Why travel to Peru?
A fantastic land of gold, Peru was sixteenth-century Europe’s major source of treasure, and once the home of the largest empire in the world – the sun-worshipping Incas. Since then, the riches of the Incas have fired the European imagination: the country was home to the world’s first stone pyramids, whose genuine antiquity was only discovered in the last few years of the twentieth century.
The most varied of all the South American nations, Peru is often visualized as a mountainous place, many visitors remaining unaware of the splendor of the country’s immense desert coastline and its vast tracts of tropical rainforest.
History comes alive in Peru! You want to visit the ancient Incan capital of Cuzco, explore the lost city of Machu Picchu, ponder the enigma of the Nazca Lines and wander around colonial cities, such as Lima, Arequipa, and Trujillo, which have preserved the legacy of the Spanish conquistadors.
Weather-wise, when is the best time to travel to Peru?
Peru can be visited year-round. The best time to visit the whole country is during winter (May to October) with its dry, clear days. The Coast has moderate temperatures, low precipitations, and high humidity, except for its warmer, wetter northern reaches. In the Highlands of the Andes, rain is frequent during summer (January to March), temperature and humidity diminish with altitude. The Amazon Rainforest is characterized by heavy rainfall and high temperatures, except for its southernmost part, which has cold winters and seasonal rainfall.
What to consider when planning your journey to Peru
Traveling to Peru immerses you in a diversity of peoples and cultures, as you enjoy everything from the food and customs to the entertainment and landmarks. Exploring Peru on your own is always an option, but even experienced world travelers often prefer an organized tour, since this offers several advantages.
A guided tour company handles all the organization and prep work for visiting landmarks in the region. You save time and energy that you would normally put into planning the details of visiting a given destination. An organized tour company also makes the most efficient use of time, considering the visiting hours and stops on the itinerary so you don’t have to spend hours researching the information for each place you want to visit. Transportation is handled for you, so you won’t have to worry about getting lost, dealing with confusing public transportation, or taxi drivers who might not speak the same language in each country that you visit. An organized tour also gives you a sense of comfort and safety, since the accompanying tour guide understands the culture, knows areas of town tourists don’t normally go to and can help you avoid potentially dangerous areas of the city. The tour may also allow you to uncover some hidden gems within the city that you wouldn’t otherwise know about.
With a tour, the planning is handled for you, whether you are traveling alone or joining a small group tour. Someone else puts together the itinerary, so you don’t have to worry about what to see or how much time to spend in any one place. Having someone else make the planning decisions can make things simpler and allow you to sit back and enjoy your vacation.
Many tours offer experiences you just can’t get on your own. This is especially true in Peru. Sure, you can go to restaurants on your own and try the local cuisine, but you won’t always know what to order. On a tour, your guide will teach you about local food you didn’t know about. They’ll tell you the history of the food and its connection with the culture. You just can’t recreate this kind of experience on your own.
Joining a small group tour adds a social aspect to a guided tour, especially if you aren’t traveling with people you already know. Experiencing a new place with others allows you to share your reactions and connect with fellow group members. If you are traveling alone, small group tours are a great way to meet other travelers, so you won’t feel completely on your own the whole time, and you might even make a new friend out of it. Also, if you are a new traveler, or new to solo travel, a small group tour might help you ease into traveling and you won’t get overwhelmed with all the details of planning the trip European tour.
Customize your trip
You can also get an itinerary specially customized for you. Perhaps you find a scheduled itinerary appealing, but the dates don’t work for you, or the tour operator doesn’t include a site that you would like to see, or you simply prefer to travel on your own tailor-made itinerary. There are some reputable tour operators that offer custom-designed independent travel. These companies feature years of experience and in-depth knowledge of a given destination. Using their services might end up saving you time, money and above all hassle.
Here is a good example:
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