Weather

The climate of the city is predominantly humid in winter (from July to September). The average relative humidity is 90 to 95%. The average temperature during the month of October is approximately 20°C. Delegates are advised to wear warm clothing during the day and night.

Local Time

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

Tipping

Service charge is included in most restaurants and hotels. However, rounding-up bills up to 10% is always appreciated. 15-4. Electricity and Water Supply The power supply in Peru is 220 volts and 60 Hz. Outlets are mainly made for two-flat-pronged or two-round-pronged plugs. Most four and five-star hotels offer 110-volt power supply for shavers.

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

Smoking

Smoking in public areas is against the law. However, there are some designated smoking zones or rooms in some hotels and recreational areas.

Communications

Local phone services are reliable. Mobile suppliers include Movistar, Claro, Entel and Bitel. Many of these operators have stands at the airport or at outlets near the recommended hotels.

Long distance calls may be made from hotel rooms and international public phones. Pre-paid phone cards may be available at the hotel’s front office. Please note that all charges for personal phone calls made from hotel rooms must be paid by users.

To make international calls dial 00 + country code + area code + phone number.

City emergency services:

Police……………..105

Firefighters ………..116

Ambulance ………..106

Credit Cards

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and other major credit cards are widely accepted at hotels, restaurants, and shops. However, some restaurants and small shops accept only cash payments. Please, be aware that most restaurant and establishments have portable POS (Point of Sale) for credit cards.

Currency and ATMs

Peruvian currency is known as “Sol” (S/. or PEN). Peruvian coins have the following denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents and 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, exchange bureaus, shopping malls and hotels. Be aware of exchanging money with “street dealers”. USD are widely exchanged, less so in regards to Euros. There is no local market for other foreign currencies. USD can also be directly used as a means of payment in most establishments.

Currently, USD 1 is roughly equivalent to PEN 3.30.

You may find ATMs in some hotels, pharmacies, drugstores, supermarkets and shopping malls.

Restaurants

Information on local restaurants shall be available at the APEC TPT-WG 46 Information Desk in the meeting venue.