The advisory comes ahead of ‘The City of Kings’ hosting the Pan American Games in its capital, Lima. By Amitha Ameen
Areas that have the ‘Do Not Travel’ tag owing to increased crime and terrorism in the region include – the Colombian – Peruvian border area in the Loreto Region, the Valley of the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM), areas within the Departments of Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, and Junin.
“Crime, including petty theft, carjackings, muggings, assaults, and violent crime, is a concern in Peru, and can occur during daylight hours, despite the presence of many witnesses”, the advisory stated.
The warning comes days ahead of two important sporting events in the country, Pan American Games and Parapan American Games, slated to run from July 26 to September 1, which sees participation from thousands of athletes, trainers and fans.
Riddled with ancient archaeological sites, Peru has long been a bucket-list destination for its vibrant and diverse cultural roots. Being blessed by a shaman, swimming with the unique and absolutely friendly pink dolphins, fishing for feisty piranhas, clicking a picture with the selfie-loving Alpacas or just camping in the vastly unexplored and ecologically diverse Amazon rainforest – there’s just a whole lot to explore and experience.
And, it doesn’t stop there – Peruvians have the most diverse cuisine if you are open to experimenting and splurging a little. Be it the unusual tropical fruits, the famous Ceviche, Amazonion chocolates, Peruvian chilli infused dishes or a more modern fusion of ingredients — there is something for every palate.
Peru is a versatile country where mythical beliefs come to life through its Inca mummies, colourful streetside festivals and an ancient civilization that is more than 5000 years old. Peru is without a doubt a wonderful country to travel to, however it is always better to exercise caution while travelling.