Peru is a country of contrasts-ancient ruins are juxtaposed by modern cities, and high mountains are balanced by desert oases. The different regions, including the Sacred Valley, the Cordillera Blanca, and the northern coast, all offer adventures for those who want to genuinely explore the country. Keep reading for 3 tips that can help you prepare for your trip to Peru and make your time exploring the country an eye-opening and exciting experience.
Peru’s thousands of years of history make it a formidable place to visit. Around every bend and corner are ruins, museums, colonial cities, and far off sights that reveal new aspects of the multi-faceted society. To make the most out of your time, do some research and reading. Four books that will get you ready include Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams, The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa, and The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics by Orin Starn.
Schedule in Free Time
Happy Gringo travel’s guided Peru trips have free time scheduled for our guests to take the time to absorb the day’s adventures. Our custom-made tours are created around your interests, and we recommend that you plan for free time between excursions exploring the country.
Cusco and Lima offer modern attractions scattered between historic plazas, churches, and museums. Mancora, Trujillo and the coast are the places to find fun while soaking in the sun on tranquil beaches. The oasis of Huacachina in the desert is a great place to kick up your heels, sand board, or go on a dune buggy tour while enjoying the lagoon in the center of the small town.
Take Spanish Lessons
While our Peru trips with guides offer respite for those who struggle with languages, taking a basic Spanish class before you come is a great way to prepare yourself for an immersion into a Spanish-speaking society. Knowing key phrases, having an ear for what people are saying around you, and being able to ask for directions, food, drink, and details not only gets you into situations that would otherwise be lacking, but it encourages the Peruvian people toward travelers who have made the effort to acclimate to the society.
While this list is by far not a complete guide to the intricacies of Peru, it is a start for those who want to genuinely explore the country. For more information about Happy Gringo Travel’s Peru trips-including custom-made tours created from a list of your interests-contact a member of our team. We are available during office hours through this site, Skype, or our toll-free numbers.