Hygiene conditions are slightly worse than in Western Europe. Hotels and larger restaurants, on the other hand, usually meet modern / western standards. Out in the city and in the country, you can count on going to so-called pedal toilets, and that there is a lack of toilet paper. The standard of public toilets or in the countryside can thus be relatively primitive. Bring your own toilet paper, wet wipes and perhaps hand sanitizer (available at Swedish pharmacies, for example), so you will not be as dependent on access to water.
Customs and traditions
Peruvians are generally open and treat tourists in a friendly way. People generally do not care about how you behave. It is instead assumed that you as a visitor to the country have familiarized yourself with the country’s customs and usages.
Although the locals are usually used to many tourists, it is expected that local customs and practices are respected. More important than anything else is nature conservation. Most often, the areas we visit are completely protected, and the preservation of these areas has the highest priority among the authorities and the local population. You should therefore listen extra carefully when the tour guide and local guide during the trip inform about nature reserves.
Smoking is prohibited during all flights, train and bus transport. Smoking is also prohibited in most restaurants and hotels. If you are unsure, consult your tour guide about what applies.
Passport and visa Peru
Read about passports and visas when traveling to Peru.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months after the return journey. No visa is required to Peru for stays of 90 days, but you must send a copy of the photo page of your passport to Albatros Travel, so that we can send the necessary information to the airline.
Get more information about vaccinations in connection with trips to Peru.
When you stay at an altitude of more than 2,500 meters, there is a risk that you will suffer from altitude sickness. To avoid this, it is important that you do not ascend more than 4-500 meters per day, and that you drink plenty of fluids and acclimatize before continuing higher up.
The symptoms of altitude sickness are headaches, dizziness and shortness of breath. If your symptoms persist or get worse, you should immediately make sure to come down to a lower altitude.
There is basically malaria throughout Peru when staying under 1,500 meters, especially in the Amazon region. You must also be very careful and prevent mosquito bites (mosquito spray with DEET or AUTAN, use of impregnated mosquito net or stay in hotels with air conditioning). The malaria mosquito only stings when it has become dark.
It has been observed that older people sometimes have a tendency to have more severe side effects and therefore one should be careful about vaccinating the elderly.
If you do not want to be vaccinated against yellow fever because of this, you should ask a doctor or the clinic where you are vaccinated to write in the vaccination card that you have not been vaccinated against yellow fever for medical reasons. This is accepted by the immigration authorities.
Get an overview of Peru’s climate and weather – from the capital Lima and the Inca ruins city of Cuzco at the foot of the Andes. See also temperatures for the city of Iquito in the Amazon in the north.
|Cuzco (Machu Pichu)|
According to bridgat, climate in Peru varies with geographical differences. West of the Andes, and towards the coast it is drier with a desert-like climate, while the Amazon rainforest towards the Brazilian border in the east has a tropical climate. The climate is affected by the Andes mountain range, which with a cooler temperate climate means that it is not predominantly tropical in the country. There are also earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions in Peru.
Peru is located in western South America with coastline to the Pacific Ocean and land borders to Ecuador , Colombia , Brazil , Argentina and Chile. The Andes mountain range stretches across the country, separating the arid, desert-like coast from the humid Amazon jungle. In northern Peru is the country’s highest mountain, Huascaran at 6,768 meters. And this high mountain is accompanied by others. Over a distance of 160 km rises over a thousand mountains more than 6,000 meters up. Many of these are volcanoes. In the high mountains, many rivers have their origins. They run down through the jungle region to the east or down through the desert-like coastline and out into the Pacific Ocean. The fertile oases around the rivers in the otherwise arid coastal area are the country’s best agricultural areas. Cotton and sugar cane are grown here, while the highlands’ agricultural areas are used for maize, beans and as pasture for livestock and llamas. Tambo sheep in the mountains can share space and feed with wild llama species such as guanaco and vikunja.