South American travel is becoming more popular and Peru is one of the most dynamic countries our guests visit. Full of energy and life, Peru offers ancient history, ruins, fantastic culture and great food! Over the years ROW Adventures has loved to visit the country with their guests and share experiences in a new land.
An iconic destination, our Machu Picchu tour (part of our "unbound" adventures )will introduce you to the Inca Trail and their majestic hill top fortress. It's a hiking/walking tour that most take before or after their trip to the Galapagos Islands but can be booked as a stand alone trip as well. ROW Adventures' journey takes you to the Inca capital of Cusco, the magical Sacred Valley of the Urubamba River, the living ruin of Ollantaytambo, the market town of Pisac, the astounding Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and much more. For decades ROW Adventures has guided tours all around the world and you can trust that your tour to Peru and Machu Picchu will deliver memories for a lifetime.
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When should I go on my Peru Tour?
Picking the best time to tour Peru is complicated by the country's physical characteristics. The desert coast is extremely hot and sunny between December and March (especially in the north), cooler and with a frequent hazy mist between April and November. Apart from the occasional shower over Lima it hardly ever rains in the desert. Or course, every ten years or so, is when the shift in ocean currents of El Niño (which last hit Peru in 1998) causes torrential downpours.
In the Andes the seasons are more clearly marked, with rains from December to March and a relatively dry period from June to September, which, although it can be cold at night, is certainly the best time for ROW Adventures' trekking and Machu Picchu Tours. A similar pattern dominates much of the jungle, though rainfall there is heavier and more frequent, and it's hot and humid all year round. In the lowland rainforest areas around Iquitos water levels are higher between December and January, which offers distinct advantages for spotting wildlife.
Peru Events and Festivals
Like most in South America, Peruvians love any excuse for a celebration and the country enjoys a huge number of religious ceremonies, festivals and local events. Carnival time (generally late Feb.) is especially lively almost everywhere in the country, with fiestas held every Sunday. although Peru tours and vacations are great during these events it's worth noting that most hotel prices go up significantly at fiesta times and bus and air transport should be booked well in advance. Call ROW Adventures to book your Peru Tour or Machu Picchu today.
Calendar of major public holidays & festivals:
February Carnival - Celebrated most of the month prior to Lent throughout the whole country.
March/April Easter (Holy Week) - Fantastic parades all over Peru. ROW Adventures like the one in Cusco!
June 24 Inti Raymi - Cusco's main Inca Festival of the Sun. A great time to visit the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
August 13 - 19 Arequipa Week - Parades, firework displays, plenty of folklore, dancing, and craft markets.
September End of the month Festival of Spring - Involves dancing, particularly the local Marinera dance.
October 18 - 28 Lord of Miracles - Festival featuring large and solemn processions (the main ones take place on October 18, 19, and 28).
Throughout the year Peru celebrates some 3,000 festivals. These were just some of the highlights. Most of them are held in homage to a patron saint, although they have blended with the magical beliefs of ancient forms of worship.
Common Questions for the Peru Traveler:
Visas: Most travelers do not need visas; travelers of most nationalities are granted a 90 day tourist visa. All nationalities, however, need a tourist or embarkation card (tarjeta de embarque) to enter Peru, issued at the customs or on the plane before landing in Lima.
Health risks: Altitude sickness is common in the highlands when visiting Machu Picchu, but can easily be treated by taking it slow and resting, staying hydrated, and there is medication available over the counter for pills altitude sickness. A yellow fever vaccination is recommended for areas east of the Andes Mountains, but not needed for Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, or other places along the coast or in the mountains. It's advisable to consult with Peru's official website before leaving for any questions.
Time: UTC (universal time) minus 5 hours
Electricity: 220V, 60Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Safety: As far as violent attacks go, you're probably safer in Peru than most countries including the United States. Nevertheless things can happen. However, a few simple precautions can make life a lot easier. The most important is to keep your ticket, passport (and tourist card), money, and credit/debit cards on your person at all times. And as for terrorism - as the South American Explorers' Club once described it - "the visitor, when considering his safety, would be better off concentrating on how to avoid being run over in the crazed Lima traffic."
Money: The current Peruvian currency, the Nuevo Sol - whose symbol is S/. Simply called a "Sol" . In Lima and Cuzco (and most other cities), Euros are as acceptable as US dollars for changing into soles.
ROW Adventures can assist in these preparation for your trip and would be happy to speak with you about transportation. With the distances in Peru being so vast, many travelers are increasingly flying to their destinations, as all Peruvian cities are within a two-hour flight of Lima. Getting to your Peru Tour over the years has become much simpler because many airlines now fly directly to Peru.