all the museums and archeological sites along the way
  • Bottled water, coffee and coca tea on the bus
  • First-aid kit including an emergency oxygen bottle
  • Luggage transport/storage
  • Comfortable bus seats
  • Toilet on the bus
  • Air conditioning/ Heating
  • TV/Movies

Not Included:

  • Dinner in Puno

What to bring: All your belonging because you will not return to Cusco any more

Day 6: Puno- Uros And Taquile Islands

Highlight of the day: Visit the most popular island of the lake Titicaca

At 7:00 a.m. we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Puno harbor. We will start our tour from here by taking a motorized boat over Lake Titicaca to the Uros Floating Islands. On the islands, our local guide will teach us about the life style and customs of the Uru culture, which dates back to Pre-Incan times. After strolling around the amazing floating Islands, we will continue our journey towards Taquile Island, a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces. When we reach the shores of Taquile Island, we will have to walk up along a narrow path, enjoying on the way impressive views of Lake Titicaca and the gorgeous little houses inhabited by the direct decedents of the Inca Culture. Here you will have the option of trying the local cuisine for lunch. After lunch, we will descent to the harbor to take our boat back to Puno. We will arrive back in Puno at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Included:

  • A professional bilingual tour guide
  • Pick up from your hotel in Puno and transfer to the Puno harbour
  • Drop off at your hotel in Puno at the end of the tour
  • Entrance fees to the Uros islands
  • First Aid Kit including an emergency oxygen bottle

Not Included:

  • Dinner in Puno

What to bring: A warm Jacket, hat, sunscreen, camera, water, rain Jacket,
extra cash for lunch/souvenirs

Day 7: Bus from Puno to Chivay – Colca Canyon

Highlight of the day: Enjoy the hot springs in Chivay

Today you will have a bus drive of the countryside while on your way to Chivay  you have checked into your hotel, We will arrive in the town of Chivay in the afternoon where you can enjoy the hot springs and enjoy a nice dinner.

06:15 Boarding and departure from Puno
08:30 Stop in Lagunillas: for bird-watching and seeing little lakes 10 min
10:15 Stop in Pampa Cañahuas: for drinking coca leaf tea – 25 minutes
11:15 Stop in Patapampa: for seeing volcanoes (4950 MASL) – 10 minutes
12:00 Arrival in Chivay:

Included:

  • Pick up from your hotel in Puno
  • Drop off at your hotel in Chivay hotel
  • Entrance fees to Chivay
  • First Aid Kit including an emergency oxygen bottle

Not Included:

  • Dinner in  Chivay

What to bring:All your belonging because you will not return to Puno any more


Day 8: Chivay – Condor’s Cross – Arequipa Hotel night in Arequipa

Highlight of the day: Contemplating the elegant flight of the condors

From Chivay, we will drive to Condor’s Cross, a spectacular viewpoint where you will take in the breathtaking Canyon. We will then make our way back to Arequipa, first stopping at the cliffside Tombs and the Hanging Bridge of Sifón. which joins the Town of Yanque with Coporaque. After we visit these places, we will drive to a few more passes which also offer spectacular views of the canyon. We will return to Arequipa at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Included:

  • Pick up from your hotel in Chivay
  • A professional bilingual tour guide
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Drop off at your hotel in Arequipa
  • Entrance fees to Cross of Condor
  • First Aid Kit including an emergency oxygen bottle

Not Included:

  • Dinner in  Arequipa

What to bring: All your belonging because you will not return to Chivay any more

Day 9: Free morning  – City tour in Arequipa in the afternoon, Then a overnight bus to Nazca

Highlight of the day: Sighseeing Arequipa City and trave to Nazca

Today you will have free moorning to  explore some of the section of the city, before you will start afternoon city tour, After we will transfer you to the bus station of Cruz del Sur company where you will aboard the bus that will take you to Nazca, You  will take a 7 hour bus ride

Included:

