Planning a Trip to Peru: Avoid These Novice Mistakes

Peru is a popular destination for tourists who prefer experiencing a diverse climate that ranges from arid to extremely freezing, and everything in between. This is because Peru has both sea level Pacific beaches alongside steep mountains such as the Nevado Huascaran. If you wish to join the mad dash for Peru, there are a few things you have to avoid doing if you don’t want to look like a complete amateur.

Planning a Trip to Peru

Don’t Ignore Lima


Most tourists tend to rush immediately to the former capital, Cuzco, because they want to see Machu Picchu. But in their rush, they forget all about Lima. Why is this such a big mistake? Because Lima is one of the largest cities in Peru and home to around 30 million people. You will miss a huge chunk of what the country has to offer if you don’t include this city in your itinerary—Lima is home to the wonderful Miraflores district, which is the go-to place if you’re into scenic beaches, and you’re also going to miss the Erotic Gallery at the Museo Larco, which is one of the few museums that celebrate sexuality and turn it into a tasteful art form. It’s definitely nothing like you’ve seen, even if you’ve watched countless hours of


It’s Not All About the Incas


While it is true that many Incan ruins, such as the aforementioned Machu Picchu are a must if you want to experience the rich history of Peru, it is a sore mistake and frankly an affront if you think that the Incans are the only interesting thing about the country’s past. Peru is also proud of other significant cultures such as the Moche and the Paracas, and they too have a part in the country’s rich history.


Bring Cash, Preferably in Small Bills


For something that’s a little more practical in terms of usefulness: bring cash in small bills. Many businesses in Peru accept credit cards, and they will even put up signs advertising the fact. But sometimes they will also refuse cards and ask for nuevo soles in small denominations, because merchants need it to ensure that they can make change. Many Peruvian merchants will also accept foreign currency, particularly US Dollars, so if you find yourself stuck with a store that doesn’t accept credit cards but have no access to local currency, you may want to ask if they will accept your money as is.