Safety Advice for your Peru vacation
Taking certain precautions could mean the difference between a great Peru vacation or an average one This information will help you to prepare for your vacation.
Although Peru is generally a very safe country in which to travel, you should always be aware of your surroundings so that you can stay as safe as possible throughout your journey. The weather and altitude may also pose concerns for some travelers so here is some information to keep in mind you while you are exploring Peru.
In the event of an emergency, you can contact the local authorities by dialing 105. Their services can assist you in a time of need, and you can also contact your country’s embassy and consulate for more detailed information on where to turn if you experience a life threatening injury, an illness, or become the victim of a crime.
Travel Safely and With a Group
While crime is controlled in Peru, there are some instances where foreign visitors have been robbed or assaulted. These robberies usually occur late at night while traveling on deserted roads or in a city with a large, boisterous crowd. It is best to avoid groups of unfamiliar young men so that you do not become a victim of gang violence, and it is also best to travel in a large group so that you can prevent petty theft and kidnapping from occurring. If you do become the victim of a crime, you should immediately contact local authorities in Lima North at 51-1-423-3500 or Lima South at 51-1-243-2190.
If you need more assistance, you should contact your nation’s embassy for more information on recovering your passport and wiring money in the event that either of these items has been stolen from you.
Avoid Altitude Sickness
The altitude in Peru may affect you if you do not take adequate precautions. If you are not acclimated to heights above 1200f (3500m), then you can become very ill so it is important to spend at least one week at a medium-high altitude in Peru before you traverse the higher peaks in the area.
Medical Information and Insurance
Your medical insurance may not be applicable in another country, so it is important to make sure that you take the proper precautions so that you will not have to pay out of pocket to visit one of the area hospitals. The hospitals and medical care in Lima is the best in the country, so if you can travel back to Lima, then you will receive the best medical care. If you are unable to make it to Lima, private doctors in the surrounding areas may be able to handle severe medical situations, but you should consult either your consulate or locals to find the best medical care.
It is also important to wear sunscreen and sunglasses that offer UV protection. The sun is much hotter near the equator in Peru, and to keep your skin healthy and free of burns and other conditions, powerful sunscreen is recommended.
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