Peru: Travel Writers Wanted!

This writing opportunity is now closed! Keep your eye out for our latest Insider’s Guides here, and be sure to check back on the homepage for new opportunities!

We’re looking for Peruvian locals to reveal Peru’s best outdoor escapes, city guides, and ways to experience this incredible destination. We’re specifically looking for local travel writers and photographers who can share their knowledge and insights, not just people who’ve passed through on a whirlwind trip.

In your application we want to hear about authentic and interesting things to see and do, beyond the usual top attractions. Think adventure, not luxury. Think sensible, not stupid.

Please note – we have a specific brief, with specific requirements for style, tone and approach. DO NOT SEND COMPLETED WORKS THROUGH MOJOS. You must apply to be awarded the commissions, where you should include links to published work or your own travel blog, and we will be in touch if you are successful with more details regarding the assignment.

Deadlines: This opportunity is now closed.

Payment: 50 cents (USD) per word. If you’re a blogger, writer, or author, we’re also happy to put a backlink in the author bio. For photo stories, payment will be discussed separately.

Expertise required: Professional writers and photographers wanted. See individual stories for more details.

1. Climate and Weather in Peru (300 words MAX)

This article must cover off the seasons, what weather conditions to expect, and when’s best to travel where. Include a brief paragraph detailing top places to visit/things to do in spring, summer, fall, and winter.

2. Accommodation and Getting Around Peru (650 words MAX)

Talk about types of accommodation to book, estimated costs, and what to look for in deals. Describe the best ways for getting around Peru: internal flights, long-distance buses or trains, taxis from airports, renting cars – estimate costs between options, self-directed vs guided tours (advantages and disadvantages), and discuss what’s best for various regions. Also discuss general travel expenses in Peru (hotel prices, bus fares, meals, beverages, etc.)

3. Cultural Highlights and Etiquette in Peru (850 words MAX)

Where should travelers with an interest in culture and arts go? We’re looking for a writer to delve into all things unique and cultural in Peru. Please include information about festivals Inti Raymi, Carnival in Ayacucho what are some others not to miss? What are the top archaeological destinations? What are the best local crafts to seek out? Please also talk about social etiquette, and local customs and traditions. Include a mini-guide (150 words max) to the different ancient cultures (Inca, Moche, Nazca, Chavin, etc.)

4. Key Spanish Phrases (300 words MAX)

We need a native Spanish speaker to create a list of important phrases for travelers in Peru.

Examples: Where is the bathroom? How much is this? May I take your photograph? I have altitude sickness. I need a doctor. I need a pharmacy. Where is the Tourism Police office?

5. Peruvian Cuisine (375 words MAX)

The Peruvian food scene has exploded in recent years. What makes Peruvian cuisine so unique? What are the regional dishes and drinks travelers absolutely must try? Where are the top foodie destinations? Please mention Pisco (best bodegas?), Lima, ceviche, Arequipa.

 6. Responsible Tourism in Peru (500 words MAX)

How can travelers avoid loving Peru to death? Please include information on sustainable tourism, treading lightly, and respecting nature and historic sites. Share your alternatives to overcrowded destinations like Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail, and Lake Titicaca. If planning a trek or visiting the rainforest, how can travelers ensure they are hiring responsible guides?

7. Visa Requirements and Vaccinations (350 words)

List the various visa requirements for travelers to Peru, and any necessary vaccinations or medications. This should cover off residents of the world – not just US and UK travelers.

10. The Best of Peru’s Kayaking and River Rafting (500 words MAX)

Tell us the best locations to go for water activities and experiences. Estimate prices, talk about lodgings and accommodation where appropriate, write about where to hire local guides and/or gear.

9. The Best Places for Surfing in Peru (500 words MAX)

Where are Peru’s top surfing schools, camps, and destinations? Discuss the best surf beaches at various times of year. Mention famed areas like Chicama and Cabo Blanco, but also mention local breaks most tourists don’t know about.

