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Find Peru Travel and Tourist Information with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to Peru.

About Peru

Peru is divided into three regions: the coastal desert, extending the length of the country; the upper Andes mountain range; and the jungle.

Lake Titicaca Reed Boats


Countries neighbouring Peru are: Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile.

Map of Peru

Weather in South America:
Local weather forecasts for destinations around Latin  America.

The Incas

The Incas were the great civilisation of the area, until they suffered at the hands of the Spanish conquistadors between 1532 and 1535.

The Spaniards then went on to found the city of Lima. Lucky for us, they never found Machu Pichu.

Much of the Inca stonework can also be found in the foundations of Cuzco houses.

As the population is still about 45% Native American, traditional Huayno music is very popular; especially in the Andean region.

Ever since Pizarro tricked the Inca, Atahualpa, into capture, slaughtered him, and looted the City of Cuzco, this Andean country has become synonymous with robbery.

Andes Expedition:
Searching for Inca Secrets proves that National Geographic are a force in the Internet medium too.

Machu Picchu Guides:
Take a companion with you on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca, in south-eastern Peru, is the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable lake in the world.

The Uros Indians have built villages on the reeds, although the visit has become a little touristy. There is even a church, and an excellent lookout tower.

Peru Introduction

Enjoy Peru:
An excellent resource on Peru, in five languages. Thousands of pages and photographs covering all the main tourist destinations in Peru as well as tour suggestions and plenty of interesting articles.

Introduction to Peru:
A comprehensive introduction indeed, from Interknowledge.

Manu Wildlife Center:
Located in the remote and wild Manu Wilderness of south-eastern Peru. Amidst spectacular forest and incredible scenery, the density and diversity of animal and plant species reach a peak in the extreme western Amazon, near the foot of the Andes.

Albergue Turistico:
International Tourist Youth Hostel located in Miraflores, offering shared family and private rooms all private bathroom. Hall TV, swimming pool and dining rooms.

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Circuit of the Huaywash:
Judith Kunst's creatively presented travelogue with photos from a classic trek in the Peruvian Andes. Check out the animated GIF on the Hiking Links page too.

iLatin Travel:
Comprehensive travel guide to places of interest in Peru.

Peru - Flights:
International arrival and departures on any airline.

The Peru Guide:
An entertainment guide-magazine that provides information and insights about current events, bars, restaurants, shops, and accommodation facilities for Lima and Cusco.

Peru Travelogues

Rafting Down the Amazon: (March 1997)
Charles Brennick buys a raft in Pucallpa for $2 then sets about refurbishing it and getting permission to float down the Ucayali.

Ice Mummies

The Ice Maiden:
The Mountain Institute bring to the surface an important scientific discovery. We won't spoil the plot, go and take a look for yourselves.

Ice Mummies of the Inca:
Another excellent production from PBS.


Spanish is the main language of Peru, with the native language of Quechua being recognised as an official language in 1975.

The Spaniards may have brought their language and religion to Peru, but they couldn't take away the culture of the Indians.

Learning Spanish in Peru

While many travellers choose Antigua, in Guatemala, to learn Spanish, Cusco is a great place too.

Programs are generally four hours a day, so there's plenty of time to explore the sights and make it out to Macchu Pichu.

Staying with a family is a great way to continue your Spanish learning in a homely atmosphere.

In Cusco

Located in a charming Peruvian courtyard building about five minutes on foot from the Plaza de Armas. Uses the Natural Approach.

Don Quijote:
Immersion program, located in the centre of Cusco. This is a partner school of the Salamanca-based firm, in Spain. Promotional offices in London, Bordeaux and Rotterdam for Europeans to talk to the Don Quijote staff.


Cusco Travel Tips

High tourist season in Cusco runs from the last weeks of May to September. The peak is in June, especially at the end of the month; during the Inti Raymi festival. The last week of July is also a crowded period, due to the Fiestas Patrias celebrations (Peru's Independence Day). If you plan to visit Cusco during these 2 months, you should make your hotel reservations as far in advance as possible.

Many hotels in Cusco can be found around the Plaza de Armas (the main square) and in the San Blas quarter, where most of the city's cultural and entertainment activity takes place.

The main square itself holds the largest share of Cusco's bars and clubs, and can be very noisy and annoying if you are looking for a good night's sleep. In other words, you may want to move a block or two outside of the Plaza.

San Blas, the bohemian district, is at walking distance from the centre, though uphill (or downhill). It could be a problem, in particular at 3,400 metres (11,000 feet) above sea level. However, once there you can enjoy some of the best views of the red-tiled roofs of the old Inca capital.

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Accommodation in Cusco

Best Western Los Andes de America: Calle Garrilaso 236.
A unique combination of modern hotel infrastructure and colonial architecture located in the heart of the city of Cuzco; just two blocks away from the main square, Plaza de Armas.

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