Your feet are heading the land of the Incas, Peru. You have made fantastic choice for family vacations: ancient history to explore, exotic food for your taste buds, music to fall in love with and amazing nature to appreciate. But, wait a second! Before getting into your plane, View Latin America wants to share information about what to bring, health and more for your family tour! Let’s go!
What is Peru like?
Located in the west coast of South America, Peru is one of the growing holiday destination for family tours. Destinations and activities range from swimming with sea lions in the Pacific Ocean, climbing by the Andean mountains or navigate on the Amazonas River. Our currency is the Nuevo Sol, and we are about 33 million people in the country.
What about the weather?
Peru has climates for everyone to enjoy. Lima, the capital, is next to the sea, where you can enjoy a sunny weather during summer with your family, this is from December to late February. Temperature varies from 16°C (61°F) to 20°C (68°F) in winter and from 18°C (64°F) to 27°C (81°F) during summer. As you get higher, the Andean mountains will arise and the weather gets colder. Most southern cities like Cuzco or Puno have colder temperatures, ranging from -5°C (23°F) to 19°C (66°F) during winter, and 3°C (37.5°F) to 22°C (72°F) in summer. Destinations in the jungle side like Iquitos or Puerto Maldonado are quite hot cities with annual temperatures ranging from 20°C (68°F) to 32°C (90°F).
Rain is quite a topic in Peru. Jungle side has rain at least an average of 12 day a month, including storms. Highlands also have heavy rains in wet season (December to March), and sunny sky throughout dry season. Lima has almost no rain, but you will find high levels of humidity, the same way for Iquitos and the Amazonian forest, whereas Cuzco and the Andes wind is dry.
Packing for vacations in Peru 101
If you have already done some traveling or tours with your family, choosing what to bring can be fun or troublesome. Follow this list, and make this stage easier.
- Documentation: passport, vaccine certification if needed, birth certificates for children, visa and other official documentation.
- Clothing: what to bring depends on where you go. Skirts and blouses, shorts and polo shirts, small backpacks and sunglasses are fine for Lima. You all will need jackets, scarfs, sweaters, extra pants and gloves for the highlands, and a big hat, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirts and sandals for the jungle.
- Health items: besides toiletries, insect repellent is required for hiking in tropical destinations like the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
- Items for kids: toys and books are allowed as far as you can travel with them. Cameras, videogames and music devices are a good idea for idle or break time. A journal is a lovable way to get everlasting memories of this trip!
- Items to share: certain members in the family are more talkative than others. People persons can exchange snacks or other small items with locals and make new friends in tours!
- Items related to hobbies: more than walking around and viewing ruins you all will also be living in Peru. Why not giving a try to your hobbies abroad? You can do activities like pottery, cooking, swimming, adventure sports, reading, writing, filming, handcrafts, painting, singing or others. You can find events and communities to share your passion with others!
- Electronics: Be careful of the power supply differences: 220 volts at 60 Hertz (being 110 or 120 volts in America). Available sockets are for A plugs (two flat and parallel) and C plugs (two rounded ones). Adaptors will avoid damages in your devices and fuss from kids and adults.
Remember that some items can be purchased in your destination. Giving out exceeding luggage like clothes is a good traveler tip!
Health and security for everyone
A previous talk with your doctor about your trip can give you a good insight of what your body will embrace and how can react to it. Weather varies a lot depending in your travel itinerary so you and your family will embrace high humidity, altitude sickness, insect bites, among other conditions.
Ensure to tell any health condition to your travel agent and related staff. This includes food allergies, any injury or disability, illnesses among others. Bring your medication and taking some extra of it with you is a wise move. In case of language barrier, having translated written guides for special needs will make your trip easier.
You can find adventure and extreme sports like hiking, kayak, zipline, horse riding, canoeing, bungee jump, sand surfing and more. Hire a certified tour agent like View Peru in case you want adrenaline in the highlands!
Take always authorized transportation. Avoid empty streets at nights, carrying valuables is not advisable. Always check for labels in food and try street food at your own risk. Write down emergency phone numbers and learn survival Spanish to interact with locals if needed.
Taking the best of your journey
Stay positive. Things can go wrong at daily life home or in a tour abroad, but you will find out how to get out of any hassle with the help of your relatives or other people. Experiences and feelings are more valuable than objects. Cultural shock might impress a few of you, but consider it as a way to open your mind.
A new flavor, an impressive natural scenery or a warm hug can turn a sad face into a smiling one. View Peru strives for your satisfaction in a family vacation. Why not giving a try and create a great memory for you all? Contact us for a great chapter in the familiar history.