Frequently Asked Questions - Arrival Information

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1 - Do I need a visa?

Upon entry, each tourist is issued a maximum 183-day tourist visa. Citizens from the European Union, U.S. and Australia don’t need a visa. Citizens from other countries need to check with their Peruvian embassy regarding visa requirements.


2- To whom should I tell my arrival details?

Please e-mail us your flight number, the exact date and time of arrival, and the city to which you're coming at least one week before your arrival.


3 - Will somebody pick me up at the airport?

If you choose one of our accommodation options (host family-hostel-flat), the pick up service is included without extra charge. Please remember to tell us your arrival details and we will make sure that your host family or a staff member picks you up. You will see them waiting for you just after you pass through customs when you step out of the building. They will have a sign with your name and "Proyecto Peru" written on it. If you miss your flight please call us at (0051) 950301317 and we will do our best to have somebody pick you up at the time of your arrival. In case you arrive early, please wait for your pick up. If our staff member does not show up on time, the driver probably just got stuck in a traffic jam. Please wait OUTSIDE for 20 minutes; if nobody shows up by then please call us. Please do not take a taxi without informing us. Thanks.


4 - What is the currency in Perú?

Peru's currency is the Nuevo Sol. One Nuevo Sol is broken down into 100 céntimos (cents). Banknotes currently circulating include 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 Nuevos Soles. There are coins for 1, 2 and 5 Nuevos Soles and 50, 20, 10 and 5 céntimos. You can change dollars at a bank or withdraw money from an ATM with your credit card. Be sure to have some coins and small bills with you to pay for taxis and buses, food, etc. Some stores and larger hotels accept credit cards, especially in Cusco. Make sure if you bring US Dollars to Peru, to only bring new banknotes. In Peru banknotes with only the smallest thing are not accepted!


5 - What should I do if my luggage is lost?

If you can't find your luggage, you have to fill out a luggage claim form at the airline counter. Please tell our staff member or host family that picks you up and they can assist you. In the unlikely case that your luggage has not arrived, please don't worry. Fill out all the necessary papers and write in the school's address as well as the contact information of your host family. We will help you to get your luggage and assist as your translator if you are not yet fluent in Spanish. Always pick-up your luggage in Lima. Your luggage will not go straight to Cusco, so be sure to pick up your luggage in Lima, go through customs and check in for your flight to Cusco.


6 - On which day should I arrive in Cusco?

Try to arrive on a Saturday or Sunday prior to the beginning of the lessons with Proyecto Peru. There is no problem if you arrive any day of the week; we are always flexible


7 - Do you arrange arrival services in Lima?

Yes, Proyecto Peru offers a Lima Pick-up Package for the convenience of our students and volunteers. Our Lima agent will pick you up from the airport and bring you to a nice and safe hotel for the night. The next day you will be taken back to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon request, extra days in Lima can be added, e.g. to take a city tour and/or visit the famous Gold Museum. We can also arrange local flights for you.