🌎Currency: Sol (PEN)
🌎Zone: -5 GMT
🌎Phone Code: +51
🌎Best time to visit: April- October
🌎Eat: Pollo a la Brasa
🌎Drink: Pisco Sour/Chicha Morada
🌎Don't miss: Visiting Machu-Picchu
Arriving to Peru is becoming easier now thanks to an increase in air travel to and from the country's main gateway, Lima. Also it means fares have become cheaper as a host or European and American airlines fly there on a daily basis. Peru has many domestic airports but Lima will be your starting point for any journey. Arriving in Lima's Main Jorge Chavez Airport is simple,however if you have a domestic connection, you will need to clear immigration, exit arrivals and then re-enter security to access the domestic flight gates.
Obviously travelling by air is the main way of transportation within the country, Peru has no official airline as during the decades a number or airlines have failed to secure funding and remain competitive. However Lan Peru, now forming part of LATAM group is a major player in the country and flies to both international and domestic destinations. Other airlines in Peru operating domestic routes mainly are Peruvian Airlines, LCPeru and Star Peru.
Within the country there is the option to travel by bus, with cheap and comfortable busses used with semi-bed or full bed seats for most connections to major cities. However this option is not so recommended if you are travelling International. Journey's can be several days long, poor road infrastructure and often pickpockets operate on busses making it not a secure mode of travelling ,specially at night. The trip by bus to Cuzco or along the coast of Peru are the more popular routes and the safest.
TIP: Travelling by taxi or Uber is often the best option when arriving to any airport, as there is limited public transport from the airports to the city centres. (except Lima). Be aware that for tourists, taxi drivers will increase the prices dramatically so always agree a price before going. On average a trip from/to the airport should not cost more than 50 soles, ($15) to/from city centre in Lima.
Peru's climate is very variable depending where you are. At the coast it's very mild whilst in the inland it can be very hot or cold depending on the season. The summer is from December to February where it is often warm and humid. Temperatures on average are 25C. However it can be very cloudy and in the capital it can rain often.The best time to visit Peru is April to October for more mild temperatures.
Peru's food has an authentic mixture of cultures cuisines, from mild to spicy and hot. Peruvians enjoy a wide variety of fruit and vegetables They use plenty of condiments, ajo and ají (garlic and hot pepper), to increase the flavour of it's dishes. Many restaurants offer a menú del día (menu of the day) which is a combination of dishes for a set price. Cities will be often more expensive than the coastal regions ,where you will find an array of cheap, delicious and varied fruits available from markets.Popular dishes and products to taste are: Ceviche, raw fish marinated in lemon or lime juice, onions and hot chillies. Cuy, roasted guinea pig, served whole, with yucca and potatoes. Causa relleña, potato cakes stuffed with a range of fillings, including chicken, avocado or crabmeat. Tamales, boiled corn dumplings filled with meat and wrapped in a banana leaf. Mazamorra morada, a dessert made with purple maize and sweet potato starch jelly cooked with lemons, dried fruits, cinnamon and cloves. Salchipapas, a sausage-and-chips fast-food snack. particularly popular in Chiclayo. Papas a la huancaína, sliced potatoes served on lettuce with a slightly spicy cheese sauce, and either a piece of hard-boiled egg or olives. Pollo a la brasa, chargrilled chicken, served with chips and salad with sauces. Chicharrones, salted pork fried in its own fat, a popular roadside snack.As for drinks, the national spirit is, Pisco, a clear brandy distilled from grapes. Pisco sour, Peru’s most popular cocktail, a bittersweet pisco-based drink made with lime juice, egg white and sugar. Chicha de jora, a potent maize beer popular in the Andes. Chicha morada, a non-alcoholic purple sweet corn juice that dates back to Inca times. Inca Kola: The bottled soft drink of choice; sweet, fizzy and bright yellow.
Also Peru is popular for beer, typically light lagers include Cuzqueña from Cusco and Arequipeña from Arequipa.