Information about travel and tours to Peru!
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Together with your travel documents, you'll receive the emergency phone number of our operations office responsible for the tour on which you are booked. Also, a few days before you leave for South America, we'll give you name, address and mobile phone number of your Tour Director whenever possible, who will be meeting you at the airport at your detination.
Most travelers, including US-citizens, only need a valid passport to enter Peru. See our visa section for more details. If combining your trip to Peru with other countries, please check also for those countries.
Is it dangerous to travel to Peru?
Democracy has brought forward many changes. In places where a city regards tourism as serious business, policing has been heightened dramatically.
Ten years ago, group tourism to Peru, in a manner similar to European tourism, did not exist.
It is unwise anywhere to leave valuables lying around or flaunt one's wealth, and the traveler generally does not venture far from the main stay (just as you would avoid certain parts of large U.S. cities.) Peru can be regarded as no less "safe" than any region where rich and poor meet. Just be discreet!
Although unemployment has risen sharply between 1999 and 2001 and although as a big city Lima does have it's spots it is still regarded as a safe travel destination.
As much as you know where the places are in your city which you would never go or take other people to, we know Peru. At 4starSouthAmerica we do not wish to hide anything from you. However, our tours and destinations steer clear of such dangers.
That's also why we decided to offer escorted tours to Peru. 4starSouthAmerica works only with specially trained, experienced and licensed local guides and tour directors, who'll share their best advice to keep you safe!
4starSouthAmerica cannot dispense advice regarding vaccinations - please check with your doctor or visit the World Health Organization for their recommendations. The government of Brazil currently requires yellow fever vaccinations for anyone who has traveled to Peru.
However, we do recommend that if you are heading for the Amazon on our Peruvian Rainforest Tours that you get prophylactic Malaria medication (and take it, too!) If you are planning on exploring deeper into the rainforest or other unusual places in earnest on you own, please get advice from a specialized hospital or medical center.
Peru is moderately priced in the major and touristic cities, and realatively inexpensive elsewhere.
Local drinks (beer, wine, cocktails, soft drinks, and bottled water) cost about half what they do in the U.S. Tap water is safe, but only because it contains a lot of disinfectants. For your tastebuds' sake, ordering water sin gas" (without gas) is an inexpensive alternative.
When you desire American standards and/or American food, expect prices as you would pay in the U.S. As with anything that is imported, expect to pay more, at times much more!
One nice thing: there is no sales tax to pay on top of the bill (Although, hotels, if indepently booked usuall -and legally- add the 18% VAT on top of the hotel bill. Tips in restaurants should not exceed 10%.
As just mentioned, restaurant tipping is about 10 %. Otherwise, where you would hand out one dollar, give one Peso. You need not tip taxi drivers.
It is customary to tip your highly trained, bilingual tour director about US$3 to $5 per person per day, and your coach driver about US$2-$3.
Yes, but no communication problems. Everybody loves to practice the little English they know. But do not expect everyone to speak English fluently. Use body language! In larger cities, everybody knows someone who speaks a bit of English, at least. In the more remote areas, Spanish is best. French, with a bit of patience, is often understood.
Hotels usually carry at least one TV-channel is English (CNN). Many cable channels broadcast their programs (like American sitcoms) in English with Spanish subtitles.
Just learn the two magic words:
Please! Por favor! (easy, isn´t it!)
Thank you! Gracias!
it gets you a lot of friendly smiles.
The Peruvian currency is the Nuevo Sol, which is approx. 3.20 to the dollar.
Bolivia borders Peru to the northwest, Argentina to the north and east, Paraguay to the southeast, Argentina to the south, and Chile to the west. La Paz, the seat of government, is the world's highest capital city. It contains many museums and provides visitors with modern and comfortable hotels.
