How to create your own travel plan for Peru Adventure
Before you travel it’s a good idea to know how much you’re travelling with roughly, then do some research to match your expectations of what will be possible for your trip. We recommend building in some contingency budget & time for your trip too.
Peru’s economy has grown steadily over the last decade and prices now reflect that in many cities. It’s a good idea to bring US dollars with you; then trade them whilst here at ‘casa de cambios’ to get the best exchange rates.
Most international flights arrive into Lima. We usually recommend that you try to connect directly to your destination town or city on arrival as Lima can add +$200 USD, per person, quite easily to an overnight stay here.
Lima is a big city, expensive & reasonably complicated to navigate safely.
Domestic flights are relatively cheap, ranging from $50-$200 USD, depending on the airline & schedule.
Overland bus is also a safe option in Peru, some of the best bus services in South America are Peruvian. If you have the time to travel this way, it’s a very good economical way to travel. Buses like Cruz del Sur, Civa, Flore and TEPSA all operate very good, comfortable bus services.
High season in the Andes, runs from late March through to around mid-September. The days typically are long, clear and sunny, and very cold at night.
During the off-season (raining season), most places tend to become less crowded and active; though in our opinion this is where you can seek out the best festivals & activities and enjoy Peru in more of it’s natural state.
Raining season can make some alpine activities more difficult but it’s not a complete washout during the low months.
December is an exciting month to be in Peru for the festivities that are around.
Mountains, Jungle, Coast
All of these environments, for a true Peru Adventure, are easily accessible by flight or overland transport, and for this reason it’s a great idea to plan the route out before you arrive so you’re not ‘winging’ it when you’re here and can maximise the time & budget you have.
Whilst the environments here generally have a good infrastructure it’s better to be well prepared prior to your arrival, this will save you time & stress when you arrive.
If you’re planning to go off-piste it’s essential you are comfortable with the personal gear that you will be using. We recommend taking time to plan your personal gear list to save time & problems when you arrive.
Generally it’s a good idea to cover the North first as more of the popular destinations tend to be in the South of Peru.
So for the North you will want to consider places like, Huaraz, Kuelap, Trujillo, Paracas, Ica, Huacachina, Lima then heading down to the South for Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca & Cusco.
Most services for your Peru Adventure can be booked online. During high season it’s generally recommended to book in advance for the more popular destinations.
Where you’re planning to arrive in smaller towns & do activities there, it’s relatively easy to book on arrival.
Generally it’s a better solution for a planned trip to book a few things in advance to save time, stress & money when you’re in the country.
For those that prefer to have flights, accommodation & activities booked in advance we’re here to provide the best rates and help plan your tour so you can relax and know it’s all taken care of on arrival.