Ok..... I see a lot of communication back-and-forth about safety in Peru & recently I've been reading and watching Peruvian News about crime in Arequipa.http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/loca ... 0910.story
I don't know if people watch America Noticias or other Peruvian channels but it seems like there is more and more crime (of normal Peruvian people) in areas such as Cajamarca, Ica, and Arequipa.
That said, what are the safer areas in Peru?
For example, I've been to Trujillo but never returned because a lot of people (people who know Peru like the back of their hand) told me that the thieves (chorros) are more astute (vivo) than those in Lima ....So I only went once to Huanchaco because I don't have family in Trujillo so I don't really know which areas are safe/safer over there.
Similarly, I have been to Cajamarca and have witnessed purse snatching in broad day light at the Plaza de Armas (2 purse snatchings and police chases at 2 PM and all within an hour). Now I'm from Chicago, but I have never witnessed stuff in person, but have read/listened about horrible crimes in the newspaper and on TV.
Which places do you think are safe, safer, and safest? This would help Americans and Europeans alike who want to visit to Peru but do not want to get their vacations spoiled by petty thefts.