OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT PERU

Climate

The average annual temperature of the littoral coast is 22 – 25 degrees Celsius (71.6 – 77 degrees Fahrenheit). The maximum temperature in the summer months (January, February and March) can reach 30 °C (86 °F).

In January in Lima, the days last on average 12:45 h. The sun rise is 05:55 h and sunset usually at 18:40 h.

Local Currency

The Peruvian currency is known as “Soles” (S/). Peruvian coins have the following denominations: 1 cent, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 Sol, 2 Soles and 5 Soles. Currency notes are issued in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Soles.

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and foreign exchange house.  Approximately 1US$ is equivalent to 3.25 Soles (as of Nov 06, 2017). US dollars are widely accepted.

Time

Local Time: Eastern Standard Time (GMT – 5).

Public Transportation and Taxi

Delegates are highly recommended to use licensed taxi for transportation for other non-work purposes. Additional information regarding transportation facilities and taxi services will be available at the reception desks of the designated hotels.

Security Arrangements

The Organizing Committee will be responsible for planning and implementing security arrangements in coordination with Peruvian authorities, mainly with the Peruvian National Police, security for delegates will be provided 24 hours before the beginning of the meetings and will last until 24 hours after end of meetings. Security will cover recommended hotels.

Medical Services

Basic first aid at no cost will be available at the meeting place in Lima. An ambulance will also be located outside the hotel where the meetings will be held. There are first class hospitals in Lima.

Should delegates require referral to a specialist medical doctor or hospital, the cost of this service will be borne by the delegate.

All delegates are strongly advised to obtain international health insurance coverage before they travel to Peru.

Peru does not require a yellow fever vaccination; however, please be advised that some countries require yellow fever vaccination for travelers coming or in transit from South America, so please contact your local authorities on this regard.

Delegates that have a medical condition should fill out a medical form available in the on-line registration process.

In case of fire call 116 or if you need police, assistance call 105. This is a free call from any phone, mobile or phone box (public phone).

Electricity and Water Supply

Electric current in Peru is 220 volts and 60 Hz. Flat blade attachments and flat blades with round grounding pin and round pin attachment plugs are commonly used in Peru. In addition, most four and five-star hotels offer 110-volt electric current for shavers.

It is not advisable to drink tap water in Peru, but bottled mineral water is safe and available everywhere. Ice in drinks is generally OK in good standard hotels and restaurants, but it is best to avoid it on street stalls or in country areas.

Tipping

A 10% tip is always appreciated.

Business hours

Banks open Monday to Friday from 9.00 hours to 17.30 hours. Shops open Monday to Sunday from 9.00 hours to 21.00 hours.

Dress Code

The dress code for all the meetings is business attire and smart casual at social functions unless otherwise announced.