caliguy wrote:imo, i think they completely over exagerated on this.
My parents visited me a few weeks ago when I was in Lima. At first they were hesitating to come to Lima after they have read the warning on the Belgian embassies' website and the warning the have read in travel books but at the end they felt very safe in Lima and they consider it as one of the safest cities they visited in Latin America. They only found Quito and Montevideo very dangerous.
I think those warnings on the embassies website are written by people that never have been to Peru and just write about the sometimes horrible stories they read in some newspaper.
Cuzco is one of the most visited touristic spots in the world. So, it's normal that a few more wallets are pickpocketed than in other places.