It is very important to keep the migration paper (Tarjeta Andina de Migracion), that you receive at the border, until you cross the border again to go back to your home country. Keep this paper safely together with your passport. We recommend that you make a copy of the migration paper at the hotel you are staying in during your trip in Perú and upon return you have to show this document at the border in order to leave the country. Therefore, we strongly advise you to keep it safe.
Citizens from most countries in the Americas and Western Europe do not require visas to enter Peru. Information on Peruvian consulates and embassies abroad can be found at Rree.gob.pe. Bolivians, Ecuadorians, Brazilians, and Chileans may enter determined regions of the country just by presenting their national identification documents. The maximum authorized length of stay is 90 days.
Currency and payments
The official currency of Peru is Nuevo Sol (S/.). The U.S. Dollar is accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops.
There are many currency exchange stores in the cities of Perú where you can exchange US Dollars and Euros. Always try to carry the necessary bills and coins you will need for the day and don’t carry larger bills which can be difficult to break in some places. ATM´s are easy to find in cities, so you do not need to worry about drawing out a large sum of money prior to your trip. In order to avoid any unnecessary stress, please inform your bank of the dates and to where you will be travelling. Please also verify with your bank any fees or charges incurred by using foreign ATMs and swipe machines before travelling. We strongly recommend to only use the ATMs you can find in banks and not the ones located on the street or in shops. The most widely accepted credit cards are: American Express, VISA, Diners Club and MasterCard.
The weather in Peru varies from region to region. Please see below of a short description of what you can expect in the different areas:
Lima tends to be rather warm and humid all year round. Pack cotton clothes if travelling between January and March. Between March and April, you need something warmer to wear at night. During December and April is the best time to visit Lima, as the weather is mild and the sun is out. It hardly ever rains in Lima, so don’t worry about wet weather gear.
Weather information for Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. The rainy season is between November to March and the dry season is from April to October. However, don’t worry about visiting Cusco in the rainy season as it does not rain all day, usually 3-4 hours per day, and the sun is normally out during the day. The average temperature is between 10°C and 15°C and for sunny days the temperature can reach up to 20°C. During the nights in May, June and July, the temperatures can drop down to 5°C. Basically the weather in the Andean region changes all the time from hot and cold, to rainy and dry and is very unpredictable.
During the dry season between April and October, most of the days are sunny and warm, but the nights will get very cold. During the rainy season, the days can be warm and have periods of rain but also many days of sunshine.
The weather in Arequipa is generally good all year round. It is sunny during the day and is warm during the night. Even during the wet season from November to March, it almost never rains, which makes it is an ideal tourist destination all year round.
- The Amazon Rainforest
All year round, the Peruvian Amazon has temperatures between 15°C to 30°C, but it may rain heavily during the wet season from November to March, and especially in December and January. If you are going to the Peruvian Amazon during this time, make sure you bring waterproof clothes with you.
- Nazca & Ica
In this area of Peru, the weather is nice all year around and it almost never rains. Most of the days are warm and sunny and it stays warm during the nights. During the winter, the nights the temperature can drop, so you should bring some warm clothing at that time of the year.
- Nothern Peru
Here it is is warm all year round and the temperature can be between 15°C to 23°C and it almost never rains. During the summer, it can reach temperatures of 24°C to 36°C. We advise you to dress lightly for this region and make sure you bring sunscreen.
Most outlets in Peru use 220 volts. 4 and 5-star hotels have outlets equipped for 110 volts.
Peru generally has good healthcare facilities. There are many hospitals and clinics that can be found just around the corner, especially in the main cities, such as Lima, Cusco and Arequipa. Clinics will help you very fast, they are clean but they also charge a big amount for attending you, while in the hospitals you will have to wait in big lines, they are less hygienic but cost much less money.
A yellow fever vaccination is highly recommended for travelers who is going to the Amazon Rainforest. The vaccination must be done at least 10 days before your trip in order for it to be effective.
To avoid altitude sickness, please pay attention to the following:
- Do not exercise too much on the first day in high altitude areas
- Eat lightly during the first two days, avoid heavy meals and milk products
- Drink plenty of water and high energy drinks.
- If you have any heart, respiratory or pulmonary problems, please consult your doctor
- We strongly recommend to drink a lot of coca tea as well as chewing the leaves, increases the absorption of oxygen in the blood.
What to eat and drink
To avoid getting stomach infections, we recommend you to not eat any raw meats or unpeeled fruits, only boiled drinks, water and do not eat food from the street.
What to bring
Due to the change of weather conditions, we recommend that our passengers bring light clothes such as short pants, shirts, sandals and swim suit as well as warm clothes, like a warm jacket, rain jacket for the rainy season and comfortable hiking shoes.
We also recommend to bring: Original and photocopies of your Passport airline tickets and travel insurance. US dollars credit card, and our ´Pre-Travel information, any required entry visas or vaccination certificates, sunscreen, sun hat, insect repellent, sunglasses and a alarm clock. It is also recommended that you bring a first-aid kit containing lip salve, Aspirin, band aids and blister pads, allergy tablets, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder (Gatorade), and personal medication.
