What is the Boleto Turístico (the
Visitors Ticket) exactly?
This is a Ticket which allows you to visit 15 different
places in and around Cusco and the Sacred Valley
. It is a good investment because it saves you almost
half of the money than if you bought the entrance
fees seperatily. You can get it at the first
place you visit or at the public ministery. The ticket
is valid for 10 days. With an ISIC Card you pay only
Do I need a medical and a travel insurance
when traveling in Peru?
Yes, we strongly do recommend you to take a medical
and a travel insurance in your home country. Al though
health care is relatively inexpensive in Peru , you
don´t want to have a bad experience when having
a traffic accident or something like that.
Is it easy to use internet in Peru?
I nternet cafes are common and most of them have
DSL or ADSL fast connections. Explorer, Netscape,
and Hotmail are readily available at every internet
stop. Expect to pay about 2 1/2 Soles for 1/2 hour
of internet time.
Are there ATM machines in Peru? In Cusco?
There are several ATM machines in Peru . However,
we do recommend you to arrive with some cash money
in case the machines are out of order. Please check
with you local bank about the rates they charge
for withdrawing money in a foreign country.
How can I change money?
This is very easy in Peru. You can change money (cash
US or traveler cheques) at the banks or at the
different Casas de Cambio. The exchange rate, at
the time of writing, is $ 1.00 equals 3.3 soles.
It is also possible to exchange other currencies
(e.g. euros) but the exchange rate isn´t
that good. In the tourist towns (e.g. Cusco ),
the Casa de Cambio are open from 9am till 10pm.
Will I need a visa?
No visa is necessary for most countries (check with
the Peruvian Embassy in your home country). The
tourist visa you will get when entering Peru will
allow you 90 days in Peru . You are allowed a maximum
of three 30-day extensions for up 180 days (6 months)
in Peru . Each extension will cost you about $
25.00. You might want to consider just crossing
the (Bolivian or Chilean) border, if you need more
time in Peru . It'll take you about two days and
you'll be guaranteed another 90 days.
Should I apply for an International Student
With an ISIC Card you get discount at several agencies
and some Spanish Schools (e.g. AMAUTA
). There is a $ 25.00 discount
when booking the Inca Trail and a $ 5.00 on the Visitor´s
What is altitude sickness exactly? Will
I get it?
On reaching heights above 3000m, heart pounding and
shortness of breath are a normal response to the
lack of oxygen in the air. However, for some visitors
these symptoms can deteriorate into a conditions
known as Soroche
(or acute altitude sickness)
when you can start to experience headaches, loss
of appetite, extreme tiredness, sleeplessness and
often nausea. Symptoms usually develop within the
first day at altitude, but may be delayed by up to
2 weeks. To prevent Soroche, try to take things easy
as soon as you arrive. Once settled in your hotel
room have a lie down for a while and drink plenty
of fluids. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy food.
Drinking mate de coca (an infusion of coca leaves)
may help. If symptoms become more severe and prolonged
it is best to quickly seek medical attention and
make arrangements to descend to a lower altitude.
What kind of vaccinations do I need for
my trip to Peru?
Recommended vaccinations are: diptheria, hepatitis
A, polio, rabies, tetanus and typhoid. Yellow fever
and malaria is compulsory when visiting jungle areas
as Puerto Maldonado or Iquitos.
What can you say about the Peruvian cuisine?
Peru is a fascinating mixture of people from around
the world and its food reflects that. Some typical
dishes include: ceviche (raw, marinated fish),
anticuchos (spiced, grilled beef heart), papa a
la huancaina (boiled potato in a cheese and yellow
peppers sauce), lomo saltado (beef strips stir
fried with red onion, tomato, French fries and
cilantro served with white rice) and aji de gallina
(shredded chicken in a spiced milk sauce). International
foods are available in tourist centres. Peru's
famous drink is the pisco sour, a cocktail made
with grape brandy, lemon juice, egg white and sugar.
Mate de coca (made from the coca leaf) is served
in the highlands to help new arrivals acclimatise.
Is the water fit to drink?
Try to drink bottled water when in Peru . Tap water
is not safe, it may cause mild abdominal upset.
On camping trips the water is purified with tablets