Vaccinations recommended to have before travelling to Peru

There are no obligatory vaccination requirements when arriving in Peru, however, due to several health incidents in the past, tourists are encouraged to take several vaccinations against the most common diseases. One of them is the Yellow Fever vaccination. Especially if you are visiting infected area, it is crucial to have your vaccination certificate against yellow fever. You can find extensive information about the vaccination and the decease itself on http://www.yellowfever.com.au/. Yellow fever is considered to be very serious as when affected the victim suffers through pain which can sometimes lead to fatality. Since the decease is carried through a special type of mosquitoe, it is very hard to prevent it and if you become affected, immediate medical assistance is required. In order to get vaccinated, you should visit special centres that specifically look after travellers to Latin America and to countries such as Peru. Your travel operator would be able to give you a proper guide on the locations of health centres in your area.

Another mandatory precaution is to protect yourself from diphtheria as it is quite widespread in Peru as well as typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A and B. There were several cases of polio spotted so tourists should be aware of their risks towards this decease if they are not properly vaccinated beforehand. Another on the list of mandatory precautions is to get vaccinated against Tuberculosis. Even though the chances are very low, it is better not to take those chances and to enjoy your holidays in Peru in full.

Some areas of Peru had the outbreak of malaria. These areas are mostly very rural and, thus, if you have them on your destination list while in Peru, make sure you use good prophylaxis. Most of local health centres in your country will be able to provide you with all necessary information on how to do this, such as covering your arms and legs, and using insect repellent.

An additional health safety point is to make sure you drink only bottled water and not water from taps. This precaution will allow you not to become infected with gastro and other nasty decease with very unpleasant consequences. Though it is worth to mention that overall, if you are eating in relatively decent restaurants and eateries, there is very little chance to get poisoned or catch any unpleasant infection. This is great news considering that food in Peru is fantastic and you in no way should avoid the pleasure of eating and drinking out.

Tips for travelling in Peru

When travelling to Peru, it is important to remember that despite being an amazing destination, Peru is still a developing country and, thus, there are several travel tips crucial to know before travelling there.  The good news is that Peru has been recently become a very popular destination and its tourism has been strongly expanding over the last ten years. There are several tips that would be useful to know before travelling to Peru. Firstly the entry and exit requirements. You will need to have a passport, visa if required for your country and proof of your return travel. For US residents it is possible to stay without a visa for up to 90 days. However, the immigration officer in Peru has a right to refuse you an entry and determine the length of your stay without any valid reason. So be aware of that if you are listed as not requiring a visa. There is no specific obligatory requirement for immunisation prior to travelling to Peru, however, the health authorities recommend immunization against Yellow Fever, which on several occasions has affected travelling foreigners.

Secondly, with regards to safety and security, there has been some famous news coverage on the Shining Path or, in Spanish dialect called Sendero Luminoso, terrorist group, which is still actively operating in the country. Specific areas such as Huancavelica, Ayacucho, Huanuco and others were specifically affected. Thus, if you are travelling to remote areas for purposes of adventure or any other exploratory activities in remote areas, please be aware of the potential danger. There is more information available on security and safety of certain areas on government websites and travel advisory services which you should consult before travelling to Peru. If you are planning on hiking the Inka trail, being part of larger group that is guided by one of the tour operators is recommended.   Usually you have to do it this way as there are a limited number of passes for the trail each day and they are usually sold out, so going with a reputable company is the best way.  Additionally, you should know that there is very limited medical assistance if you experience any health issues or injuries when climbing the mountains or doing any other adventure travel. Since most of the mountains in Peru are very high altitude, there is very limited service to be rescued by helicopters. If you enjoy more swimming and surfing rather than hiking, please be aware of very strong currents that are present along most of the Peruvian shores. Before swimming in unknown lakes, make sure you are fully aware of any potential crocodiles or other reptiles and other dangerous jungle animals. So prior to leaving for an adventure trip it would be wise to inform friends and authorities of your detailed schedule and plan where you are intending to go.

