To travel around Peru there is no need for vaccinations. However, if you intend visiting the Amazon Basin we advise you to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever. For Malaria, it is up to the individual who should discuss it with the GP or a travel clinic in the country of residence. The recommend medicine is Malarone. If you intend visiting the southern part of the Peruvian Amazon region (the Manu National Park, Puerto Maldonado) we recommend you do not take any medication as in this area temperatures are lower and it is highly unlikely you will catch malaria (this part of the Amazon Basin is officially malaria-free).
Medicines to bring with you
The list of medicines given below is not comprehensive; it is the basic medical kit to have with you during your travels in Peru.
- 125 or 250 gr Acetazolamide (Diamox) to be taken one day before arriving at high altitudes and to be continued for two or three days if symptoms persist
- Anti-diarrhoea medication
- Wide spectrum antibiotic
- Insect repellent
- Sun protection
- Oral rehydration salts
Tap water is not always safe to drink and locals always boil it before drinking it (agua herbida). Water in Peru contains bacteria your body is not used to and there will be no time to get used to them during your short stay in the country. We recommend you buy bottled water and use it also to brush your teeth.