FAQ Peru

FAQ Peru

General Facts




1,285,216 km2 (496,222 Square miles)


31,59 million citizens

Time Zone



The new Sol (S/.)


Coast, Highlands and Amazon rainforest

Emergency phones

106 (Firemen) / 105 (Police)

Most frequent questions

Do I need a visa/passport?

All travelers will need a passport valid for at least 6 months after they depart. Travelers from the US and Canada do not need a visa to enter Peru. Other nationalities may have to check with the consulate.


What is the official language in Peru?

The official language in the country of Peru is Spanish, and several indigenous groups speak Quechua or other languages. In all the main touristic areas of the country you will find people who speak English. This includes hotels, restaurants, museums, and other touristic centers, but not by the general population.


How can I get cash in Peru?

It is recommended that money should be exchanged in hotels, banks and authorized money exchange offices. The exchange rate against the US Dollar is variable.

Peru has a vast network of ATMs in all cities throughout the country. Always go with someone and if you have a problem with your credit or debit card, be suspicious of strangers offering to help you; it is better to consult the bank directly and employ the usual security measures.


Will my credit cards work in Peru?

Most local shops also accept all types of credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club.


How much should I tip?

Mid-level to upscale restaurants will include a 10% service charge onto your bill (along with a 18% tax).  If the service has been exceptionally good, you can leave another 10% (as a reference) to indicate your appreciation.


What is the electricity voltage?

Electricity is provided at 220V. If you have items that operate on 110 volts – shavers for example – ask your hotel if this voltage is available and thus avoid accidents.


Is Peru a safe country?

Although Peru is a country full of attractions, whose people are friendly towards visitors; you should still protect your money, valuables and credit cards, among other things, from thieves and bag snatchers. Take great care of bags, rucksacks, mobiles phones and cameras, especially in crowded places such as public squares, bus stations, markets and the beach, etc. Find out where you should avoid for safety and to avoid theft and crime in general.

Keep your valuables in the hotel safe, make a photocopy of your Passport, and write down the number of your credit or debit card company so that the cards can be cancelled if lost or stolen. Use only registered and certified taxis. The emergency numbers from anywhere in the country are: 106 (Firemen) / 105 (Police)


Are there any special health issues I should consider?

Your health is important. If you have heart problems or high blood pressure, you must consult your doctor before going to highland areas such as Cusco and/or Puno. In any case it is a good thing to acclimatize yourself, in case you suffer from altitude sickness or soroche; for this reason, we recommend that you rest the first day, drink plenty of fluids and eat lightly.


How do I adjust to the altitude?

Gradual exposure to higher elevations and time are the best ways to acclimatize. If possible, try to arrive to Cusco a day early. Drink plenty of water, eat lightly and avoid alcoholic beverages for the first day or two.


Diet guidelines to avoid food poisoning and other complications

As a general recommendation, DO NOT drink tap water anywhere in Peru. Drink only bottled water. Also, avoid clams (which are served uncooked) and any uncooked or unpeeled products. Do not eat in any place or restaurant not recommended directly by us, your cruise and/or hotel.


Special Needs

Peru is just starting to apply mandatory facilities for special needs i.e.: wheelchair ramps, wide doors, etc. We will provide you with accurate information and will do our best to accommodate you.


Customs for Peru

You will have to clear customs upon arrival to Peru, in Lima. All of your personal baggage will be scanned for items such as fresh fruit and or other fresh plant and animal foods.