Important information

DOCUMENTS:
Valid passport required. No visa is necessary for U.S. tourists holding a valid passport, but a formal extension is required if the visit exceeds 90 days. If you lose your passport, obtain a temporary replacement from your embassy in Lima.

PROHIBITIONS:
Photographing airports, military bases and police stations is forbidden. In some churches and museums, it is also forbidden to take photographs or make video recordings.

DRUGS:
It is strictly forbidden to transport illegal drugs. Offenders will be arrested and jailed. Under no circumstance should you accept to carry in your luggage packages belonging to strangers.

VACCINATIONS:
If you wish to visit the jungle, you should get an immunization for yellow fever.

PERSONAL SAFETY:
As in any big city, tourists in Lima may be the target of robberies and other unpleasant situations.
We recommend that you take certain precautions wherever you travel:
• Use a money belt and carry only the amount of money you plan to spend on a given day.
• Leave your airline tickets, money and other valuables in your hotel.
• Don’t walk on dark, deserted streets at night.
• Avoid areas with crowds and many street vendors.
• Keep close track of bags, cameras and other valuables.
• Avoid talking with people who approach you to offer services in bus terminals or isolated areas.
• In case of robbery, report the incident at the nearest police station and for emergencies call 105.

ELECTRIC CURRENT:
220V. Appliances using 110V will require a transformer.

HEALTH:
Drink only sealed, bottled water of a known brand. When hiking in the mountains, boil or purify the water. Be careful to wash raw vegetables and fruits thoroughly. Avoid eating food from street vendors. The change of food can cause diarrhea. Ask in a pharmacy for local anti-diarrheal medication.

ACCLIMATIZATION:
Because of the altitude, travelers with heart problems or high blood pressure should check with a doctor in advance or if any problem arises. If you plan to visit the highlands, take it easy for the first 2 or 3 days and drink a lot of water to avoid mountain sickness (soroche). If you get a headache, drink coca tea (mate de coca) for some relief. Always carry sunscreen, glasses and a cap for UV protection.

CULTURAL HERITAGE AND PROTECTED SPECIES:
Peruvian law prohibits and prosecutes the sale and export of all types of wild plants and animals and original objects of national cultural heritage, without special permissions from INRENA or the National Institute of Culture. Avoid buying such materials.

LODGING:
There are hotels and lodgings of all categories and costs. It is highly recommended to make reservations well in advance of the peak tourist season (May – September). Other possibilities are family-run bed and breakfast lodgings. Ask about check-out times at hotels to avoid additional charges.

TRAVEL AGENCIES:
You can make your Peruvian trip easier by booking with a travel agency. There are various packages and prices. Avoid contracting services from people who circulate around the airports and bus stations.
Choosing a travel agency comes with some risks and and responsabilies. Be careful in choosing it _ You get what you pay for.

TRANSPORTATION:
BY AIR: From Lima you can find flights to the main cities in Peru, including Huaraz. Flights can be full in the high season so make your reservations in advance.
BY LAND: Traveling by land is very popular in Peru, so many routes and types of bus service are available. Ask about the conveniences included in each fare class before purchasing your ticket. Ask if it is direct service or with various stops along the way.
BY RAIL: There are three tourist routes:
1. Arequipa – Juliaca – Puno
2. Puno – Cusco
3. Cusco – Machu Picchu
web: www.perurail.com

TRAVELER’S ASSISTANCE:
Prom Peru, iPerú, is a free government service offering travelers information and assistance when in Peru.
• Official tourist information about attractions, routes, destinations and businesses who offer tourist services
• Provide information and assistance when a tourism provider does not provide a satisfactory product or service.

PHONE CALLING:
A) FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES: dial 51 first, then the city code and number.
B) NUMBERS INSIDE THE COUNTRY
(CODE) + (Telephone Number)
Lima: 01 Trujillo: 044
Huaraz: 043 Arequipa: 054
Cuzco: 084 Iquitos: 065
Ica: 056 Piura: 073
Chiclayo: 074 Ayacucho: 066
Tumbes: 072 Puno: 051
C) COLLECT CALLS: 108
D) TELEPHONE INFORMATION: 103
E) INTERNATIONAL CALLS:
00+Country code+City code+Phone number.

CONVERSIONS BETWEEN ENGLISH AND METRIC SYSTEMS:
1 Centimeter 0.3937 Inch
1 Inch 2.5401 Centimeters
1 Meter 3.2808 Feet
1 Foot 0.3048 Meters
1 Kilometer 0.6214 Mile
1Terrestrial Mile 1.6093 Kilometers
1 Gram 0.0353 Ounces
1 Ounce 28.3495 Grams
1 Kilogram 2.2046 Pounds
1 Pound 0.4536 Kilogram
Temperature Formulas:
Centigrade = 5/9(Fo – 32o)
Fahrenheit = 9/5Co + 32o