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Frequent Asked Questions

Visas and permits

No visa is necessary four countries of Western Europe,  Asia,  North or South America or citizens of Australia,  New Zealand or South Africa.  travelers from Fiji and India  do need  visas.  Immigration cards (tourist cards) are obtained of flight arriving improve or a border crossings,  you should keep them until you depart,  if by any chance you lose it you can get another one at the Immigration offices.  best tourist card  allows you up to a maximum of 90 days  in  Peru.  The form is in duplicate and you give up the original on arrival and the copy on departure.  Note this document  will be required by different establishments like hotels and others.

Finally remember that it's your responsibility to ensure that your passport is stamped in and out when you arrive in the country or cross borders. You should always carry your passport in a safe place about your person,  or if not leaving city or town you're in,   deposit it in the hotel safe.

What to take in your bags?

Everybody has their own preferences, but listed here are the most often mentioned.

We suggest:  an inflatable Travel Pillow for neck support, Hiking boots, rubber sandals, Sun glasses, rain coat, alarm clock, a water bottle,  an adaptor, a sun hat, light clothes for hiking. To This might be added some lip salve with  sun protection and also wipes such as wet ones.  Always carry toilet paper which is important on long bus trips.

How to deal with altitude Sickness?

One of the most common problems for travelers in the region is altitude sickness. Acute mountain sickness can strike from about 3000 meters upwards and in general is more likely to affect those who ascend rapidly (for example by plane)  and those who over-exert themselves.  The sickness presents with a headache, dizziness,  loss of appetite and nausea.  We recommend to rest from your trip,  take it easy for the first few days and drink plenty of water, (especially a coca te upon your arrival). It's essential to get acclimatized  to the Andes before long treks  or artist activities .  The altitude also means that strong protection from the Sun is always needed,  regardless of how cool it may feel. Always use sunblock and a hat , In fact a good pair of sunglasses and I factor sunscreen are recommended in all parts of Peru.

What about the internet conexion?

You can find internet access everywhere. Centers with high  tourism have internet cafés on every corner.  They are incredibly cheap to use,  normally about USD 0.50  per hour.  When they first open in the morning is often a good time to use cyber cafés, as they are  less busy then.  In addition to that, most of establishments offers free Wi-Fi access. Access is  generally quick and cheap.

Telephone

Local,  national and international calls can be made from  public phone boxes  with change  as well as in the phone offices called locutorios. Collect calls are possible to almost anywhere by ringing the International operator,  your home telephone company can give you the number to call as well.  The numbering system for mobile phone is as follows:  Just dial the 9 numbers directly ( for example 981706264),  for local numbers,  dial the region code followed by the six numbers of telephone (7 numbers in case of Lima), for example; to call Cusco from Lima just dial 084 ( code of Cusco ) + the number phone (for example 084-653284).
Here the most useful codes:

Phone City Codes

Lima 01 Amazonas 041 Ancash 043 Apurimac 084 Arequipa 054 Ayacucho 066 Cajamarca 076 Cusco 084
Huancavelica 067 Huanuco 062 Ica 056 Junin 064 La Libertad 044 Lambayeque 074 Loreto 065 Madre de Dios 082
Moquegua 053 Pasco 063 Piura 073 Puno 051 San Martin 042 Tacna 052 Tumbes 072 Ucayali 061

Need to get an Insurance?

Always take your own travel insurance before you set off.  Assure you that the policy covers the activities you intend or may end up doing.   We suggest you to check the payment protocol  and also dig out all the receipts for expensive personal effects like jewelry or cameras.  Take photos of these items and note down all serial numbers.  You are advised to shop around for an insurance company.

how does Money work?

The sol (S/) Is the official currency of Peru.   It's divided in 100 cents,  with coins valued  at 1, 2, 5  soles. Notes in circulation are 200 100 50 20 & 10 soles, Try to break down notes whenever you can as there is a country wide shortage of change.  It's difficult to get change in shops and museums and sometimes impossible from street vendors or taxi drivers.  Prices of airline tickets to agencies hotels among others,  are almost always quoted in dollars.   You can pay in soles or  dollars but it's generally easiest to pay dollars when the price is in dollars,  and in soles   when the price is in soles. This  we will save you  from losing an exchange rate.  Normally dollars are accepted in Cusco and Lima.

Important Almost no one,  certainly not  banks,  will accept dollar bills that are ripped taped or torn.  do not accept torn  dollars from anyone;  just tell them you would like another one.  also ask your bank at home to give you only nice and clean dollars and keep your dollars in your money belt and wallet so they don't accidentally tear .

Credit Cards

Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club are all Valid.  There is often a commission of between 8 and 12% for all credit card charges. We recommend you to use your credit card to get money out of an ATM rather than to pay for your purchases with a card.  You will easily find ATMs all around,  specially in Cusco and Lima.  Inter bank ATMs accept Visa, MasterCard and Maestro.  Remember that credit cards are not commonly accepted in a smaller town so be prepared to pay with cash.  make sure you carry the phone numbers that you need in order to report your card lost or stolen.  In addition,  some travelers have reported problems with their credit cards being frozen by the bank as soon as a charge from a foreign country occurs.  To avoid this problem notify your bank that you will be making charges in Peru.

Tourist Information

Tourist  promotion and information is handled by PromPeru, there are tourist offices in most towns,  either run by the municipality  or independently,  these will assist you with tourist information in general; airlines companies, buses, accommodations, entrance tickets or if you have lost documents.

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