The World Health Organizaion (WHO) has created a list of countries with a high Zika risk. Peru has not been included in this list. Magali Silva, Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister stated that the Zika virus should not have a negative effect on the tourism sector.
Even though Peru is not stated to be a high-risk country, the minister promised to continue launching prevention and collaboration campaigns.
The mosquito which carries and transfers diseases like Zika, dengue fever and chikungunya is called the Aedes aegypti mosquito. This mosquito does not live at heights above 2,200 meters. This means that in many Peruvian areas the tourism activities can carry on without any risks.
Therefore, the regions in the southern part of the country are the best options for safe trips: Cusco, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Arquipa, Colca Canyon.
The given areas will encounter an increase in the foreign tourists flow for safety reasons. All necessary protocols were activated and the Peruvian Health Ministry has never been so active.
Because Peru had previous encounters with the dengue fever and with the chikungunya disease, Peruvian officials are well-prepared. Processes were started and the immediate-assistance protocols were adjusted to the situation.