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How to prepare for a trip to Peru?

How to prepare for a trip to Peru?


The Peruvian Immigration Law (Decreto Legislativo No. 1350 - Decreto Supremo 007-2017-IN) requires the possession of a passport that is still valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in the Peruvian territory and authorizes a tourist stay of up to 183 days within a 365-day period. At the border, a stamp is affixed to the passport indicating the number of days authorized (from 1 to 183 days). It is forbidden to exceed the number of days allocated.

Citizens of Western European countries or United States of America do not need a visa. 



The official currency of Peru is the new sol (nuevo sol, S/.). It is divided into 100 cents, and exists in 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 S/. bills and in 5, 2 and 1 S/. coins and 50, 20, 10, 5 cents.

Visa, by far the most commonly accepted, MasterCard, both credit card and bank card and American Express and Diners Club, credit card, are all valid in Peru. Before leaving, inform your bank of your trip and ask them to increase the weekly amount of authorized withdrawals on your bank card. Make sure you have the necessary telephone number in case your card is lost or stolen.

ATMs only allow 400 or 700 Soles per withdrawal with a foreign card.



Before you leave, make sure you have adequate medical coverage. Have a ckeck-up done by your doctor and any necessary immunization reminders well in advance.

- Recommended vaccinations:

Yellow fever (only for stays in the Amazon).


- Other risks :

Traveler's Diarrhea. Avoid drinking tap water, washing, peeling or cooking fruits and vegetables.



The climate varies greatly depending on the region you travel through. From April to November, the sky is clear, even if small rains are always possible. At high altitudes, it is pleasant during the day and cold at night. So take warm clothes with you, even if you can walk around in a t-shirt during the day. Beware of the sun, which is strong at altitude, and bring a hat, sun cream and sunglasses.

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For more convenience in travel, it is advisable to take only the bare necessities, in the most compact way possible (a large soft travel bag rather than hard suitcases, and a smaller day bag).

For the trek, it is imperative to limit the weight of the bag to 8 kg to avoid overloading the porters or the mules.

Useful information if you plan to make purchases on the spot: you are authorized to carry up to 23 kilos in the plane on most regular transatlantic routes (check with the airlines to confirm these conditions on your flight). It is advisable to take out insurance.



  • Passport and 2 copies.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Plane ticket.
  • Currency in usd or local currency.
  • 1 large bag and 1 small bag (preferably backpack)
  • Camera.
  • Reading/writing material.
  • Flashlight.
  • Comfortable pants (trekking type).
  • Shorts, t-shirt and sweater.
  • Warm underwear.
  • Cap.
  • Waterproof and warm jacket.
  • Good shoes.
  • Sneakers or walking shoes (in case of trek).
  • Small towel and bath stuff.
  • Toilet kit.
  • Basic first aid kit (bandages, disinfectants, tape, 1 pain killer, 1 disinflammatory, immodium, broad spectrum antibiotic, mosquito repellent, lip stick).
  • Medication that you usually take.



Be careful in the altiplanic region, the Indians do not like to be photographed, and this, for two reasons: theft of a part of the soul or witchcraft rites, so prefer the use of the zoom lens or obtain their agreement. For the children, do not offer candy, pencils, etc. for your photos.



We recommend a budget of about 9/10 US$ per meal and 2/3 US$ per drink.



220 V. An adapter is not necessary but if a hotel has flat plugs, ask for an adapter at the reception desk.



U.S. Embassy : Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n, Santiago de Surco, Lima. Tél. 0051 (01) 618 2000

British Embassy: Torre Parque Mar, Av. José Larco 1301, Miraflores 150, Lima, tél. 0051 (01) 617 3000

Canada Embassy : Libertad 130, Miraflores, Lima. Tél. 0051 (01) 444 4015

Australian Embassy : Av. la Paz 1049, Miraflores 15074, Lima. Tél. 0051 (01) 630 0500