PERU GENERAL INFORMATION
We at Rebecca Adventure Travel find that Peru is one of the most beautiful countries in South-America and absolutely worth traveling to. Explore the beautiful parts of Peru; go to the emperor city Cuzco, situated in the Peruvian Andes and it is the former capital of the Inca empire. In the 16th century Cuzco was conquered by the Spanish, which nowadays makes this city a nice mix between Inca ruins and colonial buildings. One of Cuzco’s many highlights is the Plaza de Armas, where you can also find Cuzco’s Cathedral.
And you can’t go to Peru without seeing the spectacular Machu Picchu, also known as the Lost City of the Incas, was built in the 15th century, but was only rediscovered in 1911 by the American professor Bingham. This sacred city is situated at approximately 2400 meters (7875 ft) above sea level and it is about 130 kilometers (80 mi) from Cuzco. Since 1983 Machu Picchu is a UNESCO world heritage site and in 2007 it was elected one of the ‘new 7 world wonders’.
HOLIDAYS IN PERU
New years: 1st of January
Holy Thursday: movable
Good Friday: movable
Easter Day: movable
International Workers’ Day: 1st of May
St. Peter and St. Paul: 29th of June
Independence Day: 28th and 29th of June
Battle of Angamos: 8th of October
All Saints Day: 1st of November
Immaculate Conception: 8th of December
Christmas: 25th of December
The official language is Spanish, but they also have two aboriginal languages: Quechua and Aymara. In main tourist areas they speak English.
The currency in Peru is el Peso. You can change euros without restrictions in hotels, banks and exchange offices. Paying by credit card is accepted in restaurants, hotels and supermarkets and you can also withdraw cash at an ATM, but always be cautious when withdrawing money in busy or tourist areas.
PASSPORT & VISA PERU
You need a passport with a validation of 6 months upon return in Europe. You can stay without a visa 90 days per 9 months in Peru.
It is obligated to have a yellow fever vaccin when you go into the Amazon. It is also highly recommended to take malaria pills when you go into the Amazon.
HOTELS IN PERU
Check in: In general from 3 PM
Check out: In general before 11 AM
Peruvian cuisine has influences from the Inca and European immigrants, they had to change their dishes because they didn’t have the same ingredients available in Peru. The ingredients most often used are potatoes, corn and quinoa. Some famous Peruvian dishes are;
Ceviche is a seafood dish served cold, cooked or raw and its main ingredients are: fish, lime, lemon and some added spices like chili peppers or aji (a pepper used in many Peruvian dishes).
Lomo saltado is a hot dish which combines rice with marinated slices of beef, onions, french fries and also in this dish they will add spices.
Aji de gallina is a chicken stew served with rice. They add a thick sauce with aji, cream, walnuts and cheese.
The weather in Peru is divided in three regions.
The pacific coast has a warmer climate than the other regions. There is no extreme heat or cold but it will be extremely humid, which makes it very cold in the winter. The temperature can go up till 30° and they have a short rain period in November and December.
The Andes has two seasons: summer (from April till October) and winter (November to March). In summer the days are sunny, but the nights are very cold and there is a little bit of rain. In winter the days are cold and there is a lot of rain. The temperature can go up till 24° and can go down till -3°.
The jungle has a dry season (from April to October) and a wet season (from November to March). It is extremely humid all year around.