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Cúltural Peru

Our Culturale Peru specialists have the knowledge and experience to help you organize every aspect of your adventure, however some travelers like to do some research on their own. This page contains some helpful tips designed to help you do exactly that. So, what are you waiting for? Do tomorrow today. Let's get started so you can get out and experience our great beautiful world for yourself!

Visa de Vieje

Visa requirements change frequently and depend on your nationality and destination. You may want to organize them yourself or have your travel agent organize them on your behalf. But citizens of most countries in America and Western Europe do not require visas to enter Peru. Bolivians, Ecuadorians, Brazilians and Chileans can enter certain regions of the country simply by presenting their national identification documents. The maximum authorized length of stay is 90 days. You can find information about Peruvian consulates and embassies abroad at Rree.gob.pe

Important information: it is very important to keep the migration card (Andean Migration Card) that you receive at the border, until you cross the border again to return to your country of origin. Preferably, keep this paper secure along with your passport. All the hotels where you will be staying make copies of this small document, and when you return you must show this document at the border to leave the country. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not lose it.

Language

The official languages in Peru are Spanish (80% of the population), Quechua (Andean and highland regions) and Aymara (on the Puno plateau). Also, there are around 50 native languages. Most people who work in tourism or provide tourism services speak English.

Experience in the market
How many years of experience does the Peruvian travel agency have? This could give you an impression of how much experience they have with travelers (although that does not mean that they are always improving their services. Many of the travel agencies in Peru keep the quality of their service the same for several years).

Transparency

Does the travel agency share all the information they need to know? Or is there hidden or unclear information, such as group size, food, restaurants visited, security, or transportation? Does the tour include all the sites you want to see?

How much time do they give them to visit each site? Does your tour just fast-forward from place to place or is there enough time to enjoy the sights and stories of the guide?

Website

How about the web page design? Does the structure, design, and process help answer your questions quickly?

Is it easy to find important information? Can they choose different languages? Is the value proposition clearly communicated?

How about your initial contact?

Do they respond quickly, directly and amicably in case they need to contact them? Is there a bot to help you surf the web or answer questions?

Do they care about you and your time instead of sending copied and pasted itineraries?

Equipment introduction

Do they get to know their team on the website? It's always good to know a little bit of "who" is behind the company instead of having an "About Us" that talks about "what" they represent.

Payment way

How can I pay? Are there secure payment options offered by deposit, PayPal or credit card?

With this information they can separate a good one from a bad travel agency in Peru. But how about the tours in Cusco?

Terms & Cancellation Policies

Please take a look at the terms and conditions and cancellation policies so as not to end up with a bad surprise in case you cannot join a tour. Some travel agencies have strict policies in which they will not receive a refund in case they change or cancel your travel plans 4 weeks before the tour begins.

This does not mean that the travel agency is bad, they just need to make sure they know their policies to be prepared. Regarding this, it is important to mention that if you want to do a tour in Machu Picchu you will not get a refund if the tickets are already purchased. This is due to the fact that they are not transferable to another person.

 Currency and Payment Methods

The official currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol (S /.). The US dollar is accepted in most stores, restaurants, and hotels.

Peru, in each city they have money exchange offices to be able to change foreign money (US dollars and euros). Always try to carry small bills / notes or coins as larger bills / notes can be difficult to break in places. ATMs are easy to find in cities, so you don't have to worry about taking out a large sum of money before your trip. To avoid any unnecessary stress, inform your bank of the dates and where you will be traveling. Also check with your bank for any fees or charges incurred when using foreign ATMs and sliding machines before traveling. The most accepted credit cards are: American Express, VISA, Diners Club and MasterCard. There are some limitations to the use of traveler's checks in Peru, therefore, verify that they are accepted by the establishments before buying them.

Electricity

In general, most plugs in Peru use 220 volts. Most 4- and 5-star hotels have sockets equipped for 110 volts. Most plugs use two types of plugs, which are shown below:

Health centers

In We have good health facilities. There are enough hospitals and clinics that provide adequate services, especially in the main cities, such as Lima, Cusco, Puno and Arequipa.

Vaccination
A yellow fever vaccine is highly recommended for traveling to jungle cities. The vaccine must be administered at least 10 days before your trip to be effective. No other vaccines are required.

Data for Soroche or altitude sickness

To avoid altitude sickness or soroche, we suggest following the steps:

Don't exercise too much the first day in high-altitude areas.
Eat lightly for the first two days.
Drink plenty of water and high-energy drinks.
If you have any heart, respiratory or lung problems, consult your doctor.
We highly recommend drinking plenty of coca tea. The consumption of coca tea, in addition to chewing the leaves, increases the absorption of oxygen in the blood.

Baggage Restriction
Keep in mind that there are luggage restrictions for the trip to Machu Picchu and the Peruvian Amazon. All passengers traveling on the train to Machu Picchu are only limited to 7kgs (15.5 lbs), so do not carry unnecessary items. Of course, it is possible to store your luggage at your hotel in the Sacred Valley or Cusco. In the event that you do not return to the same hotel, we will ensure that you transfer your luggage safely to your next hotel. When you travel to the Peruvian Amazon, you will have to leave part of your luggage at the loge office in Puerto Maldonado, since it is not allowed to carry more than 10 kg to the lodges.

How to call Peru long distance

To dial from abroad, dial 00, then 51 (the Peru code) and then the city code: Lima 1, Cusco 84, Puno 51, Arequipa 54, and finally the phone number.

Dialing in Peru:
National calls (city-to-city) - Add zero before the city code.
Local calls (within the same city): dial only the number.
Emergency numbers:
Police: 105
Ambulance: 106
Fire department: 116

Recommendation To Take a Taxi

In Peru to be able to take a taxi you have to ask and then negotiate the price since taxis here do not have meters. If you are not sure how much you should pay, you can ask a local or hotel employee how much is a fair price. Taking an official taxi is safer than taking an unregistered taxi from the street. When you are in Lima, be sure to take a safe taxi, especially at night, either by asking your hotel or restaurant to call you. (Some registered and accredited taxi companies in Lima are Taxi Amigo - Tel. 01 / 349-0177, Taxi Móvil - Tel. 01 / 422-6890, Taxi Line - Tel. 01 / 330-2795) Taxi costs in Lima vary from 5 to 50 soles depending on the distance. A taxi from Miraflores to the city center should cost approximately 15 soles. For the other cities, take taxis with phone numbers on top of the vehicles. In Arequipa, it is a good idea to call a taxi instead of dialing one, simply because it is the safest option. The price of a taxi in Cusco, Arequipa and Puno ranges between 3 and 5 soles.

Consultation or Emergency Contact

If you need to contact us for any reason, call our local office in Cusco.

Cultural Peru
Business hours:
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. at 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. at 8 p.m. local time (GMT -5).
Saturdays: from 9 a.m. at 2 p.m.
PERU: 00 + 51 84 258582
24 hour Cusco emergency telephone numbers:

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