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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.
  • The app works offline (one time upgrade required on Android versions).
  • All advertising (only present on Android versions) can be removed.

The app will also allow you to:

  • 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


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.

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.

The US Embassy classifies Peru’s threat rating for crime as “critical” though all of their crime information is about Lima. Smaller cities like Cusco, Arequipa and Huaraz are significantly safer.

If you’re looking for travel insurance, my personal favorite is SafetyWing because it’s priced competitively and you can buy it after you’ve already started your trip. Full disclosure: if you purchase through my link, I may get a small commission.

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The US Embassy in Lima has emergency contact information here.

Allergies & Dietary Restrictions

Handy Spanish phrases


The key to your packing list

Clinics & Hospitals

Most travelers use clinics

Water & Peruvian Drinks

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

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 David Fresneda Ruiz