Regarding overall crime, it is important to remember that it still relatively dangerous to travel in Lima. Do not leave your valuables in the open like on car seats, for instance, as there have been numerous incidents in the past where criminals break the window and grab your belongings. If you are unlucky and become a victim of street crime, do not resist, you can always replace the item, your wellbeing is more important. Other safety tips to remember is to call a taxi through well-know tax operators and not hail it on the streets. Also be aware of not being overcharged as tourists often become victims of inflated prices when taking taxis.

Lima: travel attraction of Peru

Interestingly, Lima is not always a tourist attraction of Peru that people become fond of from the first sight. And there are several understandable reasons why. Even though the city is amazing in terms of what it has to offer, it has several characteristics that are likely to drive you mad when you first come to Peru. Firstly, the traffic. Secondly, it’s distant resemblance to anything traditional that you potentially expect from Peru – comparing it to the Andes and the Inca trails. Amazingly, Lima has a stunning selection of food and museums, architecture and other attractions to offer. If you think of Peru as a human body, then Lima is definitely its heart – vibrating, pulsing, pumping and energising. It has amazing combination of city, ocean and cliffs. If you would like to book a hotel before you get there, you can visit Lima hotels – Booked.net to look through the options.

Lima is a great place to socialise and find new friends and mingle with locals. If you are a surfer, then Lima’s world- famous Waikiki surfing club is for you. You can combine sport, exquisite dining on rare seafood, clubbing and indulge in one of the ice-cream places. If you are in a ‘mood for love’, there is a Park of Love which is something similar to the Barcelona Paradise of Gaudi with lots of fun mosaics and many kissing couples.

Moreover, Lima is famous for colonial tourist attractions such as the upper class areas of work (such as downtown) and Clun Nacional that was specifically for gentlemen only with no passes for women allowed except in the dinner section. There is plenty of art deco and historical buildings. The presidential palace is likely to catch your breath as it has strong Spanish influences and was founded by Spanish conquerors at the beginning of the 16th century.

For those who favour more modern architecture, several years ago the Magical Circuit of Water opened in Lima which represents an art of combining different types of expressions – water, land, light, music. It has an amazing combination of more than ten fountains. The installation became part of the Guinness Records and is claimed to be better than the  singing fountains in Barcelona. What is special about Lima is the combination of the modern and historical sides and the atmospheres not found anywhere else in the world. This is definitely one of the most amazing attractions of Peru and should in no way be neglected by tourists who rush straight away to Machu Pichu or the Andes. You will be very pleasantly surprised by Lima.

Traditional food in Peru

If you ask any traveler who has already been to Peru, they will confirm that the food in Peru is amazing and they will be totally right. Traditional dishes include anticuchos, pan con chicharon, ceviche, jalea, chicha morada and many others. For the drink options it is the national soda and something more local such as Inca Cola that many foreigners fancy. However, it is very probable that any of the names mentioned above sound strange to you, so in this article we briefly describe what each tradition Peru dish is and how it is made.

Let’s start with Anticuchos. Anticuchos is a traditional meat dish of Peru originally made from beef hearts, however, the main ingredient can be easily replaced by beef cubes. The dish is made on skewers and grilled over barbecue or any other grill. Prior to cooking the meat is marinated in the mix of garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, chili and cumin. This gives a very specific flavor to the meat and together with smoke from the grill makes it indeed amazing. The meat should not be marinated for too long as marinade can overkill the natural flavor of the meat, thus two or three hours is more than enough. This makes the meat tender and succulent. The side dish consists typically of steamed corn and potatoes.

The next traditional dish is pan con chicharon which is also present in other countries as well as Peru. The dish is made from pork and pork skin and is widespread all over Latin America. The main ingredient is fresh pork belly with spare stripes of meat. As you can imagine, the fat plays the main role here as the dish is all about the fat! This may sound not that attractive, however, Peruvians make it extremely delicious. The dish does not come in big quantities and is more about the flavor rather than large serving sizes.

Another dish that is one of the favorites in Peru is ceviche, which is also widespread all over South America. The dish is made from raw fish cut in small cubes. It is marinated in citrus fruit, either lemon or lime and extra chill is added. This dish has a long standing history dating back to the first inhabitants of Peru including the Incas, who first discovered the healthy attributes of raw fish mixed with lemon juice and chillies. Lime adds fresh touch to the flavor, yet retaining the fish flavor as well. There are many more dishes that would thrill your tastes, but the best way to try them is to visit Peru!

