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Holidays in Peru: In the footsteps of the Incas

You have been dreaming of visiting the world wonder Machu Picchu for a long time ? Would you like to see pink dolphins and swim in the Amazon? Fish piranhas or sleep in the rainforest and taste exotic specialties there ? Then on to Peru! Click through the latest deals for your holidays in Peru.

Peru is a land of contrasts: turbulent city life in Lima , historic sites such as the unique ruined city of Machu Picchu with its mysterious past, the endless rainforest landscapes that invite you to an active holiday - all this and more awaits you on a holiday in Peru. The country is still an insider tip for tourists, especially away from the highlights such as the ruined cities of the Incas. Reason enough to go on vacation to South America and discover fascinating Peru.

Important information for your Peru vacation

General information about Peru

Peru is the third largest country in South America , bordering Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil to the east, Bolivia and Chile to the south. The west coast of Peru forms the Pacific coast. Around 32 million inhabitants share a land area of ​​1.2 million square meters - about 60 percent of them belong to the tropical rainforest, while the mountainous Andean mountains account for almost 30 percent. The Peruvian time is back compared to our seven hours.

Arrival to Peru

From Germany, the arrival by plane from all major airports is possible. From Frankfurt, Munich or Hamburg there are connections with a stop to the airport Jorge Chávez in Lima . Depending on the airline, for example, you can travel to Amsterdam, Madrid, Paris or the US, for example in Atlanta. Other destinations in the country you can reach from Germany by plane. Here is a list of the major international airports in Peru that can be reached with two or more stops - or which you can take from Lima on a domestic flight:

  • Lima (LIM)
  • Arequipa (AQP)
  • Cusco (CUZ)
  • Juliaca (JUL)

By land , you can reach Peru via Ecuador or Chile on the Panamericana expressway, and you can also enter Bolivia. From Colombia and Brazil there are also connections by ship across the Amazon to Iquitos.

Peru: Entry requirements and visa requirement

If you do not stay in the country for more than 90 days, you will not need a visa for your holiday in Peru . A passport - even a provisional one - which is valid for at least six months is sufficient for entry. If you come to Peru by land, for example via Ecuador or Chile, you fill in an entry card at the border (Tarjeta Andina de Migración), which indicates the duration of your stay. The card must be presented again upon departure. If you travel by plane, experience has shown that it is not needed because the data is collected electronically.

Our pirate tip: Make sure that the border guards not only record your entry data in writing, but also in the IT system! Otherwise you may experience problems with your departure

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Popular holiday destinations in Peru

The Panamericana road leads you to the most beautiful places in the country, around Lake Titicaca you will find fascinating landscapes, and on the Inca Trail, it goes up to the peaks of the Andes: Here we introduce you to the most popular holiday destinations in Peru.

The capital Lima

Your first destination in Peru should be the capital Lima . And it's worth planning a few days for the vibrant capital. Stroll through the colonial old town and discover the many restaurants serving regional food. If you are looking for a place for a break from the hustle and bustle, the Franciscan Monastery is an absolute insider tip: on the outside impress its spectacular facade and the imposing double tower, inside you can admire the historic library and especially the catacombs. In the vaulted cellars of the monastery, the dead of the city were buried - estimated here are the bones of more than 70,000 people.

Our pirate tip: In the sacristy of the monastery you should take a closer look at the painting "The Last Supper": On the table, the Peruvian artist Diego de la Puente has perpetuated traditional Peruvian delicacies, including guinea pigs, chili and potatoes, instead of the usual dishes.

Around Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is a must during your holiday in Peru. It lies at an altitude of 3,820 meters and, with its diameter of 170 kilometers, looks more like a sea than an inland lake. Around the Lake Titicaca, the foothills of the Andes and on the deep blue lake thrones numerous large and small islands. From the city of Puno you can book trips to the lake. The city is also known for its folkloric culture and its huge alpaca herds and is worth a visit.

On the way in the Grand Canyon of Peru

Over the high plains of the Andes you pass rugged rocky landscapes and barren plains . A serpentine road finally brings you to the more than 4,000 meter deep Colca Canyon, which is said to be the deepest gorge in the world. Tours through the unique nature area lead you through a world of contrasts: along colorful flower meadows, past desert landscapes, fields and rock faces.

Cuzco: Discover the ancient Inca empire

Cuzco is one of the oldest cities on the American continent and was once the heart of the Inca empire . The mighty walls that line the streets of the city still testify to this today. In the old town you will find the legacy of the colonial era with its magnificent palaces and impressive sacred buildings such as the Iglesia La Merced. Cuzco is also the starting point for tours to Machu Picchu.