The United States Embassy in Peru has issued a security message for United States citizens planning to travel to the Cusco and Machu Picchu areas of Peru. The warning said:
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.
Also Acapulco, Mexico has become increasingly dangerous. For the last months, there has been heavy drug violence in the area with bodies left in the streets of the tourist area. . Recently that has been made worse by crimes against tourists. A gang broke into the rented beach house of 13 Spanish tourists. They gang raped six women and beat seven men.