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Is Peru Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report


  • Peru : Safety by City

Peru is a country in South America, located on the western side of that continent, encompassing a part of the Andes mountain belt that runs the length of South America, and facing the South Pacific Ocean.

Peru shares its borders with Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil, and Bolivia to the east and Chile to the south.

What makes this country stand out among all the other countries in the world are its unsurpassed cultural diversity and history.

The archaeological heritage of pre-Columbian cultures and the nexus of the ancient Inca’s empire attract the true adventure lovers to this country.

Peru’s history will leave you in awe as will its colonial architecture and the gorgeous landscapes that vary from region to region.

Peru is also brimming with wildlife and what kind of wildlife it is! It has 84 of the earth’s 104 known life zones, which makes this country home to such rare creatures as pink dolphins, primates, jaguars, giant river otters and as many as 4,000 types of butterflies.

  • Warnings & Dangers in Peru


Overall, Peru is somewhat safe to visit, though it has many dangers and is ridden with crime. You should be aware that tourist hotspots and public transportation are places where most thefts and pickpocketing occur, and that violent crime exists on the streets, too.


Transportation mostly safe and reliable but you should be very careful about public transport and buses as you might end up being robbed. Always call a reliable taxi instead of hailing one on the streets.


Pickpockets are a serious concern in Peru, as is the violent crime and you should exercise caution and keep your money and your valuables elsewhere, like in hidden pockets of your clothes and never ever keep all of your money in the same place.


When it comes to natural disasters, there is a risk of landslides and flooding. This usually happens during heavy rains and often causes public transportation to suddenly stop. Peru also has some volcanic activities, and the volcanoes Ubinas and Sabancaya have been known to erupt: recently, it has happened in 2016.


There is also the issue of violent crime, muggings, "express kidnappings" where people are taken and driven from one ATM to another until they withdraw all their money from their account. Then there are "struggle muggings" in Cusco, Arequipa, and Lima during which tourists are put in a chokehold from behind and stolen from while unconscious. Be very, very careful when in Peru, avoid poorly lit and deserted areas and remain vigilant everywhere else.


The risks of terrorist attacks in Peru are low, but since there's a chance that areas in the Southern Highlands such as San Martin, Huanuco, Pasco, Junin, Ucayali, Huancavelica, Ayacucho and Apurimac might shelter members of the Shining Path terrorist group, attacks shouldn't be ruled out. It is important that you remain vigilant at all times.


There is a high risk of getting scammed in Peru. Be wary of people lurking around ATMs or anyone trying to distract you. Taxi drivers might try to trick you into paying more, giving you wrongful information about the price of the ride.


Many women have traveled to Peru alone and had nothing but a great time. However, this country isn't the safest in terms of females traveling solo since there have been reports of women being attacked or shamed, so be careful, especially at night and apply precaution measures at all times and avoid dark and empty streets and locations.

  • So... How Safe Is Peru Really?

Even though it has largely improved, crime in Peru is a serious issue which makes Peru relatively unsafe.

The greatest problem in this country is poverty, and where there’s poverty, there’s also petty theft.

The main tactic of pickpockets is making up various ways to distract tourists, like an old woman spilling something on you, falling in front of you, or dropping something in front of your feet.

Then someone else cuts your bag open with a razor, or simply swoop and grab your entire bag and you’re left penniless.

Then there’s the issue of “express kidnappings” during which tourists are held hostage and driven around the city from one ATM to another until they withdraw all their money.

Sometimes they are released quickly and sometimes they’re held captive until the account is positively emptied.

But petty crime is not the only thing to fear in Peru.

The Sacsayhuaman ruins overlooking Cusco are notorious for muggings.

If you plan on visiting them during sunset or sunrise because of the gorgeous view they offer, keep in mind that this is when the local banditos operate here.

Always make sure you’re in a group when visiting these ruins.

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  • Useful Information

Most countries do not need a visa in order to enter Peru. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your date of departure from Peru. Keep in mind that your stamp is valid for 30 days, though the real limit is for 180. In this case, just explain to the immigration officials that you need more than 30 days and show them your return ticket. You may even get a so-called Tarjeta Andina de Migración, which you will have to return upon your exit from Peru. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need a visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.

Sol is the official currency in Peru, but many places accept US dollars. ATMs are available in nearly every city and town in Peru, as well as major establishments. You are advised to exchange money in exchange offices as they often give a slightly better rate than banks.

Due to Peru's diverse geography, the weather varies from region to region. When it's warm on the coast, it can be extremely cold in the mountains while the weather can be completely different in the jungle areas. In return, winter lasts from June to September on the coastal regions, during which time the mountainous areas are sunny and warm, though still cold at night. This is, for the most part, the best time to visit most regions.

Jorge Chávez International Airport is Peru's main international and domestic airport. It is located in Callao, 11 km from Lima, Peru's capital.

Travel Insurance

Just like anywhere else, we advise getting travel insurance when traveling to Peru, because it would cover not only medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.

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53 Reviews on Peru


Article showing crime is on high rate.. You are saying safest place


Peru is safe

I have been to Peru and I have to say this article is bull. It says Peru is not safe but when I went there the locals were such nice people and greeted me warmly. The only thing I will say is true is pickpockets, you need to look out for those. I highly recommend going to Peru as it is beautiful

naw, maybe it’s bc u don’t visit peru too often, as someone who has lived there for most of my life i’d say this article is a little too soft lmao

no place is safe honey <3 maybe if you like…went to the most common places Peruvian people visited you'd know

I moved to Peru and lived here for 3 years in 2007 to 2010 and returned to live in Peru in 2018 and am here still in June 2021 with no intention to leave. Peru is safe but the one point I is the use of taxis in Lima. I was robbed at gun point by the driver and 2 assistants he had hidden in the trunk. I was clobbered with the gun,,,they took my wallet my money my glasses my watch stuck hands where hands should not go in case i was hiding anything and there me out on a high way miles from home. I had used street taxis always there are many of them …but I learned when they quote a deal of a price for the prospective ride “get ready to be robbed”

Sounds pretty safe…lol

The concept of safety from this article is from 20 years ago, nowdays Peru has improved tremendously public security, there are surveillance cameras everywhere and tourism feels safer when walking streets, overall Peru is a great destination to visit.

Crime exist everywhere including the so called developed countries. There is no paradise on earth.A great number of people have bias and make parrots comments.One professor of mine said “IGNORANCE IS VERY DARING”,what a wonderful dictum.

“There is no paradise on earth.”

He said nothing like this. He said that crime levels had improved and it was a great place to visit.

Come to certain countries in Europe and you would see what a really nice and peaceful country looks like. Peru is probably great compared to the Congo and South Sudan, but that’s hardly an accomplishment.


Get off your high and mighty horse there. Have you ever even been to Peru? Also, if you don’t like it so much, why are you reading and commenting on this article? I’ve been to many countries in Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Montenegro, Italy, and Spain), but Peru feels more personal and like a home to me.

Same Peru is where my family is from it’s my culture and it hurts when people judge it without ever going to Peru!!!!

I lived in Peru for 20 years and while living there was attacked and almost killed by Tupac Amarus. It was an attack on our mining community in 1971, and those Maoist terrorists took hostages. When you’re 11 years old and having to fight with a sawed off shotgun it makes you wonder! I’d go back and live in Peru in a heartbeat. Love the people, the food, the pachamancas, the culture, but most of all, the high Andes where I lived. Insurrection and violence are the spice of life! My brothers were born there, all of my childhood memories are of Peru!

I live in Europe and it is boring, Peru has great culture and a wonder of the world, Machuu Pichuu so shuush

LOL This man lives in fantasy land, crime is common in any big city. Peru is a lovely and tranquil place. Whoever wrote about terrorism being a risk must have no idea about Peru. First, the country is huge and terrorism was eradicated in the late 90s. I am looking at tours to go visit again friends. Culturally, Police in the streets is for people’s peace of mind not a sign of terror.

Beautiful country

This article is pretty biased. American friends were atonished to find so much security , policemen everywhere. We have nothing like that in the UK! The country relies on tourism and they are well aware of this, so you do feel safe. I am British and felt pretty safe but I am also street savvy and like I would do in any big city , did not wear or carry anything that would provoke people to mug me. That was it ! We had a wonderful time. Enjoy Peru!

Horrid experience

A couple friends went there in August this year, they took a taxi from airport to hotel. Two thugs jumped into the taxi demanded the driver took them to remote area where they were mugged. 5 hours driven around from ATM to ATM afterward, the thugs let them go but without physical serious punched and slapped. The couple was dropped off in remote area at night, in the dark. They later went to police station, nothing the police could do to help.

That wasn’t really your experience though, was it.

what difference does it make. this is the second poster saying such a thing. being kidnapped for hours in UK or US is unheard of. if you stay out of the bad neighborhoods there is no problem. and stay out our schools too… you might get shot up there.

Unheard in the US? You may have never come to the US. You cannot buy a guy in Peru. Unless is a toy one.

That could easily happen anywhere, not just Peru and Peru is much better than visiting England


Great information, very helpful!

It’s a wonderful and safe place to visit in a group.

Lima is a wonderful city to visit. Miraflores is very safe to stay and walk around. Other places are safer to go accompanied and not be out alone at night. Pick pocketing is present, so be aware. The food is delicious. People in general are friendly. Only take a taxi that is recommended by your hotel concierge. Do not take a random taxi, especially at night from the airport to your hotel. It’s safest to travel in a group or reliable tour guide.

I am from Peru. I left 21 yrs ago, I thank God everyday for that. For locals, its a daily nightmare. I went back. But at this point you can offer me a million dollars, I will never go back. Yes, they try to protect tourists. And still is even more dangerous dirty smelly and high in crime and scam than ever. Is a very expensive place, no reason for that…because most people are very poor there. Just ask about the presidents of the last 30 yrs… who were them, where they are and what they did… start there… One more corrupt and criminal than the other. Some in jail, runaways, searched by interpol, and goes on and on and on… As a Peruvian, I would recomend, go to The Netherlands, go to Israel, go to Switzerland. So many places where you dont have to walk in fear every step

Ur ignorant to think of peru like that peru is a beplace to visit u just have to go to the right places we are happy we dont have people like you any more

But you didn’t experience what she did, did you….

I think you are not Peruvian, I have lived there and it is VERY cheap and I think you are also stupid as Israel is a very dangerous place and Peru is a great place, Israel is basically a war zone

Lol You are right. “She” isn’t Peruvian. She just said she is so It looks worse for Peru.

okay bestie, then go to peru and live in a common area where common peruvian people live in <3 i want you to tell me the same thing once something bad happens to you 🙂

yall can't say nothing if u haven't at least spend 4+ years there

why r yall getting mad lmfao, different people have different experiences + with all that’s going on now? i’d say she is right, peru is not safe and even tho i can’t agree that the other places she said are safe *because i wasn’t born there nor visited* i can for sure say that peru is not as “safe”. We’re talking about ALL of Peru, not some rich places foreigners go to when they occasionally visit, maybe if u had to spend all ur childhood being warned of rapists and robbers u would AT LEAST try to understand her.

Peru is still a beautiful place to visit.

I am Peruvian, have lived in so many places in the world. 4 years ago, after 16 years, my husband and I went to Peru. My husband had never been in Peru. Yes I can not deny that there has been lots of changes, a bit surprised with the traffic, drivers do not respect the driving regulations. We arrived to Lima, I had family waiting for us, so it was safe to take a taxi with them. We decided to visit Cuzco, we invited a cousin to come along with us. Cuzco was beautiful, wonderful weather, great food, good hotels, until we got to Aguas Calientes , our hotel was cheap, not so clean place, we tried to get a better hotel, but they were all full, so we stayed one night in the hotel. We visited Machu Pichu, it was the greatest adventure to all of us, we came back down to Aguas Calients and took the train back to Ollantaytambo, we stayed in a bed and breakfast “La Casa de La Chola”, we had first class meals and bed to rest, it was beautiful, great service. From there we took a taxi for $30US dollars back to Cuzco, the taxi driver was very good and knowledgeable that he took us to lovely places to enjoy, We arrived at 12:30 direct to the airport, back to Lima, as we waited for our flight for almost two hours, the flight was canceled, no one had information for us, people got upset, did not make sense, at the end we realize the plane to Lima was waiting for more passengers to fill their plane, but did not communicate, we arrived Lima at 8:30 PM, the following day we were going to the central part of Peru for 5 days to visit with family. One thing I can say is that when you go to Peru, do not take anything expensive, always have change, always go in group or with someone, do not adventure alone. I was glad I had family and friends in Lima. Many talks about Miraflores, if you have enough money, it is the best place to stay, otherwise you can stay in central Lima, or other places for cheaper, just use common sense, and you can still have great places to visit and foods to eat, and have fun, besides there are other beautiful places to visit in the North, south, or Central Peru, you will find that people welcomes tourists with gladness, also as tourists lets be kind, give a good tip, talk with them, learn few Quechua, or Spanish words, and you will see how people responds to you.

thanks for the help! me and my 20 year old kids are planning on going next month



Could you recommend your guide? If so contact information please. Want to go but would rather have someone that is local and can do translation. Just want to do the ancient archeological sites.

Peru is always a good time!

As a Spaniard, I was very surprised with Peru’s measures to ensure safety to both tourists and locals! But even overall being a much, much safer county than many others in Latin America, there are some places where you don’t want to be! Lima and Callao: thankfully the most beautiful and historic places are highly safe to visit; however, some slums surrounding Lima and in downtown Callao are as dangerous as Detroit or Chicago. Also, while being in Lima Metro area, you might consider not to put your windows down while in the taxi. Pickpocketing might occur when your window’s down. And if you’re a female solo traveler, please don’t go alone in the middle of the night and always call a reliable taxi company (Satelital and Taxi Verde are the best!), for obvious reasons. The North (Chiclayo, Trujillo, Piura, Máncora): This is my fav region in Peru so far, you really must give it a try! The best food in whole Peru, amazing beaches, warm weather, friendly people, incredibly archeological sites, eco-friendly tourism. And it’s pretty safe too! For what I’ve learned from female solo travelers there, it is the safest region in Peru for being female (take all the precautions, but you can feel way less paranoic). Beware of the scams in Máncora concerning crossing the border to Ecuador; if you wanna go up north, always buy directly from the bus company (CIFA), not “agencies”. The Andean South (Cuzco, Puno, Arequipa): The most touristy region of Peru. It’s also the safest (ladies, beware of your cocktails while dancing in a disco down there, for obvious reasons!) because of all the police in the area. Pickpocketing in Cuzco is a thing, so be careful of your belongings. There’s a city nearby Puno called Juliaca very famous for its high crime rates, so avoid it. Apply common sense, and you are ready to go! The Jungle/Eastern Peru (Tarapoto, Iquitos, Pucallpa): if you love nature and partying, this is your place! Imagine if they put the American South and Thailand in a blender: that’s the Peruvian jungle. Hot, humid, breath-taking landscape, the cheapest place to drink a cold beer and enjoy those little things in life, and lots of party! But you wanna take your precautions. Pickpocketing is common, also major crimes like kidnapping may occur if you expose yourself too much (these cities are not the right place to be drunk by yourself at 4 AM). In Iquitos and Tarapoto a lot of drugs are commercialized in the clubs, please avoid interacting with those people. Finally, be careful when riding mototaxis: if the unit is too old you might be involved in a traffic accident. Bonus: the Peruvian Jungle, unlike the American South or Thailand, is very LGBTQ+ friendly. If you belong to that community, you can feel at home, as locals are very open-minded and lots of LGBTQ+ discos and bars exist in the area. In both Tarapoto and Iquitos I saw same-sex couples holding hands and nobody seemed to care; that’s not common in Latin America, and I’m sure a lot of travelers may appreciate this.

Amazing time!

I’m from Africa,but are love Peru so much and also the football team.I hope to vist Peru in the future.

Homicide rate in Peru is about 7-8/100000, compare to Europe about 1/100000 or USA 5/100000. Of course, few travelers are targeted.

Noise level – I’m from Finland originally and now living in Peru. I find the noise in Peru at times unbearable. High volume music played everywhere, traffic, cars honking their horns, car alarms going off all over the place through the night. Houses are built for the tropics so no isolation because of the climate, often no window panes, so no sound proofing either. Pray to god you aren’t staying near a church (non-catholic) because their services can be extremely noisy.

No heating and no warm water. Low quality building standards – I could always flush the toilet at home with confidence, in Peru when nature calls i have to bring a stick to make sure everything is sufficiently smashed up before flushing to not clog the toilet. Patience with the electric wall sockets – you have to adjust the plugs to find the spot where they connect, you don’t just plug them in, and them tread carefully not to dislodge them.

Food – in theory very varied, but in practice the typical peruvian food is chicken, rice and potatoes. Few vegetables, it’s a carnivorous country. A lot of salt, a lot of sugar. As a traveller with funds you can of course go after the variety that most peruvians can’t.

Towns are ugly outside the colonial center. The shabby look is partly a result of people not finishing their houses. They want a 2-storey house but really have funds for 1 only, so they build the first floor and hope to complete the house sometime later…Rich people live behind walls and electric fences – unimaginable in Northern Europe.

Peru is a lot nicer to visit than to actually live in. Some commenters say “use common sense”. Common sense may look very different for one who comes from a country where the police don’t carry firearms to one who comes from a place where they carry assault rifles.

You are right on PTS. And with the country being locked down for 7 months thing are not very pretty. My wife is peruviana and she fears going out even in daytime. Decent housing is the same as you would pay in the States. Produce is less but most meats are more costly. I don’t go out very often so it doesn’t matter but I’m still not allowed on the street because of my age. I fear things will be very dangerous if the country doesn’t open soon.

Bruh Peru is safe but avoid the dangerous areas.

Being aware in Lima

People who believe everything is safe probably are only visiting Miraflores, San Borja, La Punta, Surco in Lima. I had the opportunity to live three months in San Juan Lurigancho in 2019. I observed pick pocketing, a car chase down a person running and kidnap an individual, fights between others. I had someone try and take my wallet on the train. I know another Peruvian/American couple that was completely robbed from their taxi and all their luggage and money taken after leaving the airport in Callao and stopped inside the tunnel. My wife tells me Peru hasn’t been this bad but now you have all the Venezuelans moving into the country and that is changing everything. You really have to be aware of your surroundings people.

Peru is NOT a safe country. They are reckless drivers, accidents abound – you cannot be transported stress-free anywhere. The police is corrupt. Sanitation is terrible – you cant drink tap water, its common to find large mounds of rubbish in the streets, cholera is common and you cant throw toilet paper into the toilet. Slums are everywhere. If you go to tourist locations you should be OK, and people are very nice. But dont stray from the beaten path or take a cab or you are liable to get robbed or kidnapped.

A long way from the UK?

Ive been drinking tap water for months and never had issues. Not throwing paper in the toilet is normal anywhere in Latin America. Theres mounds of trash in every city unless you’re in Europe. Don’t pull out your phone or dress expensively and you’ll be fine even in poor areas

A down to earth view

Been here for months. Touristy areas like Miraflores and San isidro in Lima are safe as kittens. Areas like Chorillos, San juan de Miraflores, SJ de lurigancho aren’t safe. Use common sense and you’ll most likely be fine in both. Been living with a Peruvian family so I’ve been everywhere in the city. If you can’t speak spainish you should probably stick to more touristy areas

The Streets

As My Wife and I prepare to go to Peru soon. We will be diligent and STREET SMART. It’s rough there like other countries but you CAN NOT LET YOUR GUARD DOWN. We walk the streets at night. Criminals sense your Fear. Be Strong and Sure

Peru is worth it!

Peru is relatively safe,

I am from northern Europe and ofc northern Europe is safer.

Peru reminds me a lot of the US in terms of safety, large pockets are completely safe at all hours of the day, but if you venture into the wrong district of Lima you will quickly realize it’s time to turn back.

I have spent approximately 2 months in Peru and travelled around and i have not experienced any crime towards me, so you can safely go to Peru on vacation. I have gone to small towns around Peru, and to the worst neighborhoods of Lima, still i have not been targeted.

Dress modestly (dont show off you brand new Rolex), be relaxed and dont worry.

Favorite Vacation

Just returned from Peru and Ecuador. Vacationed for three weeks. Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu , Quito and Galápagos Islands. Both Countries are very safe. We never felt uneasy. The people are very friendly. We travel Internationally often. I would highly recommend traveling to Peru or Ecuador. Both are beautiful countries. Great food and amazing history and beauty.

I took my daughters 16 &18 for a month trip on the Amazon. Arrived three days early and stayed at the Marriott in Lima. We had a blast walking around the public everyday. Still don’t think we saw everything. Also saw a large ancient excavation near the downtown area, sure it’s finished by now. Never had or saw a problem except around the presidential palace. First time I ever saw tanks on a civilian road. It was a great visit. And the casino in the hotel lobby was a special treat, as was the local purchased Cuban cigars.

Peru is Incredible!

I had an excellent experience in Peru on my Inca Trail trip. I stuck to Miraflores in Lima, then I spent free time in Cusco Sacred Valley and went to Puno after. I never had a single issue on my travels, even as a single traveler! I suppose everyone’s experience is different…..Hope this helps! Claire

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Peru travel advice

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Safety and security, entry and exit requirements, laws and culture, natural disasters and climate, peru - exercise a high degree of caution.

Exercise a high degree of caution in Peru due to high levels of crime, as well as social conflicts and strikes that may occur across the country.

Regional advisory - Avoid non-essential travel

  • Huallaga and Tocache provinces in the department of San Martín
  • the Upper Huallaga and Ene river valleys in the departments of Huánuco and San Martín
  • Padre Abad province in the department of Ucayali
  • Huacaybamba, Humalíes, Leoncio Prado and Marañón provinces in the department of Huánuco
  • Concepción and Satipo provinces in the department of Junín
  • Tayacaja province in the department of Huancavelica
  • the districts of Abancay, Andahuaylas and Chincheros in the department of Apurímac
  • Huanta and La Mar provinces, in the department of Ayacucho
  • Valley of Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro rivers (VRAEM)

Border area with Colombia - Avoid non-essential travel

Avoid non-essential travel to areas within 20 km of the border with Colombia due to drug trafficking and occasional incursions by armed guerrilla forces from Colombia into Peru.

Border area with Ecuador - Avoid non-essential travel

Avoid non-essential travel to areas within 20 km of the border with Ecuador, especially in the Cordillera del Cóndor region, due to the safety threat posed by landmines.

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State of emergency in regions bordering Ecuador

On January 10, 2024, the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency in the northern regions bordering Ecuador following the Government of Ecuador’s declaration of a nationwide state of “internal armed conflict” on January 9, 2024. The state of emergency is in effect in the following regions:

If you are in these regions, you should carry identification with you at all times.

Demonstrations and strikes

Demonstrations and strikes take place regularly throughout the country. Strikes can complicate travel and disrupt public transport and services, including your ability to travel to or leave isolated tourist destinations such as Machu Picchu. They could also lead to border closures with Bolivia. Protestors may also block rivers essential for transportation in some remote regions, including the Manu region of Madre de Dios and Iquitos region. This may result in the temporary detainment of tourists.

Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. Police have used tear gas and other methods to disperse crowds in the past. Authorities often declare a state of emergency in response to demonstrations. 

Peruvian law prohibits political activities by foreigners. You may face detention or deportation if you take part in a demonstration.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Consult local media to be aware of strikes and demonstrations that may affect your stay or travel plans

Mass gatherings (large-scale events)

State of Emergency 

The Peruvian government periodically declares a state of emergency in certain areas to allow the military to assist police forces to respond to security incidents and natural disasters. When a state of emergency is in effect, security forces have increased rights to:

  • restrict freedom of movement
  • monitor correspondence
  • conduct search and seizures
  • detain persons of interest

Border area with Colombia

Criminal activity related to narcotics trafficking and occasional incursions by armed guerrilla forces from Colombia at Cordillera del Cóndor, Peru, pose a threat to personal security.

Border area with Ecuador

Cross the Peru–Ecuador border at official crossing points only due to the presence of landmines along the border.

Basic services in the Tumbes district have become increasingly difficult to access due to an increased number of migrants entering Peru from the North land border with Ecuador. The increased population has limited the provision of these services.

Valle de los Ríos Apurímac, Ene y Mantaro (VRAEM)

Drug trafficking.

Cocaine production and trafficking occurs inVRAEM. Travel is particularly dangerous in areas where there is coca cultivation and processing.

Domestic terrorism

Incidents of domestic terrorism have occurred in VRAEM, particularly the region where the Apurímac, Ayacucho, Cuzco and Junín departments meet.

Crime rates are high throughout the country.

  • Maintain a high level of vigilance and personal security awareness, especially at night
  • Avoid walking in deserted or under-populated areas
  • Travel in groups whenever possible

Petty crime

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, occurs, particularly in Lima, in other cities and even in crowded, public areas. Theft occurs frequently in hotels, restaurants, bus stations and airports, on intercity buses and microbuses and while hailing taxis.

  • Avoid wearing expensive watches and jewellery, or showing signs of affluence
  • Ensure that your belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times
  • Never leave bags unattended

Pickpockets and bag snatchers may work in pairs or groups and employ a variety of ruses to divert their victim’s attention. A common scam involves spraying a substance on victims and then robbing them while pretending to help clean the stain, or distracting the victim by asking questions while another person perpetrates the theft. In some cases, thieves on motorcycles will snatch purses, backpacks or cellular phones. 

Violent crime

Violent crime occurs. Incidents have included:

  • kidnappings

Armed robbery

Armed robberies are on the rise. While most victims are not physically injured, criminals will not hesitate to use force when opposed.

  • If you are robbed, hand over your cash, electronic devices and valuables without resistance
  • Be particularly vigilant after visiting a bank, an ATM or a change bureau, as thieves may follow and rob victims.
  • Use ATMs inside banks and during regular hours of service, when guards are on duty

Assaults have occurred along the Inca Trail and in the Huaraz region of the Cordillera Blanca mountains. Hiking in these regions should be done in groups.

Express kidnappings involving tourists have occurred. Victims are usually abducted for a few hours and forced to withdraw money from ATMs for their release. Most express kidnappings take place at night, but incidents also occur during daylight hours. Incidents often involve criminals posing as taxi drivers, or taxi drivers working for organized gangs. Virtual kidnappings occur throughout the country. Criminals use stolen cellphones to contact family members claiming to have kidnapped the owner of the phone and then ask for ransom money.

  • Be suspicious of strangers approaching you on the street
  • Never leave your cellphone unattended
  • Be cautious when using cellphones and smart devices in public as they are often targeted by thieves, especially while people are using them
  • Ensure your phone is password protected

Organized crime

Organized crime is reportedly increasing in parts of Lima Province and in some districts of the Department of Piura. In some parts of the country, military and security forces have been deployed to assist police in combatting organized crime.

Incidents of domestic terrorism occur, particularly in remote jungle areas such as:

  • parts of the Huancavelica and Ucayali departments
  •  the Upper Huallaga river valley in the Huánuco and San Martín departments.

Incidents have included:

  • temporary ambushes of small villages
  • bombings or threats of violence against local security forces or community figures

Overland travel in these regions is unsafe.

Counterfeit currency

Counterfeit currency in both sol and U.S. dollars is a growing and serious problem. Counterfeit bills are widely distributed, including by banks, casinos and local stores.

Avoid moneychangers on the street, as they may carry counterfeit currency or work with pickpockets.

Credit card fraud

Credit card and ATM fraud occurs. Be cautious when using debit or credit cards:

  • pay careful attention when your cards are being handled by others
  • use ATMs located in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business
  • avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
  • cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
  • check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements

Criminals posing as taxi drivers often rob tourists along the route to and from Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport.

  • Use a secure taxi service when arriving at and leaving the airport
  • Exercise caution en route to and from your hotel

Thieves also pose as police officers to gain the confidence and cooperation of their potential victims.

  • If you are stopped by local authorities, ask to see official identification and record the officer’s name, badge number and district.
  • For traffic violations, request that the officer issue you a fine in writing, which is payable at a later date.
  • You should also note the location of the arrest.

Legitimate police officers have also extorted money in exchange for dismissing minor offences or traffic violations. They have also stolen money and valuables during searches.

  • If you are searched, even at the airport, ensure you have all your belongings before leaving
  • If you are planning to participate in volunteer activities in Peru, ensure that the company organizing your trip is legitimate
  • Make sure your accommodations and return arrangements are secure before travelling

Useful links

  • Lima Airport Partners
  • Overseas fraud
  • Volunteering abroad

Spiked food and drinks

Snacks, beverages, gum and cigarettes may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.

  • Be wary of accepting these items from new acquaintances
  • Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers

Women’s safety

Women travelling alone may be subject to some forms of harassment and verbal abuse. Incidents of sexual assault, including rape, occur throughout the country, particularly in tourist destinations. In some cases, tour guides have been implicated.

  • Do not travel alone, especially after dark.
  • Remain particularly vigilant at bus terminals and in taxis.
  • Be careful when dealing with strangers or recent acquaintances, especially regarding the acceptance of rides or other invitations.

Women reporting sexual assault should contact police immediately. Medical examinations at identified clinics are part of the investigation process. Women who have delayed reporting may experience more scrutiny by local authorities.

Advice for women travellers

Adventure tourism

Each year, several hikers and climbers are victims of serious, sometimes fatal, accidents in the Andes, including at the Huayna Picchu peak near Machu Picchu and the Cordillera Blanca region in Huaraz, where Peru’s highest peaks are located.

The Inca Trail is usually closed each year in February for maintenance. Other trails, such as those found in Ollantaytambo, may be poorly marked. Hikers have become lost. Be aware that steep or slippery areas are neither fenced nor marked.

In November 2023, the Cusipata District in Quispicanchi Province closed two access routes to Vinicunca, the “Rainbow Mountain.” The closure follows violent disputes between the municipalities surrounding the access routes. Access to Vinicunca from Quispicanchi Province will be closed indefinitely, but access remains open via the Pitumarca District in Canchis Province.

Remote areas of Peru, where popular jungle excursions operate, may not have cellphone coverage or internet access.

If you intend to hike, trek or climb:

  • never do so alone, and always hire an experienced guide from a reputable company
  • only use licensed companies recommended by the Ministry of Tourism for adventure tours and sports
  • exercise extreme caution while climbing, as local authorities have limited rescue capabilities
  • buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
  • ensure that your physical condition is good enough to meet the challenges of your activity
  • make sure that you’re properly equipped and well-informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a hazard
  • inform a family member or friend of your itinerary, including when you expect to be back to camp
  • know the symptoms of acute altitude sickness, which can be fatal
  • obtain detailed information on trekking routes or ski slopes before setting out and do not venture off marked trails or slopes
  • always leave the contact information of the tour operator with your family and friends
  • always hire an experienced guide from a reputable company if you travel in remote areas
  • iPerú ‎ - Peruvian government’s Tourist Information and Assistance‎
  • APOTUR  - The Peruvian Association of Incoming and Domestic Tour Operators (in Spanish)
  • APAVIT   - Peruvian Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (in Spanish)
  • APTAE - Peruvian association of adventure, eco, and specialized tourism (in Spanish)
  • Qualified Tourism Service Companies  - Ministry of foreign trade and tourism (in Spanish)

Water activities

There have been several recent white-water rafting accidents and drownings involving tourists, particularly on the Urubamba River near Cuzco. Companies offering white-water rafting, their guides and their equipment may not be held to the same standards as similar companies in Canada. Rescue services may not be consistent with international standards.

