Peru Travel Information
Information related to Peru before your trip!
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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 (some times 1 to 2 blocks) of the hotel entrance. (In the city of Cusco, Arequipa and Puno Buses or minibuses are not allow to enter close to the Main Plaza) 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 23kg (45lbs) and hand luggage max. 8 kg).
Be aware that to travel to Peru your passport must have a minimal validity of 6 months from the date of arrival to the Country.
Your passport is often required when checking into hotels, for train, bus and air services and entrances to Tourist places (Example. Machu Picchu areas).
Also when changing money your passport can be requiered, 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.
Electricity in Peru: Voltage, Plugs, Outlets and Adapters
The Electrical Supply in Peru
The electrical current in Peru is 220 volts with a standard frequency of 60 hertz. Please check out your equipment if can take 220 Volts before plugging anything in. If you’re coming from the USA, for example, you need to be careful, as the USA supplies electricity between 110 and 120 volts AC. In this case we recommend getting a converter.
If you’re coming from a country with voltage rated between 220 and 250 volts, then your appliances should work fine in Peru. These countries include the UK and much of Europe, India, Australia and many African nations.
Electrical Outlets (Sockets) and Plugs in Peru
Electrical outlets can make you a little bit confusing. You’ll notice that there are not just one but two types of plug sockets used in Peru; Type A and C.
The plug most commonly used around the country is Type A, which has two flat parallel prongs:
The second type you will find in Peru is Type C, which has two rounded prongs.
Many electrical outlets in Peru accept both the rounded and the flat plugs. However, you’ll find that the Type A outlets are more common so make sure you get hold of the right plug converter before leaving your home country.
In case you are not sure; maybe the best will be to have a universal plug adapter, which come with plugs that should – theoretically – fit in all sockets across the globe.
The currency in Peru is the “El 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%.
Clothing and equipment
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
- Insect repellent
If you visit Machu Picchu
- Hiking boots
- Poncho (December through February)
In you take the Inca Trail
- Sleeping bag (you can also rent one in Cusco)
- 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!
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.
- Please avoid to displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches (better to leave that at home).
- Do not carry more cash on you than you need for each day and try to have small checks such as $20 or $10 or peruvain currency with you to avoid to find a place to change.
- Be discreet and minimize advertising yourself as a tourist. Respect the local customs and culture, learn a few key phrases, be polite and walk like you know where you’re going.
- Avoid rough neighborhoods and walking alone in dimly lit areas or late at night.
- Enjoy a drink, but avoid drinking to excess which compromises your judgement and makes you an easier target.
- If your wallet or credit card has been stolen, contact your bank immediately to cancel your cards and obtain a police report.
- If your passport is stolen, contact your local embassy or consulate for advice. (Contact your travel agent as support in case of need)
Drinking or cleaning teeth in unboiled water is not recommended.
Drinking only bottled water is a good idea or bring with you a re-usable water blottle with filter or pills to purify the water. To get plastic bottles 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). But we strongly recommend bringing your reusable water bottlend.
We have a big problem due to non-reusable personal plastic bottles and reciclying in our country.
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 the best.
How is the weather at Lake Titicaca?
The weather is mostly sunny all year round during day time. The skies are mostly clear blue and you have to be careful with the intense sunshine during the day. It is highly recommended to use the strongest factor of sun protection. Sun bathing is not a good idea at these latitude and altitude. Be aware that temperature plummets in the evening, at night, and at dawn. We always need to have a warm winter jacket at hand for the time when the sun goes down.
Power outages / Water shortages
Power Outages don’t happen every day in most cities in Peru as in the past. However, they still happening and frequently in Cusco, especially during the rainy season when storms can cause damages on power lines.
Water shortages in Peru:
A situation that is very uncomfortable for our visitors is the water shortages in Peru and particularly in Cusco city. The city has an infrastructural problem and many places simply do not have flowing water for a certain period of the day and some time a couple of days. Peruvians are used to deal with this sad situation and families often save barrels of water in advance when they know that it will happen. Tourist hotels and restaurants try their best to avoid that this situation affects their visitors, but Be aware that in some hotels and buildings, water is turned off automatically for a few hours in the afternoon or during the night to save resources and money.