Travel Planning
Peru
Travel Planning
Peru

Peru at a Glance

Mysterious Incan ruins, vibrant local festivals, delicious food and gorgeous landscapes fascinate travelers to Peru. From dizzying heights of the Andes, all the way down to the crashing Pacific shores, Peru invites us to dig in an explore all that is possible. 

Imagine yourself rushing down a white water river without a soul nearby except your rafting team. If you have time for sightseeing in between bouts of exhilaration, Incan and pre-Incan settlements rise up beside the river, completely isolated from today's hustle and bustle.

If wilderness rafting is not quite your cup of tea, Peru has many different activities for you to chose from. Visit high-altitude Machu Pichu and see an Incan fortress. Ruins scatter the country, and you'll never know what else you'll bump into if you are looking. Peruvian museums have priceless collections of ancient art and artifacts. See gold, silver, jade and stone carved and molded into whatever people wanted or needed at the moment.

Trekking is also a popular past time. Get acclimated to the altitude and then set out for a gorgeous walk in the high, isolated Andes. Lower down, travel the lush green forests of the coast or catch a wave on the heaving Pacific Ocean.   

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Popular Places
  • Machu Picchu Machu Picchu
  • Cusco Cusco
  • Lima Lima
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Jorge Chávez International Airport
  • Major Airport Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

Travelers from the United States, Canada and the EU need a valid passport to enter the country on trips of less than 90 days. Upon arrival, you'll be stamped and given an immigration card. Travelers must keep their passports and the card them at all times, especially in rural areas and on the Inca Trail where it is required by law. For security reasons, make a photocopy of your documents and store it in a different place than the originals. When you leave the country, you return the immigration card so it is important not to lose it. Travelers seeking more information can contact the Peruvian Embassy in their country. American citizens can also use the U.S State Department website as a resource. 

Need to Know

Severe Weather and Seismic Activity Peru has earthquakes. Peru has dry highlands, the cold, high Andes and a coastal tropical region. In all areas, rain can cause flooding during the wet season or during an El Nino year. Nights are frequently much colder than the day in places with higher elevation. 

Safety Concerns Pickpockets and bag slashers are common in Peru so take the precaution of holding your backs tightly in public. Leave your bag between your feet when on buses and be wary of carrying a backpack or anything you can't see. 

Health Concerns Speak with your health care provider about vaccinations and health preparations at least two months before your trip. Visitors should come prepared to purify their water either by boiling it vigorously for 1-3 minutes or by sending it through a filter. 

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