Citizens from most countries in the Americas (including the United States and Canada), Western Europe (Great Britain), South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia do not require visas to enter Peru as tourists - only valid passports. Only some Asian, African and communist countries, need visas when entering Peru.
Bolivians, Ecuadorians, Brazilians, Colombians and Chileans may even enter specific regions of the country just by presenting their national identification documents.
The maximum authorized length of stay is 90 days. stamped into their passports and onto a tourist card, called "Tarjeta Andina de Migración" or Andean Immigration Card, which you must return upon leaving the country. Carry your passport and tourist card with you at all times, especially when traveling in remote areas (it's required by law on the Inca Trail).
From December to April the Peruvian coast, except some valleys that cross over it, is desert, so the climate at this time is dry, very warm and occasionally might show mild showers in some places.
From May to November the temperature decreases a bit and there is frequent fog in nearby places of Lima (around 300 km.), so it is recommendable to wear warm soft clothes. In some places, like Lima, the weather feels cold due to the high humidity.
Generally, May through October is the dry season. Daytime temperatures reach a warm 68 °F to 77 °F (20 °C - 25 °C), and nights are often quite cold (near freezing), especially in June and July.
Rainfall season is very abundant November to April, when temperatures are slightly milder 64 °F to 68 °F (18 °C - 20 °C) dropping only to 59 °F (15 °C) at night. The wettest months are January and February. Most mornings are dry, but clouds move in during the afternoon and produce heavy downpours, making roads and trek paths impassable.
Although it is consistently humid and tropical, with significant rainfall year-round, it also experiences two clearly different seasons. During the dry season (May-Oct), temperatures reach 86 °F to 100 °F (30 °C - 38 °C) during the day. From November to April, there are frequent rain showers (which last only a few hours at a time), causing the rivers to swell; temperatures are similarly steamy.
Enter the following link to find more information about the climate in Peru:Weather
The official currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol (S/.), which is divided into 100 centimos. The currency includes coins for 5, 10, 20 and 50 centimos and 1, 2 and 5 soles coins. There are bills in the denomination of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Nuevos Soles.
U.S. Dollar is accepted at some local businesses, restaurants, and gas stations at the day's exchange rate.
It is also possible to exchange foreign currency (USD and Euros) at hotels, banks, and authorized exchange offices.
ATM machines can be found in most major cities in Peru (Lima, Arequipa, Cusco), and these accept a variety of cards.
The most widely accepted credit cards are: American Express, VISA, Diners Club and Master Card. When using any of these cards, you must show some form of identification.
There are limitations when using travelers checks, so we recommend asking at the establishment to see whether they are accepted or not before making purchases or ordering.
The exchange rate currently stands at about S/.2.80 Nuevos Soles for $#36; 1.00 and about S/.3.73 for $ 1.00 although it is subject to market fluctuations. If you want to change on the street make sure that the person is clearly identified and it is in busy places and nearby banks and businesses.
Enter the following link to know the current exchange rate: Currency Converter
In case of lost items, thefts or robberies call the Tourism Police:
Calle Jerusalen 315-316, Cercado.
Tel: (054) 20-1258
Jr. Arequipa cuadra 1.
Tel: (066) 31-2055 / 31-8372
Av. 13 de julio s/n
Tel: (076) 36-3042
Av. Saenz Peña 830.
Tel: (074) 23-6700
Calle Saphi s/n
Tel: (084) 24-9654
Av. Ferrocarril 556, Cercado.
Tel: (064) 21-9851
Av. Laredo y Laredo 716
Tel: (043) 72-1341
Av. Elias cuadra 4.
Tel: (056) 22-7673
Calle Sargento Lores 834
Tel: (065) 23-1851
Jr. Moore 268, Magdalena del Mar.
Tel: (01) 460-1060 / 460-0965 / 460-0921 / 460-4525 / 460-0890 / 460-0844
Av. Los Incas cuadra 1, s/n.
Tel: (056) 52-2442 / 52-2084
Jr. Deustua 538.
Tel.: (051) 36-4806
Jr. Callao 121.
Tel: (052) 71-4141 anexo 245
Jr. Independencia 630.
Tel: (044) 22-4025
The time in Peru is 5 hours behind GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) and is similar to EST (Eastern Standard Time) in the United States. However, Peru does not operate daylight saving time in order to save energy, therefore the hours are the same year-round and do not vary from one geographic region to another.
Enter the following link to know the current local time: Time Zone