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Tour Preparation

In order to have a smooth and enjoyable trip please read the information below, you will find useful information to ensure you have a lifetime adventure in Peru! If don’t find the information you are looking for, or need further information please contact us or read our FAQ’s section.

Documents

For U.S. and European Community citizens no Visa is required for stays of less than 90 days; only a Passport valid for at least six months from date of arrival and at least two blank pages. If you have a different nationality please e-mail us to help. Do not forget to bring a copy of passport pages where your picture and number appears, it will be very useful.

On Arrival at Lima Airport

During your flight, the airline staff will provide you a Customs form (one per family) and the Andean Immigration form (one per person), please fill them out before the flight lands; on your arrival at Lima airport follow the crowds towards the immigration check points, after you get your passport stamped by the immigration officer you will need to walk just some meters to pick up your luggage from the baggage carousel, next go towards Customs check points where you just need to provide the filled out form, after clearing customs you will find people holding signs with names, one of those signs has your name, in case you don’t find your name please wait some minutes or call us at the emergency number +51-996512083.

Time Zone

Peru is -5 hours GMT and does not observe daylight saving time.

Health

Anyone travelling to Peru should be in good health. Please contact your physician to be sure you are able to travel. If you have any heart or lung disease it is recommended to avoid traveling to high altitudes. If you are taking medicine, bring enough for the duration of your trip.

Altitude Sickness

It is recommended to rest upon arrival in any city in the highlands, eat lightly and drink plenty of bottled water the first two days. The altitudes experienced in the Andes may have an adverse effect on you if you are not used to such heights. On reaching heights above 4000 feet, heart pounding and shortness of breath are a normal response to the lack of oxygen in the air. However, for some visitors symptoms usually develop during the first 24 hours at altitude. To prevent Soroche, on arrival don't over exert yourself. Be sure to rest. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy food. Drinking mate de coca (an infusion of coca leaves) will help. If symptoms become more severe and prolonged it is best to quickly seek medical attention and make arrangements to descend to a lower altitude. Diamox (acetazolamide) is a good medication for altitude sickness

Clothing

Temperatures change rapidly at high altitudes, the sun is very intense but it may be very cold at night so it is important to have layers of clothing in your daypacks.

What to pack

Please notice it is a basic checklist; if you are doing some trek please contact us for further information.

    • Original valid Passport
    • Day backpack, one bottle or canteen to carry water
    • Mid weight wool sweater
    • Rain suit or long poncho Winter Hat and Gloves
    • One sleeping Bag (If you are hiking the Inca Trail)
    • Fleece pants
    • Zip-off hiking pants
    • Shorts
    • Short and Long-sleeve shirts
    • Swimsuit Personal towel
    • Sun hat
    • Athletic, waterproof and broken-in hiking shoes
    • Sandals
    • Flashlight
    • Pocket knife
    • Watch with alarm
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun block and lip balm
    • First-aid kit with Personal Medication
    • Hand sanitizer gel
    • Insect repellent
    • Camera, film and spare batteries
    • Altimeter
    • Earplugs
    • Energy snacks
    • Good binoculars

Food and Water

Peruvian Food, is one of the best in the world, however you have to eat at the right place. Avoid eating from street vendors. Only drink bottled water- even for things such as brushing your teeth. Avoid fruits or vegetables that have not been peeled. Food depends on the geography of the country, its climate and the customs of their people.

Money

Peru’s official currency is the Nuevo Sol, which is divided into 100 cents. The currency includes coins for 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and 1, 2 and 5 sol coins. There are bills in the denomination of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Nuevos Soles.
There are money-changing booths almost everywhere in every major Peruvian city. The cash dollars you bring should be crisp, clean and new-no tears. It is a good idea not to use bills in excess of $10-$20.00, as you might find it difficult for the merchant to change anything larger.

Electricity

The electric voltage in Peru is 220 volts, however most hotels may have an electrical outlet with 110 volts, but it is better if you bring a 220-240 to 110-120 voltage converter; and a universal plug adapter just in case. Two-pin, flat blade and round plugs are standard

Travel Insurance

We recommend you to obtain a personal Travel Insurance, including Medical Problems, Baggage loss or damage. If you need help to find a travel Insurance Company please let us know.

