It is so exciting that you are interested in traveling to Peru! Before we get started with planning your itinerary, here are some things you should probably consider:
Peru is Not a Small Country
The country of Peru is the third largest in South America, measuring 1,677 miles from north to south and 870 miles from east to west.
While it may not be quite as large as the US in size, Peru far surpasses the US, and most countries in the world, in ecological diversity. Being located between the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn would allow most to assume that Peru has a mostly tropical climate. However, most would be wrong! Peru has something for everyone with beaches, canyons, caves, deserts, lakes, snow-capped mountains, and jungles. In fact, 83% of the world’s ecosystems and wildlife exist here creating habitats for more than 400 species of mammals, 1,700 types of birds (26% of all the birds on Earth), 2,000 species of salt water and fresh water fish, and at least 35,000 species of plants. No matter what your interests, Peru has it covered.
Getting Around Peru isn’t Always Easy
While it only takes 45 minutes to fly from Lima to Cusco, it would take 24 hours by bus. The variety of ecosystems within Peru coupled with poor infrastructure caused by frequent (mini) earthquakes make it virtually impossible to travel from west to east by car. That being said, train travel in Peru is absolutely spectacular and domestic flights are reasonably priced, so you can still get anywhere you want to go.
You Can’t Miss Cusco!
While Peru as a whole does have a ton to offer, Cusco (sometimes spelled Cuzco) is by far the heart and soul of this country, and really, most of South America. As the capital of the Inca Empire until the Spanish invasion in 1532, Cusco served as the center of an intricate system of trails that can still be traced into Ecuador and Chile. Today, the locals show tremendous pride for the hundreds of archeological ruins throughout the Sacred Valley and they continue to practice and respect the rich culture of their ancestors. The feeling you get when you are in this place is unlike anything else and, if you make it all the way to Peru, it’s a place you must put on your list. Below is a map of some of the ways you can explore the Sacred Valley by foot, car, or train:
First Step Expeditions is Here to Help!
No matter your interests, time, or budget, First Step Expeditions can help plan your ideal trip to Peru. We pride ourselves on making sure the customer has an easy and seamless experience while planning the trip to make the actual vacation that much more enjoyable. We will help you every step of the way and will always answer your questions as soon as possible. From our in-house guide with hundreds of days spent hiking in the Andes to our handy packing lists, tipping guides, and so much more, First Step Expeditions will make sure you are fully prepared for your adventure. Please Contact us to Book Now!