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Posted on 22 Nov 2012

Travel information and useful tips for Peru

Since this contest is almost over, the last thing we want to give to you are helpful pieces of advice and useful tips for Peru. We hope you find them insightful while planning your vacations to Peru.

Climatic zones and Best time to visit Peru:

The Coastal strip is a dessert where it rarely rains and it has the hottest months from December to March with temperatures reaching 35°C (77°F to 95°F). Its coldest season is from April to November, when its usually foggy.

This Andean region is colder than the rest of the country because higher altitudes over sea level mean lower temperatures (from 3500m and above over sea level). It has an average daily temperature of 10°C (50°F), that can go below the freezing point during the night. The dry season in the Andean plateau is from June to August and the wettest, from December to March.

The Amazon Rainforest is rainy and humid year-round. During the dry season (May-October) gets very hot, with day temperatures from 30°C to 38°C (86°F to 100°F). So the best time of the year to take a tour around the peruvian jungle is after the rains, (May-September).

About Visa requirements:

Visas are not required for North American, South American and European citizens, only for a few exceptions in some countries in Asia. Tourists are usually permitted a 30-90 day stay and as long as you have a passport valid for at least six months beyond the departure date.

About Health information:

Vaccinations for Peru are not a must, but if you’re planning to visit the Amazon Rainforest it is recommended to get the yellow fever vaccination..

Take the appropriate sanitary care when it comes to food: drink bottled water and avoid food prepared on the street stands.

If you travel to the Andean region, it’s likely to have altitude sickness, which symptoms may develop during the first day in the region. Some of them could be dizziness and headaches, nausea, heart pounding and shortness of breath. This is why it is strongly recommended to take time to acclimatize and rest on the first day, drinking plenty of water and the local coca-leaf tea and avoid alcohol and heavy spicy food. And remember to put on sunscreen before leaving your hotel. You can get serious sunburns in the cold Andes.

Money and costs:

Peru’s official currency is the Nuevo Sol (S/.). US$1 is equivalent to approx. S/. 2.6. (Rate varies daily so consult a currency exchange website to check current rate before departing. Although US$ are accepted by most businesses, you will need Nuevos Soles to pay for local transportation, and meals.

Most hotels and shops accept credit cards (tarjetas de crédito) but could charge you a fee for their use. Also, your bank may charge additional fees for each foreign-currency transaction. The most commonly accepted cards: Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

ATM’s are found in almost every city and town in Peru. But may also charge an additional fee for their use in foreign currency.

Now you are fully ready to start planning your trip to the most amazing South American destination: Peru. Choose your most favorite tour packages and contact us to prepare them for you.

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