Everyone dreams of discovering Peru! But, if it’s cheap, it’s even better!
Here are some tips for living a unique experience, without breaking the bank!
The best way to enjoy your trip is to live it as traditionally as possible. Feel the country, its smells, its colors and its inhabitants, and you’re sure to experience Peru in the most authentic way.
1.- Go local
Avoid tourist traps and put time into seeking out the local spots. Choose a local restaurant where the menu is only written in Spanish, and not in English (which could indicate that it is aimed at an international clientele). If a place is frequented by locals, it must be generally cheap and authentic. Locals do it right!!!
2.- Negotiate sufficiently and reasonably
Do not hesitate to barter in Peru, especially in traditional markets. If you buy more than one item, ask for an offer. This is a common thing in South American countries. However, make sure to do it reasonably and respectfully. Sellers sell their crafts and it’s often their only income… think about it!
3.- Visit the attractions
It’s difficult to visit a whole country without discovering the highlights! While the huge attractions are often swarmed by tourists, it’s an essential visit. Remember to use a local agency to schedule visits. They practice negotiated prices and offer you an excursion at prices that beat all the competition. It will certainly be cheaper than trying to do these excursions on your own. Our agency offers packages to discover the famous Machu Picchu; take a look!
4.- Set your prices in advance
A perfect example where you have to make sure to set a price before the end of the service: the taxi! The price varies for each taxi, and if you’re not careful you may end up overpaying. If you don’t agree on a price before the ride begins, or if you don’t ask to see the taximeter, you risk overpaying. Be cautious in these situations.
5.- ATM fees in Peru
Before leaving, don’t forget to contact your bank regarding its policy with banks in Peru. For example, if your bank is part of the Global ATM Alliance, then you could avoid certain withdrawal fees. These savings can be huge when traveling and will save you money in order to indulge in an authentic local meal or a wonderful activity in the heart of the country.
6.- Think of traditional markets
Everyone wants to bring a souvenir back to their family from Peru. Souvenirs are a great keepsake, and even more meaningful when they’re crafted in the country. Stick to traditional local markets for souvenirs. Airports and tourist shops are overpriced and offer lesser quality. Think of downtown Cusco or the Miraflores district of Lima, for example. Visit one of the many typical markets where you will undoubtedly find the perfect souvenir.
7.- Watch your phone!
If you don’t want to end up with a huge bill at the end of your trip, consider disconnecting your mobile data. Use WiFi connections, available in many bars and hostels in Peru. You can also use local network plans, they’re often very cheap and renewable every week or every month. Perfect for travelers like you.
8.- Learn some Spanish beforehand
Consider taking a few lessons before you leave, or at least learn a few words that could help a lot: eating, sleeping, drinking, toilets, etc. These words are essential to get you out of all situations during your trip. If you stay a few months, you can also consider taking classes online. There are plenty of schools or private teachers who will teach you the basics. This will make your trip all the more pleasant, believe me! It will also be easier for you to negotiate.
9.- Try the Ceviche
In addition to being an economical dish, it is a real specialty of Peru! Try the ceviche. It’s a spicy raw fish dish marinated in citrus juice. Like a refreshing cold soup, it’ll introduce you to new textures and flavors!
10.- Think of local agencies
Local agencies can offer packaged offers or simple excursions. You will certainly find some higher prices than an excursion done on your own. It’s normal. But, it isn’t comparable. Local agencies provide an unforgettable experience. Thanks to the local guides, their knowledge of the sites, and their anecdotes, you’ll discover sites in a more insightful way than if you had made the visit on your own. So, sometimes the extra dollar is worth it.
Book a trip with Gulliver Expeditions and you’ll see what we’re talking about.
We hope these tips can make your visit the best experience in Peru!
Have a nice trip!