Travel Facts

City Codes
LIM: Lima
AQP: Arequipa
CUZ: Cuzco
IQT: Iquitos
TRU: Trujillo
Entry requirements: Valid U.S. passport.
Taxes/Surcharges: International departure tax: $25.
Machu Picchu Park Entrance Fee: $10
Hotel taxes & service charges: Most tour packages already include 13% hotel taxes and service charges.
Tipping: Restaurants include a 10% surcharge: for exceptional service 5-10% extra. Taxi drivers are not tipped.
Currency: Nuevo Sol. Credit cards widely accepted, ATMs in major cities. Banking hours: April - December 9:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., January - March 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.).
Shopping: Peru offers an irresistible selection of hand woven textiles, rugs, and sweaters made from alpaca. Popular purchases include dolls, gold and silver filigree jewelry, hand painted mirrors, and very popular llama fur rugs. Iquitos has an intriguing array of jungle handicrafts and weapons including necklaces, blowguns, and spears. Cuzco excels in all things made from llama and alpaca. There are also chic boutiques in Lima's fashionable Miraflores area, and in suburban San Isidro's modern Centro Camino Real shopping center. Lima shopping hours: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday.
Food and Drink: Peru has extraordinary, exotic food plus international favorites. In Peru try the many excellent restaurants that specialize in traditional foods like: anticuchos (marinated beef heart grilled over charcoal), chupe (savory gruel usually made with shrimp or fish), papas a la huancaina (spicy cream sauce served over potatoes), ceviche de corvina (raw sea bass marinated in lemon). The list is endless. Aji is spicy Peruvian hot sauce, and many dishes are prepared or served with it. Also Peru's chifas are considered the best Chinese restaurants outside the Orient. In the Iquitos and Amazon areas the specialties are unusual regional fruits and outstanding river fish. In Cuzco, seemingly endless varieties of corn and potatoes (over 100 varieties) make every meal an adventure. Peru's traditional drink is pisco sour made from grape brandy with egg white, lemon juice and sugar. Good Peruvian wine (Tacama) is available, and the national beer is excellent. Peru's big soft drink is Inca Cola.
Telephone Area Codes:(51) country code; Lima (14), Arequipa (54), Iquitos (94), Trujillo(44) and Cuzco (84)

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