  • Pick up from your hotel
  • A professional bilingual tour guide
  • Tourist transportation for the city tour
  • Drop off at your hotel in Arequipa
  • First Aid Kit including an emergency oxygen bottle

Not Included:

  • Dinner in  Arequipa
  • Entrance fees

What to bring: Small day pack ,warm jacket, water, hat, sunscreen, sunglases

Day 10: Nazca – Flight over The Nazca Hotel in Nazca

Highlight of the day: The flight over The Nazca Lines takes 30 minutes and you will see 13 figures

We will pick you up from the bus station and take you to your hotel, after 2 hours of free time you will take an aerial tour over the ancient and mysterious Nazca Lines a series of ancient geoglyphs constructed in the desert outside of the town. Once in Nazca, you will board a small plane for amazing views of the world famous and mysterious Nazca Lines. The flight over The Nazca Lines takes 30 minutes and you will see 13 figures during this time, some of them well over 100 meters in length. Before the flight you will watch an informational video about the different theories of how the lines were created.

Included:

  • Pick up from your hotel
  • A professional bilingual tour guide
  • The flight over The Nazca Lines takes 30 minutes
  • Drop off at your hotel
  • Entrance fees to the see the Nazca lines

Not Included:

  • Dinner in  Nasca
  • Lunch in Nasca

What to bring: All your belonging because you will not return to Chivay any more

Day 11: Nazca – Ica

Highlight of the day: Huacachina, the only desert oasis in South America, is also the hotspot for buggy and sandboarding

In the mornig we will leave Nazca and take a bus to Ica. There you will make a tour in the sand desert. You will see the famous Hucachina lagoon, the peruvian oasis and you can sandboard in the dunes.

Included:

  • Pick up from your hotel
  • A professional bilingual tour guide
  • Huacachina oasis sand dunes buggy car
  • Bus from Nazca to Ica
  • First Aid Kit including an emergency oxygen bottle

Not Included:

  • Dinner in  Ica

What to bring: All your belonging

Day 12: Ica – Ballestas Islands tour – Lima

Highlight of the day: Ballestas Islands where you will see families of sea lions, amazing birdlife

Paracas is a national nature reserve, located south of Lima. In this park is located the amazing Ballestas Islands where you will see families of sea lions, amazing birdlife and tiny penguins, yes, warm weather penguins! The landscape is amazing with a large variaty of rocky formations and birds which you will observe during your tour of the Islands by boat.

After your tour, you will take a bus to Lima and spend the night in a hotel in Peru’s capital city.

Included:

  • Pick up from your hotel
  • A professional bilingual tour guide
  • Ballestas island boat excursion
  • Buffet lunch
  • Bus from Ica to Lima
  • Drop off at your hotel

Not Included:

  • Dinner in  Lima

What to bring: All your belonging

Day 13: Lima

Highlight of the day: Passing by the most important places of the city

In the morning you will make a City Tour in Lima, passing by the most important places of the city. In the afternoon you will have a chance to visit your choice of the many museums in Lima or other tourist attractions. You may also spend the day wondering the city center and experiencing the famous Peruvian cuisine the city is famous for.

Included:

  • Pick up from the hotel in Lima
  • Tourist transportation for Lima City tour  (this will be a large group tour)
  • Professional guide who is fluent in English

Not Included:

  • Dinner lunch and dinner
  • Entrance fees

What to bring: All your belonging

Day 14: Lima – End of tour

We will escort you to the airport when your flight approaches and wish you a fair well for the next step of your journey.

