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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.

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