Peru

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Destination Information

Home to the great Inca empire, Peru has a wealth of historic sites, the most famous being the “Lost City” of Machu Picchu. But there are also compelling monuments in the beautiful city of Cusco, the Inca capital sacked by the conquistadors, who built their own churches and homes on the secure stone foundations of the previous civilization. The Sacred Valley, through which flows the Urubamba River ­— regarded by the Inca as an earthly equivalent of the Milky Way — is filled with ancient towns, markets and impressive ruins such as the fortress at Ollantaytambo and the fascinating Inca terraces at Moray. Farther south, the Lake Titicaca region offers a rare glimpse of a centuries-old society little influenced by the modern world.

Editor Tips

Cruising the Amazon in Style

The best way to see the upper Amazon in Peru is the 16-suite Aria Amazon, a strikingly designed, custom-built vessel that offers the comfort and sophistication of a five-star boutique hotel, with gourmet cuisine and privately guided shore excursions.

Time

Same as New York (EST).

Direct Dial Codes

To phone hotels in Peru, dial 011 (international access) + 51 (Peru code) + city code and local numbers in listings.

Climate

Peru has three main climatic zones: the dry, foggy coastal area including Lima; the Andes Mountains, with their distinct rainy season; and the humid, rainy Amazon Basin. June and August are the best time for a visit to Cusco and Machu Picchu; heavy rains fall in the Andes November to March.

Entry Requirements

Passport (valid for at least six months beyond end of stay). Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

U.S. Embassy

Lima, Tel. (51) 1-618-2000. Consular Agent: Cusco, Tel. (51) 8-423-1474

Currency

Peruvian sol (PEN). Fluctuating rate valued at PEN3.44 = US$1.00 as of April 2020. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.