Coastal waters can be dangerous. Strong currents exist in the Pacific Ocean and in rivers. Life guards are not always present or properly trained at beaches.

Swimming in jungle lakes and rivers can be dangerous due to the presence of parasites and wildlife.

Seek advice and consult residents and local authorities about conditions before swimming, surfing or participating in other aquatic activities.

Water safety abroad

Ayahuasca ceremonies

Spiritual cleansing and ayahuasca ceremonies, offered by shamans and other individuals, involve consuming substances that can cause medical complications and severely impair cognitive and physical abilities. Exposure to these substances has led to serious illness, injury, assault and even the death of several tourists.

Ceremonies often take place in remote areas with no access to medical or mental health facilities or resources and limited communication with local authorities. Most of the time, the facilities lack basic first aid or emergency plans for those suffering from physical or psychological illness from these ceremonies. Ayahuasca ceremonies are not regulated and there is no way to assess the safety of any of the services, the operators or the shamans.

Road safety

Road conditions and road safety are poor throughout the country. Drivers are extremely aggressive, and they do not respect traffic laws. Mountainous roads can be particularly dangerous, especially at night. Poor signage also poses a hazard. Accidents causing fatalities are common.

Regular police spot checks can cause traffic delays.

When renting a vehicle, always purchase insurance. Most drivers in Peru have only the minimum required car insurance, which may not adequately cover accidents.

Vehicles are a target for robbery. Criminals have thrown objects in front of oncoming traffic in the hope that cars will stop. If this occurs and you need to stop, do so only in a safe location, such as a gas station.

  • While travelling by car, keep your doors locked and windows shut at all times
  • Keep your personal belongings in the trunk of the vehicle, as criminals have been known to shatter windows to “smash and grab” and to attempt entry when they see travel bags or merchandise
  • Avoid travelling by road outside of major cities after dark, when there is a higher risk of robbery

State of the roads in Peru in real time  – Government of Peru (in Spanish)

Thefts on boats by river pirates occur along rivers in the Amazon jungle.

Mariners should take appropriate precautions.

Live piracy report  - International Maritime Bureau

Public transportation

Buses and minibuses operate between most major cities. Demonstrations and strikes can lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

Many of the buses and combis in Lima are old, poorly maintained and overcrowded. Drivers of these vehicles tend to dominate the roads and disregard other drivers or pedestrians.

Intercity bus travel can be dangerous due to the risk of bus accidents, which are usually caused by excessive speed, poor vehicle maintenance and driver fatigue. Armed gangs have been known to stop buses to rob travellers, especially at night. Incidents of assaults on buses have also been reported.

The Government of Peru publishes a list of the bus companies with the highest rates of involvement in fatal or serious injury traffic accidents.

  • Only use reputable transportation companies
  • Contact your travel agency for a list of recommended intercity bus companies

Ministry of Transportation  - Government of Peru (in Spanish)

Trains operate between Arequipa-Cusco-Puno and between Cusco-Ollantaytambo-Machu Picchu . Demonstrations, strikes and derailments can disrupt travel by train, including trains to or from Machu Picchu.

  • Train services – Peru rail
  • Train to Machu Picchu - Inca rail

Licensed taxis are not metered. Taxi drivers sometimes do not provide change or will continue to drive until they can obtain change.

  • Do not hail taxis on the street
  • Reserve a taxi by calling a reputable taxi company or use taxi services associated with major hotels
  • Agree to a fare prior to departure and do not pay until you have reached your destination
  • Try to carry the exact fare

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Information about foreign domestic airlines


Entry restrictions at land and river borders with Ecuador

On January 11, 2024, the Government of Ecuador announced new entry restrictions in response to the ongoing state of internal armed conflict.

All foreigners entering Ecuador at crossing points with the land or river borders will need to present a criminal records check from their country of origin or residence. Both the original criminal record check and the Spanish translation must be apostilled, and cover the past five years. Minors travelling with their family members will generally be exempt.

The Apostille Convention took effect in Canada on January 11, 2024. An apostille is a standard certificate allowing documents to be accepted in all countries where the convention is in effect.

  • Migration information – Ecuador Immigration Agency (in Spanish)
  • Changes to authentication services in Canada
  • Apostilles for documents

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from the Peruvian authorities. It can, however, change at any time.

Verify this information with the  Foreign Representatives in Canada .

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Peru.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada
  • Canadian passports

Tourist visa: not required for a stay of less than 90 days per 365 day period Business visa: required  Student visa: required

If you entered Peru with a business visa, you must obtain a certificate from the Peruvian Ministry of the Economy to prove that all Peruvian taxes on income earned during the trip have been paid prior to leaving the country. The certification is required even if no money was paid or earned and must be presented to the central Peruvian immigration office in Lima before departure.

Entering the country

You must register your entry into Peru at the port of entry or checkpoint.

  • Only cross the border at official checkpoints
  • Ensure the immigration office at your port of entry is open at the time you intend to cross the border

Other entry requirements

Customs officials may ask you to show them:

  • a return or onward ticket
  • proof that you have a place to stay
  • proof that you have sufficient funds for the duration of your stay

Length of stay

As a Canadian tourist, you may stay in Peru for up to 90 days in a 365-day period.

Overstaying is a criminal offence. There is a fine for each day of overstay. This fee must be paid upon exiting the country.

Dual citizenship

Peruvian–Canadians entering Peru using their Canadian passport are subject to visit restrictions, including length of stay and associated fines. Dual nationals must use the same nationality to enter and exit the country.

Children and travel

Travellers under 18 exiting Peru after a stay of 183 days are automatically protected by Peru’s law on minors and will require the authorization of both parents/guardians to exit the country.

Children who have resident status in Peru must have written permission from the non-accompanying parents to leave the country.

Children born of Canadian parents in Peru require a Peruvian passport to leave the country for the first time. Contact Peruvian immigration officials for more information.

  • Travelling with children

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Relevant Travel Health Notices

  • Global Measles Notice - 13 March, 2024
  • Zika virus: Advice for travellers - 31 August, 2023
  • COVID-19 and International Travel - 13 March, 2024
  • Dengue: Advice for travellers - 6 May, 2024

This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

Routine vaccines

Be sure that your  routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.

Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary. 

Yellow fever   is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

  • There is a risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.


  • Vaccination is recommended depending on your itinerary.
  • Contact a designated Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre well in advance of your trip to arrange for vaccination.
  • Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care professional.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites.

About Yellow Fever Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada * It is important to note that   country entry requirements   may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest   diplomatic or consular office   of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

There is a risk of hepatitis A in this destination. It is a disease of the liver. People can get hepatitis A if they ingest contaminated food or water, eat foods prepared by an infectious person, or if they have close physical contact (such as oral-anal sex) with an infectious person, although casual contact among people does not spread the virus.

Practise  safe food and water precautions and wash your hands often. Vaccination is recommended for all travellers to areas where hepatitis A is present.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

  Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

 The best way to protect yourself from seasonal influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated every year. Get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before travelling.  

 The flu occurs worldwide. 

  •  In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs from November to   April.
  •  In the Southern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs between April and   October.
  •  In the tropics, there is flu activity year round. 

The flu vaccine available in one hemisphere may only offer partial protection against the flu in the other hemisphere.

The flu virus spreads from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Clean your hands often and wear a mask if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

Malaria  is a serious and sometimes fatal disease that is caused by parasites spread through the bites of mosquitoes.   There is a risk of malaria in certain areas and/or during a certain time of year in this destination. 

Antimalarial medication may be recommended depending on your itinerary and the time of year you are travelling. Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic before travelling to discuss your options. It is recommended to do this 6 weeks before travel, however, it is still a good idea any time before leaving.    Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times:  • Cover your skin and use an approved insect repellent on uncovered skin.  • Exclude mosquitoes from your living area with screening and/or closed, well-sealed doors and windows. • Use insecticide-treated bed nets if mosquitoes cannot be excluded from your living area.  • Wear permethrin-treated clothing.    If you develop symptoms similar to malaria when you are travelling or up to a year after you return home, see a health care professional immediately. Tell them where you have been travelling or living. 

In this destination, rabies is carried by dogs and some wildlife, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. While travelling, take precautions , including keeping your distance from animals (including free-roaming dogs), and closely supervising children.

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. Rabies treatment is often available in this destination. 

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who are at high risk of exposure (e.g., occupational risk such as veterinarians and wildlife workers, children, adventure travellers and spelunkers, and others in close contact with animals). 

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.

Risk of developing travellers' diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor standards of hygiene and sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.

The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.

Typhoid   is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.

Travellers visiting regions with a risk of typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation, should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.  

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

There is a risk of chikungunya in this country.  The risk may vary between regions of a country.  Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.

Cutaneous and mucosal   leishmaniasis   causes skin sores and ulcers. It is caused by a parasite spread through the bite of a female sandfly.

Risk is generally low for most travellers. Protect yourself from sandfly bites, which typically occur after sunset in rural and forested areas and in some urban centres. There is no vaccine or medication to protect against leishmaniasis.

  • In this country,   dengue  is a risk to travellers. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
  • Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal.
  • The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region.
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites . There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue.

Zika virus is a risk in this country. 

Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can also be sexually transmitted. Zika virus can cause serious birth defects.

During your trip:

  • Prevent mosquito bites at all times.
  • Use condoms correctly or avoid sexual contact, particularly if you are pregnant.

If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, you should discuss the potential risks of travelling to this destination with your health care provider. You may choose to avoid or postpone travel. 

For more information, see Zika virus: Pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

American trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease)   is a risk in this country. It is caused by a parasite spread by infected triatomine bugs. The infection can be inactive for decades, but humans can eventually develop complications causing disability and even death.

Risk is generally low for most travellers. Protect yourself from triatomine bugs, which are active at night, by using mosquito nets if staying in poorly-constructed housing. There is no vaccine available for Chagas disease.

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

There is a risk of   plague   in this country. Plague is a bacterial disease that can cause serious illness, and if left untreated, death.

The occurrence of cases in areas where the plague bacteria are known to circulate can be influenced by weather and environmental conditions. In some countries, this results in seasonal outbreaks. Travellers to areas where plague routinely occurs may be at risk if they are camping, hunting, or in contact with rodents.

Plague is spread by:

  • bites from fleas infected with the plague
  • direct contact with body fluids or tissues from an animal or person who is sick with or has died from plague

Overall risk to travellers is low.   Protect yourself   by   reducing contact with fleas  and potentially infected rodents and other wildlife.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •   washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

Tuberculosis is an infection caused by bacteria and usually affects the lungs.

For most travellers the risk of tuberculosis is low.

Travellers who may be at high risk while travelling in regions with risk of tuberculosis should discuss pre- and post-travel options with a health care professional.

High-risk travellers include those visiting or working in prisons, refugee camps, homeless shelters, or hospitals, or travellers visiting friends and relatives.

Medical services and facilities

Quality of care varies throughout the country.

Private hospitals and clinics in urban centres are well-staffed and -equipped to handle any emergency or medical issue. Public hospitals and rural facilities, even in some tourist destinations and major cities, may not meet Canadian standards or may be inadequate to treat serious conditions.

Cases of serious injury or illness in remote areas may require evacuation to the nearest adequate medical facility in the country. Clinic, hospital and evacuation expenses can be costly and the service provider often expects immediate cash payment or confirmation of payment from an insurance company.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a   travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect lengthy jail sentences, regardless of the amount of narcotics seized at arrest.

If you are arrested in Peru, you should expect lengthy delays to resolve your case, pre-trial detention in harsh conditions and significant related expenses.

  • Pack your own luggage and monitor it closely at all times
  • Never transport other people’s packages, bags or suitcases

Drugs, alcohol and travel


You must carry photo identification at all times. Keep a photocopy of your passport in a safe place, in case it's lost or confiscated. Failure to show identification could result in detention.

Peruvian authorities may impose fines and other penalties for any action considered to be disrespectful at historical and archaeological sites such as Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo and Saqsayhuaman. Visitors to Machu Picchu must adhere to strict regulations regarding entry restrictions and behaviour within the site. Check with your travel guide or agent for the latest information.

Peruvian law strictly prohibits the export of antiques and artefacts (huacos) from pre-colonial civilizations. Purchase reproductions of colonial or pre-colonial art from reputable dealers only and insist on obtaining documentation from Peru's National Institute of Culture to prove that the object is a reproduction and may be exported.

The export of coca tea bags and products is prohibited.

It is illegal to remove certain fauna and flora items from Peru. Items made from or displaying animals, insects or plants may be seized. If you are convicted of possession of such items, you could face heavy fines or jail sentences.

National Forest and Wildlife Service (SERFOR) - Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation of Peru (in Spanish)


It is forbidden to photograph military installations.

2SLGBTQI+ travellers

Peruvian law does not prohibit sexual acts between individuals of the same sex. However, homosexuality is not widely accepted in Peruvian society.

Travel and your sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Peru.

If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of Peru, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements .

Travellers with dual citizenship

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. The convention applies between Canada and Peru.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Peru, and if the applicable conditions are met, you may apply for the return of your child to the Peruvian court.

If you are in this situation:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • contact the Central Authority for your province or territory of residence for information on starting an application under The Hague Convention
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in Peru to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children’s Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country’s judicial affairs.

  • List of Canadian Central Authorities for the Hague Convention
  • International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
  • The Hague Convention - Hague Conference on Private International Law
  • Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
  • Emergency Watch and Response Centre

You must carry an international driving permit. A foreign driver's licence can be used only in Lima and only for 30 days after arrival.

Carry identification and vehicle registration at all times.

International Driving Permit

The currency is the Peruvian sol (PEN). The U.S. dollar is widely accepted.

Credit cards are not commonly accepted outside major cities. Many establishments will request to see a passport to confirm the identity of the person using the credit card. 

ATMs are not easily accessible in small towns. They often have limits to the amount and number of daily withdrawals.

El Niño

The complex weather phenomenon called El Niño happens at irregular intervals of 2 to 7 years. El Niño generally generates heavy rainfalls, occurring at the same time as the rainy season, from November to May.

  • Keep informed of regional weather forecasts before and during your travels, and plan accordingly.
  • Ensure you have adequate insurance to cover the consequences of such events, including the disruption of travel plans. 

Seismic activity


Peru is in an active seismic zone and is prone to earthquakes.

Dangerous landslides can also occur, even after minor earthquakes.

Latest earthquakes  - Government of Peru (in Spanish)

Tsunamis can occur following seismic activity. Tsunami evacuation routes are posted along the Costa Verde in Lima and several locations on the coast.

Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation  (in Spanish)

There are active and potentially active volcanoes in southern Peru. Debris from erupting volcanoes may clog rivers and cause them to overflow, resulting in potential flash floods and mudslides. Transportation and services may be affected. Ash clouds may cause disruptions to domestic and international flights. If you live or are travelling near active volcanoes:

  • monitor levels of volcanic activity through the local media
  • pay careful attention to all warnings issued and follow the advice of local authorities
  • Be prepared to modify your travel arrangements or even evacuate the area on short notice

Geophysical Institute of Peru  (in Spanish)

Higher tides are experienced several times throughout the year and may cause flooding and damage along the coast.

Rainy season

The rainy season extends from November to May in the Peruvian Andes.

Seasonal flooding, mudslides and landslides can hamper overland travel and reduce the provision of essential services such as utilities, emergency and medical care, food, fuel and water supplies. Roads may become impassable and bridges damaged.

Keep informed of regional weather forecasts and plan accordingly.

  • Emergency monitoring  – National Institute of Civil Defence (in Spanish)
  • Nationwide weather warnings  – National Meteorology and Hydrology Service of Peru (in Spanish)
  • Tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, typhoons and monsoons

Local services

  • Police: 105
  • Tourist police: +51 980 122 335 (Whatsapp number)
  • Medical assistance: 116
  • Firefighters: 116

Consular assistance

For emergency consular assistance, call the embassy of Canada to Peru, in Lima, and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services .

Risk Levels

  take normal security precautions.

Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.

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Be aware of current health issues in Peru. Learn how to protect yourself.

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  • Updated   Oropouche Fever in South America April 24, 2024 There are outbreaks of Oropouche fever in parts of Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru. Travelers to affected areas should take steps to avoid bug bites. Destination List: Bolivia, Brazil, Peru
  • Dengue in the Americas April 18, 2024 Dengue is a risk in many parts of Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Some countries are reporting increased numbers of cases of the disease. Travelers to the Americas can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites. Destination List: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, including the Galápagos Islands, French Guiana (France), Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Martinique (France), Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Turks and Caicos Islands (U.K.), Uruguay

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Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor at least a month before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. If you or your doctor need help finding a location that provides certain vaccines or medicines, visit the Find a Clinic page.

Routine vaccines


Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Some of these vaccines include

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)

Immunization schedules

All eligible travelers should be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Please see  Your COVID-19 Vaccination  for more information. 

COVID-19 vaccine

Hepatitis A

Recommended for unvaccinated travelers one year old or older going to Peru.

Infants 6 to 11 months old should also be vaccinated against Hepatitis A. The dose does not count toward the routine 2-dose series.

Travelers allergic to a vaccine component or who are younger than 6 months should receive a single dose of immune globulin, which provides effective protection for up to 2 months depending on dosage given.

Unvaccinated travelers who are over 40 years old, immunocompromised, or have chronic medical conditions planning to depart to a risk area in less than 2 weeks should get the initial dose of vaccine and at the same appointment receive immune globulin.

Hepatitis A - CDC Yellow Book

Dosing info - Hep A

Hepatitis B

Recommended for unvaccinated travelers younger than 60 years old traveling to Peru. Unvaccinated travelers 60 years and older may get vaccinated before traveling to Peru.

Hepatitis B - CDC Yellow Book

Dosing info - Hep B

CDC recommends that travelers going to certain areas of Peru take prescription medicine to prevent malaria. Depending on the medicine you take, you will need to start taking this medicine multiple days before your trip, as well as during and after your trip. Talk to your doctor about which malaria medication you should take.

Find  country-specific information  about malaria.

Malaria - CDC Yellow Book

Considerations when choosing a drug for malaria prophylaxis (CDC Yellow Book)

Malaria information for Peru.

Cases of measles are on the rise worldwide. Travelers are at risk of measles if they have not been fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to departure, or have not had measles in the past, and travel internationally to areas where measles is spreading.

All international travelers should be fully vaccinated against measles with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, including an early dose for infants 6–11 months, according to  CDC’s measles vaccination recommendations for international travel .

Measles (Rubeola) - CDC Yellow Book

Rabid dogs are commonly found in Peru. If you are bitten or scratched by a dog or other mammal while in Peru, there may be limited or no rabies treatment available. 

Consider rabies vaccination before your trip if your activities mean you will be around dogs or wildlife.

Travelers more likely to encounter rabid animals include

  • Campers, adventure travelers, or cave explorers (spelunkers)
  • Veterinarians, animal handlers, field biologists, or laboratory workers handling animal specimens
  • Visitors to rural areas

Since children are more likely to be bitten or scratched by a dog or other animals, consider rabies vaccination for children traveling to Peru. 

Rabies - CDC Yellow Book

Recommended for most travelers, especially those staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas.

Typhoid - CDC Yellow Book

Dosing info - Typhoid

Yellow Fever

Recommended for travelers ≥9 months old going to areas <2,300 m (≈7,550 ft) elevation in the regions of Amazonas, Cusco, Huánuco, Junín, Loreto, Madre de Dios, Pasco, Puno, San Martín, and Ucayali, and designated areas of Ancash (far northeast), Apurímac (far north), Ayacucho (north and northeast), Cajamarca (north and east), Huancavelica (far north), La Libertad (east), and Piura (east). Generally not recommended for travel limited to the following areas west of the Andes: the regions of Lambayeque and Tumbes, and designated areas of Cajamarca (west-central), and Piura (west). Not recommended for travel limited to areas >2,300 m (≈7,550 ft) elevation, areas west of the Andes not listed above, the city of Lima (the capital), and the highland tourist areas (the city of Cusco, the Inca Trail, and Machu Picchu).

Yellow Fever - CDC Yellow Book

Avoid contaminated water


How most people get sick (most common modes of transmission)

  • Touching urine or other body fluids from an animal infected with leptospirosis
  • Swimming or wading in urine-contaminated fresh water, or contact with urine-contaminated mud
  • Drinking water or eating food contaminated with animal urine
  • Avoid contaminated water and soil

Clinical Guidance

Avoid bug bites, chagas disease (american trypanosomiasis).

  • Accidentally rub feces (poop) of the triatomine bug into the bug bite, other breaks in the skin, your eyes, or mouth
  • From pregnant woman to her baby, contaminated blood products (transfusions), or contaminated food or drink.
  • Avoid Bug Bites

Chagas disease

  • Mosquito bite


  • Sand fly bite
  • An infected pregnant woman can spread it to her unborn baby

Airborne & droplet

  • Breathing in air or accidentally eating food contaminated with the urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents
  • Bite from an infected rodent
  • Less commonly, being around someone sick with hantavirus (only occurs with Andes virus)
  • Avoid rodents and areas where they live
  • Avoid sick people

Tuberculosis (TB)

  • Breathe in TB bacteria that is in the air from an infected and contagious person coughing, speaking, or singing.

Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip. Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases in Peru, so your behaviors are important.

Eat and drink safely

Food and water standards around the world vary based on the destination. Standards may also differ within a country and risk may change depending on activity type (e.g., hiking versus business trip). You can learn more about safe food and drink choices when traveling by accessing the resources below.

  • Choose Safe Food and Drinks When Traveling
  • Water Treatment Options When Hiking, Camping or Traveling
  • Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene | Healthy Water
  • Avoid Contaminated Water During Travel

You can also visit the Department of State Country Information Pages for additional information about food and water safety.

Prevent bug bites

Bugs (like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas) can spread a number of diseases in Peru. Many of these diseases cannot be prevented with a vaccine or medicine. You can reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent bug bites.

What can I do to prevent bug bites?

  • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
  • Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below).
  • Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
  • Stay and sleep in air-conditioned or screened rooms.
  • Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.

What type of insect repellent should I use?

  • FOR PROTECTION AGAINST TICKS AND MOSQUITOES: Use a repellent that contains 20% or more DEET for protection that lasts up to several hours.
  • Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin)
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD)
  • 2-undecanone
  • Always use insect repellent as directed.

What should I do if I am bitten by bugs?

  • Avoid scratching bug bites, and apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to reduce the itching.
  • Check your entire body for ticks after outdoor activity. Be sure to remove ticks properly.

What can I do to avoid bed bugs?

Although bed bugs do not carry disease, they are an annoyance. See our information page about avoiding bug bites for some easy tips to avoid them. For more information on bed bugs, see Bed Bugs .

For more detailed information on avoiding bug bites, see Avoid Bug Bites .

Some diseases in Peru—such as dengue, Zika, louse-borne typhus, and Chagas disease—are spread by bugs and cannot be prevented with a vaccine. Follow the insect avoidance measures described above to prevent these and other illnesses.

Stay safe outdoors

If your travel plans in Peru include outdoor activities, take these steps to stay safe and healthy during your trip.

  • Stay alert to changing weather conditions and adjust your plans if conditions become unsafe.
  • Prepare for activities by wearing the right clothes and packing protective items, such as bug spray, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit.
  • Consider learning basic first aid and CPR before travel. Bring a travel health kit with items appropriate for your activities.
  • If you are outside for many hours in heat, eat salty snacks and drink water to stay hydrated and replace salt lost through sweating.
  • Protect yourself from UV radiation : use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, wear protective clothing, and seek shade during the hottest time of day (10 a.m.–4 p.m.).
  • Be especially careful during summer months and at high elevation. Because sunlight reflects off snow, sand, and water, sun exposure may be increased during activities like skiing, swimming, and sailing.
  • Very cold temperatures can be dangerous. Dress in layers and cover heads, hands, and feet properly if you are visiting a cold location.

Stay safe around water

  • Swim only in designated swimming areas. Obey lifeguards and warning flags on beaches.
  • Practice safe boating—follow all boating safety laws, do not drink alcohol if driving a boat, and always wear a life jacket.
  • Do not dive into shallow water.
  • Do not swim in freshwater in developing areas or where sanitation is poor.
  • Avoid swallowing water when swimming. Untreated water can carry germs that make you sick.
  • To prevent infections, wear shoes on beaches where there may be animal waste.

Many popular destinations in Peru, such as Machu Picchu, are at high altitudes. You may experience altitude sickness as a result. Talk to your doctor about ways to prevent and treat altitude sickness.

See Travel to High Altitudes .

Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that can be spread in fresh water, is found in Peru. Avoid swimming in fresh, unchlorinated water, such as lakes, ponds, or rivers.

Keep away from animals

Most animals avoid people, but they may attack if they feel threatened, are protecting their young or territory, or if they are injured or ill. Animal bites and scratches can lead to serious diseases such as rabies.

Follow these tips to protect yourself:

  • Do not touch or feed any animals you do not know.
  • Do not allow animals to lick open wounds, and do not get animal saliva in your eyes or mouth.
  • Avoid rodents and their urine and feces.
  • Traveling pets should be supervised closely and not allowed to come in contact with local animals.
  • If you wake in a room with a bat, seek medical care immediately. Bat bites may be hard to see.

All animals can pose a threat, but be extra careful around dogs, bats, monkeys, sea animals such as jellyfish, and snakes. If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, immediately:

  • Wash the wound with soap and clean water.
  • Go to a doctor right away.
  • Tell your doctor about your injury when you get back to the United States.

Consider buying medical evacuation insurance. Rabies is a deadly disease that must be treated quickly, and treatment may not be available in some countries.

Reduce your exposure to germs

Follow these tips to avoid getting sick or spreading illness to others while traveling:

  • Wash your hands often, especially before eating.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, clean hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Try to avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home or in your hotel room, unless you need medical care.

Avoid sharing body fluids

Diseases can be spread through body fluids, such as saliva, blood, vomit, and semen.

Protect yourself:

  • Use latex condoms correctly.
  • Do not inject drugs.
  • Limit alcohol consumption. People take more risks when intoxicated.
  • Do not share needles or any devices that can break the skin. That includes needles for tattoos, piercings, and acupuncture.
  • If you receive medical or dental care, make sure the equipment is disinfected or sanitized.

Know how to get medical care while traveling

Plan for how you will get health care during your trip, should the need arise:

  • Carry a list of local doctors and hospitals at your destination.
  • Review your health insurance plan to determine what medical services it would cover during your trip. Consider purchasing travel health and medical evacuation insurance.
  • Carry a card that identifies, in the local language, your blood type, chronic conditions or serious allergies, and the generic names of any medications you take.
  • Some prescription drugs may be illegal in other countries. Call Peru’s embassy to verify that all of your prescription(s) are legal to bring with you.
  • Bring all the medicines (including over-the-counter medicines) you think you might need during your trip, including extra in case of travel delays. Ask your doctor to help you get prescriptions filled early if you need to.

Many foreign hospitals and clinics are accredited by the Joint Commission International. A list of accredited facilities is available at their website ( www.jointcommissioninternational.org ).

In some countries, medicine (prescription and over-the-counter) may be substandard or counterfeit. Bring the medicines you will need from the United States to avoid having to buy them at your destination.

Malaria is a risk in some parts of Peru. If you are going to a risk area, fill your malaria prescription before you leave, and take enough with you for the entire length of your trip. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking the pills; some need to be started before you leave.

Select safe transportation

Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of healthy US citizens in foreign countries.

In many places cars, buses, large trucks, rickshaws, bikes, people on foot, and even animals share the same lanes of traffic, increasing the risk for crashes.

Be smart when you are traveling on foot.

  • Use sidewalks and marked crosswalks.
  • Pay attention to the traffic around you, especially in crowded areas.
  • Remember, people on foot do not always have the right of way in other countries.


Choose a safe vehicle.

  • Choose official taxis or public transportation, such as trains and buses.
  • Ride only in cars that have seatbelts.
  • Avoid overcrowded, overloaded, top-heavy buses and minivans.
  • Avoid riding on motorcycles or motorbikes, especially motorbike taxis. (Many crashes are caused by inexperienced motorbike drivers.)
  • Choose newer vehicles—they may have more safety features, such as airbags, and be more reliable.
  • Choose larger vehicles, which may provide more protection in crashes.

Think about the driver.

  • Do not drive after drinking alcohol or ride with someone who has been drinking.
  • Consider hiring a licensed, trained driver familiar with the area.
  • Arrange payment before departing.

Follow basic safety tips.

  • Wear a seatbelt at all times.
  • Sit in the back seat of cars and taxis.
  • When on motorbikes or bicycles, always wear a helmet. (Bring a helmet from home, if needed.)
  • Avoid driving at night; street lighting in certain parts of Peru may be poor.
  • Do not use a cell phone or text while driving (illegal in many countries).
  • Travel during daylight hours only, especially in rural areas.
  • If you choose to drive a vehicle in Peru, learn the local traffic laws and have the proper paperwork.
  • Get any driving permits and insurance you may need. Get an International Driving Permit (IDP). Carry the IDP and a US-issued driver's license at all times.
  • Check with your auto insurance policy's international coverage, and get more coverage if needed. Make sure you have liability insurance.
  • Avoid using local, unscheduled aircraft.
  • If possible, fly on larger planes (more than 30 seats); larger airplanes are more likely to have regular safety inspections.
  • Try to schedule flights during daylight hours and in good weather.

Medical Evacuation Insurance

If you are seriously injured, emergency care may not be available or may not meet US standards. Trauma care centers are uncommon outside urban areas. Having medical evacuation insurance can be helpful for these reasons.

Helpful Resources

Road Safety Overseas (Information from the US Department of State): Includes tips on driving in other countries, International Driving Permits, auto insurance, and other resources.

The Association for International Road Travel has country-specific Road Travel Reports available for most countries for a minimal fee.

For information traffic safety and road conditions in Peru, see Travel and Transportation on US Department of State's country-specific information for Peru .

Maintain personal security

Use the same common sense traveling overseas that you would at home, and always stay alert and aware of your surroundings.

Before you leave

  • Research your destination(s), including local laws, customs, and culture.
  • Monitor travel advisories and alerts and read travel tips from the US Department of State.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) .
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary, contact information, credit cards, and passport with someone at home.
  • Pack as light as possible, and leave at home any item you could not replace.

While at your destination(s)

  • Carry contact information for the nearest US embassy or consulate .
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp; leave the actual passport securely in your hotel.
  • Follow all local laws and social customs.
  • Do not wear expensive clothing or jewelry.
  • Always keep hotel doors locked, and store valuables in secure areas.
  • If possible, choose hotel rooms between the 2nd and 6th floors.

To call for emergency services while in Peru, dial 116 for the fire department and 105 for the police. Write these numbers down to carry with you during your trip.

