Best to order thoroughly cooked option when sampling Peru’s local favorites.
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When travelling to a different country your body is introduced to a host of new bacteria and it’s easy to unknowingly consume contaminated drinking water and food that can make you sick. Even a seasoned globe trotter with a “strong stomach” is not immune to its unpleasant side-effects. Traveler’s tummy can ruin your trip to Peru. Call it what you want, but don’t call it fun! Classic symptoms include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, bloating, and nausea.
Fortunately there are some easy preventative measures that can help you avoid stomach trouble on your trip.
Pass up the convenience of drinking water from the faucet at your hotel and consume bottled water instead. From popular tourist attractions to small stores, bottled water is sold throughout the country and should even be used to brush your teeth.
It’s best to be cautious of ice too as sometimes unfiltered water is used to make ice, so when in doubt, order your beverage sin hielo, or without ice. If a cold drink is what you crave then ask for a chilled beverage with a cap, like a bottle of soda, water or beer.
When traveling consider ordering a cooked meal instead of a fresh salad. Tap water may have been used to clean the food you eat and while fresh produce may be dirt-free, bacteria can still linger. Make sure to carefully clean the vegetables and fruit that you buy and peel off the skin if eaten raw.
Staying hydrated during your outdoor adventures is important, but bottled water may not be available to drink and/or make food.
Some water purification methods include:
Experts recommend bringing water to a full, rolling boil for 5 minutes or longer before drinking it.
Water purification tablets
Also referred to as iodine tablets, these tablets are mixed into water to make it drinkable. Be sure to read and follow the directions carefully.
A steriPEN is a small battery-powered stick that emits UV light and kills bacteria and viruses in water, thus making it safe to consume.
Your chances of getting an upset stomach increase when you are not cautious about the food you eat and the water you drink. Apply these tips into your travel routine in order to make sure you can enjoy a stomach-pain-free trip in Peru.