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Re: Daughter going to Peru, what should we prepare for?

Vaccinations might be a good thing but really depends where she will be staying. Peru (as well as Ecuador) is a country with basically three different climate zones. There is the coast, the sierra (mountains) and the jungle. When I went to South America I had to get several different vaccinations but that was mainly due to the travelling and volunteer work that I did. If she will be with the family the whole time in a city than I don't think she needs vaccinations. Malaria, however, might be recommended if she will be higher up (sierra or jungle). Yellow fever, hepatitis and tetanus were recommended to me as well but again I was in remote places with long commute to medical care.

I would like to join the others - applause to you for letting her go. I am sure she will have a great time. This will be a memory of a lifetime. Peru is a great country I envy her for going there
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Old 29.11.2011, 15:57
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On a side note, my boss (French) took a treatment for food or water resistance or something. And yellow fever for going through Iquitos. I guess the last one she can skip...
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Re: Daughter going to Peru, what should we prepare for?

Here is my experience:
I lived in Peru (Lima) for a year in 2008 and travelled around (work+leisure) including in the jungle.
For Peru, I got vaccinated against yellow fever, diphteria and typhoid and got my revaccination for tetanus. I was already vaccinated against Hep A and B.

I was living there, not travelling short term, so maybe she needs less. But if she's gonna want to travel to Asia or other exotic places in the near future (next 5 years?), maybe she might just as well get the vaccinations now, I'm no expert.

Pharmacies in Lima are good. You can get your usual paracetamol and painkillers and anti-diarrhea. I got sick once in the first month, then never again and I always ate cheap food (the menú del día for 3 or 5 soles) and I brushed my teeth with tapwater even though it contains heavy metals (but I never drank it!). I also didn't wash my vegetables in chlorine water like they advise you to.
I took anti-malaria once, when travelling to the jungle and a friend had brought the medicine from Europe.

I never bathed in the Pacific near Lima coz it's polluted with sewage, but the beaches 100km further south are fine and prettier. It's the Pacific so watch out for currents.

Your daughter's experience will somewhat depend on the lifestyle of her host family (do they take cabs or minibuses or drive themselves? eat out or in? travel around during her stay? where do they live? does she speak spanish? etc...).

Hope to have helped, feel free to ask more specific questions.
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Old 29.11.2011, 16:46
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Re: Daughter going to Peru, what should we prepare for?

Aw. That's lovely. I went to Venezuela with a girl friend when I was 14. Just remind her to go straight to the gate for her connections and not sit around chatting with cute German back packers.

Not that I know anything about that.....
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Aw. That's lovely. I went to Venezuela with a girl friend when I was 14. Just remind her to go straight to the gate for her connections and not sit around chatting with cute German back packers.

Not that I know anything about that.....
Yes, because if it would be French backpackers i would be very concerned...



I'm so jealous! I never had friends for a far far away country as a kid *sulk*
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Yes, because if it would be French backpackers i would be very concerned...



I'm so jealous! I never had friends for a far far away country as a kid *sulk*
Helm, you're the one from the far far away country.. forgotten to boot
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Re: Daughter going to Peru, what should we prepare for?

I spent 2 months in Peru working at an orphanage and I would strongly recommend a Hep A vaccination for your daughter as it can be contracted simply through food and unsanitized areas. I was recommended the Hep B vaccine but declined since I wasn't planning on having sexual contact and when the children got injured, I was careful to wear gloves to prevent contact with blood.

Definitely make sure she's careful about the water if necessary. Peruvians have the tolerance for it but I brushed my teeth and washed my face with bottled water just to be safe. Mind you I was in a small village so if she's staying near Lima, the water may be of better quality or even totally safe for her.

And lastly, just make sure she's a smart traveler - doesn't show off anything wealthy, can speak a little Spanish, and is alert at all times. Peru remains of my favorite countries and I felt quite safe, but if she ventures out of the larger towns, she may attract some attention if she's not Peruvian looking. No reason to be worried though as long as you can help prepare her well.

Hope it's an adventure of a lifetime for her!
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Old 29.11.2011, 19:38
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condoms? Or pepperspray.
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That's frigging out of order and you know it.
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Old 30.11.2011, 09:49
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condoms? Or pepperspray.
Your despicable comment is not only insulting to Peruvians but absolutely offensive to these parents and throroughly disgusting in regards to a 14 year old child.