Learn as much as you can about Peru before you travel there. A good place to start is the country-specific information on Peru from the US Department of State.

Healthy Travel Packing List

Use the Healthy Travel Packing List for Peru for a list of health-related items to consider packing for your trip. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.

Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?

It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries. Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.

If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist, see Find a Clinic . Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling.

If your doctor prescribed antimalarial medicine for your trip, keep taking the rest of your pills after you return home. If you stop taking your medicine too soon, you could still get sick.

Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. If you become ill with a fever either while traveling in a malaria-risk area or after you return home (for up to 1 year), you should seek immediate medical attention and should tell the doctor about your travel history.

For more information on what to do if you are sick after your trip, see Getting Sick after Travel .

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Is Peru Safe?

Yes, Peru is safe. This Andean country boasts a rugged, yet beautiful landscape, and is very family oriented. From the bustling, cosmopolitan city of Lima to lunching in a sky dome secured to a cliff above the Sacred Valley, many amazing sights and adventures await you. Do explore the ruins of Machu Picchu, colorful markets, and superb colonial architecture, but don’t forget to keep your wits about you! Peru is full of friendly people who are eager to share their culture and history with you, but travelers especially must beware of petty theft. By following the common-sense practices outlined in this handy guide and learning which areas you should stay away from, you can have a safe time in Peru, and you’ll make amazing memories every step of your journey!

How Safe is Peru?

Peru has a well-deserved reputation as a safe country to visit. Travelers to Peru can feel confident exploring villages in the Andes and cities along the northern coast . Peruvians are known for their hospitality and friendliness, and typically make a positive impression on visitors. That said, Peru does have crime. It’s a good idea to understand where and why crime happens before you visit.

Is Peru Safe for A Vacation?

Yes, Peru is safe for a vacation. As of 2017, over 3,835,000 foreign visitors have enjoyed the country. Given that tourism is currently the nation’s third largest source of foreign currency, Peru has an economical interest in seeing that the number of safe and happy travelers continues to grow.

So, what makes Peru a safe country to visit? Well, Peruvians are typically very friendly to travelers, and are open to cross-cultural exchanges. That said, as a traveler, you should take some basic precautions to avoid petty theft. Remain alert and watch your valuables. Don’t wear flashy jewelry and if you have nice electronics, don’t flaunt them — it's a good idea to keep them in an older bag, hidden pocket, or something equally inconspicuous when they are not in use. Carry money and passports in a money belt, or else leave them in a safety deposit box at your hotel. Be watchful while withdrawing money from an ATM. Walk with confidence when you are going somewhere, especially when walking at night. If you’ve been drinking at night, take a cab home.

Speaking of cabs, be mindful of how you travel about the country. There are several transportation options you can enjoy during your stay in Peru, but some are better than others. It's advisable that you not drive yourself around due to the country's rugged terrain, weather changes, and the aggressive driving style favored by local. Additionally, when taking buses (a popular mode of transport among Peruvians) be sure to keep a close eye on your luggage to avoid theft.

Is Peru Safe to Travel for Families?

Yes, Peru is safe to travel to for families. In fact, the nation boasts a very ‘family-oriented’ mentality, so travelers who are obviously a part of a ‘family group’ will find the country especially welcoming. Since every parent can relate to the joys and challenges of raising a family, it makes it easier to start a conversation with locals who might otherwise be a bit reserved.

One thing families do need to be mindful of is how high in altitude Peru is. While there are low elevation cities, the country’s average elevation is 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) above sea level, and of course top destinations such as Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu fall within or above this range. Why does this matter to families? Officially, 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) is the elevation at which the risk of altitude sickness most frequently occurs; however, at 5,000 feet is where more sensitive demographics – children and the elderly – can begin experiencing symptoms.

What does this mean for you and your loved ones? While trekking through Machu Picchu might sound like an awesome adventure to a hardy 30-something or 40-something, it’s likely to be rough on wee ones or your older parents and grandparents with joint pain. So be sure to consult with your Local Expert about your options for either taking people on the journey with you, or finding a separate suitable activity while you enjoy your excursion.

Is Peru Safe to Travel Alone?

Yes, it is safe to travel alone in Peru. However, solo travelers must always exercise additional precautions. To have the best experience while traveling alone in Peru, always be expected and stay in groups.

When we say, “Be expected,” we mean have a full itinerary and a point of contact, like you do when you partner with your Anywhere Local Expert. Rides, hotels, tours… someone is always expecting you somewhere which is not the case when you book a flight thinking you’ll ‘figure it out along the way.’ Your Local Expert is your first in-country friend, and while you’re sure to meet more during your travels, it’s nice to know that the first person you’ve met (even if it is online) genuinely has your best interests at heart, and is never more than a call, chat, or email away.

As for, “Stay in groups,” we mean you’re better off booking tours than wandering around alone. Just because you’re exploring a marketplace or going on a hike with other people (new acquaintances and future friends) doesn’t mean you won’t have the opportunity to enjoy yourself – by yourself. By all means, take a moment to linger over a view or visit a different stall; the important thing is that you not stray too far from the people you’re with. You know, the people expecting you to be somewhere.

Is Peru Safe for Women Traveling Alone?

Yes, Peru is safe for women traveling alone. However, as is usually the case, women must take a few extra precautions. A machismo mindset exists in Peru, so it behooves solo female travelers to be prepared. Women traveling alone may receive unwanted attention in the form of catcalls, horn honking, and aggressive come-ons. The best strategy is to simply ignore all of this.

While talking with Peruvian men, treat them neutrally and avoid any gestures that could be misinterpreted, such as friendly touches on the arm. If that’s a natural instinct for you, work on breaking that habit now; it’s in your best interest. It's also a good idea to dress conservatively and even wear a fake wedding ring. Some women will occasionally refer to a nonexistent boyfriend or husband.

Walk with purpose and don't travel alone at night. Take cabs and stay at hotels in reputable, well-lit parts of town. When you're in the countryside, be sure to go hiking with at least one other person. Lots of travelers come to Peru, so it isn't necessary to travel alone if you don't want to — it's easy to make friends at hostels, hotels, bars, and restaurants.

Are Peru Hotels Safe?

Yes, hotels in Peru are safe – especially when you book them with your Anywhere Local Expert! Why guess where you should stay when you can get the input of someone who really knows the region? Anywhere’s Local Experts can help you find the best accommodations for your travel needs – whether that’s luxury, family, or even off the beaten path. When you coordinate your accommodations, activities, and transportation, you can be sure that your hotels, tours, and drivers all share a common goal – to keep you safe and enjoying the beauty of Peru. Anywhere does not propose hotels that we know to be unsafe or subpar, so you’ll never see these kinds of accommodations to begin with – it’s just one more way we work to keep you safe and happy during your travels.

How to Not Get Sick on Vacation in Peru?

The best way to enjoy your vacation in Peru is to keep your body healthy from beginning to end. While a skinned knee might not interrupt your plans, a bout of traveller’s diarrhea certainly will! Stay safe during your adventures – whether they’re of the outdoor or culinary variety.

Remember, the best medicine is prevention. So, get all of your necessary vaccines before you leave for your trip; pack anti-diarrheal medication, pink bismuth tablets, motion sickness tablets, or whatever you may need to quell tummy trouble at a moment’s notice; once you land, be an expert at how to stay safe and well during a vacation in Peru with these tips and tricks...

Is The Water Safe to Drink in Peru?

No, you cannot drink the water in Peru – it is not safe. To avoid traveller’s diarrhea and other waterborne diseases, drink bottled water and only eat peeled fruits like oranges and bananas. Bottled water (agua pura) is widely available in grocery stores, restaurants, and hotels. In fact, many hotels have filtered water available for guests so that you can reuse a water bottle during your stay. Boiling water for one minute, using iodine pills, or a water filter will also purify water. In addition to avoiding fruits and veggies that require washing, order drinks without ice because it is usually made from tap water.

Is The Food in Peru Safe?

Yes, the food in Peru is safe to eat – it’s also some of the finest in the world, as the nation boasts internationally award-winning cuisine and restaurants. Between feasting on gourmet delicacies, you’ll find that the everyday local fare is hearty and typically served in generous portions. The important thing to pay attention to is whether your food is hot, cold, or precut.

When ordering hot meals, you can feel comfortable and confident about trying whatever looks good – soups, pastas, rice, and warm vegetable and fruit dishes have all been thoroughly cooked. Ceviche (a cold seafood dish) is a popular item that also tends to be a safe bet because in this unique dish, the acidity of citrus fruit juice is used to ‘cook’ seafood.

What you’ll really need to be careful about are cold dishes. Salads might be a healthy option back home, but when traveling to countries where the water isn’t safe to drink, they can make you ill; that’s because the vegetables are usually cleaned with tap water. Precut fruit may seem innocent enough at the morning breakfast buffet, but again, these foods were likely rinsed with tap water. You should only partake of these foods if you are certain they have been prepared using purified water.

One last tip – remember to wash your hands before eating, and carry hand sanitizer with you for those times when soap and water isn’t available.

Is It Safe to Eat The Local Fruits and Vegetables in Peru?

Yes, fruits and vegetables are safe to eat in Peru. When served in hot dishes, you should feel free to sample the country’s delicious produce. However, in order to avoid getting traveler's diarrhea, it's a good idea to only eat fruits and veggies that you have to peel, such as oranges and bananas.

Unless you know for a fact that fruits and vegetables have been cleaned with bottled water (such as picking up fresh goodies from the market yourself), you have to assume that the produce has been cleaned with tap water. This same precaution must be extended to drinks as well – fresh fruit juice may have been blended with tap water.

How to Stay Safe Outdoors During Your Vacation in Peru?

Whether your adventures take you to the beach or trekking through the Andes, you’ll want to take some precautions during your outdoor adventures. From wearing the appropriate clothing to on hikes to protecting your skin while you have fun in the sun, these are the top tips for staying safe outside during your vacation in Peru.

How to Stay Safe at The Beach in Peru?

Peru is a tropical country and can be quite hot in places. To avoid heat exhaustion, drink plenty of water and avoid strenuous activity on hot days. It’s also a good idea to wear a hat, loose fitting clothing, and always apply plenty of sunscreen.

On the flip side, Peru’s higher elevation areas can be cold and rainy, and create conditions in which hypothermia may occur. To prevent hypothermia, wear artificial fibers (like polypropylene or fleece) that wick away moisture, and bring several layers of clothing during a hike. You should also drink water and eat and regularly while exerting yourself in cold conditions.

Is It Safe to Swim in The Ocean in Peru?

Yes, it is safe to swim in the ocean in Peru. The nation is actually a popular destination for surfing and has opportunities to swim with sea lions in their natural habitat, so you can certainly get into the water!

Keep in mind that although surfers do spend some time swimming in the water, more often than not they are on their boards. As a swimmer in Peru’s ocean waters, you’re going to want to head for calm beaches with minimal waves, such as Punta Sal . This is especially important if you are swimming from a secluded section of beach or during a time when a lifeguard is not on duty. Not sure where the best swimmer’s beach is in relation to the rest of your Peruvian destinations? No worries! Your Anywhere Local Expert can answer all of your questions and make the best recommendations for your needs.

Are National Parks and Reserves Safe in Peru?

Yes, Peru’s national parks and reserves are safe. The most important thing is to stay on the recommended trails – these have been designed to show you the area in the safest manner possible. You will enjoy your time even more when you go on a guided tour. Learn about the history and biodiversity of the area you’re visiting, spot animals in their favorite hangouts, ask questions and get them answered in real time. Get the most out of your experience when you add educational fun to your outdoor adventures!

Are There Hurricanes or Earthquakes in Peru?

Yes, earthquakes do occur in Peru, but nearly 4 million travelers successfully enjoy vacations in the country annually, and that number is only continuing to grow. The reason earthquakes are a fairly common occurrence in Peru (especially around Lima) is because it is situated along the boundary between two tectonic plates – the Nazca Plate and South American Plate – near the nation’s coast. The South American Plate is moving towards the Pacific Ocean over the Nazca Plate; the pressure between these two plates is periodically released and an earthquake ensues.

In the past century, this shifting plate has resulted in 1 to 5 earthquakes per decade, which have registered between 6 and 9 on the richter scale. Earthquakes are hard to predict, but Peru will probably continue to experience them in the future. If you're traveling in Peru during an earthquake, try to follow these basic guidelines:

Don't use elevators, and avoid using the stairs (stairs move differently from the rest of buildings and are therefore dangerous).

If you are indoors, drop to the ground and take cover under a table or other piece of furniture. Hold on until the shaking stops. Stay away from windows and anything that could fall on you.

If you are outside, move away from buildings, street lights, power lines, and anything that could fall on you. Walk to the closest safety areas. Safety areas are marked with signs that have a big "S" or a yellow circle on the street with the letter "S". These areas have been designated as safe.

If you're at the beach during an earthquake, immediately seek higher ground. A tsunami can sometimes follow an earthquake.

Peru has also had to deal with serious flooding, some of which was the result of El Niño. Hurricanes rarely hit Peru. That's because the waters off the coast of Peru are cooled by the cold waters of the Humboldt Current. Hurricanes tend to form in areas with warmer water.

Although nature is unpredictable, your Anywhere Local Expert can help you assess Peru’s weather based on your travel needs. Enjoy your vacation more when you have a plan in place. In the event of a natural disaster, discuss where you will meet ahead of time with your traveling companions, and take note of the closest exit at your hotel.

Are There Many Snakes In Peru?

Yes, there are a lot of snakes in Peru. Approximately 200 species call the country home – 30 of which are native. The majority of these reptiles call Peru’s portion of the Amazon Rainforest home, so you don’t need to worry about stepping on them as you walk down the streets of Lima!

If you fancy a bit of herpetology (the study of reptiles), then a more rugged adventure may allow you to spot the Peru Coral Snake (Micrurus Peruvianus), Pygmy Moss Snake (Umbrivaga Pygmaea), Green Vinesnake (Oxybelis fulgidus), and even boas.

Are There Many Insects In Peru?

Yes, there are many different types of insects in Peru. The nation contains a portion of the Amazon Rainforest, which is home to an estimated 2.5 million insects. In Peru, butterflies alone consist of approximately 450 species. If you’re a fan of entomology (the study of insects), then you’ll be excited to spot wiggling sawfly larvae attached to tree trunks, tiger moths, tarantulas, leaf cutter ants, and more. Keep in mind that your mileage may vary – your best chance of spotting insects will be on adventurous tours that take you into the jungle, because these critters aren’t known for living in Peru’s urban cities.

Are There Many Mosquitoes in Peru?

No, there are not many mosquitoes in Peru due to the country’s high altitude. However, that does not mean that the country has zero mosquitoes. Most of Peru is mosquito-free; the only places where you are likely to encounter mosquitoes is in lowland areas around the Amazon Basin, as well as other rainforests and cloud forests. Some travelers have been bitten by mosquitos at Machu Picchu. Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, and dengue, so it's important to protect yourself by using insect repellent (which you may want to spray on your clothes), and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long-sleeved pants. Ticks can transmit Chagas’ disease, so these are good methods to keep them at bay too. Sleeping in rooms with screens over the windows and/or mosquito netting is also a good idea.

How to Stay Healthy on Vacation in Peru?

What’s worse than getting sick before your vacation? Getting sick during your vacation. From traveler’s diarrhea to altitude sickness, getting ill puts a damper on your getaway. Follow these tips to keep yourself in tip-top condition so that you can enjoy every moment of your adventures in Peru.

Do I Need to Take Malaria Pills or Get Certain Vaccinations for a Trip to Peru?

No, you do not need vaccinations, malaria pills, or other medicines to travel to Peru – this is because no vaccinations are officially required to enter the country. That being said, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends ensuring that you’re up-to-date on your typhoid and hepatitis A shots before traveling to Peru; although again, neither are required.

If you’ll be traveling in the Amazon jungle, below 7,550 feet (2,300 m), then you may also want to get a yellow fever vaccination. Again, a yellow fever vaccination is not required to enter Peru unless you are traveling from a region where yellow fever is endemic. While traveling in the Amazon it’s also a good idea to take malaria pills (malaria prophylaxis).

Hepatitis B vaccinations are recommended for health care workers (or others who may be exposed to blood), travelers planning on getting a tattoo, and those who plan on staying in Peru for more than six months. You should also be up-to-date on your vaccinations against chickenpox (varicella), measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, and polio, which means you will have needed to receive your booster shots within the past 10 years. An annual flu shot is recommended as well.

Most shots take about two weeks to be effective, so it’s recommended to schedule your vaccinations at least 2–4 weeks before traveling. Some shots may require second or third visits. Health conditions and vaccination recommendations do change, however, so it’s best to check with your doctor for current requirements before traveling. For up-to-date information on the health conditions in Peru, please visit the CDC website .

What Should I Do in Case of An Emergency in Peru?

When you’re on vacation, you hope for nothing but the best; however, to truly put your mind at ease, it’s important to prepare for the worst. Purchasing travel insurance and keeping in touch with your Anywhere Local Expert is just the start of being prepared for an emergency during your vacation in Peru. Learn what to expect if you have a condition that may require medical attention or find yourself in the midst of a medical emergency in Peru.

Oh! One quick tip before you keep reading: It’s always a good idea to keep your home country’s embassy emergency telephone number on hand. For American citizens, the Peruvian U.S. Embassy’s emergency telephone numbers are…

  • (01) 618-2000 if dialing from Peru.
  • [011] +51-1-618-2000 if dialing from the United States.

For more information about how the embassy can assist you during an emergency, please visit the website of the U.S. Embassy in Peru .

What Are the Medical Facilities Like in Peru?

Peru has an excellent healthcare system. Medium and larger cities will have several government hospitals and a range of private clinics. The clinics are usually high-tech and personalized, and the state hospitals provide excellent healthcare. Even small villages will usually have a medical post and pharmacies offering you easy access to basic medications. The doctors in Peru are university-trained and competent.

The hospitals in Lima are the best in the country; serious medical problems should be addressed here. It’s recommended to look into international medical policies – nearly all of them will cover evacuation to your home country if needed. Insurance companies may deal directly with hospitals in Lima, but in other destinations, travelers might be required to pay in cash and then seek reimbursement later.

If I Need Medicine, Can I Easily Get It in Peru?

Yes, you can easily get medicine while traveling in Peru. There are pharmacies (farmacias) scattered across Peru. Larger cities like Lima, Arequipa, Cusco, Puno, Chiclayo, and Trujillo have ample pharmacies, while smaller towns usually have only one or two. Many pharmacies are open 24-hours a day. Drugs are fairly inexpensive and prescriptions are usually not necessary. However, prescriptions are required for antibiotics, antidepressants, and anti-anxiety medications.

Should I Bring Altitude Medicine to Peru?

Yes, you should bring altitude medicine to Peru, and here’s why – one thing you’ll have to contend with almost anywhere you’ll want to visit is the altitude. Generally, you don’t think of this when going on vacation because it doesn’t really come up, unless you’re going on a mountaineering expedition such as Anywhere’s Kilimanjaro Trek or Mount Everest Base Camp Trek . However, Peru as a country is relatively high in elevation. Mountainous Andean regions such as Cusco are at 11,150 feet (3,400 m), which make altitude sickness a common concern when visiting some of Peru’s most popular destinations.

Right now, you’re probably wondering how you may be able to tell whether or not you’re suffering from altitude sickness – after all, a little bit of huffing and puffing is normal during a strenuous hike, isn’t it? Symptoms of altitude sickness include fatigue, headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, and shortness of breath. You’ll be able to tell the difference between altitude sickness and a hike that tests your endurance.

So how do you beat, or better yet prevent, altitude sickness? Well, there is no way to avoid altitude sickness entirely, because there’s not really any way around taking your body from one elevation to the next. Your best bet is to minimize the effects of altitude sickness by acclimatizing for a day or two and drinking plenty of water before engaging in outdoor activities. Doctors can also prescribe acetazolamide (typically referred to by the brand name Diamox) to help treat altitude sickness. Peruvians support coca leaf tea as a cure, and it seems to work.

How to Stay Safe While Traveling in Peru?

The best way to stay safe while traveling in Peru is to use the same common sense that would serve you well in any of the world’s countries – don’t flash money and expensive items, don’t get publicly drunk, don’t pick fights, and do try to be as culturally sensitive as possible. For more specific details, including everything from walking to using public transportation, continue reading this portion of the guide...

Is It Safe to Walk in Peru?

Yes, it is safe to walk in Peru if you stick to designated plazas in the city and walking trails when out in nature. In urban settings, you’ll want to pay extra attention when crossing the street – especially when in an area with a busy road. The attitude of “pedestrians always have the right of way” does not exist in Peru. Motorists view the road as their space, so the onus is on you to stay out of their way.

Although this is foreign territory, it’s important that you walk with a purpose. Appear confident; if someone happens to be following you, rather than act mousy and skittish, it’s actually advisable to make strong eye contact – stopping and staring them down indicates that you are aware of your surroundings and their presence, which makes it difficult for them to ‘run up on you’.

Try not to look lost, even if you’re uncertain where you’re going. You may be used to safely relying on your smartphone back home, but that’s a bad idea in Peru – the same goes for fussing over a paper map or guidebook. If you aren’t on a group walking tour, then it’s best to book transportation, or at least stop by a cafe to get your bearings or ask for directions. Bonus? You get to enjoy a nice refreshment before continuing your journey.

When it comes to walking at night, don’t ! Male, female, alone, with a group...it doesn’t matter. It is not advisable to wander around Peru alone at night – especially if the area is deserted or in a questionable neighborhood. Play it safe and take a taxi; better yet, use Anywhere’s clean, comfortable, and reliable transportation services .

If you are a woman walking, especially alone, ignore any catcalls you may receive. As upsetting as it is, the best course of action is to ignore these ‘gentlemen’ and keep it moving – go on about your business without acknowledging them.

One final piece of advice: if you have not already, please learn some Spanish. Even a basic command will help you when asking for directions or communicating a threat to your safety.

Is It Safe to Drive in Peru?

No, not really. You can drive in Peru, but it is not advisable. Generally, driving yourself around is seen as a freedom, but in Peru, it’s a burden. The rules of the road are very different from what you’re used to at home:

Pedestrians do not have the right of way and are expected to look out for vehicles, rather than have vehicles looking out for them.

Drivers jockey for position and basically fight for control of the road – there is no courtesy, only a very aggressive and macho style of driving.

In Peru, the buses and taxis receive top priority – mostly because they take it by force. Buses especially have the heft to intimidate other drivers as they careen down the road.

Speaking of roads, do not expect Peru’s to be well-maintained. When updates are made to infrastructure, it’s often haphazard and even more inconvenient than your usual repair – think redirecting traffic or standing in the middle of the road to do work without proper warning signage or detour notices.

One more thing, horns are beloved and used liberally. Whether the driver is signaling, “I’m going to pass,” or “You can pass,” is up to you to decipher. In Peru, when a fellow driver honks at you they are sending you a message – hopefully you’ll figure out what it is before you get cut off or sideswiped.

Bottom line, Peru’s style of driving is so aggressive and unique that this is the one time you’re better off not trying to fit in with the locals. Choose Anywhere’s transportation services – leave the driving to local professionals and spend your vacation enjoying the scenery, instead of leaning on your horn and cursing.

Are Taxis Safe in Peru?

Yes, taxis in Peru are safe, so long as you’re being driven by a reputable driver. If you read the previous section, then you’re aware of how Peruvians approach ‘the rules of the road’; if you didn’t read it, here’s what you need to know about taxi drivers in Peru:

Expect the horn to be used liberally.

Drivers are much more aggressive than you’re used to back home.

Motorists can seem erratic as they jockey for position while navigating the roads.

Taxi drivers and bus drivers have deemed themselves the most important vehicles on the road.

Here’s a tip that you may find surprising – in Peru, you’ll want to agree on the price of your fare before your ride. Pay attention to where you’re going; this isn’t just to get your bearings, it’s also to ensure that your driver isn’t circling the same area to make the cost of your fare go up (yet another reason to agree to a price before you get in).

Sit behind the driver and lock your doors. Like every place in the world, Peru is not immune from crime. In the event that you end up with a legitimate taxi driver who decides to misbehave or is in cahoots with thieves, sitting behind the driver makes it more difficult to grab you or snatch money out of your hands. As for locking your door, thieves in Peru are bold – and tugging on the handles of stopped vehicles until one finds an unlocked door is common practice. Unfortunately, it’s a great way of relieving stunned motorists and passengers of some of their belongings before dashing off.

There is nothing wrong with hopping into a reputable taxi, but for the best experience possible, we humbly recommend that you use Anywhere’s transportation services. Local drivers operate clean, cool, well-maintained vehicles, and get you from point A to point B promptly and safely.

Is Public Transportation in Peru Safe?

In all honesty, no, public transportation is not your safest option for exploring Peru. The problem with public transportation in Peru is that it can be hit or miss. Rickety old buses clearly past their prime speed down roads, but modern, well-maintained buses can also be found. When riding a bus in Peru, you will get what you pay for – the cheapest option will also be the most worrisome experience.

Peruvians have a very aggressive way of driving that can seem erratic to visitors; couple that with winding mountainous roads and it’s easy to be nervous if you’re used to well-maintained roads and ‘courtesy waves’. Barreling down a road in an oversized jalopy won’t exactly calm your nerves, so spring for one of the nation’s major transportation operators, including (but not limited to) Civa, Cruz del Sur, Oltursa, or Ormeno and you’re likely to have a much better (and safer) experience.

There is one thing you must be careful of regardless of whether you choose an economical provider or a well-known provider and that’s keeping your luggage with you at all times. This is especially vital if you find yourself taking an overnight bus. It may seem counterintuitive, but rather than stow your luggage in the overhead compartment, choose the cargo hold on the side of the bus. That way your luggage remains secure until it is time for passengers to unload.

If Peru’s public transportation is your only option for reaching your next destination, choose wisely, spend wisely, and guard your belongings as well as you can. If possible, we advise you to choose Anywhere’s transportation services – let a local driver who operates a clean, cool, safe vehicle help you explore Peru. Shuttle options are available, so you can still economize without riding an infamous ‘chicken bus’.

Is Peru Dangerous?

No, Peru is no more dangerous than any other country or city – it’s all a matter of whether or not you use common sense and remain aware of your surroundings. The nation has its share of drugs and violence, but again, these do not have to impact you if you exercise prudence. Two of the biggest ways travelers get into trouble is being loud and intoxicated in public, and going too far off the beaten path in the quest for an ‘authentic experience’.

Anywhere you go, a drunkard is an obvious and easy target because he or she does not have their full wits and faculties about them. As for authentic experiences, they can be had without aimlessly wandering around a foreign country to “see where we end up”; Anywhere offers destinations in Peru off the beaten path for travelers who want to see more than the top tourist attractions. The best part? You can enjoy an authentic experience without putting yourself in peril. In fact, here’s an article about some of the unique Peruvian adventures you can have when you plan your getaway with an Anywhere Local Expert.

Overall, Peruvian people and culture are wonderful. During your trip to Peru, you will enjoy learning about ancient civilizations, shopping at colorful markets, and feasting upon delicious fusion cuisine. Compared to other Andean countries, Peru’s crime rate is the lowest in the region, making it safer than Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Colombia. Additionally, the nation’s steady economic growth throughout the 21st century has helped facilitate a decrease in overall violence. Furthermore, the tourism industry is actively working on increasing growth/attracting more visitors each year, which means Peru has a vested interest in continuously making strides to keep visitors safe. With this information and your Anywhere Local Expert never more than a(n) email, call, or text away, there’s no reason not to check Peru off of your bucket list.

What Places Are Dangerous in Peru?

Peru is a magical land in the Andes, and overall, its citizens are gracious and family oriented. However, no place is immune from bad actors and that includes Peru. Much of the violence in Peru can be traced to a single terrorist organization – Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso). This group started in the late 1950s in the Ayacucho region of Peru. It sprang from the Peruvian Communist Party (PCP) and was led by a professor of philosophy named Abimael Guzmán Reynoso. Eventually Guzmán formed a Maoist faction and split from the PCP. Unfortunately, radical groups found a welcome home in Ayacucho, a region where cuts to the educational system produced a deep resentment of the federal government.

In the 1990s, the Peruvian military managed to arrest key figures in the Shining Path organization. Nowadays, Shining Path’s influence is limited to rural areas, and as a result, Peru experiences a much lower level of violent crime. However, Shining Path still has a wide recruitment base. Younger Peruvians in rural areas may not want to become subsistence farmers, but lack the education necessary to find higher-paying employment in a city. For these underserved youths, Shining Path represents a way out of poverty.

Shining Path is still a problem in the provinces of Ayacucho, Cusco, Hancavelica, Huanuco, Ucayali, and Junin. Visitors should avoid traveling at night through these regions, even on buses; in fact, there are times when travel may not be permitted through these provinces after nightfall. Aside from Cusco, these regions do not have many tourist attractions and are easy to avoid with some planning. The Cusco region’s main attractions, including Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and the city of Cusco, are safe destinations.

Throughout the more dangerous provinces in Peru, local self-defense groups called rondas campesinas work to keep Shining Path’s presence at a minimum. These groups will often stop travelers and demand a toll before allowing them to pass through the area. This is one of the reasons that traveling at night on highways in Peru is discouraged.

Is It Safe to Visit Peru Right Now?

Yes, you can safely visit Peru right now (as of the time this guidebook was published), but it’s always best to check with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (or your country’s equivalent) to verify the most up-to-date information regarding travel safety.

Your biggest concern when it comes to staying safe in Peru is going to be avoiding petty crimes, bad neighborhoods, and regions still plagued by the Shining Path (see previous section, ‘What Places Are Dangerous in Peru?’). Choosing a reputable travel agency is the best way to enjoy an adventure vacation because:

You have your Local Expert in your corner, and an entire local team available by email, telephone, and text/chat.

A comprehensive itinerary with accommodations, activities, and transportation means you are always expected somewhere – even if you’re traveling solo and don’t know anyone in-country.

Professionals know how to design an authentic experience, without sacrificing your safety. Accessing the unique adventures you crave has never been simpler.

How to Avoid Crime in Peru While on Vacation?

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating – common sense will take you a long way and keep you safe during your journey. The top ways to keep yourself safe during your travels in Peru are also the simplest:

Do not flash money around, especially in large amounts. Yes, you may need to carry cash because some destinations do not accept credit cards or have ATMs readily available, but there is no reason to carry more cash than you may realistically need for an outing.

In addition to not flashing cash, don’t be flashy in general – there is no need to wear your best jewelry when you’re hiking. Take your photographs and do not make a big deal about it; do not brag about or make a big production of your expensive equipment. Don’t leave electronics unattended, and that includes your smartphone, not just laptops and tablets; in fact, don’t bring these items at all unless it’s 100 percent necessary, after all, you’re on vacation!

Consider using an under the clothes money belt, fanny/hip pack, and even a ‘throwdown wallet’ – an old wallet filled with a small/negligible amount of cash and old gift cards or credit cards that you can literally throw down to get out of a sticky situation. The rationale is that most muggers, car jackers, etc. are so eager to make a quick getaway they’ll quickly snatch it up and run off.

