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'Mountain-bike expedition to Machu Picchu'

Useful addresses

New York

Peru Consulate General
241 East 49th Street
10017 New York
Tel.: 646-735 3828
Fax: 646-735 3866


Ambassade du Perou
25,rue de l'Arcade
75008 Paris
Tel.: 01-4265 2510
Fax: 01-4265 0254
Web site: Ambassade du Perou


52 Sloane Street
London SW1X 9SP
Tel: 020-7235 1917, 020-7235 2545
Fax: 0207235 4463
Web site: Embassy of Peru

General information

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.

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If you know in advance which places you're going to visit, you can find out online if and where there are ATM's where you can use your MasterCard and Cirrus or Visa to withdraw money.


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 security

Traveling 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

Through online reservation systems like À la Carte Vacations you can book airline tickets, hotels, rental cars and holiday houses. You can build a fly-drive itinerary with maximum flexibility, book a flight plus a hotel hotel for a night or weekend. Without the limitations of package deals from travel organisations and most times for a much better price.

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