Why visit Peru with Contiki

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Some spots need a pre-booking. Some can only be accessed via a bumpy road. It could get overwhelming, right? Not for you, though – because we’ll sort it all for you!

Sleep in the Amazon

Relaxing in a hammock under a starry sky. Cool Peruvian breeze in your hair. Too good to be true? Nope, coz we’ll book the finest eco-lodges in the middle of the Amazon (and get you there by boat too)

Weave your way through the Sacred Valley

Andean artisans practice Peruvian weaving, but this sacred tradition is under threat. On our epic MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experiences, you can support locals and keep these precious customs alive.


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Frequently asked questions about Peru

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What is the currency used in Peru?

The currency is the Nuevo Sol, usually just called Sol. US dollars are also accepted in many places in Peru. Be sure to check the exchange rate in advance before you travel to ensure you get the best deal available.

When is the best time to visit Peru?

During the dry season, which is typically between May and September / October. This offers ideal conditions for enjoying the country’s many terrains, from the Andes to Machu Picchu. Expect clear skies during the day and cool crisp nights.

Do I need a visa to travel to Peru?

No, a visa isn’t required to enter Peru. Check out our handy Visa Guide for all the info you need on visas and other travel requirements around the world.

What should I pack for a trip to Peru?

• Lightweight clothes - … and layers are key. It might be a hot country, but altitudes vary and if you’re going to walk the Inca trail, temperatures can drop drastically.
• An eBook device - The best Peru activities come with long distances to travel in between destinations. Leave the heavy books at home and queue up for a few good reads on a digital device. Just don’t forget the charger!
• A head torch - Peru’s electrical infrastructure has improved in recent years, but access to reliable sources is touch and go in rural areas. So even if you’re not trekking, a torch could well come in handy.
• Camera - Believe us. You’ll be taking some seriously breath-taking photos.
• Sensibility - There’s no need to skimp on your sense of adventure, but keep in mind that Peru is home to some of the deadliest insects and arachnids in the world. Keep your wits about you, and listen to your guide.

What is ATM access like in Peru?

ATMS are generally readily available in urban areas… but you won’t find one parked up next to Machu Picchu. Our tours pre-plan for these eventualities - we’ll let you know when you might need some cash and ensure it’s sorted well in advance.

How many days should I spend in Peru?

We’d recommend at least a week, up to 3 to really get the Peru experience. We offer a wide range of Peru trips to suit travellers with different schedules and interests, so have a browse and find what’s right for you.

What is the tipping culture in Peru?

Tipping in Peru is appreciated but not expected. If you are going to tip for a service well done, 10-15% is customary.

Is tap water safe to drink in Peru?

Generally no, it’s not safe to drink tap water in Peru. It’s best to stick to bottled water to avoid potential illness. All our guided tours will take care of water and other supplies, especially if we’re out in the sticks.

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