Cochabamba, the garden city, boasts a long tradition of local culture and folklore and Tarija City's excellent climate, combined with beautiful flowers and fine wines, makes it ideal for finding peace and quiet. The states of Beni and Pando, in the heart of the jungle, occupy a region offering visitors dramatic and colourful landscapes. The 'Golden' Pantiti's many rivers provide popular land and water excursions.
National dishes include empanada salteña (a mixture of diced meats, chives, raisins, diced potatoes, hot sauce and pepper baked in dough) and lomo montado (fried tenderloin steak with two fried eggs, rice and fried banana). Cruzena, is considered to be one of the best beers on the continent. La Paz has many nightclubs, which generally open around midnight. On Fridays and Saturdays there are folk music and dancing shows which start late in the evening.
Two-thirds of Brazil's population lives near the coast, meaning that life is a beach for locals and tourists alike.
People are the essence of the country, and while Brazil is home to a multitude of ethnic groups of varying economic status, there are some characteristics that everyone shares - energy and passion.
It's not all reserved for football either; Brazilians enjoy a good party whatever the circumstances.
Rio is the hottest of destinations, particularly around Carnival time. Dancers gyrate, the music beats and the summer temperature rises. Almost anything goes. Bodies of all ages, colours and sizes don the very minimum in beachwear and idle away the days on the sun-kissed Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Volleyball, swimming and people-watching are but a few of the activities in which you can indulge.
Brazil's landscape is as diverse as the people who inhabit it. A rich colonial history exists, and the town of Parati is an exquisite example of eighteenth-century Portuguese architecture. The jungles and rivers of the Amazon, home to lush vegetation and exotic wildlife, incite notions of exploration amongst the intrepid, while the thundering Iguassu Falls are simply a spectacular wonder. Argentina's massive assortment of people and places renders it ripe for choice.
Chile is situated in South America, bounded by Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, the Antarctic and the Pacific Ocean. Home of the Andes mountain range, it is a thin ribbon of land, 4200km (2610 miles) long and nowhere more than 180km (115 miles) wide.
Arica, near the northern border with Peru, is an excellent tourist centre. It has good beaches and the famous San Marcos Cathedral. Chile's central region and the islands feature the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, rolling green fields, vineyards and orange groves. The modern capital city, Santiago, has a good range of hotels to suit all tastes and pockets. Easter Island, west of the mainland, is famous for the Moai, gigantic stone figures found all over the island. National dishes include empanada (meat, chicken or fish, with onions, eggs, raisins and olives inside a flour pastry) and humitas (seasoned corn paste, wrapped in corn husks and boiled). Chile is, of course, famous for its wine and pisco is a powerful liqueur also distilled from grapes. While many restaurants and hotels offer entertainment there are also a number of independent discotheques, nightclubs and late night cabaret spots.
Argentina is a land of extremes, its hectic urban centres contrasting with a staggeringly remote hinterland, and can be simultaneously hot in one region and cold in another. The one common thread is that the people possess a curiosity, passion, and fervour for life, most visible when it comes to football, the national obsession. Evita, the Tango, gauchos and estancias are the country's clichéd attractions, but what strikes visitors most is that life here is for living - the fast pace only letting up for the afternoon siesta.
Referred to as a grimy Paris, Buenos Aires is a sophisticated capital brimming with character and an excellent spot for shopping and watching the world go by - whether it's pedestrians strolling or motorists driving at break-neck speed. Nightlife is second to none and the restaurants are a food-lover's delight.
Argentina's national parks teem with wildlife and incredible mountainous vistas, while the colossal Perito Moreno Glacier and Iguazú Falls are natural wonders. Endless hiking opportunities abound in the south, where Patagonia is stunningly barren and mystifying and the Tierra del Fuego feels like the end of the world. The Andes offer excellent skiing - the ski-resort of Bariloche being the country's most established. Horseriding, adventure sports and birdwatching are just a few of the other activities on offer throughout the country.
Argentina, vastly unexplored and undiscovered by most tourists, is an adventure waiting to happen.
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