Do not carry your passport around with you while out and about or on adventure excursions; carry photocopies of your information, and leave the original(s) secure in your hotel’s safe, or a secret compartment in your luggage.

Do not wander around – don’t stray from designated paths, leave your tour group, or venture down random alleys and side streets. This kind of aimless ‘exploring’ can lead you into a bad situation that could have easily been avoided.

If you get lost, order a drink at a cafe and get your bearings; ask the waitstaff for assistance. Do not walk around with a smartphone or even a map in hand and become engrossed and unaware of your surroundings.

Do your best to learn at least a little bit of Spanish so that you can better communicate if you do have an emergency.

How is The Crime in Peru for Tourists?

Most crimes against tourists have nothing to do with cocaine or terrorism. They are instead motivated by poverty. Lima’s large underserved population has created an environment of persistent petty theft. It’s unfortunate, but to put it into perspective: travelers = unspoken wealth. Whether it’s a luxury vacation or a budget vacation, you can afford international airfare, accommodations, food, fun activities, and souvenirs in the same country someone else is struggling to survive in – all while maintaining your life/residence in your home country. Is robbing you wrong? Of course, but to a petty thief, you can clearly afford the loss, and you’ll still be able to return home – unlike them, you won’t starve due to this.

As a traveler, you must be wary of situations that put you at risk of robbery. Thefts usually occur in areas with large numbers of tourists. High levels of petty theft have been reported in areas like Plaza de Armas and Plaza San Martin in Lima, as well as the Sacsayhusaman site in Cusco.

Keep your eyes open for purse-snatchers and pickpockets. Use common sense measures to keep your belongings safe. If you carry a handbag or purse, make sure it closes securely. Keep your valuables where you can see them, and make sure to leave your most valuable possessions locked in a safety deposit box at your hotel. Electronics such as tablets and smartphones are some of the items most commonly stolen from tourists – they’re easy to grab and go when someone is focused on their device instead of their surroundings.

How to Keep Your Money Safe While Traveling in Peru?

The best way to keep your money safe when vacationing in Peru (or anywhere, really) is to not flash it around. People can’t take what they don’t know you have. Putting yourself on display by flashing a lot of cash is not only in poor taste, it’s incredibly foolish. As we’ve mentioned before, don’t carry large sums of money while out and about.

True, some of Peru’s adventures in remote destinations will mean that you may not have access to credit card machines or ATMs, however that means there’s even less reason to carry a lot of money on you – you’ll have a difficult time replacing it. Take what you need relative to the task at hand; if you’re visiting a marketplace, you may want to buy souvenirs and therefore will need a little more pocket money; if you’re going on a hike, perhaps you’ll want to purchase a bottle of water, which doesn’t require you to carry a lot of cash. It’s all common sense.

If you read “How to Avoid Crime in Peru While on Vacation?”, then you will already be aware of some additional tips. If you did not – consider using an under the clothes money belt or a fanny/hip pack, rather than a wallet that someone can pickpocket or a purse that can have the straps cut or otherwise be easily snatched.

Want even more peace of mind? Carry a ‘throwdown’ wallet. If you get in a jam, this is an old or inexpensive wallet that has a small amount of cash, used gift cards, or expired credit cards that you can literally throw down for a would-be mugger. They’ll either grab it and go, or you can make your escape while they collect their ill-gotten ‘treasures’.

Is Crime a Problem in Peru?

No, crime is not a problem in Peru anymore than it is elsewhere in the world. In other words, Peru has crime (like every other nation on Earth), but it’s nothing you can’t avoid with a little common sense. Peru has a well-deserved reputation as a safe country to visit. Travelers to Peru can feel confident exploring villages in the Andes and cities along the northern coast. Peruvians are known for their hospitality and friendliness, and typically make a positive impression on visitors. Follow the advice in the previous sections (especially “How to Avoid Crime in Peru While on Vacation”?) and you should have a great time.

Is Peru Safer Than Mexico?

Peru vs. Mexico – each country boasts beautiful scenery, ruins, and a rich and colorful history. With so many similarities, how do you choose between themt? More importantly, how do you decide which country is safer? In all honesty, both Peru and Mexico have their share of issues with petty theft, drugs, vandalism, and other types of crime, which is why we keep reiterating that it all comes down to common sense.

What we can say is that Peru is making a concerted effort to not only maintain, but increase the annual amount of travelers who come and enjoy the country. Naturally, making sure that travelers have a safe and positive experience is a significant part of ensuring that visitors keep adding Peru to their bucket lists.

From Machu Picchu to the Floating Islands of Uros , there are so many magical things to experience in Peru. You can see them all comfortably and confidently when you choose to travel with Anywhere, our in-country Local Experts have relationships with the hotels, tour providers, and drivers you’ll be using throughout your trip. Have a question or need assistance after you’ve arrived in Peru? You can count on Anywhere’s help and guidance until you land back home. So, when you choose Peru over Mexico, you’re also choosing the ongoing support we offer every step of your journey.

Is Peru Safer Than Ecuador?

Peru vs. Ecuador; the same crimes that are found in other countries in the world are found here. When it comes to remaining safe in these neighboring nations, what you really need to remain aware of is where you visit. Lima, Peru and Guayaquil, Ecuador are two destinations where it’s important to follow the advice of your Anywhere Local Expert, as well as your itinerary. It’s easy to find yourself in an unsafe situation if you don’t know these areas; meanwhile a travel professional will ensure that your accommodations, activities, and transportation keep you away from unsavory neighborhoods from the get-go.

Both Ecuador and Peru are stunning in their own right, but these two Andean countries can offer a very different experience. In Ecuador, you can enjoy plenty of Spanish-Colonial architecture, the Galapagos Islands, and even surfing . In Peru, you’re going to spend most of your time exploring the landscape, learning about traditional customs, and enjoying cultural exchanges. Since Anywhere offers our expertise in each of these destinations, it’s less about which country is safer and more a matter of determining what adventures you want to experience on your next getaway.

Why is Peru Safe to Visit?

Peru is safe to visit because the government and tourism board has a vested interest in ensuring that travelers continue to enjoy everything the nation has to offer. From wonders such as the Nazca Lines and Machu Picchu, to internationally award-winning cuisine and even a museum filled with golden treasures , Peru continues to gain notoriety as a “travel must” – and the nation intends to keep it that way. That means making sure visitors have a pleasant and safe time. This , all of the common sense tips you’ve received in this guide, and the ongoing support of your Anywhere Local Expert are all you need to spend your time in Peru enjoying adventure after adventure.

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Exercise a high degree of caution in Peru overall due to the threat of violent crime.

Higher levels apply in some areas.


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Fire and rescue services, medical emergencies.

Call 117 or go direct to the hospital.

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Exercise a high degree of caution in Peru overall.

Reconsider your need to travel within 20km of the border with Colombia, areas bordering Ecuador in the regions of Loreto, Amazonas and Cajamarca.

Reconsider your need to travel :

  • within 20km of the border with Colombia due to the high risk of violent crime;
  • areas bordering Ecuador in the regions of Loreto, Amazonas and Cajamarca due to the risk of landmines.
  • Political protests, demonstrations and strikes are common in Peru, particularly in the historic centre of Lima. Past demonstrations have turned violent and disrupted public transport services, including trains to and from Machu Picchu. Avoid protests, monitor local media for updates and follow the advice of local authorities.
  • Violent crime is common, including in Lima, Cusco and Arequipa. Avoid going out alone, especially at night. Petty crime is common in public areas, hotels and restaurants. Thieves are often well-dressed. Keep your belongings close and valuables out of sight. Street theft of mobile phones has increased. Avoid using your phone at the curbside, as motorbike riders may snatch it.
  • Travellers using unlicensed taxis have been victims of robbery, assault and rape. Don't hail taxis from the street. Use a phone dispatch service or taxi service app to book a licensed taxi. Criminals target cars stopped at traffic lights. Keep your doors and windows locked, even when moving. Robberies and assaults occur on intercity buses. Avoid placing personal belongings on overhead racks or under your seats. Use only reputable bus companies.
  • Ayahuasca tourism is a growing industry. Serious assaults and robberies occur. Thoroughly research Ayahuasca tour operators before you book.
  • Members of a local terrorist group may still be active in remote areas, particularly the Southern Highlands. Take care when travelling outside of populated regions.

Full travel advice:  Safety

  • Many parts of Peru are at high altitudes. You can develop altitude sickness above 2500m. If you plan to travel to these areas, consult your doctor before leaving. Ensure your travel insurance covers emergency evacuation from altitude and related medical costs.
  • Peru is currently experiencing a major dengue outbreak. To protect yourself from mosquito-borne diseases, make sure your accommodation is insect-proof, use insect repellent and wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing. Consult your doctor before travel for advice on prevention and get advice if you become ill.
  • Yellow fever is a risk in Peru. Get vaccinated before you travel. Zika virus is common in jungle regions. If you're pregnant, discuss your travel plans with your doctor before you leave.
  • Malaria is also a risk in Peru. Consult your doctor about how to prevent malaria.
  • Other infectious diseases include cholera, hepatitis, tuberculosis, typhoid and rabies. Drink boiled or bottled water. Avoid raw or undercooked food. If an animal bites or scratches you, get immediate medical help.

Full travel advice:  Health

  • Don't use or carry illegal drugs. Penalties for drug offences are severe and include lengthy prison sentences. Officials use up-to-date technology to detect drugs. 
  • You must carry photo identification at all times.
  • Be careful when taking photos. It's illegal to photograph infrastructure and military or police sites and personnel. If you're unsure, and local authorities are present, ask them before taking a photograph.
  • Always behave respectfully. Indecent behaviour, including not showing respect at cultural, historical or sacred sites, is against the law. Authorities have detained Australians for this.
  • It's illegal to export antiques and artefacts from pre-colonial Peru. If you want to buy and export a reproduction, use a reputable dealer who can provide the right documents.
  • Dual nationals aged under 18 must travel with both of their passports. Children travelling with one parent or unaccompanied children must carry a notarial permit ('permiso notarial') from the non-travelling parent(s) to depart Peru. This applies if they have resident status in Peru or have stayed in Peru for over 183 days in one year. 

Full travel advice:  Local laws

  • Tourists don't need a visa. You can get a permit to stay for up to 90 days when you arrive. If you overstay your permit, you'll have to pay a fine before leaving the country. Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. You should contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Peru for the latest details.
  • Follow the advice of local authorities, as restrictions may change at short notice.
  • Emergency passports can be used to enter, transit or depart Peru, as long as it has at least 6 months validity.
  • If you're entering Ecuador via the land border with Peru, you must present an apostilled police check covering the previous 5 years. Ensure you meet all current entry requirements. 

Full travel advice:  Travel

Local contacts

  • The  Consular Services Charter  details what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
  • Contact the  Australian Embassy in Lima  for consular assistance.
  • To stay up to date with local information, follow the Embassy’s social media accounts.

Full travel advice:  Local contacts

Full advice

Violent crime.

Violent crime is common in Peru, including in the cities of:

Violent crimes include:

  • sexual assault
  • armed robbery and muggings
  • carjackings

You could encounter: 

  • armed robbery and  assault  on Amazon River boats
  • theft as you sleep on intercity bus routes between Lima, Ica, Nazca and Cusco
  • assault and robbery at gunpoint on intercity buses
  • bogus roadblocks or checkpoints on roads outside major cities after dark

If you're sexually assaulted and decide to report it to the police, do it as soon as you can. You can expect to be examined to obtain forensic evidence as part of the investigation. If you delay reporting, you may experience more scrutiny by local authorities and some evidence may be lost.

Road-based crime

Travellers using unlicensed taxis have been victims of robbery, assault and rape.

Use a phone dispatch service or taxi service app to book a licensed taxi. Ask for help from staff at hotels, hostels, restaurants or entertainment venues. Be careful and pay attention to suspicious behaviour, even when taking transport booked via apps. If possible, avoid taking taxis or ride-shares by yourself. 

To protect yourself from road-based crime:

  • keep vehicle doors locked and windows up, even when moving
  • avoid going out alone, especially at night
  • don't place belongings on overhead racks or under bus seats
  • monitor the local media for potential hotspots
  • don't leave your luggage unattended

Petty crime

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and bag snatching, is common. Thieves are often well dressed.

Criminals target people walking alone after dark, especially leaving bars or nightclubs.

Thieves frequently target mobile phones. Be aware of your surroundings before using your mobile phone in public spaces and be discreet while using it. Avoid using your phone curb-side on the street, as you may be targeted by snatch-and-grab thieves on motorcycles.

Hotspots for thieves include:

  • public areas
  • conference centres
  • restaurants

Smash-and-grab attacks are common in various locations around Lima and other cities. Thieves snatch items from cars stopped at traffic lights. 

If you plan to go on a cruise, check the company has adequate security before booking.

Personal security

Travellers in Peru can be victims of:

  • food or drink spiking, followed by robbery or assault
  • ' express kidnappings ', where kidnappers force victims to withdraw money from ATMs before releasing them

To protect yourself from crime:

  • don't accept drinks, food, gum or cigarettes from strangers or people you have just met
  • don't leave food or drink unattended
  • exchange money in banks, exchange bureaus or in your hotel
  • use ATMs in banks, shopping centres or hotels where possible

Border areas

Travel to the region within 20km of the border with Colombia is dangerous.

Armed guerrilla forces from Colombia sometimes enter Peru's remote areas.

Drug traffickers operate in:

  • the border area between Peru and Colombia
  • the valley of the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro rivers (VRAEM region)

Take additional precautions in these areas. 

Ayahuasca tourism

Ayahuasca tourism is a growing industry in the jungle regions. Shamans perform psychedelic rituals of spiritual cleansing.

Ayahuasca is not illegal, but some participants have been assaulted, including sexual assault, and robbed.

Ceremonies often take place in remote areas with no access to medical or mental health resources and limited communication with local authorities.

Most facilities lack basic first aid or emergency plans for people who suffer physical or mental effects after ceremonies. Participants report symptoms from being more alert but out of control through to amnesia.

If you decide to take part in ayahuasca tourism:

  • research potential ayahuasca tour operators before signing up
  • avoid participating in ayahuasca rituals without a trusted friend present

Cyber security 

You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you’re connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth.

Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions, or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.

More information:

  • Cyber security when travelling overseas

Kidnapping occurs across the world with political, ideological, and criminal motives. Foreigners, including Australians, have been kidnapped overseas whilst travelling. Kidnaps can happen anywhere, anytime, including in destinations that are typically at lower risk.  

Kidnapping in Peru occurs and is primarily perpetrated by criminal groups. Express kidnapping is relatively common, particularly in urban areas. A large proportion of the incidents take place in Lima. Tourists travelling alone are particularly at risk.

If, despite our advice, you travel to an area with a high risk of kidnapping, our ability to provide consular assistance in these destinations will be limited.  

To reduce the risk of kidnapping:  

  • always be alert to your personal security and surroundings  
  • get professional security advice for travel in locations with a heightened kidnap risk  
  • check your accommodation has appropriate security measures  
  • avoid isolated locations, particularly when travelling alone  
  • notify family or friends of planned travel and share your location   
  • avoid talking about your money or business affairs  
  • use ATMs in public places and during daylight hours  
  • avoid giving personal details to strangers online or over the phone  

The Australian Government's longstanding policy is that it doesn't make payments or concessions to kidnappers. Ransom payments to kidnappers have funded further terrorist attacks and criminal activity. Paying a ransom to terrorist groups will likely break Australian counter-terrorism financing laws.  

More information:  

Civil unrest and political tension

Demonstrations and protests .

Demonstrations and protests occur frequently in Peru. These can cause some disruption to travel services throughout the country and sometimes turn violent. These include airport and land border closures, railways, roads and river blockades. In Lima, the historic centre is often the site of demonstrations. 

States of emergency may be implemented in response to civil unrest, allowing the armed forces to support the police in maintaining law and order. Some civil rights could be suspended. For information on states of emergency, visit the legal gazette  El Peruano official newspaper  (in Spanish).

If you plan to travel by road, research your planned route carefully, including regularly checking the  official list of road closures  (in Spanish), and take precautions to ensure your safety. 

National or regional strikes can be called at short notice, further disrupting domestic air travel, public transport and road networks.

To protect yourself during periods of unrest:

  • monitor the media for updates
  • avoid areas affected by demonstrations and protests
  • follow the advice of local authorities
  • contact your airline or tour operator to confirm arrangements before you travel

If you're near a demonstration, leave if it's safe to do so. It's illegal for foreigners in Peru to participate in political activities, including demonstrations against the government. You may face detention or deportation if you take part in a demonstration. 

  • Demonstrations and civil unrest

Members of a local terrorist group may still be in isolated areas throughout Peru, especially in the Central and Southern Highlands, including the Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro rivers (VRAEM).

Take care if you travel to:

  • Huancavelica

These places may harbour members of the Shining Path terrorist movement.

To protect yourself from terrorism:

  • be alert to possible threats, especially in the Southern Highlands
  • take official warnings seriously
  • report any suspicious activity or items to the police

If there's an attack, leave the area as soon as it's safe. Avoid areas affected in case of secondary attacks.

Terrorism is a threat worldwide.

Tours and adventure activities

Australians have died from injuries sustained in  adventure travel  accidents in Peru.

Ziplining, rafting, diving, sand-dune buggy-riding and other adventure tour operators are not always regulated and don't always follow safety and maintenance standards.

The Inca Trail closes in February each year for maintenance. Some companies will still operate.

Heavy rainfall can make parts of the trail impassable and dangerous.

If you plan to do an adventure activity:

  • check if your travel insurance policy covers it
  • ask about and insist on minimum safety requirements
  • always use available safety gear, such as life jackets or seatbelts

If proper safety equipment isn't available, use another provider.

To reduce your risks:

  • seek advice from local authorities
  • adjust your plans if the weather makes conditions unsafe
  • monitor weather conditions
  • use an experienced guide on the Inca Trail or other treks

Tourism assistance or complaints

Contact your provider with any complaints about tourist services or products.

Phone iPeru: +51 1 574-8000 (tourist assistance service with English-speaking personnel)

Climate and natural disasters

Due to the weather conditions, some parts of Peru have imposed a State of Emergency for severe climate conditions. This may cause some travel service disruptions and restricted inter-provincial road travel. Some tourist attractions may be temporarily closed. For information on states of emergency, please visit the legal gazette  El Peruano official newspaper  (in Spanish).

Peru can experience  natural disasters  and  severe weather , such as:

  • earthquakes
  • volcanic eruptions

To protect yourself if a natural disaster is approaching:

  • secure your passport in a safe, waterproof location
  • monitor local media and other sources
  • keep in contact with friends and family
  • contact your tour operator or airline
  • Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System

Severe weather

Peru has a variety of climates. The rainy season is from November to May.

Flooding and landslides are common in the Andes during this period.

Rail and air services may be disrupted.

Heavy rain can cause flooding and landslides in the Andes mountain range, affecting:

  • Machu Picchu
  • the Inca Trail
  • Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town)

This can result in travel delays.

Earthquakes and tsunamis

Peru is in an active earthquake zone.  Earthquakes  and tsunamis can occur.

A tsunami can arrive very soon after a nearby tremor or earthquake.

Be alert to warnings. 

If you're near the coast, move immediately to high ground if advised by local authorities or if you:

  • feel a strong earthquake that makes it hard to stand up
  • feel a weak, rolling earthquake that lasts a minute or more
  • see a sudden rise or fall in sea level
  • hear loud and unusual noises from the sea

Don't wait for official warnings, such as alarms or sirens. Once on high ground, monitor local media.

  • U.S Tsunami Warning Centers  (United States government)
  • Geophysical Institute of Peru  (in Spanish)
  • Hydrography and Navigation Directorate of Peru  (in Spanish)

Several volcanoes in southern Peru are active. Ubinas volcano in the Moquegua region and Sabancaya volcano in the Arequipa region have erupted multiple times.

Eruptions can occur at any time and without warning.

Exposure to volcanic ash, dust and toxic fumes can harm your health, especially if you have existing respiratory problems.

To protect yourself if there's an eruption:

  • stay inside with windows and doors shut
  • put damp towels at door thresholds and other draft sources if ash is falling
  • monitor local media for advice on possible risks

If you need to go outside, avoid contact with ash. Wear a disposable face mask and change it frequently. Wear long clothing and goggles.

Seek local advice on recent volcanic activity before hiking or trekking near active volcanoes.

  • Geophysical Institute of Peru Instituto Geofisico del Peru (IGP) (in Spanish)
  • Geology, Mineralogy and Metallurgy Institute Instituto Geologico Minero y Metalurigico (INGEMMET) (in Spanish)

Travel insurance

Get comprehensive  travel insurance  before you leave.

Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.

If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.

If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.

  • what activities and care your policy covers
  • that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away

Physical and mental health

Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition. 

See your doctor or travel clinic to:

  • have a basic health check-up
  • ask if your travel plans may affect your health
  • plan any vaccinations you need

Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.

If you have immediate concerns for your welfare or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your  nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate  to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.

  • General health advice
  • Healthy holiday tips  (Healthdirect Australia)


Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.

If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Peru. Take enough legal medicine for your trip.

Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:

  • what the medication is
  • your required dosage
  • that it's for personal use only
  • Medic ation

Health risks

Altitude sickness.

You're at risk of  altitude sickness  if you travel above 2500m. The risk is greater if your ascent is rapid.

Altitude sickness can be life-threatening and can affect anyone, even if you're healthy.

You're more at risk of altitude sickness if you:

  • have had altitude sickness before
  • exercise or drink alcohol before you get used to the altitude
  • have health problems that affect breathing

Many areas of Peru are above 2500m, including:

  • Colca Canyon
  • Puno and Lake Titicaca

See your doctor for specific advice.

Check if your insurance covers emergency evacuation from altitude and related medical costs.

Insect-borne diseases

Peru is currently experiencing a major  dengue  outbreak. Monitor local media for up-to-date advice on risk levels in particular areas.

Yellow fever  is widespread in Peru. Yellow fever is a potentially fatal virus spread by mosquitoes. It's prevented by vaccination. Get vaccinated before you travel.

Zika virus  is also widespread across Peru. If you're pregnant, the Australian Department of Health recommends that you:

  • discuss any travel plans with your doctor
  • consider deferring non-essential travel to affected areas

Malaria  is also a risk in Peru.

To protect yourself from disease:

  • make sure your accommodation is insect-proof
  • use insect repellent
  • wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing

Consult your doctor about how to prevent malaria.

Get medical advice if you have a fever, muscle pain, rash or severe headache.

Other health risks

Waterborne, foodborne, parasitic, and other infectious diseases are common. These include:

  • tuberculosis

Severe outbreaks sometimes occur.

To protect yourself from illness:

  • drink boiled water or bottled water with sealed lids
  • avoid ice cubes
  • avoid raw and undercooked food, such as salads
  • avoid contact with dogs and other mammals

Medical care

Medical facilities are adequate in major cities but limited elsewhere.

Doctors and hospitals often require payment before they will treat you, including for emergency care.

If you become seriously ill or injured, you may need to be evacuated to a place with suitable facilities. Medical evacuation can be very expensive.

You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.

If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian government will do what it can to help you under our  Consular Services Charter . But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.

Travelling with children

Children under 18 years old travelling on an Australian passport must obtain written permission (Autorización de Viaje Notarial) from the non-travelling parent(s) to leave the country. This applies if they have resident status or have stayed in Peru for over 183 days in one year. For more information, see the Peruvian government's  website . 

Penalties for drug offences are severe. They include lengthy prison sentences. Prison conditions in Peru are challenging.  Don't carry or use illegal drugs .

Trained staff use technology to detect illegal drugs at Lima's International Airport and throughout Peru.

Australians have been jailed for long periods for drug offences.

States of Emergency

Local authorities sometimes invoke a state of emergency. It gives the government special legal powers in response to civil unrest, crime, health concerns or natural disasters. Peru's armed forces can support the Police in the control of law and order. Some civil rights may be suspended and curfews imposed.

If a state of emergency happens in an area you're visiting:

Information on states of emergency is published in the legal gazette  El Peruano official newspaper  (in Spanish).

Proof of identity

You must carry photo identification at all times. The Peruvian Police may ask to see it. Failure to show identification may result in detention.

It's illegal to photograph military or police sites and personnel.

Indecent behaviour, such as not showing respect at cultural, historical or sacred sites, is against the law. Australians have been detained for this.

It's illegal to export handicrafts or goods of cultural or historical significance. If you want to buy or export copies of these, you'll need permission from Peru's National Institute for Culture. Call +51 1 321 5560.

It's also illegal to export antiques and artefacts from pre-colonial Peru. If you want to buy and export a reproduction, use a reputable dealer with the right documents.

Do not leave Peru with coca leaves, coca tea bags or similar products.

It is illegal to remove certain fauna and flora items from Peru. 

Australian laws

Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you’re overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.

  • Staying within the law and respecting customs

Dual citizenship

Peru recognises dual citizenship. You must enter and exit Peru using the same nationality.

  • Dual nationals
  • Advice for people travelling with children

Visas and border measures

Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering. 

Australian tourists don't need a visa. You can get a permit to stay for up to 90 days when you arrive. The maximum stay permitted is 183 days in one year. If you overstay your permit, you'll have to pay a fine before leaving the country.

In other situations, you'll need to apply for a visa through an  embassy or consulate of Peru .

Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. You can contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Peru for the latest details. They'll tell you about visas, currency, customs and other travel requirements.

Border measures

International airports in Peru will not issue immigration entry or departure stamps. Only digital records will be kept of entry and exit from the country by air.

You can check the number of days you have been granted to stay legally in Peru, on the Peruvian Immigration Office  website  (in Spanish).

If you enter Peru from Bolivia either by walking or by bus or taxi, you must make sure your passport is stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp at the immigration office in Desaguadero or Copacabana (Puno region). You'll need to go to the immigration checkpoint, as they won't seek you out.

If you enter Peru overland from Ecuador, you must make sure your passport is stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp at the local immigration office. You may need to ask for directions to the immigration office. Most people crossing the border with Ecuador enter Peru through Aguas Verdes (Tumbes region). If your passport is not stamped at the border with Ecuador, you can have it stamped at the Immigration Office in the city of Tumbes.

If you haven't arranged an entry stamp to evidence your entry at land borders or seaports, you'll need to apply for an exit or expulsion order at the Immigration Office in Lima. You won't be allowed to leave Peru without this, and these orders may prevent you from re-entering Peru for up to 10 years.

Only cross the border at official checkpoints.

Ensure you also get an exit stamp from the country you're departing.

Travel via the United States

If you're travelling through the US, you must meet US entry and transit requirements.

Check your visa requirements with a  US embassy or consulate  well in advance of your travel.

  • Travel advice for the US

Travel via Chile

If you’re travelling via Chile, ensure you meet all current entry or transit requirements.

  • Travel advice for Chile

Travel to Ecuador

If you're entering Ecuador via the land border with Peru, you must present an apostilled police check covering the previous 5 years. Ensure you meet all current entry requirements.

  • Travel advice for Ecuador

Yellow fever vaccination

You may need a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter Peru. Some airlines may want to see one when you leave.

If you've visited Peru in the previous 6 days, you'll need a valid certificate to enter Australia.

Find out about returning to Australia  after exposure to yellow fever .

You need to have at least 6 months validity remaining in your passport to enter Peru.

Emergency travel documents can be used to enter, transit, or depart Peru as long as they have at least 6 months of validity from the moment of entry in Peru.

Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.

Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.

You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.

The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting  a new passport .

Lost or stolen passport

Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.

Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.

If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:

  • In Australia, contact the  Australian Passport Information Service .
  • If you're overseas, contact the nearest  Australian embassy or consulate .
  • After contacting the Australian Embassy in Lima, visit a Peruvian Immigration Office or go to Lima International Airport to get an entry stamp for your new passport. Check  Superintendencia Nacional de Migraciones (Spanish)  to find the nearest office.

If you leave Peru with a replacement passport different from the passport you entered Peru (e.g., an emergency passport), you'll need to show a Police report for the loss of the previous passport to the Immigration officers at the moment of departure.     

Passport with ‘X’ gender identifier 

Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can’t guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest  embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination  before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.

  • LGBTQIA+ travellers

The local currency is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN).

Declare all amounts more than of $US10,000 in any currency on arrival. This covers all forms of currency, not only cash. The maximum amount permitted is $US 30,000 or equivalent.

ATM facilities are widely available.

Credit cards are usually accepted.

Beware of counterfeit currency  scams  from unofficial money changers.

Local travel

Landmines are being removed but remain a threat in some regions, including:

  • Amazonas (Cordillera del Condor)

Cross the Peru-Ecuador border at official checkpoints.

Driving permit

You can use your Australian driver's license to drive in Peru for the duration of a tourist visa (maximum 183 days in one year). If you're staying in Peru longer, you'll need an International Driving Permit (IDP). 

Road travel

You're more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident in Peru than in Australia.

Driving hazards include:

  • poorly maintained roads and vehicles
  • aggressive local driving practices
  • poor road lighting

Fatal traffic accidents are common and often involve intercity buses.

Travelling by road outside major cities after dark is dangerous due to the risk of criminal activity. This includes bogus roadblocks or checkpoints.

If you plan to drive:

  • check you have adequate insurance cover
  • learn local traffic laws and practices
  • Driving or riding


Your travel insurance policy may not cover you when riding a motorbike, quad bike or similar vehicle.

Always wear a helmet.

Travellers using unlicensed taxis have been victims of  robbery , assault and rape.

To stay safe when you arrive in Peru, either:

  • arrange a taxi at the counter in Lima's international airport
  • use your hotel transfer service
  • book a reputable transfer service

To protect yourself if you're travelling by taxi:

  • don't hail taxis from the street
  • book through an app-based service
  • ask the staff at hotels, hostels, restaurants or places of entertainment to book a licensed taxi
  • Lima Airport Partner website

Public transport

Intercity buses can be involved in road accidents. They can also be targeted by criminals.

Use a reputable transport or bus company to reduce risks.

Check the safest intercity bus companies with the  Peruvian Ministry of Transportation (Spanish) .

  • Transport and getting around safely  

Demonstrations, strikes and derailments can disrupt train travel, including those operating between Arequipa-Cusco-Puno and Cusco-Ollantaytambo-Machu Picchu.

Sea and boat travel

Armed criminals can target riverboats in the Amazon region.

Foreigners, including Australians, are assaulted and robbed every year on boats.

If you are travelling along a river on a cruise in the Amazonian area, check your cruise company has adequate security arrangements before booking.

A number of international cruise liners visit Peru.

  • Going on a cruise
  • Travelling by boats

Light aircraft and helicopter flights may be hazardous due to a variety of conditions. These include changeable weather and harsh geography.

Before you book a scenic flight over the Nazca Lines, check the airline company:

  • is licensed
  • has a good safety record

DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.

Check  Peru's air safety profile  with the Aviation Safety Network.


Depending on what you need, contact your:

  • family and friends
  • travel agent
  • insurance provider

The Peruvian government has 24-hour i-Peru offices in major airports and cities. Call +51 1 574 8000.

