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To enter Peru, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of your arrival and it must have at least two free pages.
At airport immigrations you will receive a stamp in your passport which serves as your tourist visa. Tourists are usually given 90 days, although you can ask for up to 183. It is not possible to extend your tourist visa once you have entered Peru.
With few exceptions, visitors do not need to apply in advance for a visa to travel to Peru. Ask your travel advisor if you have any doubts about entry into the country.
You can usually leave your passport in the deposit box at your hotel for safekeeping when you’re on a city tour or out exploring on your own. Our team suggests you carry a copy of your passport information just in case.
The following are some travel situations in Peru when you must have your original passport (not just a copy):
Electricity in Peru is provided at 220V. This is the same electrical current used in Europe, but different than the one used in the United States. Most laptops and cell phone chargers have dual-voltage designs that accept voltage inputs ranging from 110V to 240V. But other electronic devices, such as a hair dryer, may require a converter to properly adjust the voltage.
Many outlets in Peru accommodate plugs with both round and flat prongs. Though you’ll need a plug adapter when your electronic plug doesn’t match the wall outlet. Hotel staff may be able to share one with you to use or you’ll be able to buy one at a store for a few soles.
Peru is online and Wi-Fi is often available (often free of charge) at hotels, restaurants and cafes in the country’s urban centers. In Lima, fast and reliable Internet connections can be found in the traveler-popular Miraflores, San Isidro and Barranco districts. Further away from the capital, in the Andean region where Cusco, Arequipa and Puno are located, the Wi-Fi connections are usually stable but spotty service can be a problem if you’re using data-chewing applications. Any sort of Internet connection is hard to come by at remote jungle lodges in the Amazon.
Don’t just hail any taxi from the street, especially in Lima. Instead, have your travel advisor arrange a secure pick-up in advance, ask a hotel representative to call an official taxi for you, or use a taxi application (like UBER). If you do decide to hail a taxi, before accepting a ride, negotiate fare in soles (not US dollars) with the taxi driver. Taxis in Peru don’t run on meters. Tipping taxi drivers is not common in Peru. While it may be tempting to tip if you receive exceptional service, most Peruvians agree it’s just not necessary.TIPS FOR CALLING A TAXI
Here are some general packing essentials to get you started.PERU PACKING LIST
Tap water in South America is not safe for drinking, even for locals. It can be used in small quantities for brushing your teeth, but you must stick to drinking bottled or filtered water. Bottled water is readily available in bodegas and street stands in all destinations.
Especially in the Andes, hot water can be a limited and cherished resource. Sometimes it can take 5 minutes of running the shower before hot water comes out. If you have trouble getting hot water in your shower let the hotel front desk know right away so that they can assist you.
It is also common that public bathrooms do not have toilet paper available (and if they do it is usually outside of the stall) so be sure to bring your own. Have hand sanitizer ready in case there is no soap, and keep small change (one sol coins) on you in case the bathrooms have a cover charge.
No, you don’t need proof of any specific vaccinations to enter Peru. But as with any international trip, it’s smart to be up-to-date on your vaccines. Talk with your medical specialist at home about the yellow fever immunization if the Amazon region is on your itinerary.
Altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a condition caused by a rapid change in elevation without the necessary time for acclimatization. At high altitudes in the Peruvian Andes, the air is less dense and your body requires a larger amount to obtain the equivalent concentration of oxygen compared to sea level. This translates to a shortness of breath, lightheadedness, and fatigue.TIPS FOR ADJUSTING TO HIGH ALTITUDE
As tempting as street food offerings may appear, it’s best to resist the impulse to indulge. Especially if you’re in Peru for a short time, the last thing you want is to spend a day confined to your room. Avoid open containers of ketchup and other condiments (small packets are fine). Eat boiled vegetables and fruits with peels only. Use your judgement when ordering salads and ceviche (raw fish). More expensive restaurants are careful to wash with purified water and prepare food with only the freshest ingredients.
The national currency of Peru is the Peruvian Sol, currency code PEN, or “soles” locally. In everyday exchanges, you will see prices abbreviated S/.(amount).
Be sure to carry local currency (soles) to pay for taxis, tips for guides and porters, small purchases, and meals at cafes and restaurants. Vendors are generally reluctant to make change for large bills. For small purchases, it’s best to have low denomination bills and coins. Larger balances at shops, restaurants, hotels, and some tour agencies can be paid with credit card.
Tipping in Peru is accepted practice and a great way to show your appreciation to the tour guides, hotel staff, waitresses, and trekking teams whose hard work goes a long way in making your vacation extra special. How much should you tip in Peru? At sit-down restaurants, tip your server between 10-15% of the total bill. At hotels and airports, tip your baggage porters S/.2 per bag.
