UPDATE March 7th.
The US Embassy in Lima has lifted its restriction on travel by Embassy personnel to the Cusco region.
Should those of you travelling with Aracari have any concern about this advisory or indeed any general query related to safety while travelling in Peru please do not hesitate to contact us.
Original Post on February 18th.
Last Wednesday, the US Embassy issued an advisory warning tourists of a potential kidnapping threat in the Cusco region of Peru, including Machu Picchu. The embassy cited that they had “received information that members of a criminal organization may be planning to kidnap U.S. citizen tourists in the Cusco and Machu Picchu area.”
The story has been widely reported in news outlets in North America, with some stories creating understandable concern amongst travellers. One paper in the USA went to far as to suggest that readers should “Cancel that trip to Machu Picchu”.
After investigation of the circumstances surrounding this advisory, it is not clear to those of us at Aracari why such a strong warning has been issued. We are not aware of any incident whereby members of a criminal organization have attempted to kidnap tourists from the USA. Our operations have not been affected and at this stage we are not advising travellers from the USA or from any other country to alter their plans.
We want to reassure those travelling with us that we are monitoring this situation very closely; we will advise our guests if there are any further developments which would affect their trip. The personal safety of our guests is our highest priority, and as well as adhering to the strictest safety standards as ever, we are being extra vigilant as a result of this advisory.
Should you be travelling with Aracari and have any query about this situation, please feel free to contact us.