Lake Lindo, Tarapoto, San MartĂn
Useful Information Population
30 million (a 2011 estimate). Languages
Spanish (official language)
There are 104 recognized languages in Peru: 92 are living, yet there are no active speakers of the remaining 12. And while Spanish is spoken by most Peruvians, there are pockets in the Andes where Quechua and Aymara are the main languages. Likewise, there are places in the Amazon rainforest where you can hear any of the fourteen languages spoken by the 42 ethnic groups living in that vast region. As for English, you may speak it with people working in the tourism sector.
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Republic Tourist services Lodging A full range of options exist, from 1 to 5-star hotels, to boutique hotels, hostels, and lodges. Air transportation There is domestic service to the major tourist destinations, and you can check online for prices. Bus transportation You can travel practically anywhere in the country by bus, with the exception of certain locations in the Amazon. The amount you pay determines the expected comfort level of the trip. Taxi service Several taxi companies operate in Lima 24 hours a day and can take you to and from the airport as well as to other destinations. They own fleets of modern vehicles, use a dispatch service, and publicize on the web. Car rental The main car rental companies have offices in Peru. If you wish to visit some of the more rugged areas of the country, then we suggest renting an all terrain, 4x4 vehicle. Driving in Peru requires you have the following: E<J6ExF?<46AF6BCMB8MBIEC2FFCBEG-6;<4?6E69<FGE2G<BA 2A5CEBB8B8 <AFIE2A46Q)#+R2A5G64;A<42?<AFC64G<BA(6AG2?4BAGE24GQ8BE2E6AG65 J6;<4?6RAG6EA2G<BA2?5E<J6ExF?<46AF6J2?<58BE^M62E
Restaurants Peruvian cuisine is famous for its excellence and wide variety. Some dishes can be spicy or intensely seasoned, and each region has its own peculiar culinary style. Safety During your visit to Peru, it is important that you take the same precautions for personal safety shared by all tourist destinations the world over, such as not leaving your personal items unattended in public areas and avoiding deserted areas at night. Health If you are planning to travel to the Andes, the following will help you avoid experiencing altitude sickness: rest on the first day of your arrival, eat light foods, drink plenty of fluids, and keep lemon drops on hand. If you are planning to travel to the jungle, use insect repellant to protect yourself from bug bites. Also, as a precaution, a yellow fever vaccination must be administered at least 10 days before your trip. If not, it will not be effective. Foods you are not accustomed to eating may also present problems, so DONâ€™T eat anything that is uncooked or sold by street vendors and only drink bottled or boiled water. If you suffer from heart problems, we recommend you consult your physician before traveling to the highlands.
Tumbes: Trujillo: sea level 34 meters (112 feet)
Since Peru has a variety of geographic regions and different types of weather, we recommend you take with you the following, regardless of the season or the location:
VISAS AND CUSTOMS
Visas for entering Peru are not required for most countries in the Americas and Western Europe. Bolivians, Brazilians, Colombians, Chileans, and Ecuadorians may enter the country just by presenting their national identification documents. The maximum authorized length of stay is 90 days. To remain longer or to stay in the country for other Luggage purposes (residency, When you pack your study, work, etc.), you luggage, please review must request the the list of duty free corresponding visa at goods found on the the Peruvian consulate following websites: in your country of residence prior to www.aduanet.gob.pe traveling.
Peru’s official currency is the Nuevo Sol (S/.), yet the U.S. Dollar is accepted at some local businesses, restaurants, and gas stations at the day’s exchange rate.
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Euros (€) must be exchanged into Nuevos Soles or U.S. Dollars at the day’s exchange rate.
You can exchange euros, dollars, and other foreign currency at authorized exchange agencies, hotels, and banks. We do not recommend this type of transaction on the street.
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You can find ATM machines in Peru’s major cities, and these accept a variety of cards.
The most widely accepted credit cards are: American Express, VISA, Diners Club, and MasterCard.
There are limitations to using travelers checks, so we recommend asking at the establishment to see if they are accepted before making purchases or ordering.
ELEVATION OF SOME OF PERU’S MAJOR CITIES
Lima: 154 meters (505 feet)
Arequipa: 2 335 meters (7 661 feet)
Huaraz: 3 091 meters (10 141 feet)
Cusco: Machu Picchu: 3 399 meters 2 400 meters (11 152 feet) (7 874 feet)
Puno: 3 827 meters (12 556 feet) Tarapoto: Iquitos: 333 meters 104 meters (1 093 feet) (341 feet)