When people think of medical tourism, they usually don’t think of Peru. However, Peru has been a medical tourism destination for many years now. Peru has low costs and highly trained doctors. Add that to the wonderful tourism sites, and Peru is one of the most underrated spots for medical tourists. The most common operations include cosmetic, dentistry, and even life saving surgery.
One of the more interesting medical options is child birth. The hospital expenses of giving birth in Peru are a fraction of the normal cost in the United States. There are plenty of English-speaking doctors in the hospitals so language would be not an issue. Besides the cost, another added benefit of giving birth in Peru is that the child will have a right to Peruvian citizenship- regardless of nationality. All you would need to do is head over to your home country’s embassy and pick up the baby’s citizen documents and Peruvian passport. Having dual-citizenship would be a great gift for any newborn child and it would give them more options later in their lives.
Most of the medical clientele come from either the United States or the United Kingdom. Even with airfare included, the price of any operation will be cheaper in Peru than the same procedure done in the western world. Also, the quality of services is usually better. What is there to lose? You can get your procedure done, while also seeing the amazing country of Peru. It’s a smart idea to combine travel with surgery. The entire cost of the surgery and trip will be less than the cost of the entire procedure done in the western world. It’s no wonder that medical tourists come to Peru for a variety of different treatments. With the favorable exchange rate, Peru will continue to be a great option for those who seek both surgery and travel.
It’s interesting to compare Peru to other foreign countries. Of course Peru is similar to its neighboring countries in South America and Latin America. It’s a lot more fun to compare Peru to foreign countries outside of its geographical region. One country in particular is Egypt. I know it may seem like a stretch, but there are many interesting comparison to be made. Most of the comparisons are related to tourism. Tourists who enjoy Peru will probably also enjoy Egypt.
The main reason tourists come to these two countries is because of their natural assets. Each country has one of the new seven wonders of the world. Peru is known for Machu Picchu- an amazing Inca estate built around 1450. A lot of travelers come to Peru just to see Machu Picchu. By contrast, Egypt is known for the Great Pyramid of Giza. This is the largest, and oldest pyramid in Egypt. Therefore it gets a lot of attention from tourists.
The visa process is similar in both countries. For most western and European countries, you don’t need to apply for a visa before arrival. You just show up at the airport, and you will immediately be given a tourist visa. For Egypt, the tourist visa is valid for three months. This visa can be extended for additional time if you can provide a valid reason. Make sure you know the Egypt entry visa requirements before you visit. Peru used to have similar tourist visa regulations, but they passed new laws in 2008 that are more favorable for tourists. The new laws allow a stay up to 183 days on a tourist visa. It’s recommended that tourists ask for the full 183 days up front to avoid being given a shorter permit.
These two countries have very different cultures. But they both have strong cultures, and that is where the similarity lies. There are many traditions that have been passed on from generation to generation. No outside influences could ever break down these cultures. The Egypt culture will require more research before visiting. They have stricter laws in many areas.
These two countries are very different, but they are similar in certain ways. They complement each other. You should see both of these places if you are thinking about seeing the new seven wonders of the world.
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