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Peru Travel Guide

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Peru is the classic Latin America destination and home to the continent’s most famous and arguably most dramatic site, Machu Picchu. But there is much more to Peru than this iconic attraction. With many different ancient cultures, indigenous aymara and quechua languages and a tumultuous colonial history, Peru is a true cultural melange. Beyond Machu Picchu there is the ethereal Lake Titicaca, the world’s deepest canyon, some of the planet’s most awe-inspiring mountain scenery, the great Amazon rainforest, epic train journeys, world class hikes including the Inca Trail and a handful of quaint, international and unique cities. An adventure playground, flourishing Peru is a top bucket list destination.

My best memory of Peru was all the llamas trotting around the streets of Cuzco and the beautiful textiles and fabrics all the local women were wearing. It is such a colourful country.

Whether you are a foodie looking to sample Peru’s world renown gourmet cuisine, a couple wanting a unique and memorable honeymoon, a history buff wanting to explore Peru’s ancient archeology or you are looking for a family getaway, Peru offers something for every type of traveller. All our Peru tours are custom made and thoughtfully designed by our experts to match your needs. Just call one of our Peru specialists who will be pleased to answer your questions, share their knowledge and advice and start planning your trip of a lifetime with The Latin America Travel Company.

Essential Peru Travel Information

Best time to go

The best time to go is during the dry season which is April to October. During this time you can expect hot days and cold nights in the mountains. This is the best time for Machu Picchu and trekking.

The Amazon remains hot and humid year round with a high water season in the north between December and May and a low water season from June to November.

We do not recommend travelling in February which is the rainiest month of the year. The Inca trail also shuts in February.


No visas required for visiting Peru as a UK passport holder. On arrival you will be granted entry for up to 6 months as a tourist. You may be asked to provide proof of onward or return travel, details of your accommodation and proof that you have sufficient funds to cover your stay. Your passport needs to be valid for 6 months from your date of arrival in Peru. If you are entering Peru from Bolivia overland then you need to make sure you receive a stamp in your passport with the date and time from the immigration authorities.


The local currency is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol. There are many ATM’s in large towns and cities and most major credit and debit cards are accepted. If you want to change some money we recommend you take US dollars with you which can be changed easily.

Time difference

5 hours behind GMT

Capital City



Mainly 220v


You should confirm with your doctor that all courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain. For Peru the courses or boosters that are usually advised are Hepatitis A, tetanus and typhoid. Other vaccines to be considered are Diphtheria, Rabies and yellow fever.

There is no yellow fever vaccination certificate required for entry to Peru. There is a risk of yellow fever in some parts of Peru and the vaccination is only recommended for travelers over the age of 9 months who will be visiting these areas. Please consult with your doctor to check if the yellow fever vaccination is advised for your trip.

In most of Peru there is a low to no risk of malaria and antimalarial medication is not usually required. In the Southern Amazon region there is a variable risk and antimalarial medication is usually advised if you are visiting this area. In the northern Amazon region there is a high risk of malaria and anti malarial medication is usually advised. Please consult with your doctor as to whether you need anti malarial medication for your trip and for what type of medication is best for you.

Disclaimer: All the information we provide here is purely for guidance purposes and we are not medical experts. We always recommend that you make an appointment with your doctor 6-8 weeks before departure who will be able to properly assess your personal medical history, give accurate advice and advise on exactly which immunisations or medical precautions you need to take.


Use the links below to browse our essential guides for the destinations we offer in Peru.


At The Latin America Travel Company we take pride in the excellent relationships we have with our properties. Each and every hotel we sell has been visited either by a member of our team here in London or one of our partners on the ground in Costa Rica. Below is just a small selection of some of our favourite accommodation in Peru.

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Alternatively you can complete the form on this page to send us an enquiry by email and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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