Peru general Info

As you travel between different hotels, and you will have to handle your own baggage, please try to travel reasonably light. You should be able to lift and carry your own luggage. At some hotels, the coach may have to stop some distance short of the hotel entrance. Also, within some of the hotels there may be some long walks between the rooms and lobby area, which may include steps. Due to baggage restrictions on flights within Peru, your luggage should be kept to a maximum of 20kg (44lbs).

Your passport is often required when checking into hotels and when changing money, so carry it with you on these occasions. It is also an excellent idea to memorise your passport number for the form filling. It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents in your embassy.

The currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol. The Peruvian Sol not widely available outside Peru
US$ cash is easiest to change. It is also a good idea to have some US$ cash for emergencies. However, it is now possible to rely on ATM machines (offering Sols or US Dollars) which exist in all the major cities we visit.
Most of our hotels accept credit cards some of then with a extra charge of 5%.

We recommend that you to pack your clothing and equipment in a strong suitcase or holdall and take a small rucksack to carry those items you will need during the day. We also recommend you take a waterproof jacket, trousers, some long-sleeved shirts, warm fleece together with thin jumpers, woollen socks, shorts and lighter summer clothes, swimwear and a towel.
The secret, by the way, is layering. Peel off during the warm day, and layer on for cool nights. Here some examples on what you can bring with you.

If you visit the Jungle

  • Sandals with straps (You’ll be given rubber boots at the lodge.)
  • Comfortable walking shoes/hiking boots (nothing that you wouldn’t want to get muddy!)
  • Loose long-sleeved tops and long pants
  • Hat with netting
  • Poncho
  • Insect repellent
  • Flashlight

If you visit Machu Picchu

  • Hiking boots
  • Fleece
  • Poncho (December through February)

In you take the Inca Trail

  • Sleeping bag (you can also rent one in Cusco)
  • Headlamp
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Documents: Bring your passport. These documents will be requested at the entrance to the Inca Trail so make sure to carry them with you in order to avoid any problems.

The voltage in Peru is 220V. Some of your electronics may be able to take up to 220V; just look at the label on the charger. If not, you might want to carry an adapter/converter with you.
There is no electricity in the Jungle lodges after eight or ten o’clock each night when they turn off the generator!

Drinking or cleaning teeth in unboiled water is not recommended. Drinking only bottled water is a good idea. You’ll find many brands in supermarkets or in little stores called bodegas. Common brands are Cielo, San Antonio, San Luis, and Fresh (lemon infused water). There are two types of water you can buy: sin gas meaning un-carbonated, “normal” water, and con gas which is carbonated.

Important note: Peruvian tap water is not potable, should not be ingested directly from the tap. Be careful with what you eat to avoid upset stomachs and stay away from unpeeled fruit, salads and do not have ice in your drinks. Hot, fresh cooked food, where possible, is best.

You should also be aware of issues associated with travelling at high altitudes. The lower atmospheric pressure at higher altitudes results in less oxygen finding its way into the blood.

Problems usually start for most people at around 2,500 to 3,000 metres.
If you reach this altitude gradually the body can accustom itself to having less oxygen, and you are less likely to have problems. It is important on arrival at destinations at this kind of altitude to rest for a few hours and not to over-exert yourself in the first day or two, as over-exertion can make altitude problems more likely. Local people also swear by coca leaf tea, which you will probably be offered on arrival, as a means of preventing or treating altitude problems. It is harmless and if you drink plenty of it, it will at least help you to avoid dehydration, something else that makes altitude problems more likely, so drink plenty of fluids (not alcohol!) at these high altitude destinations. Anybody who has a medical condition affecting blood circulation or breathing or has any other worries should consult their doctor before departure.

Please take sensible precautions like leaving your credit cards and passport in the hotel safe and avoiding displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you need for each day.

As set out in Article 19 of the Ministerial Resolution, here are the general visitor rules for Machu Picchu:
19.1. Any type of bag/rucksack measuring more than 40 x 35 x 20 cm (15.7 x 13.7 x 7.9”) is not permitted, and must be placed in storage (near the entrance).
19.2. It is prohibited to enter with food and drink.
19.4. It is prohibited to enter with alcoholic beverages.
19.5. It is prohibited to enter with umbrellas or sun shades (hats and ponchos / rain coats are permitted).
19.6. It is prohibited to enter with photographic tripods or any type of camera stand/support. This is only permitted with pre-authorization and the appropriate permit.
19.9. It is prohibited to enter with any musical instruments, including megaphones and speakers.
19.11. It is prohibited to enter with shoes with high-heels, or hard soles. Only soft soles are permitted (like those found in training shoes or walking shoes/boots).
19.12. It is prohibited to enter with children’s strollers / prams. Only strap on baby/child carriers are permitted.
19.17. It is prohibited to climb or lean on walls or any part of the citadel.
19.18. It is prohibited to touch, move or remove any lithic items / structures.
19.22. It is prohibited to enter with walking sticks with a metal or hard point. Only elderly people and physically-handicapped people are permitted to enter with a walking stick, when it has a rubber tip.
19.25. It is prohibited to get naked, dress up, lie down, run and jump.
19.26. It is prohibited to make loud noises, applaud, shout, whistle and sing. The tranquillity and character of Machu Picchu must be maintained at all times.
19.27. It is prohibited to smoke or use an electronic cigarette.
19.32. It is prohibited to feed the resident or wild animals.
19.33. It is prohibited to paraglide, fly any type of drone or small aircraft.