Welcome to Peru! | Best Essential Tips & Travel Guide

Welcome to Peru! | Best Essential Tips & Travel Guide


What’s up? You’re watching Vagabrothers, and this is Peru. What’s going on Vagabuddies? Welcome back to the channel. Right now we are in Lima, Peru. It’s our first time coming to this country, and we are super excited to be here. We’ve got a lot of things to tell you. We’re in Peru because we’re part of a program at YouTube to make four virtual reality videos, and we’re going to make a VR tour of Machu Picchu. But we didn’t want to come all the way down here for just a couple of days. So we’ve arrived a little bit early to explore Cusco and Lima, as well. To capture the experience better, we’re bringing along our friend and colleague, Carlos Mason, the cinematographer behind East of Eden and our virtual reality mentor, DJ, to help us capture Machu Picchu, the best we possibly can. It’s going to be an awesome adventure. We’re going to eat well. We’re going meet some Peruvian friends. We’re going to explore the culture and the history…. all of that jazz, but first things first: here’s what you’ve got to know about Peru. Peru is a land of contrasts, both ancient and modern, indigenous and European. And with over 90 micro climates, it’s one of the most biodiverse places on earth. The coast has great surfing. The Andes are the largest mountain range in the world after the Himalaya. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world and the largest in South America. Plus, it’s just fun to say. Titicaca. Peru was home to the Inca Empire known as Tawantinsuyu or the Empire of the Four Cardinal Points. It’s golden era only lasted around a hundred years until the Spanish arrived in 1532 and Pizarro captured, ransomed, and murdered their Emperor Atahualpa before ransacking their capital, Cusco. Pizarro then moved the capital to Lima, which he called the City of Kings. It became the capital of and most important city in the Viceroyalty of Peru, which was essentially all of Spanish Latin America. Today Lima is still the capital. It’s home to about a third of Peru’s 32 million people, and it’s the driest capital on earth, except for Cairo. Peru has more shamans in any other country in the world, thanks to the Amazon where the local drug ayahuasca has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. Meanwhile in the Andes, locals use coca leaves, the base ingredient for cocaine to combat hunger and altitude sickness. Don’t worry. It’s not addictive, but does make your tongue go kind of numb. Today 45% of Peruvians are indigena, making it one of the most indigenous countries in South America. 15% are Criollo, Peruvian born Spanish, and 37% are mestizo or mixed. Peru was also home to a small but active Japanese community, which came here in the 1800s to escape the Shogun Wars and left their mark through Peruvian Japanese fusion cuisine known as Nikkei. Peruvian food has had a massive impact on global cuisine. Ireland would not have the potato, America would not have corn, and there would be no Indian curries without chilies from Peru, all brought overseas by Portuguese and Spanish traders. For some reason Peru’s national dish cuy didn’t catch on. In English we call it the guinea pig because sailors who used to go from Lima to London would stop in West Africa, and merchants thought that’s where it came from. Lima is one of the best foodie cities in the world, and it’s the only city to have two restaurants in the global top ten, including Central, the best restaurant in Latin America, which was recently featured on season three of Chef’s Table. That’s a big cactus. Ready to book your ticket? Here’s what you need to know before you fly. The currency in Peru is called the Nuevo Sol and there’s about three solace to a dollar. Peruvian power outlets are 220 volts, and they take both US style and European style plugs. A 2 for 1. Beyond Spanish there’s two main languages in Peru: Quechua the ancient language of the Inca spoken in the Andes and Aymara one of the oldest languages in the world spoken in the Lake Titicaca region, not to mention 27 other languages in the Amazon. So if you’re a linguist, if you like speaking languages, this is the country for you. Budget-wise, Peru’s a mid-level destination. You can easily get by on less than $50 a day or even $40, which makes it cheaper than Chile, but more expensive than Bolivia. Peru is near the equator and can be visited all year long. June to August at the dry season is great for hiking the Inca Trail. December to March is the hot season -perfect for the beach. You can save money in the shoulder season September to November or March to May when the weather is still pretty good and there’s not that many tourists. From the ocean to the Andes, Peru has tons of different climates, so it’s super important to pack in layers. A waterproof shell is essential- it rains a lot up here- as is a stuffable jacket because it does get cold. Or you could just pick up a nice alpaca sweater from one of the many markets for ten dollars U.S. Peru is a rugged country, so make sure you have the right footwear. Even if you’re just planning on walking around Machu Picchu, bring solid hiking boots. It rains a lot. It’s muddy, and it’s slippery. All right, I’m stoked. We have never been to Peru before. This is the home of the Inca Empire. It’s really a place that we’ve wanted to visit for a super long time. We’re very excited to be down here to be filming. He said that it’s part of