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Meet our tour leader Graeme Anderson

Explore’s charismatic Peruvian tour guide, spills the beans on the best dish to try and how to survive altitude sickness.
 
The Peruvian vibe is rooted in our history.
Yes, we’re one of the most captivating countries in South America (we have mind-blowing landscapes and wildlife that is totally unique!), but our great energy comes from our ancestors! Peru has a big history behind it, and it’s our ancestral knowledge where all our traditions come from, and the good vibes that you feel from our great people!
Altitude sickness is no joke.
Perú is an adventure-lovers paradise of course, and Machu Picchu, as one of the new seven wonders of the world, is a bucket list experience for most people. But altitude sickness is not fun! My advice? Don't plan any long hikes or busy schedules for the first day.  Gradually increase your elevation, eat smaller meals with carbs, drink a lot of water and avoid alcohol.
 
The food in Peru will take you by surprise
Our gastronomy here is incredible – you’ll get to try some of the most unique and tasty dishes possible. My favourite must-try has to be Lomo Saltado, a very Peruvian food with a blend of Asian and Latin flavours. Tender strips of steak are stir-fried with onions, tomatoes, and French fries - it’s a hearty meal for any occasion. My restaurant tip?  Cicciolina Tapas Bar & Restaurant near the main plaza of Cusco city. It offers everything from seafood and pasta to grilled meats - and our national drink, the Pisco Sour!
 
Always come prepared…
Firstly, cash is preferred in Perú, and many shops and food stalls will be cash-only, however both Peruvian soles and US dollars are widely accepted. You can withdraw both from ATMs, and credit cards are accepted at hotels and high-end shops and restaurants. Secondly, Perú has a wet and dry season since it's in the Southern Hemisphere! Our winter and dry season is from April to October.  Temperatures don't change much - daytime between 17 and 26 degrees. Up in the highlands, days are warm, but nights are chilly.
 
Every day I learn something new.
Working in this beautiful industry, i have the chance to meet new people from all over the world who bring new cultures which make me improve every day as a person and as a professional as well. At the same time as showing our visitors the cultural, historical, and culinary greatness that Perú offers – what’s not to love?