Ambulance services in Lima

  • +51 1 225 4040 (Alerta Medica)
  • +51 1 467 4861 (Clave 5)
  • +51 95993 7312 (Plan Vital)

Visit the nearest police station or tourist police office. There are tourist police at the International Airport and popular tourist spots.

Always get a police report when you report a crime.

Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.

Consular contacts

Read the  Consular Services Charter  for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.

Australian Embassy, Lima

Avenida La Paz 1049, 10th Floor  Miraflores, Lima, 18, Peru

Phone: +51 1 630 0500 Fax: +51 1 630 0520 Email:  [email protected] Website:  peru.embassy.gov.au/lima Facebook:  Australia en Perú y Bolivia X:  @embauslima Instagram: @embauslima

Australia has a Consulate headed by an Honorary Consul in Cusco. The Consulate provides limited consular assistance. It does not provide visa and immigration services, notarial services or issue passports. For full consular services, contact the Australian Embassy in Lima.

Australian Consulate, Cusco

Ms Tammy Gordon Calle Ruinas 477, Cusco, Peru

Phone: +51 0 84 259230 Email:  [email protected]

24-hour Consular Emergency Centre

In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:

  • +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
  • 1300 555 135 in Australia


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Machu Picchu

Safe Travels

Peruvian destinations with this stamp

Machu Picchu Cusco

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What is Safe Travels?

It is a distinction awarded to places that comply with a set of protocols designed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to clearly set out which destinations follow a general health policy in the tourism industry. By seeing the Safe Travels stamp, tourist can therefore be confident and recognize the safe tourist destinations.

Sources: Promperú / Cenfotur

Returning to tourism is a gradual process but increasingly encouraging. And how can we not to be hopeful when there are more and more destinations in Peru where you can be sure that travelling is totally feasible. You may travel around the country with the safety and health granted by the Safe Travels stamp, a world award given to some destinations in Peru.

On the Coast

To the north, you can relax on the lush beaches of Piura or Tumbes. Máncora, El Amor, Las Pocitas, Los Órganos, Vichayito, Punta Veleros and Cabo Blanco, in Piura; and Zorritos and Punta Sal, in Tumbes. Also, the Manglares de Tumbes and Puerto Pizarro, as well as the Cabeza de Vaca Archaeological Circuit received the approval to accommodate visitors. Meanwhile, you can plan your vacations in Lima, in the district of Miraflores, which have an enviable range of activities.

On the Coast

In the Highlands

You can be accommodated in the downtown of Cusco without any difficulties. Also, you can take a trip to the most visited destination of our country, Machu Picchu, which strictly comply with sanitary restrictions.

In the Highlands

In the Amazon

In the San Martin region, you can visit the cities of Tarapoto and Alto Mayo. You can also visit Loreto and destinations such as the city of Iquitos, the Amazon River and the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve have all the protocols to ensure your peace of mind during your stay.

In the Amazon

Know Peru safely

Your safety is first. Therefore, we show here the destinations with the Safe Travels stamp, a certification that ensures the necessary health measures and is backed by the World Travels and Tourism Council.

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Peru Travel Guide

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Why is Peru worth visiting?

Peru is a diverse country, with a variety of regions offering everything a traveler could want. Among the stunning natural landscapes of Machu Picchu and the Amazon Rainforest and the buzzing cultural hubs of Lima and Arequipa, discover delicious cuisine and welcoming people.

Is Peru cheap to visit?

Peru is a relatively affordable destination for travelers with plenty of budget options for accommodation and restaurants. However, tours can be expensive, and there are high-end and luxury options for everything if your budget allows it.

Can I drink tap water in Peru?

For most places in the country, it is not recommended to drink tap water. You can buy bottled water or, better still, invest in a water purifier to reduce plastic consumption.

Do I need a visa for traveling in Peru?

Tourists from the majority of countries, including the US and most of Europe, can enter Peru for up to 90 days without a visa.

Tip: Check your country’s entry requirements well in advance, as some places are subject to stricter visa rules.

What language do they speak in Peru?

The official languages of Peru are Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara. Spanish is spoken by the majority of the population, with Quechua and other indigenous languages being heard more in the mountains and rural areas.

Do I need travel insurance for Peru?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for any trip and protects you in the event of illness, accidents, cancellations, and lost luggage. It will also give you peace of mind to explore the country worry-free!

Is Peru safe?

Peru is generally safe for travelers, but it is always good to be aware of your surroundings, especially in big cities and at night. Keep an eye on news reports and government websites for security updates.

What power plug type does Peru have?

There are several different plug types in Peru, with types A and B being the most common. It’s recommended to bring a universal travel adaptor which can be used for all outlets.

Why do people love Peru?

Peru is loved by many for its incredible natural scenery, delicious cuisine, friendly hospitality, and rich cultural heritage. Its variety of landscapes, including the coast, mountains, and rainforest, as well as colorful cities like Lima and Cusco, offer something for everyone.

Traveling in Peru

Peru offers a little bit of everything for the adventurous traveler – whether trekking among the peaks of Machu Picchu, paragliding off the edge of Lima, or paddling downriver in the awe-inspiring Amazon Rainforest. You can be exploring rainbow-colored mountains one day and be trekking across deserts the next, all while enjoying rich culture, incredible food, and a warm welcome from the locals.

How to Plan Your Trip to Peru

Follow our Peru travel guides to plan your once-in-a-lifetime trip! Start with the Best Things to Do in Peru to get an idea of where you’d like to visit before diving into our specific destination guides like Machu Picchu and Lima. If you’re planning a longer trip, read our Ultimate 3-Week Itinerary, which includes all the main highlights of the country and takes the hassle out of your Peru holiday planning.

Best Time to Visit Peru

The climate in Peru varies between its regions, so it can be visited year-round. Here’s a summary of the weather in Peru so you can plan the perfect trip!

Winter (May-October): These months see the dry season arrive in the mountains. It’s also the best time to visit Peru for an epic backpacking trip around the country, where you’ll have clear sunny days in most areas for sightseeing and exploring. This is also a great time to visit Machu Picchu, as you will have the best visibility to experience the ancient Incan city. Although it is relatively warm during the day, at night, temperatures can drop below freezing in the mountains, so pack plenty of layers.

If you’re visiting the Amazon during this time, there will be clearer days with slightly less rain, and the water levels are low, making it easier for trekking.

Tip: Try to avoid the peak tourist months of July and August when it will be most crowded.

Summer (November-April): The Peruvian summer is the best time to visit Peru cities like Lima and the coastal areas, as it’s much warmer (up to 35°C / 95°F), with little chance of rain. Spend the balmy days on the beach and explore what the capital has to offer.

This time is also the wet season in the Amazon, when the jungle is at its most lush, and there is a higher chance of seeing wildlife. The water level is high, meaning most waterways are navigable by boat — great for tours!

Coastlines and Beaches in Peru

There are many hidden gems on Peru’s coastline waiting to be explored! Although not known for its beaches, there are over 1,500 miles of rugged Pacific coast, bordered by misshapen cliffs and desert-like landscapes.

One of the most famous coastal areas to discover on your Peru holiday borders the city of Lima. Head to Miraflores or Barranco for the perfect mix of urban life and beach relaxation; simply chill on the sand, walk along the promenade, or make the most of the strong winds by kitesurfing.

For something more natural, head for the Paracas Peninsula, a sandy moon-like landscape famous for the Paracas National Reserve. It’s undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Peru — ideal for spotting various types of birds, including the flamingo.

Alternatively, the more adventurous travelers should consider the wavy coast of Máncora, a party town popular with surfers and kitesurfers who come to enjoy the great swell and high winds. There’s even the option for divers, both advanced and beginners, to get out into the ocean and make the most of Peru’s marine life.

Whether you’re looking for relaxation, adventure, or wildlife, Peru’s coastline and beaches offer something surprising for everyone. Follow our Peru travel guides to make the most of the country’s coastal havens.

Food, Culture, and Religion in Peru

Peru has a rich cultural heritage with so much to experience in terms of food, art, and religious festivals. Dive into our Peru travel guides to discover more about this fascinating country!

Food: Peru has an incredibly diverse cuisine, with influences from Europe, Africa, and Asia based around traditional indigenous ingredients like potato and corn. The national dish of ceviche, fresh seafood ‘cooked’ in lime juice, is a must-try while on your vacation in Peru, while the stir-fry dish lomo saltado showcases the unique fusion of Peruvian and Chinese cuisine. The best place to visit in Peru for foodies is Lima, an internationally renowned culinary capital with many traditional and international restaurants to discover.

Culture: Peru has a long and fascinating history, with Incan, European, Asian, and African influences that have shaped the country and given it its unique culture. A third of the population identifies as indigenous, with Quechua and Aymara, as well as hundreds of other indigenous languages, prevalent in the mountains and rural areas of Peru. During your vacation in Peru, discover the sacred significance of the Andes and the Amazon, experience colorful religious festivals filled with traditional music and dance, and browse street markets full of locally made artwork and handicrafts.

Religion: Although the main religion in Peru is Roman Catholicism, there is still a strong presence of indigenous spirituality and traditions. This unique cultural blend can be seen in the many religious festivals throughout the country, which bring flashes of color and music to every town and city.

Why You Should Travel to Peru

Peru has an incredibly diverse mix of landscapes, cultures, internationally renowned cuisine, and warm, friendly people – everything you need for a fantastic trip!

Home to one of the seven wonders of the world (and the best thing to do in Peru), Machu Picchu, it’s no surprise the nation draws visitors from all over the world. The ancient Incan city is just one of many incredible landscapes in Peru; discover the hidden lagoon of Huacachina in the middle of the desert, the rainbow-colored mountain of Palccoyo, and, of course, the lush and vibrant Amazon jungle.

Peru is also home to a diverse range of wildlife, which you can find throughout the country, but particularly in the Amazon. Take a boat tour or trek along beautiful trails and witness sloths, dolphins, and colorful birds in their natural habitat; it’s one of the best things to do in Peru!

Safety and Travel Advice in Peru

Enjoy your vacation in Peru to the fullest by taking the necessary precautions to enjoy a safe trip. The following tips help visitors get the most out of their journey.

Crime and Safety in Peru

Although Peru is generally safe for tourists, it’s always a good idea to take precautions and be aware of your surroundings and belongings, particularly in bigger cities and at night. There has been an increase in political protests in the last year, mainly in the center of Lima, so avoid these where possible.

Natural Disasters

Although unlikely, keep an eye on the news and government websites for natural disasters and extreme weather like earthquakes, volcanoes, and flash floods.

Check what vaccinations you need before traveling, particularly if you plan on visiting the Amazon, where malaria is more common. Avoid drinking tap water by buying water or using a water purifier. Be aware of the effects of altitude sickness while traveling in the mountains.

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10 things to know before traveling to Peru

Agnes Rivera

Nov 26, 2023 • 6 min read

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Aim to visit Cuzco during the shoulder months, just before or at the tail end of the rainy season © andresr / Getty Images

Peru is a megadiverse country, offering countless adventures and cultural experiences for the intrepid – as well as potentially endless head-scratching and headache-inducing occurrences for the uninformed traveler. 

Whether you plan to stay put in the capital or venture on a circuit through each geographical region , it’s always advantageous to have local insight. Here are some of the top things to know before traveling to Peru . 

People walking outside of the glass-fronted international terminal at the Lima airport in Peru

1. Peru’s only international airport is in Lima

Until the Chinchero Airport (a 45-minute drive from Cuzco ) is finished, all international air passengers to Peru will first touch land in the metropolitan area of Lima , via the Jorge Chávez International Airport. 

From the airport to San Isidro, Miraflores or Barranco – neighboring districts of Lima that make up the capital’s tourist-friendly trifecta – it's usually a 40-minute taxi ride outside of rush hour. 

Don’t try to pick up a taxi outside of arrivals nor from the chaotic street just beyond the airport limit; instead, choose from any of the authorized companies represented just after customs. For travelers on a budget , the safest option is the Airport Express Lima bus (with transfers to and from Miraflores only). 

2. The shoulder months are the best time to visit Cuzco 

The Cuzco region has two marked seasons: the rainy season (November to April) and the dry (May to October). When the rain is in full effect, areas like the idyllic Sacred Valley turn lush with native crops and tourism is comparatively low.

That said, the wet climate makes the period between January and March especially difficult (and even dangerous, in some cases) for epic hikes. 

The dry months are ideal for trekking and most adventure sports – though as a direct correlation, tourism is at its highest then. The best time to visit Cuzco? Aim for the shoulder months , just before the rain (October) or at its tail end (May).  

A group of hikers look out over a valley along the Inca Trail in Peru

3. Book well in advance for Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and the Inca Trail

Is it possible to snag last-minute entry tickets to Machu Picchu ? Sure, it can happen – but as Peru’s most popular tourist attraction, it doesn't make sense to risk it.

Purchase your entry ticket at least one month in advance, especially if planning to visit the Unesco World Heritage Site between June and August (the busiest months for international visitors). 

While you're at it, consider adding on the entry to Huayna Picchu, the tall peak that appears behind the citadel in classic Machu Picchu photos. Only 200 visitors a day are able to make the steep, hour-long ascent that leads to a privileged bird’s eye view of the archaeological site.

Cuzco's dry months are also the high season for one of Peru’s most epic hikes , the Inca Trail. This trek requires a permit that can only be purchased through an organized tour. Keep in mind the trail closes every February for maintenance. 

4. In Peru, just one cheek kiss will do to say hello or goodbye

For some travelers, Peru’s salutation may seem too close for comfort, while others – we're looking at you, Italians – will see it as half-finished. 

When meeting or greeting someone of the opposite sex or in the case of two women, Peruvians will offer an air kiss on one side of the face. Call it a lingering effect of machismo culture, but men typically greet each other with a simple handshake and hug. 

Don't try to enter or leave a party without greeting everyone, be it with a hug or air kiss, as that will appear disrespectful.

A colorful fruit and vegetable stand in Surquillo Market, Lima, Peru

5. Keep soles and centimos on hand, especially outside of major tourist zones 

Credit card acceptance and even payment applications are commonplace in bustling cities, like Lima and Cuzco, though you will want to keep local currency (sol) on hand at all times. 

You can’t miss a visit to open-air markets, such as those in Lima's Surquillo neighborhood  and the San Pedro market in Cuzco, where vendors prefer cash. While at the market, pick up a small coin purse as public transportation and restrooms run on pocket change. 

And for towns outside of the typical tourist circuit – think Tumbes in the north or Ayacucho in south-central Peru –  cash on hand is a must. 

6. Tipping may not be a local custom, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t

When it comes to dining out in Peru, there is no standard for tipping. That said, Peru’s tipping culture (or lack thereof) should be an exception to the rule of “do as the locals do.” As a visitor, go ahead and leave your waiter, barista or hostess a tip that seems appropriate to you.  

7. No, your watch doesn’t need to be reset, it’s just the "hora Peruana"

La hora Peruana (Peruvian time) refers to the stereotype of Peruvians showing up late – not just 15 minutes late but upwards of an hour late.

The phrase is tossed around amongst Peruvians and expats alike, as we’ve all struggled with that landlord, friend or coworker who says they’ll be there in the morning and are a no-show until after lunch. 

Of course, la hora Peruana is a generalization, but it’s best to be mentally prepared in case someone you made plans with doesn’t show up on the dot...or anywhere close to it. 

8. Keep spare toilet paper in your pocket –  but never flush it!

Public restrooms in Peru are infamous with international travelers. From seatless toilets to humble holes in the ground, we’ve seen it all, but those squeamish moments are nothing you can’t survive. 

Follow bathroom etiquette and toss toilet paper in the wastebasket rather than flush it. Public restrooms usually aren’t stocked with toilet paper, so keep a travel-size roll in your day bag, or be prepared to pay 50 cents for a few squares upon entry.

9. Eat and drink with your gut health in mind

Let’s be honest, Peru likely became your destination of choice partly because of the reputation and recognition of its gastronomic scene . 

Your senses will be tantalized by the unique kick of ají pepper in a ceviche, the sounds of sizzling suri  (palm-weevil larvae) or the pink froth topping a glass of frutillada  (traditional chicha , or fermented corn beer, blended with strawberries)  –  classic street-food items, depending on which region of Peru you’re visiting. 

When it comes to street food – and especially drinks, as Peru does not have clean tap water – there’s always a risk for “travelers’ stomach.” If you have any doubt, play it safe and wait until you get to a recommended restaurant to try that dish you’ve been eyeing.

Female tourist sits in the foreground facing the colorful striated peaks of Vinicunca, or Rainbow Mountain.

10. Take a full day (if not two) to acclimate before any high-altitude activity

No matter how much physical training you've accomplished at sea level prior to your trip, arriving at high-altitude destinations like Cuzco – 3399m (11,152ft) above sea level – can be brutal. 

And what could be worse than dizziness, nausea and other symptoms of soroche (altitude sickness) keeping you from bucket-list hikes, such as Vinicunca, better known as Rainbow Mountain, 5200m (17,060ft) above sea level? 

When planning your trip, include a day or two to acclimate before starting any physically demanding activity. Stay hydrated and avoid heavy food and alcohol. And whether or not you decide to take altitude pills, consider local remedies, such as muña tea and coca leaves.

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Peru Travel Guide

Last Updated: September 1, 2023

Machu Picchu, Peru with light fog flowing through the ruins

Travelers flock to Peru to hike the famous Inca Trail, explore the lush jungles, and devour their way through the incredible food scene of Lima.

But while the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu attract the majority of the attention (2,500 people visit Machu Picchu every day), there is much more to see and do in Peru if you’re willing to get out there and explore.

From the famous Lake Titicaca to the beaches in the north to the vibrant indigenous culture, Peru is bursting with things to see and do.

While many travelers just visit for a week to see the highlights, you can easily spend a month here (or more) and still not see everything.

Best of all, traveling around Peru is inexpensive. You don’t need a lot of money to visit here (even if you hike the Inca trail).

This guide to Peru can help you plan your trip, save money, and make the most out of your time in this beautiful destination!

Table of Contents

  • Things to See and Do
  • Typical Costs
  • Suggested Budget
  • Money-Saving Tips
  • Where to Stay
  • How to Get Around
  • How to Stay Safe
  • Best Places to Book Your Trip
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Top 5 Things to See and Do in Peru

The historic square of Cusco, Pero full of flowers and travelers exploring the city

1. Explore Machu Picchu

This legendary “lost city of the Incas” is one of the most-visited tourist attractions in South America. Here you have the chance to wander around the old Inca city observing ancient aqueducts, granite and limestone temples, and other forms of Inca architecture that are all beautifully preserved. There are two ways to see Machu Picchu depending on the amount of adventure and exercise you want. There is a 4-day/3 night hike that takes you through 43 kilometers (26 miles) of steep, yet scenic uphill terrain along winding Andean mountain trails starting from Ollantaytambo. The Inca Trail gets you to the majestic Machu Picchu at dawn in time to see it before the clouds arrive mid-morning. The alternative is to wake up super early to get the train there and enter along with the tour groups competing for the beautiful morning sunset photos. (There are also longer 7-8 day hikes too if you want an even bigger challenge. Multi-day hikes start around 2,600 PEN. You can also just buy a day pass if you don’t want to hike.

2. Check out Lima

Lima is a chaotic and beautiful introduction to the country. Check out the trendy, vibrant Miraflores neighborhood that overlooks the Pacific and has plenty of restaurants and bars to try. Also, visit the Larco Museum to see its pre-Columbian artifacts, the Aliaga House for Peruvian art and artifacts, and Plaza Mayor for colonial beauty. Tour the city’s colorful markets for both food and shopping, wander around the world’s only Cat Park, or check out the Park of Love for good luck in love. At night, head to the artsy Barranco district for the nightlife and try a local drink with pisco, a local brandy. The city is a foodie hub too so don’t forget to try the ceviche!

3. Fly over the Nazca Lines

The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs that dominate the San José desert and Nazca Valley. There are over 10,000 lines and 300 different plant and animal figures that make up this UNESCO World Heritage Site. No one really knows how they got there (maybe aliens?) but the park itself is free to visit. If you want to splash out and get a better view, take a scenic helicopter or plane tour (they cost around 400 PEN).

4. Relax at Lake Titicaca

This stunning lake covers over 7,790 square kilometers (3,000 square miles) and sits at 3,810 meters (12,500 feet) above sea level, making it the world’s largest high-altitude lake. With deep blue water and spectacular sunsets across the lake lined with snowy mountains, this lake attracts people from all over the world to the nearby towns, which offer a mix of colonial architecture and bustling markets. There are three islands on the lake that are home to pre-Inca ruins: Isla del Sol, Taquile, and Amantani. Every year, the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca at Puno celebrates the Fiesta de la Virgen de Candelaria in February. However, the best and driest time to visit is June, July, and August.

5. Hike the Colca Canyon

Other things to see and do in peru, 1. hike the inca trail.

Getting to Machu Picchu is best via the famed Inca Trail . This multi-day hike allows you to see the mountains, jungles, and follow the route the Incas used to take. It is a truly spectacular hike, but it is challenging and you may experience altitude sickness. There are two ways to do this hike: you can sign up to be part of an organized tour, or you can hire your own private guide. You cannot hike the trail independently. Tours start around 2,600 PEN for a 4-day, 3-night tour with a reliable, reputable company. The final leg of the hike can actually get a bit crowded, so if you can do a longer 7-day hike you’ll be able to beat the crowds and enjoy the incredible landscape before you arrive. The driest time is May-October but also unfortunately the most crowded. If you go from November-April, prepare for mud and perhaps rain but fewer crowds.

2. Visit the Islas Flotantes de los Uros

The Floating Islands of the Uros may sound like an Indiana Jones title, but it is actually the name of the group of man-made islands in Lake Titicaca. The islands are home to the indigenous Uros people who have built their own houses, islands, and boats from the tortora reeds which grow along the banks of the lake. This is an extremely touristy site and is a bit exploited as such, so it’s not for everyone. The boat tours start at 165 PEN.

3. Surf at Máncora Beach

Great fresh seafood, watersports, horseback riding, whale watching, fishing with locals, visiting the mangroves, and plenty of relaxation are the order of the day at this popular beach resort. Máncora is one of the finest beaches in South America and its year-round sunshine, two ocean currents, and beginner-friendly waves also make it Peru’s surfing Mecca. Accommodation prices can be expensive from December to March, so it’s best to book in advance. Whale watching costs 135 PEN, surfing classes start at 95 PEN, and SUP tours with sea turtles cost 175 PEN.

4. Step back through time at Batán Grande

Batán Grande, also known as the Sicán Archaeological Complex, is an archaeological site comprising 50 pyramids and tombs, which are thought to date to 750-1300 CE. Located near Chiclayo, this site was once the ancient Sicán capital and has yielded many impressive pre-Columbian artifacts. For example, a gold Tumi ceremonial knife weighing almost seven pounds was recovered from one of the royal tombs! Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and snacks for the day.

5. Discover Cusco

This colonial city is a major tourist destination and sits on Inca-built stone foundations not far from Machu Picchu. The area is popular with trail walkers, history lovers, and party goers who come to enjoy the city’s nightlife and festivals. Cusco is the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas and an essential part of your trip to Peru. The Cusco Tourist Ticket grants admission to most of the popular archaeological sites and attractions in the Cusco area (with some notable exceptions, including Machu Picchu). Note that transportation and guide services are separate. You can purchase either a 10-day pass that includes admission to over 16 sites (130 PEN) or one of several different “circuit” tickets that include admission to a smaller number of sites and are valid for one day only (70 PEN). Be sure to visit Coricancha (15 PEN) and Sacsayhuaman (included in the Cusco Tourist Ticket) during your visit. Right outside Cusco, take a day trip to the incredible Rainbow Mountains. For great food, head to Green Point. Plan to spend around 3-5 days in Cusco as there is plenty to see and it’s a good place to acclimate before doing any hiking as the city sits at 3,200 meters (10,500 feet) above sea level.

6. Get your Amazon fix in Iquitos

Accessible only by boat or plane, jungle-locked Iquitos is the largest city within the Peruvian rainforest. The city sits at the mouth of the Amazon and is the perfect destination for eco-tourism. The nearby Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is Peru’s largest reserve at two million hectares. It’s home to a huge range of nearly 1,000 birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, and more. A 3-day, 2-night tour through the reserve starts from around 1,400-1,500 PEN per person including food.

7. Sandboard in Huacachina

This little town is a desert oasis and a welcome relief after hiking through Machu Picchu. It’s very affordable and hostels here offer great deals for sandboarding and sand buggy tours around the nearby dunes. Two-hour tours cost about 100-125 PEN, which includes a sand buggy driver and sandboard rental. Most tours leave around 4pm so you can catch the sunset on the dunes. There is also a lagoon surrounded by palm trees in Huacachina, and you can rent a rowboat to paddle around it. A half-hour rental costs around 5 PEN per person. Huacachina is easily reached by bus from Lima, Cusco, Nazca, Arequipa, and Paracas.

8. See penguins in Paracas

Paracas is in the south of Peru and is sometimes called the “Poor Man’s Galapagos” for its impressive wildlife, consisting of over 400 different species. Thousands of birds, as well as large sea lion and penguin populations, call the area home. You can visit the Paracas National Reserve via an organized boat tour. Be sure to go early. A full-day tour of Paracas includes a boat trip to the Islas Ballestas and a bus trip around the national reserve in the afternoon. It costs about 150 PEN.

9. Walk through the White City

Arequipa is a beautiful city with a historical center that was constructed primarily from volcanic rock. Start getting to know the city by wandering around the Plaza de Armas and take in the city’s architecture over a glass of wine overlooking the main square with views of the stunning Basilica Catedral de Arequipa. Then, visit the gorgeous, vibrantly colorful Santa Catalina Monastery, see a frozen Inca mummy, and enjoy the local cuisine with favorites like shrimp soup or spicy stuffed peppers. It’s easy to see why Arequipa is undoubtedly one of the most beloved destinations in the country; everyone who visits here loves it.

10. Go to El Parque de la Reserva

This park in downtown Lima is home to the largest water fountain complex in the world, called El Circuito Mágico del Agua . There are 13 distinct fountains in total, including the Tunnel Fountain of Surprises, the Children’s Fountain, and the Fantasia Fountain, whose water jets are synchronized to music during the evening laser light shows. The park is open daily from 3pm-10pm, with beautiful, colorful light shows taking place at 6:50pm, 7:50pm, 8:30pm, and 9:30pm. The entrance fee is 4 PEN. The park also hosts a lot of events and is a popular place with dog owners too.

11. Visit Chachapoyas

This region in the Andean mountains was home to the Chachapoya civilization that lived there between 500-1432 (they were eventually conquered by the Aztecs). Today, you can visit Kuelap, the fortified city at known as “The Machu Picchu of the North.” The ruins are accessible via a guided tour, 4-hour hike, or cable car from the nearby town of Nuevo Tingo for 21 PEN roundtrip. Be sure to also visit Gocta, a beautiful waterfall that, at 770 meters (2,526 feet), is one of the tallest in the world. You can get there by taking a tour from Chachapoyas.

12. Tour Trujillo

Trujillo is the second-oldest Spanish city in Peru, located on the coast with eternal spring-like weather and widely considered the capital culture of Peru. While here, visit the archaeological site of Chan Chan, the world’s largest adobe city ever built and the largest pre-Columbian city. It was built by the Chimu, a civilization that inhabited the area until 1470 when they were defeated by the Incas. Admission is 11 PEN. Be sure to also visit Huanchaco, a small fishing town directly on the beach.

13. See Vinicunca, Rainbow Mountain

Chances are you’ve seen these colorful mountains on social media. Over the past few years, Rainbow Mountain has become a huge tourist attraction. Just keep in mind that the colors are not as vivid in real life and the place is super crowded (it’s a very popular site). Day trips and multi-day hikes are available from Cusco, usually starting around 110-135 PEN per person. There is also an “Alternative” Rainbow Mountain called Palcccoyo where you can enjoy an incredibly colorful scenic panoramic at 5,200 meters (17,060 feet). If you want to escape the hordes of people (though it’s also pretty busy these days).

14. Hike the Salkantay

If you want an alternative to the busy Inca Trail, try hiking the Salkantay. It sees a fraction of the tourists and is half the price of the Inca Trail — but just as stunning! There aren’t as many ruins, but there are epic mountain views and summits of up to 5,200 meters (17.060 feet)! Hikes can vary in length, but the 7-day hike offers the best views. You’ll need to be in decent shape though. 5-day hikes start around 1,700 PEN.

Peru Travel Costs

Machu Picchu, Peru with rolling mountains in the distance on a bright and sunny day

Accommodation – A bed in a 4-6-bed dorm costs 35-65 PEN while a bed in a dorm with 10 or more beds generally costs 32-38 PEN. A private room costs 115-170 PEN per night. Free Wi-Fi is standard and most hostels also have a kitchen or include free breakfast.

Budget hotel rooms with basic amenities like Wi-Fi, TV, and occasionally free breakfast cost around 85-105 PEN per night.

On Airbnb, which has limited availability in Peru, private rooms average around 100 PEN while entire homes start at 200 PEN per night. Book early though or prices will double.

For those traveling with a tent, wild camping is permitted as long as you’re not on somebody’s land.

Food – Cuisine in Peru varies from region to region, though you can expect to find staples like potatoes (most potatoes in the world originated here), quinoa, seafood, and indigenous animals like guinea pig and alpaca. Be sure to try ceviche, which is the national dish (it’s a seafood dish with fresh raw fish). Other popular dishes include stir-fried beef, roasted cuy (guinea pig), arroz con pato (rice with duck), and roasted chicken.

Overall, dining out in Peru is very inexpensive. Street food is incredibly cheap, costing 5-7 PEN for a meal from a parrilla (grill) set up on the side of the road. A plate of food at a casual takeaway restaurant serving Peruvian cuisine costs around 10 PEN.

A meal of traditional cuisine at a casual restaurant with table service costs around 15-25 PEN. If you want to splash out, a three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant costs 45 PEN.

Fast food (think McDonald’s) is 20 PEN for a combo meal. A large pizza is around 28-30 PEN.

Beer is around 8 PEN while a glass of wine or a latte is around 9 PEN. Bottled water is 2 PEN. A cocktail is 15-20 PEN and up, though many restaurants have extended happy hour specials (sometimes even all day).

If you plan on cooking, expect to pay 60-80 PEN per week for groceries such as pasta, rice, seasonal produce, and some meat. The best places to shop are the local markets, though Plaza Vea is the big grocery store chain with affordable prices as well. However, given how cheap food is here, it’s best to just eat out all the time. Buy snacks and fruit at the markets but eat out all other meals.

Backpacking Peru Suggested Budgets

On a backpacker’s budget of 135 PEN per day, you can stay in a hostel dorm, eat out for a few meals at cheap local street stalls and cook some meals, limit your drinking, take the bus to get around, and do mostly free or cheap activities like relaxing on the beach and going hiking.

