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Welcome to Peru Hop! If you’re travelling to Peru or if you are already here, you might have some questions about our service and of course Peru itself. Our FAQs are aimed at helping you with any question you may have. Just click on the topic and you’ll be able to continue.


About Peru Hop

    What is Peru Hop?

    Peru Hop is the first Hop on Hop off bus service in Peru. Our service covers the whole south of Peru. Our stops include world famous places such as:

     

    Cusco – The Gateway to Machu Picchu
    Puno – Lake Titicaca… the highest navigable lake in the world
    Arequipa – Colca Canyon… the second deepest canyon in the world
    Nazca – The World famous Nazca Lines
    Lima – The capital city

     

    Not only do we stop at these world-famous destinations, we also show you incredible places in between that tourists don’t normally get to see.

     

    Huacachina – South America´s only desert oasis
    Paracas – Home of the Ballestas Islands, Peru’s mini Galapagos
    Chincha – Hacienda San Jose, featuring 17km of secret underground slave tunnels
    Ica – Pisco vineyard tour, try our national drink

    What exactly is a hop-on, hop-off bus?

    Imagine we are like the red city tour buses you see all around the world with the open top roof, that take you around the city in just one day. Those buses let you hop off at main tourist sights and you can hop on whenever you want to go to the next stop.

     

    The concept we follow is very similar. Our buses follow a specific route and you can hop-on and hop-off at each of our destinations whenever you like, according to our timetable. Your pass is valid for 1 year in 1 direction, so you can stay as long as you want in 1 place or just follow our recommended schedule!

    Where can I find a Peru Hop office?

    We have offices in Lima, Cusco and La Paz. You can check our opening hours, addresses and numbers on our contact page.

    How do I hop-on and hop-off?

    It is very easy to hop-on and hop-off.

     

    HOP-OFF: Basically, when you arrive at a destination, your guide will tell you when the next bus is leaving. You can tell him you want to hop off and he will put your pass on hold for you. If you don’t want to hop-off, you don’t need to do anything and you will continue on your selected schedule.

     

    HOP-ON: Simply log-in to our booking system (Hop Login at the top, on the right side of the Peru Hop website) using your unique booking code and last name. Here you can reserve a space or change your dates for any of the next buses… it really is that easy.

     

    All hostels and hotels have Wi-Fi for you to use, and in the worst case scenario, you can call our office from reception… don´t worry we have never lost anybody along the way… yet!!

    How to choose between the different passes?

    We have two different kinds of passes:

    Hop-on and hop-off pass:

    These are our classic passes that will take you from A to be B with great stops along the way. You can hop on and hop off whenever you want or just follow our recommended itinerary. Everything is up to you!

     

    You choose your pass based on:

    – Where you want to leave from

    Lima, Cusco, La Paz, Arequipa, Puno, Copacabana …

    – How much time you have

    Only a few days, 1 week, two weeks …

    – Where you want to go and what you want to do

    Do you want to finish in Cusco? Do you want to do a Colca Canyon Trek? Do you want to volunteer in Puno? Do you want to be in Huacachina on a Friday night?

     

    Day trips:

    These 1/2/3 day trips are round trips that leave from Lima, Cusco or La Paz. They are all inclusive (transport + accommodation + tours).These passes are perfect for those who have limited time and just have 1-3 days to explore more of Peru or Bolivia. The best part is that everything is included except food!

    How does it work?

    Booking

    Visit on of our offices in Lima, Cusco or La Paz or book online. Choose the ideal pass for you based on where you want to travel and how much time you have.

     

    In our tickets & Trips section, you can then plan your trip with our itinerary planner or use our timetables. If you´re are not sure of your plans, just book online and update your itinerary along the way to suit your plans.
     
    During your booking we will ask you where you would like to picked up from on your departure date. If you do not have accommodation yet at the time of booking, you can choose another hotel from our list.
     
    You can always change the pick-up location later via your Hop Login (Preferably 3 days before departure but if you are booking within 3 days of departure this is fine, but remember your must update at least 12 hours before so we know where to pick you up from to start your trip!).

     

    Your Trip

    We then pick you up from the first pick-up point. Our on-board Peruvian guide will give you an information pack with your timetable and some information about the different tours and accommodation.
     
