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A List of the Major Cities in Peru
Peru has a population of just over 29 million, the majority of which lives in urban areas. Learn more about the major cities in Peru.

Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail
Tips and advice about visiting Machu Picchu and hiking the Inca Trail.

Sights and Attractions in Peru
There is never a shortage of things to see and do in Peru. Attractions range from ancient archeological ruins to spectacular natural regions and cutting-edge museums. Machu Picchu is the pride of the nation, but it's certainly not the only thing to see in Peru.

Museums in Peru
There are many excellent museums in Peru, ranging from pre-Columbian history museums to modern art museums.

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The 13 Best Places to Visit in Peru
After six years living and traveling in Peru, here are some of my favorite places to visit, ranging from popular tourist attractions like Machu Picchu to smaller sites that few tourists ever see.

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Altitude Sickness in Peru and Soroche Prevention
As soon as you pass 8,000 feet, you'll be at risk from altitude sickness in Peru. Learn more about the risk, the symptoms, and forms of prevention.

A Beginner's Guide to Meals and Mealtimes in Peru
Three main mealtimes exist in Peru: desayuno (breakfast), almuerzo (lunch) and cena (dinner). Here's a quick guide to the meals and their schedule.

Safety Tips for Travelers in Trujillo, Peru
Learn how to stay safe in Trujillo, Peru, a great city with a far from perfect reputation in terms of safety and criminal activity.

Machu Picchu Altitude
If you're going to Machu Picchu, altitude sickness might be a concern. But with the proper preparation, elevation shouldn't be a problem.

Peruvian Culture and Society
Peruvian culture is a fascinating mix of pre-Columbian and colonial traditions. Here you can learn more about this rich blend, including the languages spoken in Peru, social etiquette and general facts and figures about Peruvian society.

Sport in Peru
Soccer and volleyball are the two major sports in Peru, but the nation has also produced some champions in other sports such as boxing and surfing.

Language in Peru
Find out what languages are spoken in Peru, and learn some key phrases in Spanish, Quechua and Aymara.

Media in Peru
Learn more about the media in Peru, including newspapers and online publications.

What is the Minimum Wage in Peru?
The minimum wage in Peru has increased significantly since 2000. We look at its gradual rise and its level in comparison to Latin America and the USA.

What is the Legal Drinking Age in Peru?
Peru has a minimum legal drinking age for both the consumption and purchase of alcohol, but the enforcement of the law is variable at best...

Plan Your Trip to Peru
Plan your trip to Peru with our selection of key resources, including health and safety advice, visa information, transport options and where to stay in Peru.

Things to See and Do in Peru
With so many things to see and do in Peru, it's hard to choose one attraction over another. Here’s just a taste of what Peru has to offer...

Destinations
Find out where to go in Peru with our town and city guides.

A Guide to Tipping in Peru
Our guide to tipping in Peru will help you decide how much to tip your tour guides, porters, waiters, hotel staff and more as you travel through Peru.

Planning and Packing for Peru
Are you planning a trip to Peru? Here you will find plenty of tips and information to help you plan your trip to Peru, including those all-important packing decisions.

Postal, Phone and Internet Services in Peru
Postal, phone and internet services in Peru are of a reasonably high standard, but they may be slightly different from similar services in your home country.

Planning for Machu Picchu
Read our tips and advice for planning your trip to Machu Picchu, including hiking the Inca Trail.

Health and Safety in Peru
Help make your Peruvian experience a safe one with these tips and general health and safety recommendations for travelers. Topics covered include pre-trip vaccinations, natural hazards and staying clear of crime.

Peruvian Currency
Get to know Peruvian currency -- the nuevo sol -- before you travel, as well as other important aspects of money in Peru.

Peru Travel Tips
Get the most out of your trip with these Peru travel tips.

Visas, Customs and Border Crossing
Find out what kind of visa you need for Peru, as well as customs regulations and border crossing information.

The Official Languages Spoken in Peru
Spanish is the most common language in Peru, but indigenous tongues such as Quechua and Aymara are still spoken in parts of the country.

Electricity in Peru: Outlets, Plugs and Voltage
Taking electrical appliances to Peru? Then you'll need to know about Peru's electrical system, including voltage, plugs and electrical outlets.

Mosquito-borne Diseases in Peru
Mosquito-borne diseases in Peru include malaria, dengue fever and yellow fever.

Crime in Peru
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Coca Leaves, Coca Tea and Positive Drug Test Results
Chewing coca leaves and drinking coca tea can potentially result in a positive drug test for cocaine when you return home from Peru.

All the National Holidays in Peru
Dates and details for all the national holidays in Peru, some of which will be familiar to travelers while others are unique to the Peruvian calendar.

Serpost and the Peruvian Postal Service
Sending and receiving post in Peru is reasonably reliable, but the national postal service is not cheap and things do sometimes go astray...

The Risk of Rabies for Travelers in Peru
Most travelers do not need the rabies vaccination for Peru, unless engaging in specific activities that carry a higher risk of infection.

Guide to Train Services in Peru
Trains in Peru are a rare sight, with rail networks limited to just a few parts of the country. The existing lines, however, are often spectacular.

Tips and Safety Advice for Peruvian Taxi Travel
Taxis in Peru have no meters, the drivers often overcharge and safety is an issue, so you should always choose your Peruvian cabs carefully.

Guide to Lima Airport Services and Hotels
Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima is the hub for domestic and international air travel in Peru. Learn more with our guide to flights and facilities.

Guide to Traveling Peru by Bus
Traveling Peru by bus is a cheap way to get from place to place, but you should avoid the cheaper operators and stick with the midrange to top-end Peru bus companies.

A Beginner's Guide to Lunch in Peru
Lunch in Peru is a great time to sample some of the nation's traditional dishes. You can also eat for cheap with the set lunch Peruvian menu.

A Beer Drinker's Guide to Peru
Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in Peru. It's cheap, it's available everywhere and it comes with its own beer drinking traditions.

