In all of South America, few countries bring as much to the table as Peru. The country on the eastern side of the continent has all the attractions you could possibly hope for in a vacation. Gorgeous beaches, towering mountains, expansive rainforests, the remains of ancient civilizations, and a universally friendly and welcoming people are just the tip of the iceberg. Peru can make for an incredible vacation that you’ll cherish for the rest of your life. And since the currency exchange is 3 Peruvian Soles to 1 US dollar, Peru can make for an affordable excursion, too. There really is no reason not to begin planning your Peruvian vacation immediately. Let us help you narrow down the nation’s plentiful options; here are some of the most rewarding things to do in Peru.
1. Prep for the Altitude
One thing to be aware of when you travel to Peru is the country’s elevation. The capital city of Lima sits at a mile above sea level, the city of Cusco is two miles above sea level, and Machu Picchu is a mile and a half above sea level. In other words, expect to experience the normal symptoms of altitude sickness for at least two days: light-headedness, nausea, and fatigue. You can’t really avoid them, but you can limit them by avoiding alcohol, drinking plenty of water, and getting some sleep. The first day you’re there, it might be a good idea to plan for sleeping in and strolling leisurely through town.