Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Embark on a fun holiday with fellow single travellers in relaxed, laidback Peru while enjoying the country’s famous local beer and abundant supply of fresh vegetables. Dine like a local and feast on seafood dishes like corvina (seabass), ceviche (raw fish), and camarones (prawns).

If you’re longing for dry weather, try visiting in the middle of the year-December to April are considered rainy months.

Single travellers who know how to speak Spanish will feel right at home in the streets of Peru, but those who aren’t familiar with the language need not worry, as they will be in the capable hands of either a tour director (for groups of 15 or more) or a local guide (for groups of less than 15).

Location: South America
Size: 1,285,216 km2
Capital: Lima
Largest Cities: Lima, Arequipa, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Piura
Climate: December through April are the rainy months
Population: Roughly 32 million people

Language: Spanish

Religion: Catholic, Evangelical

Literacy Rate: 89.6%

Government Type: Unitary Presidential Constitutional Republic

Head of State: President

Land Borders: Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil to the east, Bolivia to the southeast, and Chile to the south
Currency: Nuevo Sol
Natural Resources: Copper, silver, gold, petroleum, timber, fish, iron ore, coal, phosphate, potash, hydropower, natural gas
Main Agriculture: Artichokes, grapes, avocados, mangoes, peppers, sugarcane, organic coffee, and cotton
Main Industry: Mining, agriculture, fishing, and tourism
Electricity: 220V AC, 60Hz. Converter & adapter needed
Time Zone: GMT-5

Country Tel. Code: + 51
Visa/Passport: Not required for Australian passport holders staying up to 90 days
Airport: The Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) is located in Callao, 11 kilometres away from the Historic Centre of Lima
Departure Tax: US$31 for international flights and roughly US$6.15 for domestic flights to be paid upon embarkation (after check-in and before entering the departure gate). Payments can also be made at certain booths in the airport.
Getting Around: City buses and taxis are easy are options in the city. The term “taxi” includes bicycles, motor rickshaws, and motorbikes. For longer distances, travellers can choose to go by train.
Credit Cards: Generally accepted in the city, but smaller towns may or may not honor credit cards or travellers checks.
Drinking: No legal drinking age is enforced in the country.
Shopping: Markets at Cusco are great for handicrafts made from Alpaca wool. Local handicrafts include wall carpets, wood or stone carvings, silver and gold jewellery, and musical instruments. Bargaining is common.
Tipping: A guide is usually 10-15% in restaurants