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Safety

Though Huaraz is generally safe, over the years tourists hiking in the area have been victims of armed robberies. As a result, it's wise to go trekking with a guide. Ask locally what the current safety situation is. The South American Explorers in Lima (Ca. Piura 135, Miraflores. Tel: 444-2150, E-mail:limaclub@saexplorers.org, URL: www.saexplorers.org) can give current safety advice. The Mirador Rataquenua provides wonderful views of Huaraz and around, but there have been assaults and robberies reported on the hike up to the mirador: take a cab and go in a group, during the day only. General safety measures should also be taken, such as always keeping a close eye on your belongings-particularly in crowded areas such as bus stations and markets-and not walking alone at night.

Another concern in Huaraz-due to the town sitting at 3,028 meters (9,934 ft)-is altitude sickness. Even if you’re not going hiking (for which you should allow at least two days to acclimatize), you’ll still feel the effects of Huaraz’s high altitude. Be sure to drink lots of water and avoid caffeine, alcohol and excessive exertion, so as not to become dehydrated. Coca tea tends be a great help and is generally served everywhere.










17 May 2012




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