of health can be addressed in Peru that may not be available
elsewhere. And, there are dental and medical treatments
and procedures that are at much lower cost.
Benefits of fresh foods -
Terrific foods are available in a fresh state, which might
only be available elsewhere in a processed form or not at
all. For example, there are dozens of fresh produce items
available in local markets, many of which you will not see
outside of Peru due to their rapid deterioration or to customs
laws. These foods are so flavorful when fresh from the source,
as well as their health benefits, which is the best way
to build the immune system and fight disease like cancer
Parkinson's- Interestingly, at this time in Lima, it is
being reported that good results are being realized with
the use of adult stem cells in an operation to help those
Before traveling, consult with your physician about the
necessary shots. To stay in the Lima area, you should ask
about a hepatitis vaccine, as in going to any country or
area less developed. The yellow fever vaccine will be needed
if traveling to the Amazon jungle regions, and it is available
in Lima. Such medical practices as JockeySalud, at the Jockey
Plaza shopping mall, offer medicines for the traveller.
Malaria- you can check with the CDC website or the US State
Department's country travel website. There is not a Malaria
problem in Lima, as we have found. In our experiences, we
had a malaria tablet to take before, during and after the
stay in Lima. There were no mosquito problems in Lima, and
the side effects of the drug were teeth discoloration and
hair loss. That was the last time in taking a drug just
as a "precaution," after learning it really is
not necessary, unless going into a jungle region. And, there
are cures for malaria if in the Iquitos area of Peru, as
known by doctors there, where they say that Malaria is a
problem that is further north towards the equator, more
in the jungles of Ecuador than in Peru.
Despite precautions, many visitors are affected by an upset
stomach. If you are affected drink lots of liquids, especially
water to rehydrate and remove the toxins from your system.
If you are affected for more than three days and/or you
have a fever, you should visit a doctor (see clinic info
Wash hands frequently.
- Carry a small bottle of the hand sanitizer, that does
not require water.
- Wash fresh foods with bottled water or boiled water "agua
hervido." (Most all restaurants know to do this. Smaller
eateries may not adhere to this practice. Ask, if not sure)
- Do NOT swallow water when brushing teeth, or use bottled
- Drink sufficient water. Ask for bottled water "agua
botella" at any of the thousands of small stores "bodega"
across the city. Make sure that you open the sealed bottle
- Vita Logic - "Parasite Formula" - a good item
to take as the product works to eliminate parasites in your
colon and intestines, possibly ingested through food, water,
etc. Good for any trip away from home.
- Natren - "Healthy Trinity" - a quality probiotic
to maintain good bacteria in the intestinal tract, while
traveling or at home.
TRAVEL MEDICINE CENTER & INTERNATIONAL VACCINATION
(Centro de Medicina del Viajero & Vacunacion Internacional)
operated by "GIPEIT" the Group of Peruvian Investigation
of Infectious and Tropical Diseases (Grupo de Investigacion
Peruano de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Tropicales).
For tourist information and assistance of Infectious &
Tropical Diseases, check their website.
Beyond their homepage, use a web translator.
A yellow fever vaccine would need ten days to become effective.
This Center's office in Lima has a fee of about US$25 for
The Center has a few locations in Peru.
Av. Alfonso Ugarte 1002, Of. 205, Breña (a block from the
Hospital Loayza) Hours- 3pm. a 7pm. with an appointment:
Telephone (51-1)-996-470205 .
2. Iquitos locations:
- Clinica Ana Stahl - Av. La Marina 285, Telf. (51-65) 252535
- Centro Medico Especializado San Marcos:
Calle Bolivar 222 (at corner with Av. Pevas) Tef: (51-65)-234042.
Appointments with Dr. Juan Carlos Celis who works with the
Center "Enfermedades Tropicales/Medicina del Viajero"
telf: (51-65)-965-650023. For urgent care- telf: 965-650023
Consultorio SAMARITAN SAC - Calle Ayacucho 230,
Building- Edificio Fatima 2° Flr., # 202A. Dr. Eduardo Luna.
Telf: (51-84) 984- 761-277
There are several very good clinics
in Lima with trained doctors and equipment that rivals that
of North America. Doctors do train in the U.S. and other
reputable institutions. English may be spoken, but not widely.
that in Peru, "hospital"
refers to a state-run hospital, primarily used by the local
population. The best choice would be one of the privately
operated clinics which offer the best service. These clinics
can be very large and well equipped just as any hospital
in North America. The U.S. Embassy website offers medical
resource alternatives in Lima at- http://lima.usembassy.gov/media/medical-resources-in-lima.pdf
Here are a few of the better clinics in Lima:
La Molina- Clinica Anglo Americana's
Urgent Care Center, Av. La Fontana 362. Telf. 436-9933,
437-7782. ENGLISH SPOKEN.
San Borja- Clinica San Borja, Av.
Guardia Civil 333. Telf. 475-3141 (English speaker may be
on-staff. A very large facility, 33 years in operation)
- Clinica Anglo Americana, Alfredo Salazar 350. Telf. 221-3656,
616-8900. (ENGLISH SPOKEN. In operation for over 86 years.)
- Clinica Ricardo Palma, Av. Javier Prado 1066. Telf. 224-2224
(May have an English speaker on-staff. 130 bed, established
institution, newly expanded. Located to the west of Miraflores
along the busy Av. Javier Prado, to the east of the Museo
de la Nacion). www.crp.com.pe
- Clinica El Golf, Av. Aurelio Miro Quesada. Telf. 264-3300
(May have an English speaker on-staff. Near the center of
the district, not far from Miraflores)
San Miguel / Airport area-
If in the San Miguel or airport area, there is the Clinica
San Jose, a block south of Av. Faucett in the nearby Bellavista
district of Callao. Clinica San Jose, Av.
Las Gaviotas 207, Urb. San José.
Telf. 451-1813. www.clinicasanjose.com.pe
(Newer facility. May not have English speaker on-staff)