Peru is a land of enchanting Incan ruins and jaw-dropping landscapes, with so much to explore.
Take a boat ride on Lake Titicaca and enjoy Peru’s speciality meal, guinea pig, for an authentic taste of South America. A must-do on your itinerary is a visit to Machu Picchu; Peru’s most iconic sight. Hike or take a luxury train to the ancient citadel and marvel at the archaeological splendour the ruins have to offer.
A holiday to Peru can be combined with any other South American country and is well worth doing so. Twin your trip with Brazil to visit the Iguazu Falls, or visit Rio de Janeiro with its iconic beach atmosphere. You can also pair with Argentina that offers everything from cowboy experiences to glaciers and some of the best food and wine in the world, or hop to the Galapogos Islands.
There are a number of carriers offering flights to Peru from the UK.
Direct Carriers: British Airways fly direct to Lima from London Gatwick.
Indirect Carriers: TAM, Iberia, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Air Canada, American Airlines, KLM and Air France offer indirect services to Peru.
Departure Taxes: An international departure tax of USD30 must be paid at Lima Airport (unless it is included in your flight ticket price).
Most restaurants include a 10 percent gratuity but you should include an extra 10 percent for a tip if the service was good. Servers at small, family-run eateries do not usually expect a tip. Do not tip taxi drivers and be sure to negotiate the price prior to your trip. Leave a few Peruvian Nuevo Sol for porters and bell boys and 15 to 30 Peruvian Nuevo Sol's per day for tour guides
No specific vaccinations required
British nationals do not need a visa to travel if the purpose of the visit is tourism.
Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months on arrival in Peru.
The currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol, which is an open currency and can be purchased before leaving for your holiday in Peru, although it is often less expensive to wait and exchange your money once you arrive in Peru.
Most commercial and tourist locations in Peru accept US Dollars or Peruvian Nuevo Sol. We recommend taking some US Dollars to exchange for Peruvian Nuevo Sol, as UK Pounds can be difficult to change in Peru. Make sure to exchange money from casas de cambio (cash exchange offices) for the best rates. Ask for small bills as most places will not accept large bills. Alternatively, take a small amount of UK Pounds to exchange upon arrival and withdraw local currency from cash machines. Make sure you change money before heading out of the larger cities like Lima. Credit cards are widely accepted in the larger businesses, but you will pay high fees.