Peru has so much to offer in terms of culture, natural beauty and wildlife, that it would be an excellent travel destination. Planning a trip to Peru really depends on what you are interested in seeing and experiencing. This will determine, along with your budget, how long you will visit for, what time of year you will visit, and where exactly you will go to in Peru. For example, if you want to see the Inca trail you can’t visit in February as it is closed at that time, but if you want to attend the Carnavales, then February is the perfect time to go. There are several carnivals during the month of February.
Most travel agents would recommend visiting during the dry season which runs from May to October. Visiting over New Year’s or Christmas will be very busy due to the holiday season. Prices to visit during this time, including airfare and accommodation may also be high because it is the festive season. Booking a plane ticket well in advance of your trip is also the best way to get the cheapest airfare.
One of the first questions you should ask is how much time you have for the visit, and how much money you can afford to spend. Think about why you are visiting since the time of year will be important if you plan on, for instance experiencing certain cultural events such as carnivals. Before leaving on your trip you need to ensure that your passport is still valid and that you have any appropriate visas to enter the country, if required. In addition, remember to get the recommended vaccinations. For Peru these include hepatitis A, yellow fever, and typhoid fever vaccinations. You may also need protection against malaria, depending on what parts of Peru you are planning to visit.
For peace of mind you may want to purchase traveller’s insurance in case you become ill and need treatment while in Peru. You should also only plan to pack as many clothes as you will realistically need to have. Having too much luggage will really limit you especially if you plan on staying at more than one location. Peru can be also entered by land from the neighbouring countries of Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia. There is also a cruise ship that docks in Callao which is only 30 minutes away from the capital city of Peru, Lima.
If you are considering a visit to the famous and incredible Machu Picchu world heritage site, then you would be best to visit during the recommended dry season. This high-altitude site has many trails you can walk, but these become very slippery during the wet season. If this is where you want to go then it is even more important to book and organize your trip months in advance, as this Machu Picchu is a very popular tourist destination.
With a little bit of planning and foresight, you can jet away to an excellent adventure in Peru.