Peru has a lot to offer the visitor: culture, history, destinations and some of the best gastronomic dishes you will find in the world. So, why not to travel to Peru?
This wonderful South American country is full of things to do, like enjoying its beaches, mountain climbing, excursions in the jungle, nightlife, exploring deserts, and much more. So, to get an idea of Peru as a tourist destination, we give you some tips for you to know before travelling to the Inca’s country.
Best Travel Season
Peru is a country that captivates the visitor throughout the 365 days a year, but if it is about the weather, we recommend travel in May and October, so that you avoid the raining season. On the other hand, September to November, and March to May, the weather is very pleasant, and being low season, you can get lower prices in airfares and lodging.
Papers and Visa
In order to enter to Peru you will need to present your passport with a 6-month minimum validity. Whereas in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Venezuela, Uruguay, Chile and Bolivia Peruvians do not need visa as they can pass with their ID.
As for Spanish citizens, Mexicans, and the people from the countries mentioned above, they don’t need a tourist visa if the visit is no longer than 183 days. For the citizens of any Schengen country, don’t need visa either while the durations of the travel is no longer than 90 days.
Travel insurance is not mandatory to enter Peru, but it is highly recommended in order to avoid unexpected expenses for any inconvenience in you health or in cases of lost of luggage, delays or flight cancellations and also if you may need to go back due to illness.
When traveling to Peru there is no mandatory vaccine, although it is recommended to get vaccinated against yellow fever at least 10 days prior visiting the Amazon jungle (Iquitos, Pucallpa or Puerto Maldonado) and also have at hand your mandatory vaccine calendar updated, specially for Hepatits A.
Electronic Devices, mobiles and internet
In Peru the electric current is from 220 volts to 60 Hz and the plugs have 3 pins that are compatible with plugs type A, B and C, reason why you will need to carry adaptors or transformers if your normal electric current is lower than 220 volts.
Regarding the cell phone use, you should turn it on when arriving to the country so that it connects to any local operator that has roaming connections. If you need internet connection, there are cyber cafes all over the country, and hotels have a common area of free Wi-Fi.
You should always have some security aspects covered so when arriving to any destinations, you may ask some local people if there are dangerous places to avoid. Another important thing is not to go to any house of unknown people, you should always travel in recommended companies. If hotel offers security and confidence you may leave important documents, as passport or other important documents in the safe box, but you should always take a copy of your passport with you. Remember that is better to prevent.
Nuevo Sol is the currency of Peru and it can be exchanged for dollars or euros, but try not to exchange your money at the airport where they take large commissions, that’s why it is recommended to do it in official exchange houses, banks or money changers that abound in the stations and tourist places.
Buying and Bargaining
When buying in Peru, you must know if the products offered in the stores are on a fixed price status or if they can be negotiated, for example when buying in roadside stands and peddlers you can for sure bargain. A must-know fact is that the best quality products are those handmade, some in gold, silver and copper, and fabrics as well (as Alpaca ware or hand-woven tapestries). If you are travelling to Lima, you will find many galleries and handicraft stores in Miraflores and San Isidro and Puerto Libre.
Eating and Tipping
One of the most important attraction in Peru, is its gastronomy. That’s why there’s a wide variety of restaurants for all types of budgets, but where it is not so popular tipping. In any case, in tourist restaurants the usual to tip is between 5 and 10% of the bill, but it’s not mandatory.
Most flight arrive to and leave from Lima, the capital city that counts with a modern international airport, hosting domestic and international flights. About transportation, the main means to do so are cars, taxis, buses or the so-called “combis” (small buses that are low-cost transportation).
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