When is the best time?
Travelers visit Peru all year round, but for many travelers the best time of the year is the dry season that begins in May to October. If you plan to visit Cusco during these months we have a variety of excursions around Cusco and famous treks to Machupicchu - make sure to book these activities well in advance!
What to visit: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu.
Many tourists say that Lima is not worth visiting, but Lima is considered the gastronomic capital of South America, you cannot miss this extraordinary experience of wonderful Peruvian Cuisine. You can do it before or after your adventures in Machupicchu.
Cusco has been declared as the historical capital of Peru. This majestic place joins history, mysticism and tradition and breathes it day by day. This city is one of the most important tourist destinations in South America.
All the excursions to Machupicchu begin in this beautiful place. You can decide to visit Machupicchu in one day, taking the train very early in the morning and returning to Cusco in the evening or if you have more days you can do some of the treks to Machupicchu (Inka trail 4 days, Salkantay trek 5 days, Lares trek 3 days and more)
The Sacred Valley is located at the foot of the Andes. This beautiful place had great importance for the Incas, who built palaces, temples and astronomical places that today are World Heritage of Humanity sites. You can visit these sites in a day or spend a night in this cozy place to be able to enjoy the kindness of the local people in the valley.
Something about the altitude
All visitors to Cusco have concerns about altitude sickness. Usually most visitors (without treks) have no problems, but if you decide to do a trek to Machupicchu we recommend you prepare a few months before coming to Peru. It is always good to consult your doctor.
If you have altitude sickness you can relieve symptoms by eating light meals, avoiding cigarettes and alcohol, and eating a few hours before bed to allow digestion. Do not forget to consume the famous coca tea.
The most obvious advice: drink plenty of water (at least 2-3 bottles per day)
Never drink tap water
Bring sunblock, UV rays are strong
Bring insect repellant
Avoid street food and instead choose decent restaurants where you can still taste great regional cuisine.
People usually ask what currency they can use in Peru. The local currency is the Peruvian Sol. You can use US dollars in almost all tourist places, but the dollars have to be in good condition. It is better to get some local currency at the beginning or before your trip. Credit cards accepted: Mastercard and Visa, although many others are not. It is safer to always have cash on hand.