BEFORE YOU GO: PERU OVERVIEW

IMPORTANT

WORKING ATMS Cash is extremely prevalent in smaller, family-run shops. Rural areas it can be hard to find a working ATM that accepts international cards. Globalnet always worked, but it also charged you the most. Ask other travelers for the working ATMS.
CULTURAL People will shake your hand if they first meet you, and hand gestures are very common. You’ll notice people wearing more traditional style clothing the more rural you travel out of the main cities. Most Peruvians are Catholic, natives will have beliefs tied to ancient cultures & traditions as well as Christianity.
TOILETS Toilets normally ask for 1/S – especially when travelling through smaller towns. Carry toilet paper with you, as it’s not always on hand/you may need to pay. Toilet paper gets thrown in the waste bin not the toilet.
ENGLISH? Majority of tourist areas speak English, especially the hostel, hotel staff. Tourist buses such as Cruz Del Sur also have English speakers, as well as many tours, give you the option of a guild (extra $$) Keep a few phrases written down for taxi drives (addresses etc) and make use of Google maps offline.
TIPPING Tours you should be looking at anywhere from 10 – 50 SOL | $4 -$20 AUD (half day up to full day.)
Trekking, you should tip your cooks, tour guilds and porters.
TRANSPORT Buses are going to be your main form of transport around Peru. Click here to read an overview of all the tourist bus companies people recommend.  You can fly from main cities such as Lima > Cusco.
WATER?  No, it’s not recommended to drink the water here. Boil the water heavily or use iodine or water-purification pills
INSURANCE?  Yes. You ALWAYS need insurance when travelling.

OTHER

📡FREE WIFI
– Coffee & Fast Food Restaurants
– Hotels / Hostels
– Cabina Pública (public internet booths)
🥫 FOOD
– Ceviche
– Lomo Saltado
– Arroz Verde
– Cuy (Guinea Pig)
– Alpaca
🥃 DRINK
– Inca Kola
– Cacao Tea
– Chocolate Tea
– Pisco Sour (ALC)
– Pilsen Callao (alc)
🔌 POWER
Two, flat-polarized prongs both being the same size.
Voltage: 220 Volts

FUN FACTS

The Peruvian Amazon covers 60% of the country.
 The Incas’ empire ruled for over 100 years.
The Huascarán National Park has 27 peaks over 6000 m (19,685 ft) above sea level
Cuy (Guinea pig) is a traditional meat used in Peruvian meals.
 Macchu Pichu is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World (2007).

 

Written by CerealSarah

A 27-year-old whose only direction in life seems to be going around the world.

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