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Old 02-14-2013, 11:33 AM   #46
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This security warning was issued by the State Department. I guess insect repellent isn't the only thing we have to worry about...

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Potential Kidnapping Threat in Cusco
U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru
February 13, 2013

The U.S. Embassy warns U.S. citizens of a potential kidnapping threat in the Cusco area. 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. For the moment, personal travel by U.S. Embassy personnel to the Cusco region, including Machu Picchu, has been prohibited and official travel is severely restricted as a result of this threat.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.

Thousands of U.S. citizens routinely travel to the Cusco region without undue incident. The U.S. Embassy remains confident of the Peruvian government’s efforts to ensure the safety of all tourists in the region.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Peru enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step.

STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:36 AM   #47
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Oh, that is scary. I just checked the Canadian travel warning website, and nothing like that is listed there.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:17 PM   #48
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We may be spending our afternoon on our own in Cusco locked in the hotel room.
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:03 PM   #49
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We may be spending our afternoon on our own in Cusco locked in the hotel room.
When do you leave? Maybe the Adventure Guides will organize something to do as a group for safety's sake. That's the sort of thing they'd do... I hope it all blows over before you leave!

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Old 02-14-2013, 07:17 PM   #50
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When do you leave? Maybe the Adventure Guides will organize something to do as a group for safety's sake. That's the sort of thing they'd do... I hope it all blows over before you leave!

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I hope so. We leave in 5 weeks.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:21 PM   #51
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That's too bad! Cusco is such a nice place to roam around in and check out the local shops, sights and restaurants.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:59 PM   #52
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We got our box today! There's not very much in it this year. That's okay with me. I really don't need any more stuff.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:33 PM   #53
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We got our box today! There's not very much in it this year. That's okay with me. I really don't need any more stuff.
I know. I have a lot of ABD backpacks and tote bags... But I like the stuff anyways!

It's getting closer! You must be so excited!

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Old 02-23-2013, 08:30 PM   #54
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I know. I have a lot of ABD backpacks and tote bags... But I like the stuff anyways!

It's getting closer! You must be so excited!

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I can hardly believe how soon it is! Except for renewing DS's passport, I have done absolutely nothing to get ready.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:21 AM   #55
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I can hardly believe how soon it is! Except for renewing DS's passport, I have done absolutely nothing to get ready.
Ah, the beauty of an ABD! That you can actually *do* that, and still have an amazing vacation!

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This is a bit off topic, but I thought I read somewhere that Canadians do not get the 'box'. Does anyone know if this is true?

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This is a bit off topic, but I thought I read somewhere that Canadians do not get the 'box'. Does anyone know if this is true?

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I've never heard that. I know some Canadians have had issues getting it because of customs. I'm sure if I'm wrong, some of our Canadian folks will chime in & correct me! (If you don't get an answer here, I'd suggest starting a separate thread with your question in the title, so that others who might not check a thread on the Peru trip would see your question).

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I've never heard that. I know some Canadians have had issues getting it because of customs. I'm sure if I'm wrong, some of our Canadian folks will chime in & correct me! (If you don't get an answer here, I'd suggest starting a separate thread with your question in the title, so that others who might not check a thread on the Peru trip would see your question).

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Thanks for the response. If I don't see another response in a few days, I will try the main thread!
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:05 AM   #59
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California Couple missing in Peru

No proof that there is a connection to the embassy warning, but it is mentioned in the story.

http://news.yahoo.com/california-cou...000934306.html
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No proof that there is a connection to the embassy warning, but it is mentioned in the story.

http://news.yahoo.com/california-cou...000934306.html
That is scary!!!!
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