Travel health vaccination clinic with scenic Peru backdrop.

Are you dreaming of wandering the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, exploring the depths of the Amazon rainforest, and sampling Peru’s incredible cuisine? I don’t blame you one bit – this amazing country is on so many bucket lists for good reason! But before you click ‘purchase’ on those flight tickets, it’s crucial to understand Peru’s entry and health requirements. While a little preparation is needed on your part, it will ensure you can fully immerse yourself in the magic of Peru without any hiccups. Read on below as I break down everything you need to know about getting vaccinated for Peru and staying healthy during your travels.

Which Vaccines Do You Need for Peru?

Peru requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are traveling from or have transited through a country with risk of yellow transmission. This includes countries in South America and Africa – check the latest list here. The vaccine must be administered at least 10 days before entering Peru and you must bring your International Certificate of Vaccination (aka Yellow Card) as proof. I know, getting a shot doesn’t sound fun, but yellow fever is a serious and potentially fatal viral disease, so it’s worth it!

In addition to yellow fever, there are some other immunizations that are highly recommended for travel to Peru:

If possible, get vaccinated at least 4-6 weeks before your departure date to Peru. This gives your body time to build immunity. And don’t forget to bring your vaccination records with you as proof!

Staying Healthy in Peru

In addition to getting your vaccinations for Peru, there are some other health factors to consider both before and during your trip:

Altitude Sickness

Many popular tourist destinations in Peru like Cusco and Machu Picchu are located at very high altitudes of 8,000-11,000 ft. The lower oxygen levels and atmospheric pressure can cause altitude sickness in some people with symptoms like headache, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue.

To prevent altitude sickness, Drink plenty of water, avoid strenuous exercise, and give yourself 1-2 days to acclimate in Cusco before doing any active excursions. There are also medications that can help reduce symptoms.

Food and Water Safety

Consuming contaminated food or water is one of the most common ways for travelers to get sick abroad. In Peru, it’s best to be very careful about what you eat and drink.

Avoid raw fruits/veggies that can’t be peeled. Only drink bottled water, boiled water, or water treated with chlorine or iodine. For extra safety, consider bringing a portable water purifier. And don’t eat from sketchy street vendors.

Mosquito Protection

Mosquitoes in Peru can transmit potentially serious diseases like Malaria, Zika, Dengue Fever, and Chikungunya. To prevent mosquito bites:

Travel Insurance

I always recommend getting comprehensive travel insurance for international trips. It provides coverage in case you get sick or injured abroad and need medical treatment, evacuation, or trip interruption. For Peru, look for policies with emergency medical and emergency evacuation coverage of at least $100,000 – $300,000.

Entry Requirements for Peru

To enter Peru, there are a few mandatory requirements beyond just having a passport. Be sure to come prepared with:

Having all your documentation ready and in order will make breezing through customs a piece of cake!

Bottom Line on Traveling to Peru

Preparing for a trip to Peru does involve more planning and precaution than traveling somewhere like Canada or England. But the rewards of exploring this amazing country far outweigh any hassle!

Get your vaccinations, pack smartly, and thoroughly research any health and safety risks. The small amount of effort is absolutely worth it. With the right preparation, Peru can exceed your wildest travel dreams. I hope this guide gave you the information you need to start planning an epic, memorable, and meaningful journey. Let me know if any other questions come up!

About the author

At the helm of Remote Expeditions, Tristan adeptly combines exploration, photography, tour design, web development, and tour leadership, encapsulating the essence of a versatile travel entrepreneur. His mission is to offer a limited number of high-quality tours each year, ensuring an unparalleled travel experience steering clear of mass tourism. He aims to guide you towards the true essence of each destination, facilitating a deep connection with both nature and yourself.