Thursday, March 7, 2013

Péru: US Embassy Lifts Kidnap Threat Against Americans in Cuzco, Machu Picchu, But...

Earlier this week the US Embassy in Lima announced that it now views the previously disseminated kidnapping threat against US citizens in Cuzco and Machu Picchu as having subsided and has lifted the travel warning.

Earlier in February, the US Embassy said that it had credible kidnapping threat information against US tourists in the region.

COMMENT: Despite the fact that threat has been lifted, the Embassy continues to urge that Americans traveling in the following areas exercise keen security awareness: Cuzco, Apurimac, Ayacucho, Huancavelica and Junin. 

The Embassy reminds US citizens that elements of the terror group, Sendero Luminoso aka "Shining Path," have been know to operate in the aforementioned departments.

Given the fact that the Peruvian government strongly criticized the US Embassy's travel warning after its dissemination, particularly for Cuzco and Machu Picchu, prudent travelers should realize that the US Department of State has a stated policy of NOT negotiating with terrorist groups or making any concessions to them, which means there is little that the US Embassy can do if US citizens are abducted.