Peru has in store for the most aventurous and wandering spirits, souvenirs that won't be easily forgtten . Cradle of brilliant civilizations, Peru still carries out the vestiges of its ancient greatness and splendour. From big cities facing the ocean to villages sculpted in the heart of the mountains, impossible not to think yourself as an explorer, lost in the middle of these vaste and spectacular panoramas.
Nature's spirits will also take part and make your journey unforgettable. Coming from the peruvian coast, passing through the high Andean plateau and going deep into the Amazonian Selva, you'll be able to observe an exceptionnal biodiversity.
Time difference between Europe and Peru is of - 6 in winter and - 7 hours in summer. (UTC/GMT : -5)
The official language in Peru is Castilian (spanish). However, you might hear other languages such as Quechua, which was the most spoken language in Peru before the colonisation.
The currency used in Peru is the Sol
For your information :
1 euros = 3,4 Soles
1 Usd = 3.08 Soles
Tips ("la propina")
In Peru, if you judged the service particularly good, you can decide to leave a tip. In some restaurants, tips are mandatory. It's the case for hight standard restaurants and also in restaurants in Machu Picchu Village (Aguas-Calientes) . It corresponds to 10 % of the bill.
During your trip you'll meet local guides with whom you'll spend one or several days. Regarding guides, it is recommended to give them 7 to 10 soles per day, then another tip at the end of their service. You also might be travelling in private means of transportation with a private driver. As for guides, leaving them a tip at the end of their service is really appreciated.
For your information, here are prices for some every day life products and services that you might want to know:
-A coffee: 1 soles approx.
-A water bottle: 2 soles for a little bottle and 5 for a big one
-A traditional lama doll: 20 soles
Prepare your taste buds, you will be well surprised by Peru's gatronomy! Depending on what you're looking for, several options are possible.
- Menús: Menús are everywhere and they allow you to taste the best Peruvian dishes. Between 10 y 14 soles.
- Gourmet restaurants: Lima has become the new gastronomic capital of South America, with some peruvian restaurants among the best in the world. Book these restaurants well in advance and be ready to pay a lot ( approx. 100 euros). Among those high rated restaurants:
Gaston y Astrid :
or Central :
Peru's geography is different whether you're staying on the coast, in the Andes or in the Selva (Amazonia). The same goes for Peru's climate, it varies depending on the regions.
The warmest period is from December to February as temperatures are generally in between 25 and 30 degrees. During the coolest months ( from June to August), temperatures go from 15 to 20 dregrees celcius.
From December to April, temperatures go from 20 to 25 degrees celcius, but nights are a lot cooler. From June to October, it's the dry season, you'll be able to enjoy a nice and sunny weather!
From December to April is the rainy season in the Selva. But from June to August, it's the dry season, the temperature are very hot then and it's very sunny.