Peru Travel Tips

Know Before You Go: Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.

 

Passports and Visas: Passport required. Visa not required for tourist stay of up to 90 days.

Trip Preparation: A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while traveling, youll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock.

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another: When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your countrys Exit Code + destination Country Code + Phone Number.
For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If the international number you wish to call starts with a 0 (zero), you must this starting digit when dialing the number.

Health Information: Check with your personal physician for the latest overseas travel health information, or contact the Center for Disease Control&rsquos travelers&rsquo hotline at 404-332-4559, web site www.cdc.gov.

Peru - While no inoculations are required, vaccination against yellow fever is recommended, especially if traveling to the Amazon or onward to Bolivia. Please consult your physician before traveling to Peru.

Cuzco, situated at an altitude of 11,000 feet above sea level, may cause in some travelers temporary altitude discomfort. Those affected should avoid over-exertion, drink extra water, and eat lightly. Right Travel suggests you consult with your health care provider, who may recommend prophylaxis with acetazolamide. Other areas of Peru are also situated at high altitudes including Machu Picchu (7,800 feet), Sacred Urubamba Valley (9,300 feet) and Puno (12,600 feet).

Climate & Clothing: Peru - Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).

Perus climate is divided into two seasons. The wet season is from November through April. The dry season is from May through October

 

Eco & Sustainable Tourism: We support global efforts to create a more eco-friendly world, intolerant of any forms of cruelty, abuse and intentional environmental destruction. To that end we ask that our clients maintain a watchful eye as they travel, and report any abuses they may encounter. One of the many benefits of tourism is the shared cultural knowledge and ultimate elimination of negative behavior through education. We rely on your good feedback to enable this element of symbiosis. As you travel to and learn about foreign cultures, we ask first and foremost that you practice tolerance and respect for local customs.

 

Land Only Passengers (Escorted Tours): Your tour manager will contact you after your arrival at your hotel. Passengers who have not purchased arrival transfers from Right Travel should proceed directly to the hotel for check in. The details of the hotel can be found in your documents.

 

Shopping: Shopping in a foreign country can be a wonderful experience. We do include a few stops at recommended popular shops on every escorted tour, intended to enhance your cultural experience. As you explore the country independently, you may find fantastic, one-of-a-kind merchandise. You may get terrific bargains. However, we advise you to exercise care and common sense when making any purchase. Always get a formal receipt. And remember that, just like in this country, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is

 

Peru - Duty-free shops and artisans shops offer tourists the opportunity to purchase Peruvian handicrafts such as pottery, carvings, and weavings.

 

Currency: We suggest getting a small amount of currency for the first country youre visiting before you leave the U.S. It is a good idea to carry a chart with you to help you convert U.S. dollars to the local currency. Its also a good idea not to carry too much money. Many countries have ATM machines that accept most U.S. ATM cards, but be sure you know your ATM password in numbers-the keypads on foreign ATMs dont always have letters. ATM machines will only dispense cash in local currency. Check with respective consulates to learn current currency allowances and requirements. Use your credit card whenever possible. Should you decide to carry cash or travelers checks, exchange them at banks where the rate is more favorable than at hotels or exchange bureaus. Please note that many banks and most vendors will not accept or exchange $100 bills. We suggest to carry $20 bills or smaller.

 

Peru - The Nuevo Sol is the currency of Peru. Most tourist areas accept and exchange U.S. dollars.

Purchasing Tours Locally: On escorted tours, the guides will generally sell optional tours to passengers who have not pre-purchased them. Payment can be made by cash or credit card, unless otherwise noted below. This does not apply to Independent packages.

 

Credit Cards: While credit cards are accepted in most destinations, it is advisable to carry local currency. Inform your credit card company that you are traveling to avoid your card being blocked for security reasons.

 

Gratuities: This is a matter of personal discretion. You may use the following as a guideline:

  • Tour escort (Coordinator may or may not act as a guide): $6 or $7 per person per day 
  • Driver (Provides chauffeur services and limited assistance with luggage): $3 per person per day
  • Local Guide (Offers in-depth information at specific locations. There may be one or many guides along a tour program): $2 per person per half day of sightseeing (2-3 hours) 
  • River Cruises: $6 or $7 per person per day as indicated by each cruise line (see details regarding European River Cruises) 
  • Hotel Porter: $1 per bag per person 
  • Wait staff: $1.50 per person (lunch or dinner)

Tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional compensation. There is no need to be intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended. If you become uncomfortable by any behavior you encounter, please advise your tour escort or phone our local office. Numbers have been provided in your documents for your convenience.

Peru - Gratuities are appreciated and expected for good service in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists.

Your Safety is Very Important: Every effort has been taken by Right Travel to ensure your safety. However, it is important that you do not allow your common sense to take a vacation while youre on your trip. Be aware of potentially dangerous places and situations as you would at home. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and carry your valuables concealed in inside pockets or hidden pouches. Dont put all your valuables (money, credit cards, passports, etc.) in the same place. (In case that one wallet is stolen, you should have other valuables and identification in another safe place.) Dont leave valuables laying loose in your room-use the hotel safe. Keep copies of your passports, credit card numbers and travelers checks numbers in the hotel safe. If youve purchased an escorted tour program, your travel documents will include telephone numbers of local Right Travel representatives who will do their utmost to assist you in the event of an emergency. The numbers are printed on your Right Travel vouchers. Please copy the numbers. Once you relinquish the voucher, you will not have this information. Passengers traveling independently should employ the services of hotel concierges and local authorities.

