HEALTH & SAFETY
Food and Water
Food in Lima is very diverse, with a mix of traditional cuisine and international fusions. There are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. As you stray from larger cities, food options are more limited. We’re happy to help you navigate your taste and dietary restrictions. Please let us know in advance as well, so that we can notify accommodations and tour operators.
Tap water in Peru, is not safe to drink. Only drink bottle water or filtered water or ice made with filtered water.
Medical Information / Vaccines
According to the CDC:
ALL TRAVELLERS -
(You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.)
Measles and routine vaccines (Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot).
MOST TRAVELLERS -
(Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the country you are visiting.)
Hepatitis A: CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Peru, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
Typhoid: You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Peru. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.
SOME TRAVELLERS -
(Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US.)
Hepatitis B, Rabies, Malaria, Yellow fever.
Talk with your doctor about taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs with you on your trip in case you get sick.
Ceviche is a popular Peruvian dish of raw fish or seafood that is “cooked” in an acidic marinade. CDC recommends that travelers avoid raw seafood, but if you must try the ceviche in Peru, stick to clean, established restaurants.
Reduce the exposure to germs
With COVID19 and other diseases, it is extremely important for travelers to follow these tips to avoid getting sick or spreading illness.
Follow these tips to avoid getting sick or spreading illness to others while traveling:
1. Wash your hands often, especially before eating.
2. If soap and water aren’t available, clean hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
3. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
4. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
5. Try to avoid contact with people who are sick.
6. If you are sick, stay home or in your hotel room, unless you need medical care. Please let us know and we'll help you.
Positrips is able to provide face masks, hand sanitizer, and gloves to our travelers. Please let us know if you’d like these for your trip.
Maintain personal security
Use the same common sense traveling overseas that you would at home, and always stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
Before you leave
1. Research your destination(s), including local laws, customs, and culture.
2. Monitor travel warnings and alerts and read travel tips.
3. Leave a copy of your itinerary, contact information, credit cards, and passport with someone at home.
While at your destination(s)
1. Carry contact information for the nearest embassy or consulate of your country of origin.
2. Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp; leave the actual passport securely in your hotel. (unless required by a specific tour or activity)
3. Follow all local laws and social customs.
4. Do not wear expensive jewelry.
5. Always keep hotel doors locked, and store valuables in secure areas.
6. To call for emergency services while in Peru, dial 116 for the fire department and 105 for the police. Write these numbers down to carry with you during your trip.
7. Learn as much as you can about Peru before you travel there.
Healthy Travel Packing List
1. Traveler's diarrhea antibiotic
2. Suture/syringe kit - Kit is for use by local health care provider & requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery
3. Altitude sickness medicine
4. Medicine to prevent malaria
Please see our post on altitude sickness:
Travel insurance is useful in cases of medical emergencies, theft, and/or loss of belongings. To make a claim on your insurance, visit your nearest police station to file a report on your incident.
The Peruvian currency is called, Sol: one sol, two soles. The smallest coin is 5 cents of a sol, and the biggest bill is 200 soles.
El Sol is not very stable so check updated currency exchange rates online. At the time of research 1 USD was worth 3.421 soles, which is the cost of an ice cream.
You can easily take out money in the ATM or exchange your currency in the big cities and airports. Don’t forget to let your local bank know that you are coming to Peru so they make your cards available for use during your trip.
The easiest and safest way is using Uber app or Cabify app. Public transportation is not well organized and we do not recommend it.
Which countries need visa to enter?
Learn more about Peru’s visa policies here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Peru
Travelers from USA, Canada, and Europe do not require visas.
List of international and national airports
You can find all of Peru’s international and national airports here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_airports_in_Peru
It is common to tip in Peru. 10% tip is the usual and fair tip. You tip mostly in restaurants and people who help you with luggage in hotels or airports.
Weather seasons in Peru by cities
16 celsius = ~61 F
Lima: Summer is from December 22 to March 21 and winter from June 22 to September 22. When this city is visited at the right station, it is much more enjoyable. The sun gives it a special touch and colonial Lima is much more picturesque when it is sunny. The best time to visit Lima is in the summer.
Northern Coast: The only place in Peru where it is always hot is the north. The best time to visit is from December to March, where it is hotter, the water is warmer, and there are better waves.
Jungle: The seasons in the Peruvian jungle are divided into high tide (from December to May) and low tide (from June to November). The season with the most rain is high tide, where the jungle receives 60% of its annual rainfall.
Cusco: Winter in Cusco is the best time to visit it because the climate is much drier (May to October) and there are not so many rains. The prices for the ideal time are higher.
Puno: The months of January, February, March and December have a high chance of precipitation. Puno has dry periods in May, June, July and August. The warmest month is October with an average maximum temperature of 18°C (64°F). The coldest month is July with an average maximum temperature of 16°C (19°F). The best time to visit Puno is during dry periods.
Where can I buy tickets to Macchu Picchu?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you with tickets.
How can I organize a personalized trip with Positrips?
1. Go to “contact us,” fill out the form, select your desired tours and activities, and let us know anything else you’d need help with: plane tickets, transportation, accommodations, etc.
2. Once you’ve decided your tours/activities, we’ll start planning your adventure!
3. Please email email@example.com if you have any other questions/comments.
What currencies do you accept for payment?
We accept USD and Soles (Peruvian currency)
What is the method of payment?
Paypal (international credit cards accepted), Venmo, Bank transfer to our US account.
Can I cancel a trip I’ve already paid for?
It depends on the activities/tours. Some do not accept cancelations due to limited capacity and high demand.
For the rest of the services, you can cancel 1 week beforehand. We’ll let you know which tours and activities don’t accept cancelations.
Will I get a refund if I need to cancel my trip?
Some tours/activities do not accept cancelations, therefore will not give you a refund. We'll let you know beforehand which tours/activities will not give you a refund. For the rest of tours/activities and services you will get it if you cancel 1 week before your trip.
Can I change my reservation?
Some tours/activities do not accept changes. We will let you know beforehand which ones. For the rest of tours/activities and services (transportations, accomodations, tickets) you will be able to make changes until 1 week before your trip.
Can I buy a gift card?
Yes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org