Within Peru, there's a 24-hour tourist information line, iPerú (tel. 01/574-8000. Peru doesn't maintain national tourism offices abroad, so your best official source of information before you go is www.peru.info, the website of Prom Perú (Commission for the Promotion of Peru). Other helpful trip-planning websites include www.peruvianembassy.us, the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C.; www.traficoperu.com/english, the site for Traficoperu, a travel agency with information about flights, hotels, and special deals; www.enjoyperu.com, a similar site with good background information on specific areas; www.perurail.com, the official PeruRail website with route and service information; and www.saexplorers.org, the South American Explorers website, which is especially good for trekking and adventure travel information. Sites with good information on specific places include www.huaylas.com and www.andeanexplorer.com, for trekking and other information on Huaraz and the Callejón de Huaylas; and www.machupicchu.org, for more information on the celebrated Inca ruins and other sights in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. South American Explorers (www.saexplorers.org), with clubhouses in Lima and Cusco, is an excellent source of information, particularly on trekking and mountaineering in Peru, with a good selection of guides, maps, and dossiers on travel and trails, which is available to members. You can contact the group in the United States at tel. 800/274-0568 or 607/277-0488; otherwise, visit its Lima office at Piura 135, Miraflores (tel. 01/445-3306), or the Cusco office at Choquechaca 188, no. 4 (tel. 084/245-484).
The Tourist Protection Bureau (Servicio de Protección al Turista), which handles complaints and questions about consumer rights, operates a 24-hour traveler's assistance line at tel. 0800/42-579, or 01/224-7888 in Lima. The Tourist Protection Bureau office is at La Prosa 138, San Borja, Lima (tel. 01/224-7888) or toll-free from cities other than Lima (tel. 0800/42-579).
For domestic and international flight information, call tel. 01/575-1712 or visit www.lap.com.pe.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.