    You can book accommodation and tours directly with your guide on the bus. If you arrive to a place and decide to stay longer, just tell your guide and he will put your pass on hold.
     
    To hop back on, simply log in to our booking system (Hop Login at the top right side of the Peru Hop website) using your unique reservation code and last name. Here you can reserve your space on any of the next buses and choose FROM WHICH HOTEL we need to pick you up from next.
     
    At the end of your trip, you can pick up your free T-shirt at our office in Cusco or Lima (depends on availability).

    Does Peru Hop give discounts or benefits?

    Yes, we offer discounts!

    • You can find our hotel/hostel discounted prices on our hotel/hostel page.
    • We have a selection of FREE tours on our route.
    The extra tours that we offer, are booked with selected operators via FindLocalTrips.com. They allow date changes right up until the day before your tour at no extra cost as a special deal for Peru Hop passengers.
    • We can give you a $10 per person if you are a group of 3 or more. You will find more info under ABOUT YOUR PAYMENT.
    • Upon purchasing a Peru Hop or Bolivia Hop pass, you will receive a discount code, which will give you a discount on your next booking with either Peru Hop or Bolivia Hop.

    Who are the guides?

    All our guides are proud Peruvians (fluent in both English and Spanish) who know their country better than any of us ever could. They know all the hidden gems, all the best (and cheapest) places to eat and drink, and they will teach you things about Peru that you simply cannot read about in any guidebook or website.

     

    Our guides are great, friendly people who are really proud to have the opportunity to show visitors around their country, so we are very confident you will like your on-board guide, no matter which one is on your bus!

    Where do we go?

    Peru Hop travels between Lima, Cusco and La Paz (we do not go as far as Uyuni). Between those big cities, we have smaller destinations, like: Paracas, Huacachina, Arequipa, Puno, Copacabana. We also pass through Nazca. It is possible to hop-on or hop-off in Nazca. Please contact us via email for more information.

    Is Peru Hop available to everybody?

    Families, single travellers, couples and groups of friends of all ages are welcome to join us travelling through Peru. Our buses always carry a mix of people from different backgrounds and age groups, that’s what makes travelling with Peru Hop such a great experience.

About your booking

    Where can I book a ticket?

    You can book your ticket:
     
    • Via peruhop.com or boliviahop.com
    • Via our offices in Lima, La Paz or Cusco
    • Via selected hotels/hostels and agencies in Peru

    How do I book a ticket online?

    Go to our tickets & trips section and browse until you find the pass that matches your itinerary best. In the pass, you click the book now button, which will redirect you to our booking platform. Our booking platform has 6 steps and it is really easy!

     

    Step 1: Choose your pass:

    On the screen your chosen pass will be automatically filled in (verify you picked the right pass). You just need to select your departure date and the number of seats you want.

     

    Step 2: Route by Route:

    Here you need to choose your first pick-up location. We give you a recommended itinerary but this is completely adaptable during your trip with your log-in code!

    NOTE: if you do not know your pick-up location at the time of booking, you can send us an email later to confirm this (preferably 3 days before departure but if you are booking within 3 days of departure this is fine, but remember your must update your booking at least 12 hours before so we know where to pick you up from to start your trip!).

     

    Step 3: Fill in your passenger information:

    Fill in your personal information and the info of those you’re booking for.

     

    Step 4: Add-ons:

    Here you will see a 5% credit card fee added to the price of your ticket.

     

    Step 5: Summary:

    We will give you a summary of your ticket so you can check all your information before making the payment. If you have a discount code, you can fill it in here.

     

    Step 6: Payment:

    Finish your booking (we accept Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Maestro). Fill in your card details and confirm your booking. Once you have received the message YOUR BOOKING IS CONFIRMED – You can officially call yourself a hopster!

     

    If something is not working or your payment doesn’t go through, you can always contact us or book your ticket in one of our offices in Lima, Cusco or La Paz.
    You will receive your booking confirmation via email. In your email you will receive a reservation code, which you can use to make changes to your booking in your Hop Login. Read more in our FAQ section about how to use your Hop Login.

    Upon purchasing a Peru Hop or Bolivia Hop pass, you receive a discount code (not the same as your reservation code) that you can use if you decide to continue your travels with us and purchase a future pass.

    If I book online how do I receive my ticket?

