Hand Picked Peru Adventures
First things first, tipping in Peru is usual. At restaurants a 10% charge is added to the bill but if not you’d be expected to add 10% when making payment.
The dress code around Peru is as you’d expect in a modern society, casual is fine (although you’ll see a lot of people in climbing a trekking gear which is fine too!)
One thing to be slightly cautious of is discussing politics. Peru has had some issues with corruption and this is a sensitive subject for many people as you’d imagine. Of course, discussing drugs and religion should ale be handled with care. One note, chewing coca leaves is not drug use! this is long tradition in this region.
Bargaining when shopping is widely accepted so one can haggle which can be a lot of fun!
Peru offers wonderful photography opportunities with such epic landscape and vibrant colours. People generally don’t mind having their photograph taken but some may ask for a ‘donation’ which is not uncommon in many tourist areas, just something to be aware of.
Peru is a very friendly country with welcoming people. As always, showing respect to local people, traditions and culture will help make your trip even more enjoyable.
British nationals don’t need a visa to travel if the purpose of the visit is tourism.
If you are travelling for any other purpose, check entry clearance requirements with the Peruvian Consulate-General in London.
On arrival, you’re normally given permission to stay for up to 6 months.
Double check the period of time you’ve been granted. If you overstay, you’ll need to pay a fine. In the worst case scenario you could be held in detention. Keep the immigration paper given to you on arrival in a safe place, as you will need to show this on departure.
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Peru is split roughly into three seasons however, a word of warning, as we are sure you know Peru sits on the coast but also has very high mountain ranges. As with all mountain ranges the weather can quickly change and the idea of a ‘season’ is very loose.
The three seasons are Low (also known as Rainy) , Shoulder (also known as Spring and Autumn) and High. Low season runs from December through to February and this time of year can be cold from the coast to the mountains, very cold in the mountains! The Inca Trail is closed every year during February for maintenance and cleaning whilst in the Amazon the rains can last through until May.
The Shoulder season runs from March – May and September – November. During these periods the tourist sites are less crowded and very good for those who aren’t fussed about getting a tan. It’s also cooler than big season and so ideal for trekking in the Amazon however it’s worth keeping an eye on the rains! During the rainy season some parts of the Amazon are inaccessible and / or not so pleasant for trekking!
High season, running from June – August is hot, as you’d expect. This is full tourist season and so can be busy but not over powering. The beaches are busy and lively and trekking the Inca Trail or in the Amazon is in full swing. This is a wonderful time to visit but remember, it shall be warm!
Here are some comments from recent travellers….
David L June 20167: “We recently visited Peru on an Inca Trail tour and we had the time of our lives. We’d always wanted to see Machu Picchu and experience what Peru had to offer, the trip did not disappoint. We hope to visit again as there is much more to see, we didn’t get to go to the Amazon or spend enough time in Lima but these re good excuses to return.”
Amy B June 2017: “I travelled to Peru on my own, I was nervous at first as I was on my own and on a group tour but looking back I had no need to be. The group wee great and made up of singles and couples. The tour leader was brilliant and made sure were were all ok. I am so glad I went, a great experience.”
Stuart P April 2017: “The tour was brilliant. I was worried about sharing with another traveller who I’d never met but it was fine although I was glad I took ear plugs!”
There are lots of flights daily and direct from the UK to Lima. We recommend using a search engine like Skyscanner or Momondo to help you find the flight you want. Prices vary throughout the year but the general rule is the earlier you book the better the price you’ll get. For lower prices consider taking an indirect flight, whilst longer you may find the price considerably lower than if travelling direct.