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Priceless Peru
Beyond the Machu Picchu
Is it for real? – That is usually the first question visitors ask when they get to Peru. The sheer diversity of the country's terrain is sure to astound you. The ice-capped Andes, the stretching coastal deserts, the lush Amazon rainforests, and the historic cities – each designed to astound with its splendor. If you find it difficult to choose what you like best – stunning natural beauty, Inca history, rich culture, or leisurely getaways – Peru is the place to be. The country has it all and more.
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Places to Visit in Peru
Peru is an eclectic mix of history, beauty, nature, and culture. The Machu Picchu is undoubtedly the best-known tourist attraction in the country but the other cities are just as attractive.
 
 
 
Arequipa

The 'White City' of Peru is a reminder of the colonial-era and the historic center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Amazonas

Rio Amazonas is a collection of villages along the Amazon River. Once the site of an ancient civilization this region is now a bustling tourism center.

Lima

Peru's capital city is a bustling financial hub, cultural and administrative center, and known for its museums, nightlife, and scrumptious food.

Cuzco

The historic capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco is now a World Heritage Site and receives over 2 million visitors each year.

Huaraz

The motto "Noble and Generous City" becomes Huaraz well; this city in the Cordillera Blanca is a favorite with mountaineers and trekkers.

Miraflores

Ciudad Heroica ("Heroic City"), Miraflores is an upscale tourist destination full of gardens, beaches, and shopping arcades.

 
When To Visit Peru
 
Best Time to Visit:
May to October
 
Best Weather:
July and August
 
Affordable Prices:
May and September
 
Most Crowded:
July, August, Mid December to Mid January
 
Avoid Visit:
January to April
 
Peru Travel Tips
Buses are the most common mode of travel within Peru. Overnight travel on buses may not be safe, though.
Tap water in Peru is not safe for consumption. It is best to drink and brush with bottled water.
The postal service in Peru is very unreliable. It is best to use a registered courier service.
Do try the Pisco Sour, made from locally produced grapes. Peruvians celebrate an annual Pisco Festival in March each year.
At restaurants and hotels a tip of 10% - 12% is considered the norm. The staff counts on the tip.
 
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The name Peru is derived from the name of a local king, Birú. Birú controlled the regions near the Bay of San Miguel, in the 16th century.
Peru's Macchu Pichu is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and is referred to as "City of the Incas".
Potato cultivation in Peru dates back almost 7000 years. Peru grows and exports about 4000 varieties of potatoes.
The national dish of Peru is the Cuy. A roasted guinea pig is served whole, with its head and feet.
 
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