FAQS to Travel to Peru
Do I need a visa to visit Peru? Citizens of most American and Western European countries are not required visa to enter Peru. Citizens of Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile do not require passports or visa to visit certain regions of Peru. Contact the Peruvian diplomatic representative in your country for further information. Addresses and phone numbers are included in the website of Peru’s Ministry of Foreign Relations: http://www.rree.gob.pe/SitePages/home.aspx If the purpose of your visit is tourism, the maximum length of your stay will be 90 days (you can apply for extensions with the immigration authority) All travelers must carry a valid passport, or a safe-conduct issued by the Peruvian immigration authority.
Are there services for tourists with special needs in Peru? In Peru we believe in the idea of “Tourism for Everybody”. This is why many public and private organizations have been working for years to ensure that their services are equally accessible for the differently-abled. We advise you to contact your service provider in advance to ensure that your accessibility needs will be met.
What’s the weather like throughout the year? Peru is a very large country that is crossed by the Andes and has a vast Amazonian region, so you are likely to notice differences from one place to the other, which may be more or less intense depending on the month of your visit. It hardly ever rains on the coast, where there are usually two seasons:a warm season and a cold season.
- The warm season runs from November 15th until the end of March.
- The cold season occurs from April to mid November and it is very humid.
- Unlike the coastal area, the mountains and the jungle have a warmer rainy season running from mid November to late March, and the least warm season occurs between April and mid Novem
Is there a limit of weight to bring on the Airplane? Yes, there is a limit of weight which is 25 Kilos or 50 pounds so if you exceed the weight, you will have to pay $1,50 per kilo.
How much do I have to pay for international and domestic tax in Peru? The international taxis USD 30.70 AND Domestic taxi s USD 10.68 (Both of them are subject to any change)
Is it safe to travel in Peru?Reality shows that it is very safe. You may have read or heard on TV, websites or newspapers about terrorism, crime and economic and political instability. But the truth is that terrorism has been defeated a long time ago; Peruvians live in peace and work very hard every day to build and democratic and safe society. We can assure visitors that all they need to do is follow the normal precautions taken in order to visit other destinations.
When visiting the cities:
- Take the logical precautions to avoid pickpockets and purse-snatchers.
- Carry a copy of your identification documents. Keep the originals and the rest of valuable personal effects in the safety deposit box of your hotel.
- Wear valuable items discretely; don’t carry large sums of cash and watch your bags and luggage.
- Refrain from exchanging currency on the street.
- It is advisable to use taxi companies for transportation (they can be requested by phone) or cabs authorized by the municipal authorities (in ima they are painted yellow and carry a bright identification sign on the roof)
- Always carry your driver’s license, a copy of your passport and the rental agreement if you’re driving a rental car. International driver’s licenses are valid for one year, while driver’s licenses from other countries are valid for 30 days.
- If a traffic officer signals you to stop, you must stop. Traffic officers must be wearing uniform and carry identification (they are required to wear identification cards including their last name on their chest.) They are not allowed to enter the vehicle.
- Bear in mind that traffic officers are not allowed retain any personal or vehicle documents. Under no circumstances should you offer or agree to pay money to traffic officers.
- In case of an accident or collision, call a traffic officer. If your car is a rental, call the representative of the insurance company provided by the rental agency. Do not leave the scene of the accident. Keep the windows closed and the doors locked.
Prohibitions:It is forbidden to take photographs of airports, military bases, police stations and areas surrounding high voltage towers top.
How much money should I expect to spend on my trip? This answer depends on your personal preferences and the level of comfort you desire. Bartering is generally accepted in Peru, with the exception of larger stores and restaurants. In larger cities prices in general may be higher, particularly in Lima, and may increase during festivities such as the National Holidays (July), Easter (April) or Christmas due to higher demand for services such as bus and air transportation. Below is a price list of products and services that you may use as reference in order to prepare a travel budget.
When and how can I store my suitcase? You have to let us know the same day in the morning to store your luggage with us or at your Hotel but must be before start your tour or hike.
Is there a limit of weight to bring on the train ? Yes, there is a limit of weight which is 8 Kilos or 16 pounds so we recommend to bring just small daypack or small suitcase.
What can I do with my suitcases? We understand that you are concern about what to do with your suitcases while you are in each tour or hike in Peru, our company is completely responsible to keep your suitcases or any extra belongings into our office without any extra cost till the end of each tour or hike however, you can also store in every hotel which they have a safe secure location for storing the luggage, they will provide you a ticket to recognize your luggage when return.
If I stay in Ollantaytambo or Urubamba , what can I do with my suitcases? If you stay in Urubamba or Ollantaytambo, and while you are on the Inca Trail or trip to Machu Picchu, you can leave your suitcases in your hotel because our company will incharge in picking up and bring to Cusco.