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Cheap flights to Peru

Peru is a vast panorama of spectacular landscapes intertwined with ancient cultures. Mountains, jungles, deserts and beaches are the home of fascinating indigenous civilisations with a rich historical tapestry.

Trekking the Inca Trail and climbing to the Inca city of Machu Picchu has to be one of the most extraordinary experiences of a lifetime while the mysteries of the Nazca Lines carved into the Peruvian desert are one of the most astonishing sights in the natural world.

Off the beaten track lie ancient fortresses and burial sites like those in Kuelap and Trujillo that offer a glimpse into a culture that is over 600 years old. The whole of Peru is one giant adventure playground where you can hike through snowy peaks, canoe or raft along rivers through dense jungle, sail a reed boat along glassy lakes; sand-board in the vast expanses of desert or ride through Inca ruins on beautiful Peruvian Paso horses. Surfers can take to the waves in Mancora while hikers can challenge themselves in the Cordillera Blanca Mountains.

Beaches and blissful hot springs make for a more laid-back activity while the towns and cities overflow with culture and entertainment. Buy locally made crafts from Cajamarca or Lima’s Chinatown before spotting colourful birds and butterflies in Manu National Park. Modern Lima with its grand elegant architecture offers vibrant cafes and boutique shopping while the winding cobbled streets of ancient Cusco are a dream to explore. Indigenous villages like Huanchaco where fisherman make reed canoes show the traditional side of Peru. The Monastery of Santa Catalina in Colonial Arequipa is well worth seeing as is the 5000 year old city of Caral with its remarkable pyramids.

Peru is an awe-inspiring sight, whether visiting for relaxation or adventure, and one whose ancient culture and traditions we should fight to preserve.

The following information is correct as of February 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport is located 10 miles from the city centre of Lima. The city can be reached by car in approximately 30 minutes. There are no local buses that drive into the airport grounds but taxis are available for hire.

What you need to know

Currency: The Peruvian Nuevo Sol

Visas: UK nationals do not require a visa to enter Peru. A passport valid for the duration of stay is essential. Nationals of other countries may require a visa. More information can be obtained from a local embassy or from the Foreign Office website.

Laws: The legal age for drinking alcohol in Peru is 18. Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places including bars, cafes, restaurants and clubs and on all public transport. It is also banned from some outdoor areas where recreational activity takes place so be sure to check before lighting up. The sale of souvenirs made with any animal parts, including condor feathers, is illegal. Watch out for their use particularly in tourist markets like those in Cusco.

 

Best Time to Visit

Peru has a varied climate depending on the area. In the mountains, Peru can see many meters of snowfall particularly in the winter months as well as freezing night time temperatures. June to September is the peak time for visitors to Peru when the weather is warm and sunny. There is hardly any rain in Lima and the weather is warm enough to enjoy the beautiful tropical beaches. Rainy season begins in September, peaking in January and March. Trekking should not be attempted during these months as the weather makes the mountains dangerous to navigate.

Peru loves a festival. The Marinera Dance Festival in Trujilo kicks off the year in January with 10 days of floats and processions while February continues much in the same was with Carnaval – a water-billed balloon extravaganza. March brings the Wine Festival, Semana Santa and the Lord of the Earthquakes in Cusco – a procession where the image of Christ on a Cross is carried through the streets. In April the mesmerising Peruvian Horse Festival takes place celebrating the world’s most beautiful breeds. The May Festival is filled with snow races, lantern processions and traditional dancing while June’s religious festivals are celebrated all over the country from Cusco and Puacartambo to the fishing villages of Chiclayo and Lima. The Inca Festival of the Sun is one of the most vibrant, celebrating the sun god with days of revelry.  Fiestas continue through the summer and into autumn with the Fiesta de Santiago and the International Spring Festival until December when the huge Santuranticuy arts and crafts market in Cusco gets festive with hot punch and nativity scenes for sale.