Located in the western South America, Peru provides a snapshot of everything the continent has to offer. The country has managed to attract travelers due to its dramatic landscapes, diverse nature, rich history and culture, amazing food and hospitable locals.
Why Visit Peru
BIODIVERSITY & LANDSCAPES
Peru is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world, offering dramatic and diverse landscapes, from the Amazon jungle to the snow-capped mountains in Los Andes and arid deserts by the coastline, with over 90 different microclimates that allow nature to thrive.
Peru, the land of the Incas, has an impressive archaeological wealth, offering incredible museums, historic sites and some of the most impressive ruins there are, like the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, part of the Inca Trail and considered one of the most mysterious sites.
Peru is one of the most exciting culinary destinations. Its food is one of the most varied of the continent, the result of a fusion of cultures, flavors and ingredients, being Ceviche their main dish, but offering other regional delicacies like seafood, roasted pork, guinea pig, anticucho of heart and fusion food that will delight your palate.
HISTORY & CULTURE
Peru is a melting pot of cultures, a mix of Hispanic and native traditions (Inca, Quechua and Aymara), and a place where ancestral civilizations live in harmony with the modern life and cities, creating a vibrant and diverse community.
Peruvians tend to be very warm, friendly and hospitable. They are very proud of their country and heritage and won’t hesitate to show you around and make you trip even more enjoyable.
What to expect
Spanish is the official language in Peru, however, the majority of the population are bilingual, and speaks indigenous languages (like Quechua and Aymara) as well. English speakers can be found in the big cities, hotels and tourist attractions. It would come in handy to learn some basic words in spanish, as english speakers are hard to find except on the areas mentioned, Peruvians will also appreciate the effort.
In Peru the standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 60 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa.
The Peruvian Sol is the currency of Peru. Surprisingly, dollars are widely accepted, but other foreign currencies are not. It is recommended to carry some soles in cash with you anyway, for smaller vendors. You can exchange your money at any bank or exchange house, or withdraw directly from the ATM. Debit and credit cards are widely accepted in Peru. 1 USD equals 3.43 soles (as of 2020)
Peru’s climate is as diverse as its landscape. The temperature is usually colder in the Andes mountains around Cusco and Lake Titicaca, warmer along the coast and semi-arid and hot in the desert. Peru has two seasons, wet and dry, but local weather patterns vary greatly depending on the region.
Peru is relatively safe to visit. Petty crime is as common as in any other big city, especially around tourists as poverty rates are quite high in Peru. Violent crime not so much. It is recommended to leave your valuables at the hotel, to watch our for pickpockets and encouraged to exercise caution and common sense.
Visa Policy & Passport
Citizens of the following 97 countries will not require a visa to enter Peru: European Union, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina*, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong,, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kiribati, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Federated States of Micronesia, Moldova, ,Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Russia , Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City.
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