Peru offers travelers a rich combination of natural wonders and cultural treasures, making it one of the world’s greatest destinations. Visitors to Peru will need a sense of adventure and the drive to discover for themselves the smallest details as well as major attractions, and above all the ability to get the most out of every experience.

Please bear in mind the following advice when traveling in Peru:


AltitudeAltitudes are a health challenge for all people and the city of Cusco is located almost 3,400 meters above sea level. This change of environment implies a change in the body’s barometric pressure and in the concentration of oxygen you’re breathing. These changes have two different effects: on one hand, your body’s cells swell, making you feel uncomfortable, which you can fight by drinking plent...Read More


1Internet access is widely available in Peru in major cities and popular tourist destinations.

  • Most hotels offer a free internet service or internet-connected computers in their business center or internet corner. This is the case at Casa San Blas.

  • Most cafés and restaurants offer free W...Read More


ElectricityVoltage in Peru is 220/240v 60 cycles. Many hotels are also equipped with 110/120v sockets. Most sockets are of the equidistant two-pin type. If your devices have a different type of plug, ask at the hotel reception for an adaptor.

Hairdryers are available at most hotels (from 3 stars upwards). Hairdryers are available for use in the Casa San Blas Boutique room...Read More


ReligionMost Peruvians are Catholics; however freedom of worship is respected in Peru. Many celebrations and rituals associated with the Catholic faith take place throughout the length and breadth of Peru. In addition, a number of mystical practices associated with Peru’s ancient pre-Hispanic cultures remain alive to this day, as the result of a unique and remarkable process of religious syncretism.

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Currency exchange

Currency exchangeThe market forces of supply and demand determine currency exchange rates. There are many currency exchange bureaus in major cities and popular tourist destinations. You can check the daily exchange rate in newspapers or other news outlets, or ask the reception staff at your hotel.

Use of travelers’ checks is becoming increasingly uncommon. Those traveler...Read More


WaterMains water is not recommended for drinking, although this is due to its mineral content rather than health concerns. Mains water is fine for bathing and washing. Please stick to bottled water for drinking.

Remember that Casa San Blas Boutique provides its guests of purified water in the lobby and at the restaurant, and 8-liter purified water containers (in its suite...Read More


WaterThe distance from Casa San Blas Boutique, Hotel in Cusco to Cusco’s main square, or Plaza de Armas, is an enjoyable short walk, during which you can choose to stop and visit handcraft stores and galleries, or observe local life as residents go about their daily activities.

When returning to the hotel and depending on your physical condition, you might choose to take...Read More


ClothingIn Cusco, the temperature may vary considerably during the day. At night and in the early hours of the morning it is often cold and can be windy. At these times visitors should use warm clothing (a rain jacket is recommended during the rainy season).

For excursions and during periods of sunshine, visitors are recommended to use long-sleeved cotton shirts or t-shir...Read More


ClimatePeru’s geographic location makes it one of the world’s most climatically diverse countries. A total of 84 of the planet’s 112 climate zones exist within Peru’s borders, making it one of the most agriculturally rich nations on Earth.

Peru has two clearly defined seasons: the rainy season (during the summer months from December to March); and the dry season (d...Read More


TippingIt is usual to leave a 10% tip for waiting staff in restaurants and cafés. In common with other parts of the world, tipping is subject to the customer’s discretion and the quality of service received.

We suggest that tips are given in cash, so they will not be reduced by banking or administrative commissions.

Tipping of taxi d...Read More


ShoppingPurchases can be made in local currency (Peruvian soles) or US dollars. Check the exchange rate, which may vary from day-to-day, before making any transaction.

Credit cards and debit cards are accepted by most businesses (hotels, restaurants and stores).

Small stores and handcraft markets tend to only accept cash. Fortunately, ...Read More

Travel documents

Travel DocumentsTravelers entering Peru must carry a valid passport. Visas are not required for travelers from the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico and South American nations.

Citizens of Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, all African nations (with ...Read More

Time Zone

Time ZonePeruvian time is 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time, sharing the same time zone as Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the United States.

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Safety measures

Safety MeasuresCusco is a safe city; however, like anywhere else in the world, travelers are recommended to take normal precautions to avoid problems during their visit.

  • Only carry with you the cash you will need, together with your credit card.

  • Try not to exchange currency with street money changers; ...Read More


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Address Peru:
Tocuyeros 556 Cuesta de San Blas, Cusco - Peru
Telephone numbers:
From desk:  +51 84 237900
Reservations:  +51 84 254852
USA / Canada Toll Free:  +1 888 223 2806
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