Your Questions, Answered
When is the best time to visit Peru?
Peru is a year-round travel destination. The weather in Peru varies from region to region at any given time of the year due to the dramatic geographical diversity in the country; coastline, jungle desert and mountains.
The Andes experience distinct dry and rainy seasons. It is dry season from May to October with daytime temperatures of 18-25º C / 65-77º F and rainy season runs from December to March, with daytime temperatures of 20-26º C / 68-79º F. The wettest months are usually January and February and the driest months are usually April and November.
In the Rainforests, the dry and rainy seasons are the same as in the Andes but the temperature is higher and fluctuates relatively little year-round, with an average temperature of 21-30º C / 70-86º F.
In Lima and along the desert coast, there is little to no precipitation. Lima is humid and can be more overcast between May and October. Average daytime temperatures are 23-28º C / 74-82ºF
There are also many vibrant, traditional festivals across Peru, especially in Cusco, a great extra to experience during your travels. Key festivals include Candelaria (Lake Titicaca, February), Señor de los Temblores (Cusco, March), Easter Week (nationwide), Corpus Christi (Cusco, May) and Señor de los Milagros (Lima, October).
How do I find out about visa requirements?
Visa requirements depend on your nationality. For more information on visa requirements, please send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.peru.travel/plan-your-trip/entering-peru.aspx
Do I need vaccinations to enter Peru?
Although highly recommended, vaccines are not mandatory. Peruvian law doesn’t require you to have any vaccinations to enter the country, and you are not required to show any vaccination records upon arrival. However, before you travel it is worth checking with your local Peruvian Embassy to find out if this law has changed. If you have a vaccination card or certificate, take them with you, as this may help you in a medical emergency. If clients prefer, the vaccines recommended for Peru are: Yellow Fever, Typhoid, and Hepatitis A.
For more questions on vaccinations, please send us an email at email@example.com
How do I know what to pack?
Due to Peru’s diverse geography, you’re likely to experience different climates regardless of the time of year of your travels. We highly recommend packing layers to deal with changing temperatures, especially in the Andes.
• Comfortable sneakers or hiking boots
• Short and long-sleeved t-shirts
• Rain poncho
• A fleece jacket
• Jeans or casual trousers
• Small Backpack
• Insect repellent, lip balm and sunblock
We will provide you with a more specific list of items once your trip is booked.
What currency should I bring?
The official currency in Peru is the Peruvian Sol, US Dollars are often accepted in larger hotels, shops and restaurants in larger cities and tourist destinations like Cusco. However, we recommend you always travel with local currency especially for smaller purchases in shops, markets and local restaurants.
Exchanging US Dollars and Euros into Peruvian Sol is possible in banks, in airports, hotels, money exchange houses and by official moneychangers on the street (who can be recognised as by their vests and official IDs). Dollars are usually easier to change than Euros.
Visa, Mastercard and American Express are also generally accepted, although
Visa is more commonly accepted. When making purchases with a credit card, you may be asked to present your passport to make the purchase.
Is travel insurance included?
Our itineraries do not include travel insurance. However, you can buy, extend and claim online, even after you’ve left home. We recommend the travel insurance from WorldNomads.com, it’s available to travellers from over 150 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.
What are my accommodation options?
We only work with partners we trust; tried, tested, and approved by our Travel Specialists.
In order to guarantee your comfort we offer a range of choices, we listen to your desires and select the accommodation best suited for your type of trip.
How and when do I pay?
All payments are done online a safe payment link which accepts all major credit and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Diner's Club). Reservations should be paid prior to arrival and our team will send you a timeline for payment and official receipt.
Can I volunteer through Peru Social?
Upon special request, Perú Social can arrange volunteer work during your time in Peru. For more details on how you can volunteer with Perú Social send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the cancellation / modification policy?
Modifications to the itinerary can be done 40 days before arrival date. A full refund will be given if the trip is cancelled 60 days in advance and a 50% refund will be given if cancelled 31-60 days prior to arrival date. If local flights in Peru have been secured, clients shall cover flight cancellation and administrative fees for changes or cancellations.
Where is Peru Social registered?
Perú Social is a corporation in Lima, Peru registered under the name South America Social S.A.C. with incorporation number 20601403308.