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Tourists booking flights to Peru are drawn by the promise of a South American country rich in ancient history and biodiversity. From the sweeping beaches of the Pacific coast to the cloud-covered peaks of the Andes mountains, Peru offers wildly contrasting environments and the chance to explore teeming tropical rainforests and the stunning remains of the lost Inca civilization. As an added bonus, the country has a growing reputation for gastronomic excellence and the cities boast a legacy of historical colonial architecture.
The climate in Peru varies wildly at any given time, from the heat and humidity of the rainforest region to the more moderate coastline and the frozen Andes mountain range. It may be harder to find cheap flights to Peru during the peak tourist season of July and August, and the Peruvian winter, from June to September, is probably the best time of year to explore the Inca trail or visit the Amazon basin, as there are fewer mosquitoes around.
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Jorge Chávez International is the main airport in Peru, located seven miles outside the capital city of Lima. It handles flights from around the world, as well as domestic routes, and it is a hub for flying on to other parts of South America. The airport can handle just over 18 million passengers in a year, and the facilities have been refurbished and expanded regularly since 2005. Passengers landing here can travel on to Lima using the official Airport Express Lima bus, which runs every 30 minutes, as well as taxis and tour buses which can be picked up outside the terminal.
Airlines which fly to Peru directly from the US include the following:
The size of Peru, and the fact that some of the more remote locations have little in the way of properly paved roads, means that taking domestic flights is often the easiest and safest way to explore the country as a whole, using local airlines such as LC Peru, LATAM Peru and Peruvian. Within the cities themselves, taxis and buses are freely available. ‘Taxi’ in Peru can cover a range of vehicles, such as bicycles and motorbikes for hire, and the cars themselves range from official metered taxis to unofficial vehicles which offer less safety and security.
For travel between the larger cities it’s possible to book tickets on first class buses, and travel in relative luxury, with checked luggage, video screens and meals served at your seat.
Peru is still regarded as a developing economy, but the capital city of Lima, with a population of 10 million, is the vibrant financial hub of the country and offers an exciting welcome to visitors. The historic center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasting impressive examples of colonial architecture and numerous archeological sites. The Miraflores district is the beating heart of Lima’s nightlife, packed with bars, clubs, music venues and restaurants, and if you need to recover the day after, head south to the Pan American Highway, which is lined with beaches in districts such as Lurín, Punta Hermosa and San Bartolo.
Arequipa is Peru’s second city, located in the south of the country. It is sometimes known as the White City, thanks to the white volcanic stone which has always been used for building in this part of Peru. The ancient heart of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the main draw for tourists, together with the surrounding landscape of volcanic mountains. Attractions within the city include the Convent of Santa Catalina and the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa. Arequipa is also a perfect base from which to set off and explore the stunning 13,640 ft deep Colca Canyon.
Travelers from the US can stay in Peru for up to 183 days using just a valid passport. If you need help or advice from the police, look out for an officer wearing a white shirt rather than the usual green shirt. This will be a designated Tourist Police officer who will speak English and do their best to help you.
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