During your stay with us you may need information about tourist service centers, health centers and more.
The tourism industry in the country has experienced a remarkable growth over the past decades, with large investments in hospitality, new roads and diversified services across Peru that allow travelers with different budgets and interests to relax and explore.
It is advisable to hire services only from travel agencies that are authorized by the National Department of Tourism and to always demand a receipt and a voucher including the detail of services purchased from the agency.
Services hired from people in plazas or main airports do not offer a guarantee that your payment will be acknowledged or that you will obtain the desired services.
IPerú is the Tourist Information and Assistance System provided at no cost by PromPerú. A network of offices across Peru offer:
Official tourist information about attractions, roads, destinations and tourist services companies.
Assistance with complaints and claims in the form of mediation, for cases when tourist services are not provided by travel operators according to the original agreement.
Wireless coverage reaches the majority of the country. Payphones are available in most cities and villages; they can be operated using coins or prepaid cards, which can be purchased in shops and businesses.
Unlike the rest of the countries in the region, public internet booths in Peru are cheap and easily available. A large number of tourist establishments and businesses are beginning to offer wireless internet.
There are post offices across different regions of the country. For more information visit www.serpost.com.pe
Altitude or mountain sickness (soroche)
Some cities of Peru are above 4,800 masl (15,748 fasl), particularly in the southern and central mountains. If you travel to the mountains by land, it is advisable to ascend gradually in order to prevent altitude sickness; and take a rest upon arrival in order to acclimate yourself to high altitudes. It is best to take a rest on the first day, eating light foods, drinking plenty of fluids and having mate with coca leaves. If you have a heart condition consult with your doctor before traveling.
Food and water
Drink bottled water and avoid street food in order to prevent sickness.
Shopping and entertainment
Shopping is always fun when there's variety, safety and choices: from trendy shopping malls in the cities to handicraft fairs in small towns. Most shopping malls and stores are open 7 days a week, including holidays, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
All prices must include the General Sales Tax (18%) and a payment receipt must be provided.
In Peru it is common to “regateo” barter over prices when shopping at fairs, markets, or from street or beach vendors.
Peruvian nightlife is most vibrant in the big cities. Every day there are shows, concerts and various artistic presentations at discos, pubs, night clubs, folk and salsa clubs, theater cafés and other venues specialized in regional music for tourists.
Main cities in the country have air terminals for domestic flights. In the majority of cases the T.U.U.A. (Airport Use Fee) is included in the airfare but in some cases it must be paid before boarding the flight. An increasing number of airlines are covering domestic routes from different points in the country.
There is a large variety of busses connecting destinations across the country, as more and more cities have their own bus terminals. Road transportation services vary depending on the desired levels of comfort, speed and budget. The main national roads are in very good condition, with a dedicated police force, and fast emergency and assistance services.
The urban bus, known as "combi", is the main means of transportation in the cities. They have pre-defined routes but there aren't bus stops, so they stop at every corner to let passengers on and off the bus. Bus rides might be a bit uncomfortable and last a long time. Before using them it is advisable to find information about routes.
Taxi cabs in Peru don't have taximeters. If you flag down a taxi in the street you may get a cheaper fare, but your safety will be in danger. It is very important to hire only taxi companies (by phone) or vehicles authorized by the municipality (yellow and with license numbers on both sides of the car); particularly if you are traveling by night.
The Metropolitano and the Lima Metro (light rail) are also available. More information here: http://www.metropolitano.com.pe/
Tourist trains cover the following routes:
Cusco-Ollantaytambo-Machu Picchu. There are currently three companies offering this service: Perú Rail, Inca Rail and Andean Railways. Puno-Cusco. Operated by Peru Rail.
Lima-Huancayo. operated by Ferrocarril Central Andino; however current departures are only once a month. Road Tourism. If you wish to travel in Peru by car, it is important to bring with you your driver's license, a copy of your passport and the car rental agreement, if you are driving a rental car. International licenses are valid for one year and licenses from other countries are valid for 180 days.
It is important to find out about the condition of the roads. In Peru all the main highways are paved, but several secondary roads are unpaved.
If a traffic officer signals you to stop, you must stop. Traffic officers must be wearing uniform and carry identification (they are required to wear identification cards including their last name on their chest.) Under no circumstances are they allowed to enter the vehicle.
Bear in mind that traffic officers are not allowed retain any personal or vehicle documents. Under no circumstances should you offer or agree to pay money to traffic officers.
In case of an accident or collision, call a traffic officer. If your car is a rental, call the representative of the insurance company provided by the rental agency. Do not leave the scene of the accident.
Do not stop if unknown people signal you to stop alongside the road.
Do not park in dark areas or leave valuable items in sight in your car.
It is forbidden to take photographs of airports, military bases, police stations and areas surrounding high voltage towers. It is allowed to take photographs or to record video at some monuments and museums. Get information in advance.
Peruvian legislation forbids and punishes the removal, transportation, commercialization and export of wild flora or fauna species, live or dead, without the corresponding authorization.
Peruvian laws forbid and punish the commercialization and export of genuine objects belonging to national cultural heritage (ceramic, textile, metal and other archeological, historical or artistic objects). Nevertheless it is possible to obtain replicas with a certification by the Ministry of Culture.
Peru is committed to contribute to the rights and happiness of our greatest patrimony: our children. For that reason, people seeking child sex or engaging in the sexual exploitation of our children and teenagers are punishable with prison (Law 28.251).
Protected Natural Areas (ANP)
It is important to obtain information about the requirements to visit a Protected Natural Area (ANP), the activities that can be carried out and the restricted zones inside the area.
For more information visit www.sernanp.gob.pe
Hire services from companies specialized in the activities you wish to participate in and make sure they provide the necessary safety equipment
For hikes around rural areas, it is advisable to ask locals about the characteristics and challenges of the trails and to obtain permission before hiking across private property.
All archeological sites are managed by agencies reporting to the Ministry of Culture. It is advisable to find information about authorized activities for visitors in those areas.
Use of rubber or hiking footwear is encouraged in order to minimize the impact of your visit on the environment and contribute to its preservation.