Gocta Waterfalls in Peru

Up until recently, the Gocta waterfalls were not on the major attraction list in Peru. However, after their great discovery in 2005 we now know that northern Peru has something quite special to offer. It is considered to be the third largest waterfall in the world (although there is still some dispute over this) . It is surprising that the falls have come to the rest of the world’s attention so late since we are in the age of satellite images and satellite maps that can be easily found on Google Maps. Yet, here we are, in Peru with waterfalls that were until recently unknown to the world, apart from the locals who had kept it quite secret. To watch these amazing waterfalls, your journey should start in Chiclayo from where you drive more than ten hours through mountains to very reserved area of Amazon. It is no wonder that it gets that secluded that it is impossible to spot anything even as big as the newly discovered waterfall. It is one of those valleys that were inhibited thousand years ago by followers of Incas. The name of the waterfall is Gocta.

Needless to say that local people knew about the waterfall, however, somehow it was not really flagged to any interested parties as something worth visiting or that it could be potentially a huge tourist attraction.  However, after the word about Gocta has spread, tourists have started visiting. Yet, it is still often unknown to international tourists when the come to visit Peru. This waterfall is considered to be the tallest in the world and is more than two thousand five hundred feet, which definitely places it among the top three waterfalls in the world. So far the majority of tourists visiting the area are those that are interested in specialised archaeology and also bird watchers have added it to their “must see” list. Now waterfalls lovers are on the list as well.

When you reach San Pablo, which is quite a remote area and is the entry village prior to final destination to Gocta, expect lots of attention from local population (tourists are rare in the area). When you get to the waterfall, there will definitely be a big wow factor, as you will be surprised by the size – it is indeed an incredibly big waterfall. It is also very loud due to the large amount of water rushing down the mountain. The closer you get to the waterfall, the more the ground under your feet will be vibrating. It is an amazing place definitely worth visiting in Peru!

Vaccinations recommended to have before travelling to Peru

There are no obligatory vaccination requirements when arriving in Peru, however, due to several health incidents in the past, tourists are encouraged to take several vaccinations against the most common diseases. One of them is the Yellow Fever vaccination. Especially if you are visiting infected area, it is crucial to have your vaccination certificate against yellow fever. You can find extensive information about the vaccination and the decease itself on http://www.yellowfever.com.au/. Yellow fever is considered to be very serious as when affected the victim suffers through pain which can sometimes lead to fatality. Since the decease is carried through a special type of mosquitoe, it is very hard to prevent it and if you become affected, immediate medical assistance is required. In order to get vaccinated, you should visit special centres that specifically look after travellers to Latin America and to countries such as Peru. Your travel operator would be able to give you a proper guide on the locations of health centres in your area.

Another mandatory precaution is to protect yourself from diphtheria as it is quite widespread in Peru as well as typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A and B. There were several cases of polio spotted so tourists should be aware of their risks towards this decease if they are not properly vaccinated beforehand. Another on the list of mandatory precautions is to get vaccinated against Tuberculosis. Even though the chances are very low, it is better not to take those chances and to enjoy your holidays in Peru in full.

Some areas of Peru had the outbreak of malaria. These areas are mostly very rural and, thus, if you have them on your destination list while in Peru, make sure you use good prophylaxis. Most of local health centres in your country will be able to provide you with all necessary information on how to do this, such as covering your arms and legs, and using insect repellent.

An additional health safety point is to make sure you drink only bottled water and not water from taps. This precaution will allow you not to become infected with gastro and other nasty decease with very unpleasant consequences. Though it is worth to mention that overall, if you are eating in relatively decent restaurants and eateries, there is very little chance to get poisoned or catch any unpleasant infection. This is great news considering that food in Peru is fantastic and you in no way should avoid the pleasure of eating and drinking out.

