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|FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TRAVEL IN PERU|
1) HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET TO PERU?
|To Lima on a non-stop flight:|
|From Miami||From New York||From Los Angeles|
|5 1/2 hours||8 hours||8 1/2 hours|
2) HOW DO I GET AROUND PERU ONCE I'M THERE?
|With the exception of Nazca, you fly to all the major destinations even if you go between some of them by surface travel.|
3) WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PLACES TO VISIT ONCE THERE?
|Lima deserves 2 to 3 days to have time to visit the excellent museums and begin shopping.|
After Lima, the most important places to visit and the average stay are:
4) WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT PERU?
|Lima is temperate all year so other
destinations often are the determining factor. The Amazon is hot and humid all year, with
the heaviest rains December through April. Cuzco, at 11,600 feet altitude, and Machu
Picchu (at only 8,000 feet) are generally cool to cooler, depending on cloud cover, winds
and seasons: on a cloudless day in July, the coldest month, shirt sleeves may well suffice
but on a cloudy windy day in January, a light jacket might be needed.
|For more specific weather information on selected cities, click here.|
5) IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL IN PERU?
|Despite the December 1996 terrorist seizing of the Japanese Embassy and the ensuing hostage situation, tourists have never been a target of any terrorist group. The Sendero Luminoso is no longer active; the Tupac Amaru were devastated by the Peruvian government's retaking of the Japanese Embassy. So the bottom line is: Peru has its share of petty thievery against tourists and normal everyday crime, but if you follow the universal rule of "normal precautions" (don't flash money, jewelry, camera equipment; don't go out alone at night; don't venture into less than desirable neighborhoods) you will probably be as safe as anywhere. If you like to walk and explore crowded, colorful, bustling Indian markets, you should take extra precautions from pick-pockets - use a leg sock, in-clothing pouch or some other hidden compartment for your valuables and excess cash, keeping in your pockets only what you expect to need that day.|
6) WHAT ENTRY DOCUMENTS DO I NEED?
|U.S. citizens need a valid passport and an entry form-tourist card which is provided by your air carrier either at the ticket counter when checking in for your flight to Peru or once on-board. (NOTE: Other nationalities should check with the nearest Peruvian Consulate to determine correct entry requirements.)|
7) WHAT OTHER COUNTRIES CAN I VISIT AT THE SAME TIME?
|Peru is generally visited one of four ways:|
|A) As a single destination - going only to Peru and visiting multiple places within the country|
|B) In conjunction with Ecuador, for a two country Andes and Indian program|
|C) In conjunction with Ecuador and Bolivia for an "Andes and Incas" program|
|D) As part of an Around South America multiple country program|