Travel guide

The origins of civilization

Nestled between three impressive natural barriers, the Amazon on one side, the Andes on the other, and bordering the Pacific Ocean, Peru is a little paradise in South America. Lima, its capital, whose historic center has been declared a World Heritage Site. With a total of 8 archaeological sites and 2 natural parks listed by UNESCO, Peru has a unique wealth that makes other countries jealous. Often recognized for its star of the country, Machu Picchu (15th century) in the Cuzco region, Peru has many other wonders to offer you throughout your trip. Cross the Atacama desert, observe the Canon del Colca, meet the Peruvians on an island in Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, perched at an altitude of 4,000 meters. Close to the Chilean border. 

Mythical Inca sites, breathtaking nature and hospitality like nowhere else. Peruvian culture resonates throughout the country, with gastronomy, buildings and traditions that will captivate you. 

Time difference



New Peruvian Soil


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

  • Good morning / Good evening = Buenos dias/Buenas tardes
  • How are you? = Como esta?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Muy bien, gracias y usted?
  • Do you speak French/English? = Habla frances/ ingles?
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = Entiendo/ No entiendo
  • Sorry = Disculpa
  • Goodbye = Adios
  • Welcome = Bienvenido/a
  • Thank you (very much) = (Muchas) Gracias
  • Excuse me/Please = Disculpa/ por favor
  • I am French = Soy frances/ francesa
  • My name is… = Me llamo
  • No thanks = No gracias
  • Yes/No = Si/ No
  • You’re welcome = De nada/ se lo ruego
  • How much is it? = Cuanto cuesta?
  • I would like to go… = Quisiera ir…
  • Have a nice day! = Que tenga un buen dia!

Key figures

Peru is at GMT-5, i.e. :

  • in summer, there’s a 6-hour time difference (when it’s 12:00 a.m. in Paris, it’s 6:00 a.m. in Lima).
  • in winter, there’s a 7-hour time difference (when it’s 12:00 a.m. in Paris, it’s 5:00 a.m. in Lima). 

Good to know

Type C South American sockets.

To call Peru from France, dial 00 + 51 + city code + the number of the corresponding .

To call France from Peru, dial 00 + 33 + your correspondent’s 9-digit number (without the initial 0). 

Given the country’s high altitudes, it’s advisable to acclimatize for a few days before setting off on your excursion. 

Don’t forget to bundle up (the weather can be cool in the higher elevations), so the sun won’t seem as strong: pack a little wool and a hat. 


We recommend that you keep your vaccinations up to date. As always, it’s important to be protected against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, hepatitis A and B, measles and, possibly, rabies. 

Although yellow fever vaccination is not (yet) compulsory for travellers arriving directly from Europe or the United States, the increasing number of outbreaks of the disease in many parts of the country and neighbouring countries, and not just in the Amazon regions, means that it is now recommended for everyone, except for rare contraindications decided by the International Vaccination Centre. 

Our current insistence on recommending vaccination has less to do with the risk of contracting the disease than with the variability of the administrative risk involved in itinerant travel from one country in the region to another. 


Passport required for French nationals, valid at least 6 months after the date of entry into Peru. If your trip involves transiting the U.S.: all French travelers (including children) going to or transiting the U.S. by air or sea, for a tourist trip of less than 90 days, must be in possession of an individual passport bearing the “microchip” symbol on the cover. As of January 15, 2017, the authorization to leave the country is reinstated for French minors traveling without at least one of their ESTA parents. Forms are available online (request no later than 72 hours before departure). There is a fee for ESTA authorization: US$14 (January 2017), payable at the time of application. French, Belgian and Swiss nationals do not require a visa for a stay of less than 3 months. 

On entering Peru, travellers fill in the Tarjeta Andina de Migracion information form. From now on, this document is no longer returned to them stamped; it is kept and digitized by the immigration services. When leaving Peru, travellers need only present their passport on arrival. 

For other nationalities, we’ll be happy to help you with all the formalities.