Peru is a country with basically free access. Most countries in America and Western Europe do not require a tourist visa to enter Peru, and the maximum length of stay granted by the authorities is 183 days (it cannot be extended). For a stay for a longer period with other objectives (business, study, work, etc.) it is necessary to previously request the corresponding visa to the Peruvian consulates.
To enter Peru, it is an essential requirement to present a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months from the date of entry into the national territory. Citizens of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia and Chile can enter with their national identification document.
Supreme Decree No. 041-2022-PCM establishes that Peruvians, resident foreigners and non-resident foreigners aged 12 or over whose final destination is the national territory, as passengers and regardless of the country of origin, must prove that they have applied the first and second dose of vaccination against COVID-19 in Peru or abroad, and the third dose for those over 18 years of age who reside in the country and are authorized to receive it, according to current protocol.
Failing that, they can present a negative molecular test with a result date of no more than 48 hours before boarding at their point of origin. Children under 12 years of age only need to be asymptomatic to board. Those people who show symptoms upon arrival in the national territory enter mandatory isolation, according to regulations on the matter.
The National Health Authority is empowered to take diagnostic tests for COVID-19 for passengers arriving in the country, establishing complementary health measures for positive cases.
It is mandatory to complete the Affidavit of Health and Geolocation Authorization within 72 hours prior to the trip. Likewise, during their transfer to Peru and in closed spaces, passengers must use adequate respiratory protection (double mask or a mask with high filtration capacity: N95, KN95, etc.).
Peru has a great variety of places to visit, it is also thanks to the great biodiversity that exists here, that allows visitors to have several options when they decide to do tourism in this beautiful country.
We show you a list of the main tourist places to visit Peru.
The answer is no. Without knowing how to speak Spanish, you can travel throughout Peru and visit all the places you want, from the best known to the less crowded. In addition, most tourist sites have guides trained to speak English, a language with which most tourists communicate.
If you want to have a closer trip, do experiential tourism and get closer to local communities, speaking Spanish will be a plus that will improve your experience. It should be noted that there are communities and places in the country where other languages are spoken, such as Quechua or Aymara. If you learn just a few basic words in Spanish, there will be no problem moving from one place to another, ordering your food in a restaurant or making a payment.
You can visit Peru throughout the year, but there is a season that is from March to October, because it is the dry season. The rainiest months are January and February. The high tourist season is between June and August; there are some dates where you can find the cheapest tickets and it is between September and October.
Altitude sickness or soroche, as it is also known in the Andes, is a disease caused by a lack of oxygen in the body. As we go higher, the atmospheric pressure is lower, that’s why we feel that “we are short of breath”.
It happens when you ascend abruptly to altitudes above 2,400 meters above sea level, such as when you travel from Lima (161 meters above sea level) to Cusco (3,399 meters above sea level) by plane.
Symptoms of altitude sickness
Altitude sickness is very easy to recognize by its symptoms. As less oxygen reaches the body, you feel:
Headache: lack of oxygen increases capillary pressure and swelling of the head, causing pain. This symptom occurs in 80% of the cases of people who suddenly rise above 3,000 m in altitude.
Dizziness and nausea: It is normal to feel a little pressure in the head that causes dizziness and mild nausea.
General tiredness: the lack of oxygen causes a feeling of fatigue that must be dealt with by resting and slowing down the movements. The recommendation is to walk slowly, not to run or shake.
Swelling of the hands and feet: it is one of the most common symptoms and the first to disappear once the body acclimatizes to the altitude.
It is believed that altitude sickness does not affect people who are fit, but this is a myth. There are other factors such as age, ascending too quickly, doing physical activity without being acclimatized, sleeping poorly, overeating, or hydrating too little that also take their toll.
Travel through Peru and get to know the variety that this beautiful country has to offer its visitors