The U.S. State Department has re-issued a travel advisory to parts of Peru, cautioning Americans not to travel to certain parts of the South American country.
The advisory comes ahead of two big athletic actions in the nation involving U.S. athletes, coaches, trainers and fans. Peru will host the Pan American Games from July 26 to August 11, and the Parapan American Games from August 23 to September 1.
“U.S. citizens must be mindful major events are a major opportunity for thieves and other criminal elements to prey upon innocent tourists,” the State Dept. said in its advisory notice.
Numerous areas are now considered off-limits. They include:
- The Colombian-Peruvian boundary area in the Loreto Region due to crime.
- The Valley of the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM), including parts within the Departments of Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, and Junin, due to misconduct and violence.
- The famous area of Machu Picchu remains safe.
- Crime, including petty theft, carjacking’s, robberies, beatings, and violent crime, is a concern in Peru, and can happen during daylight hours, in spite of the presence of many witnesses,” the State Dept. noted. “The risk of crime rises after hours and outside the capital city of Lima where more prepared criminal groups have been known to use roadblocks to raid victims.”
U.S. government personnel cannot travel easily through Peru for safety reasons.