Peru Travel Guide

Peru is my new favorite travel destination!

What’s not to love? The country boasts stunning lakes in Huaraz, lush jungles in the Amazon, and a rich history and culture that culminates in the Inca city of Cusco.

Peru is also the hiking capital of South America with the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. And don’t even get me started on the Peruvian cuisine.

Once you’ve explored the country, you won’t want to leave.

This Peru travel guide has all my tips and recommendations you need to plan the perfect trip to Peru.

Laguna Paron hike
The iconic Mirador Laguna Paron in Huaraz, Peru

Best time to visit Peru

The best time to visit Peru’s most popular destinations like Machu Picchu, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. During this time, you can expect sunny days with minimal rainfall, making it ideal for trekking, exploring archaeological sites, and enjoying outdoor activities.

If you’re interested in visiting the Amazon rainforest or the northern coastal areas, the best time to go is from June to October.

Keep in mind that June to August is high season for tourism, so you’ll run into big crowds at the country’s main attractions. I recommend booking flights and accommodation in advance as they get booked quickly.

However, I visited Peru in July, and while this is high season, it never felt overly busy. I had perfect weather and comfortable conditions for hiking and exploring the jungle.

What to expect

  • Capital city: Lima
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Peruvian Sol (S/)
  • Safety: I felt extremely safe in Peru

How to travel around Peru

Peru is a big country, and getting between destinations often involves a flight or a very long bus ride. Both are safe and comfortable.

How many days to spend in Peru

2 Weeks in Peru is enough time to see the highlights and tick off the main attractions on your Peru bucket list. But I recommend at least 3 weeks. If you want to explore the country at a slower pace, you’ll need a month or more.



Cusco in Peru is a fascinating city. Not only is it the gateway to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, but it’s also the former capital of the Inca empire. No trip to Peru is complete without visiting Cusco, so make sure it’s on your itinerary.


Huaraz is Peru’s lake district. It’s a magical place where you’ll find some of the best hiking trails and Lagunas.