    You will receive a confirmation email within 2 hours confirming your purchase. Once you hop on our bus, you will receive your Peru Hop wristband by your guide, which acts as your ticket and gives you access to all our exclusive discounts.

    What if I haven't received my booking confirmation?

    Oops, please check your spam / junk mail as maybe it has gone there, but if not just email us. You can find our contact details on our contact page, and we will fix this for you asap.

     

    Please remember that Peru is -5GMT so 5/6 hours behind Brittain and 6/7 hours behind continental Western Europe (daytime saving adds an hour) and 15 hours behind Australia / NZ. This means we might not reply to you instantly. That being said, we do have a reputation of replying quickly.

    How do I book hotels/hostels for my trip?

    There are three ways to book a hostel or hotel for your trip with Peru Hop:

     

    • Book directly with the hotel or hostel (min. 48 hours beforehand to give them time to answer)

    Check our discounts page for Peru Hop discounts.

     

    • Book on the bus with your on-board guide (Predominantly dorm rooms – privates may be possible if available)

    Check our discounts page for Peru Hop discounts. Please note that dorms are subject to availability. We will always make sure to find a place for you to stay but it might not be the hostel or hotel of your preference.

     

    • Book through third party agents

    These discounts CANNOT be applied if you book through other third party agents such as hostelworld or hostelbookers. Reservations MUST be done direct to the hostel contacts below or via us.

     
    NOTE: Our 1, 2, and 3 Day Trips from Lima, Cusco and La Paz include accommodation. You will not have to book anything yourself, so just sit back and relax!

    How do I book extra tours?

    We accept tour reservations on our buses but we always recommend reserving tours in advance and paying securely online via FindLocalTrips.com to avoid costly ATM withdrawal fees and currency exchange rate charges.

     

    They offer a very flexible change of tour date policy to Peru Hop passengers. Changes are free of charge right up until the day before the tour is due to start. You can select the tour via our website and it will take you to the Find Local Trips booking page.

    Can I still book tours with other operators along the route?

    The extra tours we suggest are with operators we trust and feel safe recommending. Of course you are free to book any tour you like from any operator you like!

About your Hop Log-in

    What is the Hop Login?

    Once you book a ticket, you will get your unique reservation code on your booking confirmation that gives you access to our booking system. You can find access to our booking system at the top right corner of our website. It is the orange button called Hop Login.

     

    To enter your Hop Login, just enter your unique reservation code and last name. Now you can update pick-up points, put your pass on hold and change travel dates.

     

    IMPORTANT:
    • Your Hop Login is personal. This means that all the changes you make, will only apply to your itinerary. If you have booked as a couple or a group, they will have to log in to their account and make their own changes.
    • All changes to your itinerary have to be made MINIMUM 12 HOURS BEFORE YOUR NEXT DEPARTURE DATE!

    How do I access the Hop Login?

    (With your Hop Login you can update pick-up points, put your pass on hold and change travel dates.)

     

    You can find access to our Hop Login in the top right corner of our website of the Peru Hop or Bolivia Hop website. It is the orange button called Hop Login.

     

    To enter your Hop Login, just enter your unique reservation code and last name. You can find your reservation code on your confirmation email.

     

    Note: if our system doesn’t recognise your info on the Peru Hop or Bolivia Hop website, please log in to the other website (Peruhop.com or boliviahop.com).

    IMPORTANT:
    • Your Hop Login is personal. This means that all the changes you make, will only apply to your itinerary. If you have booked as a couple or a group, they will have to log-in to their account and make their own changes.
    • All changes to your itinerary have to be made MINIMUM 12 HOURS BEFORE YOUR NEXT DEPARTURE DATE!

    How do I use my Hop Login?

    (With your Hop Login you can update pick-up locations, put your pass on hold and change travel dates.)

     

    Once you’ve logged in, you will be presented with your reservation details and the option to download your booking confirmation.

     

    On the top of the page you will find 4 green tabs:
    My reservation:

    The first page when you open your Hop Login.

    Check itinerary:

    There you will be able to see your bus departures and also have the option to change your bus schedules. When you have selected to change a bus departure, the following buses will automatically switch to the next recommended schedule, so make sure to double check your schedule.

    My Pick-up location:

    You can choose where you will be picked up from and dropped off at.

