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Phone numbers in Peru
How do I find people in Peru? Are there a white
or yellow pages available on-line?
Yes, it is easy to find people in Peru if
you go to the website of the Peruvian Telefonica on http://www.telefonica.com.pe,
you need to know a little Spanish to find your way though.
Christmas customs of Peru
I'm a Spanish student doing a report on Christmas customs of
Peru - if you would be so kind as to tell me about the average Peruvian Christmas.
1) Do you exchange presents at all ??
Yes, we exchange presents between family members and special friends.
2) Do you put up any special decorations
We basically follow the USA customs (example: Saint Claus, etc, etc,)
At the home, we put a tree with lights and Christmas decorations. Also we put an
little statues representing birth of Jesus (Joseph, Mary Virgin, three magic kings,
Bethein's start and some animals and down the city).
In Lima - Peru, (the catholic people) we
eat Turkey, "panetonne" (it's sweat bread. This custom is Italian),
chocolate drink, mashed apple, salads, dry fruits, rice, mashed potatoes, etc.
In the other Peruvian cities, they have other
customs, for example they eat "ponche" (is sweet drink), "buñuelos" (it's
little sweat bread), pork, lamb, chicken and breads made in the own home.
On the Christmas Night (after 12 PM) of Dec.
24, all the family embrace each other and say "Merry Christmas", after
we put a Jesus (statue) in his little bed and we begin to sign and pray, because
he has just been born. After that, we open the presents and finally we eat. Also
we play in the street with the artificial lights.
3) Do you have any special Christmas songs
that you sing ???
We sing the classical songs (Jingle bells, etc) and "Los Pastores de Belen", "Niño
Manuelito" and other songs in Spanish.
Ceci (From Peru)
Does Cusco has a flag?
Could you tell me if Cusco has a flag? or what the Inca Empire
flag was? I am trying to find out what area/civilization a rainbow flag would
be for? Thanks, Trista Gage
Unfortunately i do not have a flag as example
to put in attach for you, as far as now i never encountered one. Maybe i should
make one myself one day because it is really simple. The flag is also called
the rainbow flag and has the 8 main colors of the rainbow in horizontal lines
from red to purple. If the flag is ready i will send you a copy.
The flag is still exposed all over the city
of Cusco, even more than the national flag of Peru. In street festivals (and
Cusco has a LOT of them) the flag is usually seen even more than usual.
and tickets to Machu Picchu
where can i find a train schedule for Cusco to Machu Picchu
and how to obtain tickets in advance?? thank you!!
It is clear to me you never went to Peru
:=) There is a fixed schedule but as thing go wrong so often, the people around
Cusco use to call this railway "the religious train", because only
God knows when the train is going to arrive.
The first train starts of at 6h30 in the
morning. Usually there are 6 trains every day to Machu Picchu and the same in
the afternoon from Machu Picchu to the station of San Pedro in Cusco.
Tickets, this is another problem. The public
company who run the trains do not sell tickets in advance. It is simply NOT possible
to get any ticket not even the day before. What i used to do is getting there
at 5h30, then you are one of the first in line (a line that gets very long around
6h30-7h30), so you don't have to stand in this damn' row. You can have a coffee
afterwards in the bar of the railway station.
Good luck and leave your watch home :=))
do i find an agency to do the four days Inca Trail?
More than anything, I want to do the four day hike on the Inca
Trail...how do I contact an agency?...when is the best time to do the trip? Oh,
Finding an agency will not be a problem at
all. Look around the Plaza de Armas of Cusco, lot's of agencies can be found
there and prices are sharp. Be shore to ask for anything that should be included
and let them write ALL of this down on the "boleta" they will give
you. Ask if food is included, if a carrier (chaski) is foreseen and if not how
to get one (if you wish of course) and how much this will cost. Try to find one
yourself, ask the guide that will be with the group and pay the chaski's yourself.
Travel agencies pay them very poor, i think these poor people deserve more respect.
Tickets of the train (way and back), the trail and Machu Picchu should be included.
For more information you can read the gray boxes in the
Inca Trail of InfoPeru.com.
Enjoy your trail,
How do i organize
the 10-days Inca Trail?
I am really interested in trekking the 10-day Inca Trail and
would like an idea of costs to have a guide plus cook and tents, etc provided.
