Are you looking for information about how to prepare for a trip to Machu Picchu in Peru? For those who are thinking of visiting Machu Picchu or any other destination in Peru, this page offers useful information on how to prepare, what you need, weather information, and other information.
Advice on documents you must take for travel.
A valid passport is necessary to enter Peru. Depending on the country of your citizenship, you may need a visa to come to Peru. (Citizens of the US, Canada and the European Union do not need a visa). Check with your local travel agency for more information, or simply check online at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru (http://www.rree.gob.pe/SitePages/home.aspx) or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country of citizenship. You must carry your passport with you at all times in case of random checks. If you need a certain kind of medicine or have a health problem, you should take your medical history.
It is recommended that you buy travel insurance. To get the best coverage, be sure to get your insurance 10 days after making your travel deposit. When you buy your travel insurance, make sure that the minimum coverage includes: cancellation or interruption of the trip, luggage delay, theft or loss of luggage or documents, medical expenses, emergency assistance, accidental death and dismemberment. Have a copy of your insurance policy on hand during your trip.
Tips to change money
You can change the money of your country of origin in Peru. ATMs, banks and money changers are located within the main tourist areas. It is a good idea to always have some cash for food and purchases. We recommend not carrying large amounts of cash. The American dollars are accepted in some stores and restaurants in Peru, but not in all, so the best thing is to change your money and take soles (official Peruvian currency). Major credit cards are widely accepted. Make sure your Peruvian currency bills are clean and free of any breakage or damage, as they may not be accepted by many stores or vendors.
Advice for your luggage and packaging
Airlines and trains have baggage weight limits per person in addition to other restrictions. Domestic flights in Peru usually have lower weight limits than international flights. You will have to carry your own suitcases or backpacks on some trips, and so it is good to carry light luggage.
Tips for wearing clothing
Depending on the month and place you visit Peru, you can expect from very heavy rains to intense heat. Due to the fact that Peru also has drastic altitude differences, different temperatures can be recorded in the same area. In addition, temperatures are often different in the day and at night. It can be quite hot at times and quite cold for the night, so it’s good to have some clothes for both types of weather. Bring swimsuit if you plan to visit a place with hot springs (for example our package to Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes) or a pool.
What types of shoes to bring for a Walk
Many of the historical places, such as Machu Picchu are in changing areas in terms of types of terrain and so hiking is challenging (Good option: Inca Trail Machu Picchu) and appropriate hiking shoes are necessary for your personal and pleasant safety travel experience. The shoes should be comfortable, they should have good tread. Closed shoes are the best way to keep your feet warm, safe and protected.
Tips for Weather and Climate in Peru
In Peru there is a rainy season, but it can rain any day. It is better to bring a rain poncho in replacement of an umbrella, since you will have your hands free and you will be able to move freely, especially if you are hiking the Inca Trail. You can carry it in your backpack as long as it does not rain.
Due to some very high altitudes and the proximity to the line of Ecuador, the Sun in Peru is very strong. Take care of your skin properly to avoid sunburn and discomfort.
Lightweight, loose, long-sleeved clothing is the best, along with a good hat, protector and sunglasses. Also bring sunscreen. Natural varieties based on zinc oxide are the safest options for your health.