Peru: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

Peru: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

About Peru


Peru, in South America, is home to a part of the Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan city high in the Andes mountains. The region around Machu Picchu, which includes the Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and colonial city of Cusco, is rich in archaeological sites. The capital city of Lima lies on Peru’s arid Pacific coast and has a preserved colonial center and important collections of pre-Colombian art.


Capital City: Lima

Population: 33.3 million (2021 est.)

Currency: Sol (PEN)

Time Zone: Peru Standard Time- PET (GMT-5).

Emergency Number: 105

Outlet: A/B & C


Packing List

Speak the Language

The official language of Peru is Spanish. However, Peru is a multilingual nation with many indigenous languages.


  • Hello - ¡Hola! (O-la)
  • Goodbye - ¡Adios! (AH-dee-ohs)
  • Thank you - Gracias (GRA-see-as)
  • Do you speak English? - ¿Habla inglés? (Ab-la in-GLAYS)
  • I (don’t) understand - Yo (no) entiendo (yo no en-tee-EN-doh)
  • How are you? - ¿Cómo está? (KOH-moh eh-STAH)
  • I’m fine, thank you - Bien, gracias (bee-EN, GRA-see-as)
  • What’s your name? -  Cómo te llamas? ((KOH-moh te ya-mas?))
  • My name is… - Me llamo… (May ya-moh… )
  • Where is... -  ¿Dónde está… (DON-day es-tah...)

- The bathroom - el baño (el BAH-nyo)

- An ATM - un cajero (un kah-HEH-roh)


Google Translate: Download the Google Translate app or click here  





Tipping Suggestions: Tips for Guides, drivers and restaurants are not included. Tips provide supplemental income, and, while not mandatory, are greatly appreciated. If the local teams have added to the experience, please reward them.

Guides USD $2-4 per person/per day
Drivers USD $1-2 per person/per day
Restaurants (full service) USD 10-15% of total bill



Where can I find information on travel safety? Check out the US Department of State's website for the most up-to-date information on safety while traveling.

Is the water safe to drink? Tap water should be avoided by Travelers. You should also avoid brushing your teeth with tap water when possible. For drinking water, make sure to drink treated water which can be found at all lodging accommodations. 

Do I need a Visa? For Visa information, visit click here. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after you return home and has two or more blank pages. Otherwise, some countries may not let you enter.

What about vaccines? For vaccination information, click here.

Do you recommend travel insurance? While not required, we highly recommend all travelers get travel insurance for their trip to protect themselves from the unknown! Check out travel insurance options from our partner,, or from a provider of your choice.

How much should I pack? As we will be using shared transfers and spaces throughout our tour we recommend all travelers pack as lightly as possible. Please review our luggage restrictions below.

Should I include an overnight bag in my packing? If your trip includes a night in Aguas Calientes, we highly recommend bringing an overnight bag with you. Since we travel to Aguas Calientes by train, we are unable to carry our full luggage. Having a small overnight bag specifically for that part of your itinerary is convenient. The rest of your luggage will be safely stored and waiting for you at the subsequent destinations of your trip.

What does public transportation look like? Taxis and buses are available in Lima and Cusco. However, the best way to get around Cusco is by walking!

Is Uber or Lyft available? Uber is available in Lima.

Luggage Restrictions

Luggage Restrictions purple
Luggage restrictions purple – mobile – 1

1% Promise

In partnership with The Cool Effect, 1% of Trova's revenue will be donated to reduce carbon emissions through community-based initiatives around the globe.

Book With Confidence