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What’s It Like to Visit Peru Post-pandemic?

Written by  Luca
  • 29 September 2022

In summer I made my first trip to Peru since 2019, and I thought it would be useful to share my experience of travelling post-covid. I've gone into some detail regarding covid requirements for flights, visits, and hotel stays within Peru, and in particular mask wearing, as I know that many people have questions about this. As an overview, the experience was pretty similar to travelling pre-pandemic, but with the requirement to wear face masks when indoors. Overall, it was great to be travelling in Peru again and Peruvians were as welcoming as ever.

Flights to Peru

There's been a lot of news about airport issues, so I was a bit apprehensive as I flew out of Heathrow at 6.30am on 10 July. I had checked in online the previous day, which was straightforward and only required me to enter passenger details and acknowledge that I had complied with the covid requirements for my destination. For Peru, this meant being fully vaccinated (two doses) and filling in a short health form. I brought along hard copies of both the health form and the covid certificate.

 

Salkantay trek Peru post pandemic

 

The flight to Amsterdam was as normal with few people wearing masks and Schiphol airport was pretty much as it was pre-pandemic. On the flight to Peru, some passengers wore face masks but this wasn’t enforced by the airline staff. When I arrived in Lima, there was an announcement that face masks must be worn in the airport. Passport control in Lima was quick – taking only a few minutes, and in addition to checking passports, I was asked for a copy of my health form and vaccine certificate.

Hotels and Travelling

My hotel stays were great, with all services operating as normal. There was a full buffet breakfast and normal bar and restaurant services, as well pools, gyms and other amenities. The only sign of covid was the request to wear a face mask when walking around in indoor public areas. There is still a requirement to wear face masks in Peru when in indoor public areas although not when sitting at a bar or a dining table, and most people still do so.

 Andean Explorer Train Peru post pandemic

 

Supposedly, you are meant to wear two masks, or a KN95 mask, but the only occasion I was ever asked to double mask was on internal flights within Peru. I was asked for my covid certificate on three occasions: firstly, to enter Peru; once to enter Talara airport in northern Peru (I was not asked for this to enter either Lima airport or Cusco airport); and once to enter a shopping centre.

Tours with guides were completely normal, although most guides wear a face mask. They were still very easy to understand, and if you do not hear something clearly, they will repeat it for you. The attractions were less busy than pre-pandemic. Although I didn't visit Machu Picchu on this occasion, I understand that visits are taking place as normal, although face masks are required on the train there.

In Summary

Overall, the main difference between travelling now and pre-pandemic is that there are slightly fewer tourists so the sites are less busy, and you are required to wear a face mask when indoors. There is talk of these requirements being eased at some point, although there is still no sign of when this will happen.  

Peruvians are still conscious of covid, but are living normally, going out to restaurants and bars as previously. Some people are a bit more cautious with greetings than pre-pandemic, but many people still greet each other with a kiss. I did not feel that the covid requirements in Peru had a detrimental impact on my visit, although if you really object to wearing a face mask at all, if it probably is best to wait until the mask mandate is relaxed.

 

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Inca Trail vs Salkantay Trail

Written by  Graham
  • 16 March 2022

Perhaps one of the most famous and iconic of all sites in Latin America is the fabled Lost City of the Incas Machu Picchu. The citadel which was the final bastion of the Incas and remained hidden atop an Andean peak shrouded in dense jungle foliage from the ground and thick clouds from above. Because of the tactical positioning of the city it was never discovered by the invading European conquistadors and, as such, remained intact for centuries until its ‘rediscovery’ by Hiram Bingham in 1911.

Unsurprisingly, the ancient city of the Incas has become a key focal point for those travelling to Peru with various possibilities of reaching the site open to tourists ranging from luxurious train journeys to five day trekking options. Arguably the most adventurous way of visiting Machu Picchu is by foot and this blog will discuss the differences between two options; the famous Inca Trail and the alternative Salkantay Trail.

Short Inca Trail FAQs

Written by  Paige

The Classic Inca Trail is a popular bucket list item for millions of people worldwide. But for those who want to visit Machu Picchu without the commitment of having to hike for four days to get there, there are many excellent alternatives to the Inca Trail. One of these is the Short Inca Trail, which follows the same network of trails as the Classic, and the final part of the two walks is the same. The difference is that you only have one full day of walking, you get to stay in a comfortable hotel rather than camping, and you still have a full day to explore the Machu Picchu ruins.

Top Six Archaeological Sites in Peru

Written by  Hannah

Showcasing a varied landscape from the soaring Andes Mountains to the Amazon Rainforest and all the way to the coast, Peru has plenty more to offer than just Machu Picchu, full of archaeological wonders which bear testament to a history of vibrant civilisations and architectural mastery. Situated just outside of Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas contains everything from small local ruins to entire ancient cities with UNESCO World Heritage recognition. Elsewhere in the 1.2 million-square kilometre country, hundreds of other archaeological riches can be found. Keep reading to find out our top archaeological sites to visit.

Top 8 Things To Do In Cusco

Written by  Hannah
  • 12 August 2019

Known for being the gateway to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, Peru’s tourist capital is nestled in the Andes at 3,400 metres above sea level. The historic centre of Cusco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has a mix of colonial and Inca architecture, making it a truly fascinating place to visit. As well as the 500 Inca sites and museums, the city boasts excellent opportunities for shopping, eating and trying one of the many adventure sports in the vicinity. 

Peru's Amazon Jungle Lodges: Which is Best?

Written by  Tsehai
  • 30 June 2019

The vast Peruvian Amazon covers over half of Peru and offers spectacular biodiversity, with incredible vegetation, birdlife and wildlife. Puerto Maldonado is a small jungle town in Southern Peru, close to the Brazilian and Bolivian borders. Located on the Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers, the nearby jungle lodges we work with offer excellent opportunities to explore the surrounding scenery. Staying in a jungle lodge allows you to experience the Amazon in relative comfort, while guides take you on excursions to explore during the day.

Taking the train to Machu Picchu but you’re keen to take a crack at hiking whilst at the ruins? Walking the Inca Trail but you’re up for one final trek? Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain offer unparalleled birds-eye views of the ruins, as well as panoramic vistas of the surrounding peaks and valley. While both hikes are difficult, arguably making the decision of which mountain to climb is the biggest difficulty of all.

Peru is synonymous with the Andes mountains. Dividing the country from north to south, this vast chain of snow-capped peaks and diverse landscapes moulds the country’s geography, culture, history and people. It is the highest mountain range outside Asia and the longest continental mountain range in the world. Keep reading to find out what makes the Andes such a special place to visit on a holiday to Peru.

Machu Picchu is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, combining fascinating ruins with the incredible scenery of the Andes. You’ll want to make sure you are getting the most out of your trip by choosing the right option for you, whether it’s the classic Inca Trail, a daytrip to Machu Picchu or one of the many other ways. With this in mind, we have put together a guide to what options you have for a Llama Travel visit to Machu Picchu including logistics and possible excursions.

A Llama Travel Customer's Journal From Peru

Written by  Vivien
  • 01 February 2019
  • Peru

This trip has been in the offing since nearly two years ago when I was having lunch with Flo at our favourite eatery. She said to me, “Mum, do you still want to go to Peru?” . It’s something I’d dreamt of since learning about the people of the Andes at junior school, aged about 9 or 10 and had been inspired by the pictures of the people, their textiles and the mountains. We spent some time comparing companies and decided to go with Llama Travel, who gave us a good price and seemed friendly, experienced and well organised (the clue is in the name!).

So here I am in a twin room at the Casa Andina Select Hotel in Lima at the end of our first full day.