Unfortunately Peru is a dangerous
country, where thefts are common and it is always necessary
to take precautions. Try not to wear valuable objects
(jewels, expensive watches, fancy eyeglasses, etc.) that
could tempt thieves. Try to carry only the necessary amount
of money and leave most of your documents and money at
the hotel. Keep your photographic camera in a discreet
place, where it does not draw attention, and hold on to
it firmly. Wherever you go, be attentive, look around
and behind you often, and if something looks suspicious,
leave quickly. Avoid crowds or places with many people
around. If you carry a bag or backpack, always be alert,
because it is common for somebody to try to open or tear
it with a sharp object.
It is a good idea to travel with somebody so you can watch
out for each other.
Luckily, the guerrilla in
Peru nowadays is not what it used to be years ago, when
attacks occurred on a daily basis, and fear was common
among Peruvians. The leaders of the two guerrilla groups
existing in Peru, ‘Sendero Luminoso’ and MRTA have been
imprisoned, so the risks of visiting the country have
decreased considerably. Although parts of these groups
still exist, attacks are very sporadic and tourists are
In general, women traveling
alone in Peru have found it to be a safe and nice country
to visit. Nevertheless, you must take into account that
"machismo" is still a deep rooted feeling in
the country, which is expressed in the attitudes of many
men towards women. It is not rare to hear flattering compliments
or whistles when walking near men. The best reaction is
to just ignore it.
In addition, women traveling alone should try to always
go accompanied to lonely places or remote areas, especially
at night, because there have been several cases of rape
or assault on female tourists.
It is possible to make Peruvian friends; however, it is
not recommendable to go somewhere alone with them without
knowing them well first.
At night, try to avoid taking ‘pirate’ taxis; take only