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Travel in Peru

Getting around Peru is fairly safe and easy, especially compared to some of its South American neighbours. However rugged terrain, unpredictable weather, dodgy operators and criminals can still throw a spanner in the w

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Peru Protest Tips

Peru has a tumultuous and violent political history. Throughout the 20th century the country suffered terribly through military dictatorships, numerous coups, terrorism, corruption, human rights abuses and hyperinflat

Crime in Peru

Peru’s popularity as a tourist destination is growing every year, a trend that the government and the people are determined to maintain. Working hard to protect tourists and actively pursuing the criminals who target

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Peru cyclists stage naked protest in Lima about safety (We like safety, but we won't remove our clothes thanks!)

over 5 years ago

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over 6 years ago

Recommended vaccinations for Lima

  • Diphtheria

    Diphtheria is a serious throat infection, which infects from person-to-person through the air. The vaccination should be less than 10 years old otherwise a booster is needed.


    There is considerable risk of malaria and prophylaxis is recommended. The choice is between Malarone , Doxycycline  or Lariam . Protection against mosquito bites will reduce the risk further. 

    Yellow fever

    Yellow fever is a virus infection, which cause a serious hepatitis. The vaccine provides protection for 10 years after a single injection. Countries where yellow fever is present are entitled to request a valid certificate documenting a vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days before entry. The certificate is a stamp in the WHO yellow book.

    Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis)

    Infectious hepatitis infects through contaminated food and water. Vaccination consists of two injections about 12 months apart, which protects for up to 25 years. The first vaccination protects for 12 months.  The hepatitis A vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis B .


    Tetanus is a complication to wounds contaminated by soil. If there has been a vaccination within the past 10 years it is not necessary to give a booster in case of wounds and accidents. Tetanus vaccinations are usually given in combination with diphtheria vaccine. If you are previously vaccinated, the vaccine can be given right up to departure.

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Cusco, Peru- is it safe?

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Kidnapping threat in Peru. Is it safe?

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over 4 years ago

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