Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best time to visit Peru?
Peru's winter, by far its dryer season, is the same time as our summer, so the most popular time to visit is during the milder months from May to September. The temperatures are mild, although the highlands can still get chilly at night. During Peru's summer (our winter), hiking trails and roads can become impassible due to rain.
Do I need a passport or visa?
If you are a U.S. or Canadian citizen you only need a valid passport. Citizens of other countries should check with the Peruvian consulate.
Do I need shots?
No special precautions need to be taken when traveling to Peru. It is recommended, however, that you drink only bottled water while traveling.
What about altitude?
When you arrive in Cusco, or when hiking the Inca trail, the altitude can be felt in the form of a mild headache or, more rarely, altitude sickness. When arriving in Cusco, take time to rest, and walk more slowly. Eat plenty of carbohydrates, and avoid heavy meals, drinking and smoking. Coca tea, offered in most hotels and restaurants, helps combat mild altitude sickness. After a few hours you should be accustomed to the altitude.
Do I have to be an athlete to hike the Inca trail?
Any reasonably fit person can hike the Inca trail. The walking is slow and steady, and there is plenty of time for rest stops along the way. A good pair of broken-in hiking boots is a must, and walking sticks, which are a big help on the hike, are sold all over the valley.
How about money?
In Peru, the “Nueva Sol” is the main currency. Most ATM cards work in the machines found all over Peru.