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TRAVELLING IN PERU

VISAS
we advised you to contact the embassy to check visa requirements as especially for some countries such as South Africa we have know of people having difficulties. It is not an issue we always have current information on and so please contact the embassy directly.

REQUIRED CLOTHING
Lightweights during summer days with much warmer clothes worn in upland areas, especially at night. Good fleeces are advised during cooler months. Rain gear is recommended during the rainy season, particularly in the Andes or Amazon. The main thing is use layering always have something with you to warm up quickly.

SUN EXPOSURE
The sun is very strong at the high altitudes of Cusco and Machu Picchu; no matter how cloudy or cool the day may seem at the top of mountain, you will get sunburned if you do not wear sunscreen, a hat, a scarf, or other sun-protective clothing. You may also want to bring aloe vera or some other mild, cooling after-sun gel,to help soothe the spots where the sunscreen may have rubbed off.

SHOPPING
Peru is one of the top shopping destinations in Latin America, with some of the finest and best-priced crafts anywhere. Its long traditions of textile weaving and colorful markets bursting with tourists have produced a dazzling display of alpaca-wool sweaters, blankets, ponchos, shawls, scarves, typical Peruvian hats, and other woven items. Peru's ancient indigenous civilizations were some of the world's greatest potters, and reproductions of Moche, Nazca, Paracas, and other ceramics are available. (Until recently, it was surprisingly easy to get your hands on the real thing, but that's no longer the case.) In some cities--especially Lima, Cuzco, and Arequipa--antique textiles and ceramics are still available. Some dealers handle pieces that are 1,000 years old or more (and others simply claim their pieces are that old). However, exporting such pre-Columbian artifacts from Peru is illegal.
In general, shops, shopping centers and handicraft markets are open everyday (even on holidays) between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.
In markets and in places such as those where there are beach vendors and street vendors, it is acceptable to bargain.


TIPPING
Tipping is customary in most restaurants, but it's not obligatory. In general, you should tip about 10% of the bill. In some upper-echelon restaurants, a service charge of 10% and tax of 18% are included on the bill. Even if service is included, many customers also leave a small amount of additional change as a tip to the waiter. In very informal, budget restaurants, tipping is often not customary among Peruvians, though you might consider leaving some change after having what will surely have been a very inexpensive mea