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Travel Information of Peru


No visa is necessary for most countries (check with the Peruvian Embassy in your home country). The tourist visa will allow you 90 days in Peru. You are allowed a maximum of three 30-day extensions for up 180 days (6 months) in Argentina. Each extension will cost you about $ 25.00. You might want to consider just crossing the (Bolivian or Chilean) border, if you need more time in Peru. It'll take you about two days and you'll be guaranteed another 90 days.

What to Bring

  • Dictionary
  • Spanish grammar book in your own language (there are no Spanish grammar books or dictionaries available in Cusco)
  • Email addresses
  • A guidebook
  • Novels
  • A small gift for the guest family
  • A warm jumper/sweater
  • A raincoat
  • Walking shoes/hiking boots
  • Sleeping bag (for Inca Trail, although these can be rented as well)
  • Water purification tablets (can be bought in Cusco as well)
  • Pocket knife
  • Torch/flashlight


Colca Canyon in Arequipa, PeruColca Canyon in Arequipa, Peru

Jetlag is caused by disruption of your "body clock" - a small cluster of brain cells that controls the timing of biological functions (circadian rhythms), including when you eat and sleep. The body clock is designed for a regular rhythm of daylight and darkness, so that it is thrown out of "sync" when it experiences daylight and darkness at the "wrong" times in a new time zone. The symptoms of Jetlag often persist for days while the internal body clock slowly adjusts to the new time zone. Abstaining from alcoholic beverages while on board (and drinking lots of water instead) is both a physical and a mental remedy--it helps to offset dehydration and it promotes mental clarity. There is no quick fix to alleviate all the symptoms of jetlag. There is no single pill or remedy for all these symptoms. We can cope, however, with a little consciousness in our daily life. First of all, spend some time outside during daylight hours. Even being in a room with windows helps to enlighten our body clocks. it is also important, you adjust your bedtime to the new, local timetable as soon as possible. Along with the adoption of the local bedtime, try doing what the locals do: their food preferences, meal times, recreational activities, and even the way they dress.


The rainy season in Cusco occurs from November through March. Students may still walk the Inca Trail, however, it may be wet at times. During the dry season, from April to October, the weather is generally sunny. Temperatures are hot during the day and cold at night. It is recommended that students bring a wet weather coat and a warm coat for the nights and inside buildings, as they don't have heating.

Money in Peru

The currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol. At the time of writing USD $1.00 was equal to S/. 2.75. There are a number of automatic contador machines that take credit cards and there are numerous "Casas de Cambio" where Travellers Checks may be cashed. There are ATM machines, which are Banco Latino and Banco del Sur. It is useful to arrive with American dollars.


The following list gives you some indication of what you may wish to plan for during your stay in Cusco. Taxis $1.15; local transport $0.25; a set meal/menu in restaurant $ 3.00; a beer in a nightclub $1.85; a cappuccino in a trendy café/bar $2.20; international phone call $0,40 per minute; laundry service $1.85 per kilo; email service $0.60/hr.


Generally, it'll be no problem to contact home, either by phone, mail, fax or internet. Long distance phone calls are about $ 0.40 per minute. There are lots of cybercafes in Cusco, the price for an hour of internet is about $ 0.60.

Health Care

It is recommended that prior to arrival, students undertake a thorough medical examination, purchase health insurance and consult their physician about the necessary injections. You should be protected against typhoid, polio, tetanus and hepatitis. A yellow fever vaccination is only required if you are going to the jungle. Check malaria prophylactics for all lowland rural areas to be visited (there is no malaria in the Cusco area!). Vaccination against cholera is not necessary. Further information on health risks abroad, vaccinations etc. may be available from your local travel clinic.

Altitude Sickness (soroche)

Some people experience some discomfort at this altitude. We recommend at least a couple of hours of rest prior to the commencement of classes (or any other activity). The symptoms of altitude sickness or soroche are headaches, dizziness, stomach upset and tiredness. These symptoms can be managed by reducing the alcohol intake; drinking lots of fluids (coca tea!); eating light meals and getting plenty of rest.


Watch out for sunburn at high altitude. The ultraviolet rays are extremely powerful. The air is also excessively dry at high altitude and you might find that your skin dries; use a moisturiser and some vaseline.

Travelling in Peru

Generally, it is pretty safe and relatively easy to travel around by yourself in Peru. There are buses, planes, taxis etc. All over the country as well as hotels of all categories. There are all kinds of travellers and tourists around and it will be easy to meet other people.

Transports between Lima and Cusco

Road central (Department of Lima, Peru)Road central (Department of Lima, Peru)

The fastest and easiest way to travel between Lima and Cusco is undoubtedly by plane. Flights are between $ 90.00 and $ 125.00 for a one way ticket and run between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. only. Most travellers arriving from Lima do so by air. If you want to go overland, there are two options. The first route will lead you to Cusco via Ayacucho, Andahuaylas and Abancay and is really beautiful. However, most part of the road is unpaved (and the buses and the hotels bad) and it might be a little too much for the traveller who has just arrived to Peru. All together, it will take you about 48 hours to get to Cusco. There are several bus companies that offer this service throughout the year; however, the route is too dangerous to consider in rainy season. The second option will go to Arequipa first, and then to Cusco. The Lima - Arequipa part is fast: the majority of the trip is via the Panamerican highway, along the coast. Buses are fine and depart about every half an hour from Lima. Arequipa is a beautiful, colonial city, where the traveller might want to consider staying a day or so before continuing the trip. But if you prefer, there is a direct connection to Cusco that departs between the hours of 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. The road is not too good, it might be freezing cold at night and the bus crowded. Now you will start traversing the Andes, this is the real side of Peru! You will arrive in Cusco in the early morning, between 4:00 and 8:00.

Recommended Books


  • Lonely Planet PERU, by Rob Rachowiecki
  • The Rough Guide to Peru, by Dilwyn Jenkins
  • The South American Handbook, by Ben Box
  • Exploring Cusco, by Peter Frost


We recommend you the following Peruvian and Latin American writers:

  • Jose María Arguedas (Peruvian)
  • Mario Vargas Llosa (Peruvian)
  • Jaime Bayly (Peruvian)
  • Gabriel García Márquez (Latin American)
  • Isabel Allende (Latin American)
  • Julio Cortázar (Latin American)
  • Angeles Mastretta (Latin American)
  • Laura Esquivel (Latin American)

Working Opportunities

Officially, your tourist visum doesn´t allow you to work and it is really complicated to get a working permit. However, there certainly are opportunities to stay a little bit longer and Cusco and work. Most of these jobs are in restaurants and bars and what you should do is just pop by once you are in Cusco. It will be hard to arrange something beforehand via the internet. You can also try to get a job as an English Teacher at one of the Language Schools but these jobs are normally for native, qualified English teachers only. There might be a couple of agencies that could want to make a deal with you although this is more difficult. AMAUTA SPANISH SCHOOL also hires foreign people (either in exchange for Spanish classes or not).

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