Are There Any Health Issues?

The most common ailment to affect travelers to any destination in South or Central America is traveler’s diarrhea. The best way to avoid it is to be careful about what you eat. Some basic rules:

  • Eat only fruit that you can peel when buying it at markets or on the street.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and dry them thoroughly with a clean cloth. Don’t bite your nails or otherwise put your fingers in your mouth.
  • Don’t buy food (other than unpeeled fruit) from street vendors, and focus on eating at places that look like they take care in the preparation of their food. If a lot of foreigners eat there, it’s almost certainly safe to eat there.
  • The tap water in Ecuador and Peru is not safe to drink. You should drink bottled water only. You should also use bottled water to brush your teeth.


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