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While a vaccination certificate is not required for entering Lima although it is recommended that you are vaccinated against Yellow Fever, Cholera, Typhoid, DTP and Hepatitis. Doctors from different places often disagree over what exactly is necessary and what is not - it is advised that you contact your local physician well in advance of your departure to ask their advice on what vaccinations are recommendable when traveling to South America.

If traveling to the Amazon it is mandatory to show a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate in order to enter. Some western countries require this certificate on your return from Peru in order to reenter the country. Yellow fever is a tropical disease spread by mosquitoes and while most infections are mild – some can be quite serious. With a yellow fever vaccination one is protected against the virus, although it is always a good idea to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes anyway. Malaria exists in the rural areas below 1.500-m (4.992 ft), mainly in the northern part of Peru, and while some travelers take prophylactics against the disease, malaria in Peru exists almost exclusively in the benign vivax form.

 

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It is important to stay healthy while traveling in order to get the most out of your vacation. Drinking bottled water is strongly recommended. Peruvian water, even in such populated areas as Lima, can contain amoebae and parasites. Drinking tap water can lead to a bad infection – more likely a couple of days spend in a bathroom though. It’s much easier to drink only bottled or treated (boiled) water. Ice should like wise be avoided as well.

Eat well-cooked meat, chicken and fish. Pork, raw salads and homemade mayonnaise may be risky. Ceviche – a famous Peruvian fish dish - should only be eaten for lunch and not for dinner as the fish does not keep. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled. Avoid eating food from street vendors.

In the Andes altitude sickness (or Soroche as it is known in Peru) can be a common problem. It is advisable to get your blood pressure checkout out before the trip and if you feel you may have a problem with the altitude your physician may prescribe a drug such as Diamox that helps considerably. Acclimatizing oneself to the altitude is advised – approach higher altitudes in smaller steps, acclimatizing oneself at lower altitudes before traveling up higher. Remember to take it easy on the first day you arrive in a high altitude area; meals should be light, and avoid all strenuous exercise. Another way to combat altitude sickness is by drinking mate de coca, a Peruvian tea made from the coca plant. In the Andes – mate de coca is available everywhere.

 

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