I remember when I first decided to travel to South America, including Peru. It was a few years back now, and being a single guy at the time, there wasn’t really too much planning or even thought that went into it. I knew that I wanted to go scuba diving in Mexico and hike the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, but apart from that I was going to wing it.
Looking back a few years on, I know that I could have saved quite a lot of money with a bit of forward thinking and that if I had done a little more research then I could have experienced a lot more in the time that I had.
Traveling to Peru for most can actually be a little daunting, as it is a long way from home, they speak another language and we all know that South America is a dangerous place, right? Read on for a few top ten tips to enhance your Peru vacation and help you enjoy Peru to the max!
Vaccinations are an important part of any travel in South America, so making sure you are up to date with everything you need is vitally important. For example, hepatitis A & B are administered as a course of injections over a period of 6-8 weeks, so it is really important to talk with your travel clinic or doctor far in advance of your planned travel date.
It was only later as a travel agent that I realised the impact that strikes have in Peru, and especially on tourism. It is rare that airports close, but it is common that blockades are made to cause the most amount of disruption possible. A blocked road can mean the difference between you getting to Machu Picchu, missing a plane or getting stuck without a booking at your desired hotel.
Therefore when planning your Peru vacation, consider what the impact would be if a strike occurred, and your itinerary was pushed out by one day.
Look after yourself in Peru! Peru is a developing country and doesn’t have the same food hygiene regulations as western countries. Pay the extra cash and eat in a good quality restaurant where it is obvious that standards are kept high. Asking local is not a great idea, as they are probably related to someone who owns a restaurant and will just tell you to go there; use your own judgment and common sense.
From someone who has had all possible varieties of upset stomachs, this is good advice, and could be the difference between a good and a bad Peru vacation!
Travel insurance could also cover you, if there is a natural disaster in Peru, your flight is delayed, your travel agent goes out of business, you get a stomach bug or you have altitude sickness and you need a night in hospital! Unlikely, but quite common!
Whatever your Peru vacations plans are, please know that Peru is simply one of the best destinations in all of South America, and Machu Picchu is simply a jaw-dropping sight to be seen that will leave you spellbound for years to come.