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Useful information about Peru

Visas

All foreign delegates entering Peru must have a passport which is valid for at least six months. Participants requiring a visa for Peru, or a transit visa, are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate consular authorities immediately upon receipt of the official notification. To facilitate the issuance of a visa, a copy of the acknowledgement letter from the online registration system (ORS) should be attached to the visa request.

Customs

A Customs Declaration Form will be handed out to you on the aircraft for completion.

Important
During your check-in procedure at your hotel, please do not forget to present your passport and your Andean Migration Card (which is a white card that you will receive at your arrival to Peru). The presentation of these 2 documents is very important in order to exonerate you of the 18% sales tax charged by all hotels.

In case you do not present these documents, the hotels will charge the additional amount (18%) directly in your invoice at check-out time.

Currency

The currency in Peru is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN); 1 USD = 2.90 PEN (November, 2014). We suggest that you only change money at the hotels, banks and exchange agencies.

Credit Cards

All credit cards are used and accepted for withdrawing money and commercial transactions. Check with your bank if charges and commission fees apply.

Banking hours

09:00 / 18:00 Monday to Friday
09:00 / 12:00 Saturdays

ATM tellers are available at several locations in Lima and the venue.

Weather

The temperature in Lima in November and December ranges from 17 °C to 23 °C.

Time

GMT – 5

Electricity

The electricity supply in Peru is 220 Volts AC, 60 Hz. Most outlets are two-pin (European standard) but also accept the US type (with two flat parallel blades). Major hotels have 110 volt outlets for electric razors.

Drinking water

It is highly recommended to on drink bottled water.

Taxis

Always take the taxis from the hotels. Taxis do not have a meter. You must ask for the price of the ride before boarding the vehicle.

Shopping

Shopping hours are Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 20:00 hours. Many shops and the markets are opened also on Sundays.

  • Department stores open from 11:00 to 21:00 Monday to Sunday.
  • Handicrafts’ markets open daily from 10:00 to 20:00 hours.

Shops and markets in Lima offer a selection of most of Peru’s fine handicrafts, such as hand-woven textiles, alpaca and llama rugs, sweaters and shawls, pottery, straw and basketwork and elegant woodwork. The quality of the gold and silver jewelry is excellent.

Gastronomy

Peruvian cuisine is delicious and diverse with jungle fruits, succulent fish and seafood, hot peppery sauces. There are traditional restaurants specializing in the famous “ceviche” -fresh fish marinated in lime juice -, or “anticuchos”, shish-kebabs of spicy marinated meat cooked over charcoal, or Chifa restaurants which provide Peru’s exotic alternative to Chinese cuisine.

You should try Andean specialties such as roast guinea pig with peanut sauce, or the Pachamanca, where different meats and vegetables are roasted together in pits covered with hot stones. Peruvian beer is excellent and the wine very good, but the national drink, of course, is the “Pisco Sour”, made from grape brandy with lime juice and our secret formula.

Also try the delicious, non-alcoholic “Chicha Morada” made from local purple corn.

Tipping

In restaurants, a 18% VAT and a 10% service charge is included, but you should give the waiter an extra 5% or 10% if service is good. Bell captain services are normally tipped with a few soles or dollars. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip. Tour guides may be tipped with a few soles or dollars if you feel their service was very good, but this is not mandatory.

Personal safety

We recommend to take precautions in public places and main tourist attractions as you would back home. Keep your valuables to minimum; money, jewelry and take good care of your camera.

It is prudent to make a copy of your passport, insurance papers and any other important documents and keep them separately from the originals. Deposit valuables in your hotel safety deposit box.

Avoid poorly lighted streets at night.

Important telephone numbers in Lima:

  • Police: 105
  • Fire Department: 116
  • Medical & Ambulance Emergency Service: 110 – Defensa Civil