What to bring if you are going on trekking excursions:
Cover for backpack
Inner sheet for sleeping bag
Basic first aid kit
Refillable water bottle
Wet wipes and tissues
Strong plastic bags to help keep gear dry
Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen)
Windproof / waterproof jacket
Pair of shorts
Comfortable pants for hiking
Hiking boots or comfortable walking shoes
Underwear (including thermal top and leggings)
Swim suite (optional, if you will visit hot thermal springs)
All other camping equipment for the trekking excursions are provided and included in the cost of the package. Porters carry the gear, so you will only be responsible for carrying your daypack. But please be aware there are weight limits on what the porters can carry, thus every passenger is limited to 7 kg, including sleeping bags that weigh approximately 1.5kg. All other items may be stored in your hotel in Cusco. Regarding the train to Machu Pîcchu: All passengers only have a limit of 5kgs, so please leave any unnecessary items in your hotel.
There are luggage restrictions for your trip to Machu Picchu and the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. All passengers travelling on the train to Machu Picchu will only have a limit of 5kgs, so please do not take any unnecessary items. It is possible to store your luggage in your hotel in the Sacred Valley or in Cusco before travelling by the train. In case you will not come back to the same hotel, we will make sure to transfer your luggage safely to your next hotel. When travelling to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, you will have to leave a part of your luggage at the office in Puerto Maldonado, as it is not allowed to bring more than 10kg to the lodges and only bring your necessary personal belonings.
Domestic flights within Perú
When buying a product from Cusco Experience we will include your domestic flights if you wish unless you want to book them by yourself. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to purchase these tickets. All domestic flight tickets are electronic so you will not receive any physical tickets. We will be able to provide you with your booking reference number and electronic ticket number before you arrive to Perú. You will only need to present your passport at the airline counter in order to check in. Additionally, the boarding passes will be overhanded by your tour guide or driver, as we do the pre-check-in for you. Please be aware that there are different luggage restrictions, given by the different airlines, especially regarding your carry-on luggage.
Baggage information for each airline company we work with:
LATAM Airlines: https://www.latam.com/en_us/travel-information/baggage/carry-on-baggage/ (LATAM only allows passengers to bring 8 kilos of luggages inside the airplane. In the case that a passenger needs to add luggage weight (more than 8 kilos), the passenger has to an additional $20 fee.)
Star Peru: http://www.starperu.com/en/equipaje.html
Peruvian Airlines: http://www.peruvian.pe/pe/en/info/conditions-carriage
How to call
In order to dial from overseas, please dial 00 then 51 (the Peruvian telephone code) and then the city code: Lima 1, Cusco 84, Puno 51, Arequipa 54, and finally the phone number.
Calling within Peru
National calls (from city to city): Add zero before the city code.
Local calls (within the same city): Dial the number only.
Fire Brigade: 116
Taking a taxi
When taking a taxi in Peru, make sure you negotiate a price before starting the service, as the taxis here do not have meter machines. If you are unsure how much you should pay when taking a taxi, you can ask a local or the hotel employee how much a fair price is. Taking an official taxi is more secure than taking an unregistered taxi from the street. When you are in Lima, ensure that you take a secure taxi, especially at night by either by asking your hotel or restaurant to call you one. (Some registered and trustful taxi companies in Lima are Taxi Amigo - Tel. 01/349-0177, Taxi Móvil - Tel. 01/422-6890, Taxi Line - Tel. 01/330-2795) Taxi costs in Lima vary from 5 to 70 soles depending on where you are going. A taxi from Miraflores to the Center of Liam should cost around 15 soles. Regarding the other cities in Perú, please take taxis with signs/phone numbers on top of the cars. In Arequipa, it is a good idea to call a taxi rather than catch one on the street, due to safety issues, the same as for Lima. The price of a taxi in Cusco, Arequipa and Puno ranges from 3 to 5 soles.
Travel safe and secure
We strongly recommend the use of a money belt while travelling.
Always leave your passport and other important documentation at the safety box in your hotel.
Always pay attention when walking on the street and where you place your belongings. Pick pocket is common in Peru.
We strongly recommend you to sign up with a reliable travel insurance company before your trip. We recommend all our clients to the travel insurance company of Squaremouth, who offer good cover at competitive prices. Please visit: http://www.squaremouth.com/travel-insurance/index.pl?pid=20447 to get more information.
Responsible and Sustainable Travel
- Regarding our transportation: we work only with new transportation cars or sprinters that doesn't create much contamination.
- Regarding our meals: all meals we provide to our clients are made by re-usable containers, that our clients cannot throw out in the nature.
- None of our clients are not allowed to smoke while going on any of our services.
- None of our clients are allowed to bring any plants, animals or minerals from Peru to their home country.
- All hotels and transportations we work with are installed with containers of organic waste, inorganic waste and medical waste baskets.
If you need to contact us for any reason please call our local office in Cusco.
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