While planning your Veggie Tour to Peru, keep in mind that Peru’s three geographical regions – coast, highlands, and jungle – each has distinct attractions and climate. Also remember that most visitors will arrive to the capital city of Lima, located in the center of Peru’s long, narrow Pacific coastal region. From there, travel itineraries are generally directed to the south, the north, or the eastern jungle region. Here are some useful tips —
Llama grassing in Machu Picchu, Cusco-Peru.
Climate The ideal time of year to visit the coast is from December through April, when there is plenty of sunshine and the ocean warms up for bathing. The highlands and the jungle are best visited during the dry season from April through October. While temperatures remain warm at night in the jungle, they drop sharply late in the afternoon in the highlands, and may go below freezing. Be sure to bring a good sun block, mosquito repellent and warm clothes for the highlands.
The Southern Circuit When time is short, one week is enough to see the highlights of Peru’s attractions: Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. With another week, you can add Arequipa, the Colca Canyon, Puno and the magnificent Lake Titicaca and also spend a couple of days to see the Nazca Lines and the Paracas Peninsula with its magnificent marine bird life. Adding a few extra days allows you to see more in the Cusco area or visiting some fascinating museums in Lima.
Northern Peru Destinations Interested in archaeology? A Veggie Tour to the northern cities of Chiclayo and Trujillo is a must. The Moche mausoleum of Lord of Sipan in the Tumbas Reales museum, along with many other archaeological treasures of the area, like Chan Chan and El Brujo are a marvel to behold. The Chachapoyas area with its impressive fortress of Kuelap has also become a new destination of interest in the north. The Huascaran National Park and the beautiful Callejon de Huaylas, known as the “Switzerland of South America,” also attract many visitors every year in search of adventure and the height of Andean natural beauty.
The Peruvian Jungle Some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world are found in the Manu National Park, the Tambopata Candamo Nature Reserve, Pacaya Samiria and the numerous other protected areas of the Peruvian jungle. The Amazon jungle near Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos offers a great variety of programs with experienced guides and comfortable lodges. In order to get the most of your tour to the Peruvian Jungle and its amazing biodiversity, you should plan properly and allow enough time. So whether your interest is adventure or ecotourism, archaeology, history, culture, mysticism, or experiential tourism, and of course you wish to travel with vegan or vegetarian meals, your beat alternative is to choose one of our Veggie Tours.