Mystical, spiritual, cultural and culinary, Peru offers so many diverse enjoyments that it only makes sense to plan a customized guided tour. Set out with your bilingual guide on a journey to Machu Picchu, recently named “one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.” Stand at the pinnacle of Incan power overlooking the ancient Lost City. Or explore extraordi ...nary ruins near Cusco such as Sacsahuaman made of massive stone blocks, once a royal retreat. Peru is open for all adventures. Glide across expansive Lake Titicaca to interact with the native Uros people. Visit them on their sponge-like reed islands and admire their exquisite handicrafts. In Lima, South America’s gastronomic capital, set your taste buds alight with freshly caught seafood, spicy roast chicken, skewers of grilled meats and exotic fruits. Kids love Peru too! Try tailor-made cooking lessons, horseback riding, kid-friendly history tours and more! Sleep in a converted colonial monastery or at an eco-resort surrounded by water. Let our experts carefully craft your customized, inspiring tour of Peru.Show More
American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart Peru.Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from the original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed the replacement process should you lose your passport.
American and Canadian citizens traveling on regular passports for business or tourist purposes do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Please note that if you are staying longer than 90 days, obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is recommended that you check with the Embassy of Peru for the most up- to-date information.
Cancellation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.
Some vaccines require more than one dose or a major length of time to be effective. For that reason, it is recommended to see your doctor or health provider at least 6 to 8 weeks before your trip. Please bring vaccination certificates with you in your carry-on luggage as you may need to present them on arrival.
Currently Required Vaccinations:
A Yellow Fever vaccination is required for those traveling to the jungle and cities nearby. It must be given at least 10 days before your trip in order to be effective.
You may also want to ask your travel health professional about tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis A & B, malaria, rabies and typhoid, depending on the areas you will be visiting.
Altitude sickness is a risk at high levels such as Cusco (11,200 ft/3,414 metres). Give yourself time to acclimatise before setting off into the mountains. Walk slowly and drink plenty of water.
If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items. Other recommended Items:
Suggested items to pack:
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 60Hz. (110 volts AC is available in most 4- and 5-star hotels.) In Peru, you will find the following sockets:
Phone: Coverage is good throughout most of the country. Check with your phone company to see if there are roaming agreements before your departure. You can rent mobile phones in Lima and the main cities, or buy Peruvian SIM cards.
Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies. Mobile phones can be rented in Lima and the main cities. Coverage is sporadic.
Internet: Service is widely available in main cities and most towns. Wireless access is available in most urban areas, airports, hotels and shopping centres. In big cities such as Lima, you’ll find numerous Internet cafés.
The official currency of Peru is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN) which is divided into 100 céntimos (cents). Nuevo Sol notes come in denominations of S200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are available in S5, 2 and 1 Nuevos Soles, and 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 céntimos (cents). The official exchange rate is published daily in the newspapers and online at www.xe.com.
Language: Spanish, Quechua and Aymara are the official languages in addition to 50 native languages. English is spoken in major tourist areas.
Currency: Peruvian Nuevo Sol, divided into 100 cents.
Religion: 89 percent is Roman Catholic, 7 percent Evangelical and 4 percent unspecified
Time Zone: GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) – 5 GMT
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 60Hz. (110 volts AC is available in most 4- and 5-star hotels)
Telephone: Country code is +51. International calls to Peru: call 011 + 51 + city code + phone number.
Calling North America: Dial 011 + area code and your 7-digit number
Emergency telephone number: throughout Peru, call 105