I just got back from Peru at the start of August- I have an Ask The. . thread about it over in MPSIMS.
As I mention in the thread, we had a 15 hour layover, mid day, in Lima and decided to spend the time exploring their main plaza.
Beautiful, no doubt, but I’ve never felt so unsafe in my life. Aside from the fact that every corner had big, riot shield carrying, gun toting soldier types, there were all kinds of unsavory looking areas and folks. I’m not one of those “OMG ANYWHERE BUT ORANGE COUNTY IS
UNSAFE~” types at all either, but something about Lima just freaked us out.
On the way back to the airport, the cab driver did not go the way the guy bringing us had gone. He took us down dark, scary looking streets- slowing down in the middle of the road for no apparent reason. We were certain we were going to get mugged. Scary stuff.
In fairness, nothing happened. Though I did eat some really gross chicken. Yuck.
The San Fransisco Cathedral there (in the Plaza de Armas) has a catacomb underneath that looks SUPER bad ass- I wanted to go but it was closed when we got there. Boo. She should do it so I can live through her.
By contrast, I felt perfectly safe in both Cusco and Aguas Calientes. So, maybe it was just Lima.
If you really want to avoid scaring yourself worse, I’d suggest not reading the government’s travel advisory about Peru. I didn’t think to look at that until after I got back and apparently, I should have been kidnapped by 17 different terror groups on my 8 day trip ;):D.
All that said: best trip of my life. No doubt! Oh and so you know, I’m a 23 year old female, my friend is a 25 year old guy.