Getting around Peru can be an interesting task because ground transportation companies in Peru do not always observe the rules set by the Peruvian government. In Peru, you will be able to use air, ground, and fluvial transportation. When you decide to travel from one city to another one, you might take a plane or take a bus. If you decide to choose the second one, you should travel with a company that takes safety seriously.
If you decide to take a flight, you will have a few air companies to choose from. Your options will be Lan Peru, Taca, Peruvian Airlines, and Star Peru. Lan Peru is the company offering flights to most of the cities in Peru while Taca is the company offering less destinations (Lima / Cusco). Peruvian Airlines flies from Lima to Arequipa, Cusco, Iquitos and Tacna while Star Peru flies from Lima to Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Chiclayo, Cusco, Iquitos, Pucallpa, Puerto Maldonado, Tarapoto and Trujillo.
If you decide to take a bus, you will find several choices to choose from. In Peru, ground transportation is not taken seriously by several bus companies. Cruz Del Sur, Oltursa, Ormeno, and Linea N are some of the most reliable bus companies in Peru. You should avoid companies that make stops on the way to pick up clients.
If you need to take a cab, it is highly recommended that you ask your hotel to contact a taxi company. Taxi drivers are not registered in Peru so if you take a cab at a street, you take the risk of being rob. A taxi ride is not expensive and there is no need to take unnecessary risks.
This diverse environment was the home of thousands of cultures, such as the oldest civilization of America, known as the Caral Culture, located in the Supe Valley (north of Lima) about 5000 thousand years ago. The Moche Culture with astonishing Royal Tombs of Sipan in Lambayeque; and the amazing Empire of the Incas. Today, Peru has 29 million inhabitants distributed among 25 regions. Each region in Peru has its own culture and customs, a diverse gastronomy, beautiful scenery, and a large variety of flora and fauna. Despite Peru's amazing variety, most of its tourists are looking for a visit only to Machu Picchu and Cusco. After their arrival, the majority of them discover that they have missed a great opportunity to experience more of Peru's diverse wonders. When you plan your trip, remember that Peru is much more than Machu Picchu and Cusco. Don't let your lack of knowledge limit your enjoyment of this amazing country.
Let us help you get the most out of your visit. Our native Peruvian staff has selected our best trips to Peru, which you can find below.
Peru is a country with a variety of weather. Peru’s location allows for diverse climates, so it is important to be aware of them before you travel to Peru. Please find below a description of the weather in each of the cities that you might visit.
Arequipa City: All year long is usually warm and sunny during the day and cold during the night with temperatures between 40ºF and 75ºF. It is normally dry. From December to March sometimes rains.
Chiclayo: Chiclayo is arid and dry. From April to November, it is usually sunny during the day and cold at night with temperatures between 59ºF and 73º. From December to March, it is usually sunny and hot with temperatures between 86ºF and 66ºF. When the Nino Current is present, it usually rains.
Colca Valley, Chivay: The Colca Valley is cold all year round. From April to November, it is usually sunny during the day and very cold at night with temperatures between 25ºF and 68º. From December to March, it is usually rainy and cold with temperatures between 40ºF and 55ºF.
Cusco City: From May to September, it is sunny and a little cold during the day and very cold at night with temperatures between 29ºF and 69ºF. This period of time is usually semidry. From October to April, it sometimes rains with temperatures between 42ºF and 72ºF. January is usually the month with more rain with about 17 days of rain. During this period of time air flights might be delayed and sometimes cancelled due to poor weather conditions.
Ica City: All year long is usually arid with little rain. It is normally sunny during the day. From November to April, it is usually warm with temperatures from 65ºF to 90ºF. From May to September, it is cold and humid with temperatures as low as 48ºF and as high as 77ºF.
Inca Trail: From May to September, it is sunny and a little cold during the day and very cold during the night with temperatures between 29ºF and 72ºF. The second day will be cold and windy at the Dead Women’s Pass. From October to April, it sometimes rains with temperatures between 40ºF and 73ºF. January is usually the month with more rain with about 17 days of rain.
