Generally, Peru is a safe place to visit—with a little guidance. But like most countries in the world, Peru has started seeing cases of coronavirus.
Check out our update below:
Peru is a super popular travel destination right now, with more and more visitors arriving every year. It’s one of the safest countries for travelers in South America, and has a level 2 travel advisory from the US Department of State—that’s the same rating given to the UK, France, and tons of other popular destinations.
Prepare for your trip and take standard travel safety precautions. With some insider advice, you'll be fine.
There is a high risk of pickpocketing in Peru's major cities, similar to other well-traveled countries. Pickpocketers often target travelers, so here are a few tips to avoid a robbery:
Benefit from local advice. When you have a local plan your trip, they'll let you know how *they* navigate the country safely.
Peru’s tap water doesn’t meet the WHO standards for clean drinking water. Locals generally don’t drink it right out of the tap either—you should always boil your water first, or just stick to bottled to be perfectly safe. Avoid ordering drinks with ice, especially from a street vendor.
We're big fans of reusable water bottles with a filter. Instead of consuming tons of plastic during your trip, you can travel in a more sustainable way by investing in a good water bottle.
Taxi drivers in Peru have been known to scam travelers by taking longer routes to their destination or running up the price without a meter. If you want to take a taxi, you should call a reliable company instead of hailing a cab on the street. Apps like EasyTaxi or Cabify can also be super helpful—they work just like Uber, but with a cab instead of a private car.
Before you get in a cab, make sure the driver has a working meter so they can’t drive up your price. If they don’t have a meter, plan out your route beforehand and tell them exactly which way you want to go.
Uber in Peru is limited—as of right now, it’s only available in Lima. Plus, the service gets some mixed reviews. if you're considering this option, get an insider opinion—our local trip planners will provide detailed transportation instructions when they design your guidebook.
You can use a reliable taxi app to order a ride (TaxiBeat is a great option if you’re staying in Lima), or take a public bus during the daytime. For nighttime travel, locals generally recommend a taxi—it’s safer and a less complicated than trying to figure out the night bus schedule.
Is Peru safe for a woman traveling on her own? Yes—but locals say you should always exercise caution. Solo female travelers are at a higher risk of assault or harassment anywhere in the world, and Peru is no exception.
Planning on exploring the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu while you’re in Peru? It’s quite a climb, but it’s totally doable as long as you’re in good shape. The hike up the Inca Trail, which leads you up the mountain, can be strenuous, and you’ll definitely feel the effects of altitude change. But as long as you stay hydrated, take it slow, and don’t drink too much the night before, it won’t affect you much.
The village at the foot of Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, is well-traveled. Locals say it's generally a very safe place to pass through.
The rainy season varies from region to region in Peru, but locals tell us it mostly occurs in the winter, between December and March. Rainfall can get really heavy and sometimes results in floods or landslides. If you plan on hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, locals recommend planning your trip between April and November—the weather will be a little chilly, but it’s safer and drier than in the rainy months.
Worried about getting sick while you’re in Peru? Your safest bet is to get the recommended travel vaccines before you go. Here are all the shots you should consider:
Peru is full of incredible food, but you don't want a stomach bug to ruin your trip! To stay safe while sampling the local flavors, keep these tips in mind:
And for the most delicious food? Get some local recs! Our trip planners can suggest their favorite spots in town for an authentic meal.
Just in case you find yourself in an emergency situation while you’re exploring Peru, here are the important numbers you should know:
We’d recommend those first two numbers in a serious emergency, but definitely call the embassy if you need help with your passport or have to get back home right away.
Millions of travelers visit Peru every year. The country is full of incredible food, culture, and natural scenery—there’s a reason it’s the most popular travel destination in South America! As long as you’re prepared for your trip and take precautions while you’re there, you’ll have a safe and amazing adventure in Peru.