The Republic of Peru is the third biggest country of South-America with more than 29 000 000 inhabitants. Its capital is Lima, located on the central coast of the country. Thanks to the chronicles redacted during the conquests of the 16th century and thanks to the Incas and the archeological excavations, the history of the big civilizations of pre-Hispanic Peru could be rebuilt.
Peru has a surface area of 1 285 220 square km and shares its borders with Equator, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Chili. Moreover, it is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and has large natural areas as costa, sierra and selva. Like Mexico, Peru is characterized by different reliefs and climates, and by exceptional natural resources.
Life in Peru turns out to be a little bit more expensive than its Bolivian neighbor. This said, as the Peruvian ground is largely indexed to the dollar rate, the real cost of your stay will also depend on the dollar-euro exchange rate. Here is a few examples :
|Basic products||Prices in Euros / Peruvian Sols|
|1L of water (botel)||0,36 € / 1,4 PEN|
|1 meal (2 dishes)||2,67 € / 10 PEN|
|1 bus ticket||0,4 € / 1,5 PEN|
Famous for being one of the richest country of South America, Peruvian cooking is indeed varied and delicious even if we do not find this diversity in every restaurant of the country. Foods and drinks have always been serving as offerings to Pachamama, the motherland. With a special mention to quinoa, that has been nourishing for more than 5 000 years the Andes farmers.
Vaccine and specific advice :
Find out what vaccines are recommended for the country and what are the diseases preventive and/or treatment measures on site.
Vaccine renewal, country-specific vaccinations: 1-3 months before leaving
Visit your doctor or specialist for any health problem, repeat of medical prescriptions, contraception, to have a sufficient initial stock of drugs, adjustment of dosages. Moreover, you will need to send your coordinator a certificate from your doctor certifying that you are well able to participate in an international volunteer project.
Dentist: a dental check-up can be useful before you leave !
We recommend you to visit the mentioned below websites to consult the travel advice :
Aldea Yanapay is a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 by a Peruvian named Yuri who supports a new vision of life in which everyone can start his/her own evolution. They set up several alternative schools in Cuzco and its surroundings, and work with more than 160 children between 5 and 14 years old.
Asoturs is a sustainable tourism organization founded in 2005 that develops ecotourism projects with the Cotahuasi region’s inhabitants. Asoturs aims to make the local population aware of an environmentally aware tourism, to reinforce their life conditions by bringing a technical support and contributing to the increase of their cultural identity.
The Casa Hogar is a refugee for children in difficulty. It is a private institution that hosts abandoned children but also children who still have their parents but live in difficult familial situations (violences, deschooling, lack of means from the parents to provide for a good education).
Mano a Mano works since 1994 in the Ensenada, the “pueblo joven” slum located in the North of Lima, to propose activities to the inhabitants such as workshops of cooking, painting, objects construction, sport workshops, retake classes, pastry… These workshops are destined for men, women, children.
The Los Cachorros Fundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003. Its objective is to assist street children or children from Ayacucho by tacking charge of them in a permanent social centre to reintegrate them in the society through social and educative projects.
Warmas Suyus is a toy library founded in 2013 in the Quinua village in the Ayacucho region to accompany children in their school and extracurricular activities.
The Muchik NGO collaborates since 2012 with two local schools of Trujillo where it proposes English classes but also extracurricular and sport activities. It also works with abandoned animal shelters and a zoo for the protection of exotic animals.
Cooperar Peru exists since 2010 and aims to support children and their families of the Tankarpata rural community through educative, health and cultural projects.
With regard to obtaining a visa and entry requirements, we invite you to contact the embassy in question :
Embassy of Peru in the UK :
52 Sloane Street
London SW1X 9SP
TELEPHONE (+44) 20 7235 3802
(+44) 20 7838 9223 / 4 (Consular section)
FAX (+44) 20 7235 4463
Embassy of Peru in the USA :
1700 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
TELEPHONE (+1) 202 833 9860
FAX (+1) 202 659 8124
Embassy of Peru in Canada :
130 Albert Street, Suite 1901
Ottawa, ON K1P 5G4
TELEPHONE (+1) 613 238 1777
(+1) 613 293 5422
FAX (+1) 613 232 3062