With the Amazon, the Andes and a desert belt, Peru's landscape is amazingly diverse offering lots of stunning scenery. From the buzzing capital city of Lima to the wonders of the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu, the spectacular Nazca lines and the beautiful Lake Titicaca, a Peru holiday has a lot to offer. For those looking for adventure there's trekking, white water rafting and mountaineering, while those seeking history will be spoilt for choice with Peru's wealth of culture and abundance of important archaeological sites.
Whether you're heading to Lima to sample the sights of the capital city, Cuzco for a trip to Machu Picchu or Iquitos in the heart of the Amazon, there are flights to Peru from most UK airports with airlines including Iberia, American Airlines and Air France. Flights aren't direct, with most requiring one change, and can vary considerably in length depending upon the journey taken, but it is possible to get a good deal, especially if you travel outside of the busiest times such as July and August.
The cheapest way to travel once in Peru is by bus. Tourist buses are more expensive than local buses, but still offer good value for money and are a lot more comfortable, often offering video, meals and a separate area for luggage. That said, if you are tall you may find space tight as the seats on Peru's buses are smaller than those in Europe. Be sure to buy tickets in advance, especially during peak times to guarantee a seat. Train travel is also possible, especially to top tourist destinations such as Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu and Puno, but ensure you book in advance and opt for first or buffet class to avoid being cramped and uncomfortable.
Accommodation in Peru is generally good value for money and you can pick up a cheap hotel in Peru without too much trouble. Booking in advance often means you'll get the best price, so shop around online for a good deal.
If you're planning a trip to Machu Picchu, pick your tour carefully as they vary considerably in price. To save money, it can work out a lot cheaper to use an agent to just arrange your travel to the site. Once there you can pick up a guide from outside the entrance. Just remember to haggle hard on price. Haggling on tour prices is a must whatever trip you may be planning during your Peru holiday.
Eating out on a budget isn't difficult in Peru as long as you avoid dining at hotels and upmarket restaurants. If you're in Lima, head to the Old Town and seek out the restaurants offering set lunch and dinner meals for just a few quid. Ceviche, fish cooked with lemon juice, is a must try, as is Peru's national cocktail the Pisco Sour.
Updated 5th March 2014
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