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Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Tourism is the main source of income for Cusco, so crime against tourists is frowned upon. Standard safety precautions are recommended in Cusco. Exercise common sense and remain vigilant for suspicious behaviour as you would in any other major city. Watch out for petty crime in tourist areas and protect your valuables.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
Pickpocketing and purse snatching are common in tourist locations and public transportation.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
Muggings have happened in urban areas, but it isn’t common. People walking alone are often the targets, especially at night. In case of being robbed, do not resist and hand over your valuables.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
As in any other city, taxi drivers will try to take advantage of travelers by overcharging them. Remain vigilant for thieves that use different strategies to rob you like a tap on the shoulder, spitting or getting something spilled on you. Credit card skimming is also common.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Overall, taxis and public transportation are safe. Make sure you book a ride or use radio taxis from places like a hotel when possible as there have been reports of traveler being robbed and assaulted by taxi drivers.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Flooding and landslides can happen during heavy rains and may result in public transportation disruptions.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
Activity by the Shining Path terrorist group has been reported along the trekking route to Espiritu Pampa in Cusco. Remain vigilant and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM
Many women travel safely without any issues. However, there have been reports of sexual assault throughout the country. Avoid isolated locations and traveling alone after dark. Remain extra vigilant at bus terminals and in taxis.