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Peru

Experience Peru and discover a wealth of different worlds, all with their own individual landscapes, sounds, colors and tastes; travel back in time to ancient civilizations and share the great cultural heritage of the Peruvian people. Many destinations and experiences such as Peru’s coast and mountains can only be explained by seeing them in the flesh. The beating heart of its roots and destinations.

Peru Accessible

In 1998, Peru initiated a countrywide project targeting tourism establishments to improve facilities, and in the last decade, Peru was the only country in South America to attend a Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality conference.

Request a copy of “Tourism for the People with Disabilities: The First Evaluation of Accessibility to Peru’s Tourist Infrastructure,” available from the Peruvian embassy in your home country, before your visit to Peru. The 99-page report features evaluations of hotels, restaurants, museums, attractions, airports, and other services in Lima, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Cusco, Iquitos, and Trujillo.

One Peruvian hotel chain, Posadas del Inca (www.sonesta.com), stands out in a country where few places are equipped for accessible travel. With properties in Lima, Cusco, Yucay, and Puno, it maintains rooms in every hotel that are accessible for travelers with disabilities.

Key information

Health

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.

Hygienic conditions in Peru are good, particularly in the cities. Over the last year health services have been modernized and expanded to many hospitals and clinics in order provide adequate care. It is always advisable to purchase your own travel health insurance.

Security

Most tourists have a good experience when arriving in  Peru. We strongly recommend 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.

Documentation

Visas
Peru is basically a country of open doors. The entry into Peru for Citizens of most American and Western European countries does not require a tourist visa. The maximum period of stay granted by the authorities is 183 days (cannot be extended). For longer periods of time for other purposes (business, study, work, etc.) it is necessary to apply for the corresponding visa at a Peruvian consulate.

In order to enter Peru it is indispensable to carry a valid passport. Citizens of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela and Chile may enter with their valid national identification document.

Weather

Peru is a very large country that is crossed by the Andes and has a vast Amazonian region, so you are likely to notice differences from one place to the other, which may be more or less intense depending on the month of your visit.
It hardly ever rains on the coast, where there are usually two seasons:a warm season and a cold season.

  • The warm season runs from November 15th until the end of March.
  • The cold season occurs from April to mid November and it is very  humid.

Unlike the coastal area, the mountains and the jungle have a warmer rainy season running from mid November to late March, and the least warm season occurs between April and mid November.

Language

The  main language spoken in Peru is Spanish, used by about 80% of the population, while indigenous languages like Quechua and Aymara are spoken by most of the rest. In areas with a … You will most likely not go to any area where Quechua or Aymara is the main language, so it would not be necessary to speak those.

Electricity

The electricity voltage in Peru  runs on 220 volts and 60 cycles (except for Arequipa where it is 50 cycles).

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.

Good to Know

Country
Peru
Currency used
Sol (PEN)
Area (km2)
1,285,216 km2