All you need to know about Peru!
(Your travel guide)
Peru is one of the most diverse places on earth, culturally, geographically and environmentally speaking – making it an amazing destination for travel. You will meet Peruvians of native, Spanish, Africa, and Asian descent which all add to the varying cultural traditions and practices you will enjoy experiencing. You will travel landscapes from coastal desert, to high-altitude snowy peaks, and to the lush Amazon Basin. Travelers can experience the ancient world wonder of Machu Picchu on the same trip as basking on a sun-soaked beach and spotting exotic wildlife in the Amazon – this is why Peru is the ultimate desintation for travel and you can trust Peru & U to share with you the passion we hold for this special country.
Immigrations in Peru
For travellers from North America or most countries in Western Europe, no prior immigration measures are required – upon arrival you will be given a tourist visa, be sure to tell the immigration officer how long you will stay in the country.
Handling Money on your Peru Trip
What is Peru money called? The Peruvian currency is the Nuevo Sol (s/), which comes in coins of:
- – 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, and 50 cents
- – 1 Sol, 2 Soles, and 5 soles
And the bills of:
- – 10 soles, 20 soles, 50 soles, 100 soles, and 200 soles.
The exchange rate at the moment of research is $1 USD = s/3.3, and although this varies a bit it is often a favorable exchange rate for tourists from North America and Western Europe. Most tours are sold in USD, however most of your purchases will be in “Nuevo Soles”.
Most often tourists find businesses that will accept Mastercard or Visa cards, but places outside of urban centers or those not intended for tourist proposes will mostly take only cash – be sure to carry small bills around because many vendors will struggle to make change for bigger bills. ATMs are readily available, especially in the tourist areas of cities, and many feature armed security to ensure your safety when withdrawing money.
Transportation from city to city
All types of transportation are available in Peru. Short flights between regional cities are available to most places you would like to go, although they are a bit pricey. Reputable bus companies and tourist buses with the comforts of reclining seats and movies also make daily trips between cities – but many of these bus rides that scale the Andes feature hours and hours of winding along sharp mountain turns. Train travel is also available to a few destinations, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.