The U.S government has re-issued a travel advisory to Peru. The advisory warns Americans to not travel to certain areas of the South American country reports Business Insider.
The advisory comes right before the beginning of two big athletic events in the country. It will involve several U.S. athletes, coaches, trainers and fans. Peru is set to host the Pan American Games from July 26 to August 11. Followed by this, it will host the Parapan American Games from August 23 to September 1.
What does the travel advisory say?
The advisory warning read, “U.S. citizens should be aware major events are a prime opportunity for thieves and other criminal elements to prey upon unsuspecting tourists.” It continued, “Crime, including petty theft, carjackings, muggings, assault and violent crime, is a concern in Peru and can occur during daylight hours, despite the presence of witnesses.”
Reportedly, the risk of crime increases after hours and outside the capital city of Lima. Here, organized criminal groups have known to use roadblocks to rob victims. According to the advisory, the areas off limit are:
- The Colombian-Peruvian border area in the Loreto Region due to crime.
- The Valley of the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM), including areas within the Departments of Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, and Junin, due to crime and terrorism.
- The popular area of Machu Picchu remains safe.
U.S. government personnel cannot travel freely throughout Peru for security reasons. Personnel that need to travel in these restricted areas must request advance permission. They may be transported in armoured vehicles. According to the UN, Peru had an intentional homicidal rate of 7.2 per 100,000 in 2015.
Tourism is the most rapidly growing industry in Peru. Tourism is mainly directed towards:
- Archaeological monuments
- Ecotourism in the Peruvian Amazon
- Cultural tourism in colonial cities
- Gastronomic tourism
- Adventure tourism and beach tourism