Swyaa Peru

Other Useful Information

Time Zone

GMT -5:00 hours.
Due to its location near the equator, the country experiences days and nights of approximately equal length all year round with sunrise at about 06:30 and sunset at 18:30.

 

Language

The official language is Spanish; however English is commonly spoken in touristic places, most hotels and stores.

 

Electricity

The electricity supply in Peru is 220 volts AC, 60 Hz (except Arequipa where it is 50 Hz). A few major hotels in Lima have 110 volts outlets as well. 2-pin power outlets are used.

 

Currency

The official currency is the “Nuevo Sol” (S/.), but US dollars are commonly accepted in the main cities. Just be sure that any US dollars you bring into Peru are clean, new and crisp as they are suspicious of old bills. Money can be exchanged at the airport, in most banks and money exchanges; for safety do not exchange money on the streets. The exchange rate fluctuates daily. Some referential rates are:

 

Currency Exchange Rate

US Dollar

0.3931 USD/PEN

Euro

0.3008 EUR/PEN

Japanese Yen

34.5246 JPY/PEN

Australian Dollar

0.3739 AUD/PEN

Canadian Dollar

0.3881 CAD/PEN

Sterling Pound

0.2451 GBP/PEN

Omani Riyals

0.1511 OMR/PEN

UAE Dirham

1.4416 AED/PEN


Ref: http://es.exchange-rates.org/currentRates/A/PEN

 

When estimating how much cash to bring for expenses such as meals and incidentals, a minimum of US$ 50 per day is a good estimation; consider an additional amount if you are paying for hotel and transportation as well. Here are some referential costs of daily expenses:

  • Cup of coffee: US$ 2
  • Bottle of soda / water: US$ 1
  • Sandwich: US$ 4
  • Meal at a middle restaurant: US$ 20
  • Meal at a fast food restaurant: US$ 7

 

 

Weather
In Lima temperatures remain roughly constant all year round; there is no extreme hot or cold and it rarely rains.
From June to September is winter season. Temperatures oscillate between 13-19°C, with presence of dense fog and high humidity. July and August are the coldest months. Heavy clothing is recommended.
In the highlands, when it is sunny during the day one should dress lightly but carry something to cover up in the shade. At night you will need a jacket because it can become cool according to the altitude. In Lima, during the winter time (June to August), you will need a sweater or jacket.

 

Transportation in Lima
We recommend using radio taxi services; there are several radio taxi companies available:
Taxi fees should be approximately US$ 5-20 in Lima and US$ 2-5 in Cusco.

 

Telecommunications and Internet Access
Movistar (Telefonica S.A.), Claro (America Movil) and Nextel (NII Holdings Inc.) operate mobile phone networks in Peru. If your wish to activate your mobile phone with a Peruvian chip, you can buy one inside the Airport.


There are also internet and telephone cabins for long distance phone calls all around Lima. The average cost at an internet cabin is less than a dollar per hour. Public pay phones can also be found on the streets and some commercial establishments, they only take coins and the average rates are:

Type of Call Rate

International calls

S/. 0.50 for 30 seconds

National calls

S/. 0.20 for 60 seconds

National cell phones

S/. 0.20 for 22 seconds

 

Health Precautions
You should obtain a comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling, and consult with your medical insurance company if your policy applies overseas, what is the policy coverage and whether it will cover emergency expenses.


Bring any prescription medicines you need take constantly and make sure you have enough to last during your trip. Keep them in their original prescription bottles and always in your carry on luggage. We suggest bringing as well your usual medicines for common maladies, such as headache, stomachache, nausea, diarrhea, flu, allergies, painkillers, etc.


No vaccinations are required to enter to Peru. However, if you are planning to travel to the Amazon, malaria and yellow fever vaccinations are required.