levinson wrote:When my wife and I last visited Peru, about 5 years ago, crime was not one of our worries. The U.S. State Dept. warned of the usual pickpockets and stay out of "bad" areas at night, stuff like that. We had no problems and no worries. OK, I got my pocket picked in Miraflores, but all they got was 2 AA batteries.
Now we'd like to return for a few month stay, and revisited the U.S. State Dept. site for up-to-date info. What a change! Warnings about rape, kidnappings, armed muggings, carjacking, and so on. Even a warning about attacks on taxis coming in from the airport. Don't go here, don't go there. This is scary.
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_t ... html#crime
So, to you, residents of Peru (especially Lima and Arequipa), how safe do you feel in your daily lives? Have you felt an increase in crime of the past few years?
chi chi wrote:Don't worry. You won't notice a difference.
If you want to be really safe then travel down to Tarapoto, or better known as ''The City of the Palmtrees''.
It's the cleanest and safest city in Peru.
levinson wrote:Chi Chi, how can I travel "down" to Tarapoto when it is north of Lima? Shouldn't that be "up" to Tarapoto?
Seriously, though, I considered doing that after reading some of your other posts, but then I saw the weather chart in wikipedia. It is too hot for my wife. She doesn't even like it here (Honolulu, HI) where the average high temperature is several degrees below Tarapoto's. That's what I get for marrying a Canadian. That is why we are thinking of Arequipa.
28 de julio wrote:
I'm guessing the antagonism to Miraflores comes from a bad experience the previous poster had on the Calle de Pizzas with a shemale prostitute at one in the morning after drinking heavily.
sunflower wrote:Be honest guys, crime got up in Peru, but sorry the warnings of the US State department are a bit over the top. As said before a normal tourist won't see a difference to a few years ago at least if he / she follows a the one or other simple rule. A week or so back there has been a nice article about this topic, so have a look http://www.limaeasy.com/editors-corner/ ... es-in-lima.
28 de julio wrote:Miraflores is probably one of the safest areas in Lima. All the places mentioned by the previous poster are relatively unsafe, best avoided after dark, and places where you're much more likely to get hassled, robbed, pickpocketed or assaulted than Miraflores. For goodness sake, Villa El Salvador and Gamarra are safer than Miraflores, never heard such crazy talk.
chi chi wrote:28 de julio wrote:Miraflores is probably one of the safest areas in Lima. All the places mentioned by the previous poster are relatively unsafe, best avoided after dark, and places where you're much more likely to get hassled, robbed, pickpocketed or assaulted than Miraflores. For goodness sake, Villa El Salvador and Gamarra are safer than Miraflores, never heard such crazy talk.
I didn't say that Gamarra or V.E.S. is safer but if criminals see a gringo walking around in V.E.S. or Gamarra they will think that he's living locally or knows the area well and won't be any easy bait.You will also less likely get overcharged at shops because the people there will assume that you 'know' how things are going on.
But if as a gringo, you walk around in Miraflores then you will be seen as tourist who 'doesn't know things and prices' and you will always be considered as an easy target. They don't have to steal from you by pointing a knife at you. They just grossly overcharge you at shops and restaurants.
Even if you have been living in Miraflores for 10 years, people at the street will still see you as a tourist. They don't see the difference between the gringo that just got of the plane and the one that has been living there for years.
levinson wrote:We certainly appreciate the answers you have given us. In light of those, we have decided to go to Chile instead.
We had planned a 6-month trip, staying in one place for a few months, then somewhere else, no intention for long-term settlement. Just staying for a while to hang out, more or less. As we did in Montevideo a couple of years ago. So we did not want to stay somewhere where we could not be comfortable wandering around. It sounds as if we would be too tense to relax and enjoy Peru.
So we are going to Chile. The pisco sours aren't as good, all the sushi has cream cheese in it, but you can't have everything.
Santiago is a beautiful, and very safe city. There are plenty Peruvian restaurants (even Peruvian sushi joints) where you can enjoy cream cheese free sushi, and even Peruvian Pisco Pisco Sours. Or just enjoy great wine! You can even find Peruvian ingredients in the Market downtown, as well.
chi chi wrote:And like argidd said, Chilean wine is excellent. And the beer as well. It's similar to German beer.
argidd wrote:chi chi wrote:And like argidd said, Chilean wine is excellent. And the beer as well. It's similar to German beer.
Chi Chi, seriously? I would have never thought! I'll tell my husband, since we're spending the New Year down there, and although I've been several times, I never tried their beer! (I don't drink beer in general).