Dream of walking the mythical streets of Machu Picchu, flying over the mysterious Nasca Lines, or visiting the rich museums filled with treasures. Peru is surely one of the most historically and culturally interesting countries in the world. The goal is to introduce the traveler to this beautiful destination in a simple, clear and reliable way.
Passport and Visa
It is sufficient to be in possession of a passport valid for at least 3 months beyond the date of entry. A visa is not required.
The language spoken in Peru is Castilian Spanish.
Health advice and vaccinations
No vaccination is mandatory except for yellow fever vaccination for people hiking in the Amazon jungle. However, malaria prophylaxis is recommended for excursions in the Amazon area. Remember that significant altitudes are reached in the circuits, so it is advisable to consult your doctor about this, especially those who suffer from cardiovascular or respiratory problems.Do not forget insect repellent, good sunscreen and intestinal disinfectant.
Lima`s time is 6 hours later than Rome`s. During daylight saving time the difference rises to 7 hours.
Peru is a tropical country (south of the Equator and north of the Tropic of Capricorn) that offers a varied climate due to the topography of its territory. On the coast (Chiclayo, Trujillo, Paracas, Nasca, Punta Sal) the climate is temperate and humid, with little rainfall, and temperatures do not vary greatly: the coldest month is August (average 16°C), while the hottest is February (average 24°C). In the Andes (Puno, Cusco,Arequipa, Machu Picchu) the best time to visit is from April to December: clear days and clear air allow excellent visibility of the mountains. During this period the climate is dry, with daytime temperatures of about 20°C and nighttime temperatures as low as 1°C. In summer, from December/January to March, heavy rains are possible. The Amazon region (Iquitos) is characterized by a hot-humid tropical climate with daytime temperatures around 30°C, nighttime temperatures around 20°C. Rainfall, as in the Andes, is abundant from December/January to March.
The national currency is the Nuevo Sol. Currently 1 euro corresponds to about 3.3 Nuevos Soles.
There are numerous items of local handicrafts: Andean musical instruments, pottery, sweaters, caps bags, tapestries etc. made of alpaca or vicuña wool. Also notable are the leather handicrafts and finely filigreed gold and silver items.