Tips for travelling in Peru

When travelling to Peru, it is important to remember that despite being an amazing destination, Peru is still a developing country and, thus, there are several travel tips crucial to know before travelling there.  The good news is that Peru has been recently become a very popular destination and its tourism has been strongly expanding over the last ten years. There are several tips that would be useful to know before travelling to Peru. Firstly the entry and exit requirements. You will need to have a passport, visa if required for your country and proof of your return travel. For US residents it is possible to stay without a visa for up to 90 days. However, the immigration officer in Peru has a right to refuse you an entry and determine the length of your stay without any valid reason. So be aware of that if you are listed as not requiring a visa. There is no specific obligatory requirement for immunisation prior to travelling to Peru, however, the health authorities recommend immunization against Yellow Fever, which on several occasions has affected travelling foreigners.

Secondly, with regards to safety and security, there has been some famous news coverage on the Shining Path or, in Spanish dialect called Sendero Luminoso, terrorist group, which is still actively operating in the country. Specific areas such as Huancavelica, Ayacucho, Huanuco and others were specifically affected. Thus, if you are travelling to remote areas for purposes of adventure or any other exploratory activities in remote areas, please be aware of the potential danger. There is more information available on security and safety of certain areas on government websites and travel advisory services which you should consult before travelling to Peru. If you are planning on hiking the Inka trail, being part of larger group that is guided by one of the tour operators is recommended.   Usually you have to do it this way as there are a limited number of passes for the trail each day and they are usually sold out, so going with a reputable company is the best way.  Additionally, you should know that there is very limited medical assistance if you experience any health issues or injuries when climbing the mountains or doing any other adventure travel. Since most of the mountains in Peru are very high altitude, there is very limited service to be rescued by helicopters. If you enjoy more swimming and surfing rather than hiking, please be aware of very strong currents that are present along most of the Peruvian shores. Before swimming in unknown lakes, make sure you are fully aware of any potential crocodiles or other reptiles and other dangerous jungle animals. So prior to leaving for an adventure trip it would be wise to inform friends and authorities of your detailed schedule and plan where you are intending to go.

Regarding overall crime, it is important to remember that it still relatively dangerous to travel in Lima. Do not leave your valuables in the open like on car seats, for instance, as there have been numerous incidents in the past where criminals break the window and grab your belongings. If you are unlucky and become a victim of street crime, do not resist, you can always replace the item, your wellbeing is more important. Other safety tips to remember is to call a taxi through well-know tax operators and not hail it on the streets. Also be aware of not being overcharged as tourists often become victims of inflated prices when taking taxis.

Lima: travel attraction of Peru

Interestingly, Lima is not always a tourist attraction of Peru that people become fond of from the first sight. And there are several understandable reasons why. Even though the city is amazing in terms of what it has to offer, it has several characteristics that are likely to drive you mad when you first come to Peru. Firstly, the traffic. Secondly, it’s distant resemblance to anything traditional that you potentially expect from Peru – comparing it to the Andes and the Inca trails. Amazingly, Lima has a stunning selection of food and museums, architecture and other attractions to offer. If you think of Peru as a human body, then Lima is definitely its heart – vibrating, pulsing, pumping and energising. It has amazing combination of city, ocean and cliffs. If you would like to book a hotel before you get there, you can visit Lima hotels – Booked.net to look through the options.

Lima is a great place to socialise and find new friends and mingle with locals. If you are a surfer, then Lima’s world- famous Waikiki surfing club is for you. You can combine sport, exquisite dining on rare seafood, clubbing and indulge in one of the ice-cream places. If you are in a ‘mood for love’, there is a Park of Love which is something similar to the Barcelona Paradise of Gaudi with lots of fun mosaics and many kissing couples.

Moreover, Lima is famous for colonial tourist attractions such as the upper class areas of work (such as downtown) and Clun Nacional that was specifically for gentlemen only with no passes for women allowed except in the dinner section. There is plenty of art deco and historical buildings. The presidential palace is likely to catch your breath as it has strong Spanish influences and was founded by Spanish conquerors at the beginning of the 16th century.

