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You will find various kinds of accomodation, from 5 stars hotels, to small guesthouses and inns. 

The prices given are for two people in double room. If you are travelling on your own, or if you want a single room, you will pay less, generally.
It should be noted that for "top end" categories, prices are indicated in Dollars, as they are posted in this currency in hotels and some of the inns.
- Cheap : less than 50NS (around 13 euros)
- Moderate prices : from 50 to 90 NS (13 to 24 euros)
- Middle prices : from 90 to 130 NS (around 24 to 35 euros)
- More expensive : 50 to 100 $
- Top end : more than 100 $
Staying with a local : this kind of accommodation, in some regions, is a good option to live an uncommon experience.

 

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Visa :

You must have a valid passport, valid 6 months after you get back. Generally, you are given a 90 days visa on your arrival, but you can ask for a 180 days visa. However, these conditions may change, ask the Peruvian consulate in your country before your departure.

Insurances :
You MUST subscribe to a repatriation insurance. If you pay your flight with a VISA card, you are insured de facto. Check it with your bank before your departure.

International and domestic flights :
Lima, the capital city, with its international airport Jorge Chavez, is 12 to 20 hours far from Paris, depending on the number of halts. The prices vary depending on the season and on the company.

Jetlag :
Peru is at GMT-5, that is to say :
- in summer, there are 6 hours of jetlag (when it is 12 in Paris, it is 6 am in Lima).
- in winter, there are 7 hours of jetlag (when it is 12 in Paris, it is 5 am in Lima).

Electricity :
Sometimes, the sockets are different from those you have in your country, and the energy voltage is 220-230 volts. You may need a universal adaptor because in some hotels, the voltage is 110 volts.

Phone :
To call in Peru from another country, dial 00+51+ area code + number of the callee

Languages :
The official languages are the Castilian (80% of the population), the Quechua (Andean region or Sierra) and the Aymara (Altiplano region of Puno). It exists about 50 local languages. It is possible to communicate in English with some professionals in the tourism sector like guides, staff of tourism agencies and 3, 4 or 5 stars hotels. Remember to learn some words before coming to Peru, people will appreciate that!

Health :
The health conditions in Peru are generally good. Medical care in clinics and hospital are adapted, especially in Lima and main cities.

Compulsory vaccination :
There is no compulsory vaccination for travellers coming from Europe, but the Yellow-fever vaccine is recommended for those who are travelling in the Amazon rainforest (the vaccine has to be done at least 10 days before the departure if it is the first time you do it; it takes effect immediately if it is a booster.)

Recommended vaccination :
The usual vaccination have to be done:
- diphteria
- tetanus
- poliomyelitis
- hepatitis A and B
- whooping cough
And possibly:
- typhoid
- rabies
- meningitis A+C, in case of a prolonger journey during an epidemic period.

Malaria :
Malaria exists in the whole Amazonian basin. The traveller would have to adopt measures of individual protection, to protect himself against other insects, which carry other diseases (yellow fever, dengue): cutaneous and clothing mosquito repellent, mosquito net, and wearing protective clothing.
If visiting the Amazon basin area of Peru and along the Brazilian border, risk is high and you will require one of the antimalarials, Malarone, Doxcycline or Lariam. If visiting rural areas East of the Andes and West of the Amazon Basin below 1500 metres you will require Paludrine/Avloclor (Proguanil and Chloroquine). For all other areas including the south coast and Lima, very low risk, adopt bite avoidance measures. (see http://www.travelpharm.com/peru-south-america-i211).
Remember to see a doctor before travelling.
To avoid altitud sickness (soroche), it is recommended to ascend gradually, in order to acclimatize yourself, and to rest the first day after your arrival, to eat light, to drink a lot of water and to have limon candies with you. If you have heart problems, see your doctor before.
Against gastrointestinal infections, it is recommended to be careful with raw food. Only drink bottled or boiled wated, and try not to eat food bought in the street.

 

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Water and food :

It is not recommended to drink tap water, except if it is boiled or filtered. It is recommended to drink bottled water. If you are in a remote region, put some purification tablets in the water.
It is recommended to avoid to eat uncooked food and to consume food bought in the street to the hawkers.

Security :

As in every big city and other touristic destinations in the world, it is important to take precautions : keep a close eye on your belongings in public places and avoid to go in deserted places by night.

Currency :

The official currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol (1 euro = 3,7 soles). A lot of institutions and companies accept dollars for everyday transactions. It is also possible to change Euros in bureau de change, "casas de cambios", that you will find in every big city.
The large majority of institutions accept credit cards like Visa, Master Card, Diners and American Express.
You can also withdraw money with international credit cards without any trouble. The operation is made with the official exchange rate, but you may pay some bank charges. Sometimes the ATM refuse withdrawals of more than 500 or 1000 Nuevos Soles. Most of the banks and bureau de change are opened from Monday to Friday from 9 am until 18 pm, and on Saturdays until 12.

Transports :

In Peru, you will get around mainly by bus or by colectivos, by train, taxi or even hitch hiking depending on your budget and the duration of your trip.
By bus : Some bus companies have really modern buses, they operate the link between Lima and the main cities of the coast and the Peruvian Sierra. They are quite cheap. Come companies are known for their reliability and their comfort, like Cruz del sur, the most expensive but also the best, there are also Civa, Móvil tours and Cial.
By air : Domestic flights are very practical to visit the whole country. there are four main companies for domestic flights: LAN Peru, Star Peru, Taca Peru and Peruvian Airlines.

Phone and GSM :
The GSM cover is good in Peru provided that you have at least a triband mobile phone. However, we recommend you to buy an international calling card, to call in Europe from fixed-line phones at a lower cost.

Advices:
- Tips : It is good to tip if you are satisfied with the quality of the service. It is recommended to give an amount of money in agreement with local prices (a beer, a coffee or cigarettes for example). However, tips are not compulsory, it is a reward for a good service. Please, give tips only if the service fits your expectations, and reduce this amount if the service was not good enough, explaining why, in order to strenghten our work.

 

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For your convenience when you will be travelling, it is recommended to travel light.

You would better take big flexible bags than suitcases. Remember to take a smaller backpack that you will bring during your strolls and treks.
General:
- photocopy of your passport ( please, send us the copy by fax)
- photocopy of the certificate of insurance
- cash, travellers, credit card
- photocopy of your travelling programme in Peru : things to bring for your trip
- phone number in Peru : 00.51.1.243.0010 / 00.51.84.252.132
- personal first-aid kit
- camera
- pen + notebook
- Sun cream
- sun glasses
- swimsuit (off springs, beach, swimming pool in some hotels)
- mosquito repellent (you can buy it directly in Peru)
- warm clothes for the nights

Moutain :

From May to October, days are generally sunny, but the nights can be very cold on the Altiplano and in the Cordillera.
Remember to bring:
- a good sleeping bag (can be rent on the spot, in advance)
- a sleeping mat
- headlamp and spare battery
- warm clothes
- hiking poles (can be rent on the spot)

Jungle :

From December to April, it is the rainy season but also the hotest months in the amazon rainforest.
Remember to bring :
- mosquito repellent
- closed shoes
- a light long-sleeved shirt
- a cap
- dark clothes
- rainproof jacket (anorak)
- long trousers

 

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