Fast Facts: Peru

What is the weather like in Peru?

Peru's terrain ranges from desert to jungle and mountain to coast. February and March are generally fair everywhere. Mountains tend to be rainy November to March and Highlands between October and April. Most Peruvians take their vacations from July to September which happens to be when most tourists visit Peru. June through September have the most humidity in Lima, and the Amazon is always hot and humid. Take along a sweater no matter where you are going or what season you are traveling in.

Check out the current weather conditions in Peru.


What is required for entry into Peru?

See our Visa page for information on passports and visas to Peru.


Are there any health precautions I should take?

Travelers are not at risk for malaria who are visiting the highlands of Machu Picchu or Lima. There is a risk in Cusco. Consult your physician about possible vaccinations for yellow fever, hepatitis, and typhoid.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization


What is the currency?

The currency in Peru is the Nuevo sol. Please review the current exchange rate for the Nuevo sol.

Tipping: In restaurants, an 18% service charge is included in the bill if you are paying by credit card. If you are paying in cash, there is no fee; tip 5%- 10%.


What are the best items to shop for in Peru?

The best items to shop for are ponchos, cotton and linen, blankets, tapestries, pottery, alpaca-wool sweaters and rugs, Inca walking sticks, oil paintings, handmade statues, woven-straw items, silver, leather, and gold. Bargaining is the rule in markets. Avoid purchasing artifacts or antiques as they cannot be exported. Also avoid handcrafts made with feathers, depending on the bird it came from, it could be illegal.


What are the voltage requirements in Peru?

Voltage: 220 V; Plugs A, B, & C. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

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