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1. Visas and passports

Travellers from most European countries, U.S. and Australia travelling to Peru for a holiday of up to six months do not need a visa, but to be sure. please check with the Peruvian Ambassy
Your passport should be valid for at least six months from the day you plan to return to your home country.

2. Safety

Don't drink the tap water – boil the water or drink bottled instead. You should also avoid ice.

Exchange money in banks, your hotel or in currency exchange bureaus rather than through street spruikers to avoid being robbed or given counterfeit money.

3. Healthcare

Hepatitis A and typhoid vaccinations are advised for all travellers as these diseases are spread through contaminated food and water, regardless of where you are staying.
You'll need a yellow fever vaccination if you're travelling to the following areas at elevations below 2300m: the regions of Amazonas, Loreto, Madre de Dios, San Martin, Ucayali, Puno, Cusco, Junín, Pasco, and Huánuco, and certain areas of the far north of Apurimac, far northern Huancavelica, far north-eastern Ancash, eastern La Libertad, northern and eastern Cajamarca, northern and north-eastern Ayacucho, and eastern Piura. 

Zika virus
Lower altitude areas of Peru are currently experiencing an outbreak of the Zika virus. Women who are pregnant or plan to get pregnant face the greatest risk from Zika, as it can cause children to be born with microcephaly – a seriously underdeveloped head and brain.
Zika is mainly transmitted through mosquito bites (although there have been some cases of the disease being sexually transmitted) so it is rare in areas of Peru above 2000m altitude, where you're unlikely to find mozzies.
To protect yourself from Zika, try to avoid mosquito bites by covering up in light coloured clothing and wearing repellent containing DEET or Picaridin.

Altitude sickness in Peru
Even if you're very fit, if you climb to altitudes higher than 2500m, which includes areas such as Cusco, Machu Picchu, Puno and the Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca, you risk getting altitude sickness, which is life-threatening.
While it can affect anyone, you're more likely to get altitude sickness if you've had it before, exercise or drink alcohol before acclimatising to high altitudes or suffer from health problems that may affect your breathing.

 4. Local laws

Foreigners in Peru are subject to the local laws, and ignorance is no excuse. Here are some of the rules you should know.
Visitors (and locals) must carry photo ID at all times.
• Peru has rules about how you can behave at sacred and historical sites, and you could be arrested or detained if you do something indecent.
• You're not allowed to take photos of military establishments, equipment and personnel, public water and electricity plants, police stations, harbours, mines and bridges in Peru.
• If you're caught with illegal drugs, you could get a very long jail sentence.
• You can't take antiques or artefacts dating from pre-colonial civilisations out of Peru. You can buy reproductions from dealers, but make sure you get documentation to show they're not authentic.
• Handicrafts and goods that are culturally or historically significant can also be tricky to bring home with you. If you want these as a souvenir, you'll need permission from the National Institute for Culture of Peru (Telephone: +51 1 226 4162).

5. How to dress for the Peruvian climate

Peru has three main climate zones: a desert coastal strip where winters are mild, cloudy and foggy and summers are warm; the Andean zone, which tends to be cold regardless of the season, and the eastern part of the country, which is home to the Amazonian rainforest and hot and humid throughout the year. Here's what you should bring to wear on your trip.
• If you're sticking to the coastal strips in the summer months between December and March, pack light clothing. During the rest of the year, bring a light jacket or jumper and pants.
• Cusco's rainy season falls between December to March or April, and while days may be warm, you will need a raincoat or waterproof jacket and good shoes. It can get cold in the winter months, so pack warm clothes.
• The Amazon is hot all year round and tends to be rainy, so bring plenty of changes of clothes.

6. Emergency contacts in Peru

Peru country code: +51
Police: 105
Tourist police: 0800 22221 (24 hours)
Ambulance: 117 or 106
Fire brigade: 116
iPeru information offices for English-language tourism information in major cities: +51 1 574 8000, 24 hours a day. 
Consumer protection agency: INDECOPI operates a 24-hour hotline with English-speaking operations on +51 1 224 7777
For consular emergencies: The Consular Emergency Centre is available 24/7 on +61 2 6261 3305

 

More info about our Peru Trip

Peru Main Tour info

Main Tour

  • Tour dates
    15th - 30th October 2019
  • Price
    US$ 5.975 p.p.
    US$ 875 Single supplement
  • Deposit
    20% of tour price
  • Includes
    All accommodation, all meals (except on arrival day) and transport (including domestic flights), fulltime guiding, Nature reserve entrance fees
  • Excludes
    International flights, insurance and personal costs.
  • Tour party
    Minimum 6, maximum 8 persons
  • Your flight planning: Arrival on the 15th of October during the day. Departure on 30th of October in the evening.

Extension - Cusco -Machu Pichu

  • Tour dates
    30th October - 3rd November 2019
  • Price
    US$ 1.800 p.p. (con only 2 participants a 20% extra)
    US$ 150 Single supplement.
  • Your flight planning: Departure on 3rd of November in the evening.

Peru Itinerary at a Glance

Main tour

  • Day 1 - Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel**** - Arrival at Lima
  • Day 2 - Hotel Alta Vista*** - Transfer Tarapoto birding in the afternoon
  • Day 3 - Hotel Alta Visto*** - Full day birding
  • Day 4 - Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge - transfer and birding
  • Day 5 - Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge - Full day birding
  • Day 6 - Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge - Full day birding
  • Day 7 - Huembo Lodge - Transfer and birding
  • Day 8 - Huembo Lodge - Full day birding
  • Day 9 - Hotel Casa Andina Select**** - Birding and flight to Lima
  • Day 10 - Hotel Casa Andina Select**** - Full day birding
  • Day 11 - Tambopata Research Centre Lodge - Flight and boat transfer
  • Day 12 - Tambopata Research Centre Lodge - Full day birding
  • Day 13 - Tambopata Research Centre Lodge - Full day birding
  • Day 14 - Posada Amazonas Lodge - Boat transfer and birding
  • Day 15 - Posada Amazonas Lodge - Full day birding
  • Day 16 - Boat transfer and flight to Lima to connect with International flight

For those who booked the extension

  • Day 1 = Hotel San Augustin Internacional*** - site seeing in the afternoon

Extension - Machu Pichu

  • Day 2 - Lizzy Wasi Hotel*** - site seeing
  • Day 3 - Lizzy Wasi Hotel*** - train transfer to Machu Pichu
  • Day 4 - Transfer to Cusco and flight to Lima to connect International flight