Fortunately, Peru does not have the "scary" reputation like some of its South American sisters, e.g Columbia, Brazil or Bolivia, which are known for their kidnappings, drug crime and human trafficking. This is largely due to the Peruvian government's fierce protection of it's tourism industry - which has meant a great deal more police are put "on the beat", especially in visible and popular areas. Peru is generally regarded as a safe country, relatively speaking.
The biggest problem you will have to worry about in regard to Peruvian crime is petty theft - pickpockets, scamsters and people trying to distract you to get at your wallet. For this, the best advice is to observe standard travel procedures when it comes to money safety - keep your personal effects close to you, don't flash your money around, and if possible, keep your money and identifications in a money belt that you keep under your clothing.
As far as transport is concerned, Peru is fairly safe. Just make sure you use registered taxis that are available in brightly lit, populated areas. Try to avoid taxis situated in dim back streets.
It's the same principle as in any city - take a little bit more caution at night, keep alert and have your wits about you, and you should be fairly safe. about 7 years ago
Jesse is very right, I went there in 2004 for the first time my family living there and all it was a huge culture shock, but the people are extremely friendly, yet again you need to be real careful with whats going on around you because one little bump with someone expert your wallet would be gone, also exchanging money you would need to be real careful with people on the streets that are afiliated with some exchange houses that look legit but sort of work together and may give you false bills and if you do come back another day they wont do anything for you, so just study the notes and know what the fake one looks.
I loved Peru and it is a definitely a country that I will be coming back to, there is so much beauty and so many great places to see and experience and the food is to die for!
Have fun! :) about 7 years ago
When I stayed with a family in Lima, I was constantly guarded and warned while traveling the city, even by strangers. Snapping pictures out of a train window, even in cusco, could result it a snatched camera. Keep your eyes open, be cautious, and enjoy the trip. I loved it. over 6 years ago