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5 Peru Travel Tips: Important Things To Know Before You Go to Peru


Planning to travel to Peru? This guide is stuffed with Peru travel tips to keep you safe, on budget, and sure to make the most of all Peru has to offer!

Planning on traveling to Peru soon?

A great idea!

There are plenty of amazing things to see, foods to try, and activities to try in this South American country. But, there are also a few things you should know before going to Peru.

llama in Huaraz Peru travel tips
A llama in Huaraz, Peru. Taken by P. Lequay via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

Here are our top Peru travel tips to know before you go:

1. Avoid the Water

For the most part, tap water in Peru should be avoided. Opt for bottled water or carrying a reusable filtering water bottle, for both drinking and other hygienic activities, such as brushing your teeth. Many hotels will already have bottled water waiting for you in the room.

Also, don’t ask for ice when being served a drink, as most ice is just made from regular tap water!

2. Stay Safe

Peru is generally a safe place to visit, and you don’t need to worry much about violent crimes such as assault or kidnapping or murder. However, it can be dangerous at the lower-level petty crime scale, so be on your guard for pickpockets, scams, and theft.

Related Read: 25+ Machu Picchu Facts: Trivia About Peru’s Mountaintop Wonder

3. Don’t Bring Home Coca

It’s common to find coca leaves used for tea or to chew on almost anywhere you go in Peru. In fact, many visitors may be served coca leaf tea to help ward off altitude sickness. But don’t you try bringing it back to your home country, as it’s just as illegal as cocaine in many places, including in the United States.

4. TP in the Trash

When you use the restroom and require toilet paper, place it in the trash can you’ll likely find adjacent to the toilet. It’s yuckity yuck, I know, but the pipes in Peru can be quite old and very narrow, meaning it could clog with even the slightest effort.

5. Carry a Variety of Coins & Change

Many places, from small food stalls to market vendors, seem to not be able to break large currency. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you and you get the drink/souvenir/food you want when you want it, carry small change as well as a variety of bills.

Well, that’s all our Peru travel tips for now, and we hope they help you make it a trip to remember! Got any questions, feedback, or additional tips for traveling to Peru to share? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!

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