PERU TRAVEL PLANNER
Peru Travel Safety
in Peru plays an important part in its developing economy and has taken
great steps in the last few years to change its poor record of Peru Travel
Security. Below we
give you some useful information about Peru Travel safety, so you can be
prepared when decide to
travel to Peru and enjoy your trip.
In the streets 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 travelers will take fewer precautions; If we say that it's
dangerous, then a huge number of potential travelers 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
When taking taxis from an airport to your hotel, travel in the more expensive
airport taxis and ensure that the drivers have official identification. Never
take a taxi waiting outside the airport grounds.
When travelling from your hotel to the airport, go with a taxi recommended by
Try not to arrive in a new city or town late at night.
Travel in a group if possible.
Learn the basics in Spanish before you arrive in Peru. Don't expect that
people will speak English.
Keep your valuables hidden.
Avoid going on your own to remote areas/ruins where tourist would be expected
to go. Seek local advice or take a guide.
Read the guide books and talk with other tourists to find out which areas are
When leaving discos late at night take a taxi home no matter how close your
hostel is. Outside most discos you'll find a street vendor selling cigarettes.
Usually these people know all the taxi drivers and can recommend a safe one.
When arriving in a new town, keep to your original plan and stay in the hostel
that you have decided on. Don't let the taxi driver persuade you that your
hostel is fully booked and that he knows a cheaper and better one. He'll be
working on commission and the hostel probably won't be in a safe part of town.
Even better, when arriving by plane/train in a new city, try to reserve your
hotel in advance, preferably with a hotel that has an airport/station collection
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
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:
Don't wear expensive looking jewellery.
On public transport have your day pack close to you at all times, preferably
with the straps around your legs or padlocked to the luggage rack. On buses your
backpack will normally go outside, either on top of the roof or in the external
luggage compartments. On long distance buses ask for a receipt for your bags. On
short rides just keep a careful eye out each time the bus stops to off-load
bags. In the event of having your bags stolen, stay with the bus you will
probably require a declaration from the bus company accepting responsibility for
the loss in order to claim any money from your insurance company.
Leave your valuables in your hotel safe when making day trips or longer tours.
Obtain a receipt not just for your money belt/wallet etc. but for its contents,
with each item listed. If you have to leave your passport and credits cards
together place the credit card in a sealed envelope and sign your name across
the flap. At least when you return you know for sure no-one else has been using
If planning on going to market areas, crowded streets, fiestas etc. don't go
with all your valuables. Leave them in the hotel. If your planning on buying
something expensive keep your money safely in a money belt. Try to be discreet
when opening it! To protect small change in your pockets you can stuff a
handkerchief in after.
If the pavements are really crowded, especially in market areas, walk in the
If you suspect someone is following you, stop and stare them in the eye until
they go. If you really get a bad feeling about a place, go with your first
instincts and leave.
Bag slashing is rare nowadays but for added safety you can wear your day pack
on your chest. If it's on your back try to walk without stopping. If you need to
stop, sway your pack gently from side to side so that you can feel if anyone is
tampering with it.
When putting your bag down on the floor, to take a photo or just to sit in a
café, remember to put your foot through the strap. Not only will it be
impossible to snatch, you also won't forget it! This is the most common type of
theft in Peru tourists forgetting bags in cafes and on returning to ask if
anyone has seen it, you've guessed it, it's gone.
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
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!