Peru is a country with a rich and diverse cultural and architectural heritage. Overlooking the Pacific, it enjoys spectacular and varied landscapes, including Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, and has a strong Inca and pre-Inca heritage, including the famous Lake Titicaca area, the Nazca Lines and the old capital. Inca of Cuzco with his Inca Trail to the Lost City of Machu Picchu. It’s a fantastic place to vacation and in this article we’re going to look at some
tips and tricks to ensure you get the most out of your Peru vacation! Geography and Transportation
Peru is divided into 3 separate climate zones: Costa, Sierra and Selva (the coast, the mountains and the jungle). The character and culture of the three areas are remarkably different and can add real variety to your Peru vacation, although today the country is linked by a good road network, some amazing railway lines and excellent air links.
The coast consists mainly of a small fertile strip along the Pacific Ocean, slowly merging into desert at the foothills of the Andes. In the country’s far north and south, it’s not uncommon to go years without rain, but complex irrigation systems (some dating back to the Inca period) keep areas like the Pisco Valley surprisingly fertile. The Panamerican Highway runs along the coast, making travel within the coastal region convenient and quick.
The Andes mountain range stretches from north to south across the entire central region of Peru. They offer some of the most spectacular views and some of the most interesting cultural experiences in the world.
As mentioned above, many areas still speak Quechua, the language of the Incas, as their mother tongue and the spiritual ideals of the Inca culture remain strong. Today, cities like Cusco combine stunning Inca and Colonial architecture with thoroughly modern services, but near the main urban areas, life goes on in a way that would be instantly recognizable to the Incas.
The Andean regions are where most travelers spend most of their time during their Peru vacation. The Peruvian jungle is one of the most pristine rainforests in South America and much of it is protected by international law.
The only access to much of the jungle (including the few towns) is by boat or plane, so it feels very different from the rest of the country – you get the real feeling of arriving somewhere! , more unique species are discovered every year!Language
The main language in Peru is Spanish. It is almost identical to Madrid Spanish Castilian, albeit with a slightly different pronunciation and some vocabulary changes. In the high Andes, particularly around Cuzco and Puno, many people still speak Aymara or Quechua (the language of the Incas) as their first language, although almost all will also speak Spanish.
Some English is often spoken in areas popular with tourists and by service personnel dealing with international
customers (eg: airports, banks, etc.).
) will invariably speak some English. The people of Peru Peruvians, even in South America, are known for their friendliness and are always willing to strike up a conversation with you. Even if they’re hoping to sell you something, they’re often curious to find out. something about you and where you are from.
The British are very popular in Peru, although we still have a Victorian reputation; We’re generally considered to be very polite and efficient, but a bit dispassionate and of course quite incapable of dancing!
The Peruvian expression for punctuality is “A la hora ingles” (time in English) and when you try to explain the current situation on British railways, you are usually met with polite disbelief and the assumption that you are on time Just be nice… Eating and drinking Peruvian cuisine is excellent and a highlight of any Peru vacation, as all regions have different specialties.
Coastal dishes owe much to African and Spanish influences and tend to be quite rich and often quite spicy.
Not surprisingly, seafood is excellent and anything with chicken is usually a good choice. The coast is also the birthplace of the national dish: ceviche. It’s a selection of fish cuts marinated in lime juice and it’s absolutely stunning. Invite you to try it, even if you don’t like fish that much! Good chicken dishes include Ají de Gallina, chicken in a spicy and creamy sauce.
Highland dishes tend to be simpler than coastal dishes (especially lime dishes