TravelerCosmo to Perú

Documentation Required 

In order to enter the country of Peru like any other country, certain requirements are requested. The documentation will depend on the country of origin. For example, a passport and visa are required, while others are only asked for the identity document to enter Peruvian territory. The passport will be an essential requirement to arrive in Peru, all nationalities will need it, except for some countries mentioned below. The passport must have a minimum validity of six months and can be requested at the corresponding authorities in your country. The following countries can enter Peru carrying only the identity document: Venezuela, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Ecuador, Argentina, Colombia, and Uruguay.

For visitors to Perú as tourists, the maximum time of stay in the country is 183 non-extendable days. Here we mention the countries that do need to apply for a visa to enter Perú as tourists and these are the following: Angola, Algeria, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Saudi Arabia, Albania, Benin, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bhutan, Bahrain, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Bangladesh, Ivory Coast, Cambodia, China Republic, Costa Rica, Chad, Comoros, Congo Cuba, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Dijbouti, United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, Eritrea, El Salvador, Egypt, Guatemala, Georgia, Equatorial Guinea , Guatemala, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Honduras, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, India, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Lisotho, Liberia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Maldives, Madagascar, Mali, Malawi, Morocco, Mauritius, Mozambique, Mauritania, Nepal, Nigeria, Niger, Namibia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Qatar, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Korea, Senegal, Sao Tome and Principe, Western Sahara , Syria, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sierra Leone, Sierra, Turkey, Timor Leste, Turkmenistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Tajikistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Zaire.

The other countries among which are the following as Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and other countries do not need a tourist visa. If there are other reasons to travel to Perú it is necessary to apply for a visa to exclude countries that take place in the European Union and Schengen jurisdiction. If the reason is for studies, business these countries could be a maximum of 90 days and the visa would not be necessary. In reason for business, you have to apply for a visa with the necessary permits and this visa has a maximum validity of 183 days, it is mandatory for all countries.

There are other types of visas such as artists, workers, journalists, religious and diplomatic. This type of visa allows a stay permit of 90 days. The visa price is from $ 15 and $ 35 depending on the process and they are carried out at the Consulate of Peru in the country of the applicant.

Baggage with Exempt Rights

As for Customs regulations within Perú, there are articles that the traveler can reasonably be for personal use or for consumption. And for its quantity, variety, and nature is not considered or adduced for commercial use. These types of luggage and items are exempt from tax duties. If in case the baggage is not considered exonerated as normal use of the traveler must declare at the time of entering Perú, it will be requested to fill a Sworn Statement of Baggage where it indicates all the articles that must pay taxes according to the law.

It is forbidden to carry explosives and flammable substances in carry-on and hold luggage. Also for the safety of the passengers, it will not be possible to take items and/or articles of the sharp tip, scissors, scalpels, corkscrews, clamps among others. Between the norms also cannot take more than 10 bottles of 100 ml of content each one, packed in transparent bags. Applies only to the exception of the transport of dairy foods for babies and medicines of the latter only the amount that is essential in the trip can be carried. As for the amount of luggage varies according to the airlines and their baggage policies. It is recommended not to exceed the restrictions if you do not have to pay an extra for the extra weight, be careful with the measurements of the suitcases, check the policies or ask the airline.

Travel permits in Perú

Traveling with Children

In case you want to take your children to Perú and are minors, it is necessary that they carry their own passport with a minimum validity of six months from the time of travel. It is not mandatory, but it is recommended to carry these documents to avoid any kind of last-minute inconvenience at the time of entering the country. Also, this documentation proves the kinship with children and parents and will be very useful for the enjoyment of your vacation. When hiring services from a travel agency, passports or children's identity documents are required for documentation and reservation of services.

Permits if you travel with your own vehicle

The most advisable and easy thing is to opt for air flights to Perú, but also open travelers from nearby countries that will take the land route to get to Perú and it will be more convenient to travel in your own vehicle. For this, we give you the following recommendations and useful information and requirements that will be useful. First, you must have all the vehicle's documentation in order, such as the driver's license and the driver must own the vehicle. And in case the driver is a third person will have to carry a notarial permit from the owner of the vehicle. Also, that the vehicle requires an authorization indicating that it enters the country for leisure and tourism purposes and this can be obtained in two ways: there is a passbook for customs issued by some associations that are part of the (IFAC) Interamerican Federation of Automobiles Clubs, (FAI) International Automobile Federation. The permits given by these associations are valid for one year. The second way to obtain the Temporary Admission Certificate: granted in accordance with the Supreme Decree of Temporary Internment of vehicles for tourism purposes. This permit is issued by the Peruvian Customs and must also be presented when leaving the country. And this has a maximum authenticity of 90 days from the moment of the process.

