Best Time of Year to Visit Perú
June is the best month to visit the most famous sites in Machu Picchu, Cusco and Puno, because rainfall is the lowest in that month. The Peruvian Festival of the Sun also happens on June 24th. Although the day time highs are consistently pleasant then, it is near freezing every night. Bring warm clothing.
Perú – Visa Requirements
Most American and Western European countries do not require a tourist visa for visits of under 183 days. Check your specific country at VisaHQ. For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.
Andean Migration Card
Every visitor receives an Andean Migration Card upon arrival. You need to present the card at every hotel used in Perú (for tax exemptions) and you must also return it to immigration when you leave the country. Guard it safely like a passport.
Access to Perú
Many travelers are disappointed to find out that the Chilean government makes all visitors fly through Lima, regardless of their destination in Perú.
Perú – Medical Travel Advice
You don’t need a yellow fever certificate to visit Perú. You also don’t need malaria medication for the Tambopata River in the Amazon basin of Perú.
Altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS)
Acute Mountain Sickness can cause headaches, shortness of breath, fatigue and/or nausea or vomiting. Generally elevations above 9,000 feet expose you to symptoms. Try to arrange trip so you gradually ascend to higher levels. The two main cities where people get AMS are Puno at 12,400 feet and Cusco at 11,200 feet in elevation.
Perú – Drinking Water
Don’t drink tap water anywhere in Perú. Some documentation indicates it may be safe in some cities, but it is not worth the risk. Bottled water is readily available throughout Perú, even in the more remote locations.
Perú – Toilets
Perú is one of those countries that doesn’t put any toilet paper into their toilets. This applies in restaurants, hotels and even airports. It’s quite an adjustment for many tourists. Also, make sure to bring your own toilet paper supply when traveling. Public toilets often charge a small fee and don’t supply paper.