If you’ll be trekking, plan for bigger tips. You’ll understand why after you see the diligence and commitment with which guides, cooks and porters work to ensure your safety and comfort. For group treks, hikers usually pool tips together; each hiker gives between S/.30-100 (US$10-40) depending on the number of trekking staff; the pool is then distributed among trekking staff.PERU TIPPING GUIDE
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Peru has three official languages: Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara. Additionally, the Amazon region is home to remote communities that speak their own native languages.
Peru shares borders with five countries in the western region of South America: Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil to the east, Bolivia to the southeast, and Chile to the south. With a total area slightly smaller than Alaska, Peru encompasses 1,285,220 kilometers² (496,226 miles²) of land and 84 of the world’s 117 life zones.
Peru is divided into three regions: western coast, central highlands and eastern jungle. The distinct geographic features and natural wonders of each region have played silent witness to the evolution of Peru’s varied regional cultures which in the present-day reflect a unique mix of pre-Columbian, European colonial, modern mestizo and immigrant traditions and histories.
Machu Picchu has earned the title of top attraction in Peru, but these famous Inca ruins are just one of many highlights. Peru’s geographic and cultural diversity results in a virtual playground for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, foodies, adrenaline junkies, culture seekers, animal lovers, and beach dwellers alike.
There is truly no “wrong” time of year to visit Peru or Galapagos.
If you plan to travel to the Andean region of Peru from November to mid-March, then pack for some showers as this is “rainy season.” The Machu Picchu area will be flourishing with green, and the holiday festivities abound. Mid-May to September is peak travel season: the clear blue skies call for hats, sunscreen, and lots of gorgeous photos. The remaining months are “shoulder seasons” where weather is moderate and your trip highlights are as stunning as ever.
The Galapagos has steady weather year round due to its position on the equator, making visits to these extraordinary islands perfect at any time.
Inca Expert Travel is the leading boutique travel agency for Peru and Galapagos. We provide customized itineraries for our clients to create the stress-free trip of a lifetime.
Your Travel Advisor is available by phone or email throughout the trip planning process. They will organize your personalized itinerary, provide suggestions, and offer pre-trip briefings to answer remaining questions. Their destination expertise and investment in your trip will be an invaluable asset.
Travels to Latin America can include complex logistics. How do I get from point A to point B? What kind of tickets do I need at each destination? At Inca Expert Travel, we take care of all those details. From entrance permits, flights & trains tickets, to airport pickups and drop offs, we will organize your trip from start to finish.
Our 20 years of boutique travel experience have created strong relationships throughout Peru and Galapagos. We work with the highest rated hotels and travel partners, who we are confident will provide you exemplary service.
Of course, if an unexpected hitch occurs during your travels, our Operations Team is available 24/7 to organize changes.
Inca Expert Travel will combine our personalized service and extensive knowledge to craft your perfect trip. We look forward to planning with you!
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Absolutely. We craft trips that include scheduled tours but also honor your independence and freedom as a traveler. You can explore, rest, shop, and enjoy each city as you prefer. Most of our Private Tours are between 2-5 hours. After that, the day is yours. (Of course, we are happy to recommend restaurants, shops, and activities to point you in the right direction.)
No. However, when we send your land package quote we will also send an air package quote. The air package includes any domestic flights (flights within Peru/Latin America) you may need. You are not obligated to purchase the air package with Inca Expert Travel. If booking your own domestic flights makes you feel more secure, you are free to do so. Purchasing both packages simply means that your entire trip is taken care of: you only need to arrive and enjoy.
Breakfast is included at all the hotels we reserve for our clients. Various hotels include lunch or dinner, and if your trip includes one such hotel, this will be indicated in your itinerary.
We want to ensure you can make the most of every moment on your trip. That’s why we include all private tours in your package (unless otherwise noted). You, your traveling party, and your tour guide will take the tour at the perfect pace for you. You’re free to ask questions, stop for pictures, take more time at a specific site, or skip a site altogether if you choose. Private tours allow each stop to be tailored to your preferences.
Perhaps you prefer the social element of being in a group, or are visiting a destination where only group tours are offered. Not to worry: our group tours will only include between 2-18 people, so that your guide can still focus on a small group and your interests.
Treks will include between 8-12 trekkers and the trekking staff. This group of guides, porters, cooks, and specialized personnel will take care of all your group’s needs en route.
No. Escorted Tours, or tours where many travelers join a group and do all excursions together, do not allow for the flexibility we strive for. By preparing custom itineraries for you and your traveling party, we can personalize your arrival/departure dates, tour start times, tour types, hotel rooms, etc.
Yes. If you’d like to make adjustments to a certain day of your itinerary, simply let your Travel Advisor know. While all changes are subject to availability, change fees, etc, we will do our best to make sure your trip is exactly as you like before arrival.