Right on. Saves time finding the towns and takes any guesswork out of checking the route. Well I thought that was a reference to something I had somehow missed earlier in the report. I had no idea of any couple being attacked in Peru in the news. But I went looking and found their blog. Nightmare is suitable description for what they went through. I don't know how to read between the lines here, but one thing to keep in mind when traveling out of our country is that even though we may beleive we do, we really no longer have rights. If we try to assert any "rights", we are going to be taught some kind of a lesson. We are not going to be coddled by the authorities nor the people in these countries like we are in our own. A compounding factor is that men are still in charge in Latin America as they haven't turned control over to the women like we have in the US. So a gringo woman trying to take the reins isn't going to go over well even in the best of situations. Our best approach is to be humble, cooperative, and understanding - above all show respect. After all, we are invading on their turf. If they want to see our documents, we show them the document copies we have specially prepared for such occasions. If they ask us not to leave, we hang out with them. Refusing to show them the documents, then taking off demonstrates a complete lack of respect. Then heading the wrong way down a dead-end road demonstrates a complete lack of understanding. Most of us pampered gringos are used to getting away with both of those on a regular basis, but in those places, the population is largely self-policed. You are going to get treated the way people think you deserve to be treated. If there was a group of people wanting to injure and maybe even kill travelers as we've heard, somehow their emotions were evoked to that level. I expect we will never know how but stuff like that doesn't just happen randomly.