Why it’s so dangerous: Armed robberies, express kidnappings, carjackings, petty theft and credit card fraud top the list of State Department concerns in this South American country known for Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail.
Trip.com’s advice for how to stay safe:
- Trip.com’s users recommend visiting the countryside, smaller towns and mountain regions over Peru’s big cities.
- Call an Uber or cab from your hotel — no hailing on the street in Lima. Your hotel can give you the number of a reputable company.
- When you’re in the taxi, put your purse on the floor under your feet and store your suitcase in the trunk.
- Stick to the beaten path when hiking, especially if you’re alone.
- Avoid flashing jewelry or other valuables; wear costume jewelry you wouldn’t miss too much and go for a “less is more” aesthetic.
- Even if you speak Spanish, pretend you don’t when approached by strangers who set off your internal alarm bells.
- Avoid sporting events after dark — that’s when gang activity is common.
- Don’t skimp on inter-city bus tickets. Cheap companies never enforce basic safety rules and the Andes are a notoriously dangerous place to drive. Always keep your valuables on you — don’t put any in the stowed luggage compartment.
- A cross-body purse is best — it’s hard for someone to simply grab it and run
- Carry only the amount of cash you might need for the day when you can — otherwise, leave credit cards and extra cash in a safe at your hotel.
- Consider renting a cell from the airport (recommended for calling taxis). Store useful emergency numbers in it like 105 for the police and 117 for an ambulance.