Roadtrip in Peru
Why should you go?
Peru is by far the most beautiful journey I have ever taken. The breathtaking sceneries, its culture and especially all the adventurous hikes that the country has to offer are incredible.
When should you go?
The driest season is from May till September and therefore the best time of the year to travel to Peru. Summer season from December till March is the warmest but also the wettest season, with very frequent rain showers al day every day. In April and October, the weather can be unpredictable with varying conditions.
How to get there?
Prepare for a 15 hours flight to Lima! After a flight like this, a night in Lima is certainly not a superfluous luxury to come back to your senses. From Lima we traveled on to Cusco to get used to the altitudes.
That was necessary, because we had to get ready for the Salkantay trek, a five-day, breathtaking journey with the Machu Picchu as its highlight. It is best to book the trail months in advance and it costs around € 600 per person. A lot of money, but it is worth every penny.
Everything was well-organized but remember to pack comfortable walking clothing and make sure you get a good night’s sleep the days before. Also, don't bring a big backpack with you.
Do not underestimate the tour, the trail can be heavy at times and the altitude certainly does not make it any easier. The sceneries along the way are breathtaking.
I will always remember the last day of the trail when we saw the Machu Picchu appear for the first time from behind the clouds. Tears ran down my cheeks, it were tears of pain and tiredness but most of all it were tears of pure beauty. At that moment you realize why you started the hike in the first place and you fall asleep truly satisfied. The next morning you get up at 4 o'clock in the morning for the final effort, which is the 1800 steps climb to the top of this Seventh World Wonder.
✶ Don't forget to bring your international passport. When you leave Machu Picchu you can put a stamp of the World Wonder in your passport.
✶ Take pills for altitude sickness
✶ Wear proper clothing. The temperature throughout the tour varies from ice cold to sob hot, so put on layers that you can easily take on and off
✶ There are of course other and easier ways to get to the Machu Picchu
After the hike we went through the rainforest to Puerto Maldonado for three days. We stayed in lodges and enjoyed the beautiful nature. Butterflies, macaws, sloths, porcupines, crocodiles, tarantulas, snakes, anacondas and jaguars all live in the forest. We did different trips and enjoyed every second on the spot.
Arequipa is a wonderful city. You can eat decently in different places and the climate is comfortable. We went rafting on the Rio Chili, a super nice experience.
Personally, I thought Lake Titicaca was not really an added value to our trip so if you are short of time, you can easily skip this.
Huacachina is very focused on tourists. It is built at an oasis where you can sand board and ride a buggy in the desert. Nice to do, but there are much nicer spots in Peru.
For example, you can visit the red beaches of Paracas, go to the Ballestas Islands or visit the rainbow mountain.
Belgian citizens don’t need a visa, for a maximum stay of 90 days. Your passport needs to be valid for the period of six months.