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Peru has a lot to offer to visitors, but each city has their own and very unique attractions. We will be listing the most representative, however there might be something extra hidden inside. We invite you to discover what our cities can offer to visitors, plus the magic within them.

About Peru

Regions

Peru is divided in 24 cities or Departamentos and one Constitutional Province, which is Callao. Mostly the cities are located into 3 basic regions, The Coast, The Sierra/Mountains and the Jungle.

Cities (by Region)

COSTA (COAST)
Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Ancash, Lima and Callao, Ica, Arequipa, Moquegua, Tacna

SIERRA (MOUNTAINS)
Cajamarca, Hu�nuco, Pasco, Junin, Huancavelica, Ayacucho, Apurimac, Cusco, Puno

SELVA (JUNGLE)
Amazonas, Loreto, San Mart�n, Ucayali, Madre de Dios

Getting there

To reach Peru, there are several airlines that serve the Jorge Ch�vez International Airport. Also we are listing the most frequented bus lines to reach the city as well.

BY AIR

International Airlines
American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, LAN, Avianca/Taca, Copa Airlines, TAM, Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Canada, Air France/KLM, Iberia, Sky Airlines.

Now there is a new route, served by Copa Airlines, that goes from Iquitos, to Panama City as well.

Domestic Airlines
Peruvian Airlines, Star Peru, LC Peru, LAN, Taca Peru


BY GROUND

Cruz del Sur, Orme�o, Tepsa, Civa, Oltursa, L�nea, Soyyus, Movil Tours, Transportes Flores, Cial
As a precaution when traveling by ground, have all your valuables and important documents with you at all times.

Documentation and Health Requirements

Certain countries are required to have a visa to travel to Per�. Be aware that tourist traveling without proper documentation will be forced to return to the last port of embarkation.

To ask for a visa before your travel, visit the local Peruvian Embassy in your country.

We are adding here a list of countries that require a visa to enter Peru. If your country is not listed, then you may travel without a visa.

*Please note that this list may be updated without notice. Check it regularly if you are planning to visit Peru.

NORTH AMERICA
None

CENTRAL AMERICA/CARIBBEAN
Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Republica Dominicana

SOUTH AMERICA
None

EUROPE
Albany, Armenia, Azerbaiyan, Bosnia Herzegovina, Georgia, Turkey

ASIA
Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Baharim, Bhutan, Cambodia, Popular Republic of China, United Arab Emirates, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakistan, Kirjistan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Qatar, Pakistan, North Korea, Popular Democratic Republic of Laos, Sri Lanka, Siria, Taykistan, East Timor, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen

AFRICA
Angola, Argelia, Benin, Bostwana, Burkina, Faso, Burundi, Cape Green, Cameroon Chad, Comoras, Congo, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gab�n, Gambia, Ghana,Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ecuatorial Guinea, Kenia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mal�, Morocco, Mauricio, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, N�ger, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Ruanda, Occidental Sahara, Saint Tome and Prince, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leona, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  • This list latest update was on October 2010.
  • Immigrations can give up on the first entry 30, 60 or 90 days. You can ask for an additional extension up to a maximum stay of 183 days. After that no more extensions can be granted (you will need to leave the country and re-enter again).
  • Remember to save the Tarjeta Andina; Loosing it will cost USD 5.00 Dollars to fill a new one, charged at immigrations departure at the airport/sea port/frontier post.
  • If you are traveling to the jungle or areas where risk of endemic diseases can be contracted, you need to be inoculated with the yellow fever vaccination. Most medical centres in Lima can administer the shot and provide you with a certificate, mostly 10 days before commencing your travel. This is also valid if you are traveling to countries such as Brasil and any Central American country.
To get the yellow fever vaccine, its approximate cost is PEN S/. 60 Soles and you will need to go to these establishments to obtain it:
  • Centro Internacional de Vacunaci�n Hospital Cayetano Heredia: Honorio Delgado 262 - Urb. Ingenieria, San Martin De Porras
    Free Vaccination only Wed and Fri 07:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs. Rest of days it cost PEN S/60.00.
  • Centro Internacional de Vacunacion Hospital 2 De Mayo: Parque De La Medicina S/N Cercado De Lima
    Vaccinations are applied Mon - Fri 07:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs.
  • Centro Internacional De Vacunaci�n Internacional MINSA: Av. del Ej�rcito Cdra. 17 - San Isidro
    Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00 to 3:00 pm & Sat 8:00 to 2:00 pm
  • Centro de Vacunaci�n del Instituto Nacional de Salud: C�pac Yupanqui 1400 - Jes�s Maria
    Hours: Mon - Friday 8:00 to 1:00 pm & 2:00 to 4:00 pm
  • Hospital Santa Rosa: Av. Bolivar cuadra 8 Pueblo Libre
    Vaccinations are given free of charge 'only on Fridays from 8:00 am to 10:00 am for Peruvian Residents, upon presentation of DNI. You must direct to "Area De Enfermeria".

