Views 03 Sep Top Tips for the Happy Travels in Peru (Part 1)
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Peru is a wonderful country. There is something here for everyone, and there is no doubt that you will have the time of your life. However, it is always important to do your research before traveling somewhere new. You will be faced with an entirely different culture to what you are accustomed to, so it helps to be in ´the know´ before you arrive. Here follow a few top tips created for all those of you heading to Peru to help ensure that you have the very best time here possible.

What to bring:
Regardless of what time of year you travel to Peru, it is advised that you always have with you:

  • Sunscreen – the UV rays are very strong, particularly at altitude, and it is easy to burn
  • Warm clothes – nights can get very cold up in the mountains!
  • Hiking shoes – there is a lot of walking to be done in the Andes, so come prepared J
  • Hats – both for warmth and for protection from the sun

Top Tips for the Happy Travels in Peru

Currency:
The Peruvian national currency is Nuevo Sol (S/) and this is the most commonly used currency.
American Dollars are accepted in most restaurants, hotels and shops, at the current exchange rate. There are places to exchange most currencies, especially Dollars and Euros.
Some restaurants, hotels and shops accept credit cards like: VISA, Master Card and American Express. Travelers cheques are exchangeable too, although not as easily; just a few banks and hotels can change them so always check beforehand.

Banks:
Most banks are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm and Saturday until 12pm. There are ATMs all over the city.

Language:
The official language in Peru is Spanish, spoken by 75% of the population. The Quechuan language is spoken by 25%. It is possible to speak English in most hotels and shops as many Peruvians can understand a bit of English as well. However it is advisable to least learn a few key Spanish phrases before your arrival! Some Spanish schools give crash courses Survival Spanish (www.amautaspanish.com)

Top Tips for the Happy Travels in Peru

Health:
Peru is a country of contrast. While the capital city of Lima is at sea level, Cusco is approximately 3400m (11,150ft) above it.
To avoid altitude sickness it is important that you get a good rest on you first day of arrival. Drink plenty of water (bottled mineral or boiled water) and eat only light meals to start with.
Coca tea also helps relieve the effects of altitude, as do lemon candies.
If you suffer from heart problems, please consult you doctor before visiting a place at altitude.

For more Travel Tips: http://www.dosmanosperu.com/dosmanos/english/travel-tips/

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