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Canadians warned to avoid 'non-essential' travel to regions in Peru after Canadian man killed

The Government of Canada has issued an official warning for travelers to avoid non-essential travel to regions of Peru.

The warning comes after a Canadian man was killed in the Peruvian Amazon.

According to several reports, a 41-year-old from Vancouver Island was lynched by a mob n the Ucayali region of Peru last week.

Details surrounding the man's death remain scarce but reports say he was killed in retaliation for his alleged involvement in the death of Olivia Arvelo Lomas, a popular Indigenous shaman and civil rights activist.

The official warning is reminding travellers to exercise a “high degree of caution” in Peru and to avoid travel in several areas:

  • The districts of Kimbiri, Pichari and Vilcabamba in La Convención province in the department of Cuzco (the city of Cuzco and Machu Picchu are not affected)
  • Huallaga and Tocache provinces in the department of San Martín
  • The Upper Huallaga and Ene river valleys in the departments of Huánuco and San Martín
  • Padre Abad province in the department of Ucayali
  • Huacaybamba, Humalíes, Leoncio Prado and Marañón provinces in the department of Huánuco
  • Concepción and Satipo provinces in the department of Junín
  • Tayacaja province in the department of Huancavelica
  • The districts of Abancay, Andahuaylas and Chincheros in the department of Apurímac
  • Huanta and La Mar provinces, in the department of Ayacucho

“Domestic terrorism is largely restricted to the remote jungle areas of Peru where the Shining Path guerrilla group is present.

This includes the region where the Apurímac, Ayacucho, Cusco and Junín departments meet, parts of Huancavelica and Ucayali departments, and the Upper Huallaga river valley in the Huánuco and San Martín departments,” said the Canadian Government, in a statement.

“Overland travel in these regions is unsafe.”

For further information regarding the travel warning, click here.

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