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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Petty theft is often reported in Arequipa, so travelers are urged to hide their valuables. Most crime is opportunistic, so keep your stuff in sight while in restaurants and internet cafés. Also be aware of distraction techniques like spitting or tapping your shoulder. Take great care in Selva Alegre Park, north of the city center, as muggings have been reported there. Only pay for tours in a recognized agency and never trust touts in the street – they bamboozle cash out of a surprisingly high number of travelers.

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While you're there

Medical services

Clínica Arequipa (25 3424, 25 3416; Bolognesi at Puente Grau; 8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 8am-12:30pm Sat) Arequipa’s best and most expensive clinic.

Hogar Clínica San Juan de Dios (25 1560, 25 2256; Av Ejército 1020, Cayma) In the suburb of Cayma, this is also recommended; call ahead for hours.

Hospital Regional Honorio Delgado Espinoza (21 9702, 23 3812; Av Daniel Alcides Carrión s/n; 24hr) Emergency 24-hour services.

InkaFarma (20 4685; Santo Domingo 113; 24hr) One of Peru’s biggest pharmacy chains; it’s well-stocked.

Hospital 'Tony Molleapaza Rojas' PAZ-Holandesa(054 432281; www.pazholandesa.com; Urb.Villa Continental Calle 4 nr.101, Paucarpata; 8am-8pm Mon-Sat) This appointment-only travel clinic provides vaccinations as well. Doctors here speak English and Dutch. Profits go toward providing free medical services for underprivileged Peruvian children.

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