Peru Travel Information / FAQ

General Info about Peru

  • Spanish and Quechua are the official languages
  • The size of Peru is 1,285,216 Square Km / (496,225 sq mi)
  • Population: 32 Million.
  • Main regions: Desert Coast and Valleys, 15% /Highlands and Mountains, 25% and the Jungle, 60%.
  • Political System: Democracy
  • Time Zone: GMT –5. Same as United States Eastern Standard Time, minus one hour.
  • Electricity: 220v/60 cycles, two-prong (flat or round), not grounded

Why don’t you put prices for each package?

We are specialized in designing customized trips regarding your wishes, interests and budget. Please tell us your preferences regarding accommodation type, how many days you want to travel, which month etc. You can start the tours (private or group) any day of the year.

Please, contact us at any time at (877)500-1929 ext. 706 to get immediately a starting price and in order to customize your trip with us.  

When is the best time to visit Peru? How is the weather like?

Peru can be visited all year-round. However, the country experiences two main seasons. The dry season is between May & October with sunny days, bright blue skies in the Andes and chilly nights. During these months early booking is important, as it is high season. Between the months November & March there is more rain. January and February  are the wettest months to explore beautiful Peru. However, you’ll experience greener scenery and some lower rates for flights and hotels.

The Peruvian current and the geographical relief of Peru condition the climate characteristics in three big areas (from west to east), the coast, the Andean area and the Amazon area or jungle!

The coast presents, in general, a tempered climate, warm in the north, a little colder to the center and south. The rains are almost nonexistent to exception of the north area where strong rains are presented in the rainy season.

The Andean area or mountain has in general a cold and dry climate, in the north area the rains are more intense.

The Amazon Rainforest has a tropical, hot and humid climate, with presence of torrential rains that are increased in the months of summer November to March.

Are the flights included in the Peru packages?

The local and the international flights are not included.

Are there luggage limitations for domestic flights?

For Peru domestic flights each passenger can take one checked bag that can weigh 23 kilos (50,7 lb). You can also bring one carry on item with a maximum weight of 8 kilos (17,6 lb) as well as one small personal item (camera, laptop, purse. etc.).

Do I need a Visa for Peru? Customs?

Please be sure to check that you have a valid passport that will be valid for at least 6 month after your scheduled date of travel back to your home country. U.S. and Canadian citizens do not need a visa when they stay in the country less than three months. The traveler must also hold proof of return, or onward journey. We recommend all passengers to check with the respective authorities in their country before departure.

A photocopy of all travel documents is highly recommended, and make sure you keep them in a separate place from where you keep the originals.

You may be asked upon entering Peru to declare some personal items such as electronic gadgets and you could be required to show them on your departure. There are some limits on the amount of consumer goods allowed into Peru, without paying customs duties.

Do I need a travel Insurance?

You are required to have a foreign (non-Peruvian) travel insurance policy, so arrange this before your departure to Peru.  However, remember that normally the client must pay for services used first, then claim and wait to get reimbursed at home.  Luggage and other insurance needs should be arranged at home.  Remember to obtain receipts, medical and police reports if you need to claim.

Here are some travel insurance companies where you can buy a insurance for your trip:

Travel Guard www.travelguard.com

Travel Insured www.travelinsured.com 

Allianz Travel www.allianztravelinsurance.com

World Nomads www.worldnoamds.com

How is the Health/Medical assisitance in Peru?

Professional medical assistance is available throughout Peru, and is covered by most foreign insurance companies.  Emergency evacuations may be easily arranged. Most medicinal drugs and a wide variety of natural medical practitioners are available. For travel in coastal and mountain regions of Peru, there are no vaccination requirements.

However, visitors to the jungle are required to have Yellow Fever vaccinations while Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Cholera shots are optional.  People with heart conditions or high blood pressure should not consider high altitude trips.

As always, please consult your doctor before travelling, particularly to the Peruvian Altiplano, (mountain areas) if you suffer from either respiratory, heart, or circulatory problems.

Do I need any vaccinations to go to Peru?

Vaccines are not required to travel to Peru in general. However, travelers who visit the jungle are required to have Yellow Fever vaccinations while Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Cholera shots are optional.

What is the currency in Peru?

Peru has the Nuevo Sol (S/) as its official currency, however the U.S. dollars are widely accepted. We recommend that you do not bring to much cash to Peru. You will have ample opportunities to withdraw cash from ATM machines all over the country. Most international credit cards and bankcards are accepted. Travelers Checks are accepted to a lesser degree. Furthermore, you can as well exchange your currency on the street, at exchange houses or at banks.

Is tipping common in Peru?

Tipping is not compulsory in Peru even though it is greatly appreciated.

