A Peruvian man was wounded when he stepped on a landmine while trying to enter Chile without authorization, the Peruvian Foreign Ministry said.

The 32-year-old man, identified only as E.Y.L.A, "sustained a serious wound in his left leg" as he walked on an unmaintained path near marker 12, located about one kilometer (0.62 miles) from the border, the ministry said.

"The incident was reported around 0800 today (Saturday) by Chile's Carabineros, who found the wounded man after he was spotted by workers at an agricultural project in an area known as Pampa Concordia," the Peruvian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The wounded Peruvian underwent surgery at the regional hospital in the Chilean city of Arica, where he is listed as being "out of danger," the ministry said.

Representatives from the Peruvian Consulate in Arica visited the man and notified his next of kin of his condtion. EFE