Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens Reconsider Travel due to crime. Exercise increased caution due to civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport will not expire for at least 6 months after they enter the country even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least 1 blank page in their passport for any entry stamp that will be required. A visa is required, but US citizens may obtain the visa upon entering the country.

US Embassy/Consulate

[51] (1) 618-2000; US Embassy in Lima, Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n, Surco, Lima 33, Peru;;

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

011, 5114


An International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever is required for travelers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission and for travelers having transited through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. See WHO recommendations.


Varies from tropical in east to dry desert in west; temperate to frigid in Andes

Currency (Code)

Nuevo sol (PEN)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

220 V / 60 Hz / plug types(s): A, C

Plug Type APlug Type C

Major Languages

Spanish, Quechua, Aymara, Ashaninka

Major Religions

Roman Catholic 60%, Christian 14.6% (includes evangelical 11.1%, other 3.5%)

Time Difference

UTC-5 (same time as Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit

Suggested; additionally, if you plan to drive in Peru, you will need an Inter-American Driving Permit issued by the AAA

Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Machu Picchu; Cusco's architectural treasures; Lake Titicaca; Colca Canyon; Lima; Nazca Lines; Qhapaq Nan/Andean Road System

Major Sports

Soccer, volleyball, tennis

Cultural Practices

Slapping the bottom of one elbow with the open palm of the other hand means someone is cheap.

Tipping Guidelines

Most restaurant and bar bills will include a 10% gratuity. It is customary to add an extra 10% tip if the service has been satisfactory. Tipping is not expected for taxis and fares are negotiated beforehand. One Nuevo sol per bag for porters is appreciated.


Alpaca wool sweaters, scarves, and Chullo hats; pottery; sterling silver jewelry; leather goods; carved gourds

Traditional Cuisine

Ceviche — chunks of raw fish marinated in lime juice, mixed with onions, chili peppers, and garlic; fish bone broth, salt, and pepper are used for seasoning

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Friday, December 16, 2022