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Peru

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Peru

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Amazing Vacations in Peru

There are countless reasons why Peru could be the perfect place for your next vacation. If the stunning landscapes ranging from arid coastal deserts to the thriving rainforests of the Amazon—with the majestic Andes in between aren’t enough to get you packing, throw in the 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites, a thriving culture, and an intriguing history going back thousands of years. 

For nature lovers, Peru is one of the most biodiverse places you can possibly find anywhere on our planet. It is also regarded as one of the best places in the world for bird watching with the array of flora throughout the country being just as spectacular. For photographers, Peru is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Wherever you travel within Peru, the living culture here is both enchanting and intriguing. A blend of Hispanic and native traditions, you’ll find that Peru is deeply rooted in its rich heritage. Inherited from the Incas, Spanish conquistadors and immigrant settlers, Peru’s micro-cultures intertwine with the changing landscapes, and include about 47 indigenous languages being spoken here like Quechua and Aymara.

The incredible ancient civilizations, their histories, and all of the amazing art and architecture are as fascinating as they are mysterious. With so many sites to see, you’ll either need to move here or make several trips to feel you’ve even scratched the surface and we only have some of the highlights here!

Peru has also come into its own as a culinary destination. There is no shortage of great food here. You’ll find wonderful food stalls, excellent restaurants and plenty of celebrity chefs so, loosen those belt buckles and eat your way through Peru if you must! 

Whatever you seek from your travels, you should be able to find it in Peru. From backpacking bliss to over the top luxury, the range of accommodations is well covered and the infrastructure for getting around is quite good. Families with young children can also consider Peru to be an excellent choice for an amazing vacation. Without doubt, we believe you’ll enjoy the wonderful hospitality of the Peruvian people and fall in love with their friendly ways. 

We hope you find enough travel inspiration here to get you packing, but if you need more idea, we’ve got them!

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Good To Know

Everything you need to know about before traveling to Peru.

Citizens of the United States will need a passport with a minimum validity of six months from the date of entry into Peru. A tourist visa is not currently required and tourists can stay up to 90 days without additional permissions.

List of All Nationalities & Requirements

(Updated 7/15/2020)

Peru is quite easy to get around with a number of public and private transportation options.

  • Car Rentals; secure parking is advised.
  • Light Rail Lima’s Metropolitano offers and efficient, fast service to downtown.
  • The Train is  expensive and is geared toward tourists.
  • Bus is a great option for getting around inexpensively.
  • Taxi 
  • Shared taxis are common in the provinces.

 

The official currency of Peru is the Sol (S /), also called nuevos soles.

Current Exchange Rates

US Dollars are accepted in many stores, restaurants, hotels and service stations. Always have a back-up plan with respect to payments with local vendors, local transport, and tourist activities. 

ATMs are found in almost all cities in the Peru, and most are connected to the Plus (Visa), Cirrus (MasterCard / Maestro), American Express and other networks. You can take cash out in US dollars or soles, but the exchange rate is often higher. 

You can also find street “money changers” who will exchange money, but the transaction cannot be guaranteed. The typical operating hours for bureaux de change are Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm, and 9am to midday on Saturdays. Bills should be in very good condition and it is better to use smaller denominations. 

Credit/Debit cards are widely accepted.

Customary Practices

Bargaining

  • Expect to bargain in cash with street vendors and stalls.

Tipping

  • Tipping is commonly practiced. 
  • Typical for a Restaurant is a 10% for good service.
  • Porters & tour guides: each should receive a tip at the end of a the trip.
  • Taxis  generally a tip not required (unless drivers have assisted with heavy luggage).
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If you are planning to travel with children under the age of 18, you should always ensure that you meet the entry requirements.

At this time, unless the child is a citizen or has dual citizenship that includes Peru, nothing other than a passport is required. That said, if both parents are not traveling together, a notarized letter and custody documents are a good idea to bring with you anyway.

(Updated 7/15/2020)

Amazing Places To Visit & Things To Do In Peru

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