Things to Know During Your Visit to Peru
Surely you have heard of Peru through a friend, on television or by reading an article in a magazine or a post on Facebook. After having thought so much and finally decided to pick up suitcases and go on vacation to Peru, you probably know that Peru is a region with great biological and cultural diversity. We are sure you will love all that Peru has to offer, as do most all of its visitors from the very first day.
The Peruvian Amazon, the high summits in the Andes, the varied gastronomy, the warmth of its people and its rich ancient history: these are just a few of the reasons that Peru is a favorite destination for travelers. To make the most of this experience, you must take into consideration these details which, as a tourist, will improve your trip:
Capital of Peru: Lima, the capital, is a very large and modern city and is the most populated city in Peru. It is on the Pacific Ocean and offers beautiful beach views. However, the most popular and cosmopolitan city in terms of tourism is Cusco.
Peruvian currency: The peruvian nuevo sol (new sun) is the currency of the country. However, it is also very common to use the U.S. dollar and, to a smaller extent, the euro.
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Prepare yourself according to season and weather. As a traveler, you must take into account that Peru is divided into three geographical regions that are differentiated by the Peruvian current and its territorial condition: coast, sierra (mountains), and jungle. The best dates to travel are: on the coast the summer months (December to March–so the winter months in North America), in the sierra and jungle the months that go from May to September (so summer months in North America).
Regardless of the time of year and place you visit on your trip to Peru, it is advisable to bring warm clothing, large trousers, cotton t-shirts, hiking boots, sports shoes, a good sunscreen and a hat (for sun and for cold). Click this link to see the current weather forecast by city.
Peruvian gastronomy: You will love the ceviche (seafood). This dish is highly recommended and is a favorite amongst tourists. It is asy to consume, from street stalls to elegant restaurants. Other dishes include nutritous food like: Maca, quinoa, Kiwicha, anchoveta, guanabana, sweet potato, lucuma, etc.
The Ancient Peruvians: The Incas were one of the main cultures in the country’s expanse but, in addition to the Incas, there were other important pre-Incan cultures. For this reason it is highly recommended to visit and get to know other cultures as well, like the cultures of Paracas and Mochica on the coast, the Chachapoyas to the north of the country, and Nazca to the south of the country.
Drinks of Peru: In our country, there is a variety of drinks in each region. Some that stand out include pisco, wine, chicha, frutillada, 7 Roots, RC, etc. Pisco is the most representative drink of Peru and can be described as a grape brandy. It is available in several brands and prices. It is also advisable to take it in cocktails like pisco sour, especially for beginners to Pisco. Cusqueña, a local beer, is also a delicios and refreshing option.
The best healers: In Peru, we emphasize our ancestral knowledge. the Incas, and especially the healers and shamans, preserve the knowledge of the cultures conquered by the Spanish. This includes a knowledge of the mystical powers and healing properties of the plants of each region: the coast, mountain, and jungle.