Peru Highlights

"Land of the Incas"

Peru Ratings

Cultural Exchange: 4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)

Outdoor Activity: 4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Nature Discovery: 4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Outdoor Activities in Peru

Canoeing, Climbing & Mountainering, Dune Boarding, Hiking, Rafting, Surfing, Trekking, Volcano Surfing

Country Profile

Capital: Lima

Important cities: Lima, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Huaraz, Huancayo, Cajamarca, Chiclayo, Cuzco, Iquitos, Puno, Trujillo, Tacna

Currency: Nuevo sol (PEN)

Visa policy: Link

Area: 1,285,216 km2

Languages: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara

Mobile Phone: Local sims cards are available for any GSM mobile phone (VOX, Tigo, Personal, Claro).

Country code: +51

Electricity: 220V, 60Hz

Internet TLD: .pe

Time Zone: UTC−5

Sources: Lonely Planet, Wikipedia, Wikitravel


Description: The climate of Peru is very diverse, with a large variety of climates and microclimates, including 28 of the 32 world climates. Such a diversity is chiefly conditioned by the presence of the Andes mountains and the cold Humboldt Current. The climate on the coast is arid and semi-arid with high temperatures and very little rainfall. The Andes mountains observe a cool-to-cold climate with rainy summers and very dry winter. The eastern lowlands present an Equatorial climate with hot weather and rain distributed all year long.

When should you go: Cusco and Machu Picchu should be visited from May to September. Lima is sunny from December to March. The best period to visit Amazonia is from June to August.

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