On a mid-range budget of 400 PEN per day, you can afford a private Airbnb room, eat out for all your meals, drink more, take the occasional taxi to get around, and do more paid activities like going surfing or day-tripping to Machu Picchu.

On a “luxury” budget of 700 PEN or more per day, you can stay in a hotel, eat out anywhere you want, drink as much as you’d like, take some domestic flights, and do a longer multi-day trek to Machu Picchu. This is just the ground floor for luxury though. The sky is the limit!

You can use the chart below to get some idea of how much you need to budget daily, depending on your travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages — some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less (you might spend less every day). We just want to give you a general idea of how to make your budget. Prices are in PEN.

Peru Travel Guide: Money-Saving Tips

Peru is generally pretty cheap, but it is easy to splash out here on food and tours. Here are a few hacks to cut down your costs in Peru:

  • Stay at hospedajes – These are family-run hotels and are the cheapest accommodation you can find outside of hostel dorms. Try to stay in these as often as possible.
  • Take public transportation – Embrace public transportation to get around — it’s super affordable so skip the taxis. You’ll save a fortune.
  • Eat the meal of the day – These are set meals, often including multiple plates, that restaurants offer. Look around for set menu meals to eat out on the cheap.
  • Travel off-season – For a low-cost trip, the best times to visit Peru are the fringe months of April and May or September and October. Prices are usually cheaper during these months.
  • Take the colectivos – These are cheap buses that cost around 2-10 PEN for a ride. They are a bit confusing as they don’t necessarily have a schedule, but there is always a door person whom you can ask if the bus is going to your location. There are not always marked bus stops, so look for gathering crowds.
  • Book tours last minute – If you are looking to do the Inca Trail and have a bit of extra time to wait for a deal, showing up in Cusco and booking a last-minute tour can save you lots of money. Booking months in advance means paying the premium price but if you can wait your patience may be rewarded. I wouldn’t recommend trying to get on last-minute if you have your heart set on doing it though since it might not work out.
  • Go on a free walking tour – This is a great way to learn the history behind the places you are seeing and avoid missing any must-see stops. Free Walking Tour Peru has tours that can guide you around both Lima and Cusco. Just remember to tip your guide at the end!
  • Bring a water bottle – The tap water here isn’t safe to drink so bring a reusable water bottle with a filter to save money and reduce your plastic use. LifeStraw is my go-to brand as their bottles have built-in filters to ensure your water is always clean and safe.

Where to Stay in Peru

Peru has a ton of hostels. Here are some of my favorite places to stay throughout the country:

  • Pariwana Hostel (Lima)
  • 1900 Backpackers Hostel (Lima)
  • Loki Hostel (Cusco)
  • Kokopelli (Cusco)
  • Wild Rover Hostel (Cusco)
  • Hospedaje Turistico Recoleta (Cusco)
  • Arequipay Backpackers Downtown (Arequipa)
  • Loki del Mar (Mancora)
  • The Point Mancora Beach (Mancora)

How to Get Around Peru

Locals on a man-made island on Lake Titicaca in beautiful Peru

Public transportation – City buses cost around 1.50-3 PEN per trip. Microbuses ( colectivos ) are available and prices vary depending on the distance. Trips generally cost 2-10 PEN, though they are a bit hectic and take some getting used to.

Bus – Buses can take you all over Peru and are the most common way to get around for budget travelers. The usual price for a 10-hour bus journey is around 40 PEN depending on how nice the bus company is. You can use Cruz del Sur to look up bus schedules and prices. Keep in mind that any journey through the mountains will be a slow ride! Lima to Cusco takes over 21 hours and costs 185 PEN, though you can get a ticket for as low as 39 PEN if you book in advance.

Peru Hop is another reliable and comfortable bus company designed for backpackers. This bus is a hop-on/hop-off service you can take around the country. Three-day journeys from Lima to Cusco start from 683 PEN, while 7 days in Southern Peru costs 836 PEN.

Flying – Peru has five international airports (Lima, Arequipa, Cusco, Iquitos, and Piura), as well over a dozen airports with domestic service. LATAM, Avianca, and Star Peru are the main domestic airlines.

Flying between destinations isn’t always the cheapest option, but it’s a whole lot quicker. A flight from Lima to Cusco takes just over an hour (as opposed to the 21 hours by bus) and prices start around 250 PEN. Lima to Arequipa starts around 200 PEN.

Train – Like the rest of South America, the rail system in Peru is basically non-existent. There are nice tourist options though, like PeruRail and Inca Rail, which both run trains between Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu Pueblo (the gateway to Machu Picchu). On PeruRail, tickets start from 179 PEN. Inca Rail also runs between Cusco and Machu Picchu Pueblo with tickets starting around 220 PEN.

From Lima, there’s just one train: the Ferrocarril Central Andino, the world’s highest passenger train, which travels across the Andes to Cerro de Pasco and Huancayo. One-way fare starts from 230 PEN. However, service is limited — sometimes the train only runs once a month. Journeys are currently suspended due to Covid so be sure to check their website for updates.

Car rental – I don’t suggest renting a car here as the drivers are aggressive, the roads are poorly maintained, and accidents are common. If you do decide to rent a car, use Discover Cars to find the best prices.

When to Go to Peru

Peru has just two seasons: wet and dry. May through October is the dry season, while November through April is the rainy season. The wettest months are from January to the end of April. This isn’t a great time to visit Peru — at least not in the mountain areas, where roads and hiking trails may become blocked or closed.

Most people come to Peru from the beginning of May to the end of November, with July and August being the busiest months. May and September are great months to visit, as tourism slows down slightly but temperatures are still pleasant.

If you want to spend more time in the mountains, June to September has clear, sunny days (but chilly nights). This is a good time to trek the Inca Trail. It’s also the best time to visit the Amazon Basin, when mosquitos are fewer.

Temperatures on the desert coast can get as high as 25-35°C (77-95°F) from December to April, while temperatures cool off from May-October. In the highlands from May-October, you can expect temperatures to reach 20-25°C (68-77°F).

How to Stay Safe in Peru

Peru is a pretty safe place to backpack and travel around, even for solo travelers, and even for solo female travelers. Your biggest worry is petty theft, which is rampant in the bigger cities and on overnight buses. Don’t flaunt expensive jewelry or belongings. Avoid taking your phone out in public if you can. Lock your bags on overnight buses and keep your valuables secure and out of sight. It’s easy to get robbed if you aren’t careful here (especially at night).

If you’re in Lima, don’t walk around alone at night, unless you’re in the safer neighborhoods (Miraflores and Barranco). Smaller cities and towns are perfectly safe to walk around alone day and night.

Solo female travelers should generally feel safe here, however, the standard precautions apply (never leave your drink unattended at the bar, never walk home alone intoxicated, etc.).

Scams aren’t super common but if you’re worried about getting ripped off, here’s a list of common travel scams to avoid .

If you’re doing any hiking, check the weather in advance and bring plenty of water. If you’re hiking to Machu Picchu, arrive early to adjust to the altitude. 3-5 days early can make all the difference!

If you experience an emergency, dial 011 for assistance. If you’re in one of the bigger cities, you can also seek out the tourism police.

For more in-depth coverage of how to stay safe in Peru, check out this post that answers some frequently asked questions and concerns.

The most important piece of advice I can offer is to purchase good travel insurance. Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. You can use the widget below to find the policy right for you:

Peru Travel Guide: The Best Booking Resources

These are my favorite companies to use when I travel. They consistently have the best deals, offer world-class customer service and great value, and overall, are better than their competitors. They are the companies I use the most and are always the starting point in my search for travel deals.

  • Skyscanner – Skyscanner is my favorite flight search engine. They search small websites and budget airlines that larger search sites tend to miss. They are hands down the number one place to start.
  • Hostelworld – This is the best hostel accommodation site out there with the largest inventory, best search interface, and widest availability.
  • Booking.com – The best all around booking site that constantly provides the cheapest and lowest rates. They have the widest selection of budget accommodation. In all my tests, they’ve always had the cheapest rates out of all the booking websites.
  • Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide is a huge online marketplace for tours and excursions. They have tons of tour options available in cities all around the world, including everything from cooking classes, walking tours, street art lessons, and more!
  • SafetyWing – Safety Wing offers convenient and affordable plans tailored to digital nomads and long-term travelers. They have cheap monthly plans, great customer service, and an easy-to-use claims process that makes it perfect for those on the road.
  • LifeStraw – My go-to company for reusable water bottles with built-in filters so you can ensure your drinking water is always clean and safe.
  • Unbound Merino – They make lightweight, durable, easy-to-clean travel clothing.
  • Top Travel Credit Cards – Points are the best way to cut down travel expenses. Here’s my favorite point earning credit cards so you can get free travel!

Peru Travel Guide: Related Articles

Want more info? Check out all the articles I’ve written on Peru travel and continue planning your trip:

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Is Peru Safe for Travel? (2024• Insider Tips)

With landscapes ranging from towering mountains all the way to dense rainforest, Peru is definitely an  amazing place to visit.  Couple it with colonial heritage as well as the Inca ruins of  Machu Picchu  and you have yourself one hell of a destination.

But the country is not devoid of perils. Corrupt politicians, severe weather, dangerous animals, sketchy mountain roads, insurgent groups and drug traffickers are rife; all of this may rightly have you wondering, “Is Peru safe?”

Your concern is totally understandable. To help you ease your worries, I have created this epic insider’s guide. It’s complete with the top tips of  how to stay safe in Peru.  We’re all about travelling smart at The Broke Backpacker, so I want to help you out with some major pointers that’ll keep your trip trouble-free.

There’s a whole lot of ground to cover. This includes whether or not it’s safe to travel to Peru right now (there are some political issues currently underway), whether it’s safe for a family trip, and even if it’s safe to drive. Peru is a growingly complex country so there will lots more besides these.

You may be a first-time solo traveller worried about a solo trip to Peru. Maybe you’ve heard how amazing the cuisine is and you’re wondering if the food in Peru is safe. You may just be anxious about Peru in general.

Don’t worry. This insider guide has you covered; vamos.

There is no such thing as a perfect safety guide, as things change quickly. The question of “Is Peru Safe?” will ALWAYS have a different answer depending on who you ask.

The information in this safety guide was accurate at the time of writing. If you use our guide, do your own research, and practice common sense, you will probably have a wonderful and safe trip to Peru.

If you see any outdated information, we would really appreciate it if you could reach out in the comments below. Otherwise, stay safe friends!

Updated December 2023

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Is Peru Safe to Visit Right Now?

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5,275,000 international visitors were welcomed in Peru last 2019, according to the data gathered from the World Bank. Tourists had a generally positive stay.

Peru is definitely a popular stomping ground on the South American backpacking trail. Who doesn’t want to see  Machu Picchu,  right?

Because of all the totally cool things you can see, do and visit here,  tourism is big news.  Adventure tourism, beaches, history and a big helping of  eco-tourism  make it a perfect destination for everybody.

That doesn’t mean it’s not without its issues, though.  Crime happens, as it does everywhere, but in Peru, you’ll likely be targeted BECAUSE you’re a tourist. Visitors are often seen as wealthy.

Theft, mugging, pickpocketing in crowded places, as well as corruption (from the police to even tour agents), make it a potentially scary place to visit. So do drug trafficking gangs –  and political demonstrations that turn violent.

Travelling smart is going to increase your chances of staying safe. Not looking like a complete tourist will help you NOT be a target of street crime. Being careful of your surroundings is also going to pay off too – literally.

But you still might want to pick when you travel wisely. The rainy season in Peru can be devastating.  We’re talking floods, power outages and landslides. All are pretty unsafe if you ask me. Try not to travel between November and April.

Aside from the politics of Peru, it’s pretty much as safe a time as any to visit.  Visiting Lima , in particular, has become a lot safer in recent years – it used to see a higher proportion of the country’s overall crime rate.

Check out our detailed  where to stay guide for Peru  so you can start your trip right!

Peru Travel

When choosing where to stay in Peru, a bit of research and caution is essential. You don’t want to end up in a sketchy area and ruin your trip. To help you out, I’ve listed the safest areas to visit in Peru below.

Arequipa is one of the safest places in Peru. It offers a laid-back alternative to Lima and Cusco, making it a great spot for families. Whilst caution should be taken everywhere in Peru, Arequipa has a safer atmosphere, letting you relax a little bit more.

Often considered a smaller Lima, Chiclayo benefits from the great nightlife and culinary scene associated with Peru’s metropolitan areas without the stifling crowds. This easily makes it one of the coolest AND safest places to stay in the country!

Peru really is just one big adventure destination – but I love Huancayo for the off-the-beaten-path feel! As a relatively unknown destination, Huancayo is also inexpensive and safe – making it a great option for adventurous budget travellers backpacking through Peru.

Places to Avoid in Peru

Unfortunately, not all places in Peru are safe . You need to be careful and aware of your surroundings pretty much anywhere you go in the world, and the same goes for visiting Peru. To help you out, I’ve listed a couple of no-go or caution areas below: 

  • Sacsayhuaman ruins – this area is known for muggings after dark. Avoid walking outside at night! 
  • Huallaga Valley – Cocaine is still being produced here… a real no-brainer to stay away from.
  • Lima (at least certain parts) – while I personally don’t think that Lima’s safety is as much of a big deal as everyone seems to claim, it does pay off to be more careful when visiting the city.

Keeping Your Money Safe in Peru

One of the most common things to happen to you whilst travelling is losing your money. And let’s face it: the most annoying way for this to actually occur is when it’s stolen from you.

Petty crime is pretty much a problem all over the world.

The best solution? Get a money belt.

Active Roots Security Belt

Stash your cash safely with this money belt. It will keep your valuables safely concealed, no matter where you go.

It looks exactly like a normal belt  except for a SECRET interior pocket perfectly designed to hide a wad of cash, a passport photocopy or anything else you may wish to hide. Never get caught with your pants down again! (Unless you want to…)

peru travel safety

Many tourists visit Peru and have a trouble-free time! It’s all about being aware of your surroundings, we’d say. But to get into more detail here’s a round-up of the best travel tips for staying safe in Peru.

  • Don’t wear flashy clothes, accessories or jewellery  – looking rich is going to make you a target.
  • Try not to look lost  – even if you are! Looking like a tourist is also going to make you a target…
  • Wandering around at night is a no-no  – ESPECIALLY by yourself, ESPECIALLY in a major cities.
  • Be aware of techniques used by thieves .
  • Stick to well-trodden routes if you’re near the Ecuadorian border  – because of landmines.
  • Learn some local lingo  – that’s Spanish, of course.
  • Use ATMs during the day… preferably INSIDE a bank  – these are hotspots for muggings.
  • Always keep an emergency stash of cash – Never keep all your cards/ currency in one place. And hide it all from thieves with a hidden money belt .
  • Only drink what you buy and watch it when you’re out  – drink spiking happens.
  • Be careful with  ayahuasca  ceremonies   – proceed with caution.
  • Stay away from protests and demonstrations  – these can get ugly.
  • If someone wants your money, give it to them  – in the event of a mugging, just hand it over.
  • Be vigilant in the main coca growing regions  – steer well clear.
  • Don’t trek by yourself  – having a buddy is 10x better.
  • Pick a good, well-reviewed tour agent  -it’s not worth saving money on bad, unsafe trips.
  • Take a good medical kit with you – you never know when you might need it!
  • Watch the news  – politics can change, a natural disaster may happen; it’s best to know!

Backpackers relaxing on cuzco main square while local lady pass by.

All it takes to be secure is a little bit of good judgment, some research, some caution and general attention paid to what’s going on around you. Case closed.

You’ll be pleased to know that Peru is safe to travel alone . It’s actually quite popular.

Don’t worry, as long as you travel smart you’re going to love solo travelling here! Here are my top tips for solo travellers in Peru…

  • Make friends ! Lima, Pisco, Arequipa, Cusco   – you’ll find ample opportunities at these places in the local hostels and meet some awesome people to travel with. Safety in numbers, folks.
  • Plan, plan, plan , and plan some more. If you’re worried about traveling by yourself, or the safety of anywhere you’re going, the best way to stay safe is to PLAN.
  • Being open-minded is a good way to travel solo, albeit with an air of caution, of course. But being closed up and keeping yourself to yourself isn’t what solo travel is about.
  • Learning   some Spanish  will open up the country to you. Not only is learning a new language fun, but it goes down well with the locals too.
  • It’s important also to just be alert to what’s going on around you. Like, someone could suddenly fall over in front of you, or drop something, or try to give you something – chances are these sorts of things will involve a  scam. 
  • Pay attention to   government warnings . Check weather and heightened crime warnings in the area.
  • Don’t walk around at night . This is never a good idea!
  • Never leave food or drink unattended. NO ONE is safe from spiking. Yes boys, even you.
  • Check out reviews for hostels . The  best hostels in Peru aren’t always the cheapest option.

Being open to meeting new people but listening to your gut is probably going to make your trip not only safe but also one you’ll likely never forget!

Travelling solo is one thing, but travelling solo as a FEMALE is a whole other ball game. Unfortunately, there’s always going to be more to consider when you’re travelling alone as a woman.

However, Peru is pretty much safe for solo female travellers , as long as you keep these safety tips in mind.

  • Don’t walk around by yourself at night , especially in Lima.  Around the world, women by themselves are targets –  particularly at night . Just don’t do it.
  • Get yourself a local or travel sim card .  This is ALWAYS a good idea. Let people know things!
  • Stay at well-reviewed hostels in Peru . Make sure reviews mention it’s good for solo travellers  and check to see if they have female-only dorms at that rate. Remember that a hostel is basically just a genuinely great place to meet new people.
  • Machismo is part of Peruvian culture.  Street harassment in Peru does happen. Usually in the form of catcalling. Also, women in Peru don’t usually go out to bars, so just bear in mind that because you’re breaking the norms of Peruvian society you’ll get some attention from locals.
  • When catcalling does happen,  ignore it. 
  • There are no set ‘rules’ on what to wear to not get attention, but the less revealing, the better.
  • Think up ways to curb sexual advances. You’re “ married, ” for example.
  • Be careful about giving out your information. No matter how friendly they may seem, the risk is real.
  • Stock up on sanitary products.  Guess what? You won’t be able to find those out in the sticks.

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While there’s the very real issue of chauvinism, which can be intimidating at times, all-in-all Peru is still safe for solo female travellers. Peruvian society, in general, will be protective of females travelling by themselves. Plenty of women backpack through Peru without issue.

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Arequipa is a safe, affordable and laid back place in Peru that fits every traveller’s need. Attractions and adventures can be found inside and outside of the White City.

Peru is an  amazing place to travel with children.  That doesn’t mean it’s always going to be safe, but plenty of families DO make the trip to this fascinating country and love it.

That said, it’s probably a better place to visit with older children who can appreciate the historical sights. Trekking around in the mountains is going to be HARD on little legs, and even harder on you if you plan on carrying them. Take the Machu Picchu hike for example – it’s definitely worth the visit, however, it’ll require quite a bit of fitness.

To help limit stress and keep the whole family happy, consider the following tips, which are catered specifically for managing children.

  • Peru can get hot!  Exposure to the heat is going to be something you’ll have to consider.
  • Altitude sickness  can be a mortal problem and it’s really NOT recommended to take  children under 3 years of age  to higher elevations. You need to treat altitude sickness seriously.
  • In the Peruvian jungle,  yellow fever  is a risk. Really small children, we’re talking under 9 months, shouldn’t travel here at all (since the yellow fever vaccine isn’t given until children are over this age).
  • Malaria  is also a danger, but you can take precautions against this.
  • DON’T let your children pet any street dogs, or go near them, for that matter. This is NOT safe!
  • Staying at an upmarket resort is usually safer and helps to limit a lot of the aforementioned problems.

a stray dog sitting near a bush in peru

If you’re here for adventure and you want your children to share it, then I’d say Peru is safe to travel for families. Ultimately, it’ll be safer and LESS stressful the older they are, maybe 7 years and upwards.

In Peruvian culture, family, and especially children, is very important. Needless to say, this is going to help you get to know locals all that much easier and make your time even more enjoyable in Peru.

There are many ways of travelling around Peru, but some are safer/easier than others.

Is Driving in Peru Safe?

Whilst you CAN hire a car and use it in the main cities, I wouldn’t.

The rainy season can cause landslides and flooding making roads completely inaccessible. Oh, and did I mention corrupt police stops? They happen, a lot.

The short answer is:  no.  Driving in Peru is not safe.

Are Taxis/Uber in Peru Safe?

All real taxis in Peru have a taxi sign on top of the car. Look at the license plate too .  It should be all white with a yellow bar on the top.

Before you even get in the taxi, agree on a price .  Haggling is okay, so go for it. In conclusion, taxis in Peru are safe so long as you take the necessary precautions.

Uber’s available in Lima .  That’s it. Is uber safe in Peru? Yeah, but not great.

They’re often more expensive than taxis and the cars they use are pretty shabby too. Better choices would be alternative rideshare apps like  Cabify .

Public Transportation in Peru

I wouldn’t say that buses in Peru are safe. Sometimes, however, bus travel is unavoidable if you want to get where you’re going.

City buses are the  main mode of public transport  for most urban locals. There are also many  long-distance buses . Make sure to do your research on these – seriously – as  accidents happen often. 

There are also trains in Peru. These follow high-altitude tracks and are  pretty cool and fairly safe. The main routes are  Cusco to Machu Picchu, Cusco to Puno,  and in the north,  Lima to Huancayo. 

Cycling in Peru

Cycling and bikepacking in Peru is actually quite safe – and popular too! Bike lanes ( ciclovias ) exist in some popular tourist areas in Lima.

Are taxis safe in Peru

So there you have it. Taxis aren’t the safest, but the best option in my opinion. Beats walking, I guess.

The US Travel Advisory for Peru suggests exercising increased caution when visiting Peru (Level 2). It says on the site that crime in Peru, petty crime and theft, carjackings and some violent crimes such as assault are common in Peru.

Whilst this is true, it’s important to remember that tourists are seldom a target of violent crime. Petty theft and scams in Peru are what you should be watching out for.

Of course, it goes without saying that crime in Peru increases at night time. So if you’re worried, don’t go wandering after nightfall, ESPECIALLY if you’re under the influence.

I am personally from the UK, so I like to use the UK GOV site to check safety measures when travelling. No matter where you are from, I would recommend using many different country’s sites to get a good idea of what you can expect.

The UK GOV site for Peru suggests that following laws in Peru is extremely important. Especially regarding drug laws! Another top tip is to always carry an ID with you .

It’s important to do your own research before visiting Peru AND to keep up to date with the current situation whilst in Peru. Check with the Peruvian government and local authorities on crime statistics, monitor local media, and seek local advice. If you are exposed to crime in Peru, contact local police.

If you’re planning on heading to Peru for an ayahuasca trip, be very f*kin careful.

Travelers having a flower bath in ayahuasca retreat.

Everyone’s packing list is going to look a little different, but here are a few things I would never want to travel to Peru without…


Hanging Laundry Bag

Trust us, this is an absolute game changer. Super compact, a hanging mesh laundry bag stops your dirty clothes from stinking, you don’t know how much you need one of these… so just get it, thank us later.

Gifts for backpackers

A decent head torch could save your life. If you want to explore caves, unlit temples, or simply find your way to the bathroom during a blackout, a headtorch is a must.

Yesim eSIM

Yesim stands as a premier eSIM service provider, catering specifically to the mobile internet needs of travellers.


Monopoly Deal

Forget about Poker! Monopoly Deal is the single best travel card game that we have ever played. Works with 2-5 players and guarantees happy days.

Pacsafe belt

This is a regular looking belt with a concealed pocket on the inside – you can hide up to twenty notes inside and wear it through airport scanners without it setting them off.

Before you set off, get some good travel insurance . It’s pretty much a no-brainer in the modern day.

ALWAYS sort out your backpacker insurance before your trip. There’s plenty to choose from in that department, but a good place to start is Safety Wing .

They offer month-to-month payments, no lock-in contracts, and require absolutely no itineraries: that’s the exact kind of insurance long-term travellers and digital nomads need.

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So, how dangerous is Peru? Well, here are some quick answers to common questions about certain aspects of safety in Peru.

What is the most dangerous city in Peru?

Statistically, Lima is the most dangerous city in Peru. The crime rate is relatively high, however, most crimes only target locals. The safest cities in Peru are Lima and Cusco. Obviously, that sounds odd as the safest and most dangerous city is Lima, but it depends on where in the city you are.

Is it safe to go to Machu Picchu?

Apart from the heat and high altitude, visiting the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu is pretty safe. It’s best to find a reliable guide if you’re planning on hitting the hiking trail. Take loads of water and snacks with you to stay energized.

Can you drink the water in Peru?

Nope. Don’t drink it. No ice cubes, no nothing .  The safest bet is always to get bottled water.  However, you can boil water to purify it – a couple of minutes will suffice. Take note that, due to atmospheric pressure, water takes longer to boil at higher altitudes. DRINK INCA KOLA INSTEAD 😉

Is Peru safe for American tourists?

Yes, of course. SO many American tourists visit Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail every year. I also get the question “Is Peru safe for tourists?” Peru is safe for the majority of tourists to visit. Make sure to check your country’s travel advice, so for US Nationals, check the up-to-date info on the US Travel Advisory site for travel safety information.

Is Peru safe to live in?

Yes, it’s safe to live in Peru, and indeed, loads of backpackers and budding professionals do so. If you love the landscapes, the food and the people, then it’s probably going to be a dreamy destination  for you. You’ll often be seen as a  gringo, that is,  rich.  Being targeted for scams is common.

Yes, I’d say Peru can be very safe – IF you’ve done your research and keep our travel safety tips in mind. If you go out looking for trouble in Peru, you’ll definitely find it. However, it can also be avoided very easily.

The best way to stay safe in Peru is to simply travel smartly. If you listened to me, then you will be able to dodge the shay taxi drivers, the thieves, the gang violence, the political unrest, all of it.

By covering your own back and having the proper security nets in place, you will be able to enjoy backpacking in Peru even more enjoyable. Just keep hydrated, don’t push yourself, meet good people, and have fun.

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Disclaimer: Safety conditions change all over the world on a daily basis. We do our best to advise but this info may already be out of date. Do your own research. Enjoy your travels!

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Corrupt politicians, severe weather, dangerous animals, sketchy mountain roads, insurgent groups, drug traffickers; all of this may rightly have you wondering, “is Peru safe?” Sounds like USA to me! I feel safer here than most US cities. Just don’t look or act like a tourist. Don’t carry anything in your back pockets. Snatching cellphones from your hand is a sport here so if you must use one be careful.

Congrats on your topic above! I ‘m traveling to Peru alone on the 15th of August and I have to say that I got more information that I needed from your text than anything else I have searched throughout the internet! Thanks and keep up the good work!

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Is Peru Safe? What to Know about Peru Safety for Tourists

A tourist in Cusco lifting his sunglasses to look at something, amidst a crowd of people.

Peru is a beautiful destination with a rich culture and history. But is Peru safe for tourists? Absolutely! Although Peru is still a developing country, it has made great strides in tourist infrastructure and is just as safe as many other popular tourist destinations. Below we have outlined all the information about safety in Peru that travelers need to take into consideration before their vacation. Following a few general guidelines will make your trip not only safe but also unforgettable!

For safety information regarding Covid-19, please review our updated post about coronavirus in Peru .

Table of contents

Crime Social conflict Transportation Tours Natural disasters Safety tips FAQs

Like many other destinations, petty crime is the most common form of crime in Peru. Pickpockets may wander through crowded areas. Muggers may also cause a distraction in order to more easily steal someone’s belongings. In rare instances, someone may commit armed robbery with a knife or gun. However, in the more touristy areas of Peru, theft is no more rampant than in other popular travel destinations. When traveling somewhere new, whether it’s Peru or a more developed country, it is always important to be aware of your surroundings. Keep valuables out of sight either in a hidden belt or in a completely closed purse or backpack while walking around. Also avoid isolated areas, especially at night.

A man and woman stand at the corner of a building in Cusco while they look at a map.

Always be sure to walk in well-lit, populated streets. Check a map if necessary to keep you on the right path! Photo by Ana Castañeda.

Money scams

A common problem that travelers face is counterfeit currency. Normally, counterfeiters focus on large bills, such as 100 and 200 soles notes. However, it is possible to stumble upon fake coins as well. It can be tricky to spot fake currency, especially when it’s foreign. Before you go, be sure read our blog on learning how to spot fake Peruvian currency . It is highly recommended to break large bills at trustworthy establishments such as grocery stores or banks in order to avoid counterfeit money.

Although uncommon, tourists can fall victim to credit card fraud in Peru. Untrustworthy establishments can make a copy of someone’s credit card, or devices can be placed in ATMs to copy card information. In order to avoid this, make sure that cashiers keep your card in sight and use ATMs that are located inside banks or supermarkets with security guards. It’s common practice in Peru as well for waiters or staff to bring you the POS when you decide to pay for meals at restaurants or cafes .

Peruvian coins on top of Peruvian bills inside of a box lined with red woven Andean textile.

Although it’s more common to receive counterfeit bills, you should take a quick look at your coins, too. Image : by Amelia Wells , used under CC BY 2.0 / Compressed from original.

Social conflict

On the whole, Peru is a calm and peaceful country. However, protests occur from time to time. These are most common in the capital city of Lima and in Cusco.

Protests in Lima mostly center around national politics, and these demonstrations are often peaceful. It’s common to see police officers with police shields lining the Plaza de Armas outside the Presidential Palace during any sort of event in the area, big or small. Their presence shouldn’t be cause for alarm when touring the historic center.

Cusco and Machu Picchu are other common regions for protests. These tend to correspond with new regulations that have economic consequences for workers. Since Cusco is a major hub for tourism in Peru, these demonstrations will often take place during the high tourist season (May-September). This allows the most economic impact for their cause.

Protests in Cusco usually involve blocking roads and train tracks. In some instances, protesters may throw rocks and light tires on fire. Although this is not done with the intention to harm tourists, travelers should always avoid protests. A helpful tip is to set a Google alert for Peruvian current events to stay up to date before your trip.

Violent conflict

During the 1980s and 1990s, Peru suffered from violent internal conflict. This conflict pitted the Peruvian government against the Maoist guerilla militia Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) and the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement. The majority of the fighting took place in the most rural regions of Peru. Even still, the violence from both sides took its toll on thousands of civilians.

The government under President Alberto Fujimori defeated both guerrilla groups in the 1990s. Today, small factions of the Shining Path terrorist group exist in the most remote parts of the country. Even so, tourist destinations are completely free of these fighters.

There are only two areas that tourists shouldn’t visit. Luckily, these areas are far away from the most popular places to visit in Peru. One is the VRAEM, located in the rural mountains between Ayacucho and Cusco. Here, Shining Path members are still active, as well as illicit coca traders. (Coca can only be grown legally if destined for local and traditional use, such as for chewing and making tea).

The second area that tourists should avoid is the deep Peruvian Amazon. This is especially true for the Colombian border. This is due, for the most part, to illegal drug and mining operations. In any case, there are no tourist sites in the VRAEM or Amazonian borders.

Four Peruvian police officers standing with shields in front of the Presidential Palace.