LIMA

Getting There

If you arrive by AIR:

Lima, although being a big city, it also has a large, dense vehicular population, which means traffic can slow be very chaotic. There are many buses and taxis all around, however we ask you to follow these recommendations:

  • It is much safer if you take a taxi to your destination. And better if you take it inside, although it may be kind of expensive, it is safer and reliable. There are small counters outside the hallway where you can ask for a ride, and the prices will vary depending where you want to go.
  • If your budget does not adjust to the prices, you may be able to bargain, however company taxis always have their prices fixed. If you go outside the airport, most buses and taxis circulate through Avenida Faucett, but we recommend extreme caution when you take a cab outside.
  • If you want to take the bus, I suggest you take a taxi to the Metropolitano Bus Station Tomas Valle. There the card cost you 5 soles, but then you need to charge it with S/.1.50 soles for the fee. The card is yours to take, and the bus will take you to downtown Lima and Miraflores. Cards are rechargeable.
  • By any means, do not accept transportation from persons inside or outside the airport that are not properly identified or are not part of a trusted taxi company. Usually there will be people standing at the premises stalking visitors to take a ride.

If you arrive by GROUND:

  • There are several Bus Terminals throughout the city. Mostly they are also close to the Metropolitano Bus Stations. Once you get to the stations, it is easy to reach Downtown Lima and Miraflores.

These are a list of bus companies mostly used:

CRUZ DEL SUR
OLTURSA
ORME�O
LINEA
MOVIL TOURS
TEPSA
CIVA
TRANSPORTES FLORES

What to do

  • Lima

City Tours There are some companies that offer city tours across the Miraflores and Downtown Lima districts. Two of them are:

  • Turibus City Sightseeing Lima: The bus departs from Larcomar Entertaiment Centre. They have lots of packages to see, such as Presbitero Maestro Cementery, City Night and the Fountains of Lima, City tour bus, and many others. Tickets can be found at their desk inside the Larcomar Centre or in any Teleticket stands located in Wong and Metro supermarkets.
    Site: http://www.turibusperu.com
  • Mirabus: This Company also offers sightseeing tours across Miraflores and Lima, and the buses (an open double decker bus) usually depart from Parque Kennedy in Miraflores. Tickets are sold in a stand next to the Church, just in the centre of Parque Kennedy.
    Site: http://www.mirabusperu.com
  • Free Tours Lima: Their site has been updated. You can locate a guide at either Parque Kennedy (just across McDonalds) in Miraflores or meet them at noon at the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) in Downtown Lima. To identify them, look for a guy wearing a green vest with bold white letters in the back "FWT". If you wish to get info on what it is and schedules, visit their website here http://bit.ly/1HGs3gr.

If you would like to ride a bike:

  • Bike Tours of Lima: They offer rental bikes plus they have bike tour rides across the city. Among their packages are the Lima Bay tour, which takes you to some of the most remarkable landmarks of the bay of Lima; Lima Urban Tour which riders will visit part of the historical landmarks of Miraflores and San Isidro; and the Downtown Lima tour, a ride back through time to the oldest part of Downtown Lima. The price of their packages includes guides, bike, minor accident insurance, helmet, locks, snack and bottle of water. They ask you to book each tour in advance as they became more popular for tourist and locals as well.
    Site: http://www.biketoursoflima.com
  • Avenida Arequipa on Sundays: Every Sunday, the Municipality of Lima closes Avenida Arequipa. The iniciative is to encourage citizens to have a moment to excersice, distract and have a good time by using their favorite method of transportation to cruise the entire avenue, from Miraflores to Downtown Lima. Along the way, some of the local city halls have placed rental bike stations; that way you can get around the road. The time frame the avenue is closed is between 6/7am to noon/1pm the latest.
  • Rental Bikes by District: Some districts have placed rental bike stations located in strategic and touristic points, so travelers can have a bike ride around the area. Miraflores has disposed a rental bike shack located at Larco Mar Shopping Mall, San Borja has their stations across the Avenida San Borja Norte and San Borja Sur and Boulevard Avenue, close to the Ministry of Defense (Pentagonito).

Or if you like something extreme:

  • If you like paragliding in Lima, you may be able to book a ride through several companies that can offer a Tandem flight or teach you how to ride a paraglide. The main para-airport is located in the cliff of Parque Raymondi in Miraflores. We recommend asking for certified companies as this is a high-risk sport. Also, booking is recommended as well.

