How to Stay Safe While Traveling in Peru during Coronavirus Outbreak

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How to Stay Safe While Traveling in Peru during Coronavirus Outbreak
Thursday March 12, 2020 - Posted by to Travel Tips

How to Stay Safe While Traveling in Peru during Coronavirus Outbreak

– March 11, 2020 – . Now that the Coronavirus is currently disseminating across the globe, it seems that no country is protected from the spread of the virus. But people still have travel plans and do not want to let the virus put their dream trips on hold. Peru is a highly touristic country , especially the region of Cusco.

UPDATE PER MARCH 16TH

The Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra, on Sunday night (March 15, 2020) reported that the Council of Ministers approved a Supreme Decree, which declares a state of national emergency for a period of 15 days. This implies mandatory social isolation This measure aims to prevent the COVID-19 new Coronavirus from further spreading in Peru.

The measure which will be in force for 15 calendar days implies the obligatory social isolation. The president guarantees the supply of food, medicine, as well as the continuity of the services linked to water, sanitation, electric power, gas, telecommunications, cleaning, solid waste collection, funeral services, and others. The measures, in no way, contemplate the closure of commercial establishments selling basic need products, pharmacies or banks, which will continue to operate and will be permanently supplied.

The Armed Forces will adopt measures to guarantee public services provision. During the state of emergency, transit across the national territory will be restricted. The President also announced the total closure of the borders, suspending international passenger transport, by land, air, sea, and river. It must be noted the transport of cargo and merchandise is not included.

 

 

General tips to stay safe while traveling in Peru

In this blog we will go over how to protect yourself and how to stay safe while traveling in Peru during the Coronavirus outbreak. Our tips include some of the important guidelines recommended by WHO, the World Health Organization that everyone should be following. In fact, these tips can be used for travel at any point to stay healthy and keep others from getting sick.

Avoid shaking hands or greeting others with a kiss on the cheek

In Peru, a common custom when greeting someone or saying ‘hello’ is to give a quick kiss on the cheek if between a man and a woman or two women. For the moment, we recommend to avoid greeting others with a kiss on the cheeks well as to not shake other people’s hands in order to avoid spreading the virus from person to person. Greetings tend to be very important in Peruvian culture, but many Peruvians are now changing their habits due to current recommendations, so do not worry about looking rude to the local people.

 

Avoid Handshakes Coronavirus Peru
Wash your hands frequently

 

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based (60-95% alcohol) hand rub or wash them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to kill viruses that may be on your hands. Using hot water is preferred, but hot water, and occasionally running water, is not always available in Peru. We therefore recommend carrying disinfecting wipes with you that you can use to clean your hands and other surfaces at public locations, especially before eating. We recommend disinfecting your hands after taking a taxi or public bus in Peru as many other people could have touched the same surfaces.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing as to avoid breathing in droplets that may contain the virus. When traveling in Peru you may need to wait in long lines to enter a touristic site, museum, an airplane or to enter any public building. Please maintain a good distance between the people around you if possible.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Don’t go out if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention in Peru and call in advance (the special phone number in Peru is 113). We recommend that you do not go out if you are feeling unwell and to coordinate with the local doctor if symptoms become more advanced.

 

 

Tips for staying healthy on airplanes in Peru:

Most travelers in Peru need to take at least one or two planes to arrive to their destinations in Peru, for instance from Lima to Cusco, or from Lima to the Peruvian jungle. Here, we want to give you the best tips for staying healthy while traveling by plane in Peru when surrounded by many people.

– # 1 Pick a window seat during seat selection and avoid moving around the plane. Experts say that if you book a window seat you will have potentially less contact with sick people. Check out this image from the CDC.

 

Stay healthy on airplanes Peru

 

– # 2 Disinfect window blinds, door handles, tray tables, touch screens, arm rests and seatbelts on your flight. When using your touch screen TV, you can also use a tissue as to avoid direct contact. Scientists are not clear as to how long the Coronavirus can remain on a surface, so cleaning surfaces that many people have touched can be a useful safety measure.

# 3 Good news! Airplanes use an advanced air filtration system, similar to what they use in surgery rooms to avoid the spread of unwanted bacteria and viruses.

Tip # 4: read more about how to Avoid Corona Virus Infection on the plane, read this article.

 

Current Peru Protocols to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus

March 11, 2020: Health Minister, Dr. Elizabeth Hinostroza mentioned that the action plan that is already implemented at all health facilities. She also inaugurated the informative workshop titled “Protect yourself against the coronavirus,” targeted at journalists and published the “National Preparedness and Response Plan against the Risk of Introducing Coronavirus 2019-nCoV,” as well as the “Protocol for the Care of People with Suspicion or Infection Confirmed by Coronavirus (2019-nCoN).”

Peru is currently implementing the protocol “Patients Under Investigation,” which is for people with mild symptoms, but who have a cough, fever, cold, or shortness of breath, and those suspected of having been infected at a hotel or airport. Airports in Peru, seaports, and land ports will be on alert to activate healthcare protocols rapidly in case symptoms are detected among travelers to Peru.

