Travel Safety2018-02-02T00:17:29+00:00

Travel Safety

Peruvian Connection opens a world of enjoyment, wonder and possibilities. With that said, there are natural risks and recompenses beyond which you could relatively anticipate by remaining at home. Some of the factors you might be exposed to various and wider experiences and risks consist of:

Different countries have another laws and policies governing transportation, infrastructure, security etc., and may be lacking when compared to laws you could have at home.

Our itineraries sometimes consist of exhausting activities and physical demands beyond which you may often involve yourself in home. Additionally, these activities occasionally are undertaken in remote and isolated locations.

The political stability of some of the regions in which we operate can be sometimes unpredictable.

Natural events such as earthquakes, flooding, storms and others could happen everywhere. Sometimes they strike in regions in which we are operating a tour. The remote location of a few of our trips might worsen the effects beyond the natural event itself.

The majority of people you meet on your trips will be authentic, friendly and reliable. Nevertheless, as anywhere, there are a few individuals taking advantage of the innocent tourist.

The remote places of some of our trips imply that support and assistance is not all the time readily available.

The infrastructure (medical facilities, transport, emergency services, etc.) of some of the regions we trip may be lacking when compared to the ones you might have in your country.

Peruvian Connection takes all reasonable procedures to guarantee your safety and satisfaction while taking a trip with us. The objective of this information is to offer you an insight into procedures you might further enhance your very own personal safety while abroad.

First Things First

There are some things that you could do previously even leaving your house that will assist you to have a secure and delightful trip experience.

Take copies of your passport and other relevant documents with you. By doing this, if you lose your documents, you can at least present one of your copies to your embassy or consular office while abroad and have a replacement or temporary travel documents issued. A great tip we have received from one of our experienced passengers, was to scan the documents and send them to your email. This way you will have extra accessibility to them online.

We advise registering your travel plans with your embassy or consulate prior to leaving home. In case a serious event occurs, your government will have the ability to make contact and supply additional help for you.

Get the appropriate insurance policy. No one ever expects an injury or accident to occur. Nonetheless, we have listened to many unfortunate stories from passengers and they usually begin with: “I never expected…”

Leave a complete copy of your itinerary with friends and family.

Health Information

Some of our journeys take you to some amazing and far away locations. With that, comes exposure to new and exotic bugs, viruses and infections. You must consult with your local medical professional before leaving home. You may require medications to prevent against common diseases, and they could need some time to incubate before they will become effective. Your doctor or medical facility will recommend on what is required for you.

We also invite you to complete our online medical questionnaire. This will help us to offer you the assistance you may need while traveling with us and allow us to provide the appropriate attention to those who need it.

Transportation

The travel experience will certainly expose you to many kinds and types of transport, and many risks and benefits. Most of these might be familiar to you and just a matter of commonsense. Bear in mind the 5 leading suggestions listed below, obtained from experienced passengers of Peruvian Connection.

Flights

Please pay attention to the inflight briefing. It might seem monotonous or uninteresting to those who travel often, but in case of an emergency situation, you will need to be familiar with it immediately.

Count the rows to the closer emergency exit from your seat. In an emergency situation, lighting could be reduced.

Do not consume excessive alcohol. Cabins are pressurized so the effect of alcohol is higher than normal.

Listen to the flight attendants. They are principally there for your safety and security.

Finally, keep your seatbelt fastened. The turbulence could happen at any time.

Buses and trains

Keep your small personal stuffs in your sight, or preferably on you.

A lock placed on zippers is a great prevention against thieves.

Observe for uneven, slippery surfaces or other obstacles as you enter and exit the vehicle.

Remain always alert. Be aware of distractions, as they may give chances to the pickpockets.

Don’t forget your stop.

Taxis

If you are staying at a hotel or hostel, have them call you a taxi, instead of taking for yourself on the street.

Use taxies from a taxi stand where feasible. Usually licensed operators can use a taxi stand.

Keep your belongings at your side or your feet. If you should exit rapidly they will be effortlessly accessible.

If you are in an emergency scenario, simply leave your bags. You can run faster without them and your personal belongings can be replaced.

Verify the identification of the driver prior to getting in. It should be notably displayed in the vehicle if it is an authentic taxi.

Water Transport

Pay attention to the safety briefing. You will certainly need to know what to do in an emergency situation.

If life jackets are supplied, don’t hesitate to use them.

Always have one hand free to hold onto something to help with your equilibrium.

The sun reflects up off the water. Be sure you have the appropriate sun block.

Take your medicine for motion sickness before boarding; it might take some time to become effective.

Accommodation

Accommodation is usually considered a safe shelter for exhausted visitors. Nonetheless the fact is it is usually the most likely spot that accidents and burglaries occur. The following recommendations can be done to increase your personal safety as told to us by experimented travelers.

When arriving, stay with your bags until they are moved from the taxi or bus to the lobby.

Lobbies can be very chaotic places with many people coming and going. Keep an eye on your bags all the time when checking in and out. The active atmosphere is the perfect distraction to opportunists.

