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One of the most frequent worries for travelers visiting Peru is altitude sickness. Cuzco is 11,000 ft. above sea level, Lake Titicaca is 13,000 ft. There is a couple of things you can do to prevent getting sick during your Peru vacation: first a visit to your doctor before departing is suggested since there is medications you could take with you to avoid feeling the effects of the high altitude. Get plenty of rest upon a arrival, give your body time to get use to it's new surroundings and be cautious with food and alcohol consumption. Keep your body well hydrated while on your Peru vacation, drink plenty of bottled water only. Peru's electricity is 220V, bringing an adaptor is recommended. Have more questions about planning your Peru vacation? We'll be happy to help you, just contact us at: or 1-855-238-0118.

Although all indigenous languages in Peru are considered official languages of the country, the main language spoken throughout is Spanish. The second most common language is Quechua. There are a number of dialects of Quechua with the most inhabitants using the dialect spoken in Cusco and the surrounding areas.

In the cities and towns, most people will speak Spanish. It is only when entering the small villages in the countryside and jungles that there will be people who do not. In the tourist areas, one can often make oneself understood with English in the shops and restaurants.

Residents of most countries in Western Europe and the Americas do not require visas to enter Peru. It's best to check with the Peruvian consulate in your country to be sure what is required. There are no vaccinations necessary for entering either, however, yellow fever is recommended if you will be traveling to certain parts of the jungle.

The currency here is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol. It's also possible to use American dollars in many larger cities in the more tourist-oriented places. However, the exchange rate will typically not be as favorable as using a moneychanger or bank. ATMs will typically allow you to take money out in either soles or dollars. Many smaller establishments will not have change for larger bills so it's best to use the largest bill you can wherever you are.

Even small towns will typically have Internet access. Most hotels will have at least one computer available for guest use. WiFi is become more popular as well, at least in the larger cities.

Peru is a fairly safe country to travel in. What crime there is tends to be the petty sort such as stealing cameras, backpacks, purses and the like. Being sensible and keeping a hand on personal belongings will generally keep you out of trouble. It's also best to use only official taxis, especially if you do not speak Spanish.

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