I am flying to Peru in about two weeks and was wondering what are the areas to stay away from.?

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this is not a business trip

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  • Mr. S
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    1 decade ago
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    There's an assumption in your question... That said, South Americans are people - I have been to Peru four times... There are bad people, just like in US, some people will like you, just as in US, and some will not, just like in US. Well known tourist attraction - Machu Pichu. LIMA, the capital, resembles NYC... Same type of problems as in NYC, you can be robbed, etc. Be careful, don't go out by yourself at night...Don't show off being "American" because just like in America they don't like arrogant people. Buses are very clean and safe to use... Just like in US you can be involved in accident.. But I found no problems. One difference from US is that Cops may want to be tipped from time to time for their "services" - i.e. they stop you for traffic infraction, you buy them coffee and you've paid your fine... In my humble opinion better to tip a police officer than a naked ***#, as we do here in US strip clubs...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    While I agree and disagree with some of the statements here, I have been to Peru 5 times in the past and never had a problem. The best advice for you is to look at the US Govt's website on travel advice. Here you can see the comments on Peru. http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_9...

    There are places in Lima you should stay out of. This is true for any large city in the US. Be a smart traveler and most likely you will not have any problems. Don't let negative information ruin your vacation. Remember, sometimes we only hear the negative aspects on third wolrd countries rather than the positive things.

    If you would like any advice I would be happy to answer any questions so feel free to email me anytime.

  • 1 decade ago

    In Lima stick close to the San Isidro and Miraflores Districts. You will be safest there. In Cusco at night stay close to the Plaza de Armas. Stay away from outlying barrios. All of the Sacred Valley is fairly safe day and night, as is Aguas Calientes, most parts of Iquitos and the natives in Peru's Amazon basin are very kind and friendly. Overall the chance of violent assault in Peru are much less then in the USA, but the chance of petty theft is higher.

  • 1 decade ago

    Depends what parts of Peru are you gonna come visit. If you go outside Lima, well stay near the plaza of the towns you visit ( the are always more protected than other areas) If you come to Lima, then you want to stay in Barranco, Miraflores or San Isidro district, here you can spect more tourist information and tourists facilities.

    Source(s): if you are looking for a place to stay: www.operu.com www.myspace.com/onehostel
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  • 1 decade ago

    There's really no danger zones in general, but you probably want to stay away from dimly-lit side streets at night (as you would in a big city in the US). Peru has a ton of tourists and is a nice place, you'll be fine. Learn a little Spanish and you'll be in really good shape. Have a great time!!

    PS: Colombia is a nice place, too, and is not as dangerous as an above poster makes it out to be.

    Source(s): spent 2 months there
  • 1 decade ago

    In Peru there are bad and good areas, like in the US, robbery happens, yes. The only difference, they take something and run, not like in the US, where thieves stub you or shoot you for a 10 dollar bill. Like in any other country, try not to carry valuables or too much money, that's it. Have fun!

  • 1 decade ago

    Do you have to go? South Americans pretty much look at North Americans as easy prey from airports to restaurants.. Heck they even stole the purse of the President's daughter in that continent you think your going to fare any better? If this is a business trip stick to the airport, a recommended taxi service and the hotel your living in with a side trip to the business you have to visit and stick with a native.

  • 1 decade ago

    If you stop in Columbia, dont get out.

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