South America may have a bad reputation for safety but I’m here to tell you it really isn’t that bad, especially now that governments have really put in effort to protect tourists as well as citizens.
Peru in particular is perfectly safe for all types of travellers, including solo female travellers. Of course, petty crime is always an issue, no matter the destination, so caution is still advised, but you shouldn’t be walking around fearing for your life. So, here are my tips on staying safe in Peru.
Don’t flash your cash
I think this is a given, but then again maybe not? Be sensible, don’t open your wallet in full view for the world to see. Always keep it at the bottom of your bag, or somewhere not easily accessible to thieves. If you want to take it a step further then you may want to consider taking a money belt.
Ask hotel receptionist areas you should avoid
Peru is a developing country, so there are bound to be a few dodgy areas. Ask your hotel receptionist or hosts where to avoid. It’s not likely you’ll be at walking distance but just in case, make a note of it.
Be aware of your surroundings
Be aware of the people and situations unfolding around you. If at any moment you feel unsure about a place or person, then simply walk away.
Learn some important phrases in Spanish
Don’t be afraid to ask for directions. Peruvians are very friendly and respectful people and you’ll save yourself from walking into unwanted areas or situations. A few key words or phrases could make the difference.
As I’ve already mentioned, you are travelling to a developing country so most of the locals you’ll meet are not wealthy. Stay humble by not bragging about your own accomplishments or possessions, be respectful and open-minded.
Most importantly, just enjoy! Peru is an amazing country filled with loving people and the less you worry, the more you’ll live in the moment!