When traveling to another country is always useful to know where to exchange money, what clothes to bring and how the weather will be, along with other essential information that can make us feel prepared for our upcoming trip.
We have put toghether this list of what we think are the most important things you should know when comming to Peru. Really hope it’s helpful and you can use it when traveling to our country.
– Weather in Lima: From January to March, in summer time, the weather is very sunny and usually at 25 C°, but sometimes can go up to 29 C° or a bit more. Around June to September the weather is very humid, grey and cloudy. The lowest temperature is 12 C°. This type of weather can extend until November. Btw, in Lima never rains we just get drizzle.
– Weather in Cusco, Puno and Arequipa: The climate in the mountains is always dry and cold but with sun most of mornings, with exception of the rainy season, that goes from November until March. The weather is usually around 12-18 C° with sun and sometimes can get as low as 5 C° or more in the evenings/nights (depends on the season).
– Clothing for Winter in the Mountains: You should bring long sleeve t-shirts, even if there’s sun, in the shade you will feel cold. Bring things to dress in layers, a fleece jacket, comfy wool sweater, gloves, scarf (or you can buy one good alpaca one here). Shoes with a good grip (hi-tech or similar) and sunglasses, sunblock and long pants.
– Clothing for Summer in Lima: You should bring sunglasses, sunblock, hat, comfortable sandals, sneakers or open shoes (maybe ballerinas for women), t-shirt (can be also a tank top, sleeveless t-shirt, short sleeve shirts for men and/or 3/4 sleeve shirt), shorts, dresses, thin loose pants or jeans. Also, and very light thin sweater for the night / evening as it gets a little bit windy sometimes.
– Clothing for Winter in Lima: You should bring long sleeve t-shirts. Try to dress in layers with a jacket and/or comfy wool sweater, long pants or jeans. Bring comfortable shoes like sneakers or ballerinas. Also, sunglasses and sunblock just in case.
– When visiting Machu Picchu bring repellent because there, and in Aguas Calientes, there’s lots of mosquitoes.
– There’s a small office in Mapi where you can get a nice stamp that shows you visited Machu Picchu. It’s near the entrance, on the right side.
– Here’s what we suggest regarding tipping: For tour and transfer drivers, a tip that ranges between $5 – $15 USD will be fine. For the guides, a tip that ranges between $8 USD – $20 USD is ok. For Restaurants, a 10% tip is fine.
– You can find ATM’s in all Peru. We have one that accepts any cards called Global Net, we also have Scotiabank and the rest are of national banks. It is not a problem to find ATM’s and they all provide money in soles and in USD.
– USD’s and cards (Visa or Mastercard) are accepted in all Peru in big stores, malls, restaurants, chain pharmacies, supermarkets, some small stores, etc. but USD’s just small bills like 10’s, 20’s or maybe 50’s because nobody accepts 100’s. Dollars or cards are not accepted by people selling things on push carts (food, snack, water bottles, etc.) on the street or small local “bodegas” or local markets where they sell fruits and vegetables.
– If you need to exchange a high amount of money, we suggest you go any money exchange house near your accommodation, or better, in Jirón Ocoña in Lima Centre where they have the best rate of the city.
– Don’t wear any “flashy” jewelry (like big gold necklaces, pearls, etc.) or big engagement rings. Just keep it simple, silver or fantasy jewelry and if you want to wear gold, just thin necklaces and/or small earrings. The same with the watches, nothing fancy, not golden or expensive watches (Omega, Rolex, Swiss) or anything like that just simple ones. This because Peruvians just use those kinds of things for special occasions (or maybe some business man), so if you wear it in a regular day on the street it you will bring attraction to you as that is not usual.
– Just bring the necessary cash with you (enough for the tour, entrance tickets, eating and maybe buy a souvenir)
– Don’t bring any passport or ID (except for the Machu Picchu and Cusco tours), just a photocopy of it.
– Once you arrive to Cusco, Puno or Arequipa have some “Mate de Coca” this will help with the altitude, or before travelling get some Sorojchi Pills and take one before arriving the high-altitude place and then un capsule each 8hrs once you are there until you feel better.
– Always bring bottled water to your excursions. Don’t drink tap water in Peru.
– For the Palomino Islands Tour: Bring sporty clothes (snickers with rubber sole -to not slip on the yacht-, hat that is tight or has something that ties to the neck as with the wind it can fly away, sunscreen, windbreaker light jacket, bathing clothes and towel – to swim with the sealions-), for the dizziness bring gravol or dramamine (although the people from Ecocruceros have them too) and try to have a light breakfast (just toast, tea, coffee or cookies).