It’s a common sight to see police officers standing in front of the Presidential Palace in Lima’s historic center. Image  by F Delventhal , used under CC BY 2.0 / Compressed from original.

It’s common to see police officers with police shields lining the Plaza de Armas outside the Presidential Palace during any sort of event in the area, big or small. Their presence shouldn’t be cause for alarm when touring the historic center.


A taxi is parked in front of a row of arches on Cusco's Plaza de Armas as people walk by.

Always use a reputable taxi company when traveling in Peru. Your hotel can call one for you if you need! Image by Adrian Dascal on Unsplash .

The best way to get around in Peru, outside of guided tours, is by taxi. It is recommended that you call a vetted taxi company or have your hotel call one for you. Airports also have official taxi companies inside the building that have fixed rates around the city. In Lima, it is also possible to call a taxi with a number of taxi apps, including Uber, Taxi Beat, and Cabify.

When hailing a taxi on the street, you risk getting an unreliable driver, unreliable vehicle, or both. It is quite common for street taxis to be missing seatbelts and to be in generally poor conditions. Plus, taxis in Peru do not use meters and the fare must be negotiated before getting in. If you’re unsure of distances or what rates to expect, the driver has the advantage of overcharging.

Public transportation

Public transportation can be very complicated for foreigners, especially those with limited Spanish. You won’t find any route maps and timetables to tell you how to get to your destination. Instead, you would need to rely on asking locals and bus drivers. This makes using public transportation as a tourist risky. Unless you have a good level of Spanish, as well as a good sense of direction, there’s a high chance that you’ll end up in an unfamiliar and potentially unsafe part of town. This is also true for colectivos, large public vans, that have routes between rural towns and villages. A misunderstanding on a colectivo could mean ending up in a place where they don’t speak Spanish at all, only Quechua .

Renting a car and traffic

If you decide to rent a car in Peru , be extra vigilant when getting behind the wheel. Driving conditions, in general, are poorer in Peru than in developed countries. Roads may be poorly maintained or unpaved, especially in rural areas. Also, mountain roads are notorious for being narrow, winding, and having steep drop-offs. It is not recommended to drive on these roads at night.

Other advice when it comes to getting around is to pay attention to traffic when out in the city. This is true whether you are driving or walking. If driving, be respectful of traffic flow whether or not those around you are following the rules of the road. Local drivers can be aggressive, so be sure to remain calm. If you decide to hoof it, always look both ways when crossing the street, even if you have a green pedestrian light.

Adventure tours

Tourism is the third major industry in Peru. You will find a wide variety of local agencies from very posh services to basic ones. It is always recommended that you check the reputation of the tour agency you choose to go with. If not for safety—a Cusco City Tour is probably the safest tour out there—at least to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth.

Five people in yellow shirts and red helmets raft down a river.

It may be a bit more expensive, but it’s well worth booking an adventure tour with a reputable provider in order to ensure your safety. Image : By Rupert Taylor-Price . Used under CC BY 2.0 / Compressed from original.

Checking that an agency is reputable is especially true for adventure tours. Adventure tours include everything from hiking to horseback riding, ATV tours, kayaking and zip lining. These activities require strict regulations to ensure the safety of tourists. Adventure tour guides should be specifically trained for the activity, as well as first aid. If special equipment is needed, like ATVs and kayaks, it should also be properly maintained.

Peru has come a long way in its regulation of tourism. However, regulations still aren’t uniformly enforced. Some adventure tour providers may be operating informally and thus not adhering to safety rules. Although not common, accidents can occur during adventure tours with informal providers with disastrous outcomes.

Machu Picchu Tours:

Overlooking the Incan citadel Machu Picchu surrounded by mountains with clouds in the sky

Spiritual tours

While some may come to Peru looking for adventure, others may seek out a more spiritual experience. Peru has a long history of spiritual connections to the Pachamama , or Mother Earth, from Incan civilization to remote Amazon tribes.

A shaman in a beaded hat with ear flaps and red poncho holds up a package in a rural landscape.

Having a local shaman help you connect to the Pachamama can be a very rewarding experience. Image : By McKay Savage . Used under CC BY 2.0 / Compressed from original.

A popular spiritual experience that travelers seek in Peru is the ayahuasca ceremony. Ayahuasca is a vine native to the Amazon jungle that has hallucinogenic properties. For generations, Amazonian shamans have used the vine to connect with the spirits of the natural world. However, reaching the level of a shaman takes years of practice. Although ayahuasca ceremonies can still be an eye-opening experience for beginners, for others it can lead to health concerns. Although vomiting and physical discomfort are common during the ceremony, some can experience worse effects, such as paranoic episodes.

Since you will be in an altered state of mind, it’s extremely important that you are in a safe environment. Untrustworthy providers could put your life at risk if you need medical attention during your ceremony. Moreover, fake spiritual guides can take advantage of participants when they are in a vulnerable state. For these reasons, Peru For Less chooses not to provide any services related to Ayahuasca. If you decide to include a ceremony during you trip to Peru, it will have to be planned yourself.

Saftey at Peru For Less

Peru is truly an incredible destination to travel to. The country itself is filled with culture, delicious food, and beautiful scenery. Just like any trip, it is essential to be well prepared for anything that can happen. In order to make your experience in Peru more seamless, organizing your trip through a reputable travel agency can make your trip safer and more enjoyable. Here at Peru for less, our team is well prepared to solve any issue that may arise with our 24/7 emergency contact phone number that will be able to give you immediate assistance. Feel free to contact one of our Travel Advisors about more information by filling out our Traveler Form .

Natural disasters

Peru’s geography is diverse and breathtakingly beautiful. But certain areas are prone to varying degrees of inclement weather and natural disasters.


Overall, Peru is prone to different types of natural disasters. The most common natural disaster that occurs would be earthquakes since Peru lies in an active earthquake zone. There are frequent small earthquakes near the coastal region of Peru and also in the Andean mountain range. If you begin to feel an earthquake while indoors, whether in Peru or anywhere else, be sure to stay away from windows and cover your head by going under any solid furniture such as a strong table. If you are outside, try to get to an open area as quickly as possible and away from tall buildings, trees, or landlines.

A green sign with a white wave and arrow says, "Tsunami, ruta de evacuación. Evacuation route."

Lima is well marked with tsunami evacuation routes from Lima’s beaches and meeting points in case of an earthquake. Image : By KaMpErƎ & Le-tticia . Used under CC BY 2.0 / Compressed from original.

Floods and Landslides

The Peruvian rainy season runs from November to April. During this time, the Andes mountain range and Amazon jungle experience heavy rainfall. It is possible that floods and landslides can occur affecting the roads and railways in the Cusco area as well as walkways in the Amazon Jungle. Be cautious when traveling in these areas during the rainy season and be sure to check with your Travel Advisor about the weather conditions before beginning your journey.

Volcanic Eruptions

Peru is located in the “Ring of Fire,” and is home to over 30 volcanoes with a little less than half being classified as extinct. Many of these volcanoes, active or extinct, lie in the Andean mountain range of Southern Peru. The most visited destinations with volcanoes nearby are Arequipa and Colca Canyon. The city of Arequipa is surrounded by three volcanoes, with the snow-capped El Misti being the most famous of the three. While these volcanoes are absolutely stunning, it is important to pay attention to all volcanic eruption warnings such as frequent earthquakes in the area. If a volcano were to erupt during your trip, it is important to avoid breathing in the volcanic ash which you can do by staying indoors with all doors and windows shut.

General Safety tips

  • Keep valuables safely stowed out of sight in a money belt, purse, or backpack.
  • Leave expensive or flashy jewelry in your hotel safe (or at home).
  • Walk on well-lit and populated streets.
  • Use reputable tour and transportation services.
  • Drink filtered or bottled water.
  • Stay well hydrated and protect yourself from the sun.
  • Wear insect repellent in tropical and subtropical regions of Peru.
  • Pay attention to traffic when walking or driving.
  • Make copies of important documents, like passports, visas, and credit cards. Keep them in a safe place in case of theft.

Safety FAQs

Is peru safe for travel alone.

Yes. T raveling to Peru alone is perfectly safe. Just take the same precautions you would while traveling anywhere else in the world. Pay attention to your surroundings, stick to well-lit and frequented areas, and keep valuables securely stowed.

Is Peru safe for solo female travelers?

Yes, it is safe to visit Peru as a solo female traveler. We even have a guide dedicated to women traveling solo .

A young woman in a sagging gray knit beanie and light, puffy, dark blue jacket walks through a Peruvian souvenir market.

Peru is a great destination for solo women travelers. Just take the same precautions you would at any other popular tourist destination. Image : By Willian Justen de Vasconcellos on Unsplash .

Is Peru safe to visit for kids?

Peru is a safe and great place to travel with kids of all ages. Many kids find Machu Picchu’s history fascinating . There are also tons of kid-friendly activities to do, such as hiking with llamas and chocolate making workshops.

Is Lima, Peru safe to visit?

Short answer: yes. Visiting Lima is just like visiting any other metropolitan area. There is, of course, a risk of petty-crime. But Lima is largely safe if you stick to the main touristic areas, such as Miraflores and Barranco. Take the same safety precautions you would when visiting any other city. Pay attention to your surroundings, keep valuables safe, and stick to well-lit and populated areas at night.

Note that for the historic center, since it is close to insecure areas, it is recommended to only visit during the day.

Is Cusco safe?

Yes. Cusco is a safe place for tourists to visit. It’s a small city with most of its tourist sites concentrated in the historic center and the adjoining hillside. Petty theft and pickpocketing can occur in Cusco, so pay attention to your surroundings and belongings.

Is Machu Picchu safe?

Yes. Machu Picchu is very safe for tourists. The archeological site itself has many security guards and tour guides keeping an eye on things. Aguas Calientes , the town at the bottom of the mountain, is small and very calm.

How can I keep my valuables safe during my Peru vacation?

Keep valuables like smartphones and wallets out of sight and secured inside a money belt, purse, or backpack. Leave any expensive or flashy jewelry in your hotel safe or back at home.

A black hotel safe with its door open and a keypad lock sits on a wooden night stand.

Keep your valuables locked up in your hotel safe when you’re out exploring. Image : By Marco Verch . Used under CC BY 2.0 / Compressed from original.

What does the Peru tourist police do?

During your visit to Peru you will likely see a number of “Tourist Police.” Peru’s tourist police specialize in the safety, protection, and orientation of tourists during their visit. They patrol commercial areas, hotels, archaeological sites, and museums. They also speak English fluently. If you find youself in need of any assistance feel free to ask them for help.

The tourist police’s phone number is 0800-22221.

How can I avoid getting altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness affects most people at and above 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) above sea level. There are a few ways to combat altitude sickness:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat light meals on the first few days at high elevation.
  • Avoid strenuous activity during the first few days at high elevation.
  • Gradually travel to higher elevations (i.e., travel to the Sacred Valley first before circling back to Cusco).
  • Use local remedies, such as coca tea, if recommended by your doctor.
  • Use over-the-counter or prescription medication if recommended by your doctor.

Close up of a woman's hands holding a white mug of coca tea infused with whole coca leaves.

Coca tea is the local remedy for soroche , or altitude sickness. Image : By Nick Jewell . Used under CC BY 2.0 / Compressed from original.

Can you drink the tap water in Peru?

No. It is not safe to drink the tap water. While traveling in Peru, always drink filtered or bottled water.

Are there any vaccinations required for Peru?

Peru does not require any special vaccinations in order to enter the country. All travelers should, however, be up-to-date on their routine vaccinations. For special vaccine considerations, you can visit the CDC’s website or speak with a specialized travel doctor.

Should I bring malaria medication on my Peru trip?

Malaria does exist in the Amazon region of Peru. However, tourists visiting the Amazon for a relatively short time (a few days to a week) rarely catch the disease, especially if they are adequately protecting themselves from mosquitos. If you are planning to stay in the Amazon for a longer period of time or to visit more remote jungle locations, check with your doctor or a specialized travel doctor if you should bring malaria medication.

Is it safe to hail a taxi off the street in Peru?

It is a bit risky to hail a taxi off the street in Peru. Street taxis are sometimes poorly maintained, lack rear-seat seatbelts, or are unlicensed. It is more advisable to call a reputable taxi service (or use a taxi app if in Lima).

Is it safe to drive in Peru?

Although not particularly dangerous, driving conditions in Peru are not on the same level as more developed countries. In poor urban areas and more rural ones, road conditions may be poorly maintained. Some areas only have dirt roads and often are poorly marked. Highways through the mountains are notoriously narrow and winding. It is not recommended to drive on these roads at night.

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Stay safe when walking around the city by sticking to the sidewalk and watching for cars when you cross the road, even if you have the green light. Photo by Ana Castañeda for Peru For Less.

Are adventure tours safe in Peru?

Reputable adventure tour providers who regularly maintain their equipment and have valid certifications offer perfectly safe adventure tours. Do not reserve such a tour with a provider who is informally operating or doesn’t have proper certifications.

Are ayahuasca ceremonies in Peru safe?

Ayahuasca ceremonies can be a safe and enlightening experience so long as they are performed with participants’ health and safety in mind. It is easy to take advantage of someone under the influence of this hallucinogenic substance. Do your research and only go with a trustworthy shaman.

How frequent are earthquakes in Peru?

Earthquakes are difficult to predict. Peru may have a few earthquakes one year and none the next. These range in magnitude from minor rumbles to intense quakes like the 2007 earthquake

How frequent are tsunamis in Peru?

Tsunamis in this region are most often the result of earthquakes. This means that predicting a tsunami is just as difficult as predicting an earthquake. However, the good news is that a severe earthquake is necessary to create a tsunami and such powerful quakes are few and far between.

Should I get insurance before traveling to Peru?

It’s always a good idea to have travel insurance before any big international trip! Although Peru is a perfectly safe travel destination, things don’t always go according to plan. This could be because of inclement weather that cancels a flight or lost luggage from a connecting flight. Trip insurance ensures that your investment is protected.

Where can I stay up to date on Peru travel advisories and saftey alerts?

To stay up to date on current events in Peru, including Peru travel warnings and health notices, you can check the following:

  • US Embassy Peru
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  • Andina (English language Peruvian newspaper)

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When you take basic safety precautions, you’re sure to have a fun and memorable trip! Image : By Ray Berry on Unsplash .

Although Peru is still developing, it has come a long way.  Today traveling to Peru is just like visiting any other international destination. By taking a few safety precautions, you are sure to have an enjoyable trip that will go off without a hitch. Not only is Peru safe, but it’s also welcoming for all travelers! Peru For Less would also like to let you know that Travel Advisories and conflicts listed on the United States travel website are far removed from the safe tourist areas you’ll be visiting.

Rest assured that when you book through Peru for Less, your trip will go smoothly. Feel free to Contact our team to plan your dream Peru vacation from start to finish.

Carli Tovar

Carli is originally from El Paso, Texas, but grew up moving around several different states in the United States. Eager for change once again, she decided to make her biggest move to Lima, Peru after graduating from University. Since living in Peru, Carli has discovered that she is quite passionate about Lima’s restaurant scene, yoga, and meeting new people.

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Welcome to our Peru safety guide.

This iconic nation is full of incredible destinations and things to do, and in our experience is one of the most varied nations you can visit in Latin America.

From hiking dizzying Andean peaks and trekking through the rainforest to exploring ancient ruins and eating some pretty bizarre foods , Peru is a very memorable country to travel through.

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  • 📍 Where is it: South America
  • 🗺 Difficulty Getting There: Very Easy
  • ⏱ Time needed: 2 Weeks (Minimum)
  • ☀️ Best Time to Visit: September/October

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What's in this guide?

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore everything you’ll need to know about Safety in Peru as a backpacker or traveler .

We’ll look at all the different factors, our top safety tips, other useful information as well as an FAQ section where we answer your key questions.

Is Peru Safe Right Now?

Quick Answer: Although political instability seems to be an annual event here, Peru is still a pretty safe country to travel around. This is especially the case in popular destinations such as Arequipa, Cusco , Huaraz and Máncora.

Of course it depends on where you’ll be staying and what you are doing, but in general it’s quite an easy country to travel around safely. Of course Lima (and other cities) have many bad areas, however later we’ll look at the safest areas to stay in as well as some safety tips later in this guide.

Peru Travel Warnings

The main government warnings are for areas along the Peruvian-Colombian border (in the Amazon jungle) as well as in the VRAEM territory which are dangerous mostly due to drug trafficking. However these are far from the tourist paths, and there’s little reason to head to these areas anyway.

When traveling through Peru, the biggest issue will be pickpocketing which is usually targeted towards tourists. This is why it’s important to keep valuables locked back in your apartment, as well as using a Money Belt when traveling between areas.

Assault and other violent crimes can also occur, however they’re rare and would happen far from the historic centres (Plaza de Armas). It’s still wise to prepare as best as you can before heading here, so be sure to read our top safety tips later in this article.

Where to Stay in Peru

Lima – Miraflores is by far the best area, which is more safe and touristy than the historic centre. The Selina Miraflores in our experience is the best hostel you can stay at when in the capital, with both decent dorms and private rooms. There’s also an on-site bar as well as daily organised activities such as surfing and salsa lessons to get involved with.

Cusco – The Plaza de Armas is the best place to be in Cusco. Those looking to keep things cheap will love Kokopelli Hostel , which has a variety of room options, an awesome (included) breakfast as well as a very social and fun atmosphere. If you want a more luxurious experience then we recommend staying at the Hotel San Pedro Plaza , which is right on the Plaza de Armas.

Iquitos – This city can be quite an assault on the senses for first-timers, and in a good way too. The Plaza de Armas is also a nice area to base yourself in before heading out into the jungle. We recommend staying at Camu Camu , which is in a decent area and has wifi (as well as air conditioning in all rooms).

Things to do in Peru

There are literally countless incredible things to do here. There’s a reason George spent most of his time here and now lives in Peru!

The Andes is a breathtaking region to visit, where you can hike some awesome mountains and see some stunning ancient ruins . The best are in Cusco and Huaraz, and in the former you can head on the legendary Inca Trail Trek . You’ll also find many great ancient sites here such as Machu Picchu, Moray Ruins as well as the site of Chavín de Huántar.

If you’re after a scenic yet different kind of landscape, then we’ve also got you covered. Huacachina is a great stop near Lima, which is home to massive dunes that surround this oasis town . You can join this Sandboarding Tour through the desert whilst here. The same goes with the Colca Canyon near Arequipa, which is the second deepest on earth.

Then we have the Amazon Jungle. Covering over a third of the country, it’s home to many incredible species such as Pink River Dolphins, Jaguars, Capybara and Piranhas .

It’s worth heading on this multi-day tour from Iquitos , where you’ll get to see many of these rare animals and have the trip of your life. Other good jumping-off points into the Peruvian Jungle are from Tarapoto and Puerto Maldonado.

Is Lima Safe to visit?

Below we’ll take a look at the current safety situation in Lima.

Crime in Lima

From personal experience, Lima definitely feels safer in its touristy areas when compared with other South American capitals (such as Quito and Bogotá). However crime still occurs daily, especially in areas in the centre and the north of the city (like Callao and the Historic Centre).

This is usually theft or sometimes assault, and is mostly between locals although there have been incidents involving tourists. This is why it’s always important to research where you’re going before, and make any necessary precautions too.

In areas like Miraflores crime is much lower, although pickpocketing can still be an issue along the less touristy streets . If heading to the beach or out at night, it’s wise to leave valuables locked away safe in your apartment.

According to data collected by Numbeo, Lima scored 70.70 on the crime index (0 being the safest whilst 100 the most dangerous). For reference, Quito scored 61.98 whilst Mexico City scored 67.95.

We suggest learning some Spanish before arriving here so you can get inside safety tips from the locals while here. See this handy Spanish phrase book to assist you along the way.

What parts of Lima are safe?

The safest areas for tourists to head to in Lima are Miraflores, San Isidro and Barranco .

Not only are they the most built-up and are used to accommodating tourists (lots of nice hotels, restaurants and other amenities here), however they also have a more secure feel too.

Even walking around in the streets you’ll feel it’s different here, especially once you start making day trips to the historic centre or other areas.

Lima Safety at Night

Again, areas like Miraflores and Barranco feel very safe at night, and it’s fine to walk alone (just try to avoid looking lost as we always say).

You’ll want to use increased caution if heading outside of these areas, and avoid entirely going to places like Callao which are pretty dangerous .

When heading out to bars or nightclubs, just be careful in the historic centre given pickpocketing can occur (it’s especially infamous in La Casona).

Be sure to read our Lima Safety Guide for more tips on how to travel around the Peruvian capital safely.

7 Safety Tips for Peru

Below we will list 7 of our top safety tips for when heading to Peru.

1. Stay near the Plaza de Armas

Something that we echoed in this traveling Peru post, the Plaza de Armas are almost always the best areas for a stay in Peruvian cities and towns. Given there’s lots of tourist destinations and amenities like hotels and restaurants, there’s added safety presence which makes it a lot safer. The only exception is Lima, where you’re best in either Miraflores or Barranco .

2. Check Tour Reviews before Committing

In 90%+ of instances this won’t be an issue, especially when heading to Machu Picchu or any other popular region. However in other circumstances (such as hiking tours) you’ll want to check their reputation as well as attitude towards following safety protocols. Those looking to hike Colca Canyon will be in good hands with this multi-day tour .

3. Use Uber and InDriver

Of course not all taxis that are hailed from the streets are going to rob you, however this is more of a risk in Peru (especially if arriving late at night or to an unfamiliar part of the city). We highly recommend using both Uber and InDriver, which are safer and also have less chance of you being ripped off .

4. Padlock your Bags when Traveling on Buses

Call us paranoid, however we’ve had very little issues when it comes to having been robbed. This is mostly from proactive safety habits, and this one is very useful for travel in Peru. Given many buses will be long and often overnight , it’s wise to lock up bags whilst you get some much needed rest. If you will sleep, then try to put a limb through a strap so the whole thing isn’t stolen either! We recommend using this secure Padlock .

5. Do not Drink Tap Water

Similarly to other countries such as Mexico, drinking the local water is an absolute no-no. Unless you’re in a five-star hotel, it’s most likely not treated and could have parasites or other nasties lurking around. Much better to buy big, sealed bottles of water and refill from there. If heading on a longer jungle or mountain hike, you can also carry a filtered water bottle like this one and drink from pretty much any source.

6. Take out a Solid Travel Insurance Policy

Travel insurance is important, especially before heading to Peru, given you’ll want to be covered the day you arrive. Whilst most travel in Latin America is pretty adventurous, Peru is known for its incredible range of experiences. This is why it’s vitally important to take out a solid travel insurance policy to cover you in event of any mishaps. This also includes coverage if your phone or other personal items get damaged or stolen.

7. Prepare Well for Each Destination

Peru is a really varied region, and it’s important to prepare accordingly to where you’re going. Heading to a high-altitude area like Cusco or Puno? Buy Coca Leaves and take it easy the first 48 hours . How about the Amazon Jungle? Then you’ll need lots of mosquito repellent and a good quality poncho . Even little things like these can make your overall experience much more enjoyable and smooth.

Peru Safety FAQ Guide:

Here we’ll take a look at the most frequent questions we get asked by our readers about safety in Peru.

Is Peru safe for American tourists?

Absolutely, as long as you prepare properly and get to know the best destinations to travel to. Most cities have safe areas to base yourself in, and then it’s just a case of following our safety tips above and you’ll have a both safe and fun time here.

Is Peru safe to travel alone?

George can speak from solid experience here, and feels it’s one of the best countries for solo travelers. Aside from having a really social scene (especially in the south of the country), it’s also quite safe to travel alone. As long as you keep your guard raised when in a new place (especially in the bus terminals) then you’ll highly unlikely have any issues here.

Is Cusco safe?

The historic centre of Cusco is one of the safest of its kinds here in Peru. Aside from numerous street vendors consistently haggling, the culture and feel here is much safer compared with that of say Lima. See our guide on travel safety in Cusco and just be careful when crossing the roads here (check three times), since driving in Peru is pretty wild to say the least!

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Is Peru safe? Final Words

And that’s all for our guide on how to stay safe in Peru. This incredible nation is full of unforgettable experiences. From exploring the Amazon Jungle to standing above the clouds in the Andes , there’s plenty of bucket list things to see and do here.

Peru is also a relatively safe country to visit. Whilst first-timers will need to get accustomed (follow our safety tips in this article), those with more experience can arrive and hit the ground running here. It’s still important to keep your guard raised when somewhere new, and to look out for any local advisories for where you’re heading.

In this guide, we’ve explored the current safety situation in Peru , which includes the areas to avoid, as well as any current travel advisories. As well as looking at the best things to do in Peru, we’ve also included our FAQ which answers your most burning questions.

While you’re still here, be sure to read our Peru Itinerary for more tips and travel inspiration.

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Tips For Safely Traveling With Money In Peru

  • Last updated May 13, 2024
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Traveling to Peru can be an exciting and enriching experience, filled with stunning landscapes, ancient ruins, and vibrant cultures. However, just like any other travel destination, it is important to take necessary precautions when it comes to your money and personal belongings. In this article, we will provide you with essential tips for safely traveling with money in Peru, ensuring that your trip is worry-free and enjoyable. From using secure banking methods to being aware of common scams, we have you covered. So read on to discover how to protect your finances and have peace of mind during your Peruvian adventures!

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Currency exchange options for travelers in peru, tips for using atms and credit cards in peru, safeguarding your money and valuables while traveling in peru, budgeting and managing expenses during your trip to peru.


When traveling to Peru, it's important to plan how you will handle your money. While Peru's official currency is the sol (S/), it's helpful to know about the various currency exchange options available for travelers.

Local currency exchange offices:

One of the most common ways to exchange money in Peru is through local currency exchange offices, known as casas de cambio. These offices are easily found in tourist areas and major cities. It's recommended to compare exchange rates from different casas de cambio to ensure you get the best deal. Avoid exchanging money at airports or hotels, as they often offer less favorable rates.

Banks in Peru also provide currency exchange services. While exchange rates may be slightly better than those at casas de cambio, banks usually charge higher fees. It's important to note that some banks may have limited currency exchange hours, so it's advisable to check their operating hours beforehand.

Using ATMs in Peru is a convenient way to withdraw local currency. Look for ATMs that are affiliated with global networks such as Visa, Mastercard, or Cirrus. These ATMs are widely available and can be found in most urban areas. However, it's important to check with your bank about foreign transaction fees and withdrawal limits before you travel to avoid any surprises.

Credit and debit cards:

Most businesses in Peru, especially in tourist areas, accept major credit and debit cards. This can be a convenient way to make purchases without the need for cash. However, it's important to inform your bank about your travel plans to prevent any unexpected card blocks due to suspicious activity. While credit and debit cards are widely accepted, it's advisable to carry some cash for smaller vendors or when traveling to more remote areas.

Traveler's checks:

Though traveler's checks are becoming less popular, some travelers may still prefer to use them for added security. American Express traveler's checks are widely accepted in Peru. However, keep in mind that there may be limited locations where you can cash them. It's also important to bring your passport and the purchase receipt when cashing traveler's checks.

Before departing for Peru, it's advisable to research the current exchange rates and fees associated with each currency exchange option. Additionally, it's recommended to carry a mix of cash, credit/debit cards, and traveler's checks to ensure you have multiple payment options. Remember to keep a copy of important documents, such as passport and card information, in a safe place. By planning ahead and understanding the currency exchange options, you can enjoy a smooth and hassle-free trip to Peru.

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Peru is an incredible travel destination with its stunning landscapes, rich culture, and vibrant cities. When preparing for a trip to Peru, one important aspect to consider is how to handle your money during your stay. In this article, we will provide you with helpful tips for using ATMs and credit cards in Peru.

  • **Inform your bank**: Before you travel to Peru, contact your bank and inform them about your trip. This is crucial to avoid any unexpected issues with your cards being blocked due to suspicious international transactions. Additionally, ask if there are any international fees associated with using your cards in Peru. It is advisable to use cards with low or no foreign transaction fees.
  • **Bring multiple payment options**: While Peru is becoming more card-friendly, it is always a good idea to have multiple payment options. Carry some cash in both the local currency (Peruvian Sol) and US dollars as a backup. US dollars are widely accepted in tourist areas and can be exchanged at currency exchange offices or banks.
  • **ATM withdrawals**: ATMs are widely available in most cities and towns in Peru. However, it is important to use ATMs located at reputable banks and avoid standalone ATMs on the streets, as they may have a higher risk of card skimming. Be cautious of strangers offering to assist you at the ATM; it is best to carry out your transactions alone.
  • **Withdraw local currency**: When using ATMs in Peru, choose the option to withdraw funds in the local currency (Peruvian Sol). While some ATMs may offer to withdraw in your home currency, this often comes with higher fees and less favorable exchange rates. If possible, select a bank that offers reliable ATMs, such as Banco de Crédito (BCP) or Scotiabank.
  • **Notify your credit card company**: Similar to informing your bank, it is recommended to notify your credit card company about your travel plans. This helps them monitor and prevent any unauthorized transactions on your account. It is also essential to check if your credit card offers any travel insurance coverage for emergencies or lost/stolen items.
  • **Use credit cards in reliable establishments**: Credit cards are widely accepted in major cities and tourist areas in Peru. However, it is always advisable to use them in reputable establishments such as restaurants, hotels, and well-known stores. Keep an eye on your card during transactions to prevent any potential fraudulent activities.
  • **Keep your cards and money secure**: Maintain your cards and cash in a secure place while traveling in Peru. Consider using a money belt or a hidden pouch to keep your valuables safe. Avoid carrying large sums of money and refrain from displaying your wealth in public places to minimize the risk of being targeted by pickpockets or thieves.
  • **Monitor your accounts**: Regularly monitor your bank and credit card accounts online to check for any suspicious activity. If you notice any unauthorized transactions, contact your bank or credit card company immediately to report the issue and take appropriate action to protect your finances.

By following these tips for using ATMs and credit cards in Peru, you can ensure a smooth and secure financial experience during your trip. Remember to plan ahead, inform your bank, and keep your cards and money safe. With careful preparation, you can focus on enjoying the incredible wonders that Peru has to offer without worrying about your finances.

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Traveling to Peru can be an exciting and enriching experience, but it's essential to take steps to safeguard your money and valuables while you're away from home. Follow these tips to ensure that your trip remains hassle-free and your belongings stay secure.