To inform you about the Inca Trail it is
best to contact Peru
Gateway Travel who
can help you getting the right contact person. She lives in Cusco and can give
you the information you need to organize your wonderful trip on the trail. (She
organized mine and it was wonderful!!)
a dangerous country for the tourist?
In all handbooks about Peru there are warnings about theft
and corruption. Is it really necessary to be a bit paranoid while visiting the
The answer is yes and no. It is true that
it isn't smart put your stuff somewhere and leave it on its own if you want to
go the toilet for example. Peru is a poor country and for sure, there are people
who need more money just to feed the family and offer a bit of luxury. But violent
theft is very rare these days. 10 years ago when Peru was terrorized by the Shining
Path and other dark organizations, tourists were robbed more often and sometimes
violently. But now the economy is running better, changes losing your money or
stuff got a lot smaller.
Don't trust everybody you meet but don't
be paranoia as well. There is a big difference between a Peruvian wanting to
have a chat on the Plaza the Armas or a restaurant and somebody who wants to
bring you somewhere in a dark bar in a lonely street. All travelers usually know
this and are careful as a kind of natural reflex. In the two years i haven't
been robbed once and i traveled everywhere alone and sometimes to the extreme.
Nothing ever really happened that can be called dangerous. Avoid standing in
crowdy places like for example getting on a bus. Be sure to have your seat and
just wait until the other travelers are already on the bus.
Corruption is less together with theft. The
government does a lot to protect the tourist and to purify their blamed name
of the past. Police is still corrupt in the country but do leave tourist alone.
If something might occur tell them to go together to the tourist police to find
out what the problem is. If any doubt, contact your embassy. Of course, stay
of drugs, prostitution or any other illegal activities as for example graffiti
or making open fires in Natural Parks. Peruvian laws are no exception for the
There is more additional information about
safety in facts for the visitors and
When is the best
time to visit Peru?
Peru has a lot of different weather types because of the coast
(desert), the Andes and the jungle. When is generally the best time to visit
Peru is near to the equator so winter and
summer have another effect on this side of the planet. All year long it is relatively
hot, except for the areas above 3.000m (la Cordillera or the Andes) where it
can get pretty cold at night. The influence of the rainy and the dry season is
another important factor to reckon with.
The coast doesn't know any wet season, except
when "El Niño" is turning the weather upside down. In normal circumstance
wintertime at the coast (May to September) has the only disadvantage of being
cloudy and sometimes cold at night (because of the 99% of humidity). Rain is
rare and limited to some drizzle. The low hanging clouds in and around Lima are
called "garúa" and can get quiet greasy and mixed with smog.
In the Andes and the tropical rain forest
(Selva) it is dry season and almost every day blue sky and sunshine. Take care
of this altitude sun or in the rain forest, youre sunburned before realizing
it. Use a good sunblock. When it is wet season (from November to April) it can
get very wet and rain for days in the Andes and the Selva. The rising moon causes
usually a dryer weather. Think about this if you plan to do the Inca Trail or
a trip in the jungle.
i have to take special health precautions before entering Peru?
In the Andes and at the coast there are no
natural enemies or diseases. But you can encounter other difficulties. Before
going to a country with a lower life standard than the western world, vaccinate
yourself in your local hospital. No proof of any vaccination is requested entering
the country. In the text underneath wel speak about altitude sickness.
In the end, who doesnt make a misstep into the many abysses of the Andes
should have one of the most exciting holidays of a lifetime and be back home
healthy and full of stories.
Important to know is that some arias in Peru
are situated on extreme heights. Cusco for example is situated at 3.400m and
Puno at 3.800m. Most of us are not used to heights and if we dont take
care the first day(s), we can get very sick. Take your time and take it easy
when you arrive. Dont drink any alcohol but drink some cups of tee extracted
from the leaves of the cocaplant instead or take some medicine. These are common
in the Peruvian Andes and help reducing the negative effects of altitude sickness
and stomach problems.
At 3.500m or higher the air is dry and thin.
This makes your skin and especially the lips dehydrate. If you feel this coming,
buy some cream or lipstick and save yourself from wetting your split lips every
minute. The same can happen in the jungle, so prepare yourself. The Peruvian
food is generally salty which prevents dehydration of the body. Have at least
two litters of liquid a day (not only beer because youll have a terrible
headache the next morning...)