    My discounts

    You’ll see what discounts you have earned.

     

    After making any changes and confirming, you will receive an automated email confirmation of the changes you have made.

    DO NOT FORGET: You Hop Login is PERSONAL. This means that all the changes you make, will only apply to your itinerary. If you have booked as a couple or a group, they will have to log in to their account and make their own changes.

    IMPORTANT:

    • Your Hop Login is personal. This means that all the changes you make, will only apply to your itinerary. If you have booked as a couple or a group, they will have to log in to their account and make their own changes.
    • All changes to your itinerary have to be made MINIMUM 12 HOURS BEFORE YOUR NEXT DEPARTURE DATE!

    How far in advance do I need to change my itinerary?

    With your Hop Login you can update pick-up points, put your pass on hold and change travel dates. BUT All changes to your itinerary have to be made MINIMUM 12 HOURS BEFORE YOUR NEXT DEPARTURE DATE!

About your payment

    What if I need to cancel my pass? Can I get a refund?

    Yes, all passes purchased can be cancelled, but unfortunately we cannot give full refunds as we need to cover our own costs involved in refunding including the fees involved.

     

    As a result, the following are the percentages that we offer on refunds to customers who need to cancel their trip for whatever reason:

     

    Once booked all passes incur a minimum cancellation fee of 20% of the ticket price.
    Within 7 days of departure: 40% charge of the ticket price.
    Within 3 days of departure: 60% charge of the ticket price.
    Within 24 hours, No Show or after departure: 100% charge or NO REFUND of the ticket price.

     

    Remember, the great thing about Peru Hop is our flexibility, so whilst you may need to cancel your trip now, you can simply change the date of travel as our tickets are valid for one year in one direction. The other option of course is to try to transfer your ticket to a friend or somebody else you know.

    How secure are my credit card details?

    Your credit card details are stored with our payment processing company who are certified by Visa and Mastercard here in Peru. They are audited every year and have to meet the most stringent of controls regarding credit card data.

    My online payment isn’t working. Can I still make a booking?

    First, try to use another browser as we have experienced that the change of browser often helps. If this does not help, try using a different card. If all else fails, you can send an email to info@peruhop.com and our staff will help you as much as we can.

    Can I get a group discount?

    Getting around Peru in a group has never been easier! You can get a group discount of $10 each when you are travelling with a group of three or more. This discount only applies if at least one of your destinations is in Peru.

    To claim it the payment must be in CASH however. What we would ask is that ONE of you books a ticket online (by means of a deposit to secure the reservation).

    You can then send an email to info@peruhop.com with the name and reservation number of the person that booked (you can find the reservation number on your booking confirmation) AND send us the personal details of the other passengers:
     
    • First name:
    • Last name:
    • Age:
    • Country:
    • Email:
    • Passport number:
    • Gender:
     
    With this information we book the remaining seats. You can calculate the remaining balance for your group after what you have paid online for the first pass (not including the credit card fee), paying the remainder in cash in our office. For the discount you can deduct $10 per passenger.

About your trip

    How do I find out the departure times of my bus?

    All our latest timetables can be found in the pass you booked or in the timetables section of the website, and you will get a physical copy of this once you start your trip.

    How do the pick-ups work?

    We pick you up from your hotel in Lima, La Paz, Puno and Arequipa. Before we pick you up from these locations, you will of course need to let us know where you will be staying so we can pick you up.

    You can add this information to your Hop Login (top right corner of our website). Please see our FAQ section ABOUT YOUR HOP LOGIN for more information.

    You need to let us know any changes to your schedule 12 hours before your departure time.

    In our smaller destinations, the bus will leave from a central meeting point. Main streets and other areas are not accessible for our big bus.
    During your booking we will ask you where you would like to picked up from on your departure date. If you do not have accommodation yet at the time of booking, you can always add your pick-up location later via your Hop Login (Preferably 3 days before departure but if you are booking within 3 days of departure this is fine, but remember your must update at least 12 hours before so we know where to pick you up from to start your trip!). You also use your Hop Login to tell us where to pick you up at our other destinations.

     

    CUSCO DEPARTURES: It is prohibited for large buses to enter the historical centre of Cusco. Therefore we ask all our passengers to come to our private terminal located just 5 minutes from the Plaza de Armas. The exact address will be on your booking confirmation and you can find it here.