Soccer in Peru: Teams, Competitions and Rivalries
Learn more about soccer in Peru with our guide to the teams, the bitter rivalries, the national selection and Peru's most famous soccer players.

The Best Inca Trail Tour Operators in Peru
See our list of the best Inca Trail tour operators in Peru, including cheaper treks for backpackers and luxury options for well-heeled travelers.

Tips for Picking a Machu Picchu Tour
The following tips for picking a Machu Picchu tour will help you choose a reliable and recommendable tour agency.

Festivals and Events in Peru in February
Major festivals and events in Peru in February include the Virgen de la Candelaria festival in Puno, Verano Negro in Chincha, and Carnaval nationwide.

Perú Mucho Gusto
If you want to sample a range of traditional dishes from across Peru, try to catch a Perú Mucho Gusto gastronomic fair.

Perú Mucho Gusto
If you want to sample a range of traditional dishes from across Peru, try to catch a Perú Mucho Gusto gastronomic fair.

Perú Mucho Gusto
If you want to sample a range of traditional dishes from across Peru, try to catch a Perú Mucho Gusto gastronomic fair.

Peru Mucho Gusto: A Gastronomy Fair With Peruvian Flair
Peru Mucho Gusto gastronomy fairs let you try different dishes from across the country, from the coast to the highlands and the jungle.

12 Eclectic Art Museums in Lima, Peru
There is a good selection of art museums in Lima, with collections including pre-Columbian and colonial works, modern art, photography and more.

El Rincón de Vallejo: A Restaurant for Poets in Trujillo, Peru
El Rincon de Vallejo is a small restaurant in the historic center of Trujillo, Peru, serving excellent regional dishes.

El Rincón de Vallejo Restaurant in Trujillo
El Rincon de Vallejo is a small restaurant in the historic center of Trujillo, Peru, serving excellent regional dishes.

El Rincón de Vallejo Restaurant in Trujillo
El Rincon de Vallejo is a small restaurant in the historic center of Trujillo, Peru, serving excellent regional dishes.

Festivals and Events in Peru in June
All the major festivals and events in Peru in June, including Inti Raymi, the festival of San Juan, and the annual chaccu de vicuńas.

Can I Travel to Peru With a Criminal Record?
Can you travel to Peru with a criminal record? Well, whether you are allowed to enter Peru or not largely depends on the seriousness of the crime.

Festivals and Events in Peru in October
If you’re heading to Peru in October, you’ll find a good selection of religious festivals and cultural events taking place across the nation.

Pictures of Peru
Take a tour of Peru in pictures! Our Peru photo galleries are here to both inspire and inform, with snapshots of Peruvian life, historic sites, cities and more.

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Inspiring Aerial Images of Peru
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18 Inspiring Aerial Images of Peru
If these inspiring aerial images of Peru don't make you want to buy a ticket to the land of the Incas, then nothing else will...

Festivals and Events in Peru in May
Various religious festivals take place across Peru in May, including the Fiesta de las Cruces and the Virgin de Chapi pilgrimage.

Types of Public Transport in Peru
Public transportation in Peru includes everything from scheduled flights to antiquated trucks and multi-day river boat voyages.

Peru Travel Guide and Vacation Information
A Peru travel guide for first time and repeat visitors, with information about Peru attractions, destinations, culture and more.

Different Types of Temporary and Resident Visas for Peru
Visas for Peru fall into two categories: temporary visas for shorter stays and resident visas for stays of a year or more.

Flying in Peru
All you need to know about air travel in Peru, including domestic airlines and airports.

Getting Around Peru
From long-distance bus trips to short hops in mototaxis, getting around Peru is an adventure in itself.

Bus Travel in Peru
From one-hour hops to epic 20-hour marathons, most travelers in Peru will spend some time on the nation's long distance buses.

Longitudinal de la Selva (Ruta 005)
There are three major longitudinal (north to south) highways in Peru, each corresponding to one of Peru’s three geographic regions.

The Three Major North to South Roads in Peru
There are three major longitudinal (north to south) highways in Peru, each corresponding to one of Peru’s three geographic regions.

Panamericana in Peru (Ruta 001)
The Peruvian stretch of the Pan-American Highway, called the Panamericana, stretches for about 1,500 miles along the coastal strip of Peru.

Longitudinal de la Sierra (Ruta 003)
The Carretera Longitudinal de la Sierra (Ruta 003) runs north to south through the Peruvian highlands from the Ecuadorian border to Desaguadero on the Peru-Bolivia border.

The Ley Seca in Peru
The ley seca (literally “dry law”) is used in various Latin American countries to prohibit the sale of alcohol during national elections.

Cusqueña: The Popular Beer From Cusco, Peru
Cerveza Cusqueńa is one of the most popular beers in Peru. It's not an exceptionally interesting lager, but it's better than most of it's major rivals.

When Is the Next Presidential Election in Peru?
The next presidential election in Peru will take place in April 2016. We look at some of the candidates and how the elections will affect travelers.

Festivals and Events in Peru
The Peruvian calendar is chockfull of national holidays, religious festivals and colorful regional events. Find out when and where these events take place, as well as the stories behind them.

Peru Month by Month
Find out what's happening in Peru each month with our guide to annually recurring festivals and events.

Sports Events
Find out when, where and what kind of sports events take place in Peru.

Music Concerts in Peru in 2016
Peru’s 2016 concert schedule looks good, including notable gigs in Lima from The Rolling Stones and Coldplay.

Cities and Regions in Peru
Learn the ins and outs of Peru's cities and regions, from the coastal capital of Lima to Andean cities such as Cusco and in to the depths of the Amazon jungle.

Tarapoto
Discover the high jungle city of Tarapoto in the San Martin region of northern Peru.

The Tarapoto to Tingo Maria Road
The road between Tarapoto and Tingo Maria doesn't have a great reputation, but it remains a viable route for adventurous travelers.

Tarapoto, Peru
A guide to the city of Tarapoto in the San Martin region of Peru, including attractions, accommodation, restaurants and more.

