Peru Holidays - Machu Picchu


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Peru Holidays - National FlagCapital: Lima

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: 

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


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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.