     

    IMPORTANT: Always be on time for your pick-up. You will see the precise pick-up time in your booking confirmation. Please be ready at your hotel/hostel reception at the earliest time mentioned in your confirmation email.

    How many nights do we recommend at each stop?

    We usually recommend:
     
    Paracas: 1 night
    Huacachina: 1 night
    Nazca: 0 nights – We stop at the Nazca Viewing tower en route which allows you to see some of the Nazca Lines, however if you wish to take the flight, depending on which direction you are travelling, if may be required to hop off for the night in Nazca as flights operate only in the mornings.
    Arequipa: 2 nights – Gives you the chance to visit the Colca Canyon.
    Puno: 0 nights – Depending if you want to do a homestay tour or not.
    Cusco: 4-5 days – This is enough time to visit Machu Picchu, other sights around Cusco and the centre. If you’re planning a 4 day trek to Machu Picchu, maybe spend some more time in Cusco.

     

    Remember that we are incredibly flexible. All tickets are valid for one year in one direction, so you can take as long as you want at each stop or move faster if you wish. Simply check our timetables to see how quickly you can do everything.
     
    For those short on time, we recommend the get to Lima quick or get to Cusco quick passes or to choose one of our short trips from Lima, Cusco or La Paz.

    *All tours mentioned are optional.

    How do I hop off?

    Simply tell your on-board guide you wish to stay longer at your destination and he will put your ticket on hold for you. You can also use your Hop Login to put your ticket on hold yourself. You can find the Hop Login on the top right corner of our website. You can log-in with your last name and the unique code on your booking information.

    How do I hop back on?

    You can hop back on our bus by going to the Peru Hop or Bolivia Hop login (you can find the Hop Login at the top right corner of our website). You can log-in with your last name and the unique reservation code on your booking information.

     

    Once inside the system, you can change the location and date of your next pick-up. For more information on our Hop Login, see ABOUT YOUR HOP LOGIN above in the FAQ section.

    Can I simply follow the recommended itinerary?

    The majority of our passengers follow the recommended schedule and a lot of our passengers actually plan their trip around it. It is also possible to adapt your itinerary and spend for example 2 days in Paracas, 2 days in Arequipa and 3 in Puno.

     

    Once you book your ticket, you can then log in to the system and change the dates of all the buses to match your itinerary … it’s that simple! If you do plan to follow the recommended itinerary, you do not need to do anything … just sit back, relax and enjoy the trip!

    I am travelling in a group... will we all get on the same bus?

    If your group books for the same day, you will depart with the same bus. Do not worry.

    Where do we eat?

    At each destination we usually have deals with 2 or 3 restaurants that we think are the best value places to eat.

     

    You are free to eat wherever you want… remember that Peru Hop is not a tour so you are free to go where you want and do whatever you want.

     

    Our guides will simply give you their recommendations, but we do NOT earn commission from any restaurant unlike other tour agencies… we simply ask the restaurants to give us discounts for our passengers as an extra benefit of travelling with Peru Hop compared to travelling with other companies.

    What do I put as my pick-up location if I’m not staying the night?

    If you are not staying the night and will continue with Peru Hop the same day, you do not need to put anything. You can just meet us at one of our meeting points. Your guide on board will explain this to you on arrival at each destination.
    The meeting points in our smaller locations are:
     
    Paracas: Hotel Frayles Residencial
    Huacachina: Hotel Casa de Arena
    Puno: Hotel Pacha Suites
    Copacabana: White Anchor
     
    They kindly allow Peru Hop passengers to wait in the reception for the bus.

    Can I store my bag on the bus if I’m not spending the night?

    If you are not spending the night you can either store your luggage on the bus or leave it at one of our partner hostels or hotels for free (depending on the location). Sometimes we cannot store anything on the bus, because the bus will continue travelling.
     
    If we cannot store your bag on the bus and you cannot store it at one of our partner hostels, you can ask a hotel or hostel to store your bag. They usually offer this service for a small price.
     
    If you have booked a 1 Day Trip from Lima, Cusco or La Paz, we can keep your baggage on the bus during the entire trip.
     
    Just talk to your on-board guide and he will let you know what your options are.

    What is not allowed on the bus?

