GENERAL INFORMATION

 

CURRENCY:

 

The official currency of Peru is the equivalent of 100 cents Nuevo Sol . The U.S. dollar is the currency most widely circulated after the Sol and it is accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants. The Euro is accepted in very few places . You do not often change foreign currency at banks . This is because of the long queues and the exchange rate is lower than in the money exchange . You can also withdraw money from ATMs with a credit card or debit card or go where to a " money changer " . The moneychangers often carry a vest with a symbol " $" (check the picture and you can find them on the main avenues) . You will get a higher rate of change but count your money and check if you have been given a counterfeit bill . We recommend you bring dollars for the first days of stay in Peru .

 

ATMs , travelers checks and credit cards.

 

 In Peru cash is mostly used, therefore, in some small towns may be impossible to change a traveler's check or use a credit card or debit card. ATMs are the best way to get cash in Peru and can be found in most of our towns and cities . The most accepted cards are Visa and Master Card. American Express and Diners Club are not accepted in most establishments. In touristic shops you can easily pay with credit card. However, please note that some banks charge a commission ranging between 1 % and 3 % on payments made with your credit card abroad. You can change travelers checks in major banks pay a fee between 1% and 4 %. However, commercial establishments do not accept travelers checks as payment .

 

 

Tips:

 

Tipping when you are satisfied with the service provided is common in Peru as in most South American countries. The usual tip for porters at hotels and airports is $ 1 for two bags . As for restaurants leave a tip equivalent to 5-10% of the bill( that's enough ) , unless the service has been exceptional. It is usual to tip guides and drivers at the end of the trip if you are satisfied with the quality of services provided.  It is not customary to tip taxi drivers.

 

TAXIS

 

There is a number of taxis in Lima and other cities , you can access them by telephone or through the hotel reception . This transport is safe and even some drivers may have basic knowledge of English. You can also find taxis in the streets, whose rates are cheaper but in turn offer less security. In both cases, because the taxis in Peru do not have meters .You will have to negotiate the price when requesting service.

 

 

 

Bargaining

 

Asking politely discount prices for local shops and markets is an accepted and even expected . However we recommend avoiding exaggerations. Think well about the relevance of a couple of dollars for you compared to what they might mean for a merchant or craftsman. Bargaining is not usual in restaurants.

 

Overseas calls and Internet access:

 

 It is very easy to make national or international phone calls from telephone booths. They accept coins or " calling cards " . Cards can be purchased at newsstands or street vendors. Most cabins have lists with dialing codes of most countries and cities around the world and instructions in English and Spanish . Peru 's international code for calls from abroad is +51 . Some international mobile phone companies offer the service of " roaming " . You can rent mobile phones in the main tourist cities. Internet access in Peru is quite economical . Rates vary between USD 0.50 and USD 1.00 per hour. You can also find Internet Cafes where you can get access most of the time for free via wireless Internet .

 

Electricity:

 

The voltage used in Peru is 220V and outlets for both round and flat teeth . Although in some major hotels they can also provide 110 V.

 

BOARDING FEES AT AIRPORT:

 

Peruvian authorities have determined that air transport from 2011 airport taxes for flights departing from Lima , Cusco , Trujillo , Chiclayo , Iquitos , Piura, Tumbes and Cajamarca have to be included in airfare . The amount varies according to destination. Its estimated cost is $ 5 for domestic flights and $ 31 for international flights.

 

Hours

 apart

GMT -5 hours

 

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HEALTH:

 

Vaccines

 

Before visiting our country we recommend that you pre - general health check with your personal physician . As these vaccines are suggested to enter Peru : diphtheria, tetanus , polio , typhoid , hepatitis A / B , rabies, yellow fever is recommended especially for trips to the jungle ( Iquitos and Puerto Maldonado ) . Should come from countries with cases of yellow fever (Africa and other countries in Latin America ) It is obligatory to carry Primer vaccination against yellow fever. The vaccination card is only valid after 10 days of application and for a period of 10 years.

 

In the northern of Peru like Iquitos , Malaria prevails , is for this reason that The Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( www.cdc.gov ) recommends the vaccine against this disease.

 

Insect protection:

 

 In the jungle you will find a variety of insects so you should have good protection against their bites that not only prevents unwanted eczema but also the transmission of diseases such as malaria and yellow fever . The most recommended is to use light-colored clothing , long pants and polos, use repellents containing DEET compound and apply it on the exposed areas , avoid perfumes and aftershave lotions and verify your accommodation with mosquito net and to spray them with repellent and cover windows and beds. If you have very sensitive skin, apply anti - allergic cream that can reduce itching.

