irport pick up
ultural events, festivals
Cusco airport pick up is arranged by the school. In
June 2nd & 3rd Corpus Christi (Catholic event with
case of a delayed arrival in Cusco you should take a
indigenous influences), June 24th Inti Raymi (Theater
spectacle based on Old Inca tradition of adoration of
Additional airport pick up is available in Lima for
the sun, the winter solstice), July 16th La Virgin de
students who have to spend the night in Lima due to
Paucartambo (local cultural religious event close to
connecting flights or if the student cannot obtain his
Cusco), November 2nd & 3rd Todos los Santos, Dia de
or her flight to Cusco. This “Lima service Package”
includes: Lima airport pick-up, transfer to hotel, one
night in hotel and transfer back to airport, Lima to
Cusco one-way airfare and Lima airport assistance.
The official currency is Nuevo Sol (S/.), the sub units
are the cents. You may find currencies of 0,05, 0,10,
0,20 and 0,50 cents, also currencies of 1, 2 and 5
Nuevos Soles, and bil s with denomination of 10, 20,
There is a $30,25 airport tax on international flight
Shops are open from 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
and again from 3:00 or 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. In the
main cities, supermarkets do not close for lunch.
If you like beer, the Cusquena and Arequipa brands
Some shops are closed on Saturdays and most are
are probably the best. Cristal and Pilsner are good
Banks open from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and from
• Pisco sour - made from the national grape
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Closed on Saturdays.
brandy, lemon, sugar, egg white, nutmeg; sweet
Business offices: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and from
3:00 – 6 p.m. (some from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).
• Chicha de jora - corn beer (usual y homemade)
• Chicha morada - softdrink with purple maize.
January – March: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30
• Some of the local wines are ok – e. g. the Ica
The rest of the year: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a. m. –
220V, AC, 60Hz throughout the country (except
Climate seasons, south hemisphere (Peru):
Take the caution of verifying the voltage of your
electronic devices like hair dryer, razors, sound
systems, etc.; most of this equipment is auto
• Spring: September 23rd to December 21st
If this is not the case, you will require a transformer
220 / 110 volt for its correct use in Peru. It is very
Peru is located in the equatorial area of South
common to find this type of transformers at the
America. However, its climate does not correspond
to its geographical location but is influenced by two
fundamental factors, the Andean Mountain Range
and the cold marine current of Humboldt, also cal ed
In order to keep in touch with your family and
friends at home, please make sure you have an e-
mail address before you leave (gmx, yahoo, arcor,
they tel you that they don't have any change (many
web.de are free of charge). There is an internet café
close to the school. 1 hour costs approx. 1 USD.
Travel er checks can be changed into Soles or Dol ars
You can change money into Soles at banks and casas
de cambio (exchange). There is usual y no difference
in the exchange rate given by banks and casas de
cambio. You can exchange money 24 hours a day in
• Ceviche - raw fish, shrimp etc. marinated in
It is common that nobody wants to accept Dol ars
lemon juice with onions and red peppers.
• Parinada - popular bouil abaisse with yuyo de
Credit cards - Visa (most common), Diners Club and
MasterCard are widely accepted in main cities.
• Á la Huancaina - sauce made with eggs, milk,
Cash can be withdrawn from your credit card at
cheese, served with a meat or potato dish.
Ol ucus con charqui - A kind of potato with dried
When travel ing anywhere in Latin America you
should always carry your passport or a copy of it on
Cancau - tripe, potatoes, peppers and parsley
your person. It is a good idea to bring photocopies
of other essential documents (airline tickets,
Anticuchos - hearts of beef with garlic, peppers,
important prescriptions, etc.) stored in a separate
Carne en adobo - cut and seasoned steak
The literacy rate is 85.1%. The indigenous
population of Peru is about 3 mil ion and about two
You should not drink tap water unless it has been
mil ion indigenous people speak no Spanish. Their
main language is Quechua, the language of the
The mail service has improved since the private
company Serpost took over. For an extra 50 cents, letters can be sent "con certificado," which we
Cusco is a hopping city with a happening night life,
recommend. Sending parcels abroad is expensive.
enjoyed by many international tourists. Use
Staff in the post office wil help with al checking and
commonsense, beware of petty theft in crowded
then sew parcels into sacks for a smal charge. If you
places and don't walk alone late at night. The most
need to send parcels by post to Peru, taxes can be
common theft is done by fraudulent travel agencies
conning naive tourists for nonexistent services.
It is compulsory to have travel insurance. Please
Mainly Roman Catholics. Indigenous ceremonies and
contact your local insurance company and explain
traditional beliefs are often blended with
the destination and reason for your stay.
Col ect cal s can be made to some European
• You can buy tokens and phone cards for
Since 1991 the Peruvian currency is the new "Sol"
international and long distance cal s at the
(S/). In more expensive establishments, prices are
Try to break down large notes whenever you can.
Taxi drivers are notorious for conning tourists often
We recommend that you bring the fol owing: • Lightweight layerable clothing
Warm clothes to sleep in (it gets cold at night in
the mountains & most homes don't use heaters)
Vaccination is not required to enter to Peru.
If you have planned to carry out a trip to the
• Comfortable walking shoes (tough to find shoes
Amazon area or jungle of Peru, it is advisable to be
Tampons (expensive) and contraceptives if
• No visa is necessary for citizens of Western
European countries, the US, South American
countries (except Chile and Venezuela), Canada
• Obtain a tourist card from the immigration
• The tourist card is valid for visits up to 90 days,
but make sure they don’t stamp for less at
Tourist cards can be renewed at Migraciones,
Paseo de la Republica 585, Lima. Also, you can
renew tourist cards in major towns such as Cuzco
• Medical supplies (antiseptic, aspirin,
• A return ticket is official y required for entry to
• Complete Spanish Dictionary, Pocket Spanish
• Always cal your Peruvian Embassy or Consulate
and double check on entry requirements, since
Time • May – December: 5 hours behind GMT
• January – April: 4 hours behind GMT.
For an up-to-date weather forecast, please take a
• Hotels - 10% in addition to the 10% on the bil .
It is not necessary to apply for a work permit, as you
• Restaurants - Service is included in the bil , but if
receive no wages for the voluntary work, it is
somebody is going out of his or her way for you,
• Tips are not normal y given to taxi drivers.
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