Mancora & Punta Sal: From November to April, it is very hot with temperatures from 70ºF to 90ºF. From May to October, it is hot with temperatures from 65ºF to 80ºF. The regions of Piura and Tumbes, where Mancora and Punta Sal are located respectively, are arid and calid with almost no rain.
Miraflores, Lima: From November to April, it is usually warm and humid with temperatures from 65ºF to 86ºF. From May to September, it is cold and humid with temperatures as low as 55ºF. Humidity makes it feel colder. Sometimes, it can drizzle between May and September.
Puno, Lake Titicaca: From May to September, it is sunny and cold during the day and very cold during the night with temperatures between 25ºF and 60ºF. This period of time is usually semidry. From October to April, it is rainy and cold with temperatures between 30ºF and 60ºF. Some years, there is heavy rain for long periods of time. During this period of time air flights might be delayed and sometimes cancelled due to poor weather conditions.
Trujillo: From November to April, it is usually warm and semidry temperatures from 64ºF to 77ºF. From May to October, it is cool and semihumid with temperatures from 57ºF to 68ºF. Rain is not common in Trujillo, but it can eventually drizzle. When the Nino Current is present, the volumen of rain is usually high.
Vaccines and Health Care
In order to enter Peru, there are not required vaccines, but you should know what shots you should get depending on the Peruvian region you will be visiting. If you are visiting the Peruvian coast, Andes or jungle, you might get shots for typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria and hepatitis (Type A for everybody and type B if you are planning to have sexual intercourse.)
If you will be visiting the jungle at regions lower than 6000 feet above sea level, you should get a yellow fever shot. These vaccination should be received at least ten days prior to your visit to the jungle. There is no risk of Malaria in the big cities but there is risk of Malaria in the north jungle of Peru (The region of Loreto). If you are visiting that area, you should contact your doctor for further details. In the jungle of Cusco and Madre de Dios there is a low risk of Malaria.
If you will be visiting the jungle, please remember to bring and use over your skin and clothes an insect repellent containing 25-50% DEET (N, N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) or 20% picaridin.
In Peru, you should not drink tap water even to brush your teeth. It is not recommended to eat raw vegetables or fruit unless you are at a high quality restaurant or you are sure they have being disinfected. If you get sick while in Peru, you will be able to visit a local doctor for USD 40.00 or even less. It is possible that visitors get diarrhea so antibiotics and an antidiarrheal drug should be brought. Most of the medicine you will need in case of a stomachache, diarrhea or common infections do not require medical prescriptions. You will be able to purchase medicine from several pharmacies in the main cities such as Inkafarma, Fasa, BTL, Arcangel or Botica de la Salud. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
If you will be visiting the andes, you should know that there is a risk of getting altitude sickness.
Money Exchange and ATMS
In major cities, such as Lima, Arequipa, Puno or Cusco, it is possible to exchange money at banks, at small money exchange stores, and at streets. Banks usually pay less for foreign money than small money exchange stores. Our recommendation is that you stay away from people who exchange money on the streets (you might get a falsify bill), and if you exchange money at small stores, please make sure they are able to operate (City working permits.)
In most of the cities, you will find an ATM machine. Some of them only provide Peruvian Soles. ATM owners usually charge a transaction fee and your bank will also charge a foreign transaction fee. It is recommended that you contact your bank before you go to Peru so they know your card is being use in a foreign country and at the same time you ask for foreign transaction fee.
If you need someone to send you money from your country, we recommend you to do it through Money Gram or Western Union.
The whole electric system of Peru is of 220 volts and 60 cycles.
Some hotels of 5 and 4 stars have additionally electric systems of 110 volts.
Take the caution of verifying the voltage of hair dryer, razors, sound systems, loaders of batteries of notebook computers, video camera recording, etc.; most of these equipment at the moment are auto voltage.
If it is not this way, it will require a transformer 220 / 110 volt for its correct use in Peru. It is very common to find this type of transformers at the stores in Peru.
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