 

Food and Drink:

 

 Most establishments in cities and tourist regions offer high standards of hygiene . However it is advisable to consume only bottled beverages and avoid drinking tap water , even in the most luxurious hotels , and avoid drinks with ice. If you are hiking in the mountains or visiting a remote area where you can not access bottled water, drink boiled water or use purification tablets. Eat fruit you can peel and eat foods that are preferably cooked . The best prevention is to eat in clean restaurants and food vendors around the street.

 

 

 

Altitude Sickness

 

 The first symptoms of altitude sickness may occur from the 3,000 m but in some cases they may occur earlier. Lack of oxygen can cause headache, nausea, difficult breathing, physical pain and other symptoms that can be severe if combined with sunburn. Therefore, you should take the time needed to acclimate especially in Andean cities like Cusco Puno( 3,360 m 3,827 m) . You should avoid all physical exertion during the early hours of arrival and also avoid drinking alcohol. Try to eat light foods and consume enough water, especially our local drink Mate de Coca (coca tea).

 

WEATHER:

 

Peru 's climate can be either wet or dry depending on the region where you are and temperatures may vary by elevation.

 

The coast and surrounding areas - Lima, Ica , Nazca , Arequipa

The coastal region of Peru is cold due to the altitude and usually wet throughout the year . Temperatures are high during the summer months ( December to March) with hot, humid days of around 29 º C and cold nights down to 10 º C. Winter (April to November) is not so cold but very humid.

 

High Cities - Cusco , Puno

 

 Andean cities have rainy seasons (November to April) and dry season ( May to October) . These days are clear and sunny ( 16 º C to 21 º C ) but with very cold nights ( 7 º C ) especially in the high season being dry climate ideal for hiking in the mountains .

 

Jungle- Iquitos , Puerto Maldonado

 

Although the Amazon forest is mostly humid ( tropical and significant rainfalls are expected throughout the year), also we experience two distinct seasons . During dry weather season ( May to October ) temperatures in the day reaching 30 ° C and 38 ° C from November to April , heavy rains which can even cause river floods appear .

 

SAFETY:

 

Be cautious

 

 Peru is perceived as a safe country by most tourists. However security in general is not critical as in the late 80s and early 90s . Most citizens recognize that tourism plays a very important role in the development of the economy and that is why in recent years security has improved .

 

 

The possibility of having a bad experience can be greatly reduced by taking the following precautions:

 

• Make photocopies of all important documents (passport, flight tickets) and bring them with you

• Leave all important documents or jewelry in the hotel

• If necessary, carry original documents or cash within a secure pouch under your clothes

• Observe and always hold your belongings especially in crowded places

• Remember that you are under the laws of our country and it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself and know them before you arrive. Drug trafficking is a serious crime that we should also consider. Any export of cultural or artistic items are not allowed.

• Avoid walking unaccompanied in lonely places and especially at night , otherwise tell someone where you are going

• If you have problems with the authorities request their identification cards

• In banking and commercial entities verify bills and coins , if necessary ask other bills or coins if you have doubts about its authenticity.

 

 

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION

 

CURRENCY:

 

The official currency of Peru is the equivalent of 100 cents Nuevo Sol . The U.S. dollar is the currency most widely circulated after the Sol and it is accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants. The Euro is accepted in very few places . You do not often change foreign currency at banks . This is because of the long queues and the exchange rate is lower than in the money exchange . You can also withdraw money from ATMs with a credit card or debit card or go where to a " money changer " . The moneychangers often carry a vest with a symbol " $" (check the picture and you can find them on the main avenues) . You will get a higher rate of change but count your money and check if you have been given a counterfeit bill . We recommend you bring dollars for the first days of stay in Peru .

 

ATMs , travelers checks and credit cards.

 

 In Peru cash is mostly used, therefore, in some small towns may be impossible to change a traveler's check or use a credit card or debit card. ATMs are the best way to get cash in Peru and can be found in most of our towns and cities . The most accepted cards are Visa and Master Card. American Express and Diners Club are not accepted in most establishments. In touristic shops you can easily pay with credit card. However, please note that some banks charge a commission ranging between 1 % and 3 % on payments made with your credit card abroad. You can change travelers checks in major banks pay a fee between 1% and 4 %. However, commercial establishments do not accept travelers checks as payment .

 

 

Tips:

 

Tipping when you are satisfied with the service provided is common in Peru as in most South American countries. The usual tip for porters at hotels and airports is $ 1 for two bags . As for restaurants leave a tip equivalent to 5-10% of the bill( that's enough ) , unless the service has been exceptional. It is usual to tip guides and drivers at the end of the trip if you are satisfied with the quality of services provided.  It is not customary to tip taxi drivers.