How to Get to Tarapoto From Lima
Find out how to get from Lima to Tarapoto by bus, car or plane, with details of two very different overland routes.

Food and Drink in Peru
Food in Peru differs from region to region, providing culinary travelers with plenty of plates to sample. There's world-class ceviche on the coast, roasted guinea pig in the highlands and chorizo sausage in the jungle -- and that's just for starters. Find out what and where to eat in Peru with our restaurant reviews and regional guides to Peruvian food and drink.

Outdoor Activities in Peru
Peru is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. The Andean Range is perfect for trekking and climbing, while the coast provides plenty of opportunities for surfing, paragliding and sandboarding. Wildlife spotters, meanwhile, can explore Peru's numerous national parks and reserves.

Restaurants
If you're looking for a place to eat Peru, try one of our recommended restaurants...

Hiking the Inca Trail
All you need to know about hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Lima
Discover Lima, Peru's bustling capital city and a fascinating destination if you take the time to explore it properly.

Iquitos
Learn more about the jungle city of Iquitos, Peru, including tourist attractions, hotels and restaurants.

Trujillo
Trujillo is a major city on the north coast of Peru, with plenty of things to see and do in the colonial center and impressive archaeological sites in the surrounding area.

History of Peru
Take a trip through the history of Peru, from ancient pre-Inca civilizations to the Inca Empire itself. Learn about the Spanish Conquest and the fall of the Incas, the fight for Peruvian Independence and the emergence of modern Peru.

Shopping in Peru
Get ready to haggle! Shopping in Peru can be quite an experience as you navigate vast city markets or attempt to communicate with Quechua-speaking craftspeople in tiny rural villages. Find out where to buy authentic indigenous handicrafts, alpaca hats, pima cotton shirts and more.

Where to Stay in Peru
From simple hostels to five-star hotels and jungle lodges, Peru has plenty of accommodation options to suit all budgets. Whether you are planning a shoestring backpacking adventure or a luxury vacation, our hotel and hostel reviews will help you decide where to stay in Peru.

Cusco
Discover Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Peru.

Puno and Lake Titicaca
All about Puno and Lake Titicaca

How Many People Visit Peru Each Year?
The number of foreign tourists visiting Peru each year has increased dramatically during the last 15 years, with more than three million people arriving in 2014.

Can I Hike the Inca Trail Without a Guide?
If you want to hike the Inca Trail without a guide, I'm afraid you're out of luck. Independent trekking along the classic trail is no longer possible.

How Much to Tip on the Inca Trail
Find out how much to tip on the Inca Trail, including recommended tipping for guides, porters and cooks.

How Much Does the Inca Trail Cost?
Find out how much the classic 4 day/3 night Inca Trail costs, from cheap budget treks to luxury hikes.

Peruvian Pima Cotton, Gossypium Barbadense
Peruvian Pima cotton (Gossypium barbadense) is grown in coastal valleys in Northern Peru. Pima items are great souvenirs or gifts for people back home.

How Big is Lima, Peru?
How big is Lima, Peru? Find out the size of the city and the wider metropolitan area in both square miles and kilometers.

The Two-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
The two-day Inca Trail trek might be a good option if you are short on time, short on stamina or if you want to hike the Inca Trail with kids.

Religion in Peru
Learn more about religion in Peru, from the dominant Catholic faith to evangelicalism and the survival of Inca traditions.

Watching the Peruvian National Soccer Team
How and where to watch the Peruvian national soccer team, including buying tickets, major venues and upcoming fixtures and tournaments.

Peruvian Christmas Traditions
Get ready for Christmas in Peru with our guide to Peruvian Christmas traditions, food and drink, decorations and more...

Nightlife in Peru
Nightlife in Peru revolves around dancing -- this is South America after all! Find out where to drink and dance in Peru, including the most vibrant venues in party hotspots such as Lima, Cusco and Arequipa.

Machu Picchu Visiting Rules
Read the official Machu Picchu visiting rules and find out what you can and can't take into Machu Picchu, and how you're expected to behave...

The Parque del Amor in Miraflores, Lima
The Parque del Amor in Miraflores is the most famous -- and certainly the most romantic -- of all the parks along Lima's scenic coastal strip.

Mercado de Pulgas Market in Parque Kennedy, Miraflores
It's hard to find bargains in Miraflores, Lima, but the mercado de pulgas in Parque Kennedy is a good spot for a browse.

Mercado de Pulgas Market in Parque Kennedy, Miraflores
It's hard to find bargains in Miraflores, Lima, but the mercado de pulgas in Parque Kennedy is a good spot for a browse.

Mercado de Pulgas Market in Parque Kennedy, Miraflores
It's hard to find bargains in Miraflores, Lima, but the mercado de pulgas in Parque Kennedy is a good spot for a browse.

Mercado de Pulgas Market in Parque Kennedy, Miraflores
The mercado de pulgas market in Park Kennedy, Miraflores, is a fun spot for shopping for traditional Peruvian textiles, leather goods and jewelry.

Coping with the Small Change Shortage in Peru
You'll soon notice the small change shortage in Peru, and that many stores and small businesses struggle to find enough coins to give as change.

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La Choza Nautica Cevicheria in Lima
With four restaurants across Lima, La Choza Nautica is one of the city’s best known destinations for ceviche and seafood.

Three Options for Doing Your Laundry in Peru
There are three standard options for doing your laundry in Peru, including hotel laundry services and launderettes (lavanderías).

Peperas and Drink Spiking in Peru
Drink spiking is a common crime in Peru, where female perpetrators -- known as peperas -- drug men in order to rob them while they are unconscious.

Peru News Resources in English and Spanish
Keep up-to-date with all the news in Peru with the following resources, including news websites in English and Spanish.

El Cuatrero Parrillada Restaurant in Trujillo
If you're craving a steak along the north coast of Peru, head to El Cuatrero Parrillada Restaurant in Trujillo.

