Fast Facts: Peru
Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.
What is the weather like?
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
Check out the current weather conditions in Peru.
What is required for entry?
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
The currency in Peru is the Nuevo sol. Please review the current exchange rate for the Nuevo sol.
Are tips & service charges customary?
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?
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?
220 volts. 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.
Can I take my cell phone?