Permits if you travel with your pet

To travel with pets to Peruvian territory if your pet is a cat or dog you must have an Export Certificate and you must also carry a Veterinary Certificate in which you prove the following mandatory information: The animal's health, that is to say, that it is in good condition To travel, the vaccination of the animal in dogs and cats must have the rabies vaccine, the deworming of the animal must be before three days of travel and the dates of issuance of both certificates must be between ten days prior to the travel date. For the rest of pets such as ferrets, birds, you must have both requirements: first, they must have the Import Sanitary Permit that can be requested in SENASA (National Service of Health and Agri-Food Quality) before the date of travel. Second, a Sanitary Inspection also reviewed by SENASA at the point of entry into Peruvian territory. What, if you must take into account is strictly forbidden to pass rabbits from the country of Spain since these can lead exotic diseases within Perú such as Myxomatosis or the Haemorrhagic Rabbit.

Traveler's health

Travel insurance

In our country, in recent years’ public hospitals and clinics have improved a lot in patient care. Modern machinery has been increased in its facilities and thus improving the attention in health services. However, it is advisable to take out travel insurance with the necessary coverages to enjoy your vacation without worrying about anything. There are many types of insurance from travel insurance, luggage, accidents and cancellation of the trip. In this type of service, the insurance makes a refund for the expenses incurred during the trip. Or you can also choose to hire the service "Traveler Assistance" in this case is who is responsible for all costs if you need coverage and assistance 24 hours a day. The advantage of this service is that it can be contracted for certain days, weeks or a year.  

Vaccines for the Traveler

To enter the Peruvian territory, a specific or mandatory vaccine is not requested. However, it is advisable to get vaccinated with chickenpox, in case the traveler has not received this vaccine as a child and also the Hepatitis A vaccine. Likewise, if the traveler plans to travel to the Amazon rainforest, it is highly advisable to have the vaccination against Hepatitis B and against yellow fever. Take note that this yellow fever vaccine will have to be ten days before the travel date for it to take effect and counteract some evil if that were the case. It is also advised to take into account the necessary measures against the bite of mosquitoes in these areas. And if you live at altitudes less than 2,000 masl, it is recommended to bring or buy your medication against the most common altitude sickness with the soroche. Take into account that in places where they are more than 2,000 masl, it is recommended to eat easy to digest foods such as fruits, vegetables, cereals and drink plenty of liquid. Also, be very careful in eating poorly cooked food. For gastrointestinal infections, it can be avoided by drinking bottled water or boiled water.

Info Perú

Geography and Climate Perú

Peru is located in western and central South America, has an area of ​​1 285 216 km2. It borders on the north with Ecuador, Colombia, on the east with Brazil and Bolivia and on the south with Chile. In addition, the Peruvian maritime domain extends to 200 nautical miles of the Pacific Ocean. Its Geography, Perú is a megadiverse country, has 11 ecoregions and 84 life zones of the 117 that exist in the world. Also, due to its geographical conditions, it has a multiplicity of landscapes which in turn gives a great diversity of natural resources. The territory according to its geography and altitude is divided into three major regions: Coast, Sierra, and jungle.

