Peru keeps climbing in popularity among travelers from all around the world. The country surprises you and there are always incredible opportunities that are available for you, no matter what your wishes are. Contrary to popular belief, Peru is safe to visit and there is much more to be done than just hike the Inca Trail. However, this does not mean you should not be prepared.
If you are planning a trip to Peru, here are some things that you absolutely need to know.
You Need To Carry Cash
In Peru, the local currency is Sol and you will surely need it to enjoy the visit. While in many major tourist destinations you will find credit card options, this is never actually a certainty. You should never be restricted to those destinations where credit cards are accepted and you have to have local currency in your pockets. If you do not, you open the door to many potential problems.
Most Peruvians, especially when you visit a destination that is less-known, will reject your foreign currency.
Haggling Is Expected
Obviously, there are situations when haggling is impossible, like when you have to pay a fee to visit a museum or a bill at a restaurant. However, if you decide to visit a place like a local open-air market, it is a certainty that haggling is possible. In fact, vendors expect you do to this. They will start their prices at a much higher amount than what is acceptable. The hope is that you will pay exactly how much is initially requested. Do not fall for this trick.
Usually, the quoted price is around 2 times higher than the fair amount. Do not believe that haggling makes you cheap. It is something that you can have fun with and that will help you to save cash.
Eat Ceviche Early In The Morning
Since you visit Peru, you absolutely need to try ceviche. However, this does not mean you can buy it from any location. The best ceviche is served at the locations that are popular among tourists. Also, it is a very good idea that you eat your ceviche really early in the morning. This is due to the fact that Peruvian restaurants buy fish really early in the morning. You will get to enjoy really fresh ceviche if you go to the restaurant early.
The Problem With Peruvian Plumbing
It is very important to know the fact that plumbing in Peru and in most of the continent was designed to deal just with human waste. This is why there is always a little trash bin located close to the toilet. You have to throw toilet tissue there. This can be seen as being gross but it avoids the highly-unwanted situation in which the plumbing system is blocked and you have to deal with human wastes coming back.
Know The Seasons
Last but not least, in Peru, the dry season is between April and October. The rest of the year is the rainy season. You have to know the advantages and disadvantages of both. If you want to save money, you have to visit during the rainy season.