Ancient wonders, spectacular mountain treks, sparkling lakes and so much more lie in wait with our Peru tours.
A trip to Peru offers a travel experience like no other - from the mystical Machu Picchu that now resides as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World to its lively and sophisticated capital Lima. There’s much to discover when you book a Peru tour with us.
Whatever your travelling desires may be, our Peru tours will provide you with an excellent combination of action, adventure and culture.
Tread the ancient Inca paths, stopping off at Machu Picchu and the old Incan capital of Cuzco while exploring all the secrets of the mountains, before heading to the glistening Lake Titicaca near the Bolivian border or into the Amazon jungle.
We have a great selection of small group tours in Peru that last for around two to three weeks, all setting off from Lima.
With our Peru tours, you'll get the chance to spot exotic wildlife offshore in the Ballestas Islands on our Machu Picchu Calling tour, enjoy a relaxing dip in lakes high up in the Andes with Mountains to the Lakes and experience the country's historic culture through the Walking with the Incas.
Most of our Peru tours include a trek to Machu Picchu. Don't hesitate to contact us for any additional information or if you'd like to enquire about our tailor-made tours.
Do you want to know more about Peru and its beauty? Or do you need accurate visa information?
Contact the Peru tourism board for more information.
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Peru is a relatively safe and reliable country to visit. Petty crime is common, and you should keep an eye on your valuables. Isolated areas should be avoided at night and be aware of the possibility of drink spiking.
The currency used in Peru is the sol, which is subdivided into 100 cents.
The best time to visit Peru is during winter (May to September) as it is the driest season, and the conditions are good for trekking. Although the summer (December to March) is warmer, heavy showers are more frequent.
Most restaurants and bar bills in Peru include a 10% gratuity. It is customary to add an extra 10% if the service has been good.
The tap water in Peru is not safe to drink, and you should only drink bottled water. Boiling water for one minute is the most effective way to purify it. The water can also be disinfected with iodine or water-purification pills.
Planning a trip to Peru will depend on the places you want to visit, activities you want to participate in, and your overall budget. However, by booking a tour with us at Encounters Travel, we do all the planning and prep for you.
When in Peru, the price of meals will vary depending on the type of restaurant and cuisine. On average, a fast food meal will cost approximately $4.70 USD at chains such as McDonald's and Burger King.
The primary language spoken in Peru is Spanish, spoken by approximately 80% of the general population, while the other 20 % speaks indigenous languages like Quechua and Aymara. In areas with high tourist volumes, English is spoken; however, Spanish is preferred.
Yes, you should be up-to-date with your routine vaccinations when travelling to Peru. According to the CDC and WHO the following vaccinations are recommended: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza. You should also consider taking antimalarial medication when travelling to this country.
Peru is a country of great natural beauty and cultural diversity. The most famous place to visit in Peru is one of the greatest world heritage sites, Machu Picchu. Other must-see attractions include; the Ballestas Islands and the ancient Nazca Lines.
The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season (winter) between May and September, especially if you plan to go on a trek. December – March (summer) is much warmer, with frequent heavy showers.
Peru is known for being one of the most inexpensive countries in South America. Depending on the country you are coming from, you can expect to spend on average, between $30-40 per day while being on vacation here.
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Dial Code: +51
Area: 1,285 million km2
Elevation: The lowest point in Peru is the Bayovar Depression -34m | The highest point in Peru is the Huascaran Sur at 6,768m (22,205 ft.)
Population: 32,551,815 (2018)
Government: Republic, Unitary state, Presidential system, Constitutional republic
Language: Spanish, Aymara, Quechua
Peru, officially the Republic of Peru, is a country in western South America. The country is bordered by Columbia and Ecuador in the north, Brazil in the east, Bolivia in the southeast, the Pacific Ocean in the west, and Chile in the south.
The country has varied biodiversity and its territory has been inhabited by an assortment of ancient cultures. The oldest civilisation, the Incas, dating back to the 32nd century BC, was the largest and most complex state in pre-Columbian America.
Peru has a representative democratic republic, which is divided into 25 regions. The country is seen as having an emerging market, with an upper middle-income level and a high level of human development. Peru is one of the most prosperous economies and has one of the world's fastest industrial growth rates.
The multiethnic population of Peru includes Europeans, Africans, Asians and Amerindians. The most spoken language in Peru is Spanish, and some of the population speaks Aymara, Quechua and other native languages.
The climate in Peru ranges from moderate temperatures and high humidity by the coast, with heavy rainfall and high temperatures in the Peruvian Amazon, and cold winters and seasonal rainfall in the south. This mega-diverse country has 1,800 species of birds, 300 species of reptiles and 500 species of mammals.
The leading religion practised in Peru is Roman Catholicism. Other popular faiths are Evangelicalism, Protestantism and Judaism. The culture of Peru is rooted in Amerindian and Spanish traditions, which is also influenced by African, Asian and European ethnic groups.
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