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.

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.

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).

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