El Cuatrero Parrillada Restaurant in Trujillo
El Cuatrero Parrillada Restaurant in Trujillo is the place to go if you're craving a steak while traveling along the north coast of Peru.

Sandwich.com in Miraflores, Lima
Sandwich.com offers excellent sandwiches and tasty fruit juices just off Parque Kennedy in Miraflores, LIma.

The Toy Museum in Trujillo
The Museo del Juguete in Trujillo, Peru, was the first toy museum in Latin America and remains the only museum of its kind in Peru.

The Toy Museum in Trujillo
The Museo del Juguete in Trujillo, Peru, was the first toy museum in Latin America and remains the only museum of its kind in Peru.

The Modern Era and Memory in Trujillo’s Museo del Juguete
The Museo del Juguete in Trujillo is home to a variety of toys, most of which were lovingly crafted in Europe during the early- to mid-1900s.

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Best Restaurants in Puno
A handful of restaurants in Puno really stand out from the crowd, most notably - in this writer's opinion - La Table del' Inca and La Estancia Grill.

Endangered Animal Species of Peru
The list of endangered animal species in Peru is depressingly long, with 44 species considered critically endangered and 88 endangered.

How to Say Goodbye in Peru
Knowing how to say goodbye in Peru -- vocally and physically -- is an important part of nearly all everyday interactions, both formal and informal.

Peru in December
If you're heading to Peru in December, find out what festivals and events are taking place during the month. It's not all about Christmas...

Peru Tourist Visa Extensions
To extend your tourist visa in Peru, you have to exit and re-enter the country. This, however, can lead to some problems at the border.

How to Get From Cusco to Puno
The trip between Cusco and Puno is a popular route among foreign tourists, and can be done easily by bus, plane or train.

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Different Trains From Cusco to Machu Picchu
There are a few different trains to Machu Picchu, including PeruRail and Inca Rail departures from Cusco (Poroy Station) and Ollantaytambo.

Emergency Phone Numbers in Peru
A list of important emergency numbers in Peru, including police, fire brigade and ambulance services.

Peru Postal Codes
Peru introduced postal codes for the entire country in 2011. The five-digit codes can be difficult to find, a reason why many Peruvians don't use them.

How to Fill Out the Tarjeta Andina
You'll need to fill out a Tarjeta Andina de Migración (TAM, or Andean Migration Card) when you enter Peru. Here's how to complete each section.

Paragliding in Lima
Find out how and where to go paragliding in Lima, including seafront flights from Miraflores and scenic flights in Pachacamac.

Free Street Parades and Festivals in Lima
Lima has a packed calendar of traditional festivals and events, most of which are free to the public, so always keep an eye on the latest schedule.

Find Free Concerts in Lima
If you'd like to catch a concert in Lima but don't have the cash for an expensive ticket, keep an eye out for free music festivals in the capital.

Things to Do in Lima That Won't Cost You a Sol
There are enough free things to do in Lima to keep you busy for at least a few days, so even travelers on tight budgets can enjoy the capital of Peru.

Explore the Streets of Lima's Historic Center
You can spend hours, if not days, exploring the whole extent of the Historic Center of Lima. And you can do it independently, on foot, for free.

Step Inside Lima Cathedral
If you want to take a quick peek inside the Cathedral of Lima, you don’t actually have to pay anything for the privilege.

Enjoy a Free Walking Tour of Lima
Free Walking Tour Peru runs two walking tours in Lima, one beginning in Parque Kennedy and the other from the Plaza de Armas. Tips are expected.

Make the Most of Lima's Beaches
Lima has plenty of beaches and they are all free. Some are known as swimming or surfing spots, while others are places to party when the sun comes out.

Walk Along El Malecon
Lima’s cliff-top coastal path, known as El Malecón, is dotted with parks, all with impressive views of the city’s Pacific coastline.

Stroll Through Barranco
Known for its nightlife and art scene, Barranco is also a great district to explore on foot during the day.

Relax in One of Lima's Many Parks
Lima is dotted with parks and plazas, some of which are great for relaxing and others are good for people watching.

Explore Lima's Chinatown
Lima’s barrio chino, or Chinatown, is an interesting place for a walk, and is easy to reach on foot from the Plaza de Armas.

Get Lost in Lima's Markets
There are plenty of markets in Lima selling everything from fresh produce to souvenirs and bric-a-brac, and all are interesting places to explore.

Free Museums in Lima
Free museums in Lima include the Museum of the Inquisition, the ChocoMuseo, the Museo de la Electricidad and the Museo Numismático del Perú.

Lima's Government Palace and the Changing of the Guard
Looking for free things to do in Lima? Go to the Palacio de Gobierno and watch the changing of the guard (and maybe get a free tour of the palace).

Walk Among the Olive Trees in Bosque El Olivar
Parque El Olivar, also known as Bosque El Olivar (the Olive Woods), is a beautiful and historic park in the San Isidro district.

Sculptures in Parque Salazar
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Parque Salazar and Larcomar
Parque Salazar is a seafront park in Miraflores, Lima. The park is home to some interesting sculptures, as well as the Larcomar shopping complex.

El Malecon in Miraflores, Lima
Take a walk or ride a bike along El Malecón in Miraflores and escape from Lima's big city boisterousness, pollution and noise.

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Kayaking on Lake Titicaca with the Titikayak Project
Kayaking on Lake Titicaca with the Titikayak project is the perfect and most peaceful way to explore Peru's most famous lake.

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Festivals in Puno
A month-by-month guide to all the major annual festivals and events in Puno, including religious parades, historic reenactments and anniversary celebrations.

The Highest Mountains in Peru
Ice-capped and imposing, the highest mountains in Peru rise up from the Andes, reaching heights above 20,000 feet.

Museums in Arequipa
There are plenty of museums to discover in Arequipa, covering everything from archaeology to religious treasures and contemporary art.

Museums in Arequipa
There are plenty of museums to discover in Arequipa, covering everything from archaeology to religious treasures and contemporary art.

