Peru: FAQs

Our frequently asked questions about travel to Peru. If you have any other questions, please contact your travel designer or concierge.

Do I need any vaccinations before I go away to Peru?

Please seek professional medical advice and recheck close to the date of travel as the situation may change.

No vaccinations are required for travel to Peru but we recommend asking your health practitioner about Yellow Fever when visiting the Amazon and some other remote areas. A yellow fever vaccination could be required for those travelling onwards to a country that requires proof of the vaccination, it is important that you are able to present your certificate.

What is recommended for all is that you ensure you are up to date with hepatitis A, typhoid and routine immunisations – specifically tetanus-diphtheria, measles-mumps-rubella, polio, and varicella.

Do I need to take malaria tablets?

Malaria risk is in remote areas and the Amazon. Check with your medical advisor about the areas you are going to before travelling to see whether you should bring malaria tablets with you. We recommend you bring some mosquito spray if you are travelling to areas outside of Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Travelling at altitude

Altitude sickness can affect everyone and to different degrees, it tends to be quite random. From our experience travelling through these regions, we recommend you take it easy the first day and not to physically exert yourself.

Being dehydrated can have a big impact on feeling altitude and it’s very easy to become dehydrated after travel and taking flights. We strongly recommend you stay well hydrated and have meals which are easy to digest and avoid alcohol that first day whilst acclimatising. Some of our guests take medication and so you may wish to speak with your doctor about this.

Do I need to get a visa?

To enter Peru, visas are not required by EU, US or Canadian citizens. Please note that this information can change at short-notice and we recommend checking again closer to the date of travel.

NB. Your passport should be valid for at least six months from the date of entry in Peru.

What should I bring in terms of currency?

We recommend bringing some of the local currency (Peruvian Soles) with you if you can, to cover incidental purchases before you have access to an ATM. US Dollars are also accepted widely, though you will have to keep an eye on the exchange rate given. ATMs in major towns and cities will dispense local currency and USD Dollars. Hotels will accept most major credit cards.

Travellers’ cheques are accepted in some hotels in Peru. However we don’t usually suggest bringing them as they can be troublesome and time consuming to change.  Cash machines are always nearby in big cities, but you must be sure to look for the relevant symbol on the machine for your card to ensure it is an international machine. Credit cards are accepted with almost as much frequency as they are at home; all major credit cards are accepted in most places. Some restaurants and shops may ask to see your passport (or a photocopy) when you use your credit card. This is a precaution against fraud.