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Things to know before traveling to Peru

We know that before traveling you want to know all the do’s and don’ts, that is why below we have compiled a list of important things that you should know before traveling to Peru in hopes that it will help you with some of your travel questions.

Don’t drink the water

The water system in Peru is not as advanced as other parts of the world, that’s why it is recommended to drink bottled or boiled water. This also goes for brushing your teeth, drinks with ice and washing fruits and vegetables.

Be careful when plugging in electronics

The voltage in Peru is a high 220 volts and typical electronics are around 120 volts, so make sure you have the proper adapter/converter for your devices.

Book hotels ahead of time

You might be the type of person that wants to arrive to a destination and then and there book a hotel, but this is not recommended especially during Peru’s high season. Booking ahead of time will ensure that you have a place to stay and will save you the hassle of looking and will give your more time to enjoy your surroundings.

Purchase your train/Machu Picchu tickets ahead of time

Just like your hotel booking your train tickets ahead of time is a very wise thing to do. As there are only a certain number of seats tickets can/will sell out very quickly, once again, especially during high season. Machu Picchu tickets are also very limited and just as you hotel and train tickets you will want to book ahead of time so as not to lose the opportunity to visit the beautiful citadel.
Tip: Be aware that if you decide to purchase your Machu Picchu entrance ticket at the site you might risk purchasing an unofficial ticket.

Use the same ID for all ticket purchases

One of the most important things that one can do is always use the same ID/passport for all purchases and entrances especially for Machu Picchu you don’t want to take the chance that the authorities deny you entry for having using two different ID’s. From first-hand experience I can assure you that the process of explaining to the authorities that you are the same person is not worth the stress.

Purchase a pre-pay cell phone chip

If you plan on being in Peru for a longer than a week you may want to consider purchasing a pre-paid chip from Entel, Claro or Movistar that will give you a local number and allow access to different services such as WhatsApp, Facebook, local texting, Messenger, etc. for a minimal payment.

Coca leaves

When traveling to destinations in Peru with high altitudes such as Cusco coca leaves work wonders for altitude sickness and it will energize you at the same time, but keep in mind that you can’t take it back with you when traveling home.

Always have pocket change

In Peru pocket change can be anywhere from 5-50 cents and 1, 2, 5 sole coins. Of course, carrying your credit card with you is always a good idea, but if you want to pick up some souvenirs, catch a quick cab, or even use a public bathroom than having pocket change with you is a must.

Taking photos in Cusco

When walking around Cusco, in the Plaza de Armas you may see adults and children in traditional clothing perhaps also carrying a small goat or llama and feel the need to take photos of them as this is not a typical thing you may see, but always ask if it is okay to take their photographer as most of the time they will charge for their pictures to be taken. This is another reason why tip #8 will come in handy.

Using a taxi in Peru

Forget standing on a street corner trying to hail a cab. In Peru you can download and use Uber, Cabify, or Taxi Beat to save yourself the hassle and ensure yourself a little more safety.

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