Baggage Allowance during domestic flights per passenger:

Carry-on Luggage: passenger is allowed 1 bag that does not exceed the following measurements: 21” long x 14” wide x 9” tall (55 x 35 x 23 cm) and must weigh a maximum of 17 pounds (8 Kilos) Not permitted as hand baggage: Firearms, sharp objects (metal files and nail clippers, needles or knitting needles, tools, among others), liquids, gel and aerosols may only be transported in the aircraft's hold and the airport security team will take them from you if enter the cabin of the aircraft with them. Personal Item: passenger is allowed 1 personal item that includes: a purse, a laptop computer or a briefcase. Checked Baggage allowance: a passenger is allowed to check in up to 2 pieces of luggage weighing up to 50 pounds (23kg) in total.
Excess Baggage:
1. Excess weight: when the weight limit is exceeded but the number of pieces of luggage is respected fees will apply as follows: From 50 pounds (23 Kilos) to a maximum of 70 pounds (32 Kilos), you will be charged US$20.00
2. Additional pieces of luggage: when the maximum number of pieces of luggage is exceeded fees will apply as follows: For a third piece of luggage, you will be charged US$40.00
*Charges are subject to change without notice

Tipping

Some restaurants add a service charge of 5% or 10%, which will be indicated on the bill. In this case there is no need to tip the waiter, but if service charge has not been added to the bill you can tip up to 10% of the bill amount for exceptional service. In hotels, bellboys expect US$1.00 per bag. Drivers are not tipped at least they help you check in at the airports or stations. Tour guides are customarily tipped.

24 hour Emergency Assistance

We are always ready to help you in case of an emergency. If you encounter a difficult situation in Peru, please contact us ASAP; even if you are traveling in the highlands or jungle we will provide you quick assistance through our network of representatives in every destination, we are just a phone call away.
If you need to call us from another city out of Lima please dial 01, if you are calling from your cell phone please dial +511 and if you call from a local number in Lima no prefix is required. Emergency numbers:

• (+51) 996512083 24/7 English, Spanish, French and Italian speaking Assistance.
• (+51) 990206436 24/7 English and Spanish speaking Assistance.
• (+51-1) 2429716 09:00 – 18:00 Mon to Fri, Spanish and English speaking Assistance.
• (+51-1) 4226544 20:00 – 07:00 Mon to Sat, Spanish and English speaking Assistance.
• 105: Police Emergency Number.

Weather by Region

The Coast

The Peruvian coastline is formed by a long snaking desert hemmed in between the sea and the mountains. Humidity in these areas produces a sensation of cold, although temperatures rarely dip below 54 F (12°C). During summer, meanwhile, the sun beats down and temperatures often top 86 F (30°C). The central and southern sections of the coast feature two well-defined seasons: winter from April to October, and summer from November to March. The north coast, meanwhile, is not touched by the effects of the cold current, which means it enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year and warm temperatures all year-long as much as 95 F (35°C) in summer.

The Highlands

There are two defined seasons in the Peruvian highlands: the dry season months are from April to October, marked by sunny days, cold nights and it hardly rains; the rainy season starts in November and finishes in March, during this time there are frequent rain showers, generally more than 1000 mm. A characteristic of the mountain region is the drop in temperature during the day: temperatures commonly range around 75 F (24°C) at midday before plunging to 27 F (-3°C) at night.

The Jungle

La extensa selva peruana, que rodea el caudaloso río Amazonas, se divide en dos áreas diferenciadas: el bosque nuboso por encima de 700 msnm, que cuenta con un clima subtropical y templado, con abundantes lluvias entre Noviembre y marzo y días soleados entre abril y octubre, y la selva baja por debajo de 700 msnm, donde la estación seca va de abril a octubre y es ideal para el turismo, con sol y altas temperaturas a menudo superiores a 35 ° C. La selva cuenta con alta humedad durante todo el año. En la selva del sur, a veces hay olas de frío conocido localmente como friajes o surazos, los frentes fríos que la deriva desde el extremo sur del continente entre mayo y agosto, donde las temperaturas pueden descender hasta 8° C.

For travelers visiting Manu Wildlife Center

The Lodge contains 22 double-occupancy fully screened private bungalows, separate complexes with hot showers and toilets, a large fully screened dining room and a delightful bar with hammocks for relaxing. Manu Wildlife Center has limited electricity at certain times of day (from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 17:30 to 21:00 hours), during which it is possible to recharge batteries; although a local wall-plug adaptor may be required. (Note that current is 220V; make sure your equipment is compatible with this voltage.) Lighting in the communal areas is by kerosene lamp and candles, with the paths around the lodge complex lit by kerosene lamps. Lighting in the guest bungalows is by candle.

Food and Water

Peruvian Food, is one of the best in the world, however you have to eat at the right place. Avoid eating from street vendors. Only drink bottled water- even for things such as brushing your teeth. Avoid fruits or vegetables that have not been peeled. Food depends on the geography of the country, its climate and the customs of their people.

Recommendations:

    1. In case your credit cards are stolen please cancel them very quickly by contacting your bank.
    2. Avoid exchanging money on the street; you’d better use a “Casa de Cambio”.
    3. Avoid taking taxis in the streets; always ask our local guided or your hotel front desk for advice.
    4. Avoid buying food from street vendors.
    5. In case you lose your passport or it is stolen, report the loss to the police (Our local Agent will be happy to assist you personally)
    6. In case of a medical emergency please contact our local English speaking Agent or your hotel staff.

If you need further information please contact us