The Peruvian Tourist Police
Peru's tourist police are charged with assisting and protecting tourists as well as the tourist attractions that they visit.

Embassies in Peru
The following list of embassies in Peru includes all major embassies located in Lima. It does not include consulates or other diplomatic missions in Peru.

Playing Volleyball in Peru
Volleyball is a female-dominated sport in Peru, but both male and female travelers can ask to join in with a recreational game.

Competitive Volleyball in Peru
Volleyball is the second most popular sport in Peru, and the most popular sport among Peruvian women.

Baggage Allowances for Domestic Flights in Peru
Find out what baggage allowances are offered in Peru on flights with Star Peru, LAN, TACA, Peruvian Airlines and LC Peru.

Tingo Maria, Peru
A travel guide to the city of Tingo Maria in the Huánuco region of Peru, including attractions, places to stay and Tingo Maria National Park.

Flores: Peru Bus Company Profile
Flores is a midrange Peruvian bus company. Its higher cost services are generally good, but the economy class is not ideal for long distance travel.

The 12 Most Popular Cities in Peru
Discover the 12 most popular cities in Peru in terms of foreign visitors -- places that international tourists typically add to their travel itineraries.

Flagship Products of Peru
The 12 flagship products of Peru, or productos bandera del peru, are culturally and economically important exports that represent the image of Peru outside the country.

The Art of Haggling in Peru
In Peru, haggling is a normal part of the shopping process, and without a bit of bargaining you may well spend too much on souvenirs and other items.

Casa Museo Gran Almirante Grau
The Casa Grau in Piura was the childhood home of one of Peru's greatest heroes, Admiral Miguel Grau. It now serves as both a naval museum and as a monument to the man.

Lake Titicaca Facts
Dive in to our list of interesting Lake Titicaca facts, including all the necessary numbers such as size, altitude and depth.

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The Naval Museum in Puno, Peru
The tiny Naval Museum in Puno will appeal to fans of both Peruvian and British nautical history, and anyone interested in the history of Lake Titicaca.

The Museo de la Nacion in Lima, Peru
Is the Museo de la Nación the best history museum in Lima, or should you skip it in favor of some of the city's other museums?

The Museum of the Inquisition in Lima, Peru
The Museum of Congress and the Inquisition is one of Lima's darkest museums, with scenes of persecution, torture and despair. On a happier note: it's free.

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Nazca Lines Parrot
The Parrot is one of the less obvious Nazca Lines geoglyphs you’ll see during your flight over the desert.

Nazca Lines Hummingbird
The Nazca Lines Hummingbird is one of the most famous of all the Nazca geoglyphs.

Nazca Lines Alcatraz
The Nazca Lines Alcatraz, or Pelican, is one of the largest zoomorphic figures in the Nazca Desert.

The Nazca Lines Flight: Photos of the Main Geoglyphs
The flight over the Nazca Lines is spectacular, but it's not always easy to identify individual geoglyphs. Here's a photographic guide to the main shapes.

Nazca Lines Tree and Hands
The Nazca Lines Tree and Hands geoglyphs will probably be the last designs you see before returning to the Maria Reiche Airport.

Nazca Lines Whale
The Whale is often the first geoglyph you’ll see after taking off from Maria Reiche Airport. It is one of the simpler Nazca Lines animal designs.

Nazca Lines Astronaut
The anthropomorphic figure commonly known as the Astronaut is one of the most famous Nazca Lines geoglyphs.

Nazca Lines Monkey
The spiral-tailed Nazca Lines Monkey is approximately 328 feet long and 190 feet tall.

Nazca Lines Dog
The Nazca Lines Dog can be hard to spot from the air at first glance, partly due to separate lines that cross through its body.

Nazca Lines Condor
The 440-feet long Nazca Lines Condor is one of the largest zoomorphic geoglyphs in the Nazca Desert.

Nazca Lines Spider
Despite being smaller than most of the main Nazca Lines geoglyphs, the 150-feet long Spider is easy to spot from the air.

Juanes
Juanes are a specialty in the Peruvian jungle. The rice dish is neatly packaged in a green leaf, making it a very portable Peruvian snack.

Empanadas
Empanadas are sold throughout Latin America. They are a popular snack in Peru, where typical fillings include meat, cheese and vegetables.

8 Savory Street Food Snacks in Peru
Cheap and tasty savory snacks in Peru range from leaf-wrapped juanes to filling empanadas and street food classics like anticuchos.

Tamales
Peruvian tamales are made from corn dough with added meat, vegetables or cheese, providing a great snack for travelers in Peru.

Papa Rellena
The potato-based papa rellena, literally

Anticuchos
Anticuchos are a popular snack in Peru, especially the traditional anticucho de corazón, a beef heart kebab.

Humitas
Peruvian humitas are similar to tamales, but the taste and texture is slightly different. They also come in sweet and savory varieties.

Choclo (Peruvian Corn on the Cob)
Many savory snacks in Peru are not suitable for vegetarians, but Peruvian choclo, or corn on the cob, is a good option.

Huevos de Codorniz (Quail Eggs)
Quail eggs, or huevos de codorniz, are a common sight in Peru, where street vendors sell them as a quick and easy snack.

National Anthem of Peru: History, Etiquette and Lyrics
The National Anthem of Peru (Himno Nacional del Perú) dates back to 1821. Learn more about its history, passionate lyrics and the anthem etiquette.

Ministry of Health of Peru Malaria Map
Malaria maps from Peru’s Ministry of Health provide detailed information about malaria transmissions in Peru during any given year.

Malaria Maps of Peru: CDC, NHS and Peru's Ministry of Health
Malaria maps of Peru from the CDC, NHS and Peru's Ministry of Health show different distributions albeit in similar parts of the country.

NHS fitfortravel Malaria Map of Peru
The NHS fitfortravel malaria map of Peru highlights areas of low, variable and high risk of malaria transmission.