 10. Hiking & Trekking in Peru (750 words MAX)

If you’re an expert on the Peruvian wilderness, we want you to write about the ultimate hiking and trekking experiences. Your pitch must reveal your top destinations, and your article must include details on how to get there (is it realistic for someone who’s only passing through on a quick trip?), how long each hike should reasonably take, best time of year to go, what to pack (camping gear for multi-day adventures), trails to follow, whether guides/porters/pack animals are recommended.

Include both day hikes and multi-day treks, and indicate the level of difficulty: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced.

Your article should mention the following keywords: Salkantay, Choquequirao, Ausangate, Huaraz, Cordillera Blanca, Cordillera Huayhuash. But please include other, less well-known routes you think are worthwhile.

11. A Local’s Guide to Lima and Surrounds (700 words MAX)

We need a Lima local to talk about hidden gems tucked away in the city. This city guide must include don’t-miss events and festivals, accommodation, transport, and things travelers might not know when they pass through Lima.

We want local insights, not just a top-ten roundup. You must include: a brief overview of the main neighborhoods (the old center, Barranco, Miraflores, San Isidro) not-to-miss restaurants and bars, best museums (Museo Larco, Convento de San Francisco – others?), local landmarks (Huaca Pucllana – any others?), galleries, shopping, parks, best things to do in and around the city.

12. A Local’s Guide to Exploring North Peru (750 words MAX)

If you’re a local from North Peru who knows all the best things to see and do, we want your guidance! This guide should feature the top cultural sights as well as the best outdoor activities: surfing, hiking.

Include a mini-guide to Trujillo, and please mention as many of these keywords as possible: Chan Chan, Cajamarca, Banos del Inca, Kuelep, Cataratas de Gocta, Tucume, Chiclayo, Sipan, Mancora, Chicama

When discussing outdoor activities, keep in mind we need the tips on how to get there, how much it’ll cost etc.

13. A Local’s Guide to Cusco & Surrounds (600 words MAX)

If you know Cusco inside and out, we want your tips on where to go. What attractions on the Boleto Turistico are most worth seeing, and what are other worthwhile places travelers might not know about? This guide must include don’t-miss events and festivals, accommodation, transport. We want local insights, not just a top-ten roundup. You must include: a brief overview of the main neighborhoods, not-to-miss restaurants, coolest museums, local landmarks, best artisan markets (Centro Artesenal?).

14. A Local’s Guide to Cusco Day Trips (600 words MAX)

Most visitors to Cusco tour the Sacred Valley, especially if acclimatizing before a trek. What are the top sites to see? Should travelers take a guided tour, or go on their own? Should they consider staying there instead of Cusco?

Please include these keywords: Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray Terraces, Salinas de maras. But also be sure to mention any secret, off-the-beaten path experiences or sites.

15. Getting the Most Out Of Machu Picchu (550 words MAX)

Machu Picchu is the biggest tourist draw in Peru. What makes it worth visiting? How can travelers make the most of their time here while avoiding the crowds? Is there a limit to when / how many visitors can enter? Are there limits on the number of people who can climb Huayna Picchu? Should travelers tackle Machu Picchu Mountain instead?

What’s the best way to get here – on a trek, or on the train? Is a guided tour of the ruins advised, or should travelers explore on their own? Your guide should include tips on transit and local accommodations. (Should they stay at the ruins to beat the crowds? Or is it prohibitively expensive?)

16. Alternatives to the Inca Trail (600 words MAX)

The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are getting overrun. What are some other worthwhile treks in the area, ideally with amazing ruins at the end? If you’ve hiked all over the Vilcabamba range and beyond, we want your guidance. Keep mind we need the tips on how to get there, whether a guide is required, how much it’ll cost, if porters/pack animals are recommended, etc.

Please include mentions of these keywords: Salkantay, Choquequirao, Ausangate, Vinicunca (worth it? What should travelers know before they go?)

17. A Local’s Guide to Exploring the Cordilleras (500 words MAX)

Write about the best experiences the Cordilleras have to offer. This article should include interesting cultural activities and worthwhile towns to visit as well as the top outdoor adventures.

When discussing outdoor activities, keep in mind we need the tips on how to get there, how much it’ll cost etc.

