Traveling to Peru? Here’s How to Avoid Falling Victim to Scams

Traveling to Peru? Here’s How to Avoid Falling Victim to Scams

Without a doubt, traveling to Peru is an exciting and interesting adventure. The variety of nature, the rich history and the delicious gastronomy offer an unbeatable mix.

However, it is very important to be aware of the risk of scams that can ruin your trip. Visitors can fall victim to a variety of scams, from overpriced taxi rides to tours and fake cash if you don’t pay attention to small details.

This post will offer guidance on how to be safe while traveling and avoid fraudsters. Let’s begin!

Table of contents:

General Tips on How to Avoid Travel Scams in Peru

Plan Ahead to Avoid Travel Scams

travelers are planning their trip. One hand is holding a coffee cup, the other a pen and notebook and on the table you will find a laptop, map, camera.

Researching the typical scams that take place prior to your trip is one of the greatest methods to prevent becoming a victim of one while traveling in Peru. By doing this, you can gain knowledge of the strategies scammers employ and improve your ability to recognize them.

Planning your route in advance might also help you avoid fraudsters, which frequently prey on travelers who appear lost or bewildered. Check out these 13 things you should know before traveling to Peru.

Another crucial step in reducing your risk of fraud is selecting reputable hotels and travel providers. Choose hotels or hostels with decent evaluations, such as TripAdvisor, and stay away from those having a history of defrauding travelers.

In a similar vein, reserve tours and activities with respected businesses that have a reputation for offering top-notch experiences. We invite you to check out our TripAdvisor reviews from past travelers so you can get an idea what our clients say about our excellent work.

Thus, be skeptical of unsolicited offers of assistance or advice from strangers. If you require assistance, look for information from reputable establishments like hotels, tourist information centers, or police stations. Feel free to contact us if you need some help planning your Peru itinerary or if you have any specific questions about Peru.


Be Aware of Your Surroundings

cathedral in the background while cars and travelers are on the street

It’s crucial to be aware of common fraudsters’ techniques while traveling in Peru, such as distraction, misdirection, and overcharging. Tourists are frequently targeted by scammers in an effort to confuse or divert them from their mission.

Moreover, be wary of those who offer unsolicited assistance or advice because it’s frequently a ploy to mislead unsuspecting travelers. It’s also a good idea to avoid wearing expensive jewelry in public and big sums of cash, which might draw scammers’ unwelcome attention.

You can lessen your risk of falling for scammers and have a safe and enjoyable trip to Peru by exercising caution and being aware of these techniques. More info in our article about the safety in Peru.


Use Taxi Applications

south american woman sitting in a yellow taxi

To reduce the danger of fraud, it’s crucial to use established taxi services or ride-sharing applications, Uber or Cabify, while taking a taxi in Peru. Drivers who offer exaggerated charges or take you on pointless excursions should be avoided because scammers frequently employ these techniques.

Also, we recommend avoiding unmarked or unlicensed cabs, especially at night and in Lima.


Withdraw Money From Secure ATMs Inside Banks

hand is inserting credit card in ATM

It’s crucial to take care to avoid scams when handling money and using ATMs in Peru. Use ATMs inside banks or other respected establishments instead of standalone ones because they are typically more safe.

After entering your PIN, be sure to hide the keyboard because scammers might be using hidden cameras to steal your information.

Finally, avoid flashing your money or valuables around because doing so may draw attention.


Verify Your Bills After Exchanging Money

peruvian money bill

It’s critical to stay alert and double-check your bills when exchanging money in Peru to avoid falling victim to fraud. Be sure the money you get isn’t damaged, torn, or counterfeit by carefully counting the money. When exchanging money on the street or in unofficial settings, exercise extra caution because these scenarios are frequently hotspots for theft.

It’s a good idea to exchange money at established banks or exchange offices because you’ll have a better chance of getting genuine banknotes and a fair exchange rate there. We invite you to review our complete guide to money exchange in Peru.


Ask For Help

travelers standing in front of Ollantaytambo ruins

It is important to remain informed and ask for guidance when traveling in Peru. If you follow local news and travel information, you can avoid dangerous areas or situations.

In case there is an emergency or if you feel anxious, get help from the local officials or your embassy. They can provide you with useful information and support if you need it. Never forget that it’s always better to ask for help if you need it rather than risk getting hurt.


Stay Free From Scams in Peru and Enjoy Your Trip

couple walking on a wooden bridge and are surrounded by the jungle

In conclusion, there are a number of measures you may do to prevent travel scams during your Peru tour. These include learning about common scams, making an advance plan for your trip, selecting reputable hotels and tour operators, being wary of strangers offering unsolicited help, using trustworthy taxi services, being cautious with cash and ATMs, staying informed, and asking for help when necessary.

It’s crucial to keep in mind that staying safe while traveling requires being alert and watchful. Never let your guard down, especially in places that seem safe, and always follow your gut. It’s best to choose the path of caution if something sounds too good to be true or makes you feel uneasy.

By following these recommendations, you will have a great time in Peru. We invite you to check out why choosing Exploor Peru will be your best bet for ensuring an unforgettable time in the country of the Incas.

  • 9 September, 2023 at 5:46 am

    This is sooooo good. I was afraid of exploring Peru with my family… thanks for this. Are you guys offering any family tours as well? my children love alpakas haha

    • 9 September, 2023 at 11:47 am

      Hey Toni, how are you doing? Glad to hear that you liked our article.

      We do offer family tours as well. I’ll forward your mail to one of our travel experts so they can get in touch with you and send you a sample itinerary for a Peru family tour…including alpaca interactions! 🙂

      Saludos from Peru,

  • 19 July, 2023 at 12:44 am

    Thanks for sharing this article guys! My wife was super concerned about Peru and thought its very dangerous… but this articled helped her a lot and now we know what to do and what to avoid.

    Muchas gracias. L

    • 24 July, 2023 at 9:09 am

      Hey Lutz,
      thanks a lot for your feedback. It’s only important to be aware of the typical things like in any other country!
      Once you do that you’ll be on the safe side. 🙂

      In case you guys are still looking for different adventures, then have a look at our bestseller tour: Best of Cusco in 4 Days.

      Feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions.


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