 

Options Pricing

Price:

Our prices include the tours, transportation and accommodation. But they chance according to the type of accommodations you prefer. We divide them in three categories:

Economic: Perfect for those who want to do an economical trip, but still comfortable. The accommodation is in basic hotels, with private bathrooms, breakfast and Wifi.
Price: US$ ????per person
Comfort: Perfect for who want to travel with more comfort, staying in 3 stars hotels, with hot water, private bathrooms, breakfast and Wifi.
Price: US$ ????per person

Luxury: Perfect for those who want to travel by Peru, staying in the best hotels of the country (4 or 5 stars)
Price: US$ ???? per person

PLEASE NOTE: Regardless of the type of accommodation you choose, tours and transport are included. Also, the prices above are for group tours (except for the trails, that are in private tours), if you want to change all of them to private tours, let us know and we will pass you the new prices.

you can visit our Tripadvisor: TRIPADVISOR INTI SUN TREK

HOTELS WE BOOK:

Choose your Hotel from the list below, and let us know your preference in the moment of the booking.

LIMA:

Economic: Hostal The Place –  El Ducado – Pirwa

Confort:  Carmel – Embajadores – Mariel

Luxury:  Casa Andina – Terra Viva – Jose Antonio

CUSCO:

Economic: Hatun Quilla – Mama Simona – Pirwa

Confort:  Gracilaso – Pension Alemana – Amaru

Luxury: Casa Andina – Terra Viva – Jose Antonio

AGUAS CALIENTES:

Economic: La Payacha – Continental – El Tambo

Confort: Waman – Imperio

Luxury: Casa Andina – La Cabaña

PUNO:

Economic:  Pirwa – Colon Inn

Confort: Sol Plaza Hotel

Luxury: Casa Andina – Terra Viva – Eco Inn

AREQUIPA:

Economic:  Pirwa – Marlon´s House – Torres de Uguarte

Confort: Los Tambos

Luxury: Casa Andina – Terra Viva – Corregidor

COLCA:

Economic:  Colca Inn

Confort:  La casa de Mama Yachi – Eco Inn – Pozo del Cielo

Luxury: Casa Andina  – Eco Inn – Pozo del Cielo

NAZCA:

Economic:  Pirwa

Confort:  Oasis

Luxury:Casa Andina –  Majoro

ICA:

Economic:  Torontel

Confort:  Sol de Ica – Las Flores

Luxury:  Las Dunas

Included / Not Included

What is Included:

All Accommodation:

  • 3 Nights in Cusco
  • 1 Night in a Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • 2 Nights in a Hotel in Puno
  • 1 Night in Chivay
  • 1 Night in Arequipa
  • 1 Night in Nazca
  • 1 Night in Ica
  • 2 Nights in Lima

Please follow the links for the Itineraries and Inclusions of the following tours:

Cusco City Tour:
Sacred Valley Tour:
Machu Picchu Tour:
Bus to Puno Tour:
Bus to Chivay Tour
Uros Floating Island Tour:
Colca Canyon Tour
Nazca Lines Tour
Ballestas Islands Tour
Ica Tour

All Transportation:

  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Tourist Bus
  • tickets from Cusco to Puno, Arequipa to Nazca
  • Boat to Urus and Taquile Island
  • Airplane to view Nazca Lines
  • Boat to Ballestas Islands
  • Machu Picchu
  • An experienced tour guide

Not Included:

-Entrance Fees:

  • Tourist attractions in Lima, Arequipa, Puno, Nazca (museums ect.)
  • Sun Temple (Cusco)
  • Cusco’s Cathedral
  • Partial tourist ticket or (Boleto turistico)
  • Meals not mentioned in the Itineraries above
  • Your International and domestic flights

Important Information:

Please read the FAQ section on our website to familiarize yourself with our tours before you leave. www.intisuntrek.com/

before you go

When is the best time to visit Peru

The best time to visit Peru is between the months of May and September (Peru’s winter). This is the dry season in the Andes Mountains, therefore it’s the best time to see the most popular sites like Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Inca Trail. The best time to visit coastal Lima is the opposite, between December and April (Peru’s summer). During the summer months you can enjoy Lima’s warm sunshine and avoid the chilly mist and clouds of winter.

