What You Need to Know Before Booking a Trip to Peru

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Peru is an amazing country. It is one of the few places on earth where you can experience virtually every type of ecosystem. Of the 103 ecosystems known to exist, Peru has 84 of them. You can also experience 28 of the 32 official climates present on the planet. So, there is no doubt that it is a fascinating place to visit.

If you would like to go there, here is a summary of what you need to know. The practical things you will need to get organised if you wish to experience the wonders of Peru.

Sorting out a visa

You definitely need a visa when visiting Peru. This is the case for most nationalities including travellers from North America and Europe. However, it is issued on arrival. The immigration office decides how long you can stay. That can be anywhere between 30 and 183 days. You need to keep the document you are given and hand it in when you depart Peru. If you have overstayed your visa, you will be fined.

Travel insurance

When travelling to Peru, it is best to invest in a good travel insurance policy. It is a very safe country, but things can occasionally go wrong. If you have an accident or fall sick you want to be sure that you can get the treatment you need.

At the very least you need a policy that provides coverage for evacuation costs such as transport to a care facility. Also, check that the cost of repatriation is included. Being transported back to your home country accompanied by medical personnel is horrendously expensive.

Peru is a land of adventure. Depending on where you are staying you can go white water rafting, climb, surf, paraglide, ski or sand surf. In fact, the list of high energy outdoor adventures you can have in Peru is a long one. It would be a shame to miss out on all of those experiences just because your travel insurance does not cover you for these types of activities.

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Your passport

Everyone except citizens from a few Central and South American countries needs a valid passport to enter and exit Peru. Importantly, that passport has to be valid for 6 months beyond the date of your planned departure from the country. It will also need to have 2 blank pages available to receive the entry and exit stamps.

Vaccinations you will need

Officially, for your Peruvian holiday, you do not need to have any extra vaccinations. However, it is wise to speak to a medical professional before deciding what to do. Outbreaks of dengue, diarrheal disease, hepatitis A and B, leishmaniasis, malaria, rabies, tuberculosis, yellow fever, and Zika all occur, from time to time. So, you may wish to take steps to protect yourself from these diseases.

Planning where to go

The fact that Peru is a relatively large country that is not particularly well connected via public transport means that you need to plan your trip carefully. It is best to go online and download a map. Marking where you want to go on it will help you to work out what order you should be doing things in.

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