Famous for the Inca ruins, Perú is home to the marvelous site of Machu Picchu and so much more! With one of the largest indigenous populations in Latin America, there is no shortage of cultural diversity, vibrancy and tradition in Perú. From the cozy mountain towns of the Andes, the lush Amazon jungle and rainforest to the bustling metropolis of Lima and in between, Perú has something for everyone. Perú also stands out globally as one of the top gastronomical capitals in the world and is home to the Pisco Sour. For those looking to leave the bar stool behind and get their heart rate going Perú offers incredible hiking and outdoor adventure opportunities and wildlife observation. Dress in layers as we travel throughout Perú various climate zones and elevations as we scratch the surface of South American jewel.
Peru is a multilingual nation and Its official language is Spanish. In the zones in which they are predominant, Quechua, Aymara and other aboriginal languages also have co-official status according to Article 48 of the Constitution of Peru. In addition to Spanish, Quechua and Aymara, there are many Amazonian languages such as Urarina, Aguaruna and Peruvian Sign Language spoken throughout the country.
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What will the food be like on my trip?
The food and drink in Peru is some of the most varied in the world. Thanks to a range of climates, a colonial history, and its bordering countries, you’ll find old favourites served with a South American twist and incredibly fresh fruit and vegetables.
Can I drink the water in Perú?
We do not recommend drinking tap water in Peru. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water; ask your leader where filtered water can be found. It’s also advisable to peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Is it safe to travel through Perú?
The threat of violent crime in most of Peru is no greater than many of the world’s major cities. Travel around the country is relatively safe and reliable. The Peru of today is far from the militaristic repression, rebellion, and corruption of its history.
Are credit cards/debit cards accepted?
Visa is the most widely accepted card in Peru, and nearly all ATMs accept Visa for cash withdrawals.
What documents do I need to visit Perú?
Upon arrival to Peru, you will receive a tourist visa. This is the case for citizens of the U.S., Canada, the European Union, Australia and New Zealand. The length of your stay will be decided by immigration officials but the maximum amount of time you can stay in the country is 183 days each calendar year. Peru does not offer visa extensions.
You must present a passport valid at the time of entry and have at least one blank page available for the entry stamp. Immigration authorities may also request proof of onward travel.
Do Americans need a visa to visit Perú?
Citizens of most American and Western European countries are not required visa to enter Peru.
Do I have to pay for a Perú departure tax?
What’s the rule of thumb for tipping?
Tipping is a personal choice and depends on the service rendered, but 10% is standard.
What is the weather like in Perú?
The winter (May – September) is the driest season and therefore the best time of year to travel, especially if you’re planning to visit Cusco or trek to Machu Picchu. The summer (December – March) is warmer of course, but is also the wettest season, with frequent heavy showers. In the shoulder months, April and October, the weather can be unpredictable with varying conditions
Do I need an adaptor for my electronics?
Peru uses 220 volts, but typically plugs are shaped the same as in North America—two flat prongs. So you won’t need an adapter, but if your appliances run at 110 volts (likely, but always double check), you’ll need to bring a converter to avoid frying the device.
What is Perú's currency?
The currency of Peru is the nuevo sol (symbol: S/.). Nuevo sol banknotes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200. During the last decade, the nuevo sol has been one of the most stable currencies in the Latin American region. As of October 2018, the Peruvian nuevo sol was trading at 3.33 per US dollar.
Can I use my cell phone in Perú?
Most restaurants and hotels have wifi, but if you’d like to be connected outside of wifi zones, you can buy a Peruvian sim card.