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With a wide array of natural beauty to explore, Peru is a popular destination.
A place of great history, Peru has something to offer everyone. A day can be spent hiking dunes, sunning on beach or walking through ancient ruins.
Contained within Peru are parts of the Andes mountain range and the Amazon jungle.
There is plenty to see and do in the urban areas and rural villages as well. From fantastic music to culinary delights, large cities like Lima, Cusco and Piura have much to offer.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Peru. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Peru: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, yellow fever, rabies, and influenza.
Antimalarials or recommended for travel to some jungle regions. Consult with a travel health specialist to learn if you will need them for your trip.
There is also a risk of contracting Zika virus while in Peru. Because of the birth defects caused by the virus, it is recommended that pregnant women do not travel to Peru.
Dengue is another threat to travelers. The mosquito-borne disease can be fatal if it becomes hemorrhagic fever. Protection from all three diseases is possible through using insect repellents and mosquito netting.
See our vaccinations page to learn more about these infections and vaccines. Ready to protect yourself? Book your travel health appointment today by calling or schedule online now.
Travelers from the United States do not need a visa to enter Peru if they are staying less than 30 days. While entry and exit regulations are more relaxed than other countries, fines can mount up if you stay past your deadline.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
The equator runs through Peru making the climate very warm. The average annual temperature is in the high 70’s. Nights can get chilly with temperatures reaching the mid-50’s.
There is a rainy season from March to May and from October to November. In November and December there is light rain.
Peru’s safety situation is like other Latin American countries. Travelers should avoid leaving their residences after dark without a local guide. Be sure to stick to well-lit areas and public thoroughfares with heavy foot traffic.
When in public, be aware of your surroundings, especially in urban areas. Pickpocketing and other forms of petty theft are common in Peru.
Do not travel with debit or credit cards. Leave them at your hotel or hostel for the day unless they are necessary.
Some drugs that are illegal in the United States are widely available in Peru. Be cautious in what you buy do not return with any substances that are illegal in the U.S.
One of the most popular tourist activities in Peru is trekking. There are many routes for visitors to hike, with the most famous being the Inca Trail that leads to Machu Picchu. These trips are a great way to soak in natural beauty and experience historical sites.
There are many companies to choose from when planning a trek, and prices can vary. Make sure to research the group you are going with to assure safety and financial security.
There is also a range of extreme sports such as skydiving and rafting that are open to the public.
Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Peru:
All Americans visiting Peru should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
Once in Peru, the information for the U.S. Embassy is:
U.S. Embassy Lima
Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n
Surco, Lima 33
Telephone: +(51)(1) 618-2000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(51)(1) 618-2000
Fax: +(51)(1) 618-2724
Visit the Embassy to Peru website before departure to confirm correct contact details for the office.
If you have any questions about traveling to Peru or are wondering what shots you may need for your trip, schedule an appointment with your local Passport Health travel medicine clinic. Call us at or book online today.
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