Useful Spanish Phrases for Travelers in Peru

The primary language spoken in Peru is Spanish, and English isn't widely spoken outside the tourist areas. So these Spanish words and phrases might come in handy.


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Spanish is the primary and official language of Peru, followed by Quechua, Aymara, and other indigenous languages. English is not commonly spoken outside of tourist areas.

Luckily, Peruvian Spanish is one of the clearest and most enunciated Spanish accents, making it easier for Spanish-language beginners to understand. Here are some key Spanish words and phrases to know before your trip to Peru.

Introductions and greetings

Hello: Hola
My name is…: Me llamo...
How are you?: ¿Cómo estás?
Nice to meet you: Mucho gusto
Good morning: Buenos días
Good afternoon: Buenas tardes
Good night: Buenas noches

Everyday travel phrases

Do you speak English?: ¿Habla Inglés?
I don’t speak Spanish: No hablo Español
Can I take your picture?: ¿Le puedo tomar una foto?
Can you take my picture?: ¿Me puedes tomar una foto?
Please: Por favor
Excuse me: Disculpe
Thank you: Gracias
You’re welcome: De nada

Basic directions

I am lost: Estoy perdido/a
To the right: A la derecha
To the left: A la izquierda
Stop (verb): Pare
Stop (noun): Parada
Continue: Sigue
Where is the bathroom?: ¿Donde esta el baño?

Ordering and shopping

I would like to order…: Me gustaría pedir…
How much does this cost?: ¿Cuánto cuesta esto?
The bill, please: La cuenta, por favor

Medical and emergencies

Help me!: ¡Socorro!
I need a doctor: Necesito un doctor
I have altitude sickness: Tengo soroche
I need a pharmacy: Necesito una farmacia
Where is the tourism police?: ¿Dónde está la oficina de la Policía de Turismo?
I have an emergency: Tengo una emergencia

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