Travel advice & practical information for travelogue:
'Mountain-bike expedition to Machu Picchu'
Peru Consulate General
241 East 49th Street
10017 New York
Tel.: 646-735 3828
Fax: 646-735 3866
Peru is roughly twice the size of France and is for a large part dominated by the Andes mountains. The coast is dry and here and there even desert-like; it is 2,000 km long. The country has around 22 million inhabitants, of which 7 million live in the capital Lima. A large part of the Amazone region is in Peru.
The official language is Spanish, a second language is an Inca dialect, epecially in the region around Cusco.
There are ATMs in an increasing number of cities, among which Tumbes, Lima and Cusco.
A good source of information about health risks is the site of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Peru. Always consult your family doctor as well.
Safety and securityTraveling in some countries or regions can be risky. That shouldn't always keep you from visiting there, but part of a good preparation is to find out what kind of risks there are.
A good place to start is the CIA World Factbook Peru has up-to-date information on all aspects of safety and security.
Always get advice from your own country's Foreign Department as well.
Plan your trip to Peru online
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