P E R U
Peru is a multi ethnic country land of the Incas, an incredible civilization that learned how to tame its geography and live in harmony with the nature
A single trip is not enough to discover all the wonders of Peru. Here we highlight just a few magical places and experiences that must be lived and appreciated when you visit this country.
What to do in Peru?
Experience Peru and discover a wealth of different worlds, all with their own individual landscapes, sounds, colors and tastes; travel back in time to ancient civilizations and share the great cultural heritage of the Peruvian people. A country of many destinations and experiences, which can only be explained by seeing them in the flesh. The beating heart of its roots and destinations.
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Caral, the first civilization in the Americas; pre-Hispanic cultures; the Inca Empire; the fusion between the Inca and Hispanic worlds; Peru and its Western, East Asian and African influences; deserts, mountains, forests, the Amazon and the sea; flora, fauna and a wide variety of cultural expressions. Peru is all of this.
Peru is a country in South America, situated on the western side of that continent, facing the South Pacific Ocean and straddling part of the Andes mountain range that runs the length of South America. Peru is bordered by Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil and Bolivia to the east, and Chile to the south. Peru is a country that has a diversity and wealth not common in the world. The main attractions are their archaeological patrimony of pre-Columbian cultures and the hub of the Inca’s empire, their gastronomy, their colonial architecture (it has imposing colonial constructions) and their natural resources (a paradise for ecological tourism)
Although Peru has rich natural resources and many great places to visit, the poverty scale reaches 25.8% of the population. The rich, consisting mostly of a Hispanic (or “Criollo”) elite, live in the cities. Nevertheless, most Peruvians are great nationalists and love their country with pride (largely stemming from Peru’s history as the hub of both the Inca Empire and Spain‘s South American empire). Also, many Peruvians separate the state of Peru and its government in their minds. Many of them distrust their government and police, and people are used to fighting corruption and embezzlement scandals, as in many countries.
The Peruvian economy is healthy and quite strong, however, inequality is still common. It is indebted and dependent on industrial nations, especially China, Russia and the United States. The US foreign policy decisions in recent years have contributed to a widely held negative view about the US government in Peru, but not against individual citizens.
The word gringo is used commonly but is not generally intended as offensive. The original meaning encompassed all white people who do not speak Spanish. Many people use the word gringo exclusively for Americans or American look-alikes. It’s not uncommon for blonde people to be called gringo. Peruvians do not hesitate to greet you with “¡Hola, gringo!“.
Generally, people are very friendly, peaceful and helpful. When in trouble, you mostly can rely on getting help. But as with any setting, it is always good to watch out for yourself and try to avoid bad situations. If you get into an argument, it is a good idea to remain amicable, but firm. Most of the time, you can find a compromise that satisfies everyone.
Peru is not exactly a haven for efficiency. Do not expect things to be on time, or exactly as they intend to be. Outside of the more upscale tourist services and big cities like Lima, English is uncommon and the people, trying to be friendly, can give wrong or inexact advice, a translator can always be helpful in this cases. Plan ahead and leave plenty of time for traveling.
CERTAINLY, IF YOU ARE PLANNING A LONGER SOUTH AMERICA TOUR, TRAVELING TO MACHUPICCHU IS A MUST.
We do not publish prices on our website as they vary enormously for tailor-made travel. We will be delighted to discuss the various options in more detail with you, to come back with a complete quotation. Our prices may not be always the lowest as we do not compromise on quality or safety.
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We’re not a big company, and we don’t pretend to be. We like to keep close to our customers and our offer range from tailor made South America tours and customized tours with private tour guides for single travelers and small groups. We will give our best to make your South America tour unforgettable and we will leave nothing to chance.
We ensures in the South America tours that all its partners are ‘environmentally friendly’ to preserve our environment for those who follow us. We will continue to promote sustainable and responsible tourism to ensure everything for generations to come.
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Behind every outstanding travel experience stands a great tour guide. We select only the best tour guides; great attention is paid to their training and social skills. They are not just history teachers who will provide you just with dates and names but they will also tell you about the culture, people, customs and else of South America.