A few recommendations for your stay in Northern Peru in regards to the climate, the altitude and what you should put in your luggage. Take your time to read through all of it and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. It is always good to be well prepared !
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The climate in Northern Peru is different in each region and can change every day. So it is important to be prepared in every case. You will have hot at the Coast, cold in the Andes, mosquitoes in San Martin and a strong sun in Kuelap.
As the climate is not very predictable, we recommend to bring the following equipment:
We also recommend that you always have some toilet paper with you. In Peru, in the countryside, it is not common to have toilet paper in the bathrooms, so it is good to be prepared. Also be aware not to put the toilet paper in the toilet, but in the bin just close to it.
The excursion to Kuelap takes you from about 2,000 m to 3,000 m altitude and you will need a good physical condition. For adults having heart problems or for people with overweight, we recommend that you seek medical advice from your doctor regarding this excursion.
When traveling by bus, we recommend to take the night buses and to reserve your seats at the front of the bus. The altitude differences and the many, many curves can have some bad consequences on your stomach. Always have fresh water with you, as well as chewing-gums and a little plastic bag.
Peru is a country where you will travel a lot, so we recommend to travel light. Only bring the strictly minimum with you – a big travel bag or a big back pack with a smaller day back pack would be perfect. You can have your clothes washed regularly when you travel in the countryside, or even wash them yourself in a laundry facility in big cities.
Also keep in mind that you might buy souvenirs throughout your stay. This will increase the weight in your luggage, which might be a problem by taking the plane back. It is certainly a good thing to think about this in advance.
On the health and security side, you don’t need any special vaccination for any trips to regions over 2,300m – for example Chachapoyas is situated at 2,334m. However, we recommend that your regular vaccination scheme is up to date and that you have a Hepatitis A vaccination.
If you plan to stay longer in some coastal regions, in the Amazonia or in regions where there are many mosquitos like the jungle, you have to get the vaccination against yellow fever. For more information, please have a look at www.cdc.gov.
We also recommend that you subscribe a travel and repatriation insurance for your trip to Peru.
Practical information : All big cities in Peru have pharmacies, as you might imagine. You will certainly find all the basic elements of your first aid kit if you don’t want to carry to much weight with you. However, if you follow any special treatment, better bring your own medication.
Peru is rather a safe country, provided that you don’t go too far off the beaten path and don’t adventure yourself in less travelled places. As usual, preventive measures such as not to expose jewelry and large sums of money, are to be respected.
First of all, you need to know that outside the big cities you won’t have often the possibility to pay by credit card. And in case you can, check before as they might ask you a supplement of 8% / 10% on your bill.
However, everywhere in the big cities, you can change dollars at the banks.
When you make a payment with your credit card, make sure how much you have to pay. Usually the amount will be given in Nuevos Soles and it is up to you to make the conversion into Dollars or Euros at the current rate. While paying, don’t let yourself distract and keep concentrated.
If you need to move for your code or signature, do it yourself and don’t leave your credit card with anybody.
The opening hours of banks in Peru are usually from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and on Saturday until noon. In major cities, you will have ATM’s. It is also recommended to only make your withdrawals in banks that have a security lock.
Same advice : don’t let yourself distract and always keep an eye on your credit card.