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This Fact File supplies information about Peru.

Currency

Peruvian Nuevo Sol. Notes in local currency or US dollars can be withdrawn from the many ATMs using a UK credit or debit card. Numerous money exchange offices exchange US dollar cash (few accept euros or sterling and the rate may be poor).

When to go

The best time to visit the Andes is April to October, the dry season but at this time it is misty and chilly in Lima. The jungle is an all-year destination, as is Arequipa and the Colca Canyon.

Language

Spanish

Time Difference

GMT -5 hours. 

Getting there

Average flight time to Lima is 12.5 hours.

Combines with

The Galápagos Islands, (flights from Lima connecting through Guayaquil, Ecuador).

Key events

Semana Santa (Easter): Many places throughout the country, Mar-Apr variable. Religious processions.
Inti Raymi, Cusco (24 Jun) Theatre and re-enactments of Inca history in the ruins of Sacsayhuamán, the temple fortress overlooking Cusco.
 

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