Everything you should know
  before Traveling to PERU

19 March 2022
Capital: Lima
Currency: Peruvian Sol
Official Language: Spanish
Dial Code: +51
Emergency Number: (1) Police - 105 (2) Ambulance - 106 (3) Fire - 116
GDP: 385.72 billion USD (2020)
Population: 32.82 million (2020)
Time Zone: UTC-5 Peru Time
TheSassyBlogger Flag: The Flag of Peru bands on the outdoor of the flag are red, while the middle band is white. The nationwide coat of arms is focused on the white band and landscapes colors with green, blue, and gold. The colors of the flag are intended to signify the Incas and how they prejudiced the country of Peru.

PERU Known for:

1. Amazon jungle
The Peruvian Amazon is one of the most biologically diverse regions on Earth and covers over 60 percent of the country, making it a destination for travelers and Planet Earth binge-watchers alike, even though it is very remote and challenging to reach.
2. Dune Hiking
Just three hours south of Lima is a small desert town surrounded by sand dunes that can reach 1000 meters in height called Huacachina. This trek is for the more experienced of hikers, so bring lots of water. But it is once-in-a-lifetime experience that is worth every step.
3. Rainbow Mountains
A few years ago, the Rainbow Mountains were discovered by some tourists (who were probably very lost) within the Vinicunca mountains and have since become a popular attraction. This stunning view definitely has to be earned, though. With altitude of 5200 meters, this hike is not for the beginner. It’s higher than any peak in the Alps and just as high as Everest Base Camp!

Best Food that you should taste once:
1. Cuy
One of the more unique delicacies in Peruvian food is Cuy, a baked or fried guinea pig served with potatoes. It’s not a regular meal for Peruvians but is often served on special occasions such as holidays and birthdays.
2. Lomo Saltado
Lomo Saltado is a stir fry dish that consists of marinated beef, onions, tomatoes, soy sauce, chili’s, vinegar, spices, cilantro and French fries; usually served with rice. There are many variants of Lomo Saltado that you can try depending on where you go in Peru. But beef steak with fries, chilies and soy sauce is the most common and is the base for most variations.
3. Ceviche
Ceviche is the most famous dish that comes to mind when you talk of Peruvian food. It is very much a traditional staple of Peru. Peruvian Ceviche has many variations but typically consists of chunks of raw marinated white fish cured in lemon or lime juices, spiced with chili and seasoned with salt. It is then served with sliced onions, cilantro, and sometimes tomato.

Best Places to visit:
1. Lima
Lima is home to the highest concentration of museums of the country, the most notable of which are the Museo Nacional de ArqueologÍa, AntropologÍa e Historia del Perì and Museum of Art of Lima.The history of Lima dates back thousands of years, and the city has fought off occupations, natural disasters, and world wars. From the 1500s to the 1900s, Lima was occupied by the Spanish.
2. Cusco
Cusco is one of the most magical cities in the world. It has a different atmosphere, almost energetic, difficult to explain. It is the gateway to Machu Picchu, one of the new wonders of the world. As the oldest living city in the Americas, Cusco has been inhabited continuously for over 3,000 years.
3. Arequipa
Arequipa is Peru’s second-largest city and third-largest tourist destination. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.The city of Arequipa is located at an altitude of 2,300 meters in the Andes. Arequipa is known as Peru’s white city, and it’s called that because of the all-white Plaza de Armas. The volcanos that rise behind Arequipa are more than just a beautiful backdrop.
4. Nazca
Nazca pilgrimage site covering 370 acres is a popular stop for archeologists and looters. This unimaginably large pile of sand near Nazca is one of the tallest dunes in the world. Nazca is famous for its pottery and the fact that they still use the traditional methods to do so, as they have been for over the past hundreds of years.
5. Callao
Callao was once the chief seaport in all South America. For centuries all goods transported to Spain and Europe were required to travel through its’ docks. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to last. Callao has a warm desert climate. This climate type is usually characterized by many hours of sunshine and low precipitation figures.

Best Season to visit
Autumn- With the exception of the riotous pre-Easter revelry of Semana Santa (Holy Week), this is a wallet-friendly time to visit Peru. Now summer’s manic rush of visitors are gone, the coast retains pleasant weather through March and deals can be struck as popular spots try to eke out their custom. Nor is it high season in the Andes or the Amazon yet, despite increasingly clement sun-kissed weather and a burst of bewitching greenery tinting the slopes.

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