Peru — home to one of the new 'Seven Wonders of the World,' man-made floating islands, valleys so beautiful they are literally named 'Sacred' — Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu are just the beginning of what this land in the sky has to offer. Mind the altitude, because you're just getting started...
Peru has something for everyone when it comes to travel. Cultural enthusiasts can geek out at pre-Incan ruins in Puno and native villages such as the Uros Floating Islands; nature lovers can visit lush rainforests in Peru's Amazon Basin and the snow-capped Andes Mountains via Chivay; leisure travelers can unwind at beautiful beaches and luxurious spas in Lima and Paracas.
There are many places to explore in Peru and it can sometimes be difficult to choose between the various options. If your schedule permits, visit a handful of places over 7-10 days. These categories will help you identify the accommodations, experiences, and landscapes you'll most want to fit into your itinerary.
P.S. Lima's award-winning gastronomic scene is so good that it's in a category all its own. You're welcome.
Frequently asked questions
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- Where are Peru's airports?
Peru’s main international airport is the Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM), which is located in Lima. This airport recieves international flights from around the world, and is the airport that most travelers will fly into and out of when visiting Peru.There are other international airports located in Arequipa (AQP), Cusco (CUZ), and Iquitos (IQT). These airports also recieve domestic flights.
Peru's domestic airports are scattered across the country and are set in cities like Cajamarca, Chiclayo, Huánuco, Pisco, Puerto Maldonado, Tarapoto, Trujillo, and Tumbes.
It's best to book flights in advance, especially during the high season. Flights are typically most expensive during Christmas/New Year's, Easter, and Fiestas Patrias (a holiday during the last weekend in July)
- What should I wear or bring to a national park in Peru?
The trails in Peru are sometimes in poor condition, so it's important to bring a good pair of hiking shoes. Long pants and a long-sleeved shirt will protect you from UV rays and mosquitos, and a hat will keep the sun out of your eyes. It's also a good idea to have a rain jacket on hand, as unexpected showers can occur, especially in the Amazon. Moisture-wicking clothing will allow you to sweat but not get soaked.Bring a small daypack to carry other items, including a camera, sunscreen, insect repellent, guide books/map, snacks, and a water bottle. Remember to bring water, as there usually aren't water fountains in Peruvian parks and it's important to stay hydrated while hiking.