U.S. State Department Bans Travelling to Areas of Peru

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A warning has been issued to Americans informing them to not travel to certain places of the South American country by the U.S. State Department as a part of the updated travel advisory to different places in Peru.

The new advisory released ahead of 2 major athletic tournaments in the country where several U.S. trainers, coaches, athletes and fans will be participating. 

The Pan American Games will be hosted from July 26 to August 11 in Peru. In addition to this, Peru will also host the Parapan American Games that will take place from August 23 to September 1. 

The State Department said that U.S. citizens must be aware that major events and tournaments are often easy targets for thieves and criminal elements to prey on unsuspecting tourists. Considering these problems, the State Dept. has marked several areas as off-limits for Americans. 

Here is a list of the banned areas:

  • The border area of Colombia and Peruvian located in the Loreto Region, owing to the high crime rates
  • The Valley of the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM), covering all the areas that lie in the Departments of Cusco, Junin, Huancavelica, and Ayacucho due to terrorism and crime. 
  • The popular Machu Picchu area remains safe.
  • The State Department noted that Peru is an unsafe place for tourists as crimes like petty theft, muggings, carjackings, assaults, violent crimes often take place in broad daylight, irrespective of the presence of many people. 
  • The intensity of crimes rises after evening and outside the capital city of Lima. Criminal groups are more organized here and are widely known to create roadblocks to mug victims. 

Government personnel from the U.S. can’t travel safely around Peru because of high risks and security reasons. It is why the Department has issued precautionary measures for tourists who plan to travel to the South American country.

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