Americans kidnapping threat in Machu Picchu – What do we do?

A couple of months ago I wrote about the trip “I’m currently on” from Hawaii to Peru and how we plan to go see the ruins of Machu Picchu in a couple of months. Well, enter the U.S. State Department, which issued a warning about having credible intelligence that a group of rebels operating in the region for years is planning the kidnapping of American tourists near the Machu Picchu and Cuzco area.

Machu Picchu (Peru)

I have to admit I did not see this coming. Machu Picchu has always been perceived as a safe place, and it is one of the largest sources of tourism revenue for the Peruvian economy. This isn’t good for their local economy, which is already starting to suffer. The fact that many people have already cancelled plans to go and this warning has been issued by the U.S. State Department is somewhat troubling.

We do not purchase travel insurance when we plan trips, and I haven’t needed it up until this date, but today is one of those times where it would come handy just to take the guessing game out of the trip. If I were to cancel the trip, we would be out a couple of hundred dollars from train tickets we have purchased to go to the ruins, and maybe the cancellation penalties from the airline for redepositing the miles we spent. On another hand, I have been reading TripAdvisor and other reports about the issue, and everyone who is currently there seems to report it’s business as usual. The advisory is set to expire at the end of this month.

That being said, what do I do? Any advice? Has anyone been there lately, and what was the general vibe? Any tips or suggestions about how to blend in and look less “American” would be at least fun to discuss.

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One Response to Americans kidnapping threat in Machu Picchu – What do we do?

  1. Jorge Caballero says:

    Call Nadja,[…] she was there. I hope you remember her.

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