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This is a preview of the full content of our Peru’s Best app.

Please consider downloading this app to support small independent publishing and because:

  • All content is designed for mobile devices and works best there.
  • Detailed in-app maps will help you find sites using your device’s GPS.
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  • Add custom locations to the app map (your hotel…).
  • Create your own list of favourites as you browse.
  • Search the entire contents using a fast and simple text-search tool.
  • Make one-click phone calls (on phones).
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Health & Safety

Police in Cusco

Most travelers’ health problems in Peru are related to drinking contaminated water or issues with altitude. If you will be visiting Cusco or any other high altitude area, read the information about altitude. Always check with your doctor or a travel clinic before traveling to Peru.

Violence & pickpocketing

Peru is a safe country to travel in for foreigners, especially in areas with well known tourist attractions. Violent crime usually targets Peruvians though foreigners are also targets for pickpocketing. Most crime information that you will see on the news and on embassy websites is about Lima. Smaller cities like Cusco, Arequipa and Huaraz are significantly safer.


That said, political protests happen from time to time, which often impact travel throughout the country. Road blocks are common and airports occasionally close during protests, even in Cusco. The road most often affected is the Pan-American highway south of Lima. Always check for information about protests and road blocks on embassy websites such as the US Embassy in Peru and the UK Embassy in Peru.


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Allergies & Dietary Restrictions

Handy Spanish phrases


Tips and tricks for acclimating

Clinics & Hospitals

Most travelers use clinics

Water & Peruvian Drinks

Don’t drink the water, but try the chicha morada


Frequent in Peru

Pharmacies & Bóticas

For meds & toiletries

City Safety & Police

Be careful in Lima

Transport Safety

Look for reliable transportation

Jungle Diseases

Health in the Amazon

Text © Heather Jasper

Image by Heather Jasper