How much time do I need to visit Peru

You can see the top sites of Peru in as little as four days, while you can get the full breadth of the country in two weeks. The majority of visitors spend somewhere in between — around a week to 10 days depending on what destinations they wish to see. Travelers focused on the beloved Andean sites of Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley and Cusco need a week or so. Travelers wanting to see the coast, mountains and rainforest should plan 10-11 days. Additional destinations like Lake Titicaca, Arequipa and Nazca Lines each add another 2-4 days.

Do I need a visa?

Visitors from the United States, Canada, European Union, Australia, New Zealand and select other countries do not need a tourist visa to visit Peru. Peruvian Immigrations will mark your passport upon arrival to Peru with how many days you are permitted to stay, typically 90 days. Remember that your passport must be valid for more than six months after your departure date. For specific information about additional countries’ visa requirements, visit VisaHQ.

What vaccinations should I get??

In general, all travelers should have their routine vaccinations up-to-date, plus Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines (especially those staying in rural areas). Yellow fever vaccine is recommended for those visiting the Amazon rainforest. For more information, visit the CDC Peru website and speak with your doctor for information about vaccination recommendations and requirements when traveling to Peru.!!

What language is spoken in Peru

The primary language spoken throughout Peru is Spanish. Other official languages of Peru are the indigenous languages of Quechua and Aymara, which you will hear more in rural areas. English is not widely spoken in Peru, though you can get by with no problem with the help of guides, hotel personnel and language translation apps. It is helpful to learn some basic Spanish before your trip if possible as well.

Is Peru safe?

Yes, Peru is a safe tourist destination. Violent crime is no more common in Peru than any other tourist destination in the world. Of course, like anywhere, you should exercise caution to avoid petty crime like robbery by keeping your valuables secure and avoiding dark, non-touristy places at night. Be aware of your surroundings, know your route and keep your personal items secure and you will be fine.

Is tap water safe to drink?

In Peru, the tap water is not safe to drink. For drinking water, stick to bottled water. We recommend brands like San Mateo and San Luis, which can be found at any corner bodega or supermarket. Tap water boiled vigorously for a minute or more is also safe for hot beverages, although those with a sensitive stomach should boil bottled water instead. The tap water is fine for brushing your teeth, just avoid swallowing it.

What is the best mode of transportation

Our Peru packages include all your secure transfers and transport with specific pickup locations for your ease and convenience. For any independent exploring throughout the city, we recommend simply booking a secure taxi through your hotel. Or, you can use a rideshare app like Uber or Cabify. We recommend apps like Uber over hailing a street taxi, so that you can confirm your driver/vehicle and easily visualize your route. The street bus system can be a bit tricky to navigate, but Lima’s Metropolitano offers easy rides to the historic center.

What kind of adapter/converter do I need for my electronics?

Peru uses a 220 volt, 60 cycle current while the US uses a 120 volt supply. Luckily, most laptops, cameras and mobile phones can accept dual voltage (110V/220V) , but be sure to confirm before plugging in. Other electronics, like hair straighteners, are likely 110V so you will need a converter for those. Conveniently, the outlets in Peru are often the two-pronged flat type like in the US, especially at popular hotels, but in some locations you will find the two or three prong circular kind. It’s a good idea to bring both a converter and adapter just in case. However, the converter can be skipped if you are sure your electronics are dual voltage

Can I use the ATMs?

Yes, and they are plentiful in the major cities. You can step into any BCP, Scotiabank, Interbank, BBVA Continental or others and use their ATM with your debit card for a $3-$6 fee. The machines at these banks all have options in English. Opt to use an ATM located inside a bank rather than on the street for higher security.

Is Lima worth visiting?

Lima is a very interesting metro area with many things to see. There is a historic central area, a beautiful coastline with 2+ miles of continuous parks, an artsy bohemian district and a world-renowned culinary scene. You can stay at a comfortable hotel in the popular Miraflores, San Isidro or Barranco districts and enjoy day tours or wander around at your leisure sampling the amazing food and wandering into the shops. Keep in mind that between the months of June and October it is extremely cloudy and often misty in Lima, the rest of the year is more moderate and sunny.

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