Travelers with a US or Canadian passport do not need a visa to enter Peru for up to 90 days for tourism or business. For those traveling with a passport from another country other than the US or Canada; for the mercosur you can enter with your DNI,RG,Id card,etc.
We recommend your passport to be valid at least 6 months following the end of your trip for entry into Peru. If it expires sooner, you may want to get a renewal
Yes. There are ATM machines in the main cities such as Lima, Arequipa and Cusco. We recommend using the ones located inside some hotels, stores, restaurants or banks. Be cautious as some thieves may watch these machines and target tourists and others who take out large amounts of cash. Consult with your guide for safety recommendations on ATM's or exchanging money.
We consider Peru a safe destination. After more than 20 years of operating trips to Peru, our travelers have never experienced a problem with safety, whether in the cities or trekking routes.
Machu Picchu is actually lower in elevation than Cusco (7,874' versus 11,150').
Peru's weather varies drastically depending on the region and season.
Andean Highlands (Cusco, Arequipa & Lake Titicaca): Cooler, with daytime highs in the upper 60's to mid 70's and nighttime lows between 30°F and 42°F. Weather is cooler yet sunnier and clearer during the dry season months of April through November. See more at Cusco forecast
Macchu Picchu: A sub-tropical cloud forest region that is warmer and more humid than Cusco and the Sacred Valley area. Daytime temperatures reach the lower to mid 80's and nighttime temperatures fall to the upper 40's to mid 50's. Chances of showers year-round, but the driest months are May through September. See more at Machu Picchu forecast
The Amazon: Hot and humid, with daytime highs in the upper 80's to mid 90's and nighttime lows in the upper 60's to low 70's. Heat, rain and humidity are at their highest during the wet season months of December through April. Chances of rain year-round with the heaviest rains from January through March. See more at Iquitos Forecast
The Coast (Lima and Paracas): Warm and generally overcast year-round, with little rain but high humidity. Hot and mostly clear during the summer months of January, February and March. Highs in the low 80's and lows in the 60's, with slightly cooler weather in June, July, and August. See more at Lima forecast
Due to the mountain location, it is not possible to actually view the sunrise over the horizon from Machu Picchu. What is commonly referred to as sunrise at Machu Picchu occurs when the first light strikes the citadel itself. This happens between 6:30am and 7:20am depending on the month. The gates to the ruins open at about 6:00am which should allow anyone wishing to witness this phenomenon time to locate a special spot within the citadel. There are early buses up to the ruins from Machu Picchu Town for those staying at the Pueblo Hotel to enjoy 3-4 hours at Machu Picchu before most tourist trains arrive at about 10:00am.
Gradual exposure to higher elevations and time are the best ways to acclimatize. If possible, try to arrive to Cusco (elevation 11,150') a day early. Drink plenty of water, eat lightly and avoid alcoholic beverages for the first day or two. Many travelers find that drinking coca tea is also effective. Upgrades are available to boutique hotels with an oxygen-enriched suite amenity. This is highly effective in countering the effects of altitude for a good night's sleep.