When to goThe hottest months of the year are from December to February, which is also the rainy season. Hiking fans planning to tour Altiplano should aim to go between May and September, when temperatures are mild and rainfall low. If you're visiting the Amazon, then July and August are best, being less humid times of year.
Entry requirementsBritish passport holders don't need a visa if the purpose is tourism and on arrival you'll normally be given permission to stay for 6 months. These permits are provided on arrival only and cannot be renewed.
Peru is famous for its high altitude towns, Cuzco and Puno being no exception. So keep an eye on altitude sickness, which can present a danger. There are some basic rules you should follow. Firstly, pace yourself and avoid intense physical effort. Walk slowly, take rests and drink lots of water or tea. There's also the local remedy, which involves chewing cocoa leaves!
Finally, if you're planning a holiday in the Peruvian Amazon, speak to your doctor about the recommended vaccinations, notably Yellow Fever and Hepatitis A, as well as sorting out malaria pills.
Airline ticketsYou can pick up flights from London to Lima for around £400 but it all depends on the airline and travel dates - prices can go up to £1,500.
Time differenceThe time difference between Peru and the UK is 5 or 6 hours, depending whether it's GMT or BST. So during the winter when its midday in the UK, it's 6am in Peru or 7am during summer.
LanguageSpanish is the language spoken in Peru. Peruvians speak slowly and clearly articulate their words, which makes life easier.
British Embassy in Peru
Torre Parque Mar (22nd Floor), Av Jose Larco 1301, Miraflores 15074, Peru
Tel: (+511) 617 30 00
There's no dedicated website but the FCO's site has all you need: https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-peru
Peruvian Embassy in the UK
52 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9SP
Tel: 020 7235 3802
Phone and internet connection
International dialling code: +51
Internet access is widely available in Peru and most hotels are suitably equipped. Plus all towns have internet cafes.