Hey guys! Thank you so much for joining me today here
on Stef's Peru Travel Tips. I know that the last video I had was pretty
lengthy but today's video is going to be pretty straightforward so I hope it's not THAT long
and I know that you can obviously see that I have some face paint on today. I had an interview and so I wanted to be very
presentable for that interview and according to my grandfather I should probably tone down
the lipstick a little bit because it's too flamboyant but he's just a hater so whatever. So today's video is going to be about things
that you should definitely do before actually coming to Peru or things that you should try
to do before traveling to any other foreign country.
I think that these tips will apply to just
about any other foreign country that you travel to. The reason I have these tips here is because
sometimes they just don't happen to occur to you. A lot of them are common sense but maybe we
just tend to forget them because we're just so excited to travel or something and in my
experience there are people that just lack common sense so um, yeah. You know, this video is to help those people.
There's nothing wrong with that. We're all different but it's just to help
those people kind of give them a sort of guide as to what they should try to follow at least. So I hope that this helps everyone. So let's get started.
So the first thing that you should do is you
should definitely write down important numbers to maybe banks, airlines or embassies because
if you happen to lose your electronic devices for some reason where you have those numbers
saved, you won't be able to obviously find these numbers right away. Especially if it's difficult for you to try
to find access to a computer and the internet, then, it's going to be a little more complicated
so I definitely recommend that you have these numbers and information written down in some
sort of address book or something that you can carry with you. So definitely try to do that. Tip number two is that you should try to authorize
before coming to Peru your credit cards and you should try to get traveler's checks as
well so that you're not carrying so much money, but you have to also see the pros and cons
of using traveler's checks and I will discuss that in a later video and just try to see
if there are any other extra fees involved with using your credit card in Peru and using
these traveler's checks as well.
Tip number three is that you should definitely
try to work out a special plan with your phone service provider if you want to use your phone
while traveling in and around Peru. Try to work out the best plan possible and
I say this because you might think "oh okay. It's not THAT expensive to use my phone there. I mean, my bill's not going to be TOO too
expensive when I get back, but you're going to probably be surprised when you return.
I once knew a person who didn't use their
phone while they were here in Peru, but they used their phone to call Peru and they didn't
think it was going to be such a big deal to be able to just make a call or whatever for
a few minutes or something, but their bill at the end of the month ended up being over
a thousand dollars and they would have paid WAY less than that had they tried to work
out a special plan beforehand. So I encourage you to try to do that if you
want to use your cell phone while down here. But I honestly don't really see the point
in doing that. I think that the best thing to do would be
to just buy a prepaid phone here that's probably about twenty-five dollars.
Probably even less and it's just a simple,
cheap prepaid phone that you can buy and just put whatever money you need there in order
to make calls. And these cheap, prepaid phones obviously
do not draw a lot of attention to you so I. Think that's the best way to go but to each
their own. Tip number four is that you should definitely
try to research events before actually traveling to Peru because you definitely want to know
if there's going to be anything special going on while you're there that you can obviously
try to go and see if that's something that interests you or if there are events that
are free that you can take part in.
For example, if you travel to Puno in the
south to see Lake Titicaca in February, I. Believe, they have this really big event,
a special festival called Festival Candelaria, I believe, and it's, you know, these people
dressed in these elaborate costumes. Dancing these traditional dances so that's
something Puno is famous for around that time period. If you go to Cuzco, I believe in June, they
have the Inti Raymi festival.
It's a really big festival as well and if
you come to Lima around September, we have Mistura which is this food festival that you
might be interested in. So just definitely try to research events
before you actually come here and I have some websites that you can definitely check out
and I will include them in the description below because I left my notebook over there
haha Ok, tip number five is that you should try to download any apps that might prove
to be useful to you while you're down here. I'm probably going to make a video on this
later on when I've researched these apps more thoroughly but you could probably, you know,
if you're traveling to Cuzco or an area that speaks Quechua, you could probably try to
find a decent app that teaches you some Quechua that you can try to use when communicating
with the locals there. As long as you try to know some of whatever
language is spoken in the area you're traveling to, the locals definitely appreciate the effort
that you're making in order to try to communicate with them so definitely try to do that as
Tip number six is that if you're traveling
to places that require special immunizations or something, you should try to do that before
you actually leave your country. So, for example, to travel to the jungle here,
often times people are required to have the Yellow Fever vaccination and it's required,
I believe for Americans you should try to get that at least ten days PRIOR to actually
going to the jungle and I am not exactly sure how strict they are with this whole yellow
fever vaccination thing. I mean, I'm not sure when you go to the airport
if they check to see if you have your vaccination papers or something so I don't know too much
about that so if anyone does know I recommend that you please write down in the comments
below, any information pertaining to that because we would greatly appreciate it. I think we're all trying to help each other
out so I would appreciate it if you definitely included any specific information as to whether
or not they check for this vaccination when you travel to the jungle here in Peru.
Tip number seven is that you should try to
register with your consulate when you arrive. I think that you know, just in case anything
happens to you. At least they have some sort of record of
you actually being there and checking in. Nobody wants to do that but it could prove
to useful in some way.
If you're missing or something, the consulate
could probably try to reach your family much faster than as, if you hadn't registered or
checked in with them so you might want to do that as well. Tip number eight is that you might want to
look into travel insurance. And this is because this can save you a lot
of frustration and time. If things happen to go wrong with you losing
your luggage or your luggage being lost or missing flights or whatever so definitely
try to look into that .
There's a lot of affordable insurance agencies out there for you. I'm really cheap so I don't do all that but
it is something good to do. I would definitely recommend it. If I had stuff that was definitely worth insuring,
I would definitely insure my stuff but I'm cheap so no.
