Preparation guide before traveling to Peru

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Traveling to Peru is a unique and exciting experience, and at Travel Buddies Peru we want to make sure you are fully prepared to enjoy your trip to the fullest. Here is our guide to preparing before you travel to Peru, full of practical tips and suggestions to make your Peru adventure an unforgettable experience.

Luggage and Clothing

Before packing, check the weather for each destination. Lima and Cusco have different climates, so be sure to include light clothing for Lima and extra layers for Cusco. Don’t forget to include comfortable and appropriate clothing for the excursions in Huacachina and bring sunblock for when you go to the Huacachina oasis, Ballestas Islands, or Nazca Lines, you can bring a windbreaker for the Ballestas Islands and comfortable shoes for walking on the sand of the Huacachina.

Health and Altitude

Although it is not necessary to be vaccinated specifically for travel to Peru, it is essential to prepare for the altitude in places like Cusco. Consult your doctor on how to prevent altitude sickness and follow these recommendations to take care of your health during your stay.

To prevent altitude sickness in places like Cusco, in addition to staying well hydrated and avoiding alcohol and caffeine, some travelers find it beneficial to consume coca tea. This infusion of coca leaves or coca tea has been traditionally used in the region for its natural properties that can help alleviate the symptoms of altitude sickness. In specific cases, it is recommended for people over 12 years of age to consider the use of pills such as Sorochin (acetazolamide) as a preventive measure. However, it is essential to emphasize that any intervention should be consulted with the doctor since its inappropriate use could have undesirable effects. It is always advisable to obtain medical guidance before incorporating any preventive measure.


Make sure you have a valid passport and any required visas. Make copies of your important documents and keep them in separate places. It is also advisable to have a digital copy.
In the case of overflight of the Nazca Lines and especially in Cusco where Machu Picchu is included, it is necessary to carry a passport.

Currency and Payments

The official currency is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol. Be sure to bring cash for small purchases and local excursions. Credit cards are widely accepted, but be aware of possible additional charges.


Check your cell phone coverage and consider purchasing a local SIM card if you plan to be in Peru for an extended period or a few days. It is also useful to download offline maps and translation applications.

Activities and Tours

Book your tours in advance, especially for popular destinations such as Machu Picchu. Check our offer of tours in Lima, Ica, and Cusco, and customize your itinerary according to your interests. Click on the following link

Health and Safety

Be informed about safety at each destination and take normal precautions. Drink bottled water and avoid food of dubious origin to ensure good health during your trip.
Preparing for your trip with Travel Buddies Peru is the first step to having a unique experience in Peru! If you have any further questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us, we hope to see you soon in Peru!

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