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Travel Guide for Peru

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Peru that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Peru Page.

Basic Facts

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Official Country Name: PERU
Capital: Lima
Population: 28 million
Telephone Code: 51
Time Zone: -5.00 GMT
Area: 1,285,215 sq km
Language(s): Spanish (80,3%), Quechua (16,2%), Other (3,0%), Foreign languages (0,2%)
Ethnic Groups:
Highest Mountain: Huascaran (6,768 m)
President: Alejandro Toledo
Government: Democracy
Currency: Nuevos Soles
Exchange Rate: US$1=S/3.30 (Oct 2005)
Health Risks: Should have the yellow fev ... more

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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Maps

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Here you can include references to maps that are somewhere on the internet. Two conditions apply: they cannot be protected by copyright, (or you have to make sure that we are allowed to use them), and you have to make sure that it is ok if we call them up from here. If that is a problem, you can also send us the image file and we will upload it to our server.

Check this map for all the main roads in Peru. Please note that there are almost no roads in the Amazon area.

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Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Suggested Itineraries

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1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

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Peru is a very large country, with a very complex geography: narrow coast, mighty Andes in the middle, and vast Amazon region. So, if you see a city not so far away from Lima, it does not mean you will get there quickly.

If you want to go to the main cities in the Amazon basin, you will have to fly there, as there are no roads in most cases (only rivers).
Besides that, you can reach any city by bus. Please ask first how long does it take and add 2 hours to what they say (just in ... more

Accommodation

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If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or no one is available, here is what other members suggest.

Hostels
In Lima, I would suggest not to stay in downtown Lima. Try better Miraflores, San Isidro or Barranco.
Some good hostels are:
Hotels in Peru - Miraflores,Cusco,Sacred Valley Miraflores - Flying Dog Peru (www.flyingdogperu.com)
Miraflores - Incahaus (www.incahaus.com)
Barranco ... more

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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Peruvian cuisine has great reputation, and is always included in the top 5 list of the best in the world.
Peruvians are very aware of this, and if we are proud of anything, it is certainly our food. Every region has its own special dishes and specialties, depending on the nearness of the ingredients.
There is also a wide variety of cuisines. Italian and chinese are the most popular ones (of course). You can also easily find well known fast food brands if you don't like real food :)
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Money and Costs

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Currency
There are two currencies in Peruvian economy: Nuevos Soles (S/) and US dollars. US dollars are accepted almost everywhere.

Exchanging Money
The exchange rate is currently S/3.30 per USD (Oct 2005).

ATMs
In Lima you will find lots of ATMs everywhere. You can choose to withdraw US Dollars or Peruvian Soles.

There is an ATM in the airport, located right before passing through customs. It is much safer to withdraw money there ... more

Visa and Documents and Embassies

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Who needs a visa? How to get it? Embassies & Consulates, of the country abroad and in the country from morocco to peru plaise

Borders and Customs

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Post and Communications and Internet

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Internet Access
In the main cities, is extremely easy to find internet cafes (cabina de internet).

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Questions and Answers or Forum

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Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories above. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospi ... more

Hospitality Club Meetings

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Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.

Travelogues

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Have you written a story about a trip to this country? Just paste your text in here and share your experience with other members.

Photos

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Here you can include photos that are hosted somewhere on the internet. As with maps, you have to make sure that it is ok for us to use the photos here (so they should be either your photos, or you should ask the owner), and that it is allright to call them up from here.

Activities and Sports

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Nightlife and Entertainment

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Bars
Some of the nicest, coolest and expensive bars are located in San Isidro and Miraflores districts: Las Brujas de Cachiche, Bar O, Bohemia, Astrid&Gaston bar.

If you are looking for some laid back bars, with wooden tables and chairs, good music and lots of beer, go straight to Barranco. There are plenty of bars around the main plaza. All time favorites: La Noche (www.lanoche.com.pe), Mochileros Bar, La Posada del Angel.

Special mention: a bar with social res ... more

Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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Language and Useful Phrases

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There are many Spanish school in Peru, one of the biggest attraction is to learn and travel. 4-8 weeks of Spanish will give you a very strong basic and you will get to know all the major tourist attractions, Here is a list of some of the Spanish schools in Peru: Spanish School Cusco Peru

Events and Holidays

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Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

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Check this site run by the Peruvian Weather Service, specially designed for tourists!

http://www.senamhi.gob.pe/prono/pron_peru_tur_ing.php

Geography

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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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Tourist Traps

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Health

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History

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Government and Politics

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Economy

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GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

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Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

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Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

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Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Shopping

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

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Official Country Website: Peru Travel Machu Picchu Vacations
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Offtopic Messages

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Here you can add messages that are not exactly related to the aims of the Hospitality Club (but related to the country). Do you need a visa invitation? Looking for an internship, job or a flat to rent? Just add this here, and if you are lucky other members will read it and contact you. Remember: do not send messages like this directly to members - after giving you this space here, we will fight spam even more strictly!
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