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Before Arriving In Peru

Tourist Information
The Regions of Peru
Upon Arriving in Peru
Time Zone (-5 GMT)

Tourist Information


PromPeru Tourist Information Service
Edificio Mitinci, 14th floor, Calle Uno Oeste No 50,
Urbanización Corpac, San Isidro, Peru
Tel/Fax: (511) 224-9355
or send an e-mail to the following address: infoperu@promperu.gob.pe


You may also find information on the Web at:


The latest news about Peru:
*Note: Both are in Spanish only


Recommended guides for travellers:
 Lonely Planet
 Rough Guide
 Footprint Peru Handbook

The Regions of Peru


Peru straddles three geographical regions:
 The Coastal Plain is bathed by the Pacific and contains deserts, beautiful beaches and fertile     valleys.
 The Highlands or Sierra is a mountain area dominated by the Andes Mountain Range where the     Huascaran peak reaches 6768 meters above sea level (22,334 ft.).
 The Amazon Jungle is covered with tropical forest and embraces extensive nature reserves.


The Coast
It hardly ever rains on the Coast although there are two clearly marked seasons. In summer, from December to March, temperatures reach 27º C (80º F). In winter, from May to October, temperatures may fall to a mild 12º C (53º F) amidst high humidity. Winter is typically a season of mists and light rains or drizzle. In the northern tip of the coastal strip, the sun shines 300 days a year and temperatures climb to 35º C (96º F).

The Highlands
Dry and mild, the weather in the Highlands shows two clearly distinct seasons. In summer, from May to October, days are sunny, nights cold and rain scarce, creating the perfect weather for a visit. Rainfall is abundant from December to March. Within the same day, temperatures in the Highlands may fluctuate from 2º C (35º F) to 20º C (68º F).

The Amazon Forest
DIn the jungle it is always humid and tropical, with two clearly different seasons. In the dry season from May to October, sunny days heat up to 30º C (86º F). In the rainy season, rain showers are frequent and rivers swell.

More information about the weather in Peru:



Most citizens from the Americas and Western Europe do not need a visa to enter Peru. Citizens from Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador are exempt from passport and visa requirements to visit certain areas. For more information, ask the Peruvian diplomatic representative closest to you. To know the address or telephone number you may visit the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website: www.rree.gob.pe

If you come to Peru as a tourist, you may stay a maximum 90 days. You can ask migration authorities to extend your stay.


Upon Arriving in Peru

Give migration authorities the landing card (International Embarkation/Disembarkation Card) you received on the plane or at the border migration post. This card must always be returned when leaving the country. Keep it carefully to avoid a US$4 fine.
Customs officials will ask you to fill a form declaring any taxable items. If you do not carry any, declare so. Tax exempt articles include personal clothes and belongings, portable computers and adventure sports gear. For more detailed information, ask Peru's diplomatic representative in your country.
You must also declare any plant or animal species you may carry. You must have the necessary sanitary permits from you country. If you do not have them, the Peruvian sanitary authority may decide to burn the plants or kill the animals.
Time Zone (-5 GMT)
LIMA 12:00 m
NEW YORK 12:00 m
LONDON 18:00
BERLIN 19:00
SINGAPORE 1:00 (1)
TOKYO 2:00 (1)
SYDNEY 3:00 (1)
(1) of the following day.
A yellow fever vaccine, is recommended for trips to the Jungle. You may get a vaccine at the following places:
121 Independencia Street (next to the Hospital del Niño) in Lima. Open Monday to Saturday from 8:00 to 12:30
Jorge Chavez International Airport, 2nd floor. Open 24 hrs
International Vaccination Center-Dos de Mayo National Hospital, Grau Avenue 13th block, Lima. Open Monday to Saturday from 7:30 to 13:30
Spanish. Tourist guides, travel agents and lodging personnel at three, four and five star facilities usually speak English.
220 volts. Most four and five star hotels also have 110 volt power available.

Peru's official currency is the Nuevo Sol (S/.), divided in 100 cents. There are 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents coins, and S/. 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 banknotes.

To know the current rate of exchange, visit www.oanda.com/convert/classic US dollars are welcome at most shops, restaurants and service stations at the current exchange rate.

Most establishments accept the main credit cards, including Visa, Master Card, Diners and American Express. The use of traveler's cheques may be restricted. Ask if they are accepted. When using a credit card, make sure you are charged the right amount for your purchase.


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