The local currency for Peru is the Nuevo Sol. Change some of your money when you get to Lima and ask for small bills which make shopping and tipping easier. Denominations of 20s are good. When you receive bills don’t except any with rips as many stores nor banks will accept them.
Visa and Mastercard are the most acceptable cards. ATM machines are available.
Highland weather is very changeable with two seasons. The rainy season is from late December to early April. The rest of the year is dry with occasional showers. Layers are important as typical for the mountains, the day can start off cold and become very warm by noon. Thermal layers are really good for this type of weather and rain gear is a must. For hiking be sure your boots are comfortable.
- Hiking Boots
- Sun screen
- Warm jacket
- Wind breaker
- Bandanas or something to cover your neck
- Water bottle
- Hiking poles (optional)
What to Expect in High Altitude
Cusco is a city at 11,000 feet. Being at this height can cause headaches and dehydration otherwise known as altitude sickness. With proper attention and a good night’s sleep this should dissipate in a day or two. When you arrive, the first few days you will want to have plenty of fluids, avoid alcohol and heavy foods. There are some medications you can take to help prevent these systems such as Diamox.
Consult with your doctor before you travel to find what will be best for you. There are plenty of pharmacies in Cusco that can prescribe the best option if you need. Your guide will be able to assist you in finding one.
To travel to Peru Canadians and American Citizens require a valid passport regardless of age. As long as traveling as a tourist Canadians and Americans don’t need a visa and will receive a travel card valid for 90 days. Keep your passport and travel card in a handy safe place to present at each hotel. The travel card will be needed when you leave the country. We recommend travelling with several copies of your passport so your passport can be left in the safe deposit box of the hotel.
Please confirm with your embassy for any changes before you travel.
The following vaccinations are recommended when visiting Peru.
- Hepatitis B
- Tetanus, diphtheria, measles
Travel to the Amazon requires the yellow fever vaccination. Anti-malaria medication is also recommended. For more information prior to travel please visit The Center for Disease Control website for immunization information when you come to South America: www.cdc.gov.