Peru Vacation Guide
Sure, you've heard about the innumerable llamas and the breath-taking sights at Machu Picchu, but all inclusive vacations to Peru will take you on a journey of discovery that will include plenty more than the country's famous calling cards. Pull on your alpaca-wool sweater and scale the dizzying heights of Cuzco and Chachapoyas where Peru's Inca heritage is best seen and experienced, paddle your way around the Andean plateau on Lake Titicaca, and participate in just one of over 3,000 religious festivals celebrated in Peru with tiny Puno's Candelaria celebrations.From colonial history in Trujillo, to the nature wonderland of Iquitos, to the adventure sports haven at Arequipa, Peru's diverse cities provide visitors with a great deal of things to see and do no matter where their interests lie.
While it's easy to get wrapped up in history with all these ancient cities, your vacations to Peru can also include the modern face of Peru in nightclubs, trendy restaurants, and fashionable stores that are liberally scattered through Lima. While most visitors choose to bypass the capital on their way to Peru's more aesthetically appealing destinations, this is where you will find young Peruvians who are defining the country path to the future. Once you've had your fill of the past, find out where Peru is headed by spending a few days in Lima.
How to Save on Vacations to Peru
When taking budget vacations to Peru, you will find it can be expensive to travel between cities. One way to cut down on these costs is to plot your route across the country as early as you can and buy your rail or bus tickets in advance. You can also save on city transport costs by using local buses and trains over cabs and rental cars wherever possible.
Machu Picchu is one of South America's top tourist attractions and with millions of visitors pouring in to visit this fantastic mountain-top site, vacation packages to Peru can get extremely expensive in the peak travel season. Machu Picchu is most crowded in July and August while the country's beaches are busiest between December and March. If you're looking to steer clear of the crowds and find the cheapest deals and discounts around, keep an eye out for discount specials in the off-peak seasons or book as far in advance as possible.
Peru's climate types range from tropical to desert, so deciding when to book a vacation package to the country depends on which areas you will be spending most of your time. The two factors to bear in mind are the altitude, which determines the temperature, and the wet and dry seasons of the area you will be visiting.
Peru's coastal areas have milder weather with averages of 27°C in summer and 12°C in winter. Temperatures rise as you travel north along the shore, where it is sunny for most of the year and temperatures average 35°C. In the highlands, there is a dry season between May and October and a rainy season between December and March while the Amazon area has tropical weather that ensures a hot season from April to October and a rainy one between November and March.
Machu Picchu is most crowded in July and August while the country's beaches are busiest between December and March. If you're looking to steer clear of the crowds and find the cheapest deals and discounts around, keep an eye out for discount specials in the off-peak seasons or book as far in advance as possible.