    We don’t like to give our passengers restrictions, but we do have a few rules:
     
    • Only number 1 (pee) is allowed on our buses. The toilets are not equipped for number 2.
    • On-board behaviour that disturbs other passengers is in no way allowed.
    • Please respect our property. We do our best to take care of our buses to ensure you are comfortable during your trip. We hope that you can let other passengers enjoy the same experience.
    • Drugs and alcohol are strictly prohibited on board.
    • There is no smoking allowed on board (this includes in our toilets).

    Where is the pick-up location in Cusco?

    It is prohibited for large buses to enter the historical centre of Cusco. Therefore we ask all our passengers to come to our private terminal located just 5 minutes from the Plaza de Armas. The exact address will be on your booking confirmation, which you can find here.

     

    We do arrange drop-offs in Cusco. You will be dropped off at our terminal, from where we will arrange for a private transfer to your hotel or hostel.

About safety

    How safe are the buses?

    All of our buses are less than 3 years old and have the latest high tech braking and suspension systems and are all monitored 24 hours by GPS tracking system. Our buses are operated in conjunction with Inka Express and DC Travel, award winning industry leaders in buses in Peru.

     

    All our buses also have a Peru Hop guide on board who is constantly monitoring the drivers and their velocity.

    How safe are the drivers? Are they qualified?

    Each of our drivers is licensed by the Peruvian Government to operate our buses. We conduct regular reviews and inspections of all drivers to ensure they are adhering to all of our safety procedures.

     

    We also encourage hopsters to review their drivers, how safe they felt on board etc. and we use these reviews to determine which drivers are good enough to operate our buses.

    What safety procedures are in place?

    All our buses are monitored by GPS 24 hours a day to ensure no unplanned stops are taken and that the correct route is being followed at all times and the maximum speed is being followed. Seatbelts are of course provided for all hopsters.

    Where is my bag stored while on the trip?

    Your large bags will be stored in our luggage compartments of the bus while you keep your personal belongings with you. In hostels and hotels, you can make use of their lockers. We recommend bringing a padlock to Peru as not all hostels provide one.

    How safe is Peru?

    Like all countries in the world, there are parts that are really safe and parts that are dangerous. It is about being aware of where you are and not taking your safety for granted.  Some people see tourists as easy targets for money, laptops, cameras etc., so always be aware of pickpockets and stay vigilant, even if everything seems alright.

     

    We are tourists who have lived here for years and have never been robbed or attacked. We’re sure we’ve had some Irish luck on our side but like we said, it is all about being vigilant and aware and listening to the advice of our guides, hostel receptionists and the local people.

     

    For example, never use an ATM at night if possible, never walk alone at night, and try to always stay in a group. Basic things like this can sometimes be forgotten and these are the moments you will get targeted.

    How safe are public buses/taxis?

    Buses (combis) are generally safe but we would only recommend them if you know where you’re going and if you’re absolutely sure you’re taking the right bus so you don’t get lost in potentially dangerous areas.

     

    We recommend using apps like Uber or Taxibeat to order a taxi. As taxis you find on the street are usually a bit cheaper but not entirely safe. Alternatively have your hostel order you a taxi. If you do decide to take a taxi, do not show any valuables and make sure to agree on a price in SOLES.

     

    Avoid taking a taxi around the airport and bus terminals. These areas are popular for robberies and are generally unsafe.

     

    If you are travelling to or from Lima Airport, we recommend booking a ticket with Airport Express Lima, the new official bus service connecting Miraflores to Lima Airport (Jorge Chavez). This new service is much safer and cheaper than a taxi and their luxury buses are equipped with free Wi-Fi and have USB charging ports on every seat. Tickets are $8 one way and a return ticket costs $15.

    Do I need personal travel insurance?

    We would recommend taking out personal travel insurance before you come to Peru as loss of property, sickness or accidents can occur no matter where you are in the world and are not the responsibility of Peru Hop.

    How safe are ATMs in Peru?

    In general using the ATMs here is fine, however we DO NOT recommend using them at night for obvious reasons.  We recommend using ATMs of the bigger banks in Peru and not the small ATMs in petrol stations etc. as they tend to have higher charges. The biggest and safest banks in Peru are Scotiabank, Interbank, BCP, Banco de la Nacion, BBVA.