Health Minister, Dr. Elizabeth Hinostroza, also informed that a mobile hospital has been installed a few meters from the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima in case of possible cases of coronavirus. She claimed that training will be carried out for airline personnel to reinforce how to identify people who may be sick. This is because airline staff have some of the most contact with travelers. In addition, she recalled that, according to WHO, the World Health Organization, it is not necessary to close borders in Peru*.

**UPDATE March 12th

However, a special protocol was applied to passengers from Italy, Spain, France, Japan and China, including a forced self-quarantaine of 14 days for everyone arriving in planes from the above mentioned countries.  With the aim of preventing the spread of the virus in Peru, passengers arriving from these countries are taken directly to special boarding lounges that are equipped with health-care and immigration services.

**UPDATE March 13th

The Peruvian Government on Thursday night agreed to suspend the arrival of flights from Europe and Asia in order to strengthen the measures aimed at preventing the coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading in Peru.

** UPDATE MARCH 16TH: 

We have described the last update in the first paragraph of this blog post.

 

You can find more useful and important information here:

-About the Coronavirus in Peru and other Latin American Countries

-About the Coronavirus Desease Outbreak in general (WHO)

Need to know about Covid-19

List provided by IATA with information about measures taken by all countries worldwide related to arriving from abroad

 

Recommended Tours in Peru during after the Coronavirus Outbreak:

If you are already in Peru, you can continue to explore the beautiful country taking into account the before mentioned tips.

Please remember that it is the responsability of all of us to avoid the virus can spread more and more and that it is not only about your own safety, but also for the safety of others, including – obviously – the local people.

What are the best tours you can do now?

Outdoor activities are always a great option during your travels and happily Peru has a plethora of great options:

  • Take a hike to Machu Picchu!

There are multiple options for hikes to the world famous citadel of Machu Picchu. Here are some of the most popular:

 

How to stay safe Machu Picchu

 

* Please check with a local travel agency about the current situation of the Salkantay and the Inca Jungle trek as bot stopped operation due to heave landslides in February, but will be operating shortly after.

Read more about recommended outdoor activities in the Cusco region.

More tips about How to Stay Safe While Traveling in Peru during Coronavirus Outbreak.

 

– Visit the warm and lovely jungle!

One of the three main regions of Peru is the jungle, which encompasses approximately 60% of the entire country. The amazon is quite expansive and spreads through many cities in Peru. You may be overwhelmed when trying to decide what jungle tour in Peru is best for you, your family or friends to visit. Here, we will outline the highlights of all of our Amazon tours to the Manu National Park, Tambopata and Iquitos. Dos Manos Travel Peru promotes responsible tourism within each of these three unique destinations.

The National Park of Manu is a World Cultural Heritage Site and an area with some of the greatest biodiversity on the planet. Manu is located in the department of Cusco and Madre de Dios including the entire basin of the River Manu. This is the only park in Latin America to cover a full range of environments from low, tropical jungle to cold and high grasslands over 4,000 meters or 13,123 feet above sea level.

Tambopata offers tours for travelers on a monetary or time budget. Tambopata is a great destination to travel to with children and families. Dos Manos Travel offers tours ranging from 2 days and 1 night to 5 days and 4 nights. If you are looking for a last minute or in-depth tour of the Peruvian jungle, Tambopata is the option for you!
Dos Manos offers tours in Iquitos from a minimum of 2 days and 1 night to a maximum of 5 days and 4 nights if you are looking for short or extended Peruvian jungle experiences. Iquitos also offers a variety of biodiversity that is distinct from Manu or Tambopata.

 

– Tours in Cusco: other great options

  • You can also visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas or the less traveled Southern Valley of Cusco. Each tour offers unique and exceptional visits to archeological and historical sites. The Sacred Valley tour travels the length of the Sacred Valley, stopping in the key sites of interest of Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. The Southern Valley tour stops in Andahuaylillas, Pikillaqta and Tipón.
  • Take a hike to the Alternative Rainbow Mountain or Palccoyo which is less popular than the Rainbow Mountain. The Palccoyo trek is shorter, takes less time to complete and is at a slightly lower altitude at the highest point as compared to Rainbow Mountain. On the Palccoyo trek you can see a rock forest (Bosque del Monje), lamas, alpacas, a red valley, a colonial stone bridge as well as an Inca bridge and on a clear day you can see the snow-capped peaks of the Ausangate as well as many more glaciated mountains in the distance.

How to stay safe Cusco Peru

 

– Off the beaten path.

Do you want to avoid the tourist crowds and visit region with not many tourist?
Visit some of our off the beaten path destinations in Peru, which are nice and warm cities. Here it will be much easier to avoid the tourist crowds!

  • Visit Cajamarca, Chachapoyas, Chiclayo and Trujillo.
  • Read for some beach life, snorkeling or surfing in Peru? Don’t hesitate any longer and take a bus or plane to the ultimate Peruvian beach town: Máncora.
If you would like any information about
How to Stay Safe While Traveling in Peru during Coronavirus Outbreak
or updates about travel advisories?
Please do not hesitate to contact Dos Manos Peru Travel.

 

 

 

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