The Peru Visa Overstay Fine
If you overstay your time in Peru beyond the days allowed on your tourist visa (TAM), you can pay a one dollar per day fine when you leave the country.

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Marlon’s House Hostel in Puno, Peru
Marlon's House in Puno is like a hotel for backpackers, but with the prices and services of a typical backpacker hostel in Peru.

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Red Psycho Llama Eco Hostel in Miraflores, Lima
The Red Psycho Llama Eco Hostel in Miraflores, Lima, is a fun, friendly and comfortable hostel with a genuinely green outlook.

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1900 Backpackers Hostel in Lima, Peru
1900 Backpackers Hostel in Lima, Peru, is a secure, comfortable and sociable hostel just a short walk from Lima's historic center.

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A Two-Star Hotel in the Center of Miraflores
The two-star Solis Dies Hotel is a good midrange option in the center of Miraflores, Lima, offering security and comfort at reasonable prices.

Solis Dies Hotel, Miraflores, Lima
The Solis Dies Hotel is an affordable two-star option right at the heart of the Miraflores district of Lima.

Friend’s House Hostel, Miraflores
Friend's House Hostel in Lima is a great option in central Miraflores. It's cheap but comfortable and normally attracts a friendly bunch of backpackers.

The Festival of San Juan in Peru
The Festival of San Juan, or Saint John, is one of the most important events in the Peruvian jungle, held each year on June 24.

The Festival of San Juan in Peru
The Festival of San Juan, or Saint John, is one of the most important events in the Peruvian jungle, held each year on June 24.

The Festival of San Juan in Peru
The Festival of San Juan takes place in Peru every year on June 24, and is one of the biggest celebrations in the Peruvian jungle.

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Peru
Discover our top 10 reasons to visit Peru, including archaeological sites, culinary delights, epic treks and vibrant festivals.

Peruvian Greetings and Introductions
Peruvian greetings and introductions can be formal or informal, with the etiquette for saying hello in Peru dependent on various factors.

Types of Accommodation in Peru
Accommodation options in Peru range from rustic homestays and basic hostels to luxury lodges, with a little bit of everything in between.

Map of Lake Titicaca, Divided Between Peru and Bolivia
A map of Lake Titicaca showing the Peru-Bolivia border that divides the lake in two, as well as major settlements on and around the lake.

Lake Titicaca Global Location
Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America. It is located on the high Andean Altiplano and forms part of the border between Bolivia and Peru.

Where is Lake Titicaca in Relation to Major Cities in Peru?
Lake Titicaca is located in the far south of Peru, not too far from the popular tourist destinations of Cusco, Machu Picchu and Arequipa.

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Pacha Hostel in Puno, Peru
Pacha Hostel offers a great combination of comfort, location, price and friendly service, making it my recommended backpacker hostel in Puno, Peru.

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National Pisco Day in Peru
National Pisco Day in Peru takes place on the fourth Sunday of every July, with various events held in Peru's main pisco-producing regions.

Inca Kola Peru Soft Drink of Choice
Inca Kola is Peru's hugely popular and altogether iconic beverage. It may not be to everyone's taste, but you have to try it when you go to Peru.

What is a Peruvian DNI?
By law, every Peruvian citizen of adult age must have a Documento Nacional de Identidad (“National Identity Document”), commonly known as a DNI.

Administrative Regions of Peru (Departments)
There are 25 administrative regions in Peru, also known as departments, each further divided into provinces and districts.

Major Imports and Exports of Peru
Learn about Peru's major imports and exports, including production rankings and Peru's main global trade partners.

Peru's Main Export and Import Partners
A list of Peru's main export and import partners in the last few years.

Peru's Major Imports
A list of all Peru's major imports, including chemicals, machinery, electrical items, paper and medicines.

Peru in November: Festivals and Events
Find out what’s happening in Peru in November with our guide to national and regional events.

Festivals in Cusco
Find out what's happening in Cusco throughout the year with our list of annual festivals and events.

Annual Festivals and Events in Lima, Peru
A list of all of the major annually recurring festivals and events in Lima and the wider Lima Metropolitan Area (including Callao).

Creamfields Peru
The Creamfields dance festival came to Peru for the first time in 2007, with headline act John Digweed helping to attract a crowd of 7,000.

Acustirock
The Acustirock rock festival began in Lima in 2011 and has returned at least once each year ever since.

Rock en el Parque
Rock en el Parque is one of Lima’s oldest rock and punk festivals, having existed in one form or another since 2001.

Lima Vive Rock
Lima Vive Rock is a major one-day rock festival organized by the Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima.

Selvámonos
Selvámonos is arguably the closest thing Peru has to famous multiday music festivals like Glastonbury and Lollapalooza.

Festival Vivo X el Rock
The Festival Vivo X el Rock will make its third appearance in 2014, staking a huge claim to the title of “biggest rock festival in Peru.

Rock en la Playa
Rock en la Playa returned for its third consecutive year in 2014, establishing itself as one of Lima’s most important rock festivals.

Festival de los 7 Mares
The Festival de los 7 Mares is Peru’s largest world music festival. Former headliners include Manu Chao and Steel Pulse.

Summer of Dub
The third installment of the Summer of Dub festival took place in Chorrillos, Lima, in January 2014.

Reggae Fest
The annual Reggae Fest is the main event in Lima for fans of all things reggae, despite featuring only a handful of bands.

10 of the Best Music Festivals in Peru
Discover 10 of the best music festivals in Peru, including one-day and multiday events representing everything from punk rock to reggae and electronic music.

Music Concerts in Peru 2015
All the major music concerts in Peru in 2015, including gigs and festivals in Lima and across Peru. Updated regularly.

Torre Dorada Hotel in Cusco, Peru
The Torre Dorada Hotel in Cusco is situated outside the city's historic center, but the excellent service makes up for the less than perfect location.

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Illa Hotel in Cusco, Peru
Illa Hotel -- a new addition to the Cusco hotel scene -- offers plenty of colonial charm along with more modern comforts, all at reasonable prices.

