General FAQ’s

Frequent Questions

Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions about everything you need to know before starting your trip.

Do I need VISA for Perú?

Peru is a country of basically free access. Most of the countries of America and Western Europe do not require a tourist visa to enter Peru, and the maximum length of stay granted by the authorities is 183 days (it can not be extended). For a stay for a longer period with other objectives (business, study, work, etc.) it is necessary to previously request the corresponding visa to the Peruvian consulates.

To enter Peru, it is an essential requirement to present a valid passport. Citizens of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela and Chile can enter with their national identification document.

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Do I need to buy travel insurance before traveling to Peru?

We recommend all passengers traveling with Peru Vive Travel Agency and Adventure must purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Due to the variable nature, availability and cost of medical care around the world, travel insurance is an essential and necessary part of every traveler. Travel insurance is necessary in all trips of Peru Vive Travel Agency and Adventure. When selecting a travel insurance policy, we recommend, at a minimum, coverage for medical expenses, including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also cover personal liability, cancellation, reduction and loss of luggage and personal effects. Make sure you have your policy number and emergency phone number from your insurance company.

We also recommend you to take out cancellation insurance. This can cover fines for cancellation in certain circumstances if you have to cancel your trip unexpectedly due to illness, injury or unforeseen circumstances. Unfortunately the cancellation insurance will not cover you if you change your mind.

depending on the bank / country many credit and debit cards include valid travel insurance if they pay their air ticket with the card. (up to 90 days of travel) for high risk activities better buy adapted travel insurance.

Are credit cards accepted in Peru?

Credit cards can be used in most hotels, restaurants, shops and other top-level tourist establishments. Expect to pay cash when dealing with smaller vendors, family restaurants, and market stalls.
NOTE: Banknotes broken or marked
Merchants, banks and exchange houses DO NOT ACCEPT foreign bills (dollars, euros, etc.) that are not in good condition as old, broken (although slightly) or marked with a pen.

How is the access of ATMs?

ATMs can be found in most of the major cities and tourist areas of Peru. ATMs are less common in rural areas and in small villages, so they have to carry enough cash to cover purchases when they move away from larger cities.

Is it usual to tip in Peru?

Tips are not mandatory in Peru, it is usual to add an extra change or a small amount to the bills of the restaurants. Although most restaurants and bars already include 10% service on the bill, you can add more if the service was good. Taxi drivers usually do not expect tips.

Can I drink water in Peru?

Drinking tap water is not recommended in Peru. For environmental reasons, To avoid going through diarrhea or other waterborne diseases, be sure to drink bottled water and eat only fruits that require peeling, such as oranges and bananas. Bottled water is available in supermarkets, restaurants and hotels. You can also use purification tablets or a filter for water.

How are the bathrooms in Peru?

Peru has a mix of toilets and toilets, so expect both. It is a good idea to bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer, as they are not always provided.

What holidays are celebrated in Peru?

  • January 1 new year’s day.
  • April – May Holy Week.
  • May 1 work day.
  • May 3 cruz velacuy cross velación.
  • 2nd Sunday of May Mother’s Day.
  • June 13 corpus Cristi (cusco).
  • 3rd Sunday of June father’s day.
  • June 24 inti Raymi, day of the peasant / san juan bautista.
  • June 29 San Pedro and San Pablo.
  • July 28 Independence Day.
  • July 29 Independence Day national holidays.
  • August 30 Santa Rosa de Lima.
  • Oct 8 Battle of Angamos.
  • November 1 All Saints Day.
  • December 8 Immaculate Conception.
  • December 25th Christmas day.

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