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Lost Passports




Dear Traveler

Did your loose your passport? Please do as follows:

1. Go to any Banco de la Nacion branch and buy an " especies valoradas fee "

2. Go to the district police station, common called "comisaria ", where you lost the passport with the " especies valoradas fee " and file a complaint, or either to the main Touristic Police Headquarters located in Calle Colon 246 Miraflores Lima; E-Mail: dipolture@hotmail.com telf: 51-1-243-2190.

3. Approach to your Consulate with any personal document or the copy of your passport and 2 small photos and the copy of the Police report; pay the required fees.

REGIONS OF PERU
Geographically Peru is divided in three regions:

The Coast:
This is the area next to the Pacific Ocean, featuring deserts, beautiful beaches and fertile valleys.

The Highlands:
Area dominated by the Andes Mountain Range, with altitudes as high as 6.768 masl (22.204 feet) reached in the summit of the Huascaran snow-capped peak.

The Jungle:

This is an area with lush tropical vegetation forming part of the Peruvian Amazon Region, home to Peru’s largest natural reserved areas.

THE SEASONS
The Coast
There are two well-defined seasons: the summer season (December to April) with temperatures reaching 27°C (80°F); and the winter season (May to October) which is very humid and cold, with temperatures dropping to 12°C (53°F). Although it hardly rains on the Peruvian coast, fog and fine ram or drizzle (garuas) are common in the winter. In the north coast the sun shines all year round, and temperatures rise to 35°C (95°F) in the summer.
The Highlands
This region has a dry and moderate climate, with two well-defined seasons: the summer season (May to October) with sunny days, very cold nights and hardly any rain -ideal time to visit- and the rainy season (December to March). In the Highlands one can witness sharp temperature changes - between 20°C (68°F) and -2°C (35°F) - in a single day.
The Jungle
With a humid and tropical climate, the jungle has two clearly distinguished seasons: the summer or flowing season (May to October) with sunny days and temperatures in excess of 30°C (86°F) and the rainy season (November to March) with frequent rains and increased river volumes. You may find information on Peruvian weather by visiting the following Internet sites: • www.senamhi.gob.pe • www.weather.com

TOURIST INFORMATION
You can find tourist information in the Internet: www.promperu.gob.pe

LANGUAGE
Spanish and Quechua are the official languages in Peru; although Spanish a more widespread. Another language recognized by the Peruvian government is Aymara, as well as 48 other native languages. It is possible to communicate in English with the operators who provide tourist services, such as the tourist guides, travel agencies staff and persons working in three, four and five-star hotels.

TIME ZONE
(-5 H. GMT) Lima 12 NOON: • Buenos Aires 2 pm. • Berlin 7 p.m. • Tokyo 2 a.m. + 1

CURRENCY AND DENOMINATIONS
The official currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol (S/.) which is divided into 100 cents. Coins in circulation include the amounts of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, as well as 1, 2 and 5 Nuevos Soles. Paper bills come in 10,20,50, 100 and 200 Nuevos Soles. US Dollars are accepted in most commercial establishments, restaurants and service stations, in the current exchange rate. Most of the establishments accept the most popular credit cards, such as Visa, Master Card, Diners and American Express. Travelers’ Checks are used with some limitations. Inquire in the establishment as to whether or not they are accepted. Some establishments add a surcharge when purchasing in credit cards. When paying with a credit card, make sure you are only paying the amount of the service or goods purchased. ELECTRIC POWER 220 volts. Most four and five-star hotels provide 110 volt electric current.

