Facts of Peru

Facts of Peru

Read more about hygiene, transport and price levels in connection with your trip to Peru.

Language: Quechua and Spanish

Capital: Lima

Population: 30, 7 mill.

Religion: Roman Catholic

Currency: Solar

Surface1 285 216 km2

Worth knowing

Height

Our trips in Peru can involve some hiking, which presupposes that you are in generally good physical shape and can move without help. The trip is not suitable for people who walk badly, use a walker or wheelchair. The transport is preferably by bus, but there are several opportunities to move your legs. The journeys are at a relatively high altitude and this is something that will affect your general condition. Most symptoms can be avoided if you follow a few basic rules: take it easy on arrival, avoid alcohol and drink about 3-4 liters of water a day for the first 3-4 days. The tour guide will provide more information about this.

Travel insurance

Since the general health insurance does not cover costs for travel home and care, you should definitely take out travel insurance that covers both costs for care and any home transport. Furthermore, we recommend that the insurance covers luggage in the event of damaged or lost luggage. Albatros Travel cooperates with Gouda Reseförsäkring and we are happy to help you take out travel insurance.

Time difference

The time difference between Sweden and Peru varies depending on whether Sweden has summer or winter time:

Summer time
– 7 hours Winter time – 6 hours

Transport in Peru

Bus The
buses in the region do not meet the same standard as we are used to in Europe, but we make sure that our buses maintain a good standard.

Trains
On train journeys we travel in the best possible class. There is a big difference between different departures, but we strive to use the best connections. It is not always the same standard as in Europe, but train travel is always an experience!

Flights
On our round trips we often fly longer distances with domestic flights. Prior to such flights, the tour guide informs about the time of departure and what applies at check-in at the airport.

Price level

You can get a good meal for about 70 Swedish kronor. If you want to buy extra drinks etc., you should expect around SEK 90-160 extra per person and day. This amount is enough for, for example, drinks, postcards, stamps, ice cream and tips. If you want to buy souvenirs or something else, you need to bring extra money in addition to this.

Tip

On our travels, you come into contact with everyday life in Peru, including conditions that may not appeal to you, or that you are not used to, such as the tip system. In many countries, tips are a more organized phenomenon than we Swedes are used to, and you are expected to leave some tips to local guides and drivers during the trip. We enter an amount in our travel program so that you can count on this when you make up your travel budget at home. The price of the trip does not include the cost of tips as you decide how much you want to give during the trip. The tip system is part of the culture you visit and something you should therefore follow and respect. In Peru, tips are widely accepted in the tourism industry. It is normal for a traveler to pay tips to bus drivers, local guides, hotel piccolos, in restaurants, etc.

As a first-time traveler to Peru, it can be tricky to know how much you leave to different people. But with one or two dollars you get far! In practice, it is possible to arrange for the tour guide to collect money for the entire trip and ensure that the right people get what they need. We would like to emphasize that it is of course voluntary to tip, even if it is common practice.

Bars, cafés and nightclubs as well as restaurants in hotels often add a 10-15% service charge to the bill. This is stated in the bill, but in addition it is customary to tip the waiter an additional 5% of the entire bill.

Currency and credit cards

The Peruvian currency is called Nuevo sol (currency code PEN) and is available in both coins and banknotes. Keep in mind that many banknotes and coins are similar and are therefore easy to confuse. The most common currency is the US dollar, which can be converted to solar everywhere. The tour guide will be happy to help you find suitable places to change money. MasterCard, Visa, Diners and American Express can be used as payment cards at most major hotels and in some stores. MasterCard and Visa can be used to withdraw cash (solar) at ATMs in most cities (not in the rainforest).

The price of sun is relatively stable. In general, you can not buy sun in Sweden. In Peru, you can change at the airport, at banks, exchange offices and at most hotels. Remember to check the money. It is a good idea to bring a suitable amount of banknotes to pay for taxis, local purchases and meals.

Electricity

Like Sweden, Peru has 220 volts. Normally flat pins are used, but the type may vary. You should therefore bring an adapter kit with many options.

Telephone and internet

According to allcitycodes, the international country code for Peru is +51. It is expensive to call home, so feel free to consult with your mobile operator regarding coverage and prices for calls from Peru.

Internet cafés are now available in most cities, but we know from experience that it can be difficult to have time to visit such places other than during your own time or after the end of the day’s program. Most hotels have internet service, but expect a slower connection compared to home. Some hotels charge extra for this.

Facts of Peru