the Incan Empire, but the Inca Empire was really the most recent of many. There were tons of civilizations here, including here in Lima, which although it is a Spanish colonial city, it’s named after the Lima people. We’re on our way to go see some of the remains of that civilization from about 400 AD. And then we’re going to get food. Supposedly, there’s really, really good food in Lima. First stop here in Lima and our first stop here in Peru is Huaca Pucllana This is the remains of a temple from the Lima people who were the original inhabitants of the city before the arrival the Spanish. Unfortunately, it’s closed today. We’re not allowed to go up there, and you can only do guided tours, but you can see behind us is just this crazy pyramid full of basically adobe bricks. And it’s in the middle of the city And I think it just goes to show the contrast between old- new here in Peru. You have some of the oldest, most advanced civilizations in all the Americas right in the middle of a bustling metropolis. Honestly though it’s just mind boggling that this entire complex is made of individual bricks. There has to be hundreds of thousands, if not millions of bricks, and the pyramid just over there has so many different layers. It must have been quite the task to excavate this place, archaeologically speaking. Total bummer that we can’t go explore more, but we’re going to go see the more modern layer of Peruvian history here- that of the Spanish. We’ve just arrived to the Plaza de Armas just in front of us here. And like we said, Peru is playing Colombia tonight. Their national football teams are facing up. We didn’t know that the game was going to be happening when we planned this day. We came here because this is the center of old Spanish Lima. When the Spanish conquered the Inca, they moved the capital from Cusco to Lima. They built all their houses right here. Anyways, the game’s about to start. So let’s just go jump in there and see what happens. We finally found a quiet spot so I can explain why the Spanish built the city here. It’s because of this river. Basically, the river connects the mountains all the way down the Port of Callao and the Spanish built a city on the coast. They were a seafaring nation. In order to take the silver and gold from the Inca and ship it off to Spain. This was the capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru. There were three Viceroyalties at the time: one in Mexico, one in Lima, and the other one the Española, the first island the Spanish colonized. And the whole thing was about shipping gold back to Spain. Pretty much all of Spanish South America was controlled from this city. It became very, very powerful and the old Inca capital of Cusco kind of faded into history. The conquista, the Spanish conquista of Latin America was one of the most brutal periods of history. They destroyed some of the most incredible indigenous cultures, Including the Inca and the Aztecs, and it is a part of history. It’s not a pretty one, but It’s just kind of interesting to see how all of this stuff blends five hundred years later. We’re in the neighborhood of Pueblo Libre at Taberna Queirolo It was basically founded by Italian immigrants who came here to grow Pisco. Pisco, you might have heard of from a Pisco Sour, but it’s actually a grape liqueur. The story is that during colonial times, the Spanish would not let locals grow their own wine because they were importing it from Spain. So the locals made a liquor from grapes instead of making wine ..that’s pisco. These guys came from Italy to grow the Pisco, and they still do. I’ve ordered a Pisco puro, which is just pure Pisco, and Alex and Carlos got a Pisco Sour. All right salud. Here’s to a good week here in Peru. This is actually my first Pisco Sour ever. We’ve had a realization. As we are almost the only people in this room and everybody else is in the other room watching futbol. It’s insane to see how important it is globally. When the World Cup happens, national fever is expressed in a competitive, but collaborative way, and I think that America is just so self-centered with our sports. We’re so wrapped up with the NFL and with Major League Baseball. The World Series is not a World Series. It’s cool to come abroad and to see people so excited about futbol. But just to correct you. You said you’re an American whereas people here also say that they are Americans too because in Spanish, America is one continent, not two. Although you are a united.. you’re a “estadounidense”” Soy gringo. We have made it back to the hotel. Good job, Peru. Good job, Colombia You guys tied in the game, but we have just begun our time here in Peru. I think watching a football match, especially that we didn’t know it was going to happen, was a pretty good way to kind of get right into the local way of doing things. I would say it’s like diving directly into the deep end. It’s been sweet and pisco sour. We’re going to sign off the vlog at this, and we’ll see you guys tomorrow We’re going to be going all around Lima, which is one of the best foodie cities in the world, and we’re doing it with some local YouTubers. So we’ll see you guys tomorrow. In the meantime if you like this video, you know what to do: give a thumbs- up, share with your friends, and subscribe to Vagabrothers and turn on notifications, if you have not already. And as always stay curious, keep exploring and we’ll see you on the road. Buenas noches Hasta luego. Hasta mañana. Ciao.

