Planning your Andean adventure in Peru should also include a review of the most recent security and safety measures advocated by the U.S. State Department. Understanding these recommendations will help you avoid any setbacks and keep your travel plans intact.
One of the primary safety and security problems in Peru that the U.S. State Department highlights is important to many tourists since it involves the Inca Trail:
A number of assaults on rivers in the Amazon jungle have been reported in recent years, including one in which thieves boarded a luxury vessel and stole cash and valuables. River pirates continue to operate on tributaries of the Amazon. Inca Trail hikers are significantly safer if they are part of a guided group trail hike. To protect natural resources along the Inca Trail, the Peruvian government charges fees for hiking the trail and instituted limits on the numbers of hikers permitted on the trail. Hikers in peak season (June–August) are advised to make reservations for the Inca Trail well in advance via a travel agency. The Inca Trail is closed for maintenance each year for the month of February. Visitors should always register when entering national parks. Hikers should exercise extreme caution in steep or slippery areas, which are neither fenced nor marked. Several climbers have died or suffered serious injuries after falling while climbing Huayna Picchu, a peak near Machu Picchu. Only very basic medical assistance is available at Machu Picchu. Read more…
Theft is one of the main crimes tourists experience throughout Peru. You should be aware of this and guard your possessions while at the airport, avoid carrying your passport while exploring the sites, and keep valuables locked in hotel safes. Acknowledging these threats is the best way to ensure you do not fall victim to them.