– International calls to Peru:
Landline phone: 00 + 51 + city code + phone number
Mobile phone: 00 + 51 + phone number
Wireless coverage reaches the majority of the country. Payphones are available in most cities and villages; they can be operated using coins .
– Post offices are located throughout all regions of the country. For more information, go to www.serpost.com.pe
Some cities in Peru are above 4,800 masl, especially in the mountains of the southern and central regions. If you climb up into the mountains by road it is recommended that you travel gradually to prevent altitude sickness and that you rest when you arrive to allow your body to acclimatize. It is advisable to rest on the first day of your arrival, to eat light meals and to drink enough liquids and coca tea (“mate de coca”). If you suffer from heart trouble consult your doctor before traveling.
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 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 possible to exchange foreign currency (US$ and Euros) at hotels, banks, and authorized exchange houses. For questions about the exchange rate, go to www.sbs.gob.pe or www.sunat.gob.pe
– The main hand made craft stores are found in the markets on avenue Petit Thouars in Miraflores in Lima and San Pedro market as well Artisanal Center at the Sol avenue in Cusco. It is also possible to purchase crafts in the city’s main shopping centers.
– The sales tax (IGV) is 19%.
– Most stores, shopping centers, and hand made craft markets are open seven days a week (including holidays) from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M.
– You may bargain with street, market, and beach vendors on the price of some articles.
Most cities in Peru offer a variety of nightlife. In Lima, there are peñas (locales offering traditional live music), disco techs, pubs, and night clubs in several districts, yet the most popular are found in Miraflores, San Isidro, and Barranco. The location of nightlife locales in Cusco as well another cities is normally in the downtown (main square and its surroundings).
Food and Drinks
Peruvian cuisine is characterized by a wide variety of traditional dishes from the coast, highlands, and jungle. Some are usually spicy or intensely seasoned, which is why we suggest you learn about them before ordering.
Pisco brandy is the national drink of Peru and, besides the famous Pisco Sour, it is served in countless other ways. Chicha morada (purple corn juice), chica de jora (corn beer), and aguaje (drink made from aguaje palm fruits) are also traditional drinks from Peru that you can enjoy during your trip throughout all of Peru.
The amount of a tip will vary and depend upon how satisfied you are with the service given. An appropriate tip is considered betwen 10% or 20% of the bill.