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Peru is filled with enormous contrasts. This is due, in part, to the multiple layers of great civilizations which make up this country. In Peru you have everything from colonial cities that have preserved the legacy of the Spanish conquistadors, to tiny villages where you can really get a feel for the country and its people. You can visit the ancient Incan capital of Cuzco, explore the lost city of Machu Picchu, and enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere.


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Getting To and Around in Peru
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Getting There
AeroPerú and Faucett, Peru's international airlines, are indefinitely shut down. There is talk of reopening AeroPerú in some form. For the time being, you must use a non-Peruvian airline for international flights. Lima's international airport, Jorge Chavez, is the main hub for flights to the Andean countries from North America and Europe, and has plenty of connections to neighboring countries. Some international flights land at Iquitos, in Peru's Amazon region. There is a departure tax of approximately US$25 on international flights.

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There are overland border crossings between Peru and Bolivia at Desaguadero and nearby Yunguyo on the shores of Lake Titicaca; between Peru and Chile at Tacna; and between Peru and Ecuador at Tumbes. It is possible to travel by river from Colombia and Brazil to Iquitos.

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Tours to and in Peru

Peru Travels, a Peruvian site of tourism, travel and promotion, provides information about Peru and is a rather complete source of tourism and travel services. Peru, thanks to its strategic location, is a privileged travel destination. Heir to very ancient cultures and a rich colonial tradition, Peru is a magical spot which involves one of the richest biodiversities of Earth, and is a melting pot of different cultures who together are forging the promise of a better future.

Getting Around
Peru is a big country, so many travelers take internal flights if they have limited time. As of August 1999, Aero Continente has effectively monopolized the domestic market. Prices have risen accordingly, and route coverage is limited. In July 1999, LanPeru, co-owned by LanChile, resumed domestic flights. There are also a handful of small airlines flying to remote destinations in light aircraft. There's an 18% tax on domestic flights, but you can avoid most of this if you buy tickets abroad. There's also a US$4 departure tax on domestic flights.

Public buses are the usual mode of transport over long distances. They are cheap, frequent and relatively comfortable, at least on major routes. When traveling between towns, have your passport with you as it will need to be shown at police checkpoints. Armed robberies on night buses are not unheard of in Peru, so travel on a day bus (or fly) if you have the option. Trucks often double as buses in remote areas. The fare is usually standardized according to the distance, but agree on the fare in advance. Local buses are slow, cheap and crowded; when you want to get off just yell out. Taxi fares need to be haggled over; there are no metered cabs.

The government-owned railways (INAFER) is facing imminent privatization. Services go from the coast to the highlands: The Central Railroad runs from Lima to La Oroya, where it branches north and south. The northbound line goes to Cerro de Pasco and the southbound to Huancayo; although there are plans to open the southern route to passenger trains, both of these routes are currently for freight use only. A short passenger line continues from Huancayo to Huancavelica. The Southern Railroad runs between Arequipa to Lake Titicaca and Cuzco. Services are cheap and fairly comfortable, but not particularly safe.

Boat travel is important in Peru's eastern lowlands. Dugout canoes powered with outboard engines operate as water taxis; larger cargo boats are often also available as water transport.

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Accommodations in Peru
Costs in Peru are lower, on average, than those in developed countries, but higher than those in many neighboring countries. Lima and Cuzco are the most expensive places in the country. If you're on a tight budget, you can scrape by on around US$15-20 per day, but if you want to stay in modest hotels and eat out at restaurants, you'll have a better time on around US$50 a day. Prices for luxury accommodations run up to US$200 at popular destinations like Machu Picchu.

Here are some examples of what you might expect to pay:
Budget: US$5-10
Mid-range: US$10-15
Top-end: US$15 and upwards

A combination of taxes and service charges are added to bills in the best hotels and restaurants and can total as much as 28%. The cheaper hotels and restaurants don't add taxes. 

