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Lima is in an active seismic zone, with the ever-present possibility of a shake.
So be on the lookout for these helpful green signs which advise where the safest spot to be inside buildings in the event of seismic activity.
Important in city of high rises, where it is possible that construction standards may not be of the highest standard.
Of course, if you can be outside in open spaces, and NOT in a building this is the preferred location.
The linked info form INDECI is in Spanish only
Written Apr 5, 2013
Not only was seeing some of the human billboards one of my favorite things about Lima it was also one of the most dangerous. Traffic moves in Lima like there are no rules of the highway at all. Every inch and foot is coveted by drivers of cars, motorcycles and taxis.
However near the central city there are many people dressed up as billboards or clowns that suddenly appear at intersections. Some of them only appear to be advertising a product. Others are begging for money and in some cases will not leave until you either provide them with some coins or ask them to get out of the way. While being a passenger in a taxi we had several close encounters with these billboard folk who appear out of nowhere when the light changes. I didn't find them to be a threat but was more startled than anything. A coin or two given how difficult it is for some to make a living in Lima is very much appreciated.
Written Jan 5, 2013
Please be careful and do not assume you are safe.
(1) Know that if you bring more than one computer you will be taxed by customs
(2) Be careful when using an ATM machine – having your card ‘eaten’ by the machine is more common than you think
(3) Avoid displaying any valuables/computers or discussing them in a taxi
(4) Assume Taxi drivers understand English although may not speak it
(5) Before you arrive print out your embassy 24 hour emergency number.
(6) Create a Skype account; do not assume you will be able to easily make a collect call back to your country of origin.
(7) When entering or exiting your hotel and Taxi be aware of your surroundings and who is doing what. Do not be distracted with the days events.
Within 24 hours of our arrival we were robbed at gun point as we entered the hotel lobby of a boutique hotel. We will never know the truth but somewhere between the Airport and the Hotel someone took notice of us and planned accordingly.
Written Sep 18, 2012
We found walking around in downtown Lima and Miraflores really safe, and we were not even hassled by beggars or other, but crossing roads, even at pedestrian crossings is quite a challenge. Do not assume they will stop, and be prepared to sprint, gold medal style, to avoid being hit by either the newest Ford F-150, or any run down, delapidated bus. Crazy traffic. We saw also three major protest-processions, and lots of riot police, but nothing troublesome happened. A safe place during daylight for sure, and one with very beautiful, old, colonial buildings. Worth the trip!
Written Aug 27, 2012
My family and I arrived at the Jorge Chavez airport and took a taxi by the main highway outside it (Perhaps mistake #1). I was sitting by the left side window and decided to text my bf to let him know I had arrived safely (mistake #2). From time to time I noticed the driver texting but I didn't think much of it. A motorcycle came out of nowhere and although it almost hit us, it stayed behind for some time. Suddenly the car slowed down, a man ran up to my window, smashed it and grabbed my messenger bag which had been on my lap (mistake #3).
After some struggle we managed to pull it back and the thief gave up and ran off. The taxi driver, however, did not move even though we had a green light and there were no cars in front of behind. He just kept looking at his rear-view mirror. Needless we made him drive and told him to drop us off at the nearest hotel.
So, follow common sense, which I did not. Taxi drivers can be involved in these types of situations, as they probably tip off criminals, and split the money from the stolen goods. BE ALERT!
Written Jan 31, 2012
The Foreign Affairs Office and International Trade Office of Canada is a site I visit when entering a country. There recent advice on Lima is something I wish potential travelers to review. It was last updated October 28, 2011. The following is pulled verbatim from their post.
"Violent crimes such as carjacking, assault, and armed robbery are frequent. Canadians arriving at Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport should use a secure taxi service to go into the city, and should exercise particular caution en route to their hotel. You may find further information on registered taxi companies on the Lima Airport Partners Website. Attacks and robberies on vehicles occur regularly along the route from the airport, and even upon a taxi's arrival at the hotel."
Written Nov 26, 2011
As with other cities in South America it is best to speak in Spanish. If you speak in English and do not have a specific price in mind the fare can be as much as triple what a local might be charged. Be firm and willing to negotiate a price starting at what half the driver offers. While some drivers were flail their arms in the area and say "Es imposible," most will come back with a second offer.
Written Oct 9, 2011
In Lima you can imagine a higher number of crimes just thinking in the size of the city and the obviously also existing poorness of a big number of citizens.
Nevertheless I´ve never had problems with it although I´ve been walking through the streets of centro de Lima at 3 o´clock in the morning.
In general I would say, take always care of pickpockets, especially in Lima centrum and also at the beaches in the south of Lima (like "el Silencio", "Pulpos" etc)
Updated Apr 4, 2011
I would NOT go to see the Nasca lines. If you do, read the report about the flying companies before you go. There has recently been another air disaster going over there. One of many.... You can go, but you might not come back ....
Written Oct 9, 2010
Of course, I do not mean to condemn all the women of Peru. They are not all bad. However, some are there with an agenda to take advantage of the foreigners.
Some will try to get you to take them to a fancy (expensive) restaurant. You be the one to decide. Don't let her push you because of her greediness. If she is sincere in meeting you, she will be happy at an inexpensive restaurant. In fact, it is a good way to weed out the gold-diggers, by purposely taking them to a cheap restaurant. If they want to meet and know a foreigner, the restaurant won't matter, because they mostly wanted to know a foreigner. If they object to the cheap restaurant, she is more interested in what you can buy for her.
If she meets you with her friend(s) or calls her friends to join you, be careful about her intention to have you pay for all her friends as well. Dump her immediately and leave her with her own bill. She and her friends are using you for a meal and/or drink. The good women are not trying to exploit you.
I met over 30 women in Peru and saw many of the tricks. Do not be trusting at first. Keep your guard up and be sceptical. If you feel uneasy or uncomfortable, TRUST THAT INSTINCT! Do not give them the benefit of the doubt at first. Be slow to trust them. Be wary of their stories, that they were robbed on the way to meet you and need money. If they are asking for money or asking for MORE than what you are offering them such as your restaurant choice, they are ungrateful and/or trying to see how much they can get out of you before you catch on. As many of the wages are low, the incentive is high to dupe a foreigner who is seen as an easy gullible mark.
Beware of unattended drinks. Some have been known to put drugs in them so they can rob you after you pass out.
Be very suspicious and untrusting of strangers approaching you to sell you something, offering to help you find girls, pretending to be your buddy. Most of the strangers soliciting you are trying to sell you something you don't need, or is overpriced, or trying to set you up to be robbed.
Written Jun 26, 2010
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