There is an airport departure tax on each domestic and international flight (except for American Airlines tickets) from Peru that must be paid in cash at airport counter.


International flights are available from main world cities to the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima. More information can be found at:


Upon arrival at the Lima Airport you must pass through Immigration Control where you will wait to present your passport. You will then receive stamp and a tourist card from the customs officer. After passing through customs proceed to baggage claim to retrieve your luggage.


Peru uses the metric system, thus distances are measured in meters, weight in grams, temperature in Celsius and volume in liters. (Hint: an easy formula to determine Fahrenheit temperature is to double the Celsius temperature and add 32).


The official currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol (S/.). The exchange rate is $1 US = 3.36 Peruvian Sol. The U.S. Dollar is widely accepted in Peru. Foreign currency (US$ and Euros) can be exchanged at hotels, banks and authorized exchange houses. For questions about the exchange rate, go to

Peru’s main cities have ATMs that accept debit and credit cards including VISA, American Express, Master Card and Diner’s Club. Traveler’s checks are accepted by a limited number of establishments.


Peru, unlike other equatorial countries, does not have an exclusively tropical climate; the influence of the Andes and the Humboldt Current (or the Peruvian current) cause great climate diversity within the country. The temperatures in the capital city, Lima, may vary from 10°C up to 31°C, depending on the season.


Peru is on Eastern Standard Time. Peru does not observe daylight savings time.


Wireless service is available at your hotel as well as in many Internet cafes all over Peru. Some districts also have free wireless service available in public areas.


Telephone calls can be made directly from your room.


The regular voltage watts used in Peru is 220, but hotel rooms have both 220 and 110.


During your visit to Peru, it is important that you take the precautions that are shared among the world’s main cities and tourist destinations, such as not neglecting your belongings in public places or avoiding deserted places at night. Besides the National Police, Lima districts have a local surveillance team called “Serenazgo”.


The widest spoken language of Peru is Spanish. Businesses that have interaction with tourists usually have English speaking staff.


Currently there are no mandatory vaccinations required to enter Peru. Consult your doctor or travel clinic for help in making decisions about which immunizations you may want to have. You may want to consider being vaccinated for hepatitis and make sure your tetanus shot is up to date. Also, take in count allergies and other prescribed medication.

In case you wish to travel to the jungle, it is recommended the yellow fever vaccine 10 days prior to the trip.

Peru maintains good health conditions. Hospitals and clinics provide adequate services, especially in Lima and the other main cities.


The main handmade craft stores are found in the markets on Avenida Petit Thouars in Miraflores. It is also possible to purchase crafts in the city’s main shopping centers. The sales tax (IGV) is 18%, and is usually included in the shown prices. Most stores, shopping centers, and handmade craft markets are open seven days a week (including holidays) from 10 A.M. to 8 P.M.

You may bargain with street, market, and beach vendors on the price of some articles.

It is forbidden to take archeological, historical, flora and fauna objects out of the country.


Tipping is accepted in Peru. It depends on each person the amount.


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