Right now I’m in Peru and the most question that comes in is how to go to Peru? To answer this question I gave a guide to preparing a trip to Peru.
Visa and so on
The good news is that Indonesians to Peru have been granted a visa for 183 days. So you can be satisfied until 6 months if you want to explore all of Peru. From Indonesia, you just have to enter immigration and get a passport stamp.
There are many flights for trips to Peru from Indonesia. From Indonesia, the familiar and easy path is to go through the Netherlands with KLM. Why is that? Because during transit there is no need to leave immigration or need a Schengen transit visa. So from Indonesia it transits twice, Malaysia and the Netherlands, both of them do not need to leave immigration, remain inside the terminal.
KLM Amsterdam – Peru
While other lines that are also familiar and can be taken are Asian routes, namely from Indonesia to Japan / Hong Kong and then the United States / Canada and continue to Peru.
At this moment KLM is being heavily promoted to Peru from Amsterdam, so prepare the best plan because the biggest budget portion to Peru is the flight.
The thing that is quite extreme is the time difference of up to 12 hours. So if in Peru at 6 am then in Indonesia it is 6 pm. It can make our bodies jet lag so I suggest giving a break at the beginning of a trip in Peru.
The Peruvian currency is Nueva Sol, the exchange rate is approximately 1 Sol = 4000 a few rupiahs, forgetting exactly. For exchanges I suggest not exchanging at the airport, the exchange rate is very bad, it’s better in Money Changer that is almost in every big city.
In tourist cities like Lima, Arequipa, Puno or Cusco in some shops or restaurants you can receive US Dollars or Euros. For trips to Lima I recommend bringing US Dollars or Euros for a trip to Peru, upon arrival in Peru just exchanged to Sol.
As I write this note, Peru is entering the beginning of winter which lasts until the middle of the year. Besides that it is a dry season with rain. In my opinion, the best time to Peru is between March and May.
Okay, for food on the sidewalk or stall the price is relatively between 4 soles – 10 soles per menu. Eating in restaurants is between 15-60 soles per menu.
Street Food in Peru
If you eat at a restaurant it will usually be offered in the menu entre, main course and dessert. Or if you don’t just go to a buffet restaurant, it will certainly be more expensive but you can take it to your heart’s content.
In my opinion, Peruvian cuisine is a mix between Europe, Asia and South America. For Indonesian tongue it still feels familiar, still suitable for Indonesian tongues. Some cuisines are quite astonishing like Cuy / Fried Marmot or Alpaca Meat Steak.
It should be noted that the portion of food in Peru is more than the portion in Indonesia, especially in the area of Cusco where the portion is large.
Eat Alpaca Satay
Many Indonesians from Lima went straight to Cusco to Machu Pichu. It should be noted that Cusco is at an altitude of around 3600 masl, if directly into Cusco it can be exposed to AMS / Altitude Mountain Sickness.
I suggested to acclimatize the altitude in Arequipa first which was at an altitude of 2500-2800 masl for one or two days, then after that to Cusco.
Oia for the matter of height is better to bring personal medicine for AMS, please consult a doctor in Indonesia. If not, please consume Koka Leaf to reduce the symptoms of AMS.
In Cusco at the hotel where I stayed almost every day there were hotel guests who used oxygen cylinders because they were shocked at the height and exposed to AMS. So it’s better to prepare yourself first.
Public Transportation in Peru is pretty good and in my opinion it feels cheaper than in Indonesia. Buses, combi / angkot, taxis to bajajs are available in Peru called Moto Taksi.
For city bus fares are relatively cheap between 0.8 cents soles to 2 soles. Public transportation depends on majors, from 2 to 6 soles. For Moto Taxis depends on negotiations. For taxis, rates are usually fixed, but it is still relatively cheap. Oia, taxis in Peru do not use meter, the tariff is fixed.
Bajaj in Peru
Inter-city travel is also easy, there are intercity buses. The buses are luxurious, on average Mercedes Benz or Scania, for inter-city buses is relatively comfortable. If you don’t like using a bus, you can use a plane.
In crowded destinations there are intercity buses as well as tourist buses, such as when I traveled from Puno to Cusco, I used the bus service from Turismo Mer which provided a guide on the bus and would stop at several tourist points.
Don’t worry, because Peru is one of the crowded tourist destinations in South America, lodging options don’t matter. Travelers who have more budget can stay at a hotel or resort. The patent