Can I Bring Fossils or Artifacts Home From Peru?

No. It is illegal to bring authentic archaeological artifacts, animal products made from endangered species, or historic art home from Peru.

Peru has ample archaeological and paleontological sites, but it is illegal to remove any artifacts from these sites and attempt to bring them home. If you are caught with fossils or artifacts at customs, you will be arrested and prosecuted. Examples include human and animal bones, ancient coins, and tools.

Sometimes, even bringing souvenirs of these items - for example, a mold of a shark tooth - risks inspection by border officials, which may result in delays and cause you to miss a flight. When in doubt, ask us about the object you want to bring home. Another option is to send souvenirs home using a courier like FedEx or DHL.

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