The sanitary conditions in Peru are propitious, especially in the cities. In recent years, the supply of health services has been modernized and increased; Both hospitals and clinics provide adequate care, but it is always advisable to have health insurance for your trip.
There are no mandatory vaccines for entering Peru. If you want to visit the Amazon region of the country, the Ministry of Health recommends getting vaccinated against yellow fever. See more information about vaccines
The yellow fever vaccine must be administered at least ten days before the trip to be effective.
Information for travelers
The city of Cusco is located at 3,400 meters above sea level. It is possible to feel some discomfort and dizziness due to altitude, known in Peru as soroche. It is recommended to take a pill for seasickness 30 minutes before arriving in the city.
The first thing you have to do when arriving in Cusco or Puno is to rest for at least a couple of hours so that your body gets used to the altitude. You can take the opportunity to visit the sites in the center of the city first, avoiding activities that require physical effort. For this reason it is advisable to eat light foods during the first days. The tea or coca tea is undoubtedly a great ally at this time.
The altitude of the city of Puno is 3,827 meters above sea level. It is possible to feel some discomfort and dizziness due to altitude sickness, known in Peru as soroche. It is recommended to take a pill for seasickness 30 minutes before.
For altitude sickness, rest the first few days and particularly avoid physical exertion; I also drink coca tea or pills. Hydrate properly, especially in high altitude areas and with bottled or properly treated water.