Health and Safety Advice for Peru
Vaccinations for Peru
Before you go to Peru, find out which vaccinations you need with our guide to recommended immunizations.
Can You Drink Tap Water in Peru?
The tap water in Peru is not safe to drink. Most travelers stick to bottled water.
Natural Hazards in Peru
Various natural hazards occur in Peru, from earthquakes to flooding and the effects of El Niño.
Earthquakes in Peru
Learn more about earthquakes in Peru, a region of major seismic activity.
Earthquake Safe Zones in Peru
You'll often see signs in Peru stating "Zona Segura en Casos de Sismos." These represent one of three safe zones in the event of an earthquake.
The Peruvian Tourist Police
Peru's tourist police are charged with aiding and looking after foreign tourists in Peru.
Crime in Peru: Opportunistic Theft
Tourists are not often the victims of violent crime in Peru, but opportunistic theft is common. Read more about minimizing the risk of theft in Peru.
Altitude Sickness in Peru
Many travelers will themselves at risk from altitude sickness in Peru. Learn more with our guide to symptoms and prevention.
Machu Picchu Altitude
There is a risk of altitude sickness at Machu Picchu, but acclimatization is more important upon arrival in Cusco.
Vaccinations for Machu Picchu
Only a handful of vaccinations are recommended for travelers heading only to Cusco and Machu Picchu.
Malaria in Peru
There is a risk of malaria in some parts of Peru, but the actual risk is lower than many people may think...
Yellow Fever in Peru
Learn more about yellow fever in Peru, including yellow fever requirements and regional recommendations for travelers in Peru.
Dengue Fever in Peru
Learn how to spot the symptoms of dengue fever and protect yourself against the mosquito-borne infection.
Prevent Mosquito Bites in Peru
Fight off mosquitoes -- and the risk of diseases such as malaria, dengue and yellow fever -- with these tips for preventing mosquito bites.
Rabies in Peru
Learn more about rabies in Peru, including the rabies vaccination, general prevention and potential symptoms.
Swindles and Scams in Peru
Staying clear of scams in Peru is all about prior knowledge. If you can spot a scam before it sucks you in, you won't have much to worry about.
Telephone Scams From Peru
Telephone scams from Peru can happen whether you are actually traveling in the country or not.
Tips for Walking in Cities in Peru
A few tips for travelers who like to explore cities independently and on foot.
Safety in Trujillo, Peru
Find out how to stay safe in Trujillo, a great city with a less-than-perfect reputation.
Traffic Jam Thieves in Peru
Traffic jam thieves target static and slow-moving vehicles, most commonly in Lima.
Peperas and Drink Spiking in Peru
When you go out drinking in Peru, you need to watch out for drink-spiking thieves called peperas.
Embassies in Peru
If you have any problems in Peru, you can always seek advice and support from your embassy.
Coca Leaves, Coca Tea and Drug Test Results
If you drink coca tea or chew coca leaves, there's a possibility you could test positive for cocaine in a workplace drug test.
Is Marijuana Legal in Peru?
The possession of certain quantities of marijuana is officially legal in Peru, but even supposedly legal amounts can get you in trouble.
Emergency Phone Numbers in Peru
Find out how to call the police, fire brigade, ambulance service and other important numbers in Peru.
The Ronda Campesina in Peru
When you travel overland in Peru, you might come across ronderos, members of a rural patrol active in various parts of the country.