Visiting

Business hours

Normal business hours range from 8.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday.

Business visitors should check to avoid major holidays, including Christmas and New Year's break, Easter, and Fiestas Patrias (28 and 29 July). January is the traditional holiday month in Peru.

Public holidays

May 1 – Labour Day
June 29 – St Peter and St Paul's Day
July 28 – Independence Day
August 30 – St. Rose of Lima
October 8 – Battle of Angamos Day
November 1 – All Saints’ Day
December 8 – Immaculate Conception
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 26 – Christmas holiday

Climate

Lima is on a coastal desert so the climate is temperate and dry year-round and seldom windy.

Dense mist in the winter months (June to September) is the only notable precipitation.

Summer (December to March) is usually sunny with low humidity and temperatures from 20°C to 28°C. Rainy season in the Andes is from December to April; weather in the other months is dry.

For weather details in Peru, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

The official currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol (S/.) which is divided into 100 centimos. Bank notes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Soles. Coin values are five, 10, 20, 50 centimos and one, two and five Soles.

US dollars are readily accepted in major hotels and better restaurants and shops.

Credit cards, especially Visa and Diners Club, are widely accepted in Peru, although a passport is usually requested as proof of identification.

ATMs are common throughout Lima and major provincial cities and most dispense US dollars and Peruvian Soles.

Beware of false bank notes, both in US dollars and Peruvian Soles, particularly from taxi drivers and moneychangers on the street. There are forged US notes in circulation so to avoid this you should obtain notes from ATMs, banks, or major hotels.

Oanda currency converter

Time zones and time differences

Peru is 15 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.

To find out the current time in Lima, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Peru's country code is 51.

For calls to Peru from Australia dial: 0011 + 51 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Peru to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

Find out more about Australian area codes or international dialing codes.

Electricity and water

Peru’s power supply is 220 volts, 60Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 3 wires. The two-prong round (Europe) and two-prong flat (North American) plugs are the most common.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

Peru travel
Peru Tourism
Peru Travel Guide

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