I was wondering how safe Peru is for backpacking? I've been reading nothing but horror stories on the net. Obviously one should keep their wits about them, but one might also want to be able to relax. On the tours such as trekking and jungle stays (recommended not to visit jungle areas by Canadian Foreign affairs) should one not travel there alone, or should one not visit this country alone at all? I have very limited Spanish (maybe 20 words). It is a dream of mine to go there and see some of the country, but I am hesitant because I would be going alone and I am a blonde gringo photo junky.
I've read all of the posts on Peru and the Inca Trail, but the safety issue is my greatest concern.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I spent two months in Peru earlier this year. I landed in Lima with NO spanish and was travelling solo. I had nothing but good experiences.
The thing about Peru (and Bolivia), in fact most of South America, is that there are pretty well established backpacker trails. EVeryone is moving on these routes, and you will find that you bump into ppl that youve met elsewhere more than once. There's always someone else travelling solo who's anxious to get chatting or share experiences. Also, because you are alone, you attract quite a lot of attention in a positive way - I definitely think that you meet more local people when you are on your own.
On almost any bus you take, there will be a few other backpackers going the same way. As for trekking and jungle stays, you would usually organise these with a tour company in one of the towns or cities, and so would be part of a group anyway.
Go for it! You definitely wont regret it. it's not as difficult as you might think to travel down there. And as for those foreign affairs websites......
I could not agree more. Just go for it. There are so many backpackers everywhere, you will not believe it.
The only advice I will give you, and it is something I do wherever I travel, avoid big cities and towns. Village life is so much more tranquil and enjoyable, let alone safer.
Ollantaytambo was so much purer than Cuzco, Huacachina was so chilled out after Trujillo, Huanchaco is incomparable to Ica, and Lima I simply passed.
Guidebooks are the worst culprits and annoy the hell out of me.If you believed every bad word they said nobody would travel anywhere.
Peru is fine for travelling just like every other country ive been to.Ive never had a problem in the last 10 months of travelling.
Im now in La Paz,Bolivia and some may say its dangerous here but its been awesome and i love it.