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Time and date

Local time

The time in Peru is 5 hours behind GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) and is similar to EST (Eastern Standard Time) in the United States.
However, Peru does not operate daylight savings time in order to save energy, therefore the hours are the same year-round and do not vary from one geographic region to another.
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Local holidays

Although there are other festivities, the following are the official holidays when the banks and offices are closed: 

January 1 New Year
Varies (March or April) Holy Week
May 1 Labor Day
June 24 Inti Raymi
July 28-29 Peru's Independence
August 30 Santa Rosa de Lima
November 1 All Saint's Day
December 25 Christmas Day

Working hours

Store hours are variable and tend to change constantly. Some places may indicate their schedule, though it is not always followed. Some stores close for long hours during lunchtime. In government offices during weekends, the open hours are limited or even non-existent. 
You could ask taxi drivers which stores are open late, but try to be patient regarding this area.

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