If you’re planning a trip to Peru for the first time, you might be wondering what you need to do to prepare before leaving. Here’s five essential things to stick on your list, in no particular order…
Peru is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in South America, from its ancient ruins to its astonishing jungles. However all that can’t be without its risks and its important to top up your vaccinations before you go. The CDC and WHO recommend that traveller’s receive vaccinations for yellow fever, typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and rabies, particularly if the jungle is on your itinerary. Put some money aside to buy bottled water too as the standard of the tap water can vary depending on where you are.
Learn key Spanish phrases
In South America very few people speak English with proficiency. Peru is no exception so, be prepared with an English-Spanish dictionary and a phrase book if you want to make the most of your trip. You may also need to brush up on some of the Peruvian slang – chupar is to ‘drink’, while chela is ‘beer’. Sorted.
Get some of the local currency (Nuevo Sol)
Although most hotels will take US dollars, its always a good idea to carry round some of the local currency with you. You can usually exchange it at the banks in Peru, but we recommend sorting some out in your country before heading out to avoid large fees.
If you’re looking to see all the best sights, but want to save some soles, check out this excellent selection of economic tours and activities here.
Bring appropriate clothing
In Peru, the temperatures can change very quickly, particularly if visiting the Andean highlands where temperatures can drop below freezing. Therefore packing warm clothing is pretty important, while you should also expect to do a lot of trekking, meaning comfortable shoes are a must. Pack your jazziest shirt as well, just in case the pisco sours go to your head and you go for a spontaneous night out.
Download TheBesty mobile app to help you plan your trip
Peru has a wide variety of geography, from its Pacific beaches to the Peruvian Andes. Whilst there, you can do everything from from experiencing one of the most famous Incan ruins, the city of Machu Picchu, to experiencing the diverse geography of Peru, including Lake Titicaca or one of Peru’s many national parks. But how do you plan your trip? By downloading TheBesty mobile app (for free!) that has a local guide, the best tours and activities to reserve and a live expert chat to help you decide what to do!
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