Electricity and Plugs in Peru

It’s worth knowing the key details about the electrical current and plug sockets in Peru before you travel. Arriving in a country only to find that your electrical appliances won’t work is annoying — even worse is to accidentally destroy them by plugging into the wrong kind of outlet or current.

Top Peru Travel Tips 2024 (updated every month):

Visit the Tourist Information Center in Lima for travel info, money exchange, sim cards, maps, and more.

Money – USD can be used in most places but recommended to exchange to Peruvian Soles. Credit cards are accepted everywhere. Be aware of high ATM withdrawal fees.

Flights – LATAM Airlines is the best airline for internal flights, the most reliable with the least cancellations.

Bus travel – Peru Hop is the most reviewed and highest-rated travel company. Their website is very detailed and full of useful info. Read more HERE

Machu Picchu – Book in advance (ticket, train, guide, and bus all needed). Yapa Explorers is strongly recommended for the best tours/treks to Machu Picchu, click HERE for more info.

Must-visit places Huacachina Oasis, Rainbow Mountain, and Secret Slave Tunnels have been considered the MUST-VISIT places in 2024.

Day Trips in Peru – Short on time? Check the best-rated Day Trips from Lima to Paracas & Huacachina or full day Sun Route tour in the Cusco/Puno route with Inka Express!

The Supply Voltage in Peru

The supply voltage in Peru is 220 volts at 60 hertz (in the USA, electricity is supplied at between 110 and 120 volts). Before you plug in any appliance that you’ve brought from home, make sure it can handle it. A great way to kill a 110-volt appliance is to fry it at 220 volts.

If you’re traveling with a laptop in Peru (or a cell phone, smartphone, tablet etc.), there’s a good chance it will accept both 110 and 220 volts (it’s a dual voltage device), but always check beforehand. If you have an appliance that won’t take 220 volts, here are your options:

  • leave it at home (do you really need hair straighteners?)
  • leave it at home and buy a new one in Peru
  • buy a voltage converter.

Travel voltage converters are a bit bulky, but it may be your best option. If you need one, buy it before you leave for Peru (you can buy travel voltage converters on Amazon for between US$10 to $40).

If you stay in expensive hotels, you might find a special 110-volt socket in your room or bathroom, designed explicitly for foreign electrical devices. But don’t expect such luxuries in standard hotels and hostels.

Plugs in Peru

There are two types of plugs in Peru (with corresponding electrical outlets):

  • Type A: two flat parallel prongs, both prongs being the same shape and size. Note: in the USA, the Type A plug often has one prong slightly wider than the other, which will not work in Peru (you will need a basic adapter).
  • Type C: two round prongs (used in much of Europe, but not in the UK or Ireland)

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Electrical outlets in Peru are often designed to incorporate both plug types (see first image below).

Plug and electrical outlet in Peru

A round-prong plug as used in Peru. The electrical outlet accepts both round- and flat-pronged plugs (photo © Tony Dunnell)

Peru electrical plug

A Peruvian Type A plug with two flat parallel prongs, as used throughout Peru (photo © Tony Dunnell)

If you’re packing appliances that do not fit either socket (such as a UK three-pronged plug), you’ll need a plug adapter. I use a FujiFilm World Travel Adapter, which doesn’t seem to be available right now but looks very similar to this Tektalk Universal World Travel Adapter. It might be a bit excessive if you’re only going to one country, but it’s compact and perfect if you’re planning on traveling throughout South America or beyond. It also adapts to both plug socket types used in Peru.

You can also buy plug adapters with built-in surge protectors. That extra layer of protection can be a wise investment, especially if you’re traveling in Peru with expensive electrical equipment.