Travel Safety in Peru

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Travel Safety in Peru

Update news and information on security and safety status in Peru can be found at your local embassy website. 

Nevertheless, you should trust your common sense and take risks while in Peru. We advise that you leave your jewelry in the safe at home. Also, you should take enough cash with you and leave most of it in a safe provided by the hotel whenever possible. Do have a copy of your passport with you, and store the original in the hotel safe.

Natural Disasters and Safety:

What to do in the event of an earthquake

Peru is located in an earthquake-prone region. Small and medium-sized earthquakes occur regularly in Lima and other parts of the country. The embassy would therefore like to give you some medical, situational and safety advice and recommendations so that you are better prepared in the event of an earthquake.

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For Peru, International SOS – the world market leader for medical, safety and security-related  travel information – has a medium-high travel risk. In Lima and the tourist hotspots in particular, there is a lot of petty crime and, unfortunately, more often attacks on tour groups. Domestically, social unrest, strikes and demonstrations and the associated roadblocks and violent clashes repeatedly paralyze the country. Because of drug trafficking, the state of emergency is repeatedly declared in different parts of the country.

However, when you book through a tour operator who has local employees on site who knows the place well and can take care of you, you can be sure to travel safely through the country without worrying about your safety. 

Questions on Travel and Safety in Peru

What vaccines are needed for travelling in Peru?

For travelling in Peru, vaccinations against hepatitis A are recommended, for long-term stays or special exposure, vaccines against hepatitis B, typhoid and rabies would be required. Vaccination  for Malaria prophylaxis is necessary if you are visiting the rainforest region.

As a tour operator, we are not allowed to make any specific vaccination recommendations for legal reasons. We therefore recommend consulting a family doctor or a qualified  doctor in good time before the trip. 

Will I get altitude sickness (AMS) in Peru?

Altitude sickness is a concern in many places in Peru: Cusco is over 3,400 meters, Lake Titicaca is even higher, at 3,800 meters. Air is thin at these heights and oxygen is low. This can cause headaches, dizziness and shortness of breath in some people. Most visitors will only know if they suffer from AMS once they are there. To ease the problem, you should spend some time during your trip to acclimatize, especially for arduous multi-day trekking tours. In some hotels you can order oxygen to your room as well.

Can I travel in Peru with a bus?

Tourist buses in Peru are considerably safe and comfortable. Peru HOP is a good option and it stops at the main attractions along the way.

Can I travel in Peru with a rental car?

Touring Peru with a rental car is getting more popular and quickly becoming a favourite way for many travelers to explore Peru. However, it is important to note that the distance that one has to drive is quite far, as Peru is almost three times the size of Germany. Our route planner is a great tool for you to plan your rental car tour at ease. Try it out! 

Nonetheless, there is good news for those who want to drive in Peru; the roads are usually smooth and fuss free, although the connection to more remote areas might not be ideal and there may be closures due to landslides during the rainy season. Nevertheless, you can visit the cities and highlights in Peru by car or public transportation. This also applies to traveling to the Andes, to Cajamarca, Huaraz (Callejón de Huaylas) Chanchamayo, from Pisco to Ayacucho, from Nazca to Cusco, Puno as well as Arequipa and this also includes Colca-Canyon. If you want to drive from Ecuador to Chile, you will pass by the famous Panamericana – a compulsory transit route – which is quite a pleasure to drive through.

Peru Combi Tours

Machu Picchu

2-Days to Machu Picchu starting in Urubamba

Duration: 2 - 2 days
Highlights:

Visit the famous Inca ruin Machu Picchu

From 620,- USD
Price per pax
Machu Picchu

2 Days to Machu Picchu

Duration: 2 - 2 days
Highlights:

Visit the famous Inca ruin Machu Picchu

From 660,- USD
Price per pax
Machu Picchu

2-Day Machu Picchu Deluxe

Duration: 2 - 2 days
Highlights:

Visit the famous Machu Picchu including overnight at 4-Star Hotel Inkaterra in Aguas Calientes.

From 920,- USD
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Machu Picchu

2-Days to Machu Picchu starting in Urubamba

Duration: 2 - 2 days
Highlights:

Visit the famous Inca ruin Machu Picchu

From 620,- USD
Price per pax
Machu Picchu

2 Days to Machu Picchu

Duration: 2 - 2 days
Highlights:

Visit the famous Inca ruin Machu Picchu

From 660,- USD
Price per pax
Machu Picchu

2-Day Machu Picchu Deluxe

Duration: 2 - 2 days
Highlights:

Visit the famous Machu Picchu including overnight at 4-Star Hotel Inkaterra in Aguas Calientes.

