Holidaymakers warned of volatile security situation in Peru tourist hotspots

Peru protests
By Linsey McNeill
08/02/2023
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The Foreign Office is warning that the security situation in Peru is particularly volatile in the Puno and Madre de Dios regions as political protests continue across the country. Puno is the access point for Lake Titicaca, one of Peru’s main tourist attractions, while Madre de Dios is in the Amazon Basin.

Political protests have led to road blockades, suspension of train services, airport closures and disruption at land border crossings, said the Foreign Office (FCDO).

In Lima, protests have a focus in the historic centre, but have also spread to other areas.

In Cusco, Arequipa, Puno and Tacna some protests have targeted airports.

“The security situation is particularly volatile in the Puno and Madre de Dios regions, where there are currently a higher number of protests, roads blockaded, and severe disruption to travel,” said the Foreign Office in its latest update.

“In some places, such as in areas around Puerto Maldonado, this has led to shortages of fuel, domestic gas and some goods, including supplies for local hospitals.

“You should be especially vigilant and take particular care to avoid all areas of large gatherings, demonstrations and protests. If possible, you should remain in a safe place, follow the authorities’ advice, and monitor local media, including social media channels. Be wary of unverified, unofficial information.”

The FCDO is continuing to warn that travellers arriving in Peru should be aware that travel to some parts of the country or the return to Lima may not be possible and should be prepared for delays or disruption.

“You should ensure you travel with a sufficient supply of food, water, cash in local currency and personal medication, and allow extra time to reach your destination,” it says.

“You should liaise with your local airline, hotel or tour operator for further advice and assistance that they may provide to mitigate disruption, and for information on alternate arrangements that may need to be made for onward travel, including bus and rail journeys.”

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