I have lived in Cusco in Peru for over 6 years and worked in tourism for about 5 years, and I am happy to say that I have never really had any security issues. In fact, I can probably count three times when something small happened, usually when I wasn't aware and didn't think of my surroundings.
South America has a bad rap for crime and I am sure this is what sets many people off from traveling to Peru. Certainly some big cities in South America are hotspots for crime, and are probably best avoided, but Peru in & # 39; generally is one of & # 39; e safest countries on the continent, and with a few simple precautions is a perfectly safe destination.
I have been fortunate to travel a lot in my life, including most of Central and South America. Curious, however, were the places I feel most insecure I do not feel in South America, but actually North America. Taking a bus from downtown Los Angeles, or walking at night in Las Vegas, or an early morning walk to my Salt Lake City hostel were surprising concerns.
It is important to emphasize that Peru is a truly safe country, and that you should have the confidence that most Machu Picchu Vacations will go ahead without any problems, and provide you with just a few simple precautions.
Below I have written some general safety tips for all Machu Picchu Vacations:
Be careful when using ATM & # 39; s
People who withdraw money from ATM & # 39; s are an easy target, so be sure to withdraw cash. Only use ATMs that are inside (not on the street), avoid money late on & # 39; to take out at night, always cover your pain input and take only what you need. Also, check to make sure the machine you are not using has been removed. I read the other day about someone who had tried twice to take money from a machine, but although the machine probably paid off, the money was never spent. It was later revealed that a box had been attached to & # 39; ATM, and the money was in & # 39; handed out a box for the villains to collect later. If you think there is something wrong with the machine, use another one.
Use a reputable taxi company
So, most of & # 39; time take a taxi in & # 39; e street is okay, but it is always best to phone your hotel or restaurant to a taxi. There are some rare and unfortunate occasions when criminals pose as taxi drivers with the intention of robbing you. Do not put yourself in any risk and use a reputable taxi company.
Use your hotel box
Always look for your valuable items when staying in one hotel. This applies to all types of accommodation from hostels to upscale luxury places. Decide your passport, money, camera, credit cards, etc., so you know they are in a safe place, away from aunt. This can also frustrate your hotel if something goes wrong. I have seen a few cases on Machu Picchu vacations when travelers claimed that their cameras were taken out of their hotel room by the cleaner, when they actually got the camera out, for later that evening in & # 39; a tour bus. If there is no deposit box in your room, ask at the reception for a safe place to leave your items.
Handbags and purses
It doesn't make much sense to someone to put all their valuable items (money, credit cards, cameras, passports, etc.) in one handy to rob bag. Forget using a handbag in Peru and put your personal items in a safe (preferably zippered pocket) on your person. Handbags are an easy target in & # 39; the street, and even easier when attached to & # 39; hung behind your chair in a restaurant. Play safe and leave your handbag at home.
Dress a little
Do not think that all Peruvian people are poor, in fact with the rise in tourism, mining, gold, coffee and construction are really something very welcomed. On the flip side, there are some local people who consider all foreigners & # 39; to be very rich, and compared to what they have, they are probably equal in this assumption. If you are traveling on holiday in Machu Picchu, your money will not flow, so try adjusting and dressing a bit. Wearing expensive jewelry and flashing a lump of cash will only attract the wrong attention, increasing the chance of petty theft.
Be aware of your surroundings
This is probably the most important piece of advice I can offer, and this is what has probably kept me out of trouble all these years – paying attention to your surroundings. The majority of small thefts will happen when you least expect them, perhaps if you walk in a large crowd, eat a meal in a restaurant or even while you relax at Machu Picchu. Know who's talking about it, consider if someone is acting a little strange, and away from their situation. This may sound a little worrying, but you would probably do this in a city home if you thought someone was acting a little strange.
Take extra care at night
If you decide to drink a drink in a bar or even ride a nightclub, be sure to leave the venue late at night. Be aware of your surroundings, take an authorized taxi and always run with friends.
I must reiterate that Peru is a very safe country and most Machu Picchu holidays happen without any incident. Enjoy Peru and keep these few basic tips in mind, and keep safe.