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Peru: ein Land mit vielen unterschiedlichen
Kulturen, Traditionen, Wetter und
USEFUL INFORMATION OF LIMA
• Access By air:
There is the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima to
which direct and stopover flights, coming from the most varied
national and foreign cities, arrive. It is the threshold to
enter Peru and it is connected by air with the main cities
of the country and abroad.
The Pan American Highway links all the cities along the coastline,
and connects with Ecuador to the north and with Chile to the
south. The inner cities of the Sierra and the Rainorest are
reached through the Central Highway.
International bus lines link the Peruvian capital with the
main South American cities.
Some distances within the country:
Lima to Arequipa: 1009 kilometres
Lima to Trujillo: 557 kilometres
Lima to Cusco: 1154 kilometres
Lima to Tacna: 1293 kilometres
El Callao is the most important seaport of the country and
one of the most active in the south Pacific.
Large ships including cruise ships arrive at it.
• Commerce (Working hours)
The stores are usually open Mondays through Saturdays
from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Many small businesses close a couple
of hours during lunchtime, and work in the morning only on
Saturdays. The bank working hours vary according to the bank
and the season of the year. The largest ones close for a couple
of hours for lunch, and then remain open until 6:00 PM. Some
banks open on Saturdays' mornings. Most museums open Mondays
through Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Some close for
lunch, usually from 1:00 PM to 3:00 or 4:00 PM.
In general terms, stores, shopping malls and craftsmanship's
markets, work every day from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
It is acceptable to bargain about the price of an article
in markets, and with beach and street hawkers. This bargaining
process is known as regateo.
The national currency is the Nuevo sol (S/.), available
in notes and coins.
Hotels, restaurants and stores in the main cities accept most
major credit cards, and sometimes traveller checks too. However,
it is important to always carry some cash money with you.
You can use the US dollar as well, and you can pay with such
notes at the exchange rate of the day, or in soles.
The national currency of Peru is the sol, which is divided
into 100 cents. The bank notes have 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and
200 denominations. The coins are of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents
and 1, 2 and 5 soles. Be aware of old currencies out of circulation.
The US dollar is accepted in most of the businesses, restaurants
and gas stations at the rate of the day. Even though exchange
peddlers can offer you better rates than those of a bank,
you take the chance of being deceived. Changing your money
at the hotel is a lot safer but rates can be up to 5% higher.
You can also change your dollars and euros in banks and exchange
establishments; they do not charge a commission.
Most businesses take the best known credit cards such as Visa,
MasterCard, Diners and American Express. The use of traveller
checks has its limitations; ask if they would be accepted.
When purchasing something with a credit card, check that you
are paying the amount of the service or goods acquired only.
The bank branches work Mondays through Fridays from
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. They work in the morning on Saturdays.
The banks work with the main credit cards, therefore you won´t
have any problems using yours.
- Peru's country code: 51.
- Lima's area code: 01.
You can use coins to call from public telephones or purchase
a 147 phone card from the telephone company.
Taxis in Lima:
Airport - Lima S/. 10.00 - 20.00
Lima - Districts S/. 5.00 - 8.00
• Food / Drinks
Eat and drink at guaranteed places only. Beware of
dishes too spicy, tourists are not used to them. The fruits
should be disinfected with a spoon of chlorine in 5 litres
of water for 2 minutes.
Typical dishes: Carapulcra, Cau-Cau, Anticuchos, Arroz
con Conchas. Sweets such as Mazamorra Morada and Arroz con
An 18% tax, known as general sells tax or IGV, is
imposed on all articles, except those purchased in the streets.
The use of the airport has a fee of 18.00 US dollars for international
flights and of 4.00 US dollars for domestic flights.
Important tips / Customs / Departing tax:
- International: 25.00 US dollars
- National: S/. 14.00 approx
Between 5 and 10% of the total would be enough in
most restaurants. Porters at hotels and the airport expect
a 1.00 US dollar tip for each piece of luggage. There is no
need to tip the taxi drivers. Tourist guides and tour drivers
expect a 5 to 10 soles tip per day.
It is customary to tip minor services with 2 soles.
It is not usual to tip taxi drivers.
• Travelling papers
Visitors coming from the United States, Canada and
the United Kingdom need a valid passport and a return plane
ticket to get a 60 or a 90 day visa.
Documents: You must carry a photocopy of your passport with
you, and keep the original at the hotel's safety box.
• Tourist information
Tourist Information Office (Jirón de Unión
1066, Tel. 01/432-3559), opens Mondays through Fridays from
8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Municipal Tourist Office of Miraflores
(San Martín 537, Tel. 01/447-9539 or 01/444-3915),
opens Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 to 5:00 PM.