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Dining in Peru
Dining can be an experience in Peru. Try some of the local cooking and have fun. The food is good and plentiful. Here is what you might expect to pay for restaurant meals:

Budget: US$2-5
Mid-range: US$5-10
Top-end: US$10 and upwards

Costs in Peru are lower, on average, than those in developed countries, but higher than those in many neighboring countries. Lima and Cuzco are the most expensive places in the country. If you're on a tight budget, you can scrape by on around US$15-20 per day, but if you want to stay in modest hotels and eat out at restaurants, you'll have a better time on around US$50 a day. 

A combination of taxes and service charges are added to bills in the best hotels and restaurants and can total as much as 28%. The cheaper hotels and restaurants don't add taxes. Tipping is not expected in budget restaurants. A tip of 10-15% is fine in up market restaurants if a service charge has not already been added to the bill. 

Taxi drivers are not tipped - bargain hard beforehand and stick to your price. Local guides should be tipped US$3-5 per day. Bargaining is a way of life in markets.

Things to See and Do
Trekking and mountaineering are popular during the May to September dry season in the Andes. The most popular hike on the continent is the 33km (20mi) Inca Trail, west of Cuzco. Equipment can be rented in Cuzco and the trek takes three days. Huaraz, north of Lima, is the climbing and trekking center of Peru and the site of Huascará, at 6768m (22,199ft) the highest mountain in the country. Equipment, drivers and guides are readily available; the best time for hiking is June to August.

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Jungle treks can be arranged at Iquitos. Guides will probably approach you but their quality and reliability varies considerably so try to get a recommendation or a reference, and proceed with caution. The better companies that run jungle lodges can provide reputable guides. Treks can last anywhere from a day to over a week; bring plenty of mosquito repellent.

The Río Urubamba, near Cuzco, has white-water rafting possibilities. Yarinacocha has pleasant canoeing. The Peninsula de Paracs and nearby Islas Ballestas have the best-known bird and marine sanctuaries on the Peruvian coast, plus there's great swimming from secluded beaches from January to March. Tours to the sanctuaries are available daily and are relatively cheap. There are bodegas (wineries) to visit in the city of Ica, on the south coast, and guided tours to Colca Canyon, near the city of Arequipa.

Tours to and in Peru

PERU BERGSPORT e.i.r.l. is an international adventure tour operators for the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash in Ancash, Macchupichcu Inka Trail, Ausangate Llama Trek, Salkantay Llamatrek in Cuzco and in the Lake Titikaka Floating Islands Uros, Amantani, Taquile, and Necropolis of Sillustani in Puno. This company has gained a preferential place by international tourists with its special and new product of llama trekking in the Andes ancient routes of Incas. We work with different companies from the world from America and Europe offering our passengers a special quality services. PERU BERGSPORT e.i.r.l. is based in Canrey Chico (trail head from Canrey Chico – Chavin Pre-Inka Trail Trek) and also has a local office in Cuzco and Puno. GAP Peru Adventure Travel and Eco-Tours is a small group grass roots adventure travel & eco tours of Peru and all its sites. Experience Machu Picchu. Hike the Inca Trail. Discover the mysterious Nazca Lines, and much more. 600 itineraries, 100 countries. Memories to last a lifetime!

PYRAMID ADVENTURES
Pyramid Adventures is one of the best trekking and climbing specialists in Huaraz offering a wide range of adventure activities to individuals and groups. Run by the well known "Morales Family". Recommended by Lonely Planet Guide to Peru 2004 as well as several visitors to Andean Travel Web. We are an experienced and qualified family operated agency, offering trekking and climbing adventures in Peru - la Cordillera de los Andes - the Peruvian Andes. We specialize in Cordillera Blanca trekking and climbing and Cordillera Huayhuash trekking and climbing with professional, friendly guides and staff.  You can visit their website at www.peruvianandes.com, or email them at info@peruvianandes.com
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