For those who favour more modern architecture, several years ago the Magical Circuit of Water opened in Lima which represents an art of combining different types of expressions – water, land, light, music. It has an amazing combination of more than ten fountains. The installation became part of the Guinness Records and is claimed to be better than the  singing fountains in Barcelona. What is special about Lima is the combination of the modern and historical sides and the atmospheres not found anywhere else in the world. This is definitely one of the most amazing attractions of Peru and should in no way be neglected by tourists who rush straight away to Machu Pichu or the Andes. You will be very pleasantly surprised by Lima.

Traditional food in Peru

If you ask any traveler who has already been to Peru, they will confirm that the food in Peru is amazing and they will be totally right. Traditional dishes include anticuchos, pan con chicharon, ceviche, jalea, chicha morada and many others. For the drink options it is the national soda and something more local such as Inca Cola that many foreigners fancy. However, it is very probable that any of the names mentioned above sound strange to you, so in this article we briefly describe what each tradition Peru dish is and how it is made.

Let’s start with Anticuchos. Anticuchos is a traditional meat dish of Peru originally made from beef hearts, however, the main ingredient can be easily replaced by beef cubes. The dish is made on skewers and grilled over barbecue or any other grill. Prior to cooking the meat is marinated in the mix of garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, chili and cumin. This gives a very specific flavor to the meat and together with smoke from the grill makes it indeed amazing. The meat should not be marinated for too long as marinade can overkill the natural flavor of the meat, thus two or three hours is more than enough. This makes the meat tender and succulent. The side dish consists typically of steamed corn and potatoes.

The next traditional dish is pan con chicharon which is also present in other countries as well as Peru. The dish is made from pork and pork skin and is widespread all over Latin America. The main ingredient is fresh pork belly with spare stripes of meat. As you can imagine, the fat plays the main role here as the dish is all about the fat! This may sound not that attractive, however, Peruvians make it extremely delicious. The dish does not come in big quantities and is more about the flavor rather than large serving sizes.

Another dish that is one of the favorites in Peru is ceviche, which is also widespread all over South America. The dish is made from raw fish cut in small cubes. It is marinated in citrus fruit, either lemon or lime and extra chill is added. This dish has a long standing history dating back to the first inhabitants of Peru including the Incas, who first discovered the healthy attributes of raw fish mixed with lemon juice and chillies. Lime adds fresh touch to the flavor, yet retaining the fish flavor as well. There are many more dishes that would thrill your tastes, but the best way to try them is to visit Peru!

Gocta Waterfalls in Peru

Up until recently, the Gocta waterfalls were not on the major attraction list in Peru. However, after their great discovery in 2005 we now know that northern Peru has something quite special to offer. It is considered to be the third largest waterfall in the world (although there is still some dispute over this) . It is surprising that the falls have come to the rest of the world’s attention so late since we are in the age of satellite images and satellite maps that can be easily found on Google Maps. Yet, here we are, in Peru with waterfalls that were until recently unknown to the world, apart from the locals who had kept it quite secret. To watch these amazing waterfalls, your journey should start in Chiclayo from where you drive more than ten hours through mountains to very reserved area of Amazon. It is no wonder that it gets that secluded that it is impossible to spot anything even as big as the newly discovered waterfall. It is one of those valleys that were inhibited thousand years ago by followers of Incas. The name of the waterfall is Gocta.

Needless to say that local people knew about the waterfall, however, somehow it was not really flagged to any interested parties as something worth visiting or that it could be potentially a huge tourist attraction.  However, after the word about Gocta has spread, tourists have started visiting. Yet, it is still often unknown to international tourists when the come to visit Peru. This waterfall is considered to be the tallest in the world and is more than two thousand five hundred feet, which definitely places it among the top three waterfalls in the world. So far the majority of tourists visiting the area are those that are interested in specialised archaeology and also bird watchers have added it to their “must see” list. Now waterfalls lovers are on the list as well.

When you reach San Pablo, which is quite a remote area and is the entry village prior to final destination to Gocta, expect lots of attention from local population (tourists are rare in the area). When you get to the waterfall, there will definitely be a big wow factor, as you will be surprised by the size – it is indeed an incredibly big waterfall. It is also very loud due to the large amount of water rushing down the mountain. The closer you get to the waterfall, the more the ground under your feet will be vibrating. It is an amazing place definitely worth visiting in Peru!

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