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As already mentioned in our article "How dangerous is Peru", Peru is a diverse country full of vitality and South American lifestyle which can be visited easily and safely, even for solo female travelers.
Since ancient times the cultivation of coca leaves (the raw material required to make cocaine) has a cultural and social significance for the indigenous people of Peru. Until today the stimulant effects of the coca leaf are used for medical purposes and in traditional religious ceremonies.
Earthquakes are among the most powerful and terrifying events on earth. Unfortunately for thousands of years they have been a common occurrence in Peru. Although scientists have tried for decades to predict earthquakes, until today we still don’t know when and where to expect the next tremor.
Falling ill on vacation is a real downer. Therefore, a little bit of pre-travel health preparation might be wise to stay well and fit during your travels. To help you to prepare for your Peru trip and provide an overview of the medical situation in the country, we compiled some general health information and medical advice.
Lima, with nearly 10 million inhabitants the largest city in Peru, can be quite a challenge, especially for visitors not familiar with the capital. This combined with the warnings and sometimes unfounded horror scenarios visitors keep hearing, unfortunately often results in instinctive extreme wariness and uncertainty.
Traveling to a foreign country is always an exciting experience; visiting Peru is no exception. So many new impressions should be taken in that it’s easy to get distracted and probably not to pay the necessary attention to an important issue such as money.
In countless publications about how to stay safe in Peru you can always read the same thing: Adapt to the local situation and blend in. Not an easy task, especially if you are for example tall, blond, fair-skinned and/or don’t speak Spanish properly.