 

TAXIS

 

There is a number of taxis in Lima and other cities , you can access them by telephone or through the hotel reception . This transport is safe and even some drivers may have basic knowledge of English. You can also find taxis in the streets, whose rates are cheaper but in turn offer less security. In both cases, because the taxis in Peru do not have meters .You will have to negotiate the price when requesting service.

 

 

 

Bargaining

 

Asking politely discount prices for local shops and markets is an accepted and even expected . However we recommend avoiding exaggerations. Think well about the relevance of a couple of dollars for you compared to what they might mean for a merchant or craftsman. Bargaining is not usual in restaurants.

 

Overseas calls and Internet access:

 

 It is very easy to make national or international phone calls from telephone booths. They accept coins or " calling cards " . Cards can be purchased at newsstands or street vendors. Most cabins have lists with dialing codes of most countries and cities around the world and instructions in English and Spanish . Peru 's international code for calls from abroad is +51 . Some international mobile phone companies offer the service of " roaming " . You can rent mobile phones in the main tourist cities. Internet access in Peru is quite economical . Rates vary between USD 0.50 and USD 1.00 per hour. You can also find Internet Cafes where you can get access most of the time for free via wireless Internet .

 

Electricity:

 

The voltage used in Peru is 220V and outlets for both round and flat teeth . Although in some major hotels they can also provide 110 V.

 

BOARDING FEES AT AIRPORT:

 

Peruvian authorities have determined that air transport from 2011 airport taxes for flights departing from Lima , Cusco , Trujillo , Chiclayo , Iquitos , Piura, Tumbes and Cajamarca have to be included in airfare . The amount varies according to destination. Its estimated cost is $ 5 for domestic flights and $ 31 for international flights.

 

Hours

 apart

GMT -5 hours

 

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HEALTH:

 

Vaccines

 

Before visiting our country we recommend that you pre - general health check with your personal physician . As these vaccines are suggested to enter Peru : diphtheria, tetanus , polio , typhoid , hepatitis A / B , rabies, yellow fever is recommended especially for trips to the jungle ( Iquitos and Puerto Maldonado ) . Should come from countries with cases of yellow fever (Africa and other countries in Latin America ) It is obligatory to carry Primer vaccination against yellow fever. The vaccination card is only valid after 10 days of application and for a period of 10 years.

 

In the northern of Peru like Iquitos , Malaria prevails , is for this reason that The Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( www.cdc.gov ) recommends the vaccine against this disease.

 

Insect protection:

 

 In the jungle you will find a variety of insects so you should have good protection against their bites that not only prevents unwanted eczema but also the transmission of diseases such as malaria and yellow fever . The most recommended is to use light-colored clothing , long pants and polos, use repellents containing DEET compound and apply it on the exposed areas , avoid perfumes and aftershave lotions and verify your accommodation with mosquito net and to spray them with repellent and cover windows and beds. If you have very sensitive skin, apply anti - allergic cream that can reduce itching.

 

Food and Drink:

 

 Most establishments in cities and tourist regions offer high standards of hygiene . However it is advisable to consume only bottled beverages and avoid drinking tap water , even in the most luxurious hotels , and avoid drinks with ice. If you are hiking in the mountains or visiting a remote area where you can not access bottled water, drink boiled water or use purification tablets. Eat fruit you can peel and eat foods that are preferably cooked . The best prevention is to eat in clean restaurants and food vendors around the street.

 

 

 

Altitude Sickness

 

 The first symptoms of altitude sickness may occur from the 3,000 m but in some cases they may occur earlier. Lack of oxygen can cause headache, nausea, difficult breathing, physical pain and other symptoms that can be severe if combined with sunburn. Therefore, you should take the time needed to acclimate especially in Andean cities like Cusco Puno( 3,360 m 3,827 m) . You should avoid all physical exertion during the early hours of arrival and also avoid drinking alcohol. Try to eat light foods and consume enough water, especially our local drink Mate de Coca (coca tea).

 

WEATHER:

 

Peru 's climate can be either wet or dry depending on the region where you are and temperatures may vary by elevation.

 

The coast and surrounding areas - Lima, Ica , Nazca , Arequipa

The coastal region of Peru is cold due to the altitude and usually wet throughout the year . Temperatures are high during the summer months ( December to March) with hot, humid days of around 29 º C and cold nights down to 10 º C. Winter (April to November) is not so cold but very humid.