From 920,- USD
Price per pax
Rainbow Mountain Peru

Pure Peru: Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca

Duration: 10 - 14 days
Highlights: Lima, Incan capital Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisa indigenous markets, The ruins of Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Uros floating islands, Knitting men of Taquile

Culture, nature and history combine in this journey through Peru's gorgeous south

From 1880,- USD
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Friendly Locals

Pure Peru: Cusco, Arequipa, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca

Duration: 10 - 13 days
Highlights: Lima, White city, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Colca Canyon tour, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Uros floating islands, Knitting men of Taquile, Full day expedition to Cusco, Incan capital, Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Ruins of Ollantaytambo, Pisac indigenous markets, Machu Picchu

Discover the highlights of the Inca country Peru. History, nature and culture await!

From 2090,- USD
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Condor

Active Tour Peru

Duration: 11 - 14 days
Highlights:

Experience Peruvian nature and culture in an active and individual way.

From 2520,- USD
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Salar de Uyuni

Peru and Bolivia

Duration: 14 - 21 days
Highlights: Cusco , Lake Titicaca, Uyuni, La Paz

Experience the highlights of Peru and Bolivia individually along this wonderful route.

From 3840,- USD
Price per pax
Machu Picchu, Perú

Experience Peru, Ecuador and Galapagos Island Hopping

Duration: 19 - 21 days
Highlights: Colonial old town Lima, Inca capital Cusco, Sacred Inca valley, Machu Picchu, Uros flosting islands, Lake Titicaca, Quito- Cultural World Heritage, Otavalo craft market, Monument to theEquator, Island hopping, San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz, Giant tortoises and land iguanas, Blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds

A curated, comprehensive trip of South America's dream destinations

From 4180,- USD
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Revash Mausoleum

The civilisations of Peru: Chachapoyas - Nazcas - Incas

Duration: 22 - 24 days
Highlights: Kuelap, Nazca, Machu Picchu, Uros, Lake Titicaca, Uros floating islands, Knitting men of Taquile, Full day expedition to Cusco, Incan capital, Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Ruins of Ollantaytambo, Pisac indigenous markets, Machu Picchu

Discover the advanced cultures of Peru - the Chachapoyas with Kuelap, the Nazca and the Incas

From 4330,- USD
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Nazca Lines

Peru Round Trip: Visit Highlights with Rental Car

Duration: 14 - 18 days
Highlights: Nazca, Cusco, Titicaca, Arequipa

Experience Peru with a rental car- a flexible and independent way of discovering Peru

From 4500,- USD
Price per pax
Lima old town

Peru Deluxe

Duration: 10 - 12 days
Highlights: Belmond Anden Train, Machu Picchu, Exclusive Trip

Experience the highlights of Peru with Machu Picchu, a train ride to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa.

From 6030,- USD
Price per pax
Kayaking

Highlights of Peru, Ecuador and Galapagos

Duration: 23 - 28 days
Highlights: Inca Trail - Machu Picchu , Amazons, Galapagos, Machu Picchu, Uros floating islands, Titicaca Lake, Quito- Cultural World Heritage, Otavalo handicraft market, Equator Landmark

Explore the Inca trail, kayak through the rainforest and island-hop in Galapagos

From 6140,- USD
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Rio de Janeiro

South America Tour with a Galapagos Cruise

Duration: 21 - 25 days
Highlights: Rio de Janeiro, Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf, Stunning Iguazu Falls, Tango in Buenos Aires, Lima - the capital of Peru, Inca capital Cusco, Unique Machu Picchu, Quito - UNESCO World Heritage Site, Galapagos cruise

Discover the best of Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, and a Galapagos cruise

From 6360,- USD
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Hiking along the Inca trail

Active Tour: Peru, Ecuador and Galapagos Island Hopping

Duration: 27 - 30 days
Highlights: Inca trail, Kayak in the Amazon, Island Hopping in the Galapagos , Machu Picchu, Uros floating islands, Titicaca lake, Quito- Cultural World Heritage, Otavalo Handicraft market, Equator Landmark

Hike along the Inca trail, kayak through the Amazon rainforest and island-hop in the Galapagos

From 6730,- USD
Price per pax