The Best Historic Hotels in Cusco
If you enjoy the idea of relaxing in a colonial courtyard built on ancient Inca foundations, consider a stay at one of Cusco’s historic hotels.

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Review of Inkaterra La Casona in Cusco, Peru
Inkaterra La Casona is one of the finest hotels in Cusco and in Peru, mixing colonial-style luxury with modern sophistication and impeccable service.

Is Machu Picchu Closed or Closing?
Is Machu Picchu closed or closing in the near future? Probably not, but find out for sure right here...

How Long is the Classic Inca Trail?
The classic Inca Trail isn't too long, especially over four days, but the high altitude makes the trek all the more difficult.

The Inca Trail and Altitude Sickness
Even fit and experienced trekkers can suffer from altitude sickness on the Inca Trail, a high elevation route that requires some acclimatization.

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The Three-Day Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu
The Huchuy Qosqo trek to Machu Picchu is a short but spectacular alternative to the Inca Trail, and a great way to explore local landscapes and culture.

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Traveling From Lima to Cusco by Bus or Plane
Independent travelers have two main ways of getting from Lima to Cusco: quick and easy flights or more scenic, adventurous and time-consuming bus journeys.

Taxis from Cusco Airport to the City Center
Official taxis from Cusco Airport to the city center are safe but overpriced. Reduce the cost by catching a taxi outside the airport or booking online.

4M Express Bus Review
4M Express is a tourist bus service operating in southern Peru between four destinations: Arequipa, Chivay (Colca Canyon), Puno and Cusco.

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Francisco Pizarro: A Timeline
A timeline of the life of Francisco Pizarro highlighting key events in the biography of the Spanish conquistador and conqueror of Peru.

Yellow Fever in Peru
Learn more about yellow fever in Peru, including the country's yellow fever requirements and other vaccination issues.

Using US Dollars in Peru
Do you need to take US dollars to Peru? Or can you get by on Peruvian currency alone? Learn more with our guide to using the USD in Peru.

How Far in Advance Should I Book the Inca Trail?
Advanced Inca Trail reservations are vital. With only 500 trail permits issued for any given day, you should book the Inca Trail well ahead of time.

Oltursa: Peru Bus Company Profile
Oltursa is a Peruvian bus company operating primarily along the coast of Peru, but it continues to expand inland while modernizing its fleet.

Cinemas in Lima, Peru
You’ll find plenty of excellent cinemas in Lima, including 3D screens showing the latest movie releases.

Movil Tours: Peru Bus Company Profile
Movil Tours is a midrange Peruvian bus company that operates mainly to the north of Lima, but also has services to Cusco and Puerto Maldonado.

Do You Need a Tourist Visa for Peru?
Do you need to apply for a Peru tourist visa before traveling, or can you enter Peru with a simple Tarjeta Andina de Migraciones (TAM)?

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The Best Hostels in Cusco, Peru
A selection of the best hostels in Cusco, including cheap places for budget backpackers and more expensive options for travelers with cash to spare.

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The Best Hostels in Cusco, Peru
A selection of the best hostels in Cusco, including cheap places for budget backpackers and more expensive options for travelers with cash to spare.

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The Best Hostels in Cusco, Peru
A selection of the best hostels in Cusco, including cheap places for budget backpackers and more expensive options for travelers with cash to spare.

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Peru National Team Soccer Fixtures
Have a look at all of Peru's soccer fixtures, including competitive matches and friendlies, and find out which games you can watch while you're in Peru.

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Kayaking on Lake Piuray Near Chinchero, Cusco Region
If you're looking for an alternative to trekking near Cusco, how about a day of kayaking and stand up paddleboarding on the beautiful Lake Piuray?

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10 Museums in Cusco
A look at 10 museums in Cusco, covering everything from Inca history to contemporary art and chocolate.

Is There a Train From Lima to Cusco?
Is there a train from Lima to Cusco? In a word: No. But there are some ways to incorporate rail travel into your Lima to Cusco trip.

Cusco Altitude Information
Cusco is located at an elevation of 11,152 feet (3,399 meters) above sea level, so you need to acclimatize when you arrive.

The Boleto Turistico: Cusco Tourist Ticket
The Boleto Turístico del Cusco, or Cusco Tourist Ticket, grants access to a wide range of museums and archaeological sites in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

The Sinister House on Saphi Street, Cusco
An abandoned house on Saphi Street in Cusco, Peru, has a dark history of murder, cult activities, suicide and ghostly happenings.

The Ghosts and Goblins of the Government Palace, Lima
According to Alan Garcia, a former President of Peru, the historic Government Palace in Lima is haunted by both ghosts and goblins...

The Macabre History of the Matusita House, Lima
The Casa Matusita is considered one of the most haunted places in Lima, Peru, with a particularly dark and twisted history.

The White Lady of Real Felipe Fortress, Callao
The Real Felipe Fortress in Callao, Peru, has long been a source of ghostly reports, including sightings of a footless female known as the White Lady.

The Haunted House of Lunahuaná, Cañete Province, Lima Region
The Haunted House of Lunahuaná in the Lima Region of Peru is known as one of the most haunted locations in the country.

Ghosts of the Gran Hotel Bolívar, Lima
The historic Gran Hotel Bolívar in Lima has a history of ghostly apparitions, including a mysterious woman in white and some long-dead employees.

Peru's Most Ghostly Paranormal Hotspots
Discover the most haunted places in Peru, from spooky hotels in Lima to eerie abandoned houses in Cusco...

Demonyms of Peru
The demonyms of Peru refer to the names given to Peruvians born in certain cities or regions, such as limeńos from Lima and cusqueńos from Cusco.

Internet in Peru
Internet access in Peru has improved greatly in recent years, with Wi-Fi connections in most hotels and hostels, as well as in restaurants and bars.

Peruvian Customs Regulations
Find out what items you can take to Peru without paying extra when you arrive because of Peruvian customs regulations.

