Are you planning a trip to Peru?
It's important to buy travel insurance before any trip or holiday abroad, so if you are planning a trip to Peru, make sure you buy the appropriate policy before you go. Before you select a policy, however, think about these points:
- The cost of your trip or holiday – Unforeseen events sometimes force you to cancel your holiday; if that's the case, it is reassuring to know that you can get your money back
- Consider the activities that you'll be doing while you're away - We cover over 50 adventure activities automatically, such as trekking or hiking, but we can also cover you for other activities too (just give us a call on the number at the top of the page)
- The total cost of your baggage
- Also, don't forget to check the latest travel advice for Peru from the FCO
Did you know that...?
- The Inca fertility temple of Chucuito, Peru, isn't what it seems. It features rows of upright stone "phalluses", but experts guess they may really be building beams. Locals admit they arranged them suggestively not long ago to bring in the tourists!
- Cuy - guinea pig - is not only a national favourite dish among Peruvians. It also appears that Jesus was partial to a bite - according to the picture of The Last Supper hanging in the Cathedral of Cusco, which shows a roast cuy on the table!
- In the 19th century, Peru made a fortune out of bird poo. It had huge amounts of guano, a natural high-quality fertiliser that could also be used as gunpowder, made from the droppings of seabirds. During the boom guano was more valuable than gold!
- All potatoes grown in the world can be traced back to a genetic origin located in southern Peru. Today Peru has more than 3,000 varieties and takes the humble spud very seriously - Lima is even headquarters of the International Potato Centre.
- Coca leaves - from which cocaine is made - can be legally bought and sold in Peru. Local people have been chewing them for centuries for a caffeine-like boost and natural vitamins. Don't try to bring them home though - they're classed as cocaine!
- The Inca Trail to the famous clifftop ruins of Machu Picchu goes over five passes up to 4200m and is usually walked in four days. At just over 26 miles, some tough-nuts run it as a marathon - the fastest completing it in a little over three hours!
- The Incas had 3D writing! Not writing as we think of it, but records kept by tying sequences of knots in string. The system was called "khipu" which means "knot" and was mainly used for accounting - but no one's deciphered all the knots yet.
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