What Vaccinations are needed for your Inca Trail Trek

What Vaccinations are needed for your Inca Trail Trek

People are always asking me what Vaccinations are needed for an Inca trail trek to Machu Picchu. There are no legally required vaccinations for entry or exit from Peru.  There are strongly recommended vaccinations for Peru including cover against a range of diseases including Yellow Fever as the disease does occur within the country even though the risk in southern Peru along the Inca Trail is negligible at this time.

What Vaccinations are needed for your Inca Trail Trek

If you are joining one of our treks in Peru and trekking in rural areas like the Lares area and heading the Amazon region you should consider having the following vaccinations in place.

  • Tetanus
  • Yellow Fever
  • Hepatitus A
  • Hepatitus B
  • Typhoid
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Rabies
  • Tuberculosis

What Vaccinations are needed for your Inca Trail Trek

Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease transmitted by sand flys present in Peru. The skin ulcers associated with this condition can take months to heal. Take care to avoid all insect bites – especially while along the Inca Trail. One of the biggest problems facing travelers to this region is the risk of insect bites. Along the Inca Trail you will often find that many travelers have been bitten significantly by both mosquitoes and sand flys. There are a number of diseases transmitted by these insects in this region and so it is essential to protect yourself. Wearing long sleeved pale colored clothing and applying good insect repellent (with DEET 30-50% at least) will help. This will be particularly important for the visit to Machu Picchu.

What Vaccinations are needed for your Inca Trail Trek

If you would like to read more about the health risks associated with entering Peru you can find out further information on these two websites.  DFA Peru country information page or the WHO Peru country information page.

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