While planning a trip to Peru, there are certain things you must keep in mind, and one of them is knowing about the type of sockets and power voltage in Peru since they could be quite different than the ones back home. Therefore, before boarding, make sure to learn everything about it while you’re here.
We, as travelers, know that the journey starts before boarding the plane since there’s much to know before venturing abroad, for example, learning about the local currency in Peru.
For those who travel with electronics, we’ve come up with this section where we’ll help you optimize your Peru packing list without missing any important details about the electricity in Peru, and more importantly, to not fry your electrical devices.
In Peru, you’ll find three types of outlets and plugs, where only two of them are the same as the ones found in the United States. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t bring an adapter with you since this is not the case in many places within the country. You better be prepared than sorry.
- Type A: This type of outlet consists of a flat parallel two-prong plug, and it is mainly used in the Americas and Asia. Although these are the most recognized worldwide.
- Type B: This is one of the widely used plug sockets in America and Asia. It is almost similar to the type A socket since it consists of a three-prong plug with two flat parallel entries plus a rounded one at the bottom.
- Type C: Although this type is not very common in Peru, you may find it in old structures and small hotels. The Type C outlet is widely used in Europe, and it consists of two rounded entries.
According to these outlet types, Type A and Type B are the most common outlets in Peru and similar to the ones found in the United States. You may encounter a fourth outlet, but this is more like a hybrid between Type A and Type C, which functions for both of these plugs.
It is worth mentioning that not all the structures have all these outlet types. Therefore, you should carry a plug adapter to avoid further inconveniences. In case you forget to buy one before visiting Peru, you can get one at the airport or in any hardware store.
It is 220 volts at 60 hertz, which is why we recommend you leave your electrical appliances that can’t handle this voltage, make sure to check this before packing them. In case you unquestionably need that device, you can purchase a voltage converter.
Devices like smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc. are usually dual voltage devices, but as we mentioned earlier, make sure your electronic appliance accepts the 220 volts before plugging it in. Otherwise, you would’ve deliberately fried a 110-volt device.
If you’re staying in luxury hotels, you’ll find a 110-volt outlet in your room. These are specially conditioned for foreign devices and often found in the bathroom. If you’re staying in standard hotels or hostels, don’t expect this type of service.
It actually depends on where you might be. In Lima, it may not be the case since when this happens, it’s already planned for specific hours and mainly for maintenance. Some hotels within Miraflores and Barranco count on backup generators.
Although, if you’re traveling to the Peruvian Andes, you’ll see that this is very likely to happen during the rainy season since this region is affected by drastic weather changes, which can affect power lines or cause other issues.
While planning a trip through Peru, there are many things to take into account. Make sure to learn everything you need to know before adventuring to these authentic lands. If you wish for more information about the different things to do in Peru, we encourage you to check our packages section, where you’ll get to know the most outstanding locations of this region!