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Peru Tours for Seniors

Zicasso’s unique process connects you to the best travel specialists around the world. When you plan your dream vacation to Peru with Zicasso you will make discoveries that will last a lifetime.

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Peru Tours for Seniors

Best Time to Visit Peru

A trip to Peru will allow you to uncover the nation's captivating history, visit remnants of the ancient Inca Empire, and fall in love with Peru's natural beauty, from sparkling coastlines to lush jungles.

The best time to visit Peru depends on the region or regions you plan to visit. The coastal climate of cities like Lima and Paracas varies significantly from the Andean region in cities like Cusco.

The best time to visit Lima is between December and April. During this time, temperatures range from the mid-70s to low 80s Fahrenheit. The air is dry, allowing for optimal sightseeing opportunities.

The best time to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu is from June to mid-September. Temperatures are a bit cool and range from the mid to high-60s Fahrenheit. More importantly, this is considered the dry season in the Andean region. When possible, tourists should avoid traveling during the rainy season (November through March) because inclement weather may adversely affect transportation and sightseeing opportunities.

Essential Experiences for Seniors

You should consider making these experiences part of your unforgettable excursion to Peru.

The Ancient Inca Empire and Machu Picchu:

You can uncover remnants of the Inca Empire. In order to do so, you must venture to the birthplace of the Empire in Cusco. Here, you can get lost in the whimsy and vivacious energy of Cusco. Here, couples stroll through the Plaza de Armas, women dressed in native Quechua clothing lead alpaca through city streets, and vendors sell goods and textiles of every color. You can also marvel at expert engineering and innovation at the ancient Qorikancha Temple, Saqsayhuaman, and Tambomachay. In the morning, you will embark on an illustrious train ride through the Sacred Valley to the central masterpiece of Inca design at the internationally acclaimed site of Machu Picchu.

Savory Ceviche and Beachside Views:

In the nation's capital, you can experience the bustling city life of a major metropolis juxtaposed against the quiet serenity of Lima's sandy beaches. After a brief tour of the city's downtown area, you can stroll through the lush Parque del Amor that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. In Lima, you can dine on a five-course dinner along the water's edge that includes Peru’s iconic ceviche.

Thrilling Expedition to the Amazonian Jungle:

You can venture to Peru's lush Amazonian jungle. To get here, you will have to board a regional flight to Cusco before taking an overnight luxury shuttle to the jungle. You can board a riverboat that will lead you to the depths of the jungle and your luxurious accommodation. In the days to come, you will go on nature walks, go in search of colorful macaws and other rare bird species, dip in medicinal hot springs, and sample several indigenous foods. At the same time, you will learn about the conservation efforts that have been put in place to keep the Peruvian rainforest thriving for future generations.

Travel Considerations for Seniors

You should consider this travel advice to make the most of your time in Peru.

Weather

The weather along the coast in cities like Lima is warm and dry. Between December and April, temperatures typically reach an ideal 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

From June to mid-September, Cusco is dry and offers comfortable temperatures in the high 60s, low 70s Fahrenheit. Cusco experiences its rainy season between November and April. This is an ideal time for indoor experiences, including museums and cooking classes.

Transportation

Transportation in Peru is fairly easy but may require making plans in advance. Most international travelers (even those headed directly to Cusco) will first fly into Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport. From there, it's easy to travel to other major cities via regional flights.

In cities like Lima, people often get around by using taxis, buses, or the metro system. Travelers can also get around by employing a private shuttle. Day-to-day sightseeing is possible on foot, by bike, or via private transportation.

In smaller cities like Cusco, most people get around on foot, but private transport and taxi service are also readily available.

Packing

You should consider bringing a backpack or another bag that is easy to carry because roller bags can be difficult to navigate along uneven roads or cobblestone streets.

Travelers should bring durable walking shoes or hiking boots to traverse Peru's lush landscapes.

