Peru Series (1) Overview of Traveling 祕魯系列 (1) 旅行總覽

Before coming to Peru, I had no idea about this country, and same did most of my Taiwanese and American friends. After staying in Peru for more than 4 months, I would like to share some travel tips in a series of blogs to let people know how amazing Peru is and put Peru on their bucket lists. Hope you enjoy trips in Peru as I do!

【在來祕魯之前,我對這個國家完全沒有概念,而多數的台灣與美國朋友也是如此。在祕魯待超過四個月後,希望可以透過一系列的旅行資訊網誌,讓大家了解祕魯、並把將祕魯放在他們的旅行清單上。祝大家能夠享受在祕魯的旅程,就和我一樣!】

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Before deep dive into different regions, here are some general observations of Peru for your reference. Since I only stayed here for several months, there might be some biases that I’m not aware of. Happy to discuss! Thank you for your understanding!

【在深入各地區之前,這裡是一些關於在祕魯旅行的粗略觀察,提供給你參考。因為我只有在這裡停留幾個月,所以可能有我不自覺的偏見。歡迎討論,也謝謝你的理解!】

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Travel Planning: (1) Most people arrive in Lima and stay here for 1-2 days. You can also arrange a day trip to Nazca Lines or Paracas, Islas Ballestas and Huacachina. (2) To visit Machu Picchu, you should fly in Cusco, and I recommend to spend 3-4 days visiting Sacred Valley and Rainbow Mountain as well. (3) For visitors to Iquitos and Amazon, you can consider joining tours for 3 days to go deep into the jungle. (4) For visitors to Arequipa, besides 1 day visiting the historical town, 1-2 days to visit Colca Canyon would be great. (5) For visitors to Titicaca, you need to fly in Puno (Juliaca Airport) and might join 1-2 days tours to navigate into the lake.

【旅行規劃:(1) 多數人由首都利馬 Lima 進入祕魯,並在此待 1-2 天。建議可以安排一日遊到納斯卡線 Nazca Lines帕拉卡斯 Paracus、鳥島 Islas Ballestas 和瓦卡奇納 Huacachina。(2) 拜訪馬丘比丘 Machu Picchu 的旅客,需先降落庫斯科 Cusco,建議可以額外安排 3-4 天參觀聖谷 Sacred Valley彩虹山 Rainbow Mountain。(3) 拜訪伊基托斯 Iquitos 與亞馬遜 Amazon 的旅客,可以考慮參加 3 天的旅行團深入叢林。(4) 拜訪阿雷基帕 Arequipa 的旅客,在 1 天參觀古城外,可以安排 1-2 天的行程前往科卡峽谷 Colca Canyon。(5) 拜訪的的喀喀湖 Titicaca 的旅客,應由普諾 Puno 的 Juliaca 機場入境,建議可安排 1-2 天的旅行團航行入湖泊。】

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Good Safety Level: Most places in Peru are safe, but Lima is a bit complicated. Walking in Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro should be totally no problem. Don’t go to La Victoria at any time, and don’t wander around in Centro Lima at night except the main touristic streets. Just remember – if you stay on main streets and touristic areas, safety shouldn’t be a main concern. Be careful but don’t worry too much!

基本上都很安全:祕魯大部分的地方都很安全,但利馬可能複雜一些。走在 Miraflores、Barranco 和 San Isidro 應該完全沒問題。無論什麼時候都別去 La Victoria。夜深後不要在 Centro Lima 瞎晃,盡量待在主要的觀光道路就好。只要記得:如果待在主要道路或觀光區,安全都不是太大的問題。一切小心、但無需過度擔心!】

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Good Hygiene Level: Restaurants are usually no problem, and same to most street vendors in touristic areas. I bought freshly cooked food and squeezed juice from street vendors frequently and have never experienced any health issue. Moreover, restrooms are mostly clean in both urban and rural areas.

基本上都很衛生:餐廳和觀光區的路邊攤通常都沒什麼問題。我經常在路邊攤買現榨果汁、現煮食物,從來沒有發生任何健康問題。此外,無論市區或郊區,洗手間也幾乎都非常乾淨。】

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Convenient Currency Exchange: There are many currency exchange stores in Lima and Cusco. Most well-known travel agencies accept PayPal payment in advance or USD in cash. Most restaurants in touristic areas accept credit cards though some might charge 5% transaction fee. Some coins would be helpful for buying snacks from street vendors or paying for restrooms. Some places don’t accept US$100.

