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Peru travel guide

Travel essentials

PERU

  • Languages: Spanish 85% , Quechua 12%, Aymara 1.7, %
  • Ethnic groups: 45% Amerindian (native Peruvian) , 27% Mestizo (mix of native and Spanish and or other ethnicities) , 15% white, 2% other.
  • Demonym: Peruvian (‘peruano’ for men and ‘peruana’ for women)
  • Area: 1,285,216 Km2 (19th largest country)
  • Population: 31,151,643 (estimate)
  • Currency: Sol peruano (please note that many people still use the old currency name ‘Nuevo Sol’
  • Regions: 25 total
  • Visas: Citizens of the U.S. and most other Western countries don’t require a tourist visa. The maximum period
    of stay granted is 183 days (you will need to specifically ask the customs officer for more than 90 days, which
    is otherwise the default period of stay).
  • ATMs: Widely available in big cities and towns. ATMs will allow you to withdraw either Soles or American Dollars US$.Please note that most ATMs limit withdrawals to about 700 Soles per day (or the equivalent
    in US$). If you need larger amounts of money, tell your bank in advance so they can raise your limit.
  • Credit & debit cards: Accepted at many businesses. Note: VISA is more popular in Peru than Mastercard, and very few places accept other cards, such as AMEX.
  • vaccines

    • Hepatitis A & B
    • Typhoid
    • Malaria*
    • Rabies*
    • Yellow Fever*

    * Especially if you are
    planning to go to the jungle.

  • electricity

    Electricity in Peru is
    220V/60Hz: Most cellphone
    and laptop chargers are
    compatible with this voltage,
    but we recommend you to
    confirm this before bringing
    any device to Peru.

  • sales tax

    All sales prices in Peru
    already include an 18% IGV
    sales tax by law (However
    please note that visitors
    get an automatic 18% IGV
    sales tax exemption at hotels
    during their stay).

  • tipping

    Tipping has become
    very popular at
    restaurants, and a 10%
    tip is suggested.
    However, please note
    that tipping taxi drivers
    is not customary.

  • water

    Stay safe: Faucet
    water is NOT
    drinkable. Instead,
    buy bottled water,
    use a water filter, or
    boil faucet water
    before drinking it.

Costs of Living

  • Bread PEN 0.3
  • Banana PEN 0.3
  • Water PEN 1.5
  • Lunch PEN 8-12
  • Milk PEN 3-5
  • SIM card PEN 15
  • Apple PEN 0.8
  • Beer PEN 4
  • Movie tkt PEN 15
  • Taxi PEN 5-15
  • Bus PEN 2.5
  • Coffee PEN 8
Your estimated
daily budget
On a budget
PEN 60-70 (about $22)
  • Shared dorm bed = PEN 30-25
  • Budget lunch = PEN 8
  • Budget dinner = PEN 10-20
  • Museum tickets = PEN 7
  • Transportation = PEN 5
Mid-range
PEN 90-150 ($25-$45)
  • Airbnb = PEN 55-90
  • Set menu lunch = PEN 10-15
  • Restaurant dinner = PEN 20-45
  • Museum tickets = PEN 7
  • Transportation = PEN 5-20
High end
PEN 300 + ($90+)
  • Hotel room with breakfast =
    PEN 200+
  • Restaurant lunch = PEN 20+
  • Fancy dinner = PEN 70+
  • Private city tour = PEN 150+

Top travel itineraries

  • Little time, big expectations

    Time investment 2 weeks average

    Travel plan:

    1) Visit the city of Lima & learn Spanish

    2) Paracas

    • Visit the town of Paracas and coastline
    • Tour the natural reserve of ‘Islas Ballestas’

    3) Sandboard in Huacachina

    4) Nazca

    • Fly over the Nazca Lines

    5) Arequipa

    • Visit the ”white city” of Arequipa
    • Trek the incredible Colca Canyon
      or the Cotahuasi Canyon

    6) Puno

    • Quick visit to the city of Puno
    • Hire a classic tour to the Titicaca Lake or a more complete tour to additionally visit the ”Taquile” Island

    7) Cusco

    • Explore the city of Cusco
    • Visit the archeological sites around the city and in the Sacred Valley
    • Explore Machu Picchu and hike the Wayna Picchu mountain
  • The best of Peru

    Time investment 4 weeks average

    Travel plan:

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 same as first travel itinerary

    8) Explore Iquitos and the Peruvian amazon

    9) Huaraz

    • Trekking to the peaks of the Cordillera Blanca and turquoise glacial lakes

    10) Chimbote

    • Quick visit to the city of Chimbote
    • Visit the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan (20 miles of the city of Chiclayo)

    11) Trujillo

    • Visit to the city of Trujillo and its beaches
    • Visit the Huaca del Sol y de la Luna
    • Explore the pre-columbian archeological site of Chan Chan

    12) Mancora/Pisco

    • Take a seaside break at the surfing town
      of Mancora
      or
    • Take a seaside break at the more quiet beach town of Punta Sal
  • Jungle adventure

    Time investment 6 weeks average

    Travel plan:

    1) Visit the city of Lima & learn Spanish

    2) Cusco

    • Explore the city of Cusco
    • Visit the archeological sites around the city and in the Sacred Valley
    • Explore Machu Picchu and hike the Wayna Picchu mountain

    3) Manu National Park

    4) Puerto Maldonado

    5) Pucallpa

    • Explore Yarinacocha and the tribal villages of Shipibos

    6) Iquitos

    • Hire a tour to go deeper into the Jungle

    7) Pacaya Samiria National Park

    PLEASE NOTE: We strongly suggest hiring local tour agencies to visit most of the trips listed above, since exploring the Peruvian
    jungle requires professional experience to do it safely and easily.

Travel around Peru by air

Travel around Peru by bus

The following recommended companies have buses with restrooms, free WIFI,
and serve lunch, dinner, and/or breakfast depending on trip length:

CRUZ DEL SUR:

Website: www.cruzdelsur.com.pe
Phone: 311-5050
Address: Avenida Javier Prado 1109, La Victoria.
Travel classes:

  • Cruzero Suite: Extra wide seats / recline up to 160 ° / personal screens
  • Cruzero Plus – VIP: Extra wide seat / recline up to 160 °/ personal screens
  • Cruzero Plus – Bus cama: Recline up to 130 ° / personal touch screen
  • Cruzero Tour Peru – VIP : Extra wide seats / recline up to 160 °
  • Imperial Tour Peru – Bus cama: Seats recline up to 130 °

OLTURSA

Website: oltursa.pe
Phone: (+51) (1) 708-5000
Address: Avenida Aramburú 1160, San Isidro
Travel classes:

  • VIP Relax: 180 ° recline
  • Double VIP: Extra wide 160 ° recline seats
  • VIP : Recline up to 160 °
  • Premier: Recline 140 ° / own touch screen
  • Bus cama: Recline up to 140 °

TEPSA

Website: www.tepsa.com.pe
Phone: (+51) (1) 617-9000
Address: Avenida Javier Prado Este 1091, La Victoria
Travel classes:

  • Suite: Extra wide seats / Recline up to 160 °
  • Presidencial cama: Recline up to 160 °
  • Presidencial: Recline up to 145 °







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Please note: Because we have a limited number or teachers and classrooms, some schedules may be subject to
availability based on your desired classes frequency and duration. However, if you can't find your ideal schedule,
please feel free to contact us anytime and we will happily reach out to you in order to work on alternative solutions.
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