TIPS FOR TRAVELERS
Tips For SAVE Travel To Peru
We want you to get to know every corner of our beautiful country, travel like a local, enjoy and be safe, having in mind the following recommendations:
Some travelers require a visa to visit Peru, so check the list of countries before you buy your ticket and verify the entry requirements according to the country where your passport was issued. Machu Picchu Regulation Here
Peru is a place where nature always rules and adventure awaits, just remember:
- Book tours are offered by authorized travel agencies.
- Always check the local weather conditions and forecasts before you take a tour.
- Make sure the tour guide provides you with the safety instructions and the activity´s regulations before starting the tour.
- Ensure the company has the operating permit of the Peru Ministry of Culture, insurance policies, and certified tour guides.
Going On Adventure Safely
INCA TRAIL TOURS
WILDLIFE & NATURE
Yellow Fever, Malaria, Covid-19
The health care system in Cusco Peru is very good, both private and public.
Although, basic vaccines for hepatitis A and B are recommended, as well as rabies and tetanus, before making the trip.
The government of Peru requires the yellow fever vaccine certificate when traveling from countries in Africa (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan), Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and the Republic of Guyana. The vaccine must be administered at least 10 days before the start date of your trip.
What vaccinations are mandatory for Peru?
Courses or boosters usually advised: Hepatitis A; Tetanus. Other vaccines to consider: Diphtheria; Hepatitis B; Rabies; Typhoid; Yellow Fever. Selectively advised vaccines – only for those individuals at highest risk: none. No yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for this country.
SOLO FEMALE TRAVEL
We want you to enjoy exploring the beauty and culture of our country. And if you are traveling alone, please take the following precautions:
- Use official transportation only.
Avoid walking, jogging, or sightseeing alone in secluded areas, especially at night.
- Do not share the details of your itinerary on social media or with strangers.
- Understand the risks of traveling alone and being with people you do not know.
- You can trust the police. They are here to help you.
Always keep in touch with your family and friends.
- In case of emergency or suspicious behavior, Peru dial (911)
Do not drink water straight from the tap!:
Peruvian Food, Taxes and Tipping
Our cooking style is a study in juxtaposition:
Hot and cold, acidic and starchy, robust and delicate. That’s because Peruvian food is all about spices and big flavors, some clean and crisp, others deep and heavy. Every sip of a pisco sour tamed the citrus and chile assault of ceviche, the fish so fresh it almost crunched between my teeth.
Head to a soda (a small, locally owned cafe) or the local market for the freshest and most authentic cuisine.
It is easy to find restaurants, sodas, cafes, bistros, and bakeries. The cuisine is quite extensive and includes both national and international options.
In restaurants and hotels, an 18% Value Added Tax
An Optional: 10% tip is not included in the final price; however, if you are more than happy with the service and want to leave a gratuity, it will be welcome.
Peru Sim Card For Tourist
Cellphone and mobile internet providers in Peru:
An unlocked cell phone will work in Peru. But remember to call your wireless provider before you go to add global roaming capabilities to your plan.
You can also buy a SIM prepaid card and use your unlocked cell phone in Peru. Find SIM cards at the Telefonica (the national telecommunications company) booth at the airport, or in any telephone company store around, such as Claro and Movistar. A local line is not required to dial 911 just in case of an emergency.
1 Sol equals 0.27 United States Dollar
Traveling on a budget? No problem. Peru has a ton of things to do for travelers on almost any budget:
- The SOL is the currency of Costa Peru.
- US$ dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted.
- Exchange money only at banks and approved change offices.
- Bank transactions require a valid passport (not a copy nor a picture).
- ATMs are located throughout the country. Some of them remain closed from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
- Remember not to flash your cash.
- Sales tax or Value Added Tax (VAT) is 18%. It is included in the final price of every service or product purchase.
- The departure tax should be included in most airline tickets.
- For those flight tickets where it is duly stipulated that they do not include the departure tax, you must pay $29 per person, either in dollars, soles (local currency), credit, or debit card.
TRAVEL LIGHT IN PERU
When you’re headed to Peru, travel light
If there’s a way to avoid checking baggage, do it. Play it safe and carry on. You’ll be able to take advantage of hotel washrooms and laundromats on your journey and the less you have to keep up with, the better. If you are checking baggage, remember to weigh your bags before you get to the airport.
Try to pack only what is necessary, cool clothes that are easy to wash and dry, since airlines and tour operators have weight restrictions on luggage, and you will probably move from one place to another.
Include in your luggage all the medication you may need if you have a medical condition since some medications in Peru require a certified prescription.
We want you to have an incredible time exploring Peru safely:
- Always take care of all your belongings and valuables, even when traveling by bus.
- Carry your backpack in front of you.
- Avoid unsolicited help from strangers.
- Avoid walking in isolated places and places without lighting.
- Check your map and mobile phone in secure areas.
CAR RENTING IN PERU
DRIVING SAFE ON THE ROAD
Driving a car in Costa Rica gives you the freedom to navigate the beautiful landscape at your leisure. But there are a few things to keep in mind before you begin your adventure:
- If you experience a mechanical issue or a flat tire avoid stopping in lonely places and don’t accept unsolicited help from strangers.
- It is better to call the Rent-a-Car or dial 911 to request help.
- Don’t leave any valuables unattended in your car – such as credit cards, cash, jewelry, or your passport.
- Use public parking lots with surveillance.
- Use a GPS or a GPS navigation app. It’ll save time and prove convenient when exploring.
- Just make sure you have a chip or an international data plan!
- The terrain can get more adventurous depending on where you choose to go. So keep that in mind when renting your vehicle.
- Verify the condition of the car and its required safety equipment (warning triangles, reflective vests, lug nut wrench, spare tire, and a fire extinguisher).
- When renting the car, read the contract thoroughly to understand what is covered and what is not.
- Ask for details of car policies and insurance.
- Be aware of all the details about the insurance policies.
Peru uses 220-volt electricity
LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STAY?
Mountain Lodge? All-inclusive hotels? Luxury? Mountain and beach? Cozy cabins for a romantic outing or honeymoon? A hostel may be:
The difficulty is deciding among the hundreds of lodging options that Peru offers you and a wide variety for all budgets
Peru uses 220-volt electricity, so visitors will need a converter for 110-volt devices. Most plugs in Peru are the two-pronged flat type found in the US, but a three-pronged and two-pronged circular type are also found.
- No matter which one you choose, when booking a hotel ask for a written confirmation of the service and cancelation policy.
- Do not give any information about your debit or credit card over the phone.
- Outlets are 220 V, with standard US two-prong plugs. Use the hotel’s safe-deposit box.
- Bring a copy of your passport when you go on a tour close to your hotel.
- Ask the front desk for the safest routes and means of transportation, especially at nighttime.
Bring the best shoes for hiking in Peru
When you’re headed on a Peru vacation, the idea is to keep it as stress-free as possible:
Pay attention to the little things to avoid any snags.
- BRING THE RIGHT SHOES! There are a ton of fun things to do in PERU and you don’t want your footwear to limit you or give you blisters.
- A pair of sandals and some decent appropriate hiking shoes for Peru should do fine. If you plan on doing some serious hiking or climbing, consider some heavier-duty options.
Castellano, Quechua, Aymara
Many Peruvians speak English quite well, but remember the native tongue is rooted in Spanish:
Chat with the locals–maybe they can suggest an excursion you had not planned on!
Planning Your Trip To Peru