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Peru Travel Information

Peru is located in the west central part of South America. It can be compared in size to Spain, France and former West Germany combined. In South America, only Brazil and Argentina are larger. Peru is bordered to the north by Ecuador, to the south by Chile and Bolivia, to the east by Colombia and Brazil and to the west by the Pacific Ocean. It has a varied and diverse country due to the climatic, natural and cultural diversity of its regions. It is 1,554 miles (2,500 km) long, and has 3 natural regions: coast, sierra and jungle.

Capital : Lima

Population : 30.4 millions

Languages: Spanish, Quechua and Aymara.

Entry requirements: A Canadian passport valid 6 months after return is required to enter Peru. - SUBJECT TO CHANGE - For accurate info, please consult: www.travel.gc.ca

Time Zones: GMT - 5

Currency: The official currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol. US Dollars are accepted in most commercial establishments.

Electricity: The electricity in Peru is 220 volts. In some hotel you will find 110 volts.

Best Buys: Alpaca wool, Pisco, weaving and wood carving.

Climate: The climate of Peru varies widely, ranging from tropical in the Montana to arctic in the highest mountains of the Andes. Peru offers one of the most diverse geographies of the planet, thus weather changes according to its region: coast, mountain and jungle. On the Coast you can enjoy a moderate temperature, ranging between 13oC and 29oC according to the season. Winters (June - September) are humid and cloudy. Sometimes, there is a very fine drizzle due to the moisture, but will not stop outside activity. Meanwhile, on the north you can enjoy warm temperatures and beautiful beaches all year-long. The Mountain is formed by the magnificent Cordillera de Los Andes. During the day, temperatures range around 24°C, plunging to -3°C at night. Air is always dry and there are rains between January and February, but it doesn’t stop the numerous carnival festivities in the Andean villages. In the jungle, you can enjoy a tropical weather, warm and humid with temperatures ranging between 26oC and 40oC. It can rain at any moment especially from January to February.

Food: Peruvian cuisine is usually considered one of the most diverse in the world. Peruvian cuisine combines the flavors of four continents. With the eclectic variety of traditional dishes, the Peruvian culinary arts are in constant evolution, and impossible to list in their entirety. Suffice it to mention that along the Peruvian coast alone there are more than two thousand different types of soups, and that there are more than 250 traditional desserts. Each regions have they own specific dishes.

Health:There is no mandatory vaccination to enter Peru. All travelers should visit either their personal physician or a travel health clinic. Travel insurance is highly recommended.


Created for information purpose only. Information is subject to change at anytime.

For additional information, visit the official tourism board website of Peru: www.visitperu.com