Carrying a Passport or Other Form of Identification in Peru
Wherever you travel in Peru, it's a good idea to carry some kind of photo identification, even if it's just a photocopy of your passport.

Google Street View in Peru
A large number of Peruvian towns and cities are now available on Google Street View, including cities such as Lima, Arequipa and Cusco.

Is Machu Picchu a Wonder of the World?
Machu Picchu is officially a Wonder of the World according to the New7Wonders Foundation. We take a look at the Peruvian Wonder and its six partners.

Laws on Taking Replica Artifacts and Similar Souvenirs Out of Peru
Before taking certain replica souvenirs out of Peru, you need to be aware of laws and processes banning the exportation of various historic artifacts.

Newspapers in Peru
The following list highlights the most popular national newspapers in Peru, from broadsheets to trashy tabloids.

Can I Work in Peru as a Tourist?
In short: no, you cannot legally work in Peru as a tourist. However, it's not unheard of for backpackers to take jobs while traveling in Peru...

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The Gran Hotel Bolivar in Lima, Peru
The Gran Hotel Bolivar in Lima was once a place for the rich and famous, but this charming historic hotel is now surprisingly affordable.

Bus Travel Times and Ticket Prices from Lima to Other Cities in Peru
The following table shows approximate bus travel times and ticket prices from Lima to other major cities in Peru.

Is Marijuana Legal in Peru?
Marijuana is not legal in Peru, but possession of small quantities is officially OK. Realistically, however, even small amounts can cause big problems.

Ormeño: Peru Bus Company Profile
Ormeńo is one of the most established bus companies in Peru, serving numerous domestic and international destinations.

Vaccinations for Machu Picchu
Find out what vaccinations you need for Machu Picchu, as well as other potential health concerns when visiting Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

Civa: Peru Bus Company Profile
Civa is a Peruvian bus company with excellent coverage, a good reputation and a modern fleet of buses that includes some top-end options.

Can You Drink Tap Water in Peru?
Foreign tourists should not drink tap water in Peru due to the risk of stomach problems and other potential hazards.

Discos and Nightclubs in Peru
Peruvian nightlife is all about the dance floor, making nightclubs and discos the main venues for late night revelry.

Driving Licenses in Peru
International travelers can drive in Peru for a maximum of six months using their home driving license, after which they need a Peruvian driving license.

How to Call Peru
Find out how to call Peru from abroad, including landlines and cell phones, with international country exit codes and dialing codes for Peru.

Toilets in Peru
Toilets in Peru range from bearable to hideously unclean. Knowing where to find a decent option is an unglamorous but essential part of traveling.

Shops, Restaurants and Entertainment in the Larcomar Shopping Center
Find out what shops and services are located in Larcomar, including high-fashion retailers, upscale restaurants, cinema and bowling.

A Guide to Larcomar Shopping Center in Lima
The Larcomar shopping center in Lima, Peru, is a popular sea-front location for shopping, eating and going to the cinema in the Peruvian capital.

Things You Don’t Need to Take to Peru
If you want to travel light in Peru, take a look at all your gear before you go and ask yourself: Do I really need that?

IKONOS Satellite Shows Machu Picchu From Space
This spectacular satellite image of Machu Picchu shows both the archaeological site and the surrounding landscape, all seen from space.

British Airways to Begin Direct Flights from London to Lima, Peru
British Airways has announced that it will fly non-stop between the UK and Peru beginning May 4, 2016.

Flights to Peru from the UK
There are no direct flights from the UK to Peru, but a few major airlines fly from London to Lima with layovers in cities such as Madrid, Amsterdam and Atlanta.

Altitude Table for Peruvian Cities and Tourist Attractions
Find out how high you'll be going when you visit various locations in Peru, including altitudes for major cities and tourist attractions.

Inca Trail Age Restrictions
There are no official age restrictions for trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, but some tour operators do have their own age limits.

Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountains to Close in April 2016
Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain will both be closed to the public temporarily in April 2016. Machu Picchu itself will remain open.

Huayna Picchu Tickets and Daily Hike Limits
All you need to know about the Huayna Picchu hike at Machu Picchu, including ticket prices, where to buy them, and climbing Huayna Picchu Mountain.

Earthquakes in Peru
Peru is a region of major seismic activity, with as many as 200 minor earthquakes occurring on average each year.

Booking Hotels in Peru
It's often a good idea to book a hotel or hostel room in advance when you're traveling in Peru, even if you prefer to find a room on arrival.

Museums in Trujillo and the La Libertad Region of Peru
A list of all the major museums in the city of Trujillo and the wider La Libertad region, located on the north coast of Peru.

Museums in Trujillo and the La Libertad Region of Peru
A list of all the major museums in the city of Trujillo and the wider La Libertad region, located on the north coast of Peru.

Car Rental at Lima Airport
There are three car rental options at Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport: Budget, Avis and Hertz. But do you really want to hire a car in Lima?

Domestic Airlines in Peru
Domestic airlines in Peru offer scheduled flights to most of the nation's major destinations. Read about Peru’s five main airlines: StarPeru, LAN, TACA, Peruvian Airlines and LC Busre.

Tips for Traveling Alone in Peru
Read our 13 tips for traveling alone in Peru and make the most of your solo travel experience.

Safety Tips for Women Traveling Alone in Peru
Solo women travelers in Peru face more risks than their male counterparts. If you're going to Peru alone, first read our tips for female travelers.

Before You Go to Peru
Find out what you need to do before going to Peru with our guide to the fiddly details of trip planning, including vaccinations, visas and financial matters.

10 Tips for Long Distance Bus Travel in Peru
Long distance bus travel in Peru is a test of physical and mental stamina. Here are 10 tips to help you stay sane during lengthy journeys.

12 Things Not to Do in Peru
Find out what not to do in Peru, from poor transport choices to social etiquette and safety issues.

Things to Know Before Traveling to Peru
There are a few things you should know before traveling to Peru, all of which will help you hit the ground running once you set foot on Peruvian soil.