There, I’ve said it. It seems obvious, right? But if you judge by what you see of most visitor’s itineraries, you wouldn’t be wrong in assuming that there’s little else to see in this country.
From the mountain-top fortress of Kuelap near Chachapoyas to the vast Gocta Falls and the intricately carved mud temples along the northern coast, Peru is packing its fair share of ancient monuments and striking natural landmarks.
But where you can find information – in English – about these lesser-explored wonders? And how can you navigate the vast distances of Peru on a short vacation or even a longer backpacking trip? Does Machu Picchu really deserve all the hype?
Why trust Worldly Adventurer’s Peru trip planning service?
Although I’ve written less about Peru on Worldly Adventurer than some of the other countries offered in my South America trip planning service, I’ve still got solid credentials when it comes to why my trip planning service will deliver the goods:
- In 2015/2016, I spent seven months living and volunteering in Cusco. During that period, I explored the surrounding area, including the Sacred Valley and other lesser-known destinations.
- I’ve also travelled the entire coast from Lima to the border with Chile, stopping at towns such as Pisco, Paracas, Nazca and Huanchaco, as well as Arequipa.
- In December 2017, I started a two-month research trip for the 2018 editions of the Rough Guide to Peru and the Rough Guide to South America. This saw me travelling the entire northern coast of Peru, from Trujillo to the Ecuadorian border, west to the edge of the Amazon Jungle and south along the Andean Mountains from Tingo Maria to Cusco.
I’ve been published writing about Peru for other websites including World Nomads and I’m in the process of expanding the Worldly Adventurer archives to include brand new articles about travel in Peru. Having updated a guidebook on northern Peru and the Andean sierra, these are the areas that I consider myself a real expert (they’re also places about which little has yet been written on the internet).
How the Peru trip planning service works
Pre-conversation survey to identify your budget, timeframes and proposed destinations
I’ll send you a quick survey to get a sense of your budget, time restrictions and destination. This will inform the next stage of the Patagonia trip planning service.
A 30-minute or one-hour Skype call* or one- or two-page travel plan and itinerary
Following the survey, we can have a 30-minute or one-hour Skype call where I can make recommendations about:
Places to visit in Peru – the unmissables (and missables) on a trip to Peru and exactly how to undertake the task of planning a Peru travel itinerary.
Planning a trip to Machu Picchu – tips about how to plan your visit to Machu Picchu, including recommendations for how to get to Machu Picchu depending on your style of travel, timeframes and how much hiking you wish to do.
Hotel and restaurant recommendations – recommendations for where to stay and where to eat in Peru, according to your budget and preferences.
Transport recommendations – which routes to take, recommended bus companies, how to book transport in advance and how to get from A to B.
Beyond-the-beaten-trail travel suggestions – my speciality: unique places you’ve never heard of, many of which have yet to make it onto Worldly Adventurer.
Suggestions for travel in other parts of the continent – see what I can offer with my travel planning service for South America.
One follow-up email to resolve any queries
Following our call, I’ll respond to one email with further information to help resolve any queries that you may have about what we discussed in the call/what was written in the planning document.
30-minute Skype call or one-page travel planning document: $150 USD
1-hour Skype call or two-page travel planning document: $250 USD
How to arrange your Peru trip planning call
Contact me at [email protected] indicating whether you would like a 30 minute or one-hour Skype call and I’ll respond within 48 hours with the pre-conversation travel survey and a couple of suggestions of times for us to schedule our call.
*Due to my schedule, which sees me travelling off-grid for long periods of time, it may not always be possible to arrange a Skype conversation. In this case, I can offer a one- or two-page travel document outlining my suggestions instead plus two follow-up emails to resolve queries.