Among the companies we can list here the most important:

  • Infinity Escuela de Parapente
    http://www.infinitycross.com

  • Fly Adventure
    http://www.flyadventure.net

  • Kuntur Fly
    http://www.kunturfly.com

Attractions

We list some of the main attractions (which include museums and places of interest to visit within the city of Lima):

  • Museo de La Naci�n Javier Prado Este 2465 San Borja.
  • Museo De Oro del Per� Alonso de Molina 1100 Surco.
  • Museo Larco Herrera Bolivar 1515 Pueblo Libre.
  • Circuito M�gico del Agua Parque de La Reserva Lima - Water magic circuit
  • Parque de las Leyendas (Zoo) Avenida Parque de las Leyendas 580 San Miguel
  • Zool�gico de Huachipa Avenida Las Torres s/n Ate
  • Huaca Pucllana Miraflores
  • Museo de la Santa Inquisici�n Museo del Congreso de la Rep�blica Lima
  • Catacumbas del Convento de San Francisco Lima
  • Barrio Chino Centro de Lima
  • Pachac�mac Antigua Panamericana Sur Km. 31.5 Lurin
  • Fuerte Real Felipe Plaza Independencia Callao
  • Museo Naval del Per� Jr. Jos� G�lvez 123 Callao
  • Larcomar - The mall by the Paific Oean, in Miraflores
  • Museo de la Fuerza de Submarinos Jr. Jorge Ch�vez 120-A Callao

Eat and Drink

  • Brujas de Cachiche, in Miraflores, peruvian food
  • Rosa N�utica, in Miraflores by the ocean
  • Trattoria di Mambrino, pasta in Miraflores, calle Bonilla
  • Chifa Wa Lock, peruvian-chinnese food, in Av. Angamos, Mirafores,
  • La Antojer�a, peruvian food in Av. Angamos, Miraflores
  • La Mar, marine food, in Santa Cruz, Miraflores
  • Boulevard 99, buffet all you can eat, chinese, peruvian, italian food, Av. Rep�blica de Panam� in Miraflores
  • La Tiendecita Blanca, in Av. Ricardo Palma, Miraflores

Accomodation

You will find a lot of hotels, hostels, guest houses, vacation rentals in Miraflores since it is the touristic district of Lima, such as Marriot, Hilton, and many more. But also there are a very good offers of vacation rentals.

CUSCO

Getting There

You will be always have to go through Lima to reach Cuzco by air, unless you are coming from Bolivia. The domestic airlines that flies to Cuzco are:

LAN
TACA PERU
PERUVIAN AIRLINES
STAR PERU

For the moment those are the airlines that goes to Cusco on a daily basis.

If you want to go by ground, there are a list of most common bus companies. However, it is advisable to go by airplane. If you have an adventurer spirit and still want to make the 23/23 hour ground trip, I should recommend to check these transport companies first:

CRUZ DEL SUR*
OLTURSA*
ORME�O*
LINEA*
MOVIL TOURS*
TEPSA*
CIVA*
TRANSPORTES FLORES*
CIAL*
  • All of these have "terraports" located across the city.

However if you still want to check affordable ways, you may also visit the Gran Estaci�n located next to Plaza Lima Norte, in the intersection of Avenida Tomas Valle and via de Evitamiento (that later merges with the Panamerican Highway). Next to it as well is the Terminal de Buses Fiori, where the informal bus companies also park there, however it is more advisable to take the aftermentioned buses.

People

Cuzquenian people are very friendly and charming. However, over the course of time, tourism has been increasing largely and now is one of the top visited cities in the country. Like any other city in the world, please use precaution when conducting yourself around the city as now some people are seen luring tourists to attractions and organized visit which at the end resulted in scam. Also watch where you're going at night as the city centre, desipite the look of it may be safe, there still people lurking around for victims to be robbed.

Eat and Drink

Accomodation

There is a variety of accomodations in Cuzco, from the luxurious to the cheap and less expensive.

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AREQUIPA

Getting There

You will be always have to go through Lima to reach Arequipa by air.

Domestic airlines that flies to Arequipa:

LAN
TACA PERU
PERUVIAN AIRLINES
STAR PERU

If you want to go by ground, there are a list of most common bus companies.

CRUZ DEL SUR
OLTURSA
ORME�O
LINEA
MOVIL TOURS
TEPSA
CIVA
TRANSPORTES FLORES
CIAL

People

Eat and Drink

Accomodation

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NORTHERN CITIES (Piura, Trujillo, Cajamarca, Tumbes, Ancash)

Getting There

You will be always have to go through Lima to reach Arequipa by air. Domestic airlines that flies North (Except Ancash):

LAN
TACA PERU
PERUVIAN AIRLINES
STAR PERU

If you want to go by ground, there are a list of most common bus companies.

CRUZ DEL SUR
OLTURSA
ORME�O
LINEA
MOVIL TOURS
TEPSA
CIVA
TRANSPORTES FLORES
CIAL
CAVASSA
SOYUZ

People

Eat and Drink

Accomodation

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