Peru FAQ

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When is the best time to travel to Peru and Machu Picchu?

The best time to travel to Peru and Machu Picchu is April to October. During this time, the temperature in Lima is relatively mild and it is the dry season in the highlands, where the major tourist destinations of Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca are located. The best time to travel to the Amazon rainforest in Peru is during the low water season, which runs from June to November.

What are the best places to visit in Peru?

The best places to visit in Peru are Arequipa & the Colca Canyon, Cusco, Ica & Nazca Lines, Iquitos & the Northern Amazon, Lima, Machu Picchu, Paracas & the Ballestas Islands, Puerto Maldonado & the Southern Amazon, Puno & Lake Titicaca, and the Sacred Valley. For more information on this topic, you can read our blog post.

What is the time zone in Peru?

There is one time zone in Peru (Peru time UTC-5). There are no daylight savings time changes. Eastern Standard Time in the US, for example, is either UTC-5 or UTC-4, depending upon daylight savings time.

How long is the flight from Miami to Lima?

The flight from Miami to Lima takes 5 hours and 30 minutes.

How do I plan a trip to Peru?

The best way to plan a trip to Peru is to tell us what trip you want, when you want to travel, the number of passengers, and where you want to depart from. For an existing trip, you can either call us or complete the “Get Pricing Now” form on the itinerary page. If you want a personalized tour, you can either call us, email us, or complete the “Contact Us” form on our website.

Do you have flexible departure dates?

Yes. Our clients choose their own departure dates, unless there is a cruise involved. In that case, we defer to the departure date of the ship.

Are meals included?

All meals are listed on each itinerary as (B,L,D Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner). Breakfast is included daily. The other meals are either included or not, depending upon the itinerary.

Is airfare included?

We do not include airfare in the cost of our tours. We do, however, quote it for you and you can purchase it through us if you like. The cost of our airfare is usually the same or lower than what you can purchase yourself.

What are the passport/visa requirements for American and other citizens traveling to Peru?

U.S., Australian, Canadian, and EU citizens require a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry and return ticket for stays of up to 90 days. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the Peruvian embassy in their country before traveling.

What vaccinations are required for travel to Peru?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website provides recommended and/or required vaccinations for each country. For Peru, it recommends that you should be up-to-date with routine vaccines such as measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and that you get your yearly flu shot. It also recommends that you get vaccinated for Hepatitis A and Typhoid, and Hepatitis B, depending upon your travel plans. Since rabies can be found in bats and other mammals in Peru, rabies vaccine is recommended if you will be involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put you at risk for animal bites, such as adventure travel and caving. The CDC recommends yellow fever vaccination if you are traveling to the following regions: Amazonas, Loreto, Madre de Dios, San Martin, and Ucayali. It is not recommended for travelers visiting the cities of Cusco and Lima, Machu Picchu, and the Inca Trail. You should see a health-care provider at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect.

There is a relatively low risk of malaria for travel to Peru. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while traveling.

Do you recommend Travel Insurance?

Yes, we recommend travel insurance and strongly believe that you should be protected in the event that something unforeseen happens either before or during your trip. We work with Allianz Travel Insurance, AIG (Travel Guard Travel Insurance), and Travelex Insurance Services. **A Travelex plan can provide coverage for trip cancellation if you or a traveling companion test positive for coronavirus and must physically quarantine as a result, as certified by a physician.

Can I use my cell phone?

You will need to check with your cell phone carrier prior to traveling, since every carrier is different.

What are the standard wall currents and electrical socket shapes in Peru?

Voltage: 220 V; Frequency: 60 HZ; Plugs: Type A (Flat blade attachment plug), Type B (Flat blades with round grounding pin), and Type C (European 2-pin). Travelers will require a voltage converter for 110-volt devices and plug adapters.

When is Independence Day celebrated in Peru?

Independence Day is celebrated on July 28.

What is the main language?

The main language in Peru is Spanish with Quechua a distant second.

What is the main religion?

The main religion in Peru is Catholicism.

What are the flight times from Lima to other parts of the country?

From To Travel Time
Lima (LIM) Cuzco (CUZ) 1 Hour 10 Minutes
  Arequipa (AQP) 1 Hour 25 Minutes
  Juliaca (JUL) 1 Hour 40 Minutes
  Iquitos (IQT) 1 Hour 55 Minutes
  Puerto Maldonado (PEM) 2 Hour 50 Minutes
  Chachapoyas (CHH) 59 Minutes

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