Peru Holidays Factfile
Population: 29.2 million
Language: Spanish and Quechua.Time: GMT - 5.
International dialling code: +51
Visas: Not required by UK citizens for stays of up to 60 days.
Country Representative in UK: Peruvian Embassy, 52 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9SP. Tel: 0207 235 1917. e-mail: email@example.com.
Voltage: 220 AC, 60 Hz.
Vaccinations: There are no mandatory vaccinations required. Recommended: BCG, Cholera, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Rabies, Typhoid, Yellow Fever. For up-to-date information please consult your local G.P. or visit the MASTA website
Money: New Sol (S) divided into 100 céntimos. For the up-to-date exchange rate please visit the OANDA Currency Converter website
Guidebook: The Rough Guide to Peru
Food and Drink: Peru’s astonishing ecological diversity has helped to produce an exciting cuisine. The national dish – ceviche – is made from fresh seafood marinated in lime juice and chillies, then served with sweet potato, a cob of corn and salad. Washed down at Sunday lunchtime with a cool Cusqueña beer, it’s an experience not to be missed.
Cuy (roast guinea pig), an exotic local speciality, is also worth a try, even if the thought may be off-putting. Street snacks are tasty and good value – grilled meats and empanadas are available almost anywhere, alongside delicious tropical produce. Finally, don’t leave without sampling the national tipple, pisco sour: a mix of Peruvian pisco, lime, syrup, egg white and bitters – delicious and surprisingly potent.