Read about passports, visas, vaccinations and the practicalities
In Kipling travel, we have traveled in South America since 1991 and therefore have many years of experience in putting together exciting individual, tailor-made trips and group trips with our tour guides. The programs range widely from classic cultural and nature trips over spiritual trips and to more active trips with trekking, climbing and rafting. In Peru, we use everything from local public transport in the form of bus, train, boat and canoe to private cars and minibuses with air conditioning.
All excursions are with competent, local, English-speaking tour guides. Be aware that the Native American guides around the Amazon are not always very English-savvy. However, it is part of the experience. 90% of our excursions take place exclusively on a private basis with our own transport and guide.
Passport & Visa to Peru
Danish citizens can be visa-free for up to 90 days. If you travel longer than 90 days, you must go to a larger city and get your visa renewed. As the rules can change quickly, it is always a good idea to stay updated on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website . Visas must not be applied for before departure to Peru.
To travel to Peru, the passport must be valid for at least 6 months upon entry. Of course, these rules can also change from one day to the next, so it is therefore a good idea, as with the visa, to stay completely up to date.
Vaccinations when traveling to Peru
Peru is a central South American and very beautiful gem. The Spanish ancestry has left its mark on the country, which is why the mother tongue is Spanish. The biodiversity of the country is extreme. In the western Pacific region you will find larger plains, while in the east you will be greeted by the humid and lush Amazon region.
There are many good reasons to set course for Peru, because here is everything the heart desires. Before you travel, just remember to research what vaccinations you should receive. This can be done both through your own doctor or at one of the country’s vaccination clinics. Note that there is a difference in where in Peru you travel.
Currency in Peru
In Peru, the currency is called Nuevo Sol and is abbreviated to PEN. You can bring the money from home, but if you have exchanged in Peru, it is also possible. However, it is easiest from US dollars. Otherwise, it is possible in the larger cities to withdraw money.
10 Nuevo Sol corresponds to approximately 20 Danish kroner. Nuevo Sol is available in banknotes in 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200, while coins are available in 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 centimos, where 100 centimos go in 1 nuevo sol. The coins are also available in 1 sun, 2 sun and 5 sun.
Language in Peru
More than 50 different languages are spoken in Peru. The two dominant ones are the Native American language Quechua, which is spoken by about 20% of the population, and Spanish, which is spoken by 75%. Spanish is the world’s second largest language, beaten only by Mandarin Chinese.
Peru’s second largest language, Quechua, is the language of the Inca Empire. Quecha is also spoken in Ecuador and Bolivia. The language became official in Peru in 1975 as the first country. It is estimated that it is spoken by about 9 million people worldwide.
Time difference between Peru and Denmark
Peru is one of the countries in the world that does not use summer time, and the time difference between Peru and Denmark, which you know uses summer time, is therefore variable. If you travel to Peru while we have winter time in Denmark, the time difference will be six hours. If you travel during Danish summer time, the time difference will be five hours.
With a time difference of 5-6 hours, it pays to set your body on the time difference before departure. When you travel west, you have to set the clock forward, which means that the day suddenly becomes up to six hours longer. Therefore, it may be a good idea to take a nap on the day of departure if possible.
Climate and travel weather in Peru
The three geographical zones that you can experience when touring Peru each have their own climate. It gives you a unique opportunity to experience weather conditions of very different characters on your journey. The best time to go on a round trip to Peru therefore depends on whether the trip goes to the coast, the highlands or the rainforest.
June to September is Peru’s driest period, and is considered the country’s winter time. This period will be said to be high season, with the low season lasting from November to April. This is because there is rainy season in Peru, where there will typically be massive rain showers. Here there is a risk that the incastia will be closed due to the weather conditions. This is also called the country’s summer time.
Regardless of when you choose to go on a round trip to Peru and to which part of the country the trip goes, there are many unique experiences waiting, and there is guaranteed to be something for everyone.