Peru is a wonderful place filled with wonderful people but there are some ideas that the average person, who has never travel to Peru, might have which can keep them from taking the journey. The thing about Peru is that it is a huge place and it has a huge history to go with it. There have been rocky moments in Peru’s history, just as there have been in the history of every country. People tend to think that all the South American countries are crime ridden and dangerous places. That simply could not be further from the truth. Peru is actually a very safe and inviting country. Even the largest cities in Peru are as safe as the largest cities in the United States.
Trekking Peru is huge and almost every year, tens of thousands of hikers make their way across Peru. Hikers travel through some of the most amazing jungle areas in the world and there is nothing to fear except for the bugs and maybe a few Pumas, a majestic animal that is near the edge of extinction. Of course there is also Trekking Machu Picchu, a trail that is traveled by the young and old, the rich and the poor, from every place on earth. Yes there are snakes and bugs in Peru as there are almost everywhere but if you read about the things you need to avoid before hand and if you listen to the advice that the locals give, you should be just fine.
Another big misunderstanding is that you must speak Spanish if you want to travel in Peru. In fact, many Peruvians, especially young people, are fluent in English. If you feel that you won’t be comfortable unless you can communicate at all times there are many services that rent out translators and the cost is very reasonable. That brings us to another issue. People think that you have to be a millionaire in order to travel in Peru but the truth of the matter is that Peru is one of the cheapest places to travel in the world. You can go out to a very nice restaurant in the city and spend less than 10 dollars for a huge meal and a drink to go with it. The taxis in the city are so cheap that you can travel for an hour across town and the bill will hardly reach 20 dollars. It may be that one of the most appealing aspects about Peru is that it is such an affordable place to visit for food, travel and places to stay.
So no matter is you are planning hiking Peru or traveling across it in a bus. Remember that it is a safe and amazing place to visit and you would really be missing out if you didn’t take the chance to explore this enchanted land filled with history and fun. Once you come to Peru you will be hooked for life and you will understand why people call Peru the jewel of South America.