Machu Picchu may have to wait for some American tourists after the U.S. embassy issued a security warning last week about a possible kidnapping threat.
According to a release that was posted February 13th on the embassy’s website, ”The Embassy has received information that members of a criminal organization may be planning to kidnap U.S. citizen tourists in the Cusco and Machu Picchu area. Possible targets and methods are not known and the threat is credible at least through the end of February 2013″.
Though there is limited details as to why this threat has suddenly arisen, they have asked all tourists to avoid the area if possible and to enroll with the embassy.
For more information, visit: lima.usembassy.gov
Interestingly, the Canadian embassy has not posted any warnings pertaining to Cusco or Machu Picchu on their site, however, if you are currently travelling in the area or plan to in the near future, it may be a good idea to check in with the embassy.
Check here for regular updates: travel.gc.ca/destinations/peru