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A note about altitude

Many of Peru’s fabled highlights lie amidst the high Andes, with Cusco at 3,330m. Travel to high altitude can cause mountain sickness and even if you feel fighting fit it’s important to take things easy and stay hydrated (drink plenty of water, avoiding alcohol and caffeine) as you get used to the thin, dry air. You may initially notice a headache, dizziness or breathlessness and this usually improves with acclimatisation. If you are pregnant or taking the contraceptive pill, have a medical condition such as heart or lung condition, anaemia, asthma, high blood pressure you should seek the advice of your GP before booking.  We also recommend you check your travel insurance covers travel to high altitude.  If you’re taking the family, remember small children may be less capable of communicating altitude-related symptoms effectively: keep an eye on them too. Rest assured we will plan your itinerary carefully, taking into account any time spent at altitude. If you have any questions or concerns about altitude please speak to your travel expert.

Further advice on travel to altitude is available on www.travelhealthpro.org.uk


Currency

Peruvian Nuevo Sol. Notes in local currency or US dollars can be withdrawn from the many ATMs using a UK credit or debit card. Numerous money exchange offices exchange US dollars cash (few accept euros or sterling and the rate may be poor).

When to go

The best time to visit the Andes is Apr-Oct, the dry season but at this time it is misty and chilly in Lima. The jungle is an all-year destination, as is Arequipa and the Colca Canyon.

Language

Spanish.

Time difference

GMT -5 hours.

Getting there

Average flight time to Lima is 12.5 hours. There is a direct flight from London Gatwick to Lima. Popular non-direct routes to Lima involve a change of plane in Amsterdam, Paris or Madrid.

Combines with

The Galápagos Islands, fly from Lima connecting through Guayaquil in Ecuador; a visit to the Atacama desert in northern Chile; a beach wind-down on the coast of Venezuela; La Paz, Bolivia, crossing the frontier at Lake Titicaca.

Key events

Semana Santa, Easter:  Many religious and costumed traditional processions in towns and cities throughout the country.

Inti Raymi, Cusco, 24 Jun:  Theatre and re-enactments of Inca history in the ruins of Sacsayhuamán, the giant temple fortress overlooking Cusco.

 
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