TRAVEL TO LIMA
It takes a lot of planning and preparation to travel to a new destination, and we’re here to help you every step of the way! Whether you’re purchasing your plane ticket, applying for a visa, or getting ready to pack, this guide (along with your expert Program Specialist) is your ultimate resource for a successful experience. So read on to learn more. And remember that we’re always available to answer any questions that you may have, and to share our personal expertise.
Your fellow volunteers will be from all over the world, and some of you may even end up on the same flight. Regardless of the flight that you choose, your arrival airport for Peru is the Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM).
Flight to Peru: Arrive at LIM between the hours of noon and midnight on your program start date
Departure Flight: Depart LIM at any time on your program end date
Of course, many volunteers choose to arrive early, or stay a bit longer in order to experience all that Peru has to offer! If you’ll already be in Peru or have any questions about scheduling your flight, just let us know.
There are many online resources available to purchase your flight, but here are a few recommended by our team of volunteer travel experts:
Call Key Travel
Call STA Travel
CCS Driver, Juan Carlos
Once you arrive at the airport, you’ll be greeted by a friendly CCS driver or staff member, like Juan Carlos.
We’ll be waiting for you right outside of the arrival gate, so keep an eye out for a smiling face with a “Cross-Cultural Solutions” sign! It’s a 40 minute drive (depending on traffic) from the airport to our Home-Base, so you’ll be able to take in some of the sights of Lima as you relax after your journey.
We want to make sure you're healthy during your CCS experience, so take a moment to review the recommended vaccinations for your destination at the Centers for Disease Control, or by visiting a travel doctor.
As long as you're traveling in Peru for less than 180 days, you don't need to obtain a visa if you hold a passport issued from the United States, Canada, or United Kingdom.
Is your passport issued from a country other than those listed above? Find out if a visa is required for your travel!
As a CCS volunteer, you’ll automatically be covered by our comprehensive Travel Medical & Emergency Evacuation Insurance while you’re participating in our program. If you’re traveling before or after your program, you may choose to extend your insurance so that you’re covered every step of the way.
Need to upgrade your insurance? There are alternate plans available to you, which can increase your medical expense limits to $500,000 and your trip cancellation insurance up to $5,000. Just log on to the Core Travel website to print your card, extend your insurance, or upgrade!
What to Pack
Lima’s weather is mild and warm (and it’s one of the driest capital cities in the world!). Temperatures can range from 59 degrees to 80 °F on average, with the summer months (December – April) being the warmest, and the winter months (May – November) being a bit cooler and cloudier. With the Andes Mountains, Pacific Ocean, Amazon rainforest, and the world’s driest desert all located in Peru, be ready for a range of weather conditions as you’re exploring this incredible country!
Peru’s currency is the Nuevo sol – you can exchange your currency into soles when you arrive at the Lima airport, or withdraw soles at an ATM within a few blocks of the CCS Home-Base (where the exchange fees are a bit lower than the airport). Remember to contact your bank and credit card companies before travel to let them know that you’ll be out of the country!
While everyone’s spending habits are different, you might want to budget for around $50 to $75 USD per week for keepsakes and free time activities. Lima is a cosmopolitan city, with opportunities to go out to restaurants and for lots of shopping – so bring a bit more if you’ll be indulging in these activities. The cost of weekend trips, should you choose to travel around the country, is relatively inexpensive - plan on around $150 USD for a weekend. If you're going to Machu Picchu, however, you might want to budget around $400-$600 USD for a 3- to 5-day trip – it’ll take more than one weekend to fit this in, so plan your Machu Picchu adventure before or after your CCS volunteer experience.
Emergency Contact Information
It’s helpful to inform family and friends of your travel plans so they know how to reach you. Just input your flight information and you have a handy Travel Contact Sheet to email or print for your family and friends.
Remind friends and family that if they’d like to make an international call to reach you at the CCS Home-Base, US and Canadian residents should dial “011” before the number, and UK residents or residents of other countries should dial “00” before the number.
Citizen Services Abroad
Your safety is our top priority, and to make sure you comprehensive support, we request that all volunteers register with their government for access to emergency support and safety information. Please select the appropriate link below to follow some simple steps (it only takes a minute) to register your travel information:
US Citizens: Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) through the State Department
UK Citizens: Foreign Commonwealth (FCO)
Canadian Citizens: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT)
Australian Citizens: Smart Traveler Program through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
CCS partners with and verifies information for your safety in-country with several resources, including OSAC (Overseas Security Advisory Council), the UK High Commission, the US State Department, and iJet. You can learn more about services available to you through the US State Department (for US volunteers) at http://www.state.gov/travel/.