 

High Cities - Cusco , Puno

 

 Andean cities have rainy seasons (November to April) and dry season ( May to October) . These days are clear and sunny ( 16 º C to 21 º C ) but with very cold nights ( 7 º C ) especially in the high season being dry climate ideal for hiking in the mountains .

 

Jungle- Iquitos , Puerto Maldonado

 

Although the Amazon forest is mostly humid ( tropical and significant rainfalls are expected throughout the year), also we experience two distinct seasons . During dry weather season ( May to October ) temperatures in the day reaching 30 ° C and 38 ° C from November to April , heavy rains which can even cause river floods appear .

 

SAFETY:

 

Be cautious

 

 Peru is perceived as a safe country by most tourists. However security in general is not critical as in the late 80s and early 90s . Most citizens recognize that tourism plays a very important role in the development of the economy and that is why in recent years security has improved .

 

 

The possibility of having a bad experience can be greatly reduced by taking the following precautions:

 

• Make photocopies of all important documents (passport, flight tickets) and bring them with you

• Leave all important documents or jewelry in the hotel

• If necessary, carry original documents or cash within a secure pouch under your clothes

• Observe and always hold your belongings especially in crowded places

• Remember that you are under the laws of our country and it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself and know them before you arrive. Drug trafficking is a serious crime that we should also consider. Any export of cultural or artistic items are not allowed.

• Avoid walking unaccompanied in lonely places and especially at night , otherwise tell someone where you are going

• If you have problems with the authorities request their identification cards

• In banking and commercial entities verify bills and coins , if necessary ask other bills or coins if you have doubts about its authenticity.

 

 

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION

 

CURRENCY:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The official currency of Peru is the equivalent of 100 cents Nuevo Sol . The U.S. dollar is the currency most widely circulated after the Sol and it is accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants. The Euro is accepted in very few places . You do not often change foreign currency at banks . This is because of the long queues and the exchange rate is lower than in the money exchange . You can also withdraw money from ATMs with a credit card or debit card or go where to a " money changer " . The moneychangers often carry a vest with a symbol " $" (check the picture and you can find them on the main avenues) . You will get a higher rate of change but count your money and check if you have been given a counterfeit bill . We recommend you bring dollars for the first days of stay in Peru .

 

ATMs , travelers checks and credit cards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Peru cash is mostly used, therefore, in some small towns may be impossible to change a traveler's check or use a credit card or debit card. ATMs are the best way to get cash in Peru and can be found in most of our towns and cities . The most accepted cards are Visa and Master Card. American Express and Diners Club are not accepted in most establishments. In touristic shops you can easily pay with credit card. However, please note that some banks charge a commission ranging between 1 % and 3 % on payments made with your credit card abroad. You can change travelers checks in major banks pay a fee between 1% and 4 %. However, commercial establishments do not accept travelers checks as payment .

 

Tips:

 

Tipping when you are satisfied with the service provided is common in Peru as in most South American countries. The usual tip for porters at hotels and airports is $ 1 for two bags . As for restaurants leave a tip equivalent to 5-10% of the bill( that's enough ) , unless the service has been exceptional. It is usual to tip guides and drivers at the end of the trip if you are satisfied with the quality of services provided.  It is not customary to tip taxi drivers.

 

TAXIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a number of taxis in Lima and other cities , you can access them by telephone or through the hotel reception . This transport is safe and even some drivers may have basic knowledge of English. You can also find taxis in the streets, whose rates are cheaper but in turn offer less security. In both cases, because the taxis in Peru do not have meters .You will have to negotiate the price when requesting service.

 

Bargaining

 

Asking politely discount prices for local shops and markets is an accepted and even expected . However we recommend avoiding exaggerations. Think well about the relevance of a couple of dollars for you compared to what they might mean for a merchant or craftsman. Bargaining is not usual in restaurants.

 

Overseas calls and Internet access:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is very easy to make national or international phone calls from telephone booths. They accept coins or " calling cards " . Cards can be purchased at newsstands or street vendors. Most cabins have lists with dialing codes of most countries and cities around the world and instructions in English and Spanish . Peru 's international code for calls from abroad is +51 . Some international mobile phone companies offer the service of " roaming " . You can rent mobile phones in the main tourist cities. Internet access in Peru is quite economical . Rates vary between USD 0.50 and USD 1.00 per hour. You can also find Internet Cafes where you can get access most of the time for free via wireless Internet .

 

Electricity:

 

The voltage used in Peru is 220V and outlets for both round and flat teeth . Although in some major hotels they can also provide 110 V.

