Travel Advice for Peru
Peru
Capital: Lima

Time Zone GMT - 5
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 51
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
All services - 011 / 5114
Tourist
Information
Fondo de Promoción Turística (PROMPERU) Calle Uno Oeste, s/n Urb, Edificio Mitinci, 14th Floor, Corpac, Lima 27, Peru. Tel: (1) 224 3142 or 224 3133 Fax: (1) 224 3408 or 224 3396. e-mail: postmaster@promperu.gob.peru
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Refer to the embassy for the latest list of exceptions to those nationalities, which require visas.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Exists throughout the year in rural areas below 1500m in the Vivax variety. The Falciparum variety exists sporadically near national borders and where petroleum is being exploited. Resistance to chloroquine for the Falciparum variety has been reported.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required by visitors over 6 months of age travelling from infected areas. Vaccination is strongly recommended to all travellers who plan to journey out of the urban areas.
Other Health Risks: Cholera, Rabies.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink.
NOTE: Street vendor food is not recommended.
Currency Nuevo Sol = 100 centimos.
Exchange: Changing currency other than US$ can be difficult
Credit cards have limited acceptance outside Lima. Exchanging travellers cheques can prove a complex process outside of Lima. US dollar cheques are recommended.
ATM availability: Over 430 locations.
Cost of
Living
Costs have increased dramatically in the last few years. Budget travellers can still find cheap accommodation, although the cities are much more expensive than rural areas.
Languages Spanish and Quechua. English may also be spoken.
Weather Coastal areas: Summer is Oct - Apr which is the rainy season in the mountainous regions. May Sept is regarded as the best time to visit the mountains.
Electricity 200 Volts, AC 60 Hz.
Post Up to 2 weeks. Postal facilities are limited outside Lima.
Transport RAIL: Can provide a scenic view of the landscape and sections are of the highest railway in the world. Connections however are limited.
ROAD: A recently built highway connects Lima with other cities.
NOTE: Landslides are common in the rainy season making for slow travel. A 'Customs Duty Payment' badge must be displayed at all times.
BUS: 'Greyhound' type buses operate along the Pan-American highway
TAXIS: Do not use meters so agree fare in advance.
CAR HIRE: International companies have outlets in the major cities and Airport.
DOCUMENTATION: IDP is required.
Special
Information
Register with your Embassy when you arrive in Lima. Terrorist action may occur. Travel in groups is recommended. Street crime is common.