US travelers warned about kidnap threats in Machu Picchu

US travelers warned about kidnap threats in Machu Picchu

Machupicchu : Peru | Feb 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM PST
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Are Americans at risk of being Kidnapped in Cusco & Machu Picchu?

The US Embassy in Peru has issue a warning to US travelers of kidnap threats to all those who plan to go to the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu - the world famous tourist destination - and other parts of the Andean nation.

This has been reported in of dated 16th of February 2013.

It seems there is a regular stream of visitors and tourists to these destinations and communications have been intercepted which indicate plans of the cocaine-financed Shining Path outlaw band to kidnap foreigners, especially Americans.

The warning has said that possible targets and methods that could be employed are not known but the threat is credible and would be in force all through February-2013.

Incidentally, the Shining Path is a Maoist inspired organization and it now has a strength of around 500 and is funded by Peru's cocaine growing heartland.

Kidnapping is not new to them - in April-2012, they had kidnapped a group of 36 construction workers near a site in Camisea - the rebels did not harm the victims but killed the police who had been sent to rescue the kidnapped workers.

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