Weather Considerations: When visiting Peru during the dry season, travelers do not need to pack any special items, although light clothing is ideal. When traveling during the rainy season, you should be sure to pack a waterproof rain jacket, hiking boots, and an umbrella and/or hooded poncho.

Electrical Considerations: Peru operates on a 220 voltage system. Outlets are two-pronged plus with either round or flat ends. Travelers should bring outlet converters to make sure they can charge their electronics.

Pharmaceutical Considerations: Travelers are encouraged to bring all prescribed medications with them. Pharmacies are readily available throughout Peru in the case that a need for such services arises.

Cultural Considerations: While train times are fairly regimented in heavily frequented parts of the country, travelers should be aware that other transportation delays are fairly common. In general, foreigners are warmly received in Peru. Tourists can ensure positive interactions by allowing extra time when being served at a bar or restaurant or when waiting to purchase goods at the market. Using simple Spanish words and phrases when possible can also help cultivate a welcoming experience with the locals. It will surely impress the locals if you learn just a few words in Peru's native Quechua language as well.

Travel Insurance

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip. Therefore, in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

Flights Via Zicasso

Zicasso Air Desk is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 Service & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Travel Documents

Making sure that you carry the appropriate travel documents is essential when visiting Peru. For this reason, you should pack the proper paperwork to ensure the most pleasant and problem-free travel experience. Listed below are some of the most important documents to have on you while traveling in Peru:

  • Personal medical information
  • If you have any specific medical condition(s), you should carry information regarding your condition from your doctor, especially any medication that you are taking
  • Emergency contact information
  • Passport and Visa (if required)
  • Proof of airline tickets and reservations
  • Customs forms and documents
  • Hotel or accommodation reservations
  • Travel and medical insurance (see above section regarding this)

Your Zicasso travel specialist will be able to provide requirements that are specific to your trip, although responsibility always lies with the traveler to ensure that all is in order. Travel requirements can change with little to no notice. Therefore, it is wise to stay updated as your trip approaches.

Finances & Tipping

At most bars and restaurants, a 10% gratuity is added to the bill. In some smaller bars and restaurants, the tip may not be added, but patrons should expect to leave a few extra soles on the table. For any questions related to tipping hotel staff and local guides, your Zicasso trip specialist can further assist you.

Bartering is common and expected at the local markets in Peru. This is a great opportunity to get to know local people. By doing so, you can practice simple words and phrases in Spanish in addition to immersing yourself in the local market culture.

While credit cards are accepted at most high-end restaurants and hotels, it's wise to carry cash with you when traveling throughout Peru. You can visit local ATMs as needed, and they are easy to find in most big cities and tourist destinations.

Safety and Accessibility of Resources for Seniors

Peru is a vibrant and welcoming country. International travelers should be aware of their surroundings, especially when gathering in crowded areas or on public transportation.

When it comes to health in Peru, the biggest concern is altitude sickness. Travelers with a heart condition or other pre-existing health issues should speak with a doctor prior to traveling to Peru.

Crime Rate

The crime rate in Peru is at a moderate level. Travelers should be aware of the risks, especially minor thefts, but should also feel free to explore during the day. When traveling with Zicasso, your tours are mostly supervised, and you do not have organized tours in areas in which crime is known to occur.

Medical & First Aid

Medical and first aid assistance are readily available throughout Peru. Travelers should bring all medications with them, although hospitals and pharmacies are located in every major city. Most hotels in the Andean region have an oxygen supply on hand for guests that experience altitude sickness. Altitude sickness should be dealt with seriously; if you are experiencing such symptoms, you should speak or meet with a physician. Your Zicasso trip specialist will be there to assist you in this process.

Water & Food Safety

Street food in Peru should be avoided. Tap water should also be avoided. Instead, travelers should drink bottled water or boil water before consuming it. Travelers should avoid or limit alcohol consumption at high altitudes because tolerance levels may be much lower.

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