Travel vaccinations… what a drag. Unfortunately, you need to start thinking about vaccinations for Peru well before you travel, as some vaccines require multiple shots or need to be administered a certain amount of time in advance.
If you’re going to take a laptop to Peru, accept the fact that it could be damaged or stolen. If that would totally ruin your trip, sending you into uncontrollable floods of tears, you might want to consider leaving it at home.
Peruvian cities are a splendid mix of culture and chaos — mad, gallant, beautiful and, at times, grim. Despite the madness, no city in Peru is dangerous enough to warrant avoidance, but some do have a reputation…
Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), can occur at heights of 8,000 feet (2,500m) and above. Once you hit this altitude, there is a real risk of illness and, in extreme cases, death.
Most backpackers will not have much contact with the police in Peru, apart from at border crossing points and checkpoints. Situations can arise, however, so you should know beforehand what Peruvian police are like.