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Before to coming to Peru

Tourist Visas – Citizens from most countries in the Americas and Western Europe do not require visas to enter Peru. Bolivians, Colombians, Ecuadorians, Brazilians, and Chileans may enter determined regions of the country just by presenting their national identification documents. The maximum authorized length of stay is 90 days.

Language – The official languages are Spanish (80% of the population), Quechua (Andean and highland regions), and Aymara (in the Puno high plateau). In addition, there are around 50 native languages. It is possible to communicate in English with tourist services workers such as tourist guides, travel agency employees and 3 to 5-star hotels staff.

Currency and forms of payment – The official currency of Peru is the  Sol (S/). The U.S. Dollar is accepted in some local businesses, restaurants and gas stations at the day’s exchange rate. It is also possible to exchange foreign currency (US$ and Euros) at hotels, banks and authorized exchange houses. Working hours for most banks and exchange houses are from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. Monday through Friday and Saturdays to 12:00 P.M.

The country’s main cities have ATMs that accept different kinds of debit and credit cards. The most widely accepted credit cards are:  VISA and MasterCard.

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Health care – Peru generally maintains good health conditions. Hospitals and clinics provide adequate services, specially in Lima and the other main cities. It is recommended that you take the proper measures to protect yourself, specially from mosquito bites, in order to prevent infection from, among other diseases, yellow fever (vaccination) and malaria (repellant and medication). Consult your doctor before traveling. A yellow fever vaccination is required for traveling to jungle cities, and it must be administered at least 10 days before your trip. If not, it will not be effective.

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