VACCINATION
If you plan on traveling to the Jungle, the administration of a yellow Fever vaccine 10 days in advance is recommended. Places in Lima where the vaccine can be administered: Jorge Chavez International Airport — 2nd floor Tel: (01) 575-1745 Service hours: Monday through Sunday, 24 hours • International Vaccination Center Capac Yupanqui 1400, Lima 1 Tel: (01) 471-9920, Extension 1215 Service hours: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

TOURIST VISAS
This is not required for citizens of most countries in the Americas and Western Europe. Citizens of Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile do not need to have a passport or visa to visit certain regions in Peru, In these cases they are authorized to stay up to 90 days (extendable by immigration authorities). Inquire with the Peruvian consular representation in your country if you need further information. Their addresses and telephone numbers can be found in the web site of the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs • www.rree.gob.pe

UPON ENTERING PERU
Present to the immigration Officer the International Embarkation/Disembarkation Card (given to the traveler in the airplane or in the immigration stand in the border area you are coming through). Keep the card, since you will have to turn it in when you leave the country. If you lose it you will have to pay a fine equivalent to 20.00 US$. Customs officers will give you a form for you to declare any goods subject to customs duties you may be bringing in. If none, specify that you have nothing to declare. The following are exempt from duty: items and clothes for personal use, portable computers and adventure tourism gear, for more detailed information, inquire in the Peruvian diplomatic representation in your country. On the same form, you must declare whether you are bringing in any vegetable or animal species. If so, you will need to have a permit from the competent sanitary authorities in your country. If you do not have the necessary sanitation documents, Peruvian sanitation authorities may order your vegetable species to be incinerated and thin the animal be sacrificed.

PERSONAL SAFETY

Take the normal precautions to guard against purse snatchers. Carry a copy of identity documents, keep originals and your valuables in the safety deposit box of your hotel and make sure to list down what you deposit and verify the responsibility assumed by the establishment. When in Nazca airport is imprescindible to carry out the ORIGINAL PASSPORT, and so on on the Inca Trail. Carry your valuables discreetly; do not carry largo amounts of cash. Keep an eye ALWAYS on your bags and luggage. Avoid exchange money out in the street at evenings or night, do not walk around late at night through areas with poor lighting or without a companion. COMMUNICATIONS
International and long distance national calls can be made from public pay phones. Country and city codes are normally shown o the Telephone booths. To make an international call, dial: 00 + country code + City code + telephone number. To call from one city to the next, dial: 0 + City code + telephone number Public phones take coins as well as cards, which are sold in stands and supermarkets. Make sure you are buying the card corresponding to the telephone company of the phone you want to use. No collect calls can be made from pay phones. To obtain telephone information, dial 103 (service is in Spanish).

INTERNET
All of Peru is almost covered with WI-FI networks, all hotels provide WIFI free of charge, there are also in all cities in the country public Internet booths. The average cost per hour is 1 US$.

LODGING
There are lodging establishments of various types and cost, to the high tourist season (June to October) it is recommended to make advanced reservations. It is also possible to stay over at family homes authorized by the National Tourism Board. Make sure you always know the check out time.

TRAVEL AGENCIES
Travel agencies can facilitate your travel throughout Peru. Compare services and make sure they are clearly specified in the document issued by the travel agency. Demand a receipt of payment; the agency is obliged to issue both documents.

