Recently I was asked by Shandos of Travelnuity to write a guest post on her blog about Money Saving Tips for Peru. She is doing a weekly post on different countries and how to save money when travelling in each country. Since she hasn’t been everywhere yet, she’s asking different people to contribute. I was her first guest post. Here’s a little teaser of the post, but to see the whole article, head over to read it in full.
For most travelers, Peru can be a pretty cheap destination because of the great exchange rate, with 3.20 USD or 3.60 Euros for each 1 Peruvian Nuevo Sol. If you are traveling without doing tours and buying souvenirs, it is possible to survive on under $20 a day. Peru is a great country with so much to see and do, so be sure to save your pennies with the following 10 money saving tips in Peru.
1. AVOID THE TOURISTY HOTSPOTS
Peru is truly full of diversity and no two towns are completely alike. However, there are a few alternative towns and cities if you want to avoid the over-priced touristy hotspots.
Where are these hotspots you ask? Well, anything along “The Gringo Trail” which means Lima, Ica, Nazca, Arequipa, Cusco and Puno. This is the typical route most tourists take when they travel to Peru, with most completely ignoring the North and interior of Peru where there are places with just as much culture, history and diversity, maybe even more.
Places like Ayachuco, Huancayo, Huanchaco, Chachapoyas, Tarapoto and Lobitos are all great alternatives. Do your research.