FAQ About Peru

"Frequently Asked Questions"

There are many aspects that a visitor must know before visiting a place, that is why Peru Hiking Tours has the obligation to inform about some fundamental characteristics through the FAQ About Peru "Frequently Asked Questions" portal.

Peru is a changing country in the climatological aspect, the variation of the climate depends on the region where one is, there are hot, temperate, cold and frigid places.
We have the regions of the Coast, Highland and Jungle geographically established, the Coast is normally a tropical, arid and warm area, the presence of rains is occasional during the year, however the Highland and Jungle regions are normally characterized by having The rainy and dry seasons, both last 6 months and sometimes the rainy season lasts one or two more months.
Peru Hiking Tours recommends consulting with your tourist service provider about the climate of the place and the season when you are going to visit, it is very essential to wear the appropriate clothing according to the area and season.

About 80% of the ecological zones in the world are located in Peru, as a result of that, there are more than 400 species of animals, within them around 1700 types of birds and more than 2000 types of sea animals. Birds are the main attraction for visitors, we have the Cock of the Rock "Rupicola Peruviana" which, although not endemic to Peru, is one of the most sought by ornithologists, as well as the Hummingbirds that, due to their peculiar characteristics, becomes a fundamental attraction, the Marvelous Hummingbird or Spoontail "Loddigesia Mirabilis" is one of them. 

The flora in our region is quite diverse, 7,590 species of flora are purely Peruvian of the 19,147 existing species on the planet, being THE ORCHIDS "The most beautiful flowers in the world" our main species, we have approximately 3,000 varieties of the more than 30,000 existing Worldwide. The Natural Areas Protected by the State are the places where mainly species of flora can be found in the wild.

Today the US dollar becomes a world currency, many countries use it as their official currency and others like Peru as a secondary currency, being used as a secondary currency, we have an official currency called "Sol" and the exchange rate depends of the inflation or deflation of each currency.
Surely you are wondering, when and where do I use each type of currency? The answer is simple, the US dollar is used when making purchases of services or products in tourist places such as travel tickets, entry for attractions, tour services and others, on the other hand, the peruvian Sol is used to make purchases of services and products locally.
The exchange rate is flexible, it is determined daily by the Central Reserve Bank of Peru (BCRP), in the last 10 years, the exchange rate has remained above 3.00 soles for every 1.00 US dollars.
Peru Hiking Tours, recommends making the change to our currency "Sol" in established and authorized places, the exchange houses are the most reliable and convenient where one can carry out the operation, compared to the banks where the discounts or exchange rate are normally low.

Peru, being a multidiverse place, has thousands of tourist attractions on the coast, highland and jungle that it has. However, there are places that one should never miss when arriving in our country, or even more so when consulting with your travel agent for important tourist attractions. They are (Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, the Peruvian Amazon, Laguna 69, Lake Titicaca and the Colca Canyon). Each of these tourist attractions have something particular and different from each other, their history, peculiarity and amazement, affects the interest of visitors, remember that Peru Hiking Tours organizes trips to all the places mentioned above, do not hesitate, consult and travel .

Although it is true, the diseases of malaria and yellow fever are quite dangerous and sometimes deadly, therefore, many countries choose to require antiviral vaccines, either against yellow fever or malaria, Peru is not one of them, since these diseases basically develop in hot places and as well known, the main attractions of our country are located in high Andean places, the points of interest to visit must be considered to consult if the antiviral vaccine will be necessary, the local health centers as well as hospitals, are the designated places where you can get the vaccine.
If you are interested in visiting the north coast of Peru, as well as the Peruvian Amazon jungle, which are the places where these diseases are mostly found, it is highly recommended to be vaccinated before visiting these regions, the World Health Organization "WHO" recommends get the vaccine at least 10 days before visiting these places.

It is very important to know about the personal documentation requested by the Peruvian state, although Peru is not one of the countries that requires the Visa, this is due to the trade agreement that Peru has with many countries in the world, this does not mean that all countries have free access to Peru "here is a list", because for some other, the Visa is essential.
Another very important document is the passport, which will be necessary to check in the country and together with the tourist residence document granted by the Peruvian government, will serve to carry out the control in the places of accommodation and tourist attractions.
On the other hand, if you are a student and have the card provided by your institution or simply, you have the ISIC card, we recommend to bring it with you, since there are tourist places that offer a certain discount just by showing your student ID.

Not so much necessary but highly recommended, the tourist services that visitors hire do not include health insurance in case of emergencies, so it is highly recommended to have travel insurance, today private clinics have chosen to have agreements with many insurers worldwide, the safety of your health is very important and will mean having a carefree vacation.

Peru is one of the world's leading tourist destinations, this implies hard work by our government organizations through the Tourism Police, however, just like anywhere in the world, each city has a place called "dangerous", check with your travel agent about the places of risk and great risk in each city you visit, usually the City of Cusco, which is the most popular touristically, is considered one of the safest cities in Peru for tourism.

Currently we have the high-speed internet "5G", however, it is low compared to the Internet speed of North America and Europe.
Nearly 100% of tourist establishments such as travel agencies, restaurants, hotels, cafes, and terminals have free internet connection service via WI-fi, so if you are a user of any of these establishments, only it will cost you to request the wi-fi password.
You have to keep in mind that places far from the city do not have an internet signal range, the mountains, the jungle and the desert are a clear example where you will not be able to have a connection to the networks.
Machupicchu as being the main reason why you and others travel to Peru, has connectivity, but not with the wi-fi service.

The main means of transportation handled in Peru are by flight, rail and land. The cost of flight tickets compared to those of Europe are much more expensive, as well as the train that is used mostly for tourist service, however, we have one of the best land transportation systems of Latin America, where the costs are quite low and the type of service is of high quality, becoming as one of the best options to be able to move from one place to another.
Remember that the Range of the Andes crosses Peruvian soil, therefore, traveling by rail or land transport will take much longer than you are used to, do not forget to check with your travel agent about the times and costs that each system of transportation has an impact.