HEALTH MATTERS
Only drink bottled or previously boiled water, be careful with raw vegetables and fruits. Avoid eating from street vendors. Rest on the first day of your arrival to the Highlands, and consume light meals to prevent altitude illness (soroche). Drinking Mate de coca (coca tea) is recommended. If you travel to the Highlands or to the jungle, make sure to carry insect repellent and a raincoat. To obtain medical services, contact the staff of your hotel or travel agent. If you wish to take travelers insurance, contact your favorite travel agency. BANKS Banking hours in Peru are normally from Monday to Friday, from 9 am. to 6 p.m. In addition, most banks open for the public half day on Saturdays. In the streets of the main cities there are teller machines installed by the different banks. MONEY EXCHANGE It is recommended that money should be exchanged in hotels, banks and authorized money exchange offices (Service hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. approximately). The exchange rate against the US Dollar is slightly variable. Inquire before changing your money. To exchange other currencies inquiry at money exchange offices. NIGHT LIFE Most of the cities in Peru have a wide variety of night entertainment. Information about places of interest can be obtained where you are staying. If you wish to enjoy typical Peruvian music, you can visit the so-called “peñas”. In Lima, the most popular discotheques, pubs and night clubs are in the Districts of Miraflores, San Isidro and Barranco. In other cities they are normally found in city centers (main square and vicinity). FOOD AND BEVERAGE Peruvian cuisine offers a great variety of typical dishes from the Coast, the Highlands and the Jungle. Always first ask about their ingredients, since some dishes can contain hot pepper or be highly spiced. You will also find establishments where international food is prepared. As far as drinks are concerned, try the very Peruvian Pisco (grape brandy) in any of its various recipes, as well as chicha morada (purple corn juice) chicha de jora (fermented red or yellow corn juice) and agüaje juice, made from a tropical Jungle fruit. TIPPING The amount of the tip in Peru vanes with the degree of satisfaction you have with the service provided. TRANSPORT BY AIR There are flights and connections from Lima to all the main cities of Peru except for Huancayo, Huaraz and Ica, where you can go by road using inter-provincial buses. Always make reservations in advance. Re-confirm your trip ahead of time: For domestic flights: 48 hours in advance; for international flights: 72 hours in advance. Airport tax: Domestic flights: US$ 5 International fights: US$ 28 Only cash allowed. BY LAND Inter-provincial buses The inter-provincial bus service covers all destinations in Peru, except for certain cities in the jungle. Inquire into the comfort available depending en the fare paid; and whether or not the service is non stop. Taxis and public transportation It is recommended that taxis should be from taxi companies (which are requested by phone) or those authorized by the municipalities (in Lima they are painted yellow and some of them have a lighted sign over the roof). Taxi meters are not used in Peru, therefore the price must be negotiated before going into the taxi. Ask where you are staying about the average fares to your destination. Urban buses (the most economical alternative) are of the colors and numbers assigned for the specific route. Most of them travel long treks and they may turn out to be uncomfortable. Inquire before taking them: and do not take them too late at night

BY RAILWAY
Reservations and Ticket Sales:

Avenida Jose Pardo 610 Ofice $ Miraflores, Lima ask for Aldo, ticketing are issued inmediately. Service hours: Monday to Friday, 9 to 190.00

TOURISM BY ROAD
Always carry with you your International driver’s license and a copy of your passport. If the vehicle is rented, carry the car rental agreement If you have an international driver’s license, it is valid for one year If you have your country’s driver’s license, it is good for 30 days. Abide by the speed limits posted on the road. Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you do so, you may be subject to criminal charges. If a traffic officer orders you to stop, do so. He or she must be in uniform and wearing an identification badge (the surname is printed on a plate fixed at his chest). Under no circumstance must the traffic officer enter your vehicle.
Keep in mind that your documents and the vehicle’s documents cannot be retained and that under no circumstances should you have to pay any money. In case of an accident or collision, call a traffic officer If the vehicle is rented, also call the representative of the insurance company where you rented the vehicle. Wait there; do not move from the place; do not stop if unknown persons make signs at you on the road. Do not park in dark places. Do not leave objects which can be seen by passers by.

