Current Situation in Peru: Is it safe to visit?

Current Situation in Peru: Is it safe to visit?

Last update: 17.02.2024

With the recent political unrest, many travelers have contacted us being worried about the safety in Peru and which sites can be visited.

In this blog article, we’ll give you a brief overview of the current situation in Peru, covering safety concerns, travel limitations and the tours that we operate (updated weekly).

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Latest News

Lately, the international press has been reporting about the Guillain Barré syndrome in Peru. The nervous disease, that is not contagious, appears every year, mainly in disadvantaged regions of the country.

Peru has declared a national health emergency for 90 days which allows them to purchase immunoglobulin for the next 2 years to treat the patients. However, you do not need to be worried about this.

You can travel safely throughout the entire country.

 

A Quick Overview of Peru’s Must-Visit Sites

RegionToursPossible to visit?
CuscoCusco City Tour, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Palccoyo, Vinicunca, Humantay Lake
LimaMiraflores, Barranco, Center
Amazon JungleIquitos, Puerto Maldonado
IcaHuacachina, Paracas
ArequipaArequipa, Colca Canyon
Lake TiticacaPuno, Lake Titicaca

 

Cusco

view of cusco city

The ancient capital of Peru is nestled high in the Andes at 3400 m (11,150 ft). It’s the destination where most of your adventures will take place.

Traveling to Cusco is safe.

With that said, we currently operate the following tours in and around Cusco:

  • Sacred Valley
  • Machu Picchu
  • Humantay Lake
  • Vinicunca & Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain

All of these tours are part of our bestseller tour, Best of Cusco in 4 Days.

 

Amazon Jungle

local hut in amazon jungle

The Peruvian Amazon jungle is a vast and biodiverse region of the Amazon rainforest, covering over 60% of Peru’s territory and is home to many different species of Flora and Fauna.

Both of the two hotspots we visit are safe:

During these tours, you’ll enjoy beautiful boat tours on the Amazon river, learn more about the indigenous communities and absorb the unique atmosphere of the jungle.

 

Lima

view of limas coast from above

Peru’s capital is well known for its rich history, architecture, delicious cuisine and vibrant cultural scene.

The current situation allows you to travel in and out of Lima without facing any dangers.

While in Lima, be sure to:

  • Enjoy the fantastic view of the coast in Miraflores and visit some of the delicious cafés.
  • Stroll through the artists’ district of Barranco and try ceviche.
  • Visit the center of Lima where you can see many colonial buildings, museums, churches and traditional Peruvian markets.

Check out our extensive blog article about the 10 top-rated things to do in Lima to learn more about the things that you can do in Peru’s capital.

Ica

small boat at huacachina oasis

This desert city is located in the southern coast of Peru and is very well known for its wineries, pisco distilleries, and the Huacachina oasis, one of the most beautiful sites in Peru.

Visiting Paracas National Reserve and Huacachina is absolutely safe and you can enjoy the following activities during your visit:

  • Visit South America’s oldest and still operating distillery.
  • Fall in love with the natural oasis during our Huacachina tour.
  • Get ready for the unforgettable sandboarding & -buggy adventure through the dunes.
  • Enjoy the sunset with your travel partner.

These are only some of the highlights that you can expect. For more inspiration we definitely recommend you to have a look at the 10 awesome things you can do in Huacachina.

 

Arequipa

cathedral in arequipa with misti volcano

Arequipa is very well known for its beautiful colonial architecture, such as the iconic Santa Catalina Monastery and it’s also the gateway to one of the deepest canyons in the world.

Right now the situation has calmed down and you can book your trip to this wonderful city and enjoy the unique scenery.

The following things are waiting for you:

  • The Santa Catalina Monastery and the different colorful buildings and courtyards that date back to the 16th century.
  • Discover the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world and try to spot the Andean condors.
  • Embrace the local cuisine and make sure to try rocoto relleno, alpaca meat dishes and visit the different picanterias (lunch tables)

If you travel to Peru and plan on visiting Arequipa and the sites mentioned before, we recommend our 16-day Peru tour.

 

Lake Titicaca

local women on uros island

Lake Titicaca, is the highest navigable lake in the world and will enchant you with beautiful landscapes.

Recently, the situation has been improving and there aren’t any roadblocks anymore. It’s possible to visit Lake Titicaca again and to cross the border from Peru to Bolivia and vice versa.

 

Stay Updated and Enjoy Your Peru Trip

As you can see: Peru is safe and a trip to Peru is possible and, above all, safe.

You can discover Cusco, Lima, Ica, Arequipa, the jungle and Lake Titicaca in our Peru tours and immerse yourself in the interesting history, get in touch with the locals, the different Peruvian cultures and enjoy the incredible views and delicious cuisine.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to email us at info@exploor.pe.

10 Comments
  • 31 July, 2023 at 9:44 am

    Thank you for this valuable update! This is great news coming from a travel agency in Peru, the reporting of the media here in the US sometimes does not reflect that at all, what a pity. Looking forward to visiting your country soon, cheers

    • 1 August, 2023 at 11:52 am

      Thank you for your great feedback, James. We really appreciate it!

  • 3 May, 2023 at 9:57 am

    Hola! Estamos pensando viajar a Perú en julio- agosto, es posible? Como está la situación? Nos pueden informar el precio del Camino Inca a Machu Pichu? Muchas gracias!

    • 3 May, 2023 at 10:24 am

      Hola Eva! La situación está bastante buena, se puede viajar tranquilo por todo el país. No hay huelgas o bloqueos de las calles, todo está libre. Te vamos a contactar por correo con más información sobre lo solicitado.

      Saludos y que tengas un buen día! 🙂

  • 27 March, 2023 at 7:12 pm

    Big thanks for the updates team exploor. We were a bit scared of coming to Peru but after following your blog in the past 3 – 5 weeks we finally took the step and booked our trip for this August! Best, Joe

    • 29 March, 2023 at 10:41 am

      Hey Joe! We’re so happy to hear that and we can’t wait to show you around soon. I’m sure you’ll have a great time exploring Peru with us.

      See you soon and until then take care,
      Oliver

  • 14 March, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    This is just what I need! I was looking for more information about the current status in Peru and that is perfect. Directly to the point and now I am relieved that I can start my trip. Thanks

    • 15 March, 2023 at 9:30 am

      Hi Jole,
      thanks a lot for your positive feedback. Exactly, the information is up to date and as soon as we get news for other sites we will change it accordingly so that everyone is well informed. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.

      Best,
      Konsti

  • 9 March, 2023 at 9:24 am

    Thank you for this useful information, glad to hear Machu Picchu is open again!!! Could you please send me a quote for 2 people for an 8-day tour including Lima & Cusco with 4* hotels to my email indicated above? Thanks!

    • 9 March, 2023 at 12:17 pm

      Hey Julie, thank you for your comment! Please check your inbox, we’ve just sent you a mail with an exemplary itinerary. 🙂

      Saludos,
      Oliver

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