After participating in a tour, if you enjoyed the experience and were pleased with the services provided you can tip your tour guide and driver. If the tour was for a full day, consider tipping S/ 20.00. For half day tours, consider tipping between S/ 10.00 or S/ 15.00. For the driverthe amounts of S/ 5.00 or S/ 10.00 is very polite.

What clothes do I need to bring?

Great variations in regional weather mean different types of clothing will be necessary, depending upon your itinerary.  On the coast, warm clothes for the winter (June 22nd. to September 22nd), while the summers (December 22nd.  to March 21st) are hot, and you should dress accordingly.

In the mountains, the days tend to be hot, while the nights are cool to cold.  Bring your rain gear from November to May. You should always carry a windbreaker with you while in the mountains, as if the clouds cover the sun, it can get very cool in a matter of minutes.

In the jungle, rain gear all year round, shorts during the day and warm clothing for the evenings.

Can I drink tap water?

Bottled water is always suggested, but not the only option.  Natural springs and clean wells are widely available. For travel in the remote areas, water filters and purifiers are recommended.

What are the Latin Frontiers Privacy Policy?

Latin Frontiers is dedicated to maintain your privacy. All personal information will be treated with extreme care and caution. Latin Frontiers does neither sell, nor trade, nor share any of your personal information. The only purpose for which we use your personal information is to complete your request and to assure you the best service possible regarding your travel plans. Furthermore, your documents such as passport will be needed and used only to complete your travel reservations. The sharing of your information is restricted to authorized Latin Frontiers personal and exclusive service providers.

The information that Latin Frontiers collects may also be used to generate internal statistics with intent to steadily improve our customer-oriented services.

This privacy policy was updated on June 07, 2018.

What is the payment policy/options of Latin Frontiers?

Payment policy:

The total amount must be paid before the tour starts. If the total amount of the invoice isn`t fully paid, as stated in our general terms and conditions, Latin Frontiers reserves the right to deny services or to demand payment directly from passenger(s). Reservations are not guaranteed until payment has been made and confirmed by Latin Frontiers. For all tours in Peru, 30% payment is required upon reservation and the rest is due no less than 30 days before travel date.

Full pre-payment is required in order for LATIN FRONTIERS to provide services. All payments will be in US Dollars and can be made in the following ways:

 

  • 1. Wire TransferCitibank, 2001 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137, USA
    Telephone: 800-627-3999ABA #: 266086554
    Account Name: Latin Frontiers Inc
    Account Number: 9136096493If wire is from outside of the USA you will also need the swift code.
    Swift code: Citius33All wire transfers must have Latin Frontiers` tour number on their reference field. Additionally, we will ask for a copy of the payment confirmation issued by the bank by fax or email with tour number and the amount of money that you are paying for each tour. This information is important to accurately process the payments of all packages.Note: Depositor must cover any expenses in the wire transfer.
  • 2. Check
    You can pay by check, as long as it is received at least 45 days before our service starts.
    The checks are issued payable to Latin Frontiers Inc. and can be send to our mailing address.
  • 3. Credit CardWe accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express payments directly. If paying directly to Latin Frontiers, please provide your Latin Frontiers representative your credit card information over the phone. Latin Frontiers will not collect credit card information via email for security reasons.In addition, customers may also pay Latin Frontiers using PayPal. There are currently over 65 million PayPal account holders worldwide. When a PayPal payment is made through a credit card, Latin Frontiers will send the customer an electronic invoice and link that will direct the customer to make a payment.Note: A 3% processing fee applies to all credit card and PayPal payments.

What is the cancelation policy of Latin Frontiers?

Land Tours in Peru:

• 61 or more days – If cancellation is received in this period before the tour begins, a $200 handling fee will be charged per passenger and the remaining balance will be refunded.

• 60 – 30 days – If cancellation is received in this period before the tour begins, the 30% deposit per guest will be forfeited.

• 30 days or less- If cancellation is received in less than 30 days or less, 50% of the payment will be forfeited and the rest refunded. However, for cancellations within 72 hours of trip or once trip has begun, there will be no refund, 100% will be forfeited.

• If any portion of the trip that is cancelled by the passengers once the overall trip has started, those will not be refundable and the customer will forfeit 100% of that portion of the trip that was not operated.

Why do we offer private tours?

By doing a private tour in Peru you will be able to experience the country on your own terms. A private tour will allow you to experience the country in a more in-depth and extensive way. So by the end of your stay, you will be able to feel like you’ve truly gotten a feeling and understanding of the country, rather than having been shipped around according to someone else’s view of what makes a good holiday.

However, we also offer group tour options in Peru. So with these small group tours you get the chance to meet like-minded travelers.

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