Capital Lima

Population 31,488,700

Area 1,285,216 km2

Key facts

Peru is a country located in South America. There are 5 countries (Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador) that Peru shares its borders with. The official language of Peru is Spanish. Unfortunately, if you speak English, it might be problematic to communicate fluently unless you know Spanish.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Peru was ranked 56th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Peru is Peruvian sol (PEN). The nuevo sol (S/) is subdivided into 100 céntimo.

Peruvian
Banknotes

S/10S/20S/50S/100S/200

Peruvian
Coins

102050S/1S/2S/515

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Peru is 185.59 Mbps and mobile is 28.83 Mbs.The global average is 187.01 Mbps and 128.37 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density Peru has more ATMs than most other countries.117.24 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Peru, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 3 socket types used in Peru. Type A & Type B are widespread in North America (incl. the U.S.), Central America, Japan, and the Philippines. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type A 220 V, 60 Hz  Type B 220 V, 60 Hz  Type C 220 V, 60 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2024, Peru will celebrate 13 national public holidays. The next one International Workers’ Day will take place on May 1.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2024 New Year’s DayAño Nuevo
March 28, 2024Moving holiday Holy ThursdayJueves Santo
March 29, 2024Moving holiday Good FridayViernes Santo
March 31, 2024Moving holiday Easter SundayDomingo Santo
May 1, 2024 International Workers’ DayDía del Trabajo
June 29, 2024 St. Peter and St. PaulDía de San Pedro y San Pablo
July 28, 2024 Independence DayDía de la Independencia
July 29, 2024 Independence DayDía de la Independencia
August 30, 2024 Santa Rosa de LimaDía de Santa Rosa de Lima
October 8, 2024 Battle of AngamosCombate de Angamos
November 1, 2024 All Saints DayDía de Todos los Santos
December 8, 2024 Immaculate ConceptionInmaculada Concepción
December 25, 2024 Christmas DayNavidad

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Peru?

There are no Mariott hotels in Peru.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Peru.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Peru.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Peru.

There are Radisson hotels in 4 cities.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Peru.

What fast food chains are present in Peru?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Peru.

The KFC chain operates in Peru.

The Burger King chain operates in Peru.

The Subway chain operates in Peru.

The Domino’s Pizza chain does not operate in Peru.

The Starbucks chain operates in Peru.

Weather

What is the weather like in Lima?

Today the sun in Lima, rises at 6:13 AM and sets at 6:01 PM. The climate of Lima may be categorized as a subtropical desert (BWh), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayApr 18FogLow: 18.3°C (64.94°F)High: 25.1°C (77.18°F)
FridayApr 19FogLow: 17.8°C (64.04°F)High: 26.9°C (80.42°F)
SaturdayApr 20FogLow: 18.2°C (64.76°F)High: 27.3°C (81.14°F)
SundayApr 21FogLow: 18.2°C (64.76°F)High: 27.1°C (80.78°F)
MondayApr 22FogLow: 18.4°C (65.12°F)High: 27.3°C (81.14°F)
TuesdayApr 23OvercastLow: 18.9°C (66.02°F)High: 27.6°C (81.68°F)

Weather data for Lima (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Lima.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 3 cities. Bolt is not available in Peru.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Peru.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 3.9, Peru is placed 93rd out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Peru traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  312.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 13.60 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.74.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Peru

911 Police
911 Ambulance
911 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is prohibited in all public areas excluding entertainment and restaurants.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage is decriminalized, and medical use is legal.

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Alcohol allowance

  • 20 cigarette packages or 50 cigars or 250g of choped tobacco

Tobacco allowance

  • 3L of liquor
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