The Coast. - It is located to the west of South America it includes narrow fringes and valleys of fertile lands that are bathed by the Pacific Ocean. Its territory is 2,255 kilometers from the mouth of champions of Tumbes and reaches the border with the country of Chile. And wide with an expansion of 42 and 170 kilometers. The fertile valleys where the cultivation of rice, cotton, sugar cane, lemons, peppers, grapes, figs, among others, arise from the rivers that come down from the Cordilleras of the Andes. Its climate is warm tempered without extremes of suffocating heat or extreme cold, but with enough humidity, with dense mists that are a product of the proximity to the Pacific Ocean. You can feel a cold sensation when the humidity exceeds 12 ° C. In summer the climate reaches 30 ° C and the north of the coast has warm climates almost all year round and very little rain during the months of November and December due to the currents of Humboldt this current prevents the sea from getting hot. In these months when an anomaly occurs in the temperatures and currents of Humboldt the presence of rains may increase where some scientists already called it the phenomenon of the "Coastal Child". The coast can be classified into three important sectors: North coast extends from the camps of the city of Tumbes to Piura point needles the climate is semi-tropical, here is the only tropical dry forest in the country. Central Coast, extends from Punta Agujas in Piura to the city of Paracas in the city of Ica has a subtropical climate. South Coast, it extends from Paracas-Ica to the border with Chile, its climate is subtropical with an average temperature of 17 ° C. Its economy is basically based on artisanal and industrial fishing. Throughout its territory, there is a great variety of fish such as horse mackerel, hake, mackerel, anchoveta, prawns, shells, lobsters, among others. In addition to the activity of tourism is developed with great enthusiasm and enthusiasm to the north we will find the most beautiful beaches of Perú, Zorritos, Máncora and Lobitos that lend themselves more to sports activities such as surfing and leisure. The Ballestas Islands and the Paracas National Reserve. Flora of the Coast, for its arid-subtropical climate in terms of flora, is not very abundant however among the vegetables we can find salt grass, mangroves, hairy cactus, and huaco thistle. And in the fauna, we find animals like gray fox, the squirrel, the green iguana, the sand owl, and the famous cuculí. Among the main cities of the coast we can find, Piura, Tumbes, Chiclayo, Chimbote, Sullana, Lima, Callao, Ica, Arequipa, Tacna, and Moquegua.

The Sierra. - The mountain range of Peru is characterized by its mountain ranges of the Andes Mountains that predominate for its beautiful landscapes. The mountain range is divided into ecoregions for its different altitude levels. In the north, the altitudes are lower and more humid, while in the center they are the highest in altitude. Due to its altitude, the climate is subtropical from cold to dry. Between the months of November to March, the rainy season and dry season is considered from the month of April to October. As far as its geography by the central mountain range we can find mountainous zones and snowy mountain ranges it is here where we will locate to the highest mountain of Perú the Huascaran with 6,768 masl, there are nine ways to reach the top and it is very visited by the tourists who love trekking. Also, there are other mountains such as Huandoy, Santa Cruz and Alpamayo. The Salkantay and Ausangate in the city of Cusco. In the western mountain range we will find the highest altitudes in terms of sea level, and in the central mountain range we will find inter-Andean valleys such as the Huallaga and the Marañón, and by the eastern mountain range, we will find jungle with lower altitudes. This is where the Subtropical climate here is the Amazon basin. Its economy is based on agriculture, tourism, and mining. This region due to its geography and climate there are different ecosystems which allow the cultivation of many products such as barley, potatoes, wheat, oca, beans, corn, kiwicha, fruits such as passion fruit, tara, tuna, peaches among others. The tourist sector also develops with greater affluence due to the number of mountains to climb and attractions of the different cultures that existed in this region. The Colca Canyon in the white city of Arequipa, the highest lake in the world Titicaca, the floating islands of Uros in Puno highlands, the lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu, the sacred mountain of Huayna Picchu, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Inca Trail or Qapac Ñan in the imperial city of Cusco, the archaeological complex of Wari, the forest of Puyas Raimondi and the pampas galleys in Ayacucho. As for mining in this region, you will find resources for silver, gold, copper, iron, and lead. In the flora, we will find a diversity of shrubs and plants from plants that serve for agricultural sustenance the straw or ichu, the ocean, hemlock, wild margarita among others. And in its fauna, we will find camelids like the llama, alpaca, huanacos and the vicuña considers the animal of the finest wool and the largest bird in the world, the condor. Culturally speaking we have Quechua and Aymara language. Among its most important cities of the Peruvian highlands are Cuzco, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Puno, Huancayo, and Junín.

