Peru and Australia, A Quick Guide for Tourists and Expats
What a great time for tourists to travel from one country to another. Countries like Peru and Australia are becoming among the top destinations for this decade for a lot of reasons.
And if you're an Australian wanting to visit Peru or a Peruvian wanting to explore Australia for the very first time, there's a lot to keep in mind when traveling from Peru to Australia and vice versa. Here are some quick need-to-know before you start planning for that trip
Going to Australia:
1. Australia is pretty big, plan land and air travel accordingly.
It's a fact that Peru is smaller than Australia like Australia is six times larger than Peru. What this means is that you'll have a lot of ground to cover if you want to tour all of Australia. It is extremely difficult if you plan on visiting just for a few weeks.
2. Travel can be plentiful, manage your travel budget.
Because of the larger continent size, expect travel within Australia to be lengthier compared to Peru. Be sure to plan on what route you'll take!
3. The language barrier, practice English.
For Peru people, it's one thing that you have to learn English. But it's a whole another matter to understand Australia's distinct accent and their terminologies. For example, for Australians, it's not "Australia," it's "'Stralia!"
4. There's more to the images and stories you'd see on media.
Australia has known the world over for two things - kangaroos and their accent. But that is merely the surface because Australia's culture and wildlife extend even deeper. And once you'll visit, your mind will be blown by how much there is to see.
5. Australians are friendly, don't be afraid to talk to them.
Australians may look pretty imposing at first, but what lies within their gruff exteriors are friendly. And you'd be even more pleasantly surprised when you get to meet an Australian in person.
Going to Peru:
1. Don't act like your typical tourist, there's more to Peru.
Peru may be famous for its iconic landmarks such as Machu Picchu, but be sure to check out tourist landmarks like the Paracas National Reserve and Lake Titicaca. You'd be surprised to discover that there are many different places to see in Peru.
2. Take the bus.
Peru is smaller than in Australia. And with a smaller landmass, there is a greater focus on land travel. And one of the most popular forms of land travel in Peru is the bus. And while the flight is still a viable option, plane rides are usually not recommended because of the large amount of traffic. And besides, Peru's buses have luxury seats!
3. Take it easy!
Visiting Peru is an exciting occasion, but do keep everything planned and to avoid confusion. Lots of tourist spots, many different sights to see, lots of food to discover and taste, malls to shop in, and so much more. But be aware that, like Australia, you cannot visit them all at once within the duration of your stay.
4. Check the weather forecast.
Peru has rather varied weather, from the extreme of cold to the intensity of heat, from the clearest of days to the stormiest of days. Your travel schedule can be affected depending on the weather, so looking at the weather forecast never hurts.
5. Make use of the tours.
Tours and tourist guides are very knowledgable and will be more than happy to show you around the country as well as the major cities. Cheaper options are available (at the expense of comfort and possibly even safety.) while expensive ones can really take a lot out of your savings (but would get you the best experience possible). Aim for that perfect balance of affordability and what the tourist package offers.
Every year, thousands and thousands of tourists visit Australia and Peru per year. Each year, there's always something new to discover in each country. And whether you're an Australian or a Peruvian, traveling to these exotic locations are an eye-opening experience!