The most popular: Cuzco – Macchu Picchu; Puno – Titicaca Lake; La Libertad – Chan Chan; Ica – Nazca Lines; Arequipa – Colca Valley; Lambayeque – Señor de Sipán; Amazon – Kuelap.
Citizens of most American and West European countries do not need a visa. The citizens of Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile do not need a passport or a visa to enter certain regions of the country.
Only those traveling to jungle areas need certain vaccines (malaria, yellow fever). For coastal and mountain areas, there are no vaccine requirements, unless specified by health authorities in case of a particular event.
The official currency in Peru is the Sol (S/.) divided into 100 céntimos. There are coins of 10, 20 and 50 céntimos, 1, 2 and 5 soles, and bills of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 soles. (See images of bills and coins)
The U.S. Dollar is accepted in most commercial stores and restaurants at the daily exchange rate. Most of them take credit cards, especially the best known: Visa, MasterCard, Diners and American Express.
Taxes and tips
All purchases must pay General Sales Tax (IGV), which is 18%.
Every time you make a purchase, request the payment voucher, which is called “Boleta de Venta“. There is another type of payment voucher called “Factura“, which is only issued to Peruvian taxpayers.
Services such as restaurants and hotels charge an additional “Service Tax” of 10%.
Tips: At restaurants, it is customary to leave a tip of between 5 and 10 percent of the invoice amount for the person serving. This tip can also be included in the credit card payment.
Several companies provide taxi services: taxi Uber (938 119 820), taxi Beat (app via Play Store (Google) or App Store (iOS)), taxi Satelital (3555555). Currently, UBER, Taxi Beat and other mobile phone apps are working very well.
Peru uses 220 volts, 60 Hz throughout the country. The plugs to be used can be of type A / B / C.
Among the typical dishes in Lima are:
- Ceviche: diced fish filet cooked in lime juice with onion and ají limo or rocoto (pepper).
- Escabeche: fish or chicken: marinated with vinegar and pot boiled.
- Anticuchos: beef hear kebabs, marinated in vinegar and ají panca, grilled.
- Causa rellena: yellow potato paste seasoned with ground pepper and filled with tuna, chicken or octopus with olive oil.
- Lomo saltado: beef tenderloin in julienne strips, sautéed with onion, tomato, peppers and diverse herbs; it is served with French fries, fried eggs and also with a side order of rice.
- Hen or chicken Ají: Pulled chicken or hen with a thick breaded sauce with pepper, milk, Parmesan cheese and walnuts; potatoes and hardboiled egg are added for an exquisite result.
- Pescado a la chorrillana: Fried fish in a sauce made of onion and tomatoes in white wine.
Desserts in Lima
- Suspiro a la limeña: meringue with “dulce de leche” (milk candy) and vanilla.
- Picarones: fried rings of yam and squash flour, covered with dark-sugar syrup or molasses.
- Mazamorra morada: sweet purple-corn flour candy with fresh and dried fruits.
- Turrón de Doña Pepa: flour dough with shortening baked and covered with dark sugar syrup and coated candy.
- Derrumbado de chirimoya: Custard Apple, caramelized milk, shredded meringue, orange and powdered sugar.
- Chicha morada: non-alcoholic drink based on purple corn.
- Pisco sour: flagship drink – a drink that combines pisco and lime in a delicious mix. Served in the traditional manner or with macerated fruits.
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