便利的換匯服務:在利馬和庫斯科許多提供換匯服務的商店。大部分知名的旅行社接受行前 PayPal 付款、或現場美金支付。大部分觀光區的餐廳都接受信用卡,但部分店家會收取 5% 的交易費用。準備一些零錢很重要,可以隨時買些小吃、支付洗手間費用。部份店家不接受美金的百元大鈔。】

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Dry season might be better: traveling in the dry season (May to October) to avoid raining and foggy days, but there are less animals around Amazon in dry season (but also meaning less mosquitoes!)

乾季可能比較好:五月到十月乾季時前往祕魯旅行較佳,因為可以避開下雨天或濃霧;然而,乾季的亞馬遜雨林較不容易看到動物(不過,相對蚊子也少很多!)】

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Choose Airlines Carefully: I tried LATAM, Avianca and Peruvian airlines, and I would recommend LATAM. First, the service level is good. I have been through the process of changing the name on tickets and requesting refund, and the service center handled it well. Second, LATAM has the most flights and is usually on time while my Peruvian flight delayed for 3hrs once. Avianca is also good but has less options in flights.

謹慎選擇航空公司:我試過 LATAM、Avianca 和 Peruvian 航空,建議選擇 LATAM。首先,LATAM 的服務很好。我曾經要求改機票上的名字和退票,服務中心都處理得又快又好!其次,LATAM 的航班最多且多數都是準時的 – 我有一次 Peruvian 航班延遲三個小時的經驗,所以更願意選貴一點的 LATAM。Avianca 也不錯,但就是航班選擇較少。】

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Use online Taxi Apps: Because (1) there is no “by meter” – customers need to negotiate price every time taking taxies and (2) taxi drivers are not required to get licenses to put the taxi logo on their cars, taking taxies on streets seems to be not an ideal option for visitors. Getting online taxi apps like Uber or Beat is much better.

使用線上計程車軟體:由於祕魯計程車是講價錢的,再加上計程車司機不需要取得相關執照,所以從路上搭計程車不是特別理想的選擇。建議可以使用 Uber、Beat 等計程車軟體。】

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Airport Taxi Counters: There are usually some taxi service providers in airports. Would suggest to take it or book airport pickup from hotels rather than using online App (unless you have a local number to contact drivers and speak Spanish.)

機場計程車櫃檯:機場通常都有計程車服務提供商的櫃檯,建議由此購買計程車服務、或預約飯店的機場接送服務,不要使用線上計程車軟體(除非你有當地號碼連絡司機,並且會講西班牙文)】

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Giving tips: It’s not necessary to give tips in restaurants, and mostly people only give tips in middle to high-end restaurants. 5-10% seems to be the normal range- no need to go up to 15-20% like in the U.S. For taxi, there’s no need to give tips.

小費文化:在餐廳裡不一定要給小費,一般會給小費的,都是中端到高端的餐廳。小費的比例約為 5-10%,不像美國需要 15-20%。計程車不需要給小費。】

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Learn Spanish and Download Translation App: The average English proficiency in Lima is pretty low, not to mention other cities. Though people are super friendly and always willing to help foreigners, I would strongly suggest visitors to pick up some basic Spanish before coming to Peru. Sometimes, using Google Translation app is also helpful!

學習西班牙語、下載翻譯軟體:利馬的英文水平相當低,更不用說其他城市。雖然人們都超級友善、樂意幫助外國人,但我會強烈建議旅客在來祕魯前,先學習一些基礎的西班牙文。此外,下載 Google 翻譯軟體也會很有幫助!】

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Get a Prepaid Card: Movistar, Claro and Entel are the largest telecoms. You can either (1) get the expensive but convenient prepaid plans in Lima airport, or (2) wait in long line in official stores in the city and select cheap plans. Remember to bring your passport while buying SIM cards. To recharge prepaid cards, you can easily do it in stories, supermarkets or pharmacies (e.g. you can only charge s./5-10 each time as needed). 4G service is pretty good in most touristic spots, and wifi is almost everywhere in restaurants and coffee shops.

買張預付卡:Movistar、Claro 和 Entel 是最大的電信商。你可以 (1) 在利馬機場買到昂貴但方便的預付卡方案,或是 (2) 在市區的官方門市排長長的隊伍,買便宜的方案。在買 SIM 卡時,記得攜帶護照。充值預付卡時,可以直接在門店、超市或藥房購買(例:可依據需求充值5-10 索爾即可)。4G 服務在景區都蠻快的,多數餐廳和旅館也都提供 wifi。】

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Reference Blogs 參考網誌

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