 

BOARDING FEES AT AIRPORT:

 

Peruvian authorities have determined that air transport from 2011 airport taxes for flights departing from Lima , Cusco , Trujillo , Chiclayo , Iquitos , Piura, Tumbes and Cajamarca have to be included in airfare . The amount varies according to destination. Its estimated cost is $ 5 for domestic flights and $ 31 for international flights.

 

Hours

 apart

GMT -5 hours

 

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HEALTH:

 

Vaccines

 

Before visiting our country we recommend that you pre - general health check with your personal physician . As these vaccines are suggested to enter Peru : diphtheria, tetanus , polio , typhoid , hepatitis A / B , rabies, yellow fever is recommended especially for trips to the jungle ( Iquitos and Puerto Maldonado ) . Should come from countries with cases of yellow fever (Africa and other countries in Latin America ) It is obligatory to carry Primer vaccination against yellow fever. The vaccination card is only valid after 10 days of application and for a period of 10 years.

 

In the northern of Peru like Iquitos , Malaria prevails , is for this reason that The Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( www.cdc.gov ) recommends the vaccine against this disease.

 

Insect protection:

 

 In the jungle you will find a variety of insects so you should have good protection against their bites that not only prevents unwanted eczema but also the transmission of diseases such as malaria and yellow fever . The most recommended is to use light-colored clothing , long pants and polos, use repellents containing DEET compound and apply it on the exposed areas , avoid perfumes and aftershave lotions and verify your accommodation with mosquito net and to spray them with repellent and cover windows and beds. If you have very sensitive skin, apply anti - allergic cream that can reduce itching.

 

Food and Drink:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most establishments in cities and tourist regions offer high standards of hygiene . However it is advisable to consume only bottled beverages and avoid drinking tap water , even in the most luxurious hotels , and avoid drinks with ice. If you are hiking in the mountains or visiting a remote area where you can not access bottled water, drink boiled water or use purification tablets. Eat fruit you can peel and eat foods that are preferably cooked . The best prevention is to eat in clean restaurants and food vendors around the street.

 

Altitude Sickness

 

 The first symptoms of altitude sickness may occur from the 3,000 m but in some cases they may occur earlier. Lack of oxygen can cause headache, nausea, difficult breathing, physical pain and other symptoms that can be severe if combined with sunburn. Therefore, you should take the time needed to acclimate especially in Andean cities like Cusco Puno( 3,360 m 3,827 m) . You should avoid all physical exertion during the early hours of arrival and also avoid drinking alcohol. Try to eat light foods and consume enough water, especially our local drink Mate de Coca (coca tea).

 

WEATHER:

 

Peru 's climate can be either wet or dry depending on the region where you are and temperatures may vary by elevation.

 

The coast and surrounding areas - Lima, Ica , Nazca , Arequipa

The coastal region of Peru is cold due to the altitude and usually wet throughout the year . Temperatures are high during the summer months ( December to March) with hot, humid days of around 29 º C and cold nights down to 10 º C. Winter (April to November) is not so cold but very humid.

 

High Cities - Cusco , Puno

 

 Andean cities have rainy seasons (November to April) and dry season ( May to October) . These days are clear and sunny ( 16 º C to 21 º C ) but with very cold nights ( 7 º C ) especially in the high season being dry climate ideal for hiking in the mountains .

 

Jungle- Iquitos , Puerto Maldonado

 

Although the Amazon forest is mostly humid ( tropical and significant rainfalls are expected throughout the year), also we experience two distinct seasons . During dry weather season ( May to October ) temperatures in the day reaching 30 ° C and 38 ° C from November to April , heavy rains which can even cause river floods appear .

 

SAFETY:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be cautious

 

 Peru is perceived as a safe country by most tourists. However security in general is not critical as in the late 80s and early 90s . Most citizens recognize that tourism plays a very important role in the development of the economy and that is why in recent years security has improved .

 

 

The possibility of having a bad experience can be greatly reduced by taking the following precautions:

 

• Make photocopies of all important documents (passport, flight tickets) and bring them with you

• Leave all important documents or jewelry in the hotel

• If necessary, carry original documents or cash within a secure pouch under your clothes

• Observe and always hold your belongings especially in crowded places

• Remember that you are under the laws of our country and it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself and know them before you arrive. Drug trafficking is a serious crime that we should also consider. Any export of cultural or artistic items are not allowed.

• Avoid walking unaccompanied in lonely places and especially at night , otherwise tell someone where you are going

• If you have problems with the authorities request their identification cards

• In banking and commercial entities verify bills and coins , if necessary ask other bills or coins if you have doubts about its authenticity.

 

 

 

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