Travel Tips

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When a tourist arrives to Peru wants to make the most of your trip. So if you want your experience to be really rewarding. Consider the following tips:

Maximize your trip to Peru

  • If you have little time to spend in Peru, try to get the most out of your residence. Upon reaching Peruvian soil, you will realize that 10 days is not enough to know the most important regions of the country. You should think of at least three weeks to enjoy your trip.
  • Before coming to Peru you should plan your trip in advance. Peru is a country with a large geography, so you will have to move more in local airlines and make the most of your time. For example from Lima is a distance of 1,165 Km. (724 miles) to the city of Cusco, a journey of 20 hours by bus is needed and only an hour by plane.
  • Now if you plan to stay one month touring the country, you should make your trips by public transport. On the other hand, if you want to leave Lima, you can travel by bus, which are cheaper than planes, has several times and relatively comfortable (if you choose a bus bed), on most routes. When traveling through the villages, take your passport with you, because you need to show it in the police control centers.

Go prepared according to the season and climate

  • Peru is located in the equatorial zone of South America and the weather does not correspond to its geographical location by two important factors, the Andes and the cold current of Humbolt, also called Peruvian current.
  • Travelers should note that Peru is divided into three geographical regions which differ by the Peruvian current and territorial condition: coast, highlands and jungle.
  • The coast has a temperate and warm climate in the north, a little colder in the center and south. The rains are almost nonexistent except for the northern region, where heavy rainfall occurs in the summer months. Moreover, it is common the presence drizzles or rains in the central coast (eg metropolitan Lima) and south (example: Arequipa) as well.
  • Moreover, in the Andean regions and mountainous areas have a cold and dry climate in the north the rains are more intense. The Amazon area or jungle has, hot and humid, with presence of torrential rains that increase in the summer months tropical climate.
  • The weather, the seasons, taking into account that varies by region.
    Summer: December 22. to 21 March.
    Autumn: March 22. to 21 June.
    Winter: June 22. to 22 September.
    Spring: September 23. to 21 December.

Having knowledge of the language and its dialects

The official language of Peru is Spanish, however in the Andean and Amazonian areas also speak Quechua, Aymara and other aboriginal languages. It would be interesting and productive for the trip to learn more of their dialects and languages ​​of each city.

Safety for national and international tourists

  • The Tourist Protection Office (SPT) has been created to protect your consumer rights by helping to solve any problems that may arise regarding the tourist services employing the traveler in Peru. Especially if you have a problem with the tour company and this breach his contract or provides poor service. Today it has been renamed and is called iPerú
  • How to communicate with the iPerú? By phone or fax 24 hours. For more information please contact (01) 574-8000 (Not available on public telephone). You must give the operator your name and briefly explain your problem and give the name of the tour company. There is attention in Spanish and English. It has 36 sites of care in 15 regions of Peru (Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, Cajamarca, La Libertad, Ancash, Lima, Ica, Ayacucho, Arequipa, Tacna, Puno, Cusco, Loreto and Amazonas).

Having knowledge of the Peruvian currency

  • The official currency is the Nuevo Sol, secondary units are cents. You can find coins of 0.05, 0.10, 0.20 and 0.50 cents, also coins the New 1, 2 and 5 soles, and notes with denomination of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Nuevos Soles.
  • To change the currency to Peruvian Sol, you can be made at banks and exchange houses Peruvian. The offer rate for the currency change varies, and official exchange rate does not exist. It is available in banks and in the daily newspaper.
  • If you are a tourist and you are out of Lima, do not forget that Peru has a modern banking network with advanced technology and usually have a wide network of branches in all cities of Peru.