Best Tips for Traveling in Peru

1. Third-world Wi-Fi

This is the first thing that got my attention.

Working online, you notice this kind of stuff immediately. It’s hard to get work done when you’re connection drops more often than you are used to, depending where you live.

I live in Medellín, Colombia, a very modern city. The Miraflores district of Lima is comparable, and the Wi-Fi there was pretty good.

But even in Cusco, a tourist trap, I had problems. And Huacachina and Puno? So bad.

One good thing came out of it, though: it forced me to enjoy my vacation more.

2. A Bigger Budget is Better

The title probably makes you say, “Duh!” I bet in even makes you wonder why I would include something so obvious among my 5 tips for traveling in Perú. But what I mean is, expect to pay more than you think.

Cusco and Lima are no longer cheap. They’re affordable, but I spent a lot more than I expected to, probably $800 more.

There is so much to do, so much to see.

A big part of that is…

3. Food (Pros and Cons)

Of all the countries in Latin America, Perú probably has the best food. There is so much variety.

I already told you about my favorite dishes, and there are many other good ones.

The downside is, the third world aspect of Perú becomes apparent after the first time you get sick.

“Everyone does,” my roommates in Medellín told me. “You will too.”

I almost made it the whole month there without getting sick, but my last night, I ate a plate of fried seafood that didn’t agree with my stomach.

I was sick my entire first week back in Medellín.

4. The People Are Shy

Peruvians, like other people from places where the indigenous culture thrives, can be very shy.

This means they might not want their picture taken.

All you have to do is ask politely and everything should be fine. In some cases, they want you to take their picture because they are wearing traditional garb and have an alpaca with them.

I think I paid 2 soles (about 66 cents) so I could take the pic above.

5. Coca Helps Nausea

Cusco and Puno are way up in the mountains, Cusco at 11,200 feet, Puno at 12,468.

There is a way to cure the altitude sickness. Drink coca leaf tea.

You can chew on the leaves too, from what I’ve heard, but I prefer the tea.

I would drink two cups in the morning with breakfast, then another two in the afternoon.

After a day or two, I was acclimated.