Grow up.

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Old 30.11.2011, 10:05
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Re: Daughter going to Peru, what should we prepare for?

Sorry to offend, it wasn't my intent. There is reality and what we would like it to be. I have a teenage daughter, and this is something I would be sure she is mentally equipped to face.
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Hi Guys I have arrived
About the practical stuff, vaccinations: Hepatitis A and TIphoid as well as Tetanus, there is a triple vaccine that includes Tetanus (cant remember what else) but that is what I got last time I went.
I would also recommend one of those inner pockets you carry around your waist/neck for money, and to keep passport at home or hotel...
Please tell your kid not take taxis from the street but rather call a servie, that is way safer.
If you need a phone number of someone just in case I can give you my family's, just PM me

BTW where is she going to?
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Hi Guys I have arrived
About the practical stuff, vaccinations: Hepatitis A and TIphoid as well as Tetanus, there is a triple vaccine that includes Tetanus (cant remember what else) but that is what I got last time I went.
I would also recommend one of those inner pockets you carry around your waist/neck for money, and to keep passport at home or hotel...
Please tell your kid not take taxis from the street but rather call a servie, that is way safer.
If you need a phone number of someone just in case I can give you my family's, just PM me

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At last!
I got some more info last night; it seems they are planning to stay in a hotel in the Amazon for some of the time, so I presume malaria medication would also be recommended?
As for where they will be based I'm not sure of the details, but the family have quite a large property on the outskirts of Lima (I think), so I think they are relatively comfortable. Also, from what I know of the parents, they are pretty strict, so I don't think the girls will be going anywhere without an adult.
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At last!
I got some more info last night; it seems they are planning to stay in a hotel in the Amazon for some of the time, so I presume malaria medication would also be recommended?
As for where they will be based I'm not sure of the details, but the family have quite a large property on the outskirts of Lima (I think), so I think they are relatively comfortable. Also, from what I know of the parents, they are pretty strict, so I don't think the girls will be going anywhere without an adult.
Good to know (not for your daughter probably ) I guess then malaria medication and the yellow fever vaccine, if they are going to the jungle
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Re: Daughter going to Peru, what should we prepare for?

I would ask the details of the hotel to check what it's like,and I would ask ore precise info about where in the outskirt.
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I would ask the details of the hotel to check what it's like,and I would ask ore precise info about where in the outskirt.

I think Mrs. G. is planning we meet with the parents soon to discuss the ins-and-outs etc etc, so all that will be covered then, presumably.
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Re: Daughter going to Peru, what should we prepare for?

if they are in the jungle (yay, lucky girl!) chances are the bug sprays and things won't work very well, especially in the rainy season. when we are in the forest, we use something similar to vicks vaporub- called zepol (in central america-not sure if it's available in peru) but i'm sure she can use vicks too. if you put it on and get over the stickyness it is a godsend to prevent bugs and bites.
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Re: Daughter going to Peru, what should we prepare for?

I would take a little bottle of Lavender oil as it is great if you get bitten by a mossie, you just apply a drop and the itchness stops.

Also it will be great to sprinkle on her pillow before she goes to sleep, to help her relax as she may sometimes feel a bit anxious.

Lucky girl
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Sorry to offend, it wasn't my intent. There is reality and what we would like it to be. I have a teenage daughter, and this is something I would be sure she is mentally equipped to face.
I don't think it's appropriate to shame Karl for his suggestion the way you all have. Teenage pregnancies are very real, and they are VERY real in latino culture. In fact, growing up in a latino culture, I very clearly remember many pregnancies of 13 and 14 year old girls in my school. It is not that far fetched.

Granted, a quinceañera is not the likely place where a young teenager will become sexually active as it is chaperoned by so many parents. That said, I find it very presumptive to suggest that Karl's comment was an "insult to the Peruvian people" or so far out of line that it warranted a shaming.

The reactions given are just a head-in-the-sand type of response. It is a type of denial that teenage pregnancy is even an issue or a possibility -- e.g. "not my kid!" I think your reactions showed more about your own attitudes towards sex than it did the appropriateness of his posting.

I believe the studies show that this type of "denial" parenting is one of the leading causes of teenage pregnancies. So perhaps the context of attending a quinceañera -- where a girl becomes a woman -- is a good time to have the Talk if you haven't already done so.
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