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Weather & Conditions 
Health & Vaccinations 
Travel Taxes
Water and Food
Electric Current
Public Transportation



Weather Coast ON THE COAST

The central and southern region of the Peruvian coast is generally sunny in the summer (November to May) and cloudy during the rest of the year. Temperatures vary between 20ºC and 30ºC during the summer and 10ºC and 20ºC during the winter.

The northern region of the coast has sunshine almost all year with some rain between November and March.



Weather Sierra (Highlands)  


The Andes have usually a rainless winter that runs from April to October and a rainy season that lasts from November to March, being heaviest in January - February.

In the highlands temperatures have accentuated variations during the day, with sudden temperature falls after sunset (sometimes up to 15ºC)

Weather Rainforest 


In the tropical forests it can rain all year round and there may be high temperatures. From November to May rain is heavier, rivers rise, but from May to September temperatures are generally milder but never cold, except in Madre de Dios (south) where cold air-masses move in from Bolivia and Argentina in the winter months and you may require to wear a jacket/sweater.


CURRENCY   (Back to Menu)

Currency Peru 

The official currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol. (S/), but U.S. dollars are widely accepted. Currency can be exchanged on the street, at exchange houses or at banks, as well as at ATM machines, which honour most international credit cards and bankcards. Most establishments such as shops and restaurants will accept payments in US Dollars as well as with Credit Cards. Travelers Checks are accepted to a lesser degree.





Health Peru Professional medical assistance is available throughout Peru, and is covered by most foreign insurance companies. Emergency evacuations may be easily arranged. Most medicinal drugs and a wide variety of natural medical practitioners are available. People with heart conditions or high blood pressure should not consider high altitude trips. As always, you should consult your doctor before travelling, particularly to the Peruvian Altiplano, (mountain areas) if you suffer from either respiratory, heart, or circulatory problems.



CLOTHING  (Back to Menu)

Peruvian Clothes Great variations in regional weather mean different types of clothing will be necessary, depending upon your itinerary. On the coast, warm clothes for the winter, while the summers are hot, and you should dress accordingly. In the mountains, the days tend to be hot, while the nights are cool to cold. Bring your rain gear from November to May. You should always carry a windbreaker with you while in the mountains, as if the clouds cover the sun, it can get very cool in a matter of minutes. In the jungle, rain gear all year round, shorts during the day and warm clothing for the evenings.

SHOPPING  (Back to Menu)

Shopping Peru All of the main cities offer most consumer goods from around the world. Supermarkets are also common, but most food shopping is done in local markets. Many internationally known brands are available in Peru, but sometimes there are variations. Souvenirs are widely available. As everywhere, there is a wide price range of products, from low prices and quality to high prices and quality. Peru is known for its impressive traditional handicrafts, known as “artesania” locally. Some of the most exquisite silver and gold work can be found, and the quality is second to none in the world.


CUSTOMS  (Back to Menu)

Customs Peru 

Some nationalities require entry visas that must be obtained at the nearest Peruvian Consulate before your arrival to Peru. In order to enter the country, you must have a passport with a remaining validity of at least 6 months. All tourists that visit Peru are given a tourist card that you must fill in with your information. Each card has a duplicate and Immigration keeps a copy of it in their office. This tourist card allows you to stay up to 90 days.

A photocopy of all travel documents is highly recommended, and make sure you keep them in a separate place from where you keep the originals. It is also a good idea to keep a set of photocopies with a relative or close friend at home. You may be asked upon entering Peru to declare some personal items such as electronic gadgets and you could be required to show them on your departure. There are some limits on the amount of consumer goods allowed into Peru, without paying customs duties.




TRAVEL TAXES  (Back to Menu)

International Flights INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS Every time that you use a Peruvian airport when leaving the country you have to pay US$ 30.74 per person.This Unified Rate for Airport Use (TUUA) is currently included in the airline tickets*. The passengers must confirm with the airline if the TUUA is included in the ticket.


National Flights  

NATIONAL FLIGHTS  Every time that you use a Peruvian airport when flying from one city to another you have to pay US$ 9.40 per person.This domestic Unified Rate for Airport Use (TUUA) is currently included in the airline tickets*. The passengers must confirm with the airline if the domestic TUUA is included in the ticket.




WATER & FOOD  (Back to Menu)

Dishes Peru Although tap water in Lima is considered safe to drink, quite naturally its chemical content differs from that to which you are used to. To avoid problems you may prefer bottled mineral water which is readily available.

Lima's better Hotels and Restaurants, where you would normally dine, maintain good hygienic standards. Since time is required for the body to adapt to different conditions, you may wish to avoid piquant or highly seasoned “typical” food at first.




Current Peru Electrical current in Peru is 220 volts.




Taxis Peru Taxis are abundant in Lima and neither exorbitant nor cheap. It is best to consult the Concierge of your Hotel for proper rates, either for a specific trip or by the hour, and a clear understanding should be established with the driver before embarking.



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