Peru, in South America, is a stunning country of rich Amazon rainforest and home to historical landmark and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu, the ancient Incan city which sits high up in the mountains of the Andes. Machu Picchu is the most visited site in Peru, and, indeed, the whole of South America, but there’s a lot more to Peru than this one highlight.
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When visiting Peru, it’s imperative to take sensible precautions regarding personal safety and security, as street crime including theft and pickpocketing is common. These precautions include avoiding travelling alone at night, carrying valuables on your person and keeping a close watch on personal belongings in busy areas.
If you take a taxi, be sure to book in advance through a reputable firm. And, for those travelling by bus, be aware that road and vehicle maintenance, as well as driving standards in Peru, are not the same as in the UK.
To keep yourself healthy while in Peru, it’s important to prevent food poisoning and other hygiene-related bugs and avoid insect bites as much as possible. The weather can be hot and sunny, so stay hydrated by drinking bottled water, and use appropriate sun protection. Altitude sickness is also a risk for those considering trekking, climbing or taking part in other sports in the mountains. Make sure you know the signs and symptoms; also, ensure you have a means of seeking help if you or someone in your party begins to suffer.
Medical treatment is available in the main cities and towns but can be expensive. Ensure that you have sufficient travel insurance in place for all planned activities, which includes repatriation if necessary. UK health authorities have classified Peru as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. Take suitable precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitos for the duration of your stay, and if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, you may want to reconsider your trip to Peru.
Inca Heartland Sacred Valley
visit the mesmerizing ruins of the Inca empire
25,000 km network connecting their vast empire
declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983
Cusco was once the heart of the Inca empire and serves as the gateway to the Sacred Valley.
At 12,500 feet, it’s the highest altitude lake.
White City of Arequipa
Re-founded by Spanish in 1540 made mostly from white volcanic rock.
White water Rafting
Peru’s bustling coastal capital is the site of beautiful colonial architecture and pre-Inca sites. With its excellent museums, energetic night life and fine gastronomic delights it’s a must see.
It has a number of highlights including World class museums
Plaza de Armas
Site where Franscisco Pizarro
religious complex including
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