 

Peru - While we recommend that you apply reasonable caution and common sense when traveling in any country, please be aware that in Peru, there are significant issues with theft in public places. Always keep valuables in a safe place and avoid walking alone. We recommend that taxis be reserved via the hotel concierge desk when possible. As in most parts of the world, be aware of your surroundings and keep to well-lit and populated areas.

 

Local Emergency Phone Numbers: Peru General Emergency: 011

 

Languages: Spanish is the local language. Quechua is spoken in some areas as well. English is generally spoken in tourist areas.

 

Electricity: Please note: The U.S. uses 120 volts and you can purchase a converter and transformer at most hardware stores for your 120V appliances.

 

Peru - The voltage used is 220 volts.

 

Code of Conduct: Peru - Shaking hands is the standard greeting. Visitors should observe normal courtesies. The atmosphere is generally informal and casual dress is appropriate. Please demonstrate respect for the cultural artifacts of the indigenous peoples.

Holidays Peru

  • Jan 1 New Years Day
  • May 1 Labor Day
  • Jun 29 St. Peter & St. Paul Day
  • Jul 28 Independence Day
  • Aug 30 Santa Rosa de Lima Day
  • Oct 8 Battle of Angamos
  • Nov 1 All Saints Day
  • Dec 8 Immaculate Conception Day
  • Dec 25 Christmas

 

Food and Meals: As specified in each itinerary. Meals are based on the hotels or restaurants buffet or set menu. In general, beverages are not included, unless specifically stated. Although Right Travel cannot make guarantees, every effort will be made to honor special dietary requests submitted in writing at least 72 hours prior to departure to info@right-travel.com.

 

Peru - While it is generally safe to eat fully cooked meats and vegetables, care should be taken to avoid undercooked meat and uncooked fruits and vegetables. Because tap water is not potable, visitors should only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled and filtered. Avoid ice, as it is usually made from tap water.

 

Machu Picchu Trains: Due to the size of the trains to and from Machu Picchu, passengers may only bring 1 small (overnight) bag as luggage. Additional luggage will be transported to and held at your hotel in Cuzco for no additional charge.

 

Peru Domestic Flights: The airline tickets enclosed are for your international flights to/from Lima (provided that you purchased them from Right Travel). If tickets for your flights within Peru are not enclosed, you will receive your tickets (for example, Lima to Cuzco and vice-versa) once you arrive in Peru. Please note that you may only bring a total of up to 50 lbs of luggage per person on flights within Peru. This weight restriction may differ from your international carriers and is subject to change.

 

Arrival Procedures: Upon arrival, please complete immigration formalities and claim your luggage. If your program includes airport arrival transfers, check your voucher for specific instructions, as they vary with every destination. In most cases, you will be met after passing through Customs by the local representative who will be holding a Right Travel sign and/or a sign with your name on it. In some instances you will be instructed to walk a short distance to a transportation counter. The companys name and location will be printed on your voucher. If for any reason you do not connect with the transfer personnel, go to the Tourist Information Desk and ask them to page the representative company that is listed on your voucher or phone the number on your voucher.

 

What To Do When Your Flight Is Delayed: Airlines do not share flight manifest information. Therefore, the only way we may learn of a delay or schedule change while you are traveling is from you, the traveler. The sooner you are able to contact one of our offices, overseas or in the USA, the better we can respond. Right Travel is only able to guarantee pre-reserved arrival transfers for up to one hour from the scheduled time, no matter the cause. In case you are delayed for any reason, and are unable to follow the instructions on your voucher, please make independent transfer arrangements and retain your receipts. Unused tour services, including transfers and hotel nights are not refundable. Upon your return home you will need to contact your airline and/or insurance carrier to investigate the possibility of reimbursement for any unused tour services.

 

Departure Procedures: If your program includes departure transfers, instructions will be stated on your voucher or provided locally.

 

Arrival/Departure taxes are required as follows: Peru taxes of up to $31 for international departures. Additional taxes of up to $11 for each domestic flight may also apply.

 

Transfers: Due to local traffic and other extenuating circumstances, we ask that you allow 30 minutes from your scheduled transfer time for our representative to arrive. This includes hotel, airport and cruise transfers. Such possible delays are taken into consideration in scheduling transfers and you should therefore have no concerns about arriving late for your tour, flight or cruise. For transfers from a hotel, let the hotel reception desk or concierge know that you are waiting for a transfer. In the case of a missed transfer, reimbursement for your out-of-pocket expenses will be considered provided you obtain a written statement from the hotels front desk verifying the length of time you waited, and the time you left the hotel, and a receipt for your transportation with time and date.

Escorted tour programs include transfers, providing you have purchased airfare from Right Travel to arrive and depart on the scheduled tour dates. If you are traveling independently, you may purchase the transfers from Right Travel or contract your own method of transportation to the hotel or cruise ship. The cost of a transfer will generally be more expensive than hiring a taxi as the pre-arranged transfer necessarily includes round trip service, or a dead-leg. Additionally the driver may have to wait at the collection point for up to an hour.

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