PERU

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The Currency in Peru is Soles: S/
The best time to visit is between April and October
Language: Spanish
Currency: Soles (S/.)
When to Visit: April-October
Language: Spanish

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Once at the forefront of the new world, the Dominican Republic still holds remnants of its colonial past, whilst also adding in a more contemporary Caribbean twist. Start your adventure in ‘La Capital’, Santo Domingo, walking back in time along the cobblestone streets of Zona Colonial where the conquistadors once roamed. Outside of the tourist hotspots, the sounds of life ring out in the streets.

If you’re looking for that picturesque white-sandy Caribbean beach, look no further than Punta Cana, where tourism reigns supreme. If you happen to visit the DR in February, head up to Penísula de Samaná, where you’ll find one of the top 10 whale-watching destinations. Further north, lies the beautiful, cosmopolitan town of Las Terranas, with its golden sandy beaches, aqua blue waters, and European undertones.

If you came to the DR for surf and all things watersports, you’ll feel right at home along the North Coast, particularly Cabarete, with the best winds and surf on the island. Further inland lies the jaw-dropping 27 waterfalls, along with expansive dry deserts and jungly nature reserves waiting to be explored.

Machu Picchu

When to visit?

Peru can be visited all year round. It has two seasons: wet season (November-March) and dry season (April-October). Although the summer months are warmer there are also intermittent heavy showers. If you are looking to trek and visit Machu Picchu, then dry season is best. It is worth noting that between the months of June to August it is peak season so there will be a higher number of tourists! And Machu Picchu closes every February for maintenance after the rainy season.

Currency – The official currency is Soles (S/). Although most treks and tours will list prices in, and accept US Dollars.

Money – ATMs are widely available. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in cities and tourist areas.

Language – The official language of Peru is Spanish.

Getting Around –  There are lots of bus transport links in Peru. We used Peru Hop to take us from Lima, all the way to Bolivia, with various stops on the way.  It was a super easy and convenient way of getting from one part of the country to another.  Of course there are also plenty of tourist bus links to each major city. We met a lot of people who found it easy to navigate their way through Peru this way. 

Internet Access – Hotels/Hostals and certain cafès have free wifi. There are plenty of internet providers, the main ones we saw were Movistar and Claro. For ease and keeping our usual numbers, we used the KnowRoaming E-sim which worked great for us the whole way round Peru and many other places we have travelled.  

Machu Picchu Couple

When to visit?

Peru can be visited all year round. It has two seasons: wet season (November-March) and dry season (April-October). Although the summer months are warmer there are also intermittent heavy showers. If you are looking to trek and visit Machu Picchu, then dry season is best. It is worth noting that between the months of June to August it is peak season so there will be a higher number of tourists! And Machu Picchu closes every February for maintenance after the rainy season.

Safety – On the whole, Peru is a safe place to visit. Be aware that small crimes like pickpocketing can happen in tourist areas. There are reports of violent crimes and local protests that can be violent and cause disruption to travel services, but, during our time there, we felt completely safe. As with most countries, try and keep your valuables hidden and avoid secluded areas at night.

Health – Use purified water for drinking, brushing teeth and hand washing. Before travelling make sure you’ve had hepatitis A and B, Tetanus and Typhoid as well as the yellow fever vaccine for certain regions.  For further information check out this website. Make sure to bring a good insect repellant if you are travelling to more rural areas!

Currency – The official currency is Soles (S/). Although most treks and tours will list prices in, and accept US Dollars.

Money – ATMs are widely available. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in cities and tourist areas.

Language – The official language of Peru is Spanish.

Getting Around –  There are lots of bus transport links in Peru. We used Peru Hop to take us from Lima, all the way to Bolivia, with various stops on the way.  It was a super easy and convenient way of getting from one part of the country to another.  Of course there are also plenty of tourist bus links to each major city. We met a lot of people who found it easy to navigate their way through Peru this way. 

Internet Access – Hotels/Hostals and certain cafès have free wifi. There are plenty of internet providers, the main ones we saw were Movistar and Claro. For ease and keeping our usual numbers, we used the KnowRoaming E-sim which worked great for us the whole way round Peru and many other places we have travelled.  

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Machu Picchu

Lake Humantay

Colca Canyon

Inca Trails

Huacachina Sand-boarding

Lake Humantay

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Machu Picchu & Inca Trails

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Sand-boarding in Huacachina

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Cycling Paracas National Reserve

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