Everything You Need to Know About Peru

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Ashleigh Simmons

04 June 2019

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Come on; don’t pretend it hasn’t crossed your mind. The glorious green hills of Machu Picchu. The beautiful colonial architecture in the town squares of Lima. The thriving nightlife lining the streets of Cusco. It’s Peru of course!

A bucket list destination like no other, Peru is a South American gem that is bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia and in the east by Brazil. Home to all things ancient but still so gorgeous that your jaw will hit the floor; Peru is a culture vulture’s dream... And a foodie’s paradise... And a nature lover’s heaven... You get the picture.

You must be thinking – why are we telling you all of this? Well, as you may or may not know (you should), we have a brand-new fully escorted tour to the wonderful destination of Peru that comprises 11 nights of the country’s most impressive highlights. We’re here to break down the deal and answer your burning questions to ensure you tick this adventure of a lifetime off your bucket list.

How will I get there?

Just a bit farther than walking in your Converse trainers can take you, the package includes an international flight to Lima, where a representative will greet you and transport you to your first hotel of the trip. You don’t have to worry about bus fares or taximeters – because all your transfers are included from start to finish.

Where will I stay?

Yes, we did say the first hotel of your trip. You’ll stay in a total of five hotels, four four-star hotels and one three-star, including one in Aguas Calientes that has been voted number one by TripAdvisor in the area. These hotels have been carefully selected not only for their excellent location in proximity to your daily activities, but also for their brilliant facilities. All the accommodation options provide all the amenities you need to make yourself feel right at home, while the beds and pillows after your excursions will feel like nothing less than clouds.

What activities will I be doing?

What won’t you be doing is the real question! Try to keep up as we reel off the exciting excursions that make this trip truly spectacular. You will embark on a guided city tour of Lima and Cusco, visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas, have a guided walking tour of Machu Picchu, and visit Moray and the salt mines of Maras. You’ll also journey on expedition trains to and from Aguas Calientes, not to mention a full day aboard the PeruRail Titicaca train with lunch and afternoon tea, and a visit to the Uros floating islands. Oh, and before you leave, you’ll indulge in a delicious farewell dinner at an authentic Peruvian restaurant.

What’s the PeruRail Titicaca train?

If you thought the words ‘luxury’ and ‘train’, didn’t go hand in hand – let us introduce you to the PeruRail Titicaca train. Miles above anything that TFL or Southeastern offers, the PeruRail Train is described as one of the most beautiful journeys in the world and cruises through the picturesque Andean landscape. Offering guests a unique sense of luxury from beginning to end, this 10-hour excursion highlights the stunning Lake Titicaca, which is the world’s highest navigable lake. The train boasts 1920s-style Pullman carriages, allowing you to relax in comfort while being served the finest gourmet cuisine as well as afternoon tea. Beats the Central Line, right?

I’ve heard the altitude in Peru can make you sick – is that true?

Due to Peru’s varied geography, its altitude is naturally high and is over three thousand metres above sea level, which means that altitude sickness can occur. At Fleetway, we’ve taken this into consideration with the organisation of the tour, giving you ample time to recover from the jetlag, and adjust to the time zone, the heat and the altitude before embarking on your activities. Your air-conditioned transportation will also be a huge help to stave off any dizzy spells, preventing you from walking long distances in the Peruvian sunshine. Although there’s a good chance it won’t affect you, if you do get altitude sickness – don’t panic. Rest and hydration are key to both recovery and prevention, and your representative will be on hand for anything you might need.

What’s so special about Peru?

Even though it’s said that there’s no such thing as a silly question…

Peru is a hub of splendid diversity, and is home to the world-famous UNESCO site, Machu Picchu. Named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, it is however just one of the must-sees in Peru thanks to its incredible variety of natural wonders and wealth of beautiful cultural and historical sights. Lima, Peru’s thriving capital, is known as the City of Kings, and has gained a stellar reputation in terms of gastronomy – not to mention its gorgeous beaches. Oh, and we can’t forget about Cusco, the former centre of the Inca Empire. Here, expect nothing less than an exceptional display of archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture – as well as a good boogie, ‘cause the Peruvians definitely know how to party!

I’ve always wanted to visit Machu Picchu. Can you tell me more?

Your wish is our command. Virtually undiscovered until the early 20th century to protect the site from the conquering Spaniards, Machu Picchu boasts an extension of 37,302 hectares, and has the greatest biodiversity in the country. The access point to Macchu Picchu is the town of Aguas Calientes, which is not accessible by car. The site offers a variety of trekking options with the Inca trail being the most popular.

What’s the weather like?

For the most part, the weather in Peru is pleasant and warm, with June to August being the dry season in the Andean highlands and the eastern rainforest, while December to February sees rain in the highlands and the closure of the Inca Trail for clean up. We recommend packing light layers, and perhaps a jacket or jumpers for when the evenings get cool.

Sounds amazing! Where can I sign up?

We thought you’d never ask! Head to the Tours & Experiences section of our website and there you have it. An exciting trip to Peru is just one click away…

If this once-in-a-lifetime trip isn’t quite the thrill you’re after, be sure to check out the rest of our long-haul, experience, and tour packages, where you’ll find other breath-taking trips to the Far East, South Africa and more…

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