COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD : PERU

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Travel Information Peru


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General Information

  • FLAG 🇵🇪
  • CAPITAL Lima
  • GOVERNMENT republic
  • CURRENCY Nuevo sol (PEN) 
  • POPULATION 29,496,000 (2010 estimate) 
  • TOTAL AREA 1,285,216km² 
  • LANGUAGES Spanish (official), Quechua, Aymara
  • DECIMAL SYSTEM Peru uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
  • TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC-05:00
  • LOCATION located in South America

Most popular cities in Peru

  • Lima
  • Arequipa
  • Ayacucho
  • Huaraz
  • Huancayo
  • Cajamarca
  • Chiclayo
  • Cuzco
  • Iquitos
  • Puno
  • Trujillo

Sockets & Plugs

Peru uses 220V, 60Hz with sockets and plugs Type A and Type C.

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Money

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Currency

Peruvian nuevo sol (symbol: S/), code PEN.

Banknotes come in denominations of 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 nuevo sol. Nuevo Sol is subdivided into 100 céntimos. Coins come in denominations of 5, 2 and 1 nuevo sols and 50, 20 and 10 céntimo.

ATM’S

Common

Automatic teller machines are common in Peru. You can usually find them in both large & small cities.

You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

Tipping

Expected to tip

Tipping is expected in Peru since staff depend on tips to supplement their often minimum wages.

Communication

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Internet

Internet speed in Peru is on average 4.5 Mbps.

WiFi coverage in Peru is moderate. It’s relatively easy to find one when needed.

Mobile phone

You can buy a SIM card for about 51.39 PEN, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: Claro, Entel or Movistar.

Mobile phones

Peru uses GSM mobile networks GSM 850 and GSM 1900.

Roaming

If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Peru upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

Dial code

+51

To call Peru, dial +, then 51 (the country code for Peru), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.

Crime

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High crime rate

Peru has a high crime rate . Keep large amounts of money, expensive jewellery, cameras and phones out of sight. Don’t change or withdraw large sums of money in busy public areas including foreign exchange facilities or ATMs. Thieves operate at international airports, and bus and railway stations. Keep your valuables safe and baggage with you at all times. Don’t pick up strangers or stop to help apparently distressed motorists, as this is a technique sometimes used by hijackers.

Pickpocketing/theft

It’s highly recommended to follow security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying vigilant in crowds and steering clear of commotions.

Transport

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Road rules

In Peru you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

Speed limits

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100 km/h (62 mph) on undivided highways, 40-60 km/h (24-37 mph) in all built-up areas, 80-100 km/h (49-62 mph) on expressways and 80-100 km/h (49-62 mph) on motorways.

Driving license

IDP is required

An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.

Rent a car

In order to rent a car:

  • you must be over 25
  • must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
  • almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)

Alcohol, drugs & prostitution

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Alcohol

Legal

Minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.

Prostitution

Legal

Prostitution is legal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are legal.

Drugs

Cannabis is illegal, but decriminalized

Although drugs are illegal (including cannabis), cannabis (marijuana) is decriminalized meaning you will not go to jail and it will not be on your criminal record if you get caught. However, you could still get a fine, rehabilitation, community service or a combination of the three.

Other

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Emergency numbers

  • Police 911
  • Ambulance 911
  • Fire department 911
  • Police 105
  • Ambulance 116
  • Fire 116
  • Civil defense 115
  • Domestic violence 100

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required to enter this country

No vaccinations are required to enter this country. The vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for the traveler’s protection.

  • Typhoid fever
  • Hepatitis A
  • Yellow Fever

These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.

  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies

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SOURCE & MORE INFORMATION: thebasetrip.com

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2 Comments
    1. Hi Agness,

      I think Peru can be visited all year, depending on what you want. There are two seasons.The dry season between May and Octoberis sunny, bright blue skies in the Andes and colder nights. Being the peak season, early booking is necessary. Between November and March there is more rain, January and February being the wettest months. In this period there are less tourists,and prices are lower. Also in this period the nature is more green.

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