When you enter your hotel room, verify the door closes securely behind you and it locks.

When you are in your room, you must lock the door, utilize the security latch, and lock the windows and connecting room doors.

All the time use the ‘spy hole’ to view who it is at the door before open.

Know the emergency assistance number, and how to use the phone system.

Store all unneeded personal stuff, money, valuables and your travel documents in the safety box of your room.

Remember of the emergency plan found on the back of your hotel door. You will certainly need to know it in case of an emergency.

Place your room key in the exact same location each time to avoid losing it; additionally you will know where it is in an emergency situation.

Don’t forget to use the non-slip mats in the showers if supplied.

Out and About

One of the most effective ways to experience a new destination is simply immerse into it! Nonetheless, just like anywhere, there are select elements of the local community who prey on the innocent tourist. We have actually obtained lots of tips and recommendations from our passengers on the very best way to do lower vulnerability and protect safety while enjoying the outstanding sights. Some of these suggestions might be only commonsense, while others you might never have thought about. These are the leading 10 methods to enhance your personal safety while you are out and about.

Blend in as much as possible, particularly in your clothes and appearance. Try to avoid an obvious appearance of tourist.

Examine your maps discreetly. A map will identify you as a vacationer and sadly a target for thieves.

If you are disorientated or lost, only ask for information to uniformed police officers.

Stay on well-lit places and roads. Danger frequently hides in dark and much less populated areas.

Pictures are a must when taking a trip. Nevertheless, keep your camera discreetly. A lot of ‘point-­and-­shoot’ cameras will fit in your pocket and will be out of sight when not being used. Preferably avoid using large cameras dangling around your neck, or other places in plain view.

When taking out money from bank machines, try to do so during daylight and use machines that are associated with a well-recognized bank. As with anywhere, safeguard your personal PIN number by covering the keypad from spying eyes with your other hand. As soon as the cash is withdrawn, take time to guarantee it is in a safety place. Do not do so while strolling down the street advertising the fact you are carrying a large amount of money with you.

Don’t carry with you lots of cash, trip papers, jewelry must be in hotel’s safety box, or better yet leave it at your home if you don’t need it while away.

A skilled pickpocket can typically choose a tourist out in a crowd. Wear your handbag around your body with the opening flap against your stomach to make sure that it’s more difficult to get into. If you have a daypack, wear it ahead like a kangaroo.

Avoid to walk alone most of the time, especially in the evening. Traveling with friends makes you considerably less a target.

Take always with you the hotel card containing the hotel name and address. In this manner, if you are lost and do not speak Spanish or Quechua, a taxi will be capable to take you back to the hotel.

Optional Activities

On your tour, you will certainly have several included activities. Every one of the activities are properly vetted and consistently inspected by us. However, there will be some free time for you to go on your own. We ask you to use your discretion when considering optional activities with other companies. Your safety must be your main consideration, as it is for us. Inquire about their safety methods, testimonials, insurance and emergency situation plans. Extra attention should be paid when you want to take water activities, and without a doubt insist on traveling with an expert guide.

High Altitudes

A few of our tours take place at high elevations. The effects of altitude on the human body start to appear at 1500 meters above sea level. So It is possible that some tourists at this altitude (and higher) could experience symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) also called altitude sickness. In more critical cases AMS can progress to High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) or High Elevation Cerebral Edema (HACE). Both of HAPE and HACE are potentially lethal. It is extremely important that all tourists are alert and capable to recognize signs and symptoms of altitude sickness on their body.

Peruvian Connection suggest that every person, particularly those with pre-existing medical health conditions, seek the advice of your doctor regarding traveling in high elevations. Kindly supply a detailed copy of your trip itinerary to your specialist, this way, he can help you much more.

Possible Symptoms of Mountain Sickness

The most common moderate symptoms consist of headache, tiredness, queasiness, stomach illness, lightheadedness, sleep disruption and shortness of breath.

Much more critical symptoms consist of fever, dry coughing, throwing up, blue color on lips and fingers, difficulty breathing even when resting, lack of balance, loss of awareness.

Useful Recommendations When Travelling In High Altitude

Give yourself a minimum of one day to rest and acclimatize. Stay away from any type of exhausting exercising.

Take altitude medication as instructed by your specialist.

Use an anti-Inflammatory to deal with moderate symptoms.

Drink lots of water. Drink a little, frequently.

Forget about the alcohol and caffeine.

Stick to a basic diet plan like chicken soup, bread, and very light meals.

Do not rely only in coca infusion or chewing coca leaves. Although it is a typical Andean solution, no medical investigation has proven this as a way to prevent altitude sickness.

Golden Rules of Taking a Trip in High Altitude

If you really feel unwell in high altitude, it is due to altitude sickness until proven otherwise.

If you have symptoms of AMS, do not proceed to greater elevations at all.

If your symptoms aggravate, you need to get to a lower altitude as soon as possible.