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Safety in Peru

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Every guide book has a responsibility to warn you about the worst things that can happen to you whilst travelling in Peru .. thieves, drug pushers, corrupt police, prostitutes, terrorists and worse.  It's easy to become paranoid and decide it's best to stay at home. But just how safe are you in your own town or city?

Peru recognizes that tourism plays an important part in its developing economy and has taken great steps in the last few years to change its poor security record. You'll find a lot more police, especially plain clothed officers, in the towns and cities most frequently visited by tourists.

Personal security is a very subjective thing to talk about. If we say that Peru is totally safe, then travellers will take fewer precautions; If we say that it's dangerous, then a huge number of potential travellers will avoid Peru and miss out on one of the most beautiful countries in  the world. At the end of the day you need to be careful and use your common-sense. Thankfully the instances of assaults on tourists are very rare and, nine times out of ten, rarer than in your own country.

The possibility of being assaulted can be greatly reduced by taking a few simple precautions:

 
Although assaults are rare, theft can be prevalent. However, your common thief won't threaten you with a knife and demand money this again is rare and the precautions above should be followed. If this does happen to you the only sensible advice is to give the thief exactly what he wants. Don't put up a fight.

What Peruvian thieves are expert at, however, is making the most of a good opportunity a moments lapse in a tourist's concentration is their business. Long bus trips, crowded streets and packed trains are all their territory. We don't recommend that you avoid these places because you can't, but again common-sense precautions should be taken:

The above precautions are not overly complicated and will soon become second nature. They are basic precautions to avoid being robbed, not just in Peru, but anywhere in the world ... even in your own home town.
If, at the end of the day, you are unfortunate enough to be robbed just accept it as a travel experience. Make sure that you have good insurance and that you've read the small print before arriving in Peru so you know what is required to make a successful claim. Excluding precious photos, most things can be replaced in Peru. Finally don't let it spoil your holiday and don't suddenly believe that every Peruvian is a thief. The overwhelming majority are kind, honest, hardworking people who detest the thieves probably more than you do when they get robbed they usually don't have insurance!

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Tour Operators in Peru * Overseas Tour Operators * Mountain Biking * Rafting * Climbing * Birdwatching

TREKKING IN PERU: Classic Inca Trail / Short Inca Trail / Salkantay / Ausangate / Lares / Choquequirao / Vilcabamba / Huaraz 

DESTINATION GUIDE: Lima / Cusco / Machu Picchu / Sacred Valley  / Arequipa / Puno / Huaraz / Nazca / Iquitos / Manu / Tambopata

RECOMMENDED HOTELS: Lima / Cusco / Machu Picchu / Sacred Valley / Arequipa / Puno / Huaraz / Nazca / Iquitos / Jungle Lodges

  

 

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