Do I need a visa to travel to Peru?
Generally speaking, no. The following countries do not require a Peru Tourist Visa to enter: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Switzerland, South Africa, New Zealand, Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Australia. If your home country is not on this list, you should check with the Peruvian Embassy in your country
for more detailed travel requirements.
Is tipping customary in Peru?
While tipping is not required, it is a good way to show appreciation for excellent service. You can budget $2-$10/day for your guide and $1-3/ day for your driver.
What is the internet access like in Peru?
High speed internet access is available in most hotels and cyber cafes in the major cities. In the rural areas, you are less likely to find an internet café and some boutique hotels do not have internet access either, although most do. Feel free to ask us before booking if Internet access is a priority for you.
Can I use my cell phone while in Peru?
It may be possible to use your cell phone from home while traveling in Peru. First, you must have a GSM phone that has a chip (tri or quad band that uses either the 850 or 1900 MHz band). Check your phone's compatibility here
. You then need a plan that allows international roaming or the phone must be unlocked to be able to use a local purchased GSM chip from Claro, Entel or Movistar. Roaming can be extremely expensive, so check with your operator before traveling to confirm your best option.
Do I need power adapters?
Peru has 220 volt, 60 cycle electricity, so devices that are 110 volt may require a converter (check the input voltage on each device). Plugs are usually 2-pronged flat type like in the United States, however there are places that use the 2-rounded prongs as well, in which case a round two-pronged converter would be necessary. Don't forget a 2-prong to 3-prong adaptor if you have 3-prong devices.
What are the toilets like in Peru?
In the bigger cities and the hotels we feature, the toilets are flushable. However, in some of the more remote areas, especially on treks through the Andes, you’ll likely encounter squat toilets as well. You should always have toilet paper and hand sanitizer with you just in case.
What will it cost for a….? (In USD)
Short bus ride: 25 cents.
1 hour of Internet in a cyber café: 75 cents.
Bottle of beer: $1.
Street food/ snack: $1.50
Lunch in a diner per person: $5.00
Dinner in a decent restaurant per person: $8-$12.
Can I drink the water in Peru?
You should not drink the tap water in Peru, however we make sure that there is always safe bottled water available for you. You can use the tap water to shower, wash your hands, and wash dishes with a strong antibacterial soap as long as you let them dry completely before using. We do recommend against brushing your teeth with the tap water.
How will I pay in Peru? Do I need to exchange my money?
Credit cards are generally accepted in restaurants and hotels in main cities like Cusco and Lima. Many travelers prefer to simply take their credit cards along and withdraw money from the ATMs as needed. However, in the Amazon and Andes and other rural areas, you are not likely to find an ATM or stores that accept USD, so you’ll need to make sure to exchange some of your money before departing the city. Most small stalls where you can buy food and souvenirs only accept cash.
Do I need to purchase travel insurance before heading to Peru?
You definitely should! We highly recommend buying travel insurance before heading out on your vacation, and we work with TravelGuard Insurance company to provide you with the best deals. They offer fair prices for comprehensive insurance packages. Our Once You’re Booked
page has more info.