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¡Hola Peru!

April 5, 2011

And it’s done! A shiny new tourist visa stamp in our pasaporte now makes us eligible to travel to Peru! We’re thrilled that we’re done with this part of the process and can go ahead with planning the rest of the details for our trip to South America!

The path to getting a visa for Peru is not as difficult as we initially thought. Search for “consulado general peru reviews” on the internet and you’ll see what I mean. Yelpers have not been too kind to the Peru Consulate either.

We went to the consulate not knowing what to expect, but needn’t have been anxious at all. We met some of the friendliest people there, who did their best to ensure we had everything needed for the visa and would be able to apply for it in time for our trip. Whatever experience others might have had in the past, I think the Peru Consulate in San Francisco is really striving to make things as hassle-free as possible for travelers. They were thrilled to hear the little bit of Spanish we spoke with them and gave us colorful souvenir cloth bags painted with the cheery bright red/orange/green patterns as a sign of goodwill and welcome.

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The application process to apply for a tourist visa for Peru is pretty straightforward and uncomplicated. It’s a two step process, at least for the consulate in San Francisco.

1) Your first trip to the office is to provide all your documents (list below). Important to note – Get there as early as you can. Even though their office opens at 9AM, we got there at 8:15AM and found four people already in line, waiting for the door to open. They were not applying for a tourist visa though, so we were still first in line for that. Once you’re in, you might have to take a number to await your turn. The official at the consulate will review all your documents with you, and give a follow up day/time when you can come back and pick up the passport/visa. They evaluate on a case-by-case basis, and if all the documents are in order, you get the visa.

2) You visit the office a second time on the day/time of the appointment, and wait for your turn. They call you in, put in all your details into their system, stamp your pasaporte (passport) and that’s it!

The Peru Consulate might not be the most high-tech, but the people make up for this with their warm and friendly attitude and happy smiles when helping you out.

Click here for the official website.

Click here for list of documents needed for the application.

Click here for another website that provides useful info.

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