Frequently asked questions
How far away is Peru?
Peru has an ideal and strategic location at the center of South America, making the modern Jorge Chavez International Airport (in Lima) a hub for tourism and connecting flights for various airlines with different final destinations in South America. From Lima, the capital city, there are direct flights or flights with layovers to the world’s major cities. For more information, go to http://www.lap.com.pe
The average flight time is 12 hours from Europe, 5 hours from North America and 4 hours from South America. 1000 flights per week land in or take off from Peru, serving more than 30 international destinations.
Do I pay in dollars or soles?
American dollars are accepted at many shops, restaurants, hotels and service stations. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks or exchange offices. You can find ATMs in almost all cities in the country, and most are connected to the Plus (Visa), Cirrus (MasterCard/Maestro), American Express and other networks. You can take cash out in US dollars or nuevo soles, but the exchange rate is often higher.
Does Peru have acceptable health conditions?
Health conditions in Peru are good, especially in the cities. In recent years, the range of health services has increased and become more modern. Hospitals and clinics provide proper care, but we recommend taking out travel insurance.
Do I need vaccines to enter Peru?
Peru does not require vaccines for entry, with the exception of the yellow fever vaccine only for travelers coming from countries in Africa and the Americas. For travelers that want to visit Amazonas, Loreto, San Martín, Ucayali, Junín or Madre de Dios, we recommend getting the hepatitis B and yellow fever vaccines.
Is Peru a safe country?
As you would while traveling in any city for the first time, you should use common sense and be cautious. We recommend never leaving your personal belongings unattended, using reputable taxi services, exchanging money at exchange offices with guarantees, and not carrying large amounts of cash.
What is the average altitude of Peru’s tourist cities?
Our country’s weather varies by destination: Lima is at an altitude of 505 feet, and has a high temperature of 79 °F in the summer and a low of 63 °F in winter. Paracas (Ica) is at the same altitude as Lima, with an average temperature of 72 °F.
Arequipa, south of Lima, sits at 7660 feet above sea level, with highs of 73 °F and lows of 49 °F.
Cusco, southeast of Lima, is at an altitude of 11,152 feet. Its average low is 40 °F and its high 70 °F.
When are Peru’s high and low seasons?
High season in Peru is June through September, so take this into account to book hotels, domestic flights, etc. in advance. Low season is from November until March.
It is also good to keep in mind school vacations in January, February and July because Peruvians also take this opportunity to travel within the country.
What holidays does Peru celebrate?
Peru’s official holidays are January 1 (New Year’s), Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday, May 1 (Labor Day), June 29 (Day of St. Peter and St. Paul), July 28 (Independence Day), July 29 (National Holiday), August 30 (Santa Rosa de Lima), October 8 (Battle of Angamos), November 1 (All Saints Day), December 8 (Immaculate Conception), December 24 – half day – and December 25 (Christmas).
What are hotels like in Peru?
Lima has the ideal infrastructure and places for incentive trips. There are more than 20 hotels set up for small-, medium-, and large-scale conferences. The maximum capacity for a meeting in Lima is almost 10,000 people, thanks to the new Lima Convention Center.
Cusco, Arequipa and Paracas can host an average of around 800 to 1000 delegates in five-star hotels and the Cusco and Arequipa convention centers.
What type of events have been held in Peru?
Since 2008, Peru has received many visitors from all over the world attending major conferences organized by governments and associations. The most common destination is Lima, followed by Arequipa, Cusco and Paracas.
These conferences have included:
- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC – 2008)
- The 5th European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean Summit (EU-LAC – 2008).
- General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS – 2010)
- 46th Annual Assembly of the Latin American Banking Federation (FELABAN - 2012)
- The 33rd and 34th Dakar Rallies (2012 and 2013)
- 7th World Congress for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT -2013)
- 25th Pan-American Insurance Producers Congress (COPAPROSE – 2014)
- Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (2015)
- 8th World Avocado Congress (2015)
- 24th Latin American Potato Association Congress (ALAP – 2010)
- 9th World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE - 2011)
- 21st Latin American Architecture Students Conference – ELEA South (2012)
- 5th Latin American Congress of the International Federation of Surgery of Obesity (IFSO– 2013)
- 20th Latin American Congress on Soil Science (2014)
- 16th Ibero-American Summit on Quality Education (2015)
- 13th Meeting of the APEC Women Leaders’ Network (APEC - 2008)
- 12th Inter-American Forum on Microenterprise -Foromic- (2009)
- VIII World Congress on High Altitude Medicine and Physiology & Mountain Medicine (2010)
- 12th Ibero-American Forum on Administrative Law (2013)
- 13th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (2015)
- 45th World Congress of the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (2015)
- 11th Regional Latin American Congress on Forensic Toxicology (TIAFT – 2015)
- 15th International Congress of the Ibero Latin-American Academy of Craniomandibular Dysfunction and Facial Pain (AILDC - 2010)
- 52nd Annual Meeting of the Latin American Pediatric Research Society (2014)
- 10th Pacific Alliance Summit (2015)