jueves, 12 de octubre de 2017

Is Peru a dangerous country?

Before answering that question we have to consider that Peru itself is a great paradox: a democratic country where the rules of the macroeconomic game are settled, being safe for foreign investments, but unsafe for the ordinary citizen. The Americas Barometer - which measures the sense of insecurity in the countries of the region - leaves no doubt. Peru is the second country with the highest rates of insecurity in all of Latin America.

Now, before anyone gets scared, we think that we can say with total conviction that Peru is a safe country for the tourists. The government is not interested in offering a bad image after the great economic results of the last decade and the tourist projection for the next few years. For this reason, the government pays special attention in the security of the most visited and tourist districts of the city. Adding an extra vigilance and growing number of Serenazgo, a police corps of districts.

There are several Spanish friends who told me that from their agencies and hotels they advised them to travel only in safe taxis and do not talk to anyone on the street, something that seems exaggerated. As we have been recommended for a long time in this blog, we just need a bit of common sense. That is, do not walk around showing jewelry, neglecting personal items, show excessively lost, or accept suspicious offers.

In the districts more receptive of tourists like Miraflores, San Isidro or Barranco, nothing unusual should happen. For security reasons we will try to omit the districts of Rímac, La Victoria, Callao, Comas, Los Olivos, San Juan de Lurigancho, Villa El Salvador, El Agustino or Vitarte. And if you want to know something in particular of these, we recommend to visit accompanied of people familiar with the district.

The Peruvian is generally very friendly with foreign visitors, so we would like them to banish that idea of dangerous country. For who wish, we will leave some Secure Taxi Services. These cost a little more (2 Soles – 0,50€) than the traditional ones that we can find on the street, but these will pick up in your hotel or home and the service is usually very correct:

Our recommendation is that you travel peacefully, be cautious when you are out of the tourist districts, and above all, enjoy this great country.

Esteban García, Perutravelblog
October 2017

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