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Peru is known as the Land of the Incas, as the Inca Empire covered much of Peru and neighboring countries, with its center at Cusco. Incan sites like Machu Picchu still draw over one million tourists each year. The Amazon rainforest is also an important tourism attraction, as well as the capital city of Lima, a colonial city with important art museums. 


Currency: Peruvian Sol can be withdrawn from ATMs throughout Peru, however keep in mind that smaller cities or towns may not have access to ATMs and its recommended to withdraw cash and take it with you.

Power Points: Most power points are the same as US power points (2 flat prongs). I would recommend you take a Travel Adapter especially for non Australians.

Official Language: The official language of Peru is Spanish, which is different to Spanish spoken in Spain.

Health: There are a number major health concerns in Peru for travellers such as yellow fever, zika, malaria, dengue as well as other waterborne, foodborne, parasitic and other infectious diseases are common. I would recommend that you contact your doctor a few weeks before you travel as in some cases you need to start any medication a few days before your trip or you may need to get a vaccination. The tap water is generally not safe to drink.

Unsure about travelling during COVID? Check out the COVID travel requirements and restrictions for Peru. 

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