Land of the Incas and other pre-Colombian civilizations, Peru has more to offer than the already fascinating Machu Picchu. The mystic waters of Lake Titicaca, the mysteries of the Nazca lines, an incredibly rich biodiversity, the colonial cities of Lima, Cusco and Arequipa as well as world-renowned cuisine are the reasons why it is such a popular destination. Do not worry, Peru’s success is not unwarranted as it consistently comes up to every visitor’s expectations

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Best time to travel

  • Peru as a whole: from March to October
  • Lima and the coast: from December to March
  • Cusco and Sacred Valley: from March to November
  • Inca Trail is closed every year during February
  • Amazon rainforest: from June to September for lodge based trips (dry season) and from December to May for Amazon river cruises (high water season)
  • Trekking in the Andes: from May to October (dry season, southern winter)

Places to see

  • Lima
  • Cusco
  • Sacred Valley
  • Colca canyon
  • Arequipa
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Machu Picchu
  • Paracas
  • Ica
  • Nazca Lines
  • Huaraz and Cordillera Blanca
  • Chachapoyas and Kuelap
  • Trujillo & Chiclayo
  • Tambopata National Reserve
  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Useful info

Language: Spanish

Calling code: +51


  • Power sockets: type A and C
  • Standard voltage: 220 V
  • Standard frequency: 60 Hz

Currency: PEN – sol

Time zone: GMT – 5

Direct flights to Lima:

  • From Atlanta (ATL): 6h50
  • From Amsterdam (AMS): 12h15
  • From Barcelona (BCN): 12h30
  • From Dallas (DFW): 7h30 
  • From Fort Lauderdale (FLL): 6h00
  • From Houston (IAH): 6h35
  • From Los Angeles (LAX): 8h40
  • From London (LGW): 12h20
  • From Madrid (MAD): 11h30
  • From Miami (MIA): 5h55
  • From Montréal (YUL): 8h30
  • From New York (JFK): 7h30
  • From Newark (EWR): 7h55
  • From Orlando (MCO): 6h20
  • From Paris (CDG): 12h30 
  • From Toronto (YYZ): 8h00

Recommended vaccines:

No vaccines are compulsory to enter Peru. However, we do recommend you to ask your doctor in advance (3 months) for medical advice on the following vaccinations.

  • Routine vaccines:
    • measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine
    • diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine (DTP)
    • varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
    • polio vaccine
    • flu shot
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid Fever 
  • Yellow Fever if you travel to the Amazon Rainforest

Entry/exit requirements:

General formalities:

Your length of approved stay will be determined by border officials at the time of entry, and can range from 30 to 183 days. You will be fined in case you overstay.

Be sure your date and place of entry is officially documented by Immigration, whether you arrive at a port, airport or land border. Retain the record of your entry, as you will need it when you depart.

Make sure Immigration (Migraciones) records your entry, and then save the record for your exit. This is particularly important when entering through remote border crossings.

If you enter Peru overland from Ecuador, make sure your passport is stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp at the local immigration office.

If you enter Peru from Bolivia by bus or taxi, make sure your passport is stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp at the immigration office in Desaguadero or Copacabana (Puno region).

Immigration authorities may also not let you leave Peru without a valid exit stamp from the last country you visited.

Immigration authorities may also require evidence of return/onward travel.


Passport: Valid passport for at least 6 months from the date you expect to leave Peru.

Tourist visa: Not required.


Passport: Valid passport for at least 6 months from the date you expect to leave Peru.

Tourist visa: Not required.


If you are travelling to Peru through the United States of America, including Honolulu, you'll need to meet US entry/transit requirements, even if transiting. 

Passport: Valid for at least 6 months from the date you intend to return to Australia.

Tourist visa: Not required.


Passport: Valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Peru.

Tourist visa: Not required.

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