The sierra and the jungle are hot and dry from April to October; here, November to April is the wet season. The opposite is true for the coast, where it’s hot and dry from December to April, with cooler conditions May to November. June to September are the best months for trekkers.
Lima Airport (LIM) is 10km from the city. There are no direct flights to Peru from the UK. You can fly from London to Lima via Madrid with Iberia, AirEuropa and LAN or via main US hubs with several American carriers. Flight time is approximately 18 hours; return fares start from £600.
Bus services on paved roads are generally good. Many small towns are served by combis (minibusses or share taxis known as colectivos) on journeys of up to three hours, leaving when the vehicle is full. Trains connect Cusco to Machu Picchu and Puno on Lake Titicaca, and the high altitude Ferrocarril Central Andino runs between Lima and Huancayo between April and October. Domestic flights in Peru are an option but services come and go, and are frequently canceled at the last minute. Driving and cycling can be a hassle thanks to poor road conditions and speeding drivers.
Places to stay vary from top-class hotels in Lima, Cusco and other tourist hubs, to smaller, family-run hospedajes and pensiones. There are few campsites or B&Bs.
Peru rightly holds the crown for the gastronomic capital of South America, with innovative fusion cooking, often incorporating Andean ingredients and recovered recipes. Seafood dishes dominate on the coast, with delicious ceviche (raw fish marinated in citrus juice, onion, and hot peppers) the national dish. Highland cooking is largely based on corn and potatoes – try papa a la huancaína (potatoes topped with a spicy sauce) or tamales (boiled corn dumplings filled with meat and wrapped in a banana leaf). Pet lovers should avoid cuy (guinea pig) which is popular throughout Peru. Vegetarians won’t have too many problems, especially in Lima, Arequipa, and Cusco.
Visit your GP or travel health clinic well before departure to check that your jabs are up-to-date and whether you’ll need malaria prophylaxis. Bring your yellow fever inoculation certificate to Peru. Wear DEET repellent to ward off mosquitoes. Protection from the sun is essential. Altitude sickness is a risk in the mountains, even for visitors to Cusco – try to acclimatise slowly. Drink bottled or purified water. The main places to guard against opportunistic crime are bus stations, unlicensed cabs, markets and when leaving clubs.
YES. Please contact us if you are not able to travel on the set departure dates. Most tours can be arranged on alternative departure dates for a minimum of two travelers (less ok with extra fee).
The tap water is not safe to drink in Peru. Bottled water is readily available at tourist sites, hotels, local shops, and restaurants. Don’t forget to use bottled water when brushing your teeth as well! Ice is not always made with boiled/ bottled water.
Peru has a diversity of climates that determine the tropical environment, due to its geographical location, these characteristics influence the hot and humid climate of the Amazon, so that the altitude of the Andes mountain range and the marine currents of the Atlantic Ocean can be differentiated in three major climatic regions in Peru. –
La Costa, sunny weather The Peruvian coast is characterized by its aridity, it is an area of temperate temperatures in which it rains very little, but there are dates of high humidity and in winter there are usually fogs that increase the sensation of cold. –
La Sierra, dry and temperate climate In the Sierra you can find two well-defined seasons throughout the year, in the dates from April to October the days are occasionally sunny and in the months of November to March you can see rains in which the rainfall is abundant (usually about 1,000 mm) mostly. –
La Selva, humid climate The tropical climate of the Jungle is characterized by having two seasons, the first season is dry with a very warm climate that goes from April to October and the second with rains that goes from November to March, during the year there is high humidity which makes it so attractive to visit.
Climate change varies widely depending on whether you are in the Andes, beaches, or forests. In the mountains, the Andes line is important because the temperature changes rapidly, and cools down as soon as the sun sets or the clouds enter. Comfort is the norm. No glamorous clothes are required. Don’t worry, everything you have forgotten is now found in Peru. Tourists can visit Peru any time of the year. Summer lasts from May to November, which is usually the most recommended time. Of course, it is also the coldest time of year, and nightly temperatures drop below freezing. The main seasons are June, July, and August, which are the most popular months, so large crowds gather during these months. The rainy season lasts from December to April, with rainfall 3-4 days a week. For tourists who do not care about the flow of water or mud, this time I offer small gatherings and lush hills, where wildflowers and orchids usually bloom. The shoulder season from April to June or September to November can offer the best of both worlds. They are usually quieter and warmer than in summer, but their rainfall is still less.
We take your health and that of our staff very seriously, we comply with the protocols given by the Peruvian government, including border closures, trail closures, orders to cover your face, quarantine orders, negative COVID19 test result and the eventual need for COVID19 vaccination For that reason, we established a series of hygiene precautions for food preparation and walks / tours described below. The staff will wear face covers at all times and guests are required in towns and ruined sites and in any other place that is mandatory according to
Social distancing, especially along the trail and temperatures will be monitored daily Anyone who present symptoms of COVID19 must self-quarantine
The trips will be made in small groups (8 people per group, including the guide), and according to the instructions we receive from the Ministry of Tourism.
All our transportation will continue to be private services. Our guides, drivers and representatives: I wear masks and antibacterial gel at all times. You will be continuously monitored with temperature and symptom checks. If someone shows symptoms, they will be forced to rest and recover, and will be replaced by other staff members. We will ensure social distancing by: Maintaining a distance of 1 meter between passengers when boarding vehicles. Restrict physical contact between our staff and clients. To add to your packing list: Medical or cloth face masks Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) We suggest the following steps to protect yourself and others when traveling:
Keep a distance of 6 feet (2 meters). Between you and others Avoid crowds Wear a mask and face shield Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth cover coughs and sneezes Don’t travel if you feel unwell Sanitize your hands often. It is especially important after using the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 30 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer. Hands containing at least 60% alcohol.
Travel insurance related to theft, loss, accident, illness, delay, cancellation, medical bills, migration and baggage is highly recommended. Shepherds of the World is a big company.
You can make a reservation at any time. Overall, the best. If you visit during the dry season (June-August), you need to make a reservation (4 months or more). Apart from this much-needed time, guests can book at the last minute.
A valid passport is required for entering and leaving Peru. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months. Upon arrival in Peru, you will receive a tourist card (Tarjeta Andina de Migración TAM or Andean migration card) that states the length of time has been approved. Please take a tour card with you as you will be exempt from paying 18% tax on your hotel in Peru. Upon arrival in Peru, you will receive a tourist card (Tarjeta Andina de Migración TAM or Andean migration card) that states the length of time has been approved. Please take a tour card with you as you will be exempt from paying 18% tax on your hotel in Peru. You must show it when you leave the country