All of my stuff is cheap so whatever. And I will definitely include in the description
below some sites that you can use for travel insurance if that's something that interests
you. Tip number nine is that you should definitely
look into voltage charge adapters. If you're coming from the U.S., Typically
your devices have something like this here.
It has the two little line thingamajiggies. So that's typically what the devices in the
U.S. Look like but here in Peru, we have, um, the electrical outlets that are adapted
for these kinds of devices that have these things here, but we also have other ones that
have circular type things. This one works for both.
It works for the items or the devices that
have these circular type, I don't know what they're called, but, you know what I'm trying
to say here. So it works for the circular ones and the
ones that have the little stick thingys. Yeah, that's my explanation. I obviously don't know anything about these
So yeah, definitely look into that because
you don't, you know, not all of the electrical outlets are adapted for both things. You can either have them ready for one of
the other and you have to be careful if the items you are using are not compatible with
the electrical current here. Here in Peru, we typically use our electrical
appliances on 220V, 50W sometimes 60W and in the really high end hotels, you can find
outlets that work on 110V, 50 W but this is not something that's very common here so you
definitely want to be careful with plugging something into the wall because if it's not
compatible then it's just explode and it's going to be broken or something so definitely
be careful with that. Tip number ten is that I highly recommend
that you carry some extra clothes in your carry on bag.
I think that in your carry on you should definitely
have your important documents or papers, your passport and things like that. And your electronic devices such as your laptop,
your cameras, but you should also try to include two pairs of jeans, maybe two shirts or something,
some socks because in case your things happen to get lost or stolen. You don't want to be completely helpless. You don't want to wear the same thing for
days on end until you can find new clothes or buy new clothes and this especially goes
for people that are taller than normal.
Here in Peru, most of us are very short. I'm actually kind of considered tall actually
for a woman here and I'm only 5'3 or 5'2 or 1.60M so I'm not THAT tall at all and um,
most people, men and women they're around my height. They're either shorter than me or they're
a little bit taller than me, not too tall. You occasionally do find really really tall
Peruvians but I think most of us are probably less than 5'8 or 5'9.
I'm not sure. I haven't researched that but there's not
a lot of clothes for very tall individuals here, especially men. So I definitely recommend that men that are
really tall, uh, you should definitely try to include a pair of jeans or something because
it's going to be very hard for you to find jeans here in Peru or maybe even shirts so
try to do that. And my last tip for you, I think, it's my
last tip unless I can think of one at the end.
Tip number eleven is that you try to buy a
money belt which is an actual belt that has like a zipper compartment on the inside, that
you can open up and hide your money there in case you don't want to carry it around
in your wallet or you buy a money pouch which is like a really thin ***** pack but it's
not a ***** pack because it's not fat. It's just really really like thin, almost
like paper thin and you insert your bills and other documents there and it goes on the,
um, underneath your shirt. And you can stick it maybe underneath your
jeans or something. People can't really see that so I definitely
recommend that you try to get one of those so you can carry money around with you safely.
So in case, you know, for some reason, someone
takes your bag or your purse or whatever, you still have your money and your important
documents there. They're not that expensive either. I've looked on the internet. They range anywhere from maybe seven to sixteen
dollars depending on what you decide to get so maybe you can even find them cheaper.
I don't know but definitely look into that
and try to get one of those. And um, yeah, I think that's it for right
now of the things that you should do before coming down to Peru. I had one more but I can't really remember
in this moment what that was so. Oh well! So yeah.
These are my suggestions. You obviously don't have to take them all
but just take the ones that you feel most comfortable with. And if you have any other recommendations,
I urge you to please write them in the comments below. Whatever other ideas or recommendations that
you have so that everyone else can see them so that we can all try to help each other
And that's it I think for this video so thank
you so much for watching and I apologize if it was really loud because apparently someone
has been building something nearby and I live somewhat near the airport now so planes go
over my head every few minutes and yeah, but today has been a good day so I haven't had
too many disturbances or distractions or anything so yeah. Thank you so much for watching once again. I really appreciate your time in watching
this video and thank you for your continued support and have a nice day! Bye! Ok, I thought of two more tips, sorry! Um. Tip number twelve is that I think I've already
said this but um, definitely try to learn some basic phrases in the language spoken
in the country you're visiting so here for example, we predominantly speak Spanish even
though we have three official languages which is: Spanish, Aymara and Quechua.
But um, the other two are mostly spoken in
provinces but definitely try to learn at least some basic Spanish phrases here because even
if you're on a guided tour or something. In case you happen to get lost for some reason,
you need to be able to communicate and ask for directions if you don't know how to get
back to your group or your hotel or whatever. So definitely do that because you don't want
people to take advantage of you. Even if it's just something basic as asking
"Hey! Where can I go to an internet place around
here?" That way you can look at a map or something
to find your way back so definitely try to do that if possible.
And tip number thirteen is that I highly recommend
that before you come here, you print out a map of the route from the airport to your
hotel or wherever you're staying. Especially for the people that decide to take
taxis or buses that are outside of the airport. If you're taking the buses, it's not such
a problem because the buses usually go along the main routes or the main streets and they're
going to take you to where you need to go but if you decide to take a street taxi then
you definitely want to be sure that the taxi driver is not taking you somewhere they're
not supposed to and having that map as a reference will definitely help you out. You can try using google maps or this other
website that I will include in the description below.
But just definitely try to have an idea of
the route that they're going to take in order to take you from the airport to wherever you're
staying because you don't want to be taken anywhere else. It can be pretty scary. So I think that's officially it. I can't think of anything else right now but
like I said, if you have any other recommendations, I would love for you to share them with us
in the comments below.
Thank you so much! Bye!.