100 Replies to “Welcome to Peru! | Best Essential Tips & Travel Guide”

  1. Es triste saber que una lengua va a desaparecer muy pronto https://www.ancient-origins.es/historia-tradiciones-antiguas/lengua-resigaro-005166

  2. I am from Peru. Lucky to have born in such a beautiful and cultural country. I wish someday I get the chance to visit my native country.

  3. Soy peruano y dejeme decirles que les quedo nice and awesome the video, pero como en cada pais hay buenos lugares y malos

  4. My impression of Peru was…
    1. Cab drivers in Lima are incredible drivers
    2 Chinese food in Lima is bangin
    3. Machu Pichu is totally worth the visit

  5. Wow muy buen video, buenas tomas, y la edición espectacular felicitaciones y agradecido por difundir a este mi maravilloso país PERU

  6. Wrong in One thing, the national Dish is the Ceviche. The other one is a typical dish from the Andes. Nice documental , congrats! 👍🏽

  7. Стараюсь учить по вашим видео английский язык, всегда включаю, что б слышать разговорную речь! Теперь и субтитры появились на русском!

  8. Awe man, this video take me back! Nothing like leaving your worries behind and explore the beauty of a new place.

  9. Great Video. I love traveling. I like the way to gave us so much information in this city. Such a wonderful place. Thanks for sharing. For more information visit here https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-wunderlin-9599778

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  11. "Complimenti per questo video. Like e Iscritti Subito! Dai uno sguardo anche al nostro canale? buona giornata.

  12. I love everything you guys put out there! Keep it coming. Alex, I wouldn’t say we are self-centered, just unique in our perspective.

  13. Soy de Perú, que lindo saber que los turistas se fascinan por nuestra cultura, comidas, costumbres, etc. Gracias y un saludo desde Lima, Perú. 2019

  14. Hello travelers and viewers, got some traveling vids for you about south Italy and also some backpacking and sleeping on streets :). 10q for your attention.

  15. Nice video guys, helpful and so much better than everything else I found which is basically just a group of influencers taking pictures of themselves. Btw, I want to bet 100$ that the guy with the hat has an iphone with a leather pouch, dont like kindles because he likes the touch of paper books and he is very into craft cocktails! Any takers?!

  16. I love to travel, one place that has remained at the top of my list of places to be is Peru! I am in love with this country. Thanks for your videos, i plan on watching all of them.

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  18. PERU HAS MORE TOURISM POTENTIAL THAN EGYPT OR ANY OTHER NATION.

    YOUR INCA RUINS ARE 12,000 YEARS OLD– NOT 500 YEARS AS ESTABLISHED BY UNESCO..

    Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman ( Sakshaat Vamana –Vishnu) is a Hindu mandala.

    Lord VISHNU TOOK HIS EIGHT VAMANA AVATAR, TO GO TO PERU ( ALONG WITH MAHABALI ) AND STOP AN IMMINENT CATACLYSMIC EVENT ..

    AFTER THE JOB WAS DONE VISHNU DESTROYED CRITICAL PARTS OF ALL MEGALITHIC STRUCTURES ( MEIDUM PYRAMID/ BENT PYRAMID etc ) FROM A VIMANA, BEFORE THE LOOMING VELA SUPERNOVA , SO THAT IT CANNOT BE USED AGAIN BY ROGUES IN FUTURE TO CREATE NUCLEAR WINTERS / SPLIT THE EARTH.

    WHEN THE MAGNETIC FIELD OF THE EARTH CONNECTED TO THE MAGNETIC FIELD OF THE SUN, A PORTAL TO THE UNKNOWN WAS CREATED ( X POINTS—SCUDDERS THEORY OF MAGNETIC HOLES — ELECTRON DIFFUSION REGIONS ) ..

    THESE HOLES COULD TELEPORT ENERGY TO THE SUN ,BY QUANTUM TUNNELLING , 93 MILLION YEARS AWAY .. AND STOP A CATACLYSMIC EVENT..

    YOU MUST REMEMBER THAN EVERY VEDIC SANSKRIT MANTRA STARTS WITH OM AND ENDS WITH OM— OPEN/ SHUT QUANTUM TUNNELING.

    https://ajitvadakayil.blogspot.com/2019/07/secrets-of-12000-year-old-machu-picchu_28.html

    INCA GOD VIRACOCHA ( MACHU PICCHU ) WAS A KING OF MY HOMETOWN CALICUT, KERALA, INDIA 12,000 YEARS AGO..

    THE JOB OF WHITE BASTARDS IN CRIMINAL DEEP STATE CONTROLLED ORGANISATION UNESCO IS TO DATE ANCIENT STRUCTURES AFTER 3000 BC– BECAUSE BIG BANG IN BIBLE IS 4004 BC.

