Peru

Peru is as complex as its most intricate and exquisite weavings. Festivals mark ancient rites, the urban vanguard beams innovation and nature brims with splendid diversity.

Yearly Weather

Because Peru has such a diverse geography the weather can be varied per region. If it’s warm on the coast it can be very cold in the mountains and you can find completely different weather in the jungle. On the coast winter lasts from June to September. During this period, the mountainous areas are often sunny and warm during the day but cold at night. This is tourist season and the best time to visit most regions. Heavy rains in the mountains and jungle last from December to April. It hardly ever rains in Lima and most of the coast. However there are some places, like Tumbes and Piura, which have tropical climates.

Top Tours

  • Learn More
    Peru: Cusco and Machu Picchu
    Starting @ $899
  • Learn More
    Peru: Experience Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
    Starting @ $1,999
  • Learn More
    Peru: Explore Two Magical Worlds - Galapagos And Machu Picchu
    Starting @ $3,699
  • Learn More
    Peru: Inca Trail
    Starting @ $1,799
  • Learn More
    Peru: Jungle, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Puno
    Starting @ $1,799
  • Learn More
    Peru: Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu Special
    Starting @ $1,299
  • Learn More
    Peru: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu FAM Trip
    Starting @ $799
  • Learn More
    Peru: Machu Picchu & Amazon
    Starting @ $1,699
  • Learn More
    Peru: Machu Picchu & Amazon
    Starting @ $1,599
  • Learn More
    Peru: Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca
    Starting @ $1,599

Travel Facts

VISA & PASSPORT

In general citizens of the countries in the listing below do NOT have to apply for a visa at an embassy or consulate before entering Peru. A passport valid at least six months with at least 2 free pages in the visa section is enough to get a Tourist Visa (actually it’s only an entry stamp) directly at the border or the airport.

CLOTHING

Regardless of the season and the area of Peru you are visiting, it is advisable to carry warm clothes, loose pants, cotton tops, hiking footwear, good sunblock and a hat (to protect you from the sun and the cold).

SAFETY

Don’t let your personal belongings out of your sight. Avoid using unofficial or unmarked taxis during the night. Avoid exchanging currency in the street or carrying large sums of money. Currency exchange agencies are safe.

HEALTH

Peru does not require any immunizations for entry, although it recommends vaccination against Yellow Fever when traveling to the Amazon.

In case of altitude sickness, rest well during the first days avoiding physical strain; drink mate with coca leaves or take coca pills. Drink plenty of fluids, particularly in high altitude zones, using only bottled or previously treated water. Purchase your food at restaurants, avoiding street food.

Another good option is to chew coca leaves. Coca leaves are easily obtainable and are considered by many as the best way to combat potential altitude sickness. A pharmaceutical option is a drug Acetazolamide sold under the trade name Diamox, which works as an effective altitude sickness preventative, however, please ask your doctor before taking any medicine.

In brief, to avoid altitude sickness we suggest you drink the coca tea leaves and lay down for 1 hour before any activity.

ELECTRICITY

Peru’s electricity runs on 220 volts and 60 cycles (except for Arequipa where it is 50 cycles).

TIPPING

There is no pre-established amount for gratuities; it depends on the customer’s level of satisfaction with the service. 10% of the check is usually considered adequate.

Our suggestions for daily tipping are the following:

Drivers: $ 2.00 to $ 5.00

Tour Guide: $ 10.00 to $ 20.00

House Keepers: $ 2.00

Porters: $ 1.00 per luggage

CURRENCY

The Peruvian currency is the Nuevo Sol (S/.). One Nuevo Sol equals 100 céntimos. There are S/. 200, S/.100, S/. 50, S/. 20, and S/. 10 bills. There are coins for 1, 2 and 5 Nuevos Soles, and 50, 20, 10, and 5 céntimos.

Note: US Dollars are also in use and accepted for payment, particularly in tourist areas. While effectively interchangeable, it is best to use local currency wherever possible, and it is always good for tourists to have some local currency in small denominations, to pay for buses, taxis, and goods in some small establishments.

CREDIT CARDS

All major credit cards are accepted, but users may be limited outside of Lima and tourist areas. Visa and MasterCard are the most commonly accepted. It is also sensible to carry some cash rather than rely on cards.

ATM

ATMs are now generally regarded as one of the best ways to obtain money in Peru. They are found almost everywhere, including in small towns, although when traveling in remote places it is best to have some cash just in case the nearby ATMs are not working or have run out of money. In bigger cities, use ATMs inside banks for greater security, especially at night. Many banks have gun-carrying security guards.