Peru: Backpacking

Mountainous terrain, vast coastal deserts and steamy, tropical rainforests

The relatively low cost of living in Peru means that a backpacking holiday is a great adventure and an wonderful way of exploring the country's varied scenery and unspoilt beauty. Peru is also a wonderful starting point for exploring the rest of South America, as it borders Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador. There are frequent buses in Peru to all of these countries from most major Peruvian towns.

Although there are very few Youth Hostels currently in Peru, there are numerous low cost hopidajes, pensiones and hostales (guest houses) and many hotels that are in the price range for backpackers. Affordable accommodation for backpackers can be found all over Peru, even in the most popular tourist locations. The average rate per person per night in Peru ranges from £6 in Lima up to £30 and may include a modest Peruvian breakfast.