  • Use multiple forms of payment: It's a good idea to carry a mixture of cash, credit cards, and debit cards while traveling in Peru. Cash is useful for small purchases and in areas where card payments may not be accepted. Credit cards offer added security and can be used for larger payments, while debit cards can be used to withdraw cash from ATMs.
  • Notify your bank and credit card companies: Before departing for Peru, inform your bank and credit card companies about your travel plans. This way, they won't mistakenly flag your transactions as fraudulent, potentially blocking your cards. Obtain emergency contact numbers from them so that you can report any lost or stolen cards immediately.
  • Carry a money belt or a hidden wallet: Pickpocketing can be a problem in crowded places like markets and tourist attractions. Invest in a money belt or a hidden wallet that you can wear discreetly under your clothing. These secure pockets are perfect for storing your cash, cards, and passport, ensuring that they aren't easily accessible to thieves.
  • Keep a photocopy of your important documents: Make copies of your passport, visas, and other important travel documents before you leave. Store these photocopies separately from the originals and leave another set with someone at home for safekeeping. In case your documents get lost or stolen, having copies will make it easier to replace them.
  • Use a combination lock for your luggage: Protect your belongings by securing your luggage with a sturdy combination lock. This will deter opportunistic thieves from tampering with your bags. If you're staying in hotels or hostels, take advantage of in-room safes to store your valuables when you're not carrying them with you.
  • Be cautious when using ATMs: ATMs are readily available in Peru, but it's essential to exercise caution when using them. Opt for ATMs located in well-lit areas or inside banks. Shield your PIN when entering it and be aware of your surroundings to avoid potential scams or theft attempts. If possible, use ATMs inside banks during business hours for added security.
  • Avoid flashy displays of wealth: While it's natural to want to capture beautiful memories with your expensive camera or brand-new smartphone, it's best to avoid drawing unnecessary attention to yourself. Flashy displays of wealth can make you a target for pickpockets. Be discreet when using your electronics and consider using a plain bag instead of a designer one.
  • Use hotel safes or secure lockers: If you're staying in accommodations that offer a safe or secure lockers, make use of them to store your valuables when you're not actively using them. It adds an extra layer of security and peace of mind.
  • Stay informed about common scams: Research common scams that occur in Peru before your trip, so you can be better prepared to recognize and avoid them. For example, be cautious of unofficial tour guides who may charge exorbitant prices or try to coerce you into buying unnecessary items. Stay vigilant and trust your gut instincts when dealing with unfamiliar situations.
  • Consider travel insurance: Lastly, consider purchasing travel insurance that covers theft, loss of valuables, and medical expenses. While it may not prevent theft or loss, it can provide financial protection and assistance in case anything unfortunate happens during your trip.

By following these tips, you can minimize the risks associated with traveling with money and valuables in Peru. Stay alert, be proactive, and focus on enjoying the rich cultural experiences that Peru has to offer.

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Peru is a fascinating destination with its rich cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and delicious cuisine. However, like any other travel destination, it's important to plan and budget ahead to make the most of your trip. Here are some tips on how to budget and manage your expenses during your trip to Peru:

Research and plan your itinerary:

Before you embark on your journey, research and plan your itinerary carefully. This will help you estimate your daily expenses and allocate your budget accordingly. Make sure to include all the activities, transportation, accommodation, and meals you plan to have during your stay in Peru.

Determine your budget:

Decide on your overall budget for the trip and then break it down into daily and category-wise budgets. This will give you a clear idea of how much you can spend every day and help you make informed decisions about your expenses.

Allow for unexpected expenses:

While budgeting, always keep some money aside for unexpected expenses such as medical emergencies or lost belongings. It's always better to be prepared for these situations, so you don't end up overspending or facing difficulties during your trip.

Choose accommodation wisely:

One of the major expenses during any trip is accommodation. Research and compare different options such as hotels, hostels, and guesthouses to find the one that fits your budget and preferences. Consider factors like location, amenities, and reviews before making a booking.

Eat at local restaurants:

Peru is known for its delicious cuisine, and trying local food is a must during your trip. Eating at local restaurants or street food stalls can save you a significant amount of money compared to dining at touristy restaurants. Not only will you get an authentic culinary experience, but you'll also support local businesses.

Use public transportation:

Instead of relying on taxis or private transfers, take advantage of the public transportation system in Peru. Buses and trains are usually more affordable options to get around the cities and towns. Additionally, consider walking or cycling for shorter distances to save money and explore the surroundings.

Bargain and negotiate:

When shopping at markets or dealing with street vendors, don't hesitate to bargain and negotiate the prices. It's common practice in Peru, and you can often get a better deal if you're willing to haggle. However, be respectful and know the limits; don't excessively lowball the vendors.

Carry local currency:

While credit cards are widely accepted in major cities, it's always a good idea to carry some local currency (Peruvian Soles) for smaller establishments or places that might not accept cards. ATMs are readily available in Peru, but be aware of the fees associated with foreign transactions.

Keep track of your expenses:

To ensure you stick to your budget, keep a record of all your expenses. This can be as simple as writing them down in a notebook or using a budgeting app on your smartphone. By tracking your expenses, you'll be able to identify any overspending and adjust accordingly.

Stay aware of exchange rates:

Exchange rates can fluctuate, so it's important to stay updated on the current rates. Avoid exchanging money at airports or touristy areas as they often offer unfavorable rates. Instead, opt for licensed currency exchange centers or withdraw cash from ATMs for better rates.

By following these budgeting and expense management tips, you can make the most of your trip to Peru without busting your budget. Remember to plan ahead, be flexible, and always prioritize experiences that align with your interests and budget. Enjoy your journey through the vibrant landscapes and cultural wonders of Peru!

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Frequently asked questions.

It is recommended to bring a mixture of both cash and cards when traveling to Peru. Bring enough cash to cover your immediate expenses such as transportation, food, and minor purchases. It is also advisable to have some extra cash as a backup.

It is generally recommended to exchange your currency to Peruvian Soles after arriving in Peru. You can exchange your currency at airports, banks, or authorized currency exchange offices. The exchange rates are usually better in Peru compared to other countries.

Yes, major credit and debit cards are widely accepted in most establishments in Peru, especially in major cities and tourist areas. However, it is advisable to inform your bank or credit card provider about your travel plans to avoid any card blocks or fraud alerts.

ATMs are readily available in Peru, particularly in cities and tourist areas. However, it is recommended to use ATMs located in well-lit and populated areas to ensure your safety. Be cautious of your surroundings and cover your keypad when entering your PIN.

Some banks may charge international transaction fees or currency conversion fees when using credit or debit cards abroad. It is advisable to check with your bank or card issuer regarding any potential fees and inform them about your travel plans to avoid any unexpected charges.

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This Lesser-Known Latin American City With Ancient Ruins Is Seeing Record Tourism

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Latin America is surging in popularity with American travelers now that they're letting go of their reservations and starting to question their preconceived notion of the ‘dangerous', ‘risky' Global South, and how mainstream media portrays it .

From a beautiful, sprawling Mexico City down to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro , they are (re)discovering the subcontinent's diverse heritage , falling back in love with its culture, and being greeted by friendly locals who'll go out of their way to make they feel welcome.

One such destination that has somehow flown under the radar for most, yet is now experiencing a Tourism Reinassance, is Cusco :

Record Increase In Tourism This Year

Cusco is the cultural capital of Peru, as well as the country's leading destination.

It hosted 121,000 guests in the first trimester of 2024, and as confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism , it is the second most important region in the country in terms of tourism.

So far, there's been a 67% increase in the number of arrivals year-on-year already, the most out of any destination in Peru, and if the international crowds cramming into the cobbled streets and the young clientele in local hostels are anything to go by, it is one of Latin America's trendiest spots.

However, Cusco is not as popular a Latin American city break as Medellin in Colombia, or Buenos Aires in Argentina, and you may be wondering how this lesser-known Andean hub has managed to gain so much traction, in such a short period of time .

There are many factors to be taken into account here, which we'll get into in detail, but the main thing is Cusco is a literal playground for culture enthusiasts:

It's One Of The Oldest Cities In The Entire Americas

For starters, it is one of the oldest cities in the Americas.

It was settled as early as 1100, when the European Middle Ages was at its peak, by a Peruvian civilization that was developed enough to build fortified cities, imperial palaces, and centers of knowledge.

You might know them as the Incas, who made Cusco the capital of their vast empire, which included much of the so-called Sacred Valley, as well as the historic Machu Picchu , still a popular pilgrimage site for tourists visiting the region.

The arrival of the Spaniards in the 16th century led to many changes, namely the introduction of a Europeanized city layout, with a central square and cathedral serving as the main meeting point, commercial zones, and colonial mansions that replaced once-ornate Incan temples.

The Very Best Of Both Worlds

Horrors of colonization aside, Cusco is the perfect marriage between the native Peruvian and European settlers, in the same way, the encounter of the Aztecs with the Spaniards gave rise to Mexico City, or the interactions between Mayans and Europeans resulted in a multicultural Merida.

Nicknamed ‘Rome of the Americas', the UNESCO-listed Old Town is an absolute marvel, with cobblestone paths that start from the colonial Plaza de Armas and run uphill towards picturesque alleys lined by terracotta-roofed, low houses.

It has Spanish-built monuments that were lifted from the ruins of conquered Incan forts, a unique cityscape characterized by Baroque and indigenous elements, and a delectable cuisine that combines both cultural traits that make up modern-day Peru.

The local cuisine is an attraction in its own right , with a variety of chilies and quinoa, corn-based dishes-no trip to Cusco is complete without a visit to a local market to get a chicha sandwich or a savory tamale -and there's plenty of cheap local eateries to pick from.

It's Ridiculously Affordable

Speaking of affordability, Cusco is one of the most budget-friendly cultural destinations in Latin America:

Whether you're traveling on limited funds or you've got a healthy budget, you're unlikely to break the bank here when street delicacies cost $1 – $3, and full restaurant meals are still an affordable $5 – $10.

Staying at the Dreams Boutique Hotel in Downtown Cusco, a 16-minute walk from the Plaza de Armas, will also only set you back by $46 per night in August.

Meanwhile, the 5-star, historic Palacio Manco Capac by Ananay, boasting incredible views of the Old Town and the Andean peaks that surround would still cost only $154 .

The ‘young & broke' also have a reason to rejoice, as dormitory beds in centrally-located hostels, within walking distance of all the fun, start from a shockingly-cheap $5.

Overall, the cost of a one-week trip to Cusco for a single traveler, staying in three-star hotels and eating local (as opposed to fancy, dollarized restaurants) is, believe it or not, $353: you'd probably spend that in a low-season weekend getaway to New York, and that's a conservative estimate .

Is Cusco Safe?

Latin America has got a bad rep in recent decades for being a crime hotspot, and we'll keep it real with you: it's no… Switzerland.

The media is right, to a certain extent, when they point out that violent crimes occur at a higher rate in select cities or that corruption is endemic, pervading several sectors of society from politicians high up down to merchants in street markets that sell overpriced trinkets to naive tourists.

That being said, not one Latin American destination is like the other, and risks vary dramatically depending on where you are in the continent.

In Cusco, violence is not that big of a concern for visitors-it's an unusually peaceful mid-size city compared to its Latin counterparts-but they must watch out for pickpockets and scammers.

Peru as a whole is fairly peaceful, with U.S. authorities considering it a Level 2 destination.

In non-technical terms, you should simply exercise greater caution in specific situations, such as avoiding deserted areas at night, watching out for bag snatchers in crowds, and avoiding showing signs of wealth.

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Mexico tightens travel rules on Peruvians in a show of visa diplomacy to slow migration to US

Peruvian Julia Paredes, left in white hat, listens to instructions from a Border Patrol agent with others seeking asylum as they wait to be processed after crossing the border with Mexico nearby, Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Boulevard, Calif. Mexico has begun requiring visas for Peruvians in response to a major influx of migrants from the South American country. The move follows identical ones for Venezuelans, Ecuadorians and Brazilians, effectively eliminating the option of flying to a Mexican city near the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Peruvian Julia Paredes, left in white hat, listens to instructions from a Border Patrol agent with others seeking asylum as they wait to be processed after crossing the border with Mexico nearby, Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Boulevard, Calif. Mexico has begun requiring visas for Peruvians in response to a major influx of migrants from the South American country. The move follows identical ones for Venezuelans, Ecuadorians and Brazilians, effectively eliminating the option of flying to a Mexican city near the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Julia Paredes, right, of Peru, gets a hug from volunteer Karen Parker, after crossing the border with Mexico nearby, Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Boulevard, Calif. Mexico has begun requiring visas for Peruvians in response to a major influx of migrants from the South American country. The move follows identical ones for Venezuelans, Ecuadorians and Brazilians, effectively eliminating the option of flying to a Mexican city near the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

A Border Patrol agent instructs a group of people seeking asylum, including Peruvians, as they are transported for processing after crossing the border with Mexico nearby, Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Boulevard, Calif. Mexico has begun requiring visas for Peruvians in response to a major influx of migrants from the South American country. The move follows identical ones for Venezuelans, Ecuadorians and Brazilians, effectively eliminating the option of flying to a Mexican city near the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

People seeking asylum walk through a field of wildflowers as they wait to be processed after crossing the border with Mexico nearby, Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Boulevard, Calif. Mexico has begun requiring visas for Peruvians in response to a major influx of migrants from the South American country. The move follows identical ones for Venezuelans, Ecuadorians and Brazilians, effectively eliminating the option of flying to a Mexican city near the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Peruvian Julia Paredes, center in white hat, listens to instructions from a Border Patrol agent with others seeking asylum as they wait to be processed after crossing the border with Mexico nearby, Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Boulevard, Calif. Mexico has begun requiring visas for Peruvians in response to a major influx of migrants from the South American country. The move follows identical ones for Venezuelans, Ecuadorians and Brazilians, effectively eliminating the option of flying to a Mexican city near the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Men seeking asylum, including Peruvians, line up as they wait to be processed after crossing the border with Mexico nearby, Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Boulevard, Calif. Mexico has begun requiring visas for Peruvians in response to a major influx of migrants from the South American country. The move follows identical ones for Venezuelans, Ecuadorians and Brazilians, effectively eliminating the option of flying to a Mexican city near the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

People seeking asylum keep warm near a fire as they wait to be processed, after crossing the border with Mexico nearby, Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Boulevard, Calif. Mexico has begun requiring visas for Peruvians in response to a major influx of migrants from the South American country. The move follows identical ones for Venezuelans, Ecuadorians and Brazilians, effectively eliminating the option of flying to a Mexican city near the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

People seeking asylum, including a group from Peru, walk behind a Border Patrol agent towards a van to be processed after crossing the border with Mexico nearby, Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Boulevard, Calif. Mexico has begun requiring visas for Peruvians in response to a major influx of migrants from the South American country. The move follows identical ones for Venezuelans, Ecuadorians and Brazilians, effectively eliminating the option of flying to a Mexican city near the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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BOULEVARD, Calif. (AP) — Julia Paredes believed her move to the United States might be now or never. Mexico was days from requiring visas for Peruvian visitors. If she didn’t act quickly, she would have to make a far more perilous, surreptitious journey over land to settle with her sister in Dallas.

Mexico began requiring visas for Peruvians on Monday in response to a major influx of migrants from the South American country, after identical moves for Venezuelans, Ecuadorians and Brazilians. It effectively eliminated the option of flying to a Mexican city near the U.S. border, as Paredes, 45, did just before it was too late.

“I had to treat it as a emergency,” said Paredes, who worked serving lunch to miners in Arequipa, Peru, and borrowed money to fly to Mexico’s Tijuana, across from San Diego. Last month smugglers guided her through a remote opening in the border wall to a dirt lot in California, where she and about 100 migrants from around the world shivered over campfires after a morning drizzle and waited for overwhelmed Border Patrol agents to drive them to a station for processing.

Senior U.S. officials, speaking to reporters ahead of a meeting of top diplomats from about 20 countries in the Western hemisphere this week in Guatemala, applauded Mexico’s crackdown on air travel from Peru and called visa requirements an important tool to jointly confront illegal migration.

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For critics, shutting down air travel only encourages more dangerous choices. Illegal migration by Venezuelans plummeted after Mexico imposed visa requirements in January 2022, but the lull was short-lived. Last year Venezuelans made up nearly two-thirds of the record-high 520,000 migrants who walked through the Darien Gap, the notorious jungle spanning parts of Panama and Colombia.

More than 25,000 Chinese traversed the Darien last year. They generally fly to Ecuador, a country known for few travel restrictions, and cross the U.S. border illegally in San Diego to seek asylum. With an immigration court backlog topping 3 million cases, it takes years to decide such claims, during which time people can obtain work permits and establish roots.

“People are going to come no matter what,” said Miguel Yaranga, 22, who flew from Lima, Peru’s capital, to Tijuana and was released by the Border Patrol Sunday at a San Diego bus stop. He had orders to appear in immigration court in New York in February 2025, which puzzled him because he said he told agents he would settle with his sister on the other side of the country, in Bakersfield, California.

Jeremy MacGillivray, deputy chief of the Mexico mission of the U.N.'s International Organization for Migration, predicts that Peruvian migration will drop “at least at the beginning” and bounce back as people shift to walking through the Darien Gap and to Central America and Mexico.

Mexico said last month that it would require visas for Peruvians for the first time since 2012 in response to a “substantial increase” in illegal migration. Large-scale Peruvian migration to Mexico began in 2022; Peruvians were stopped in the country an average of 2,160 times a month from January to March of this year, up from a monthly average of 544 times for all of 2023.

Peruvians also began showing up at the U.S. border in 2022. The U.S. Border Patrol arrested Peruvians an average of about 5,300 times a month last year before falling to a monthly average of 3,400 from January through March, amid a broad immigration crackdown by Mexico .

Peru immediately reciprocated Mexico’s visa requirement but changed course after a backlash from the country’s tourism industry. Peru noted in its reversal that it is part of a regional economic bloc that includes Mexico, Chile and Colombia.

Adam Isacson, an analyst at the Washington Office on Latin America, said Peru’s membership with Mexico in the Pacific Alliance allowed its citizens visa-free travel longer than other countries.

It is unclear if Colombia, also a major source of migration , will be next, but Isacson said Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is in a “lovefest” with his Colombian counterpart, Gustavo Petro, while his relations with Peru’s government are more strained.

Colombians are consistently near the top nationalities of migrants arriving at Tijuana’s airport. Many find hotels before a guide takes them to boulder-strewn mountains east of the city, where they cross through openings in the border wall and then walk toward dirt lots that the Border Patrol has identified as waiting stations.

Bryan Ramírez, 25, of Colombia, reached U.S. soil with his girlfriend last month, only two days after leaving Bogota for Cancun, Mexico, and continuing on another flight to Tijuana. He waited alongside others overnight for Border Patrol agents to pick him up as cold rain and high winds whipped over the crackle of high-voltage power lines.

The group waiting near Boulevard, a small, loosely defined rural town, included several Peruvians who said they came for economic opportunity and to escape violence and political crises.

Peruvians can still avoid the Darien jungle by flying to El Salvador, which introduced visa-free travel for them in December in reciprocation for a similar move by Peru’s government. But they would still have to travel over land through Mexico, where many are robbed or kidnapped.

Ecuadoreans, who have needed visas to enter Mexico since September 2021, can also fly to El Salvador, but not all do. Oscar Palacios, 42, said he walked through Darien because he couldn’t afford to fly.

Palacios, who left his wife and year-old child in Ecuador with plans to support them financially from the U.S., said it took him two weeks to travel from his home near the violent city of Esmeralda to Mexico’s border with Guatemala. It then took him two months to cross Mexico because immigration authorities turned him around three times and bused him back to the southern part of the country. He said he was robbed repeatedly.

Palacios finally reached Tijuana and, after three nights in a hotel, crossed into the U.S. A Border Patrol agent spotted him with migrants from Turkey and Brazil and drove them to the dirt lot to wait for a van or bus to take them to a station for processing. Looking back on the journey, Palacios said he would rather cross Darien Gap 100 times than Mexico even once.

Associated Press writer Christopher Sherman in Mexico City contributed.

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Mexico Tightens Travel Rules on Peruvians in a Show of Visa Diplomacy to Slow Migration to US

Mexico has begun requiring visas for Peruvians in response to a major influx of migrants from the South American country

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Peruvian Julia Paredes, left in white hat, listens to instructions from a Border Patrol agent with others seeking asylum as they wait to be processed after crossing the border with Mexico nearby, Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Boulevard, Calif. Mexico has begun requiring visas for Peruvians in response to a major influx of migrants from the South American country. The move follows identical ones for Venezuelans, Ecuadorians and Brazilians, effectively eliminating the option of flying to a Mexican city near the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

BOULEVARD, Calif. (AP) — Julia Paredes believed her move to the United States might be now or never. Mexico was days from requiring visas for Peruvian visitors. If she didn't act quickly, she would have to make a far more perilous, surreptitious journey over land to settle with her sister in Dallas.

Mexico began requiring visas for Peruvians on Monday in response to a major influx of migrants from the South American country, after identical moves for Venezuelans, Ecuadorians and Brazilians. It effectively eliminated the option of flying to a Mexican city near the U.S. border, as Paredes, 45, did just before it was too late.

“I had to treat it as a emergency,” said Paredes, who worked serving lunch to miners in Arequipa, Peru, and borrowed money to fly to Mexico's Tijuana, across from San Diego. Last month smugglers guided her through a remote opening in the border wall to a dirt lot in California , where she and about 100 migrants from around the world shivered over campfires after a morning drizzle and waited for overwhelmed Border Patrol agents to drive them to a station for processing.

Senior U.S. officials, speaking to reporters ahead of a meeting of top diplomats from about 20 countries in the Western hemisphere this week in Guatemala, applauded Mexico's crackdown on air travel from Peru and called visa requirements an important tool to jointly confront illegal migration.

For critics, shutting down air travel only encourages more dangerous choices. Illegal migration by Venezuelans plummeted after Mexico imposed visa requirements in January 2022, but the lull was short-lived. Last year Venezuelans made up nearly two-thirds of the record-high 520,000 migrants who walked through the Darien Gap, the notorious jungle spanning parts of Panama and Colombia.

More than 25,000 Chinese traversed the Darien last year. They generally fly to Ecuador, a country known for few travel restrictions, and cross the U.S. border illegally in San Diego to seek asylum. With an immigration court backlog topping 3 million cases, it takes years to decide such claims, during which time people can obtain work permits and establish roots.

“People are going to come no matter what,” said Miguel Yaranga, 22, who flew from Lima, Peru's capital, to Tijuana and was released by the Border Patrol Sunday at a San Diego bus stop. He had orders to appear in immigration court in New York in February 2025, which puzzled him because he said he told agents he would settle with his sister on the other side of the country, in Bakersfield, California.

Jeremy MacGillivray, deputy chief of the Mexico mission of the U.N.'s International Organization for Migration, predicts that Peruvian migration will drop “at least at the beginning” and bounce back as people shift to walking through the Darien Gap and to Central America and Mexico.

Mexico said last month that it would require visas for Peruvians for the first time since 2012 in response to a “substantial increase” in illegal migration. Large-scale Peruvian migration to Mexico began in 2022; Peruvians were stopped in the country an average of 2,160 times a month from January to March of this year, up from a monthly average of 544 times for all of 2023.

Peruvians also began showing up at the U.S. border in 2022. The U.S. Border Patrol arrested Peruvians an average of about 5,300 times a month last year before falling to a monthly average of 3,400 from January through March, amid a broad immigration crackdown by Mexico .

Peru immediately reciprocated Mexico's visa requirement but changed course after a backlash from the country's tourism industry. Peru noted in its reversal that it is part of a regional economic bloc that includes Mexico, Chile and Colombia.

Adam Isacson, an analyst at the Washington Office on Latin America, said Peru's membership with Mexico in the Pacific Alliance allowed its citizens visa-free travel longer than other countries.

It is unclear if Colombia, also a major source of migration , will be next, but Isacson said Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is in a “lovefest” with his Colombian counterpart, Gustavo Petro, while his relations with Peru's government are more strained.

Colombians are consistently near the top nationalities of migrants arriving at Tijuana's airport. Many find hotels before a guide takes them to boulder-strewn mountains east of the city, where they cross through openings in the border wall and then walk toward dirt lots that the Border Patrol has identified as waiting stations.

Bryan Ramírez, 25, of Colombia, reached U.S. soil with his girlfriend last month, only two days after leaving Bogota for Cancun, Mexico, and continuing on another flight to Tijuana. He waited alongside others overnight for Border Patrol agents to pick him up as cold rain and high winds whipped over the crackle of high-voltage power lines.

The group waiting near Boulevard, a small, loosely defined rural town, included several Peruvians who said they came for economic opportunity and to escape violence and political crises.

Peruvians can still avoid the Darien jungle by flying to El Salvador, which introduced visa-free travel for them in December in reciprocation for a similar move by Peru's government. But they would still have to travel over land through Mexico, where many are robbed or kidnapped.

Ecuadoreans, who have needed visas to enter Mexico since September 2021, can also fly to El Salvador, but not all do. Oscar Palacios, 42, said he walked through Darien because he couldn't afford to fly.

Palacios, who left his wife and year-old child in Ecuador with plans to support them financially from the U.S., said it took him two weeks to travel from his home near the violent city of Esmeralda to Mexico's border with Guatemala. It then took him two months to cross Mexico because immigration authorities turned him around three times and bused him back to the southern part of the country. He said he was robbed repeatedly.

Palacios finally reached Tijuana and, after three nights in a hotel, crossed into the U.S. A Border Patrol agent spotted him with migrants from Turkey and Brazil and drove them to the dirt lot to wait for a van or bus to take them to a station for processing. Looking back on the journey, Palacios said he would rather cross Darien Gap 100 times than Mexico even once.

Associated Press writer Christopher Sherman in Mexico City contributed.

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    FCDO travel advice for Peru. Includes safety and security, insurance, entry requirements and legal differences.

  8. Peru

    If your travel plans in Peru include outdoor activities, take these steps to stay safe and healthy during your trip. Stay alert to changing weather conditions and adjust your plans if conditions become unsafe. Prepare for activities by wearing the right clothes and packing protective items, such as bug spray, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit.

  9. Peru travel advice

    FCDO travel advice for Peru. Includes safety and security, insurance, entry requirements and legal differences.

  10. Peru Travel Safety Guide: Is Peru Safe?

    Yes, Peru is safe for a vacation. As of 2017, over 3,835,000 foreign visitors have enjoyed the country. Given that tourism is currently the nation's third largest source of foreign currency, Peru has an economical interest in seeing that the number of safe and happy travelers continues to grow.

  11. Peru Travel Advice & Safety

    Your travel insurance policy may not cover you when riding a motorbike, quad bike or similar vehicle. Always wear a helmet. Taxis. Travellers using unlicensed taxis have been victims of robbery, assault and rape. To stay safe when you arrive in Peru, either: arrange a taxi at the counter in Lima's international airport; use your hotel transfer ...

  12. Is Peru Safe to Visit? (Updated 2024)

    Here are some tips to help you plan and prepare for a safe visit to Peru: 1. Avoid displaying any expensive belongings - Keep your jewelry out of sight (or even leave it at home). Don't flaunt valuables. Be especially aware of taking out your phone, as phone theft is rampant ( over 4,000 phones are reported stolen every day ).

  13. Together we can beat COVID-19!

    Plan your entry to Peru. Visit IPERÚ site at peru.travel or IPERÚ WhatsApp for guidance on tourism services in Peru.; Complete the electronic health sworn statement here.; All travelers from 12 years of age and older must present, before boarding the plane, their COVID - 19 vaccination card with the complete vaccination doses, in Peru or abroad.

  14. Safe Travels

    You may travel around the country with the safety and health granted by the Safe Travels stamp, a world award given to some destinations in Peru. On the Coast. ... Know Peru safely. Your safety is first. Therefore, we show here the destinations with the Safe Travels stamp, a certification that ensures the necessary health measures and is backed ...

  15. Peru Travel Guide 2024 · Itineraries, Top Places, Safety

    A Travel Guide to Peru with ️ Travel Itineraries, ️ Top places to visit in 2024, ️ Safety, and more! ... it's one of the best things to do in Peru! Safety and Travel Advice in Peru. Enjoy your vacation in Peru to the fullest by taking the necessary precautions to enjoy a safe trip. The following tips help visitors get the most out of ...

  16. 10 things to know before going to Peru

    Here are some of the top things to know before traveling to Peru . 1. Peru's only international airport is in Lima. Until the Chinchero Airport (a 45-minute drive from Cuzco) is finished, all international air passengers to Peru will first touch land in the metropolitan area of Lima, via the Jorge Chávez International Airport.

  17. Travel Advisory: Peru

    Road travel from Lima to Huancayo city. Road travel from La Merced city to the Satipo provincial boundary. Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information. For Assistance: U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru. Avenida La Encalada 1615. Santiago de Surco 15023, Lima. +51-1-618-2000. [email protected].

  18. Peru Travel Guide (Updated 2024)

    Peru Travel Costs. Accommodation - A bed in a 4-6-bed dorm costs 35-65 PEN while a bed in a dorm with 10 or more beds generally costs 32-38 PEN. A private room costs 115-170 PEN per night. Free Wi-Fi is standard and most hostels also have a kitchen or include free breakfast.

  19. Is Peru Safe? (2024 Safety Guide)

    All are pretty unsafe if you ask me. Try not to travel between November and April. Aside from the politics of Peru, it's pretty much as safe a time as any to visit. Visiting Lima, in particular, has become a lot safer in recent years - it used to see a higher proportion of the country's overall crime rate.

  20. Is Peru Safe? What to Know about Peru Safety for Tourists

    Peru is a safe and great place to travel with kids of all ages. Many kids find Machu Picchu's history fascinating. There are also tons of kid-friendly activities to do, such as hiking with llamas and chocolate making workshops. Is Lima, Peru safe to visit? Short answer: yes. Visiting Lima is just like visiting any other metropolitan area.

  21. Is Peru Safe? Peru Travel Safety Tips for 2024

    7 Safety Tips for Peru. Below we will list 7 of our top safety tips for when heading to Peru. 1. Stay near the Plaza de Armas. Something that we echoed in this traveling Peru post, the Plaza de Armas are almost always the best areas for a stay in Peruvian cities and towns.

  22. Travel Advisories

    Peru Travel Advisory: Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution: November 15, 2023: ... Subscribe to get up-to-date safety and security information and help us reach you in an emergency abroad. ... You are about to leave travel.state.gov for an external website that is not maintained by the U.S. Department of State.

  23. Tips For Safely Traveling With Money In Peru

    Learn how to safely travel with money in Peru and keep your finances secure. Follow these tips to protect yourself from theft and ensure a worry-free trip. 525 Main St, Worcester, MA 01608 ... Tips for using ATMs and credit cards in Peru. Peru is an incredible travel destination with its stunning landscapes, rich culture, and vibrant cities ...

  24. This Lesser-Known Latin American City With Ancient Ruins Is ...

    Cusco is the cultural capital of Peru, as well as the country's leading destination. It hosted 121,000 guests in the first trimester of 2024, and as confirmed by the. Ministry of Foreign Trade and ...

  25. Mexico tightens travel rules on Peruvians in a show of visa diplomacy

    Peru noted in its reversal that it is part of a regional economic bloc that includes Mexico, Chile and Colombia. Adam Isacson, an analyst at the Washington Office on Latin America, said Peru's membership with Mexico in the Pacific Alliance allowed its citizens visa-free travel longer than other countries.

  26. Mexico Tightens Travel Rules on Peruvians in a Show of Visa Diplomacy

    Mexico said last month that it would require visas for Peruvians for the first time since 2012 in response to a "substantial increase" in illegal migration. Large-scale Peruvian migration to ...