Safety in Peru
Replies: 5 - Last Post: May 23, 2013 4:15 PM Last Post By: lorenzo622
May 19, 2013 11:03 AM
Safety in PeruHello,
We are a couple considering a trip to Peru in late August - early September. If we go, we will be travelling individually (avoiding group travelling) and essentially using public transport/taxis. Our intention is to travel to Cuzco- Macchu Piccu, Nazca, Manu area, and Iquitos region.
We are quite concerned however over security warnings. We have been travelling a lot, so know well the basic security rules, but prefer to avoid placed with a very high security risks. Is Peru indeed one of such places? What is your feeling on this? Is this just petty crime (bag-snatching) or armed robberies that happen often in the places/regions we target?
Many thanks in advance,
May 19, 2013 12:40 PM
1To a large extent it is bag-snatching, etc. but armed robberies occasionally do happen. As you have travelled a lot and know the basic security rules, you are probably aware that often the victim acted (because of being tired, etc) against those rules, creating the opportunity. A large majority of travellers travel through Peru without experiencing anything negative of significance. But violent crime at times does happen. I have seen various cases. Having said that, I find the warnings about the security situation often greatly exaggerated. And don't listen to people who never were in Peru.
May 21, 2013 10:56 AM
May 21, 2013 12:21 PM
3Once you get there you will see that the "warnings" are grossly over stated...
I was just in most of the places you mention...and did not even see a hint of a problem...
These places rely on tourism for their income...they are not going to allow anything to disrupt that...
Take usual care and caution...and don't be paranoid... There is nothing to be worried about...
You will immediately realize this once you take your first walkabout...and actually see these places personally...
May 22, 2013 2:02 AM
4I have been pick-pocketed in Lima but that also happened in Barcelona which to many people is probably a safe city. Using common sense and not flashing expensive items will probably allow you to have a fine vacation in Peru.
Totally agree with Casaana. I have been traveling in Peru for around 2 months a year since my mid twenties and will turn 48 in June, have taken bunches of day and night buses, have driven rented or borrowed cars/motorbikes during daytime and nighttime and the only bad things happened to me was having my camera stolen by a bogus cop in Lima centro in 1992 only two hours after I arrived from Europe, being pick-pocketed once in 1995 in Lima centro and had to bribe a cop in Puno two years ago. These things might have happened in many other countries.
If you want to go to Peru, GO! It's amazing and the food is even better.
May 23, 2013 4:15 PM
5I can agree with the general drift of the above statements. I've made six very enjoyable trips to Peru over the past decade, and I certainly would NOT put it among places "to be avoided" for security reasons. I've had no trouble myself, though admittedly I have some advantages -- I know Latin America reasonably well, and I usually don't look like a typical tourist. Still, if, as you admit, you "know well the basic security rules," you should be all right in Peru.
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