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Peru: a wonderland of ancient civilisations, enthralling landscapes and historical architecture

Brimming with alluring history, culture, adventure and beauty, Peru is a world of wanderlust for any traveller. Populated by over 31 million people, Peru is home of the ancient Inca civilisation, Amazon rainforest, archaeological landmarks and the world-famous Inca Trail. Popular attractions include Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca in Puno, and the historical city of Arequipa.

Get ready for a sensory overload because cheap flights to Peru are now available! The country’s hub airport is Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM), which is a 20-minute drive from the centre of Lima. LIM serves a multitude of airlines, including LATAM Airlines, British Airways and LAN Airlines. Popular connecting flights to Lima depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 18 hours and 25 minutes.

Why visit Peru

inca ruins

Inca Ruins

Step into the ancient civilisation of the pre-historic Inca tribes and hike your way to the Inca City where the beguiling ruins of Machu Picchu await. Discover mystical temples along the stunning desert coast, including the funerary towers in Puno.

scenic landscapes

Scenic Landscapes

Boasting some of the most fascinating geological features in the world, Peru’s exquisite landscapes are jaw-dropping. The Ausangate rainbow mountain range, Huacachina sand dunes and the Sacred Valley are just a few bucket-list attractions.

historical towns

Historical Towns

A walk through the historical streets of Cusco, Lima and Arequipa will lead you down a path of architectural splendour and deep-rooted history. Wander through the museums, churches and marketplaces to appreciate Peru’s historic charm.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency Peruvian Sol
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.23 PEN
Language Spanish
Hub Airport Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM)
Airline LATAM Peru
Time Zone GMT-5
Travel Adaptor Type A & C

Best time to visit Peru

Peru experiences varied weather patterns so the ideal time for visiting is dependent on where you want to go. The dry winter season (May-September) is the best time to visit Cusco and trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. December to March brings heavy rainfall and chilly temperatures, so general hiking through the Andes is not recommended during this time. If you plan on jungle trekking through the rainforests, bear in mind that heavy showers fall between October and April, while the dry season brings humidity and temperatures of around 32°C. The exquisite coastlines are best explored during the balmy summer months of November to March. The days are sunny and the ocean is wonderfully warm – the ideal combination for sightseeing and lazy beach days. Lima, the country’s capital, is best avoided during the months of May-September when the city is shrouded in layers of fog and cloud. Like much of South America, Peru buzzes with festivals throughout the year. Catch Carnival in February, Puno week in November and Semana Santa in March. For low-season travel discounts and cheap flights to Peru, visit Machu Picchu between December and March. The coastlines are less crowded between June and October.

Weather & Climate in Peru (Lima)

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 18°C 18°C 18°C 16°C 14°C 13°C 12°C 12°C 12°C 13°C 14°C 15°C
High °C 27°C 28°C 28°C 26°C 23°C 20°C 19°C 19°C 19°C 21°C 23°C 25°C
Rainfall (mm) 1 1 0 0 1 2 3 3 3 1 1 0

Peru is a land of exotic wonder and boundless adventure. With a staggering variety of sights and activities to explore, you can paddle your way through the Amazon, trek the sacred Inca Trail, or treat your taste buds to ceviche and pisco sours! Discover the ancient customs of the Andean culture as you meander through the hidden villages and historical towns bursting with colour and celebration during festivals.

Peru’s unrivalled landscapes are simply breathtaking. See traces of the Inca Empire as you clamber up to the majestic hills of Machu Picchu. The sparkling sapphire waters of Lake Titicaca afford you scenic views of rolling hills and ethnic villages tucked away along the shores. The jagged peaks of Colca Canyon are interspersed with old churches, hot springs and Inca ruins; while the mysterious geoglyph Nazca Lines are an archaeologist’s delight.

The magical oasis of Huacachina seems out of place with its picturesque, palm-laced resort town surrounded by sprawling sand dunes – a sandboarding hotspot.

Other archaeological gems beckoning to be explored are the volcanic rock buildings and colonial masterpieces in Arequipa, Barranco (south of Lima) and Plaza de Armas – all acclaimed World Heritage Sites. The cobbled streets of these historical towns are steeped in layers of history and should not be missed.

Aside from the plethora of outdoor pursuits, Peru is a culinary hotspot. With its exotic flavours and vibrant nightlife, you’re in for a dazzling treat!

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South African passport holders do not need a visa to visit Peru for up to 90 days. Ensure your passport is valid for 6 months from your departure date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.

South African Embassy to Peru in Lima

Address: Avenue Victor Andres Belaunde 147, Edificio Real Tres "3", Office 801, San Isidro, L.27

Phone: + 511 612 4848

Email: general.peru@dirco.gov.za

Peruvian Embassy in South Africa

Address: 200 Saint Patricks Street, Muckleneuk Hill, Pretoria

Phone: (+27) 012 440 1030

Peru is a very safe country where the locals are friendly and inviting towards visitors. Nonetheless, take the usual safety precautions to avoid petty theft by leaving valuables locked in your hotel, keeping money in a concealed travel purse and not walking around unsavoury areas at night.

If you’re travelling to Cusco and trekking along the Inca Trail, be aware of altitude sickness. Bring nausea pills and make sure to acclimatise before setting off on strenuous hiking. Stay well-hydrated and wear sensible clothes and strong sunscreen. Avoid drinking tap water – bottled water is widely available.

Health care is excellent in the major cities, while smaller villages usually have clinics that will be able to assist you. No vaccinations are required to enter Peru; however, it is recommended to be vaccinated against typhoid and hepatitis A. Those travelling through the Amazon should consider yellow fever vaccinations and malaria medication.

A comprehensive travel-insurance policy to cover theft and medical expenses is always recommended.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Peru
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 51.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 25.00
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 35.00
Taxi 1 km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 21.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 38.00
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