The Jungle. - It is located in the east of the country, it is a vast region covered with abundant vegetation in the basin of the Amazon River that arises from the union of the Marañón and Ucayali rivers. The jungle or Amazon of Perú is one of the areas with the greatest biodiversity and endemism in the world, although in terms of population it is of lesser quantity than the other regions. One of their pride is that they have a greater number of ethnic groups, indigenous languages ​​of Perú. It is the largest region within the three. Its geography is shaped by mountain brow or high forest that is about 750 masl, is characterized by cloud forests. In regard to the climate of the jungle region during the year, its climate is tropical this due to the attitude that counts. From November to March, the rainy or winter season is considered and from April to October, the most favorable months for traveling are considered, since river levels decrease and roads are more accessible to the jungle. As other regions it is divided into high jungle or also called jungle edge extends to the Peruvian Andes between 850 masl at 3750 masl, the temperatures in this area of ​​the forest are warm, in the lower parts it is the hottest area reaching 38 ° C and tempered in the high parts. In the lower jungle, also known as the Amazonian plain, it rises between 100 masl and 850 masl. It enjoys a tropical rainy climate and very hot, the average temperature reaches 28 ° C with a lot of humidity. In these areas, we will find the most abundant rivers due to rainfall, such as the Amazon River considered the largest river in the world, Ucayali, Marañón, Napo, Tigre, and Pastaza. As for its economy, it makes a contribution to the national economy based on activities such as oil extraction, minerals such as gold and gas. There are also other important activities such as agriculture where extracts are extracted as the achiote considered to Perú as the largest supplier and cochineal with higher production in this region. In addition, there is also the largest number of chestnut, coffee, and cacao trees with large exports. Livestock and tourism are also part of the growth of their economy. Its flora consists of a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and endemic plants have abundant vegetation among its main species we have Celtic, cube, bread tree, rubber, mahogany, chief, balsa stick and a large variety of palm trees. And among the best-known species in the fauna we will find sachavaca, lizards, taricaya, shush up, anacondas, macaws, monkeys, frogs among others and the national bird the "Gallito de las Rocas". In the last 10 years the tourism activity has been increasing among its main attractions in this region we have waterfalls of Ahuashuyacu, Cerro Escalera in the department of San Martin, Archeology of Kuelap, The Amazon River, The National Reserve of Tambopata in Madre de Dios, Manu National Park and the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Amongitsmaincities Chanchamayo, Moyobamba, Jaén, Puerto Maldonado, Tingo Maria, Pucallpa, Iquitos, Oxapampa and Amazonas.

Type of Currency

The official currency of Perú is the new sol (s /.) There are different bills of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 soles. And between the currencies we have 10, 20 and 50 cents, we also have coins of 1, 2 and 5 Nuevos Soles. American dollars are accepted in many establishments such as craft shops, travel agencies, hotels, and restaurants. And if it is easier to use the currency of Perú, you can change the dollars in banks, exchange houses, authorized places in airports, but here the change is greater. As for the street money changers, it is not very safe or guarantees you like the exchange houses. There is also the possibility to find ATMs in the center of the country's cities and most of them are connected to the Visa, MasterCard, American Express and other networks. You can also access the changes at these ATMs but the change is usually higher and is not recommended.

Air and land transport

Transport by Land

Regarding this medium, it will depend on how much time you have to travel to Perú, there are many companies that make trips to different cities and tourist destinations in particular. In addition, there are a variety of different companies that provide tourist services and allow the traveler to reach their destination in a comfortable, safe and quiet way. There are companies of greater confidence and prestige in the field of travel to provincial destinations. Some that have Wi-Fi on board, energy, comfortable seats called VIP and Vip Relax and two drivers on board for your safety. If you are an adventurous traveler, this will be a good option for you because you will appreciate more about the landscapes from the bus window. It is so you can reach almost the entire country by land transport.

Air Transport

There are several airlines that offer domestic flights to travel to destinations within the country and also offer international flights. Among the airlines are Latam, StarPerú, LCPerú, Peruvian, Avianca among others. Due to the demand for the airlines, we will find several frequencies and schedules for different destinations. We know that traveling by plane is a recommended option as it can save you time to visit more places. Everything will depend on the time and budget available for the traveler, in some airlines you can find discounts or comfortable prices for destinations within the country. Among the most popular destinations are the cities of Cuzco, Arequipa, Lima, Juliaca, Loreto, Chiclayo and Piura. If the traveler decides to travel to the jungle, it is suggested that he take the option of traveling by plane. Since land transport in this region is not very accessible due to its geography. Inside the jungle, the traveler must transport himself in boats, boats, and boats.

