Country: The land of ancient mysteries – from Machu Picchu to Chan Chan to Nazca – Peru (The Republic of Peru) is located in western South America. Peru shares its borders with Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and the Pacific Ocean.
Peru has three official languages: Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara. The nation is home to 30.5 million people and its capital and largest city is Lima.
To access emergency services: Dial 105
Currency: Nuevo sol (PEN)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Peru, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.
What to expect in a Peruvian hospital: In Lima, hospital care is quite good. In other large Peruvian cities, medical care is acceptable. In the rural areas, care is limited if it can be located at all. Urban private medical facilities are generally better equipped than public hospitals. Patients with serious or life-threatening illness or injury should be transported to Lima for the highest level of care.
In Lima, there are many English-speaking physicians and medical personnel; outside of the city they are more difficult to find. Hospitals and doctors require payment in cash.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Peru: To read about specific facilities which are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Peru-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or WHO for up-to-date travel notices.