Often overcast with frequent heavy showers, snow/hail at higher altitudes; warm in direct sun and much cooler in the shade or under cloud cover.
Average daytime temperatures around 20°C (70 °F)
Average nighttime temperatures around 7°C (45 F)
Clear bright skies nearly 100% of the time; very warm in direct sun and much cooler in the shade; ground frosts overnight; very dry.
Average daytime temperatures around 20°C (70 °F)
Average nighttime temperatures around 0°C (30°F)
Sunnier days, some mist in the mornings, clearing during the day; very little rain all year around.
Average daytime temperatures around 26°C (79 °F)
Average nighttime temperatures around 19°C (66°F)
Very warm and humid; heavy showers most days.
Average daytime temperatures around 31°C (88°F)
Average nighttime temperatures around 21°C (70°F)
Very warm but less humid; showers occur throughout the year.
Average daytime temperatures around 30°C (86°F)
Average nighttime temperatures around 18°C (65°F)
What is the altitude of each area we will visit?
|Sacred Valley||2900m, 9500ft|
|Machu Picchu||2000m, 6500ft|
Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), is a negative health effect of high altitude, caused by acute exposure to low amounts of oxygen at high altitude. Commonly occurs above 2,400 meters (8,000 ft). It presents as a collection of nonspecific symptoms, acquired at high altitude or in low air pressure, resembling a case of "flu, carbon monoxide poisoning, or a hangover"
While altitude sickness affects everyone differently, the best way to try and prevent altitude sickness is by following the next steps:
Do I need Visas for my trip to Peru?
Citizens of the USA, Canada, the European Union, Australia and New Zealand do not need a visa to enter Peru for tourism purposes. Citizens of certain Asian countries such as China, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand and Singapore, as well as Israel don’t need visas.
Indian citizens (who do not possess a US/Canadian/EU passport) DO require a visa which should be obtained from a Peruvian Embassy/Consulate in the client’s home country.
The maximum authorized length of stay is 183 days. Information on Peruvian consulates and embassies abroad found at www.rree.gob.pe
Your passport must be valid for at least 90 days after your departure date to Peru. However, we recommend travelling with six months validity on your passport. If you are receiving a renewed passport prior to traveling to Peru, it is required that you bring either your old passport or a copy along with your new passport.
There are no required inoculations to visit Peru unless you plan to visit areas of the Peruvian Amazon, in which case you will need a Yellow Fever shot. There are not any other diseases in the areas where you will be visiting. This particular vaccine must be administered at least 10 days before your trip in order for it to be effective.
Ask your doctor regarding travel to Peru, we strongly recommend you bring medications for bacterial infections that can affect your stomach as well as antidiarrheal medication (Immodium). Dramamine is also great for Altitude and motion sickness.
We highly recommend travel insurance for your own benefit and protection against unforeseen travel misfortunes. We recommend www.Squaremouth.com
What is the Currency in Peru? What is the exchange rate for U.S. Dollars?
The official currency of Peru is the Sol (S/.). The U.S. Dollar is accepted at most major stores, restaurants and hotels. Average exchange rate: USD 1.00 x 3.20 soles.
You can exchange U.S. Dollars or Euros at Money Exchange Houses once you arrive in Lima airport also in Cuzco or Puno.
VISA is the most accepted credit card in Peru. Mastercard is also popular; AMEX and Diner’s Club are not widely accepted. You can Find ATMs easily to get money when in big cities.Some stores and restaurants will often add a 5% commission to your bill when you pay with credit card.
Traveler checks are often difficult to change and the exchange rate is not favorable.
What clothes should I pack for my trip?
Because of the diversity of weather of Peru your best plan is to dress in layers. Due to the diverse activities we always recommend that our passengers bring:
Is Peru safe to visit?
Peru is safe to visit and the security in the major cities are getting better as the economy and tourism grows. As you travel, exercise the same caution and awareness that you would in a large City or any tourist destination. Don’t be overly nervous or suspicious, but keep your eyes open. If you are venturing out after dark, go with one or two other people, and always by taxi.
Like any other big city or tourist destination, pickpockets will sometimes target travelers. Fortunately, there are a few easy steps you can take to minimize your exposure. The first step is to avoid attracting attention. Don’t wear fancy jewelry or expensive watches in the street (or even cheaper items that look expensive).
The next step is to limit what you have on you. Instead of carrying all your money, all your credit cards, and your passport in your pocket or purse, stick to what you’ll need for that day a one-day supply of money and one or two cards.
Every hotel will offer use of a hotel safe at the front desk or an electronic in-room safe; please use them. We also recommend that you leave your passport in the room safe or hotel safe, and that you carry a photocopy instead when you are out and about.
What is the voltage in Peru?
Electricity in Peru is 220 volts. In the U.S. it is 110 volts. Most of the things a traveler will want to plug in battery chargers, MP3 players, tablets or computers can run off both 110 and 220. But you should check the item or the owner’s guide first to confirm this before you plug it in. If you have something that needs 110 volts, like a shaver or a hairdryer, you can bring a transformer to change the current. (But transformers tend to burn out, so it might be better to leave whatever it is at home.
What types of Plugs are most common in Peru?
Flat blade plug
Two round pins
Adaptors can be easily found in Peru, if needed.
What type of food is typical of Peru?
Peruvian cuisine reflects local practices and ingredients including influences from the indigenous population including the Inca and cuisines brought in with immigrants from Europe (Spanish cuisine, Italian cuisine, German cuisine), Asia (Chinese cuisine and Japanese cuisine) and West Africa. Without the familiar ingredients from their home countries, immigrants modified their traditional cuisines by using ingredients available in Peru. The four traditional staples of Peruvian cuisine are corn, potatoes and other tubers, Amaranthaceaes (quinoa, kañiwa and kiwicha) and legumes (beans and lupins). Staples brought by the Spanish include rice, wheat and meats (beef, pork and chicken).
Many traditional foods such as quinoa, kiwicha, chili peppers, and several roots and tubershave increased in popularity in recent decades, reflecting a revival of interest in native Peruvian foods and culinary techniques. Chef Gaston Acurio has become well known for raising awareness of local ingredients. The US food critic Eric Asimov has described it as one of the world's most important cuisines and as an exemplar of fusion cuisine, due to its long multicultural history.
Is safe to drink water from the tap?
ONLY drink bottled water. Peruvian tap water is not potable. It is fine to use for teeth-brushing and cooking (provided it is boiled) but should not be ingested directly from the tap.
What kind of food and drink should be avoided to keep from getting sick?
To keep from getting gastrointestinal infections, we recommend you do not eat any raw foods, drink only bottled or boiled water and do not eat food from street vendors. We use only restaurants of the highest quality for our clients.
What type of accommodation does Active Traveler Peru use?
We use bed & breakfast style locations or three, four and five star hotels. All of our Peru hotels have private bathrooms, hot water and clean, comfortable rooms.. For certain packages, homestays are available as well.
What to expect from a home homestay in Peru?
Host Family in Peru is an opportunity to live in a friendly home with a Peruvian family located in safe and nice areas. You will be able to experience the Peruvian life style and culture up close, and learn about the customs and traditions. You will feel safe in a family environment, which is just like staying in a second home in South America.