    AT OLLANTAYTAMBO, WE FIND MASSIVE HARD GRANITE BLOCKS—SOME OF THEM WITH A WEIGHT THAT SURPASSES 70 TONS. THERE IS A HINDU VISHNU TEMPLE HERE. IDOLS ARE MISSING ..

    THERE ARE THREE DISTINCT PERIODS–

    ### AMAZING , MIND BOGGLING, PRECISION MEGALITHIC CONSTRUCTION 12000 YEARS AGO BY KERALA THIYYA KING MAHABALI , AND ITS DESTRUCTION A FEW DECADES AFTER COMPLETION.

    ### DISCOVERY AND POOR QUALITY SHODDY INCA RE-CONSTRUCTION FROM 1438 TO 1533 , TILL INCAS WERE EXTERMINATED BY SPANISH CONQUISTADOR FRANCISCO PIZARRO WITH SMALL POX BLANKETS

    ### RE-DISCOVERY OF MACHU PICCHU FROM UNDER DENSE JUNGLE FOLIAGE BY HIRAM BINGHAM III IN 1911 AD, AND FURTHER DOUBLE SHODDY, DOUBLE POOR RE-CONSTRUCTION BY POWER TOOLS TILL DATE .

    ALMOST THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF INCAS , MAYANS , AZTECS , RED INDIANS AND AUSTRALIAN ABORGINES WERE EXTERMINATED BY USING SMALL POX BLANKETS –ON ORDERS FROM THE CATHOLIC POPE.

    THE GLORIOUS HISTORY OF PERU HAS BEEN FUDGED BY THE SLIMY WHIITE MAN

    THE ROTHSCHILD HISTRIANS ARE FILLED WITH A SENSE OF WONDER—HOW WAS MACHU PICCHU ABANDONED FROM 1533 TO 1911?

    WELL THE AREA WAS ETHNICALLY CLEANSED BY FRANSICO PIZZARO AFTER ALL INCA GOLD WAS STOLEN, USING SMALL POX BIOLOGICAL WARFARE..

    http://ajitvadakayil.blogspot.com/2012/07/fransisco-pizarro-hernan-cortez.html

    PERU IS A SEISMICALLY UNSTABLE COUNTRY—BOTH LIMA AND CUSCO HAVE BEEN LEVELED BY EARTHQUAKES— AND MACHU PICCHU ITSELF WAS CONSTRUCTED ATOP TWO FAULT LINES.

    WHEN AN EARTHQUAKE OCCURS, THE HARD QUARTZ GRANITE STONES ( WITH NO CEMENT ) IN INCA BUILDINGS ARE SAID TO “DANCE” , EMITTING TREMENDOUS PIEZO ELECTRIC ENERGY ( BLUE CORONA ) .. WHICH IS STORED FOR POWERING VIMANAS .THAT IS, THEY BOUNCE THROUGH THE TREMORS AND THEN FALL BACK INTO INTERLOCKED PLACE.

  19. I didn't feel this was that informative. What safety and crime? What about visiting a hospital? How is the drinking water? Do you have to be acclimated?

  20. Congrats Guys for sharing this wonderful video,
    And guys you can check also may channel about Macau,
    See yah..

  21. Very nice guys!! I was born there (in Lima-San Isidro), and you sure made me proud. So often, people only feature the poor areas, but ya'll showed everything. Did you try anticuchos?? Pisco Sour?? Ceviche?? Inca-Kola?? Ohhh man…. I miss those… Hmmmm….. Anyways, next time, go to Cajamarca: TOO BEAUTIFUL FOR WORDS.

  22. I watch a handful of traveller vloggers, some have great cinematics, however their content is juvi and full of dad jokes. You guys are great with the camera, and editing. However, what I appreciate the most is you have actual CONTENT! A ton of great tips and info and history! I learned so much and cannot wait to go here in November! Much love from Canada

  23. hey visit nepal once😊please ..
    visit places like manang,mustang,pathivara,kalinchok
    And 7 world heritage sites also lies here☺

  24. Americans! Learn this and learn it well! Peru is the ancient land of the Americas, so if you want something more than Caribbean resorts and stone age mesoamerican attractions, then, get your Indiana Jones suit on, chew some coca, forget what you learned in History books and get ready because Peru will blow your mind!

    With 14 thousand archaeological sites, pyramids, stone temples, ancient roads in the toughest terrain on earth, megalithic cities in the clouds, we can safely say…

    Yes, we are that awesome!

  25. I m peruvian and I suggest visit Maury Hotel s Bar where you can have best and original p Pisco Sour which is thel place where this drink started to be sell and became famous. And a NorthAmerican man created the Pisco Sour.

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