When to Go

Travelling to Peru isn’t like coming to Canada where you can expect frosty cold weather country wide between December and March. In Peru, you can experience different seasons in the same month depending on where you’re planning your big adventure.

If heading for the desert, you can pretty much plan your trip for any time of the year as the hot, dry weather rarely changes. But if you intend to trek up towards Machu Picchu or anywhere else in the Andes, it’s best to travel between June and September when it’s more dry.

But, keep in mind that these are also the busy tourist months, so if you’re looking for a more solitary experience, May or October may be worth a little extra dampness. October to April is actually the sunny season on the coast, and in the east in the jungle, the weather’s hot and humid all year long, just be prepared for some heavy rainfall.

Getting There

Continental, LAN, Delta and American Airlines all fly from most major Canadian cities to Peru with connecting flights in the U.S. If you are leaving from Toronto you can also take TACA. Most flights fly into Lima where you can catch a plane to all other Peruvian cities including Cusco.

Getting Around

There are a number of ways to wander the vast lands of Peru.

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Internal flights may be the best option if you’re in a hurry, as every major city is no more than a couple hours flight from the capital.

The most common form of travel is by bus. In Peru, you can get on a bus just about anywhere, go anywhere and do it all inexpensively. Make sure you keep your passport with you as buses are often stopped and checked by police. The two best bus services are Cruz del Sur and Movil Tours these are both safe and reliable. Taxis are also everywhere in Peru, especially in major cities because almost anyone with a vehicle (or the ability to rent a vehicle for cheap) and a taxi sign can drive a cab. That’s right, no meter, so you have to agreeon a price before the driver hits the gas. Taxis also don’t have great reputations for being safe, so try to pick a more official looking one, if you can’t avoid them altogether. Trains are more expensive but very scenic and comfortable. Taking a guided tour may be a better option than wandering through the mountains on your own.

What to Do and See

You’re more likely to run out of time before you run out of things to do in Peru. Hiking your way to the Lost City of the Incas, paddling through the biggest rainforest in the world, and exploring Cannón del Cotahuasi, the deepest known canyon in the world, should all be added to your checklist, right after trying the country’s delicacy: guinea pig.

 

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