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10 TOP THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELLING TO PERU

If you’re planning a real adventure in Peru, here are 10 things you should know before you go.
Peru is a fascinating and colorful country with a lot to offers to visitors from around the world. Rolo’s Travel Peru, Want to make sure you are fully prepared for your visit, so we’ve listed the top ten things you should know about Peru before leaving home.

1. Peru has three distinct climate zones
Peru can be divided into three distinct geographical regions: Coast, Mountains and Jungle. Before traveling to Peru, you should know that each region has a drastically different climate and understanding the climate patterns in the different regions.
Along the Coast, the area is mostly desert and the climate can vary from dry to extremely arid. In Lima, the Peru’s capital, it can be extremely hot in the summer but chilly and drizzly in the winter. In the Andes Mountains, we expected wet and dry seasons during the summer the days are warm and some days wet the nights are cold, but during the winter the days are very dry and sunny and the nights cold to freezing below 0 degrees Celsius. In the Peruvian Jungle it is hot and humidity all year round and rains very frequent. From November to March it rains very heavy and some days they get very cold known as (friaje).

2. Lima is a gateway of Peru.
Most travelers to Peru will land in Lima and only spend one or two days before heading straight to the new 7th wonders of the world Cusco – Machu Picchu or following the tour itinerary. What many people don’t realize is that Lima actually has a lot to offer by way of exciting nightlife, fascinating museums and some of the best gastronomy in the world. The beautiful Miraflores district is the best place to have a drink while overlooking the Pacific Ocean, while the Barranco district is buzzing with creative energy and art. Moreover, Lima central flanked in colonial façade buried with a lot of history.

3. Fascinating Peruvian food
Peru is known for being the gastronomic capital of South America with the best gastronomy in the world. While traveling in Peru, don’t miss an opportunity to indulge in one of the tasty dishes of this country, such as ceviche, lomo, saltado, Aji de gallina, causa rellena, guinea pig and alpaca steak and some others. Lima is the perfect city to take advantage of Peru’s gastronomy. In the capital there are many world-class restaurants such as Central, Astrid, and Gaston be sure to come and try it!

4. Machu Picchu and its beauty.
Machu Picchu is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. At least a million of people visit every year. The amazing ramparts, gigantic inclines, terraces, and interconnecting stairs and trails give the impression that the archeological site was carved in the rocks’ escarpment as opposed to being built. Researchers believe that Machu Picchu may have been a resort built for the Inca elite. The site is located near the Vilcanota River and about 112.5 km northeast of Cusco City in Peru. Machu Picchu is regarded as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. If you like it don’t way and book now!

5. Beware of altitude sickness of the Andes.
Altitude sickness on the Andes Mountains is very common among travelers. Many of Peru’s most fascinating attractions lie at high altitudes and if you’re not already accustomed to that environment, you may start to feel sick. Common symptoms of altitude sickness include dizziness, headaches, nausea, and upset stomach, loss of appetite and shortness of breath.

6. There is more of Peru than Machu Picchu
Most travelers come to Peru to see Machu Picchu and miss out on a lot of history, culture and other beautiful sights. If you have a little extra time, pass a few days relaxing in Peru’ travelling along the amazing Cost, the Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca the world’s highest navigable lake, the Amazon Jungle with the most biodiversity of wild life in the world; for adventurers, the Andes Mountains offer countless opportunities for trekking. Peru is a country that is rich in culture and history.

7. Cash in Peru.
You may find that MasterCard, Visa, American Express and other cards aren’t accepted in small shops or businesses but most of the tourist shops, restaurants and entertaining places they do accept credit card, many places may charge you an additional fee between 6 and 10% for using your card. Your best option is to always have cash on you. The local currency is the (Nuevo Soles) and Peruvians prefer their small denominations. If you happen to be out of soles, the USD. Dollar is the second biggest currency in Peru.

8. Help RTP taking care the environment
Our sense of environment is carbon off. Don’t flush the toilet paper, Peruvian plumbing can’t handle toilet paper if so you will find a trashcan beside the toilet. Don’t let the water run, Peru suffers from the lack of water. Don’t let the light on while you’re away from the hotel.

9. Beverage of choice – Pisco Sour 
When you’re in Peru, drink like local Peruvians. Pisco is a brandy that is made from grapes and is usually consumed in cocktail. The most famous pisco cocktail in Peru is the Pisco Sour and considering Peru’s National drink, consisting. Next to that is the chilcano, a refreshing drink made from Pisco liqueur, lime juice, ginger ale and angostura bitters.

10. Know your emergency contacts
When traveling with RTP, your safety and enjoyment are our top priorities and we’ll be there to help you every step of the way. But in case of emergency, it is always good to know the emergency contact numbers in Peru. The following contacts numbers are important that you should memorize or keep handy at all the times.

  • Police: 105
  • Ambulance: 117 or 106
  • Fire department: 116
  • Tourist police: 0800 22221
  • Local operator RTP: +51 962728916

All this emergency contact numbers works 24/7. RTP knows that planning a trip can be quite stressful, which is why we want to make sure that you know a little more about Peru before you get there. Knowing a few simple things before you land can take away a lot of stress, so we hope you found these tips helpful, If you have any additional questions or doubts about traveling in Peru don’t hesitate to ask.

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