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Sim cards and Peru

Postby g_traveller_5fa6023e » Thu Apr 07, 2016 12:51 pm

Does anyone know how easy/where you can pick up a local sim card in Peru? Can I buy one at the airport? I just want data to be able to whatsapp my partner and family to let them know all is fine etc.
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Re: Sim cards and Peru

Postby Janice08 » Fri Apr 08, 2016 2:40 pm

I've never tried getting a SIM card in Peru so can't help you there. However, if all you are wanting is to send a few messages every few days then most of the hotels have free Wi-Fi. Its not the fastest in Peru but it works. Besides that, there is no internet on the Inca Trail or in the Amazon so if you are going there you wouldn't have it regardless.
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Re: Sim cards and Peru

Postby kcupp95 » Sat Apr 09, 2016 12:47 am

I didn't bother with a SIM card in Peru.

All the hotels had decent wifi.
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Re: Sim cards and Peru

Postby g_traveller_5fa6023e » Sat Apr 09, 2016 6:22 am

Thanks both! I might just rely on the WiFi then 😂
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Re: Sim cards and Peru

Postby g_traveller_9d25360c » Thu Jun 30, 2016 4:48 pm

I know they rent cellphones at the airport with Peruvian numbers, so you can make phone calls & receive with no problems & send/receive texts. You have to give a Credit Card deposit, pre-pay for a phone package & at the end when you have to return the phone they'll give you a final bill which is not expensive unless u go over ur allowance. Most restaurants, bars, hotels, etc will have free Wifi. Some r open Wifi & most you have to get the passwords from them & as long as you are a paying customer they'll give it to u. I don't know about SIM cards ....
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Re: Sim cards and Peru

Postby Graybeard » Thu Jun 30, 2016 6:40 pm

One doesn't need to buy a card of any kind to sin in Peru. The opportunities are there if one chooses to partake.

Ooops. SIM not sin.

Nevermind. :lol:
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Re: Sim cards and Peru

Postby g_traveller_9c4cb0e3 » Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:50 pm

For what it's worth, of my 11 day trip coming up, 5 of the days are in areas with a strong signal.

Those are partially days where we can explore the entire day (rest from the Inca trail hike, etc.) and some where tours and activities are already planned. Because of the extra time built into it, I wanted to have a signal for a few things:

1. Update family/friends - maybe share a few pictures
2. Catch up on just a little bit of email before bed
3. Find restaurants and/or be able to get an Uber when it's a totally spare day

For such an expensive trip (this is the most expensive trip I've ever done), I really don't mind the $30 or $40 for a Movistar SIM card even though it's for a little less than 2 weeks. I believe they offer 1GB and 2GB plans for this and the latter is only $5 more, so I'll go with that.
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Re: Sim cards and Peru

Postby kiwileigh » Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:58 pm

Hi all, I'm off to do the Absolute Peru next week... so excited... its my most expensive trip too and the longest period away from family so i would feel more comfortable with Peruvian sim card if I can get one. Are the Movistar sim cards easy to get?

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