WALKS The South American Explorer Travelers’ Club has a good assortment of maps of routes where one can walk. Ave. República de Portugal 146. Breña, Lima Tel: (01) 425-0142 Service hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 am. To 5 pm. SHOPPING In general, shops, shopping centers and handicraft markets are open everyday (even on holidays) between 9 am. and 8 p.m. In markets and in places such as those where there are beach vendors and street vendors, it is acceptable to bargain ("regateo"). LOST ITEMS, THEFTS AND ROBBERIES Call the Tourism Police: AREQUIPA Calle Jerusalén 315, Cercado Tel: (054) 20-1258 AYACUCHO Arequipa cuadra 1 Tel: (064) 81-2055 /81-8372 CAJAMARCA Ave. 13 de Julio s/n Tel: (044) 82-3042 CHICLAYO Ave. Sáenz Peña 830 Tel: (074) 23-6700 CUSCO Calle Saphi s/n Tel: (084) 24-9654 HUANCAYO Ave. Ferrocarril 556, Cercado Tel: (064) 21-9851 HUARAZ Ave. Laredo y Laredo 716 Tel: (044) 72-1341 ICA Elías Ave. Block 4 Tel: (034) 22-7673 IQUITOS Calle Sargento Lores 834 Tel: (094) 23-1852 LIMA Moore 268, Magdalena del Mar Tel: (01) 460-1060 / 460-0965 /460-0921 / 460-4525 / 460-0890 / 460-0844 NAZCA Ave. Los Incas cuadra 1 Tel: (034) 52-2442 / 52-2450 PUNO Deustua 538 Tel: (054) 36-4806 TACNA Callao 121 Tel: (054) 71-4141 anexo 245 TRUJILLO Independencia 630 Tel: (044) 22-4025

BEFORE LEAVING THE COUNTRY
PROTECTED WILDLIFE AND WILD FLORA SPECIES Considered by the World Resources Institute as forming part of the select group of eight “mega diverse” countries, it is estimated that in Peru there are 84 of the 104 life zones existing in the world, nearly 10% of the species of mammals and reptiles of the planet, over 20% of earth’s birds and between 40.000 and 50.000 species of vascular plants (the most developed). Unfortunately many of these species are endangered due to their unauthorized exploitation for the manufacture of tourist souvenirs and the cruel traffic of wildlife (transported under conditions which cause most of them to die during the trip). Each loss reduces earth’s life diversity with indescribable consequences. It is for this reason that Peruvian laws prohibit and sanction the extraction, transport, sale and export of all types of wildlife and wild flora, dead or alive, without the authorization of INRENA (1). The prohibition extends to any object made with their parts: crowns or necklaces made of Macaw (guacamayo) feathers, butterfly wings, musical instruments, tigrillo skin (also called ocelote, a small feline resembling a tiger) or “palos de lluvia” (an instrument that reassembles the sound of raindrops). PROHIBITIONS It is absolutely prohibited to take photographs of airports, military bases, places near high tension towers and police stations. In some churches and museums it is prohibited to take photographs or film. Ask first.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL HERITAGE
Peruvian laws prohibit and sanction the sale and export of original pieces of the national cultural heritage. Abstain from buying them. However if you are interested in taking to your country samples of Peruvian pre-Hispanic or Colonial art, you may buy replicas. Replicas are all objects of modern manufacture imitating shapes and decorative figures of pre-Hispanic or Colonial pieces (ceramic pieces, gold and silver works, stonework, woodworks, textiles, paintings and others). When buying replicas of pre-Hispanic or Colonial works, make sure they have been certified by the INC (2); this certificate can be obtained at any of the offices of this institution, located in all departmental capitals. Lf you are leaving Peru through the Jorge Chavez Airport, visit the INC booth after you pass through immigration post. The authorization can be granted automatically. DRUGS It is absolutely prohibited to carry drugs. It you do so; you will be arrested and put in jail for a long, long time: minimum 10 years. Do not accept to take in your luggage packages belonging to strangers, under any circumstances. AFTER VISITING PERU We would appreciate your comments, observations and suggestions which should be forwarded to: Tarapacá 226 Miraflores Lima - Peru E – Mail: nelly@tourperu.net

Notes: 1. National Institute of Natural Resources The National Institute of Natural Resources (INRENA) is the State’s public organization responsible for promoting the rational use of natural resources. Current legal regulations impose severe sanctions to any person who hunt, extract, transport, sell or export wildlife or wild flora species as well as their products and by-products including handicrafts made with such products without the corresponding authorization.

 

 

 

 


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