Peru

Peru

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A modern land drenched in the myth and mystery of its ancient spirit.

The history of Perú is over 5,000 years old. In that time, the climate has changed. The landscape has changed. And great civilizations have flourished and wilted. But one thing remains: the spirit of Perú. Intricately stitching the soul of its people like strands of fabric in a meticulous weaving. And why not?

Perú has everything that makes a people proud. Stunning natural beauty that spans from dense jungles to mountains close to heaven. A deep, rich culture that generates pride. Treasures to see, and mysteries to solve. And of course, there's ceviche. It's a wonder how anyone who visits ever wants to leave.

Where else but Perú can you surf on a sand dune, explore an Inca city high in the Andes, and see a 595-foot candelabra carved on the side of a hill overlooking the sea?

There's a lot to see in Perú. So much to discover. With the help of VIVA Travel you can venture into this ancient land. And let it lift your spirits.

Other things to do:

  • Discover the amazing Machu Picchu
  • See the mysterious Nazca Lines in Ica
  • Visit Manu National Park and Lake Titicaca
  • Explore the jungle from Puerto Maldonado
  • See the wildlife at Ballestas Island
Climate: 

Temperatures range from 32ºF (0ºC) to 100ºF (38ºC). On rare occasions temperatures may be even colder in the mountains.

Time Zone: 

Universal Time Coordinated, UTC-05:00

Language: 

Spanish

Currency: 

Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN)

Electricity: 

220 volts. Travelers from the US need a voltage converter and plug adapter. 

Tipping Customs: 

Most restaurant and bar bills include a 10% gratuity. It's customary to add an extra 10% if the service has been satisfactory. 

Safety: 

Theft is common. Take precautions and do not openly carry cash or valuables. 

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is readily available throughout the country. Mobile operators include Claro and Movistar.

Smoking: 

Smoking is prohibited inside public establishments. 

Travel Documentation: 

A valid passport is required for all US Citizens, regardless of age. 

Airport: 

Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM)

Car Rental: 

Many major rental companies are available at the airports. 

Public Transportation: 

Buses, Lima Metro, and taxi are all popular methods of transportation.