With over 2 million listings in 191 countries, Airbnb has become a key part of people’s travels. However, how do you know what sort of place to book? Where will a swimming pool and a barbecue be essential? When would it be better to stay away from the city centre and when should you be right in the middle of it all? Here’s everything you need to know about booking an Airbnb in Peru to help you out.
Miraflores is a must
If you’re flying into Peru it’s more than likely that your first destination will be the capital city, Lima. So if you decide to stay for the night and have a look around, then your best bet is to find an Airbnb in the Miraflores district. This is the safest and most upmarket area of the city, offering parks, beaches, and trendy shops and cafes. Here you’ll be looking at private rooms from $10 USD per night and entire apartments from $25 USD per night. However it will be well worth it, with lots to see and do, from food walking tours to paragliding over the Pacific Ocean. By getting an Airbnb, you’ll save on a hotel while getting the peace and quiet you’ll crave if you’ve had a long flight, and that you won’t find in the local hostels.
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Keep your belongings with you
Although the vast majority of hosts in Peru are friendly, caring, and trustworthy, it’s always a good idea to keep your most valuable belongings with you when you leave the apartment. There have been cases of people’s items going missing and AirBnb doesn’t take responsibility for this, so it’s better to be safe than sorry and keep your stuff with you. You could even ask your hosts if they have a small bag that you can borrow if you don’t have one with you.
Take everything with a pinch of salt
Airbnb descriptions can sometimes be vague and misleading, so it’s advised that you take everything that is written with a pinch of salt. “Fully stocked” can often just mean the bare minimum so don’t expect a full fridge, champagne, and a chocolate on the pillow! Similarly, check out the exact location before booking. If you want somewhere in the heart of the city centre and the description says “10 minutes from city centre”, then you should make sure that its 10 minutes by foot and not 10 minutes by car. Things can be exaggerated to attract more customers, so it’s always wise to double check things and don’t expect everything to be exactly as it says in the description.
Make sure you have a comfortable bed
Peru is an amazing country and the best way to fully absorb everything is by walking around. However, that means a long time on your feet, particularly if you go on one of the many mountain trekking tours or follow the Inca trail around Machu Picchu. Therefore, it is essential that you have somewhere comfortable to stay in the evenings. There’s nothing worse than a broken bed, hard mattress, or a noisy street outside that stops you from getting that much needed rest, so check user comments to be sure that you can have a comfortable night’s sleep in preparation for a long day of walking.
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