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Visa to Peru

What visa to travel to Peru?

Citizens of most countries of Latin America and Europe do not need to apply for a touristic visa to enter Peru. It is only required to have a passport valid for 6 month after the arrival date to Peru.

In case you do not need to apply for a visa, your passport will be only stamped upon your arrival to the airport and you will receive an identification form (Tarjeta Andina de Migraciones: TAM) that you should keep with you until your departure from Peru.

For more information about visa requirements for foreign citizens, you can check the officiel document on the following website: www.gob.pe


Altitude sickness in Peru

Altitude sickness in Peru

During your trip to Peru, you might experience altitude sickness. It can happen especially when the itinerary is planned in wrong order. For that reason, the altitude acclimatization is essential.

Most of the people regardless of their age ascending over 3000m can be affected by altitude sickness, even if they are in very good physical condition. Headaches, shortness of breath, nausea and disturbed sleep are the most common symptoms of altitude sickness. The right order of planned visits and the proper acclimatization will help you to get over.

We recommend you also to take with you some analgesics, especially if you are not used to travel in high altitudes. Check your doctor before the trip, he will give you some useful advice as well.


Best time to visit Peru

Best time to visit Peru

What is the best time to visit Peru? It depends in which geographical area you would like to travel. The high season to visit the Altiplano (Cusco, the Machu Picchu, Arequipa…) is from May to October.

Traveling in the Altiplano during the high season, it's the best way to enjoy sunny days and bright blue skies. The temperature in this period may vary between 15 and 25 degrees during the day and between 0 and 10 degrees at night. Thus, it would be good to take with you some warm clothes for your evenings, especially if you plan to visit the region of Titicaca Lake. Taking into consideration the altitude differences in this region, it is quite cool there at night.

Traveling during the low season, from November to April, it's a nice opportunity to enjoy the greener scenery with fewer traveler who visit the Altiplano at this time.

Summer months are the best to discover the Peruvian Amazon. The temperature may vary between 25 and 35 degrees during the day and around 15 degree at night. The climate is less humid and without rain, which makes this season more favorable for walking.


Paying and withdrawing money in Peru

Paying and withdrawing money in Peru

In Peru, payments are made in Peruvian sols (PEN) which is the local currency. US dollars might occasionally be accepted in some hotels.

Otherwise, all local transactions are mainly made in sols. You can change money before you leave your country (however, you might get a better exchange rate in Peru). Thus, once in Peru, you can simply withdraw money from ATMs during your trip (we recommend checking limits and fees with your bank before your departure). Please note that Peruvian ATMs have low withdrawal limit: 400 to 700 sols per withdrawal (around 100-200 USD per withdrawal).

Your dedicated guide will always be at your disposal to take you to an ATM in each city during your private trip in Peru.


Peru's gastronomy

Peru's gastronomy

You will be surprised by the tasty local cuisine and food diversity throughout your trip in Peru. Each region of the country offers its specific dishes.

Here you will find the Spanish cuisine called ‘’criolla’’, Andean cuisine, Amazonian cuisine, Afro-Peruvian cuisine and Chinese cuisine. You will have the opportunity to try dishes inspired from different ancient cultures fused together through centuries.

There are different famous dishes that we recommend you to taste during your stay in Peru, such as the well-known cuy (the grilled pork), the ceviche (prepared from raw and marinated fish), the picarones (sweet potato fritters) and of course the meat and vegetables prepared with a specific method on hot stones placed directly on the floor, called ‘’pachamanca’’.

We recommend you also to avoid to drink tap water. It is always better to buy bottled water. Of course, we will provide you bottled water in the car throughout your private trip in Peru.


Vaccinations for Peru

What vaccination to travel to Peru

Whatever destination you choose for your trip to Peru, we suggest that you keep your vaccines up-to-date: DTP (Diphtheria-Tetanus-Poliomyelitis), typhoid fever, and viral hepatitis A and B.

Please note that for some destinations (for example: Puerto Maldonado or Iquitos) the yellow fever vaccine is mandatory and the malaria treatment is recommended.

In any case, it is always useful to check with your doctor in case you need more specific information about you before your trip in Peru.


Security in Peru

Security in Peru

The security is one of the most important aspects during a trip in Peru or elsewhere. All our private tours in Peru are organized with a private dedicated guide who will be always there during the entire trip.

One of the most important missions of your dedicated guide-driver is to ensure your security throughout your private trip in Peru. Thus, in each visited city, he will give you all necessary recommendations about the places you should visit or avoid and he will take care of you during the sightseeing. In case there is any small issue, he will help you with all administrative procedures in Peru.

Globally there is no any major security problem in Peru, as the country has become much safer due to the measures taken by the government.

However we recommend you always to ask for advice of your guide in case you want to spend some free time in some city for individual discoveries. We recommend you especially to avoid the outings in Lima without your guide late in the evening.


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