Clothing: Regardless of the season and the area of Peru you are visiting, it is advisable to carry warm clothes, loose pants, cotton tops, hiking footwear, good sunscreen and a hat.
Safety: As with travel to most destinations, a little common sense goes a long way toward keeping you safe. Don’t let your personal belongings out of your sight. Avoid using unofficial or unmarked taxis, especially at night. Avoid exchanging currency in the street or carrying large sums of cash.
Health: Hygienic conditions in Peru are good, particularly in the cities. Health services have been modernized and expanded to many hospitals and clinics in order provide adequate care; however, it is always advisable to purchase your own travel health insurance. In case of altitude sickness, rest well during the first days avoiding physical strain; drink mate with coca leaves or take coca pills. Drink plenty of fluids, particularly in high altitudes, using only bottled or previously treated water. Eat street food at your own risk.
Misc.: Peru’s electricity runs on 220 volts and 60 cycles (except for Arequipa where it is 50 cycles). There is no pre-established amount for gratuities, it depends on your level of satisfaction with the service. Generally, 10% of the check is considered adequate.
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