Here is our list of the most important Peru travel tips to help you make the most of your vacation.
all visitors need a passport which is valid for six months from the date of travel. Your passport must be in good condition otherwise you will be refused entry. Tourists are allowed to stay in the country for a maximum of 90 days. No visa is required for visitors from the US, UK, Canada and Australia. There are no required vaccinations for Peru.
Cash & Credit Cards
Peruvian Sol (PEN) is the national currency of Peru. One sol equals one hundred Céntimos. Refer to google.com/finance/converter for the most up to date exchange rates.
ATMs are found in every city and town, and are usually open 24/7. Visa is the most widely accepted credit card in South America, followed by MasterCard. American Express is sometimes accepted. Credit cards are accepted in most hotels, major shops and restaurants. Please carry some local currency, preferably in smaller denominations, to tide you over unforeseen circumstances.
Communications & Internet
In Peru, mobile phone coverage is limited to major cities and towns but will be poor to non-existent in rural areas. If you wish, your Trip Coordinator can help you purchase a local SIM card while in Peru. The best option for making international calls from South America is a prepaid calling card that can be used with a local landline phone, for example, hotel room phones. You can easily purchase these at kiosks. Internet is available in all major cities and towns.
The security situation in Peru has steadily in recent years. With the rise in tourism, the authorities have started to take travel safety very seriously. However, it is important to follow some safety measures to ensure that your trip is safe and stress-free. Here are some precautions you can take while traveling in Peru.
Visitors to Cusco and Machu Picchu in Peru do not need any vaccinations. In the rainforest areas such as Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos in Peru, it is best to carry insect repellent and wear long-sleeved clothes, trousers and a hat, to protect yourself from the Zika virus or dengue fever. Please speak with your doctor before the trip or visit a Tropical Institute to find out which preventive measures are best for you.
In areas such as Colca Canyon, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, we recommend taking it slow so your body can adapt to the high altitude. In the first hours after arrival we recommend you lie down and drink plenty of water. Acclimation generally takes 1-2 days.
Our travel consultants plan your Peru tours to give you plenty of time to get used to the altitude. If you need any assistance, please contact your Trip Coordinator who is available around the clock.
How to prevent altitude sickness
- Eat light and avoid alcohol
- Ensure that you get a lot of rest, especially during the first few days
- Drink plenty of water
- Drink coca tea or chew on coca leaves
- Soroche Pills may be helpful – these can be purchased at any pharmacy.
Best time to travel
Spread over a vast area extending from the North to the South, the climate of Peru differs greatly between regions. Influenced by the towering Andes on one hand, the coastal areas and the rain forests, the climate depends entirely on where you wish to travel and when. Here is an overview on when to visit Peru.
Please note that meal times are different in Peru than in the US, UK and Australia. Dinner is between 8:30 pm & 11:30 pm. Lunch is served from 12:30 pm to as late as 4 pm. It is typical to have a “merienda” or a light snack with tea or coffee around 5 or 6 pm.
Tipping and gratuities, known as “propinas” in Spanish, are not mandatory, but common practice at various service establishments like restaurants is 10%. Taxes are always included in the price.
Peru travel tips from our experts
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