How to plan your trip to Peru
How to plan your trip to Peru
Are you daydreaming of a trip to Peru where you can practice your Spanish and learn about UNESCO World Heritage sites, otherworldly biodiversity and scenery, award winning cuisines, and a blend of cultural and spiritual traditions? Peru is a dream destination and can start dreaming ánd planning your trip now!
Although the world seems to be closed off for even short trips to the grocery store let alone traveling to a new continent at the moment of writing due to the CORONA pandemic, there is plenty of time to learn and prepare for your travels later. So let us tease your imagination a little about your future trip to Peru and give you tips on How to Plan your Trip to Peru from the comfort of your own house, or bed! Trust me, there is no judgment here during these tough times in quarantine.
Tips for planning your future trip to Peru!
How can you start getting ready for your journey to Peru? I mean, where should you even begin?
If you want some real inspiration check out the “Peru” account on all your social media channels from Twitter to Facebook to Instagram. You will not be disappointed by their beautiful photos and mesmerizing videos.
Instagram Accounts about Peru
You also can’t miss out on the best Instagram accounts about Peru:
And other such as:
Imágenes del Perú, Perú nature, Conociendo Perú, Perú en una toma, Beingperuvian
Amauta Spanish School
Cheap Flights to Peru
Now that you have been fully inspired by some of the most gorgeous videos and photos of Peru, take a look at this blog about finding cheap flights to Peru. This article is packed full of expert opinions on how to find cheap flights to Peru. as well as within Peru. Once the travel bans are over, you can start looking for the best flight deals for the end of this year or next year!
Best Virtual Tours in Peru
Check out this virtual tour of Machu Picchu to get motivated for your visit for this year or next year! Nothing can compare to actually visiting Machu Picchu itself, but this tour is the next best way to experience the citadel for now!
Have you ever heard about Wayna Picchu? Wayna Picchu is a hike you just have to do while you are visiting Machu Picchu. Check out this article on How to Get a New Perspective of Machu Picchu.
For more information about Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail specifically, please visit: Inca Trail Peru. Here you can check the availability for the Inca Trail as well as learn how to book Inca Trail tickets.
The Museo Larco in Lima, Peru showcases their thought provoking and inspiring permanent exhibit online where you can learn about and enjoy the fascinating history of ancient Peru. Are you missing plants and being outside? Luckily, the museum also has an extensive gallery to enjoy the gardens and plants that adorn every corner of the Larco Museum and the park outside. If you really want to spice things up check out the erotic gallery that presents an extensive collection of pottery that evokes desire, attraction and the coming together of complementary forces that enable the continuation of life.
Best Books about Peru
If you’re an avid reader and you’re running low on a mentally stimulating pile of books on your coffee table take a look at these page-turners:
- “Death in the Andes” by Mario Vargas Llosa
- “A World for Julius” by Alfredo Bryce
- “The Heights of Machu Picchu” by Pablo Neruda
- “The Conquest of the Incas” by John Hemming
- “Lost City of the Incas “ by Hiram Bingham
- “Turn right to Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time” by Mark Adams
- “The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics” by Orin Starn
- “Conversations in the Cathedral” by Mario Vargas Llosa
- “The Boiling River” by Andrés Ruzo
- “The Time of the Hero” by Mario Vargas Llosa
Best Peru itineraries
Whether you’re planning on spending one week in Peru, ten days or more, we’ve got the perfect Peru itinerary for you.
With this 10 day Peru itinerary, you will explore the delights of Peru’s colonial capital, Lima, head down the coast to the wildlife reserve off the shores of Paracas, fly over the Nazca lines, watch Andean condors soaring over the Colca Canyon, explore the city of Cusco and be before dawn at the world-renowned ruins of Machu Picchu.
if you’ve got an extra four days to add to your Peru travel itinerary, why not hike the classic full four-day, three-night Inca Trail, which ends with a day spent exploring the Machu Picchu ruins.
Dos Manos also offers 3 or 4 week itineraries for individual travelers. Please contact us for more information or plan a chat with our trip advisors.
When is the best time to travel to Peru
The best time to visit Peru depends on which part of Peru you want to visit. Peru can be divided into three main areas: the coast, the Amazon Jungle and the Andes Mountains – this is where Machu Picchu and Cusco are.
There it is difficult to talk about the average weather in Peru as it varies significantly across the country. For more tips, read our guide Best Time to Travel: month by month guide.
Christmas in Peru
If travel bans are lifted on time, you could be looking for something completely different for the Christmas holidays this year: a Christmas vacation in Peru could be just perfect for you!
Christmas in Peru, as in other South American countries, is a unique experience. It´s probably very different than you are used to, with many new things to see and do! Cusco is an ideal spot for travelers, with an impressive infrastructure of hotels, cafes, restaurants and so on. On the days before Christmas, the beautiful town of Cusco will become the vibrant center of celebrations for both tourists and Andean people, who maintain many traditions and customs of the Quechua people.
Soak up the Cusco Christmas spirit and enjoy a magical Christmas time in Peru with our 19 Things to Do for Christmas in Cusco.
Prepare for traveling in Peru: learn Spanish
If you are looking to travel to Peru later, we cannot recommend enough you prepare for your trip by learning (or practicing) Spanish now. There is an immense variety of materials for learning a language online and you can access information on any topic instantaneously with just one click or tap.
By speaking Spanish, you will be able to interact with friendly people. Learning some Spanish is better than relying on the, often, very basic English skills of the people in the Spanish speaking countries you will visit. Even when you are not fluent, basic knowledge of Spanish will help you a lot. You’ll be able to read menus, time tables, and ask for directions, for instance.
Learning Spanish can be a bit of work, but the efforts pay off when you learn to speak Spanish quickly. For many people, Spanish offers the most rewards with the least amount of effort required to learn, as compared to other foreign languages.
Best Apps to Learn Spanish:
Are you exhausted of playing the same games over and over again on your phone? Rotate through some of the apps listed below and not only find some great entertainment but learn Spanish at the same time!
- Rosetta Stone
- Memrise: Learn Languages Free
- Learn Spanish – MindSnacks
- Learn Spanish: Language Course
- Learn Spanish with MosaLingua
- LinQ – Language Learning
- FabuLingua (an awesome app for kids)
There are also great YouTube channels that can help you to learn Spanish. Check out our top choices to learn Spanish on YouTube!
Take Spanish lessons online
Another online alternative for those looking to learn Spanish is with a private tutor online! Learning Spanish has never been so easy!
Those lessons can be paid easily with your credit card or with PayPal and you can try a free trial via Skype (zoom, or Google Hangout), to see if you like the format and layout.
|Here at Dos Manos we are all looking forward to welcoming you back to Peru, in hopefully, the near future. Please take these days to explore new travel ideas and your next fun-filled adventure. Once the situation is safe, Peru is awaiting you and so are we at Dos Manos Peru Travel.
Tip! Follow our blog post When can we Travel to Peru again where we inform you about recent travel news for Peru with updates about when the travel ban to Peru will be lifted, and when Peru will be open again and ready for tourism.