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Health in Peru:
Tips on staying healthy whilst travelling:
The most common problem encountered by the traveller in Peru is diarrhoea (between 30% and 40% of travellers in a 2 week stay experience this to some extent) but the majority of these upsets will be relatively minor. Don't become paranoid; trying the local food is part of the experience of travel.
Tap water in Peru is unsafe to drink. Always purify the water first by boiling it or adding purification tablets such as Micropure which can be easily bought in most pharmacies throughout Peru (make sure that you read the instructions before using them). Bottled mineral water is readily available everywhere.

In most good restaurants, purified water is used to wash fruit, vegetables and salads. If in doubt ask. If you want to be extra careful stick to salads made from boiled veggies (carrots, beans, beetroot, boiled eggs etc) and avoid the lettace leaves which are often washed at source in contaminated river water.
Fruit in Peru is plentiful and delicious, but ensure that you wash it or peel it yourself. Avoid undercooked and reheated foods. Shellfish are a particularly high risk and so is ceviche (raw fish marinated in lime juice). They are all delicious, however, and should be safe in well-run hygienic establishments.
There are good doctors and reasonable hospitals in the major cities, but little in the way of good facilities away from the major centers.

Preparations before you travel:
If sensible precautions are taken by the visitor to Peru, there is no reason why you shouldn't remain as healthy as at home.

1. Before you travel make sure that you take out good medical insurance. If you plan to undertake 'adventurous activities' such as rafting, horse riding or paragliding, make sure that your policy covers you. You may have to pay a small surcharge for this.
2. For advice on what immunizations / inoculations that you require we recommend that you try ringing a specialist travel clinic (at least 6 weeks prior to travel). Your own doctor is probably unfamiliar with health in Latin America.

No inoculations are currently required for Peru. However you should consider immunization against the following:

► Typhoid
► Polio
► Tetanus
► Hepatitis A


If you plan on going into the Peruvian jungle (Iquitos, Manu, Tambopata) then a yellow fever vaccination is recommended. There are still the occasional outbreaks and it is frequently obligatory to show a vaccination certificate when entering the jungle regions. If you don't have a certificate then you will be inoculated on the spot as you get off the plane!

Malaria tablets are also recommended for the jungle, although nearly all of the jungle lodges in the Madre de Dios/Tambopata areas and Manu National Park state that there have been no reported cases of malaria, and that taking anti-malaria tablets are optional but recommended.

 

 

 

 


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Testimonials


Ms. Jenniffer
Date:
Wednesday, March 25th 2015

Hi Mr. YenSeng Yong
We wanted to thank you for the wonderful trip you organized for my family, it was an excellent job, and as ...


J. Brown
Date:
Monday, February 9th 2015

Dear Luis,
We would like to thank you for organzing for us a great trip, we enjoyed the tours, everyday was an adventure and it was more than ...


Paula J.
Date:
Saturday, January 17th 2015

Dear Yen,
We had a fantastic trip!!! We can't thank you enough, and because of you we are inviting to others ...


Polly
Date:
Wednesday, December 03rd 2014

Hi Yen Seng,
I just want to say how fantastic this trip was. All of the hotels exceeded our expectations and every time we were to be picked up ...


Agnes
Date:
Friday, November 21st 2014

Hi Yen,
We want to thank you for the amazing experience we had in the tour of Peru...


Frank
Date: Thursday, October 23rd 2014

Dear Yenseng
We are home and we like to use the opportunity to thank you for everything.
Throughout our planning...


Sue
Date: Sunday, October 05th 2014

Luis, I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful Peruvian experience. We all had an amazing time through all the tours...


Karen Fitchpatrick
Date: Tuesday, September 30th 2014

Hi Yenseng. Just wanted to let you know that we had a really awesome trip. Everything was so well organized and scheduled that we were able ...


Wojtek
Date: Thursday, August 28th 2014

Hello Luis, I am writting to you to share my opinion about our stay in your Country.
First of all, I want to thank you for your assistance in preparing our beautiful trip...


Melanie Friesen
Date: Saturday, July 12th 2014

Hi Luis, First of all I want to thank you for putting together a great tour. We had a wonderful time...


Tatyana Ukhanova
Date: Tuesday, Jun 24th 2014

Dear Yenseng, we had a wonderful trip to Peru. Thank you so much. Unforgettable time! ...


Alex Beric
Date: Saturday, Jun 07th 2014

Thank you very much for organizing our exciting trip to Peru. Everything was flawless and we enjoyed our trip tremendously...


Andrea
Date Thurday, May 28th 2014

Thank you for the follow-up email. My friend and I enjoyed our trip immensely! The various tours were well organized and nicely presented...


Tasso
Date : Thurday, May 28th 2014

We had a great time in Peru. And your staff and service was fantastic.
We really appreciated the personalised pick-ups from the hotels...


Alina
Date: Sunday, May 18th 2014

This is Alina- nice to write to you again. Recently we came back from our long five countries vacation...


Matthew Williams
Date: Tuesday; May 13th 2014

Thank you for making our trip so wonderful and accommodating. Our tour guide in Machu Picchu was wonderfully entertaining and informative...


Margaret and Roy
Date: Monday, April 9th, 2014

We have returned to Australia from our trip to Peru and Chile. We would like to thank you very much...


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