Lodging and Restaurants


Our country has different types of lodging establishments in all cities throughout the country. Among the categories that we can find are: hotels, Apart-Hotel, Hostel and Hostels of 3, 4 and 5 stars. Prices vary according to the category of accommodation establishments that the traveler chooses. In recent years the hotel infrastructure has been increasing and innovating in its services. For example, in the most representative cities of the country such as Cusco, Lima, Arequipa, and Puno there is a great diversity of accommodations from 2 to 5-star hotels that provide basic services, additional services and even cover luxury standards that a certain group of visitors demands. But in cities like Tumbes, Chiclayo, Piura, and Trujillo there are more 2 and 3 hotels with basic services and additional services but the demand for tourists requires a 4 and 5-star hotel infrastructure with an average of 70 rooms. Due to the high demand of tourists and standards, there are more than 100 new hotel projects of international brands opening to new trends of innovation and new options: health hotels, boutiques, ecological and corporate hotels.


In Perú, there is a range of restaurant diversity because Perú was chosen as the best culinary destination in 2017 by the "World Travel Awards", so this recognition has motivated residents to increase restaurant services in cities around the world. There are restaurants from 1 to 5 forks and local restaurants. It is so that the traveler can enjoy the best dishes of the country and foreign food offering the traveler a unique experience where you can enjoy a pleasant atmosphere and at the same time feel at home tasting dishes of their nationality. Among the best-known restaurants in the country, we will find La Rosa Nautica, El Hornero, El Mercado, El Indio Feliz, Chicha and others throughout the country. In addition, some restaurants offer cooking classes where the traveler can learn and taste the best dishes of our Peruvian cuisine and learn more about their native products.

Consulates in Perú

The consulate offices are located in the cities of Lima, Cuzco, and Arequipa. At the offices of foreign consulates, they can receive help if they need any documentation. In the offices, they will be able to renew passports in case of loss and official documents. They are also in these offices where births, marriages, divorces, adoptions, and others are transcribed. Issues of social security, assistance and financial assistance to compatriots in emergency situations will be dealt with, depending on the functions and regulations of each office. This is where you can request assistance if the traveler so requires, information for the formal documents, where entrance, work or residence permits are also requested.

Recommendations to Perú

  1. Visit the lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu and connect with the energies of the Apus or mountains of this magical place.
  2. Climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu will be an unforgettable experience do not forget to book your entrance with 2 or 3 months in advance.
  3. If you like adventure, enjoy a trekking along the Inca Trail, one of the most impressive road networks in South America. For this tour you must book 3 months in advance, it will be a unique experience since at the end of this journey you will arrive at the incredible lost city of the Incas of Machu Picchu.
  4. Roam the imperial city of the Incas Cusco and it's most representative places to learn more about its history.
  5. If you have free time in the afternoons, visit the Plaza de Armas, sit and enjoy this cosmopolitan place, visit the San Blas artisan neighborhood, San Pedro Market and learn more about its people. Walk its narrow streets where you will feel the magic of each of them, visit their ancestral palaces now and churches of the city. In each corner, you will discover something unique that will surprise you.
  6. When you arrive in the city of Lima or Cusco do not forget to taste their amazing gastronomy you will be amazed by the flavor and texture of each dish. It is advisable to try the ceviche, lomosaltado, chili pepper, stuffed rocoto, the anticuchos and the chupe de Camarones. And do not forget to try the flag drink of this wonderful country, the "Pisco Sour".
  7. Visit the magical Nazca lines, the Paracas National Reserve navigate the waters of the Pacific Ocean and enjoy a unique experience with its fauna.
  8. Visit the White City of Arequipa and the Colca Canyon enjoy the flight of the largest bird in the world the Condor.
  9. Visit the Peruvian Amazon, learn more about the biodiversity of the flora and fauna of the Manu National Park and in the Tambopata National Reserve.
  10. Sail the highest lake in the world, Titicaca, get to know its floating Uros islands, enjoy experiential tourism on the island of Taquile and Amantani.
  11. Visit the Archaeological Park of Choquequirao you will be impressed by the majesty of its architecture surrounded by mountains and amazing architecture.
  12. If camping, try to do it as a group.
  13. Take care of the green areas, nature, monuments, archaeological sites avoid inconveniences with park rangers.
  14. If you travel to the jungle avoid carrying radios or objects that alter the habitat of the animals.
  15. Buy crafts in local areas, thus helping the economic development of the inhabitants.

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