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Peru is the cradle of Andean civilisation, home to the historical wonders of Cuzco and Machu Picchu, the mysteries of Nazca, the natural beauty of Lake Titicaca and the high Andes. There are the jungle carpeted headwaters of the Amazon in the south east, rich in wildlife, and the full flow of the great river at Iquitos in the north east.

The mixture of pre-Columbian and Spanish peoples and culture, together with the natural and historical landscape, make Peru one of the most fascinating and sought after destinations in Latin America.

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Currency Peru Nuevos Soles
Electrical current 220 volts (60cycles) generally 2 flat-pinned plugs.
Health There is a Malaria risk in the north and jungle areas of Peru, Dengue fever is also present in many areas. Acclimatisation is advisable for high altitudes such as Cusco, Puno and the Colca Canyon, taking it easy for the first few days, and drinking plenty of water. Yellow Fever is present in areas east of the Andes (not Cuzco or Machu Picchu).
Population size About 30 million
Visa Requirements British passport holders do not require a visa to travel to Peru as a tourist, normally entry is granted for up to 180 days. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months.


Subtropical, dry coastal climate, cooler in the Andes, with wet summers and dry winters, (southern hemisphere). Equatorial conditions in the eastern lowlands, hot and wet all year round.



Arequipa has been called "the White City" due to its many buildings made of white sillar stone. This is a popular tourist destination due to its many temples, convents, monasteries and the famous Santa Catalina Convent, which dates back to 1580. Arequipa has become the economic centre for the south of Peru.

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Lima the "City of the Kings" is a city rich in history, with great museums (such as the Magdalena and the Gold Museum), beautiful beaches and bays (around the ports of Cerro Azul, Chancay and Huacho) and delicious cuisine, to name but a few of the delights you can find.

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This great city is the starting point for an adventure into the Inca way of life. Cusco and its environs offer endless insights into this ancient culture and some of its highlights are: the Plaza de Armas and Cathedral, the Koricancha Temple, the ruins of the Kenko Amphitheatre, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and Sacsayhuaman.

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Trujillo and its surrounding area have been inhabited for thousands of years by indigenous people such as the Cupisnique (who created beautiful ceramics), the Mocha and the Chimus (who were skilled goldsmiths and influenced the art of the Incas). Examples of each culture can be found in this area, which was then conquered by the Spaniards in 1534.

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Considered the Capital of the Amazon, Iquitos is the starting point for any visit to the Peruvian Amazon. This is a hot, bustling city, filled with traders of lumber and other raw materials, and tourists wishing to explore the luscious, tropical rainforest along the banks of the Amazon river.

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