The U.S. Department of State updated its Travel Advisory for the Republic of Peru regarding civil unrest.
On June 1, 2023, the State Department's Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution advisory confirmed visitors should not travel to:
- The Colombian-Peruvian border area in the Loreto Region.
- The Valley of the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers, including areas within the Departments of Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, and Junin.
- The Puno Region, including the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, and the Apurimac Region.
And the U.S. Embassy in Lima recently reported a 24-hour strike is expected to affect the Puno region on May 31, 2023. In addition, roadblocks could disrupt travel within the area and the city of Puno.
Furthermore, U.S. travelers participating in Ayahuasca and Kambo ceremonies should be aware that numerous persons, including U.S. citizens, have reported that while under the influence of these substances, they have witnessed or been victims of sexual assault, rape, theft, serious health problems and injuries, and even death.
Previously, Machu Picchu reopened to visitors in late February 2023 after a short closure.
If you visit Peru, the State Department suggests enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive alerts in an emergency.
From a health perspective, the U.S. CDC included Peru in its recent dengue outbreak advisory.