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PERU TRAVEL INFO FOR FIRST-TIME VISITORS
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Peru is a country with more than 10,000 years of history.

It was the seat of the fabulous Inca Empire, but long before that, ancient civilizations bequeathed to the world superb samples of a glorious past like Caral; the royal tombs of Sipan, the most lavish burial of America; the enigmatic Nasca lines; or the portentous Kuelap fortress.


An exquisite territory, with a cuisine positioned as one of the best in the world. A rainbow of sounds, flavors and colors that are manifested in more than 50 native languages still in use, thousands of dances and ancestral musical instruments that can be seen and heard in large festivals and processions. Peru is a country that encompasses infinite destinations and is home to millions of people who are waiting for it with open arms.


PLAN YOUR TRIP

 

Language: Spanish.

English isn't widely spoken outside the tourist areas of Peru, so learning some basic Spanish phrases can help make your trip more smoothly.


Daily conversations

Spanish

English

Hola

Hello

Buenos días

Good morning

Gracias

Thank you

Disculpe

Excuse me

Perdón

I am sorry

Chao

Good-bye

Donde esta

Where is

Cuánto es?

How much is it?

Puedes hablar inglés?

Do you speak English?


Time zone: GMT-5

Time differences

New York

+1 hours

Chicago

N/A

San Francisco/ Los Angeles

-2 hours

Toronto/Montreal

+1 hours

Vancouver

-2 hours


When to visit:  

Year-round Peru is open to travelers. You should concentrate more on the idea of wet/ dry seasons & what you wish to do can be influenced by the weather.

Summer: Dec. 22 - Mar. 21 (the rainy season in the highlands and jungle).

Autumn: Mar. 22 - Jun. 21 Winter: Jun. 22 - Sept. 22

Spring: Sept. 23 - Dec. 21

 

Currency:

The Peruvian Sol comes in bills of 10 PEN, 20 PEN, 50 PEN, 100 PEN and 200 PEN, and coins of 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 PEN, 2 PEN and 5 PEN.

Foreign currency exchange can be found at the airports and most major banks.

 

Credit cards:

Credit cards of international brands, (like Mastercard, Visa) are generally accepted throughout the country.

 

Wifi & Plugs:

Hotels, restaurants and cafés in Lima and other major cities provide free Wi-Fi internet access to their guests and customers. Wi-Fi internet is limited in remote areas.

Peru uses 220V AC electricity. Power outlets most commonly feature two-prong round or flat sockets.

 

Visa Information:

Travelers from USA and Canada can visit Peru for up to 90 days without requiring a visa.

 

Emergency:

Police: 105

Medical: 115

Fire: 116

 

Travel tip: contact your Embassy/ Consulates for assistance

U.S. Embassy in Peru: 51-1-618-2000

Embassy of Canada in Peru: 51-1-319-3200

 

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Highlights:

Visit one of the New 7 Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu
Be amazed by the Peruvian Cuisine
Discover the heritage of the fascinating Inca Culture
Enjoy this unmissable cultural immersion
Enhance Experience by taking Extension to Lake Titicaca, Amazon Reserve & Colca Canyon

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