Please include mentions of these keywords: Huaraz, Chavin de Huntar, Callejon de Conchucos, Cordillera Blanca, Cordillera Huayhuash, Chiquian

18. A Local’s Guide to the Central Sierras of Peru (700 words MAX)

Are the Central Sierras your stomping grounds? Tell us about the best things to see and do here. This article should include interesting cultural activities, festivals, and sites, and worthwhile towns to visit as well as the top outdoor adventures: hiking, biking, horse riding, wildlife.

When discussing outdoor activities, keep in mind we need the tips on how to get there, how much it’ll cost etc.

Please include mentions of these keywords: Ayacucho, Tarma, Huancayo, Huanuco, Kotosh, Reserva Nacional de Junin

19. A Local’s Guide to Exploring Peru’s Southern Coast (750 words MAX)

We need an expert on the Southern Coast to write a comprehensive guide on the best things to see and do. This article should include cultural attractions as well as outdoor adventures: pisco tasting, hiking, rafting, kayaking, wildlife, sandboarding.

When discussing outdoor activities, keep in mind we need the tips on how to get there, how much it’ll cost etc.

You must include: Lunahuana (worthwhile, or overrated?), Ica, Chincha, Nasca lines, Huacachina, Paracas, Ballestas, Pisco. Maybe also Lagunas de Mejia, Pampa Galeras, and Moquegua (do they really have the best pisco?)

20. A Local’s Guide to Arequipa and the Canyons (700 words MAX)

Know Peru’s Southern Sierra like the back of your hand? We’re looking for a local insider to share their expertise on the best outdoor escapes, cultural experiences, and adventures: hiking, kayaking, biking, condor viewing. Include a mini-guide to Arequipa — be sure to mention Monasterio de Santa Catalina and the best places to try the local cuisine.

You must also include: Paucarpata, Colca Canon, Chivay, Cotahuasi Canyon. What else should travelers be sure to check out?

When discussing tours and outdoor activities, keep in mind we need the tips on how to get there, how much it’ll cost etc.

21. A Local’s Guide to Lake Titicaca (650 words MAX)

Have you explored Lake Titicaca in depth? We need a writer who knows the local culture and can guide travelers to the most authentic and worthwhile experiences.

Tell us the best ways to enjoy Puno’s festivals and folklore. You must also include: Uros (worth it, or too touristy?), Taquile, Sillustani, Amatani.

When discussing tours and outdoor activities, keep in mind we need the tips on how to get there, how much it’ll cost etc.

22. Adventurer’s Guide to the Peruvian Amazon (750 words MAX)

Are you at home in the wild Peruvian rainforest? We want your expertise on the top adventures in the region. Share your tips for navigating the landscape, best times to go, and best ways to get around. We want to know about wildlife adventures, but also unique cultural sites and experiences.

When discussing outdoor activities, keep in mind we need the tips on how to get there, how much it’ll cost etc.

Please include: Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Manu National Park, Tambopata, Chanchamayo, Satipo, Oxapampa, Pozuzo, Iquitos, Pacaya Sairia

23. Connecting Locally in Peru [UNPAID] 

In your application, share a story about a local encounter that helped you stumble upon an experience you wouldn’t have found out about otherwise. We want to highlight the benefits to travelers when they connect locally and ask for advice on-the-ground, instead of following a guide book.

Share your positive local encounters with us to be featured!

Tips for applicants:

These stories are designed to be standalone blog posts to be featured on WorldNomads.com, but will also be reformatted to become a downloadable Insider’s Guide.

Please include links to examples of your own work published elsewhere, and explain why you’re best suited to write each article. List the number of the article next to the title above. Due to large numbers of applicants, we select writers based on the amount of extra detail provided around why they are best suited to write for World Nomads.

Take a look at existing content in our Explore blog and Travel Safety advice, for a better idea on our tone of voice, and what World Nomads are all about.

See below for some examples:

5 Lesser-known Greek Islands You Must Visit

7 Unforgettable Day Trips from Kathmandu

Essentials Guide to Hiking and Trekking in Nepal

The Croatian Neighbor You Must Visit

9 Unforgettable Japanese Festivals to See This Year

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