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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Time to acclimatize is important. Huaraz’ altitude will make you feel breathless and may give you a headache during your first few days, so don’t overexert yourself. The surrounding mountains will cause altitude sickness if you venture into them without spending a few days acclimatizing in Huaraz first.

Unfortunately, during late 2002 and early 2003, there was a series of armed robberies of tourists going by foot on day trips to sites around Huaraz. Ask locally what the current situation is, and while no robberies have been reported since that time, consider hiring somebody to go with you.

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While you're there

Medical services

Clínica San Pablo (42 8811; Huaylas 172; 24hr) North of town, this is the best medical care in Huaraz. Some doctors speak English.

Farmacia Recuay (42 1391; Luzuriaga 497) Will restock expedition medical kits.

Hospital Regional (42 4146; Luzuriaga cuadra 13) At the south end of town. For rudimentary medical care.

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