About Peru

    What is the language of Peru?

    Spanish is the national language of Peru. English is spoken by hostel receptionists and service staff in the big cities or touristic areas. Most taxi drivers, bus drivers and store attendants do not speak English. Before coming we recommend learning a few words and phrases to get by, but you should be able to manage without knowing Spanish if you don’t go too far from touristic places.

     

    In the zones where they are predominant, Quechua (language of the Incas), Aymara and other languages also have official status. Normally you would not encounter areas where they do not speak Spanish.

     

    Rough estimate of population by mother language:
    • 85% Spanish as mother language
    • 10% Quechua as mother language
    • 2% Aymara as mother language

    What currency is used in Peru?

    The Peruvian Sol or soles (PEN) is the national currency, although US dollars are generally accepted in most places in the big cities up to a certain amount.

     

    This applies to hotels, tours and certain upscale stores. Smaller stores and shops usually do not except dollars.

    What is the best way to get from Lima Airport into Miraflores Lima City?

    There is now a new official bus service connecting Miraflores to Lima Airport (Jorge Chavez). Airport Express Lima is much safer and cheaper than a taxi. Their luxury buses are equipped with free Wi-Fi and have USB charging ports on every seat. Tickets are $8 one way and a return ticket costs $15.

    What should I bring with me to Peru?

    A small backpack for day trips / treks is essential. A towel, suncream, sunglasses, camera, comfortable trainers, clothes for summer and winter weather (sun and rain!) etc… you know the drill!
     
    If you’re planning to visit the jungle, also bring insect repellant and consult your local doctor for vaccinations.

    How much cash do I need?

    We recommend bringing some Peruvian soles and some US Dollars with you, maybe a total 250 soles and $200 dollars. This will be enough to last you 4 to 5 days before you need to withdraw from an ATM.

    How much will I spend in Peru?

    Hostels average $9 a night and private room prices start at $20 depending on the quality of the hostel or hotel. 3 meals (breakfast / lunch / dinner) will average around $12-$20 a day. Large beers generally cost $3-4 and water around about $0.50. Tours are obviously an additional cost.

    Do I need ID in Peru?

    Yes. Your passport is required by Peru Hop and by every hostel in Peru. It is also required at the airport so don´t be a silly hopster and forget it!

    Do I need any vaccines for Peru?

    Vaccines are not necessary for any portion of the Peru Hop trip. However if you plan on visiting the Amazon jungle, you may need some vaccines so please consult your local doctor. We recommend getting the Yellow Fever vaccine if you’re planning to travel to Bolivia. You cannot enter without it.

    Will I have any problems with altitude in Peru?

    Generally it is recommended to give yourself a day or 2 to acclimatise before doing any treks at altitude. Arriving by bus is definitely more helpful than taking a plane as the arrival to altitude is much more gradual.

     

    It is also recommended to take some altitude sickness pills, chew Coca leaves and drink Coca Tea… our guides will assist you with any issues. On our trip, Arequipa, Puno and Cusco are the 3 places where altitude could affect some hopsters. We recommend Arequipa as a place to acclimatise on the way to Cusco and Puno.

     

     

    Altitudes Peru and Bolivia:

    • Arequipa – 2,350m (7,710ft)

    Good place to acclimatise

    • Ollantaytambo – 2,792m (9,160ft)

    Good place to acclimatise

    • Machu Picchu – 2,430m (7,970ft)

    Getting there (treks) and going up Huayna or Machu Picchu can be tiring.

    • Cusco – 3,399m (11,152ft)

    1 or 2 days acclimatisation recommended in Arequipa if doing outdoor activities.

    • La Paz – 3,640m (11, 942ft)

    1 or 2 days acclimatisation recommended by travelling unless coming from Puno.

    • Chivay – 3,630m (11,910ft)

    1 or 2 days acclimatisation recommended in Arequipa if doing any treks.

    • Puno + Copacabana (Lake Titicaca) – 3800m plus (12,500ft)

    1 or 2 days acclimatisation recommended in Arequipa but most tours don’t invole much physical exercise.

    • Highest point on Inca Trail (Warmiwañusqa pass)

    4,200m (13,780ft) – 1 or 2 days acclimatisation recommended in Arequipa and in Cusco.

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