Essential information for Peru
British nationals don’t need a visa to travel if the purpose of the visit is tourism.
Peru’s climate has two main seasons – wet and dry – though the weather varies greatly depending on the geographical region. Temperature is mostly influenced by elevation: the higher you climb, the cooler it becomes.
Colourful weaving, spectacular mountain scenery and the ancient ruins of Macchu Picchu make for an unforgettable holiday in Peru. Here are its best attractions.
Culture and Attractions
- Explore the colonial architecture in Lima, the ‘City of Kings’, including the convent of San Francisco, Plaza de Armas, Plaza Bolivar and the Moorish-style San Pedro Church.
- Enjoy Magic Water Circuit, a water fountain show in Lima’s Parque de la Reserva.
- See the sights of Cusco, Peru’s historic capital city. Visit the Cathedral, Museum of Archaeology, Monastery of Saint Catherine and more.
Food and Drink
- Enjoy traditional dishes like ceviche, causa (layered casserole), anticuchos (marinated meat) and ‘Cuy’ (guinea pig) in Lima’s upscale restaurants.
- Order a Pisco Sour, the go-to cocktail made from Peruvian brandy.
- Pick up fresh produce and juices in Cusco’s vibrant San Pedro Market.
- Satisfy your sweet tooth with the bright yellow Inca Kola.
Adventure and Wildlife
- Discover the huge ruins of Ollantaytambo and see traditional weavers in the Sacred Valley.
- See pumas, condors and colourful Aras at Cochahuasi Was animal sanctuary.
- Enjoy incredible scenery of the Andes Mountains on a rail journey to Aguas Calientas.
- Hike to the incredible Lost City of the Inca, Macchu Picchu and explore ancient ruins.
- See the man-made and natural islands of Lake Titicaca – the highest navigable lake in the world. Learn about the Aymara, Quechua and Spanish civilizations of Puno.
Events & Festivals
- Feb/March: The streets fill with colourful fiestas for Peru’s annual carnival.
- November: Lake Titicaca celebrates Puno week and the founding of the city by the Spanish.