Is Peru Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Peru offers various experiences with its rich cultural history, vibrant cities, and beautiful landscapes. Like many travel destinations, safety can depend on location, awareness, and behavior. The overall crime rate is relatively high but mostly revolves around theft. Always remain aware of your surroundings and take standard precautions such as avoiding isolated areas at nighttime, keeping personal belongings secure, and not flashing expensive items. Solo female travelers should also take precautions when interacting with strangers. Taxis are a preferred mode of transport. Always book from reputable companies or use a known app. It is generally safe during daylight while participating in organized tours or activities.

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How safe is Peru?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Unsafe

During the night, in Peru, solo female walking alone might face some safety issues. Major cities like Lima, Cusco, and Arequipa can be relatively safe, but it is always recommended to use reputable transportation services and avoid secluded areas. Be particularly cautious in areas with high levels of crime. It's also a good practice to inform someone of your whereabouts and expected return.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Moderate

Public transportation in Peru varies in safety and reliability. Major cities like Lima have reasonable public bus systems and authorized taxi services that are generally considered secure, although they can be chaotic due to heavy traffic. Long-distance bus travel in Peru is popular, with many operators offering a safe and comfortable journey, but it's paramount to choose a reliable bus company. However, theft can be a concern on both local and long haul buses, so it's advisable to always keep an eye on your belongings, especially in crowded situations. It's also not recommended to travel at night due to poorer road conditions and the higher risk of accidents. Always use licensed and trusted transport providers for the sake of your safety.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Moderate

Peru has a moderate level of street harassment. While not widespread, instances of catcalling and unwanted attention are not uncommon, especially in busier city areas. As a solo female traveler, it's important to remain alert and aware of your surroundings. It's recommended to dress modestly to blend in with the local women and avoid unwanted attention. However, most locals are respectful and hospitable to tourists.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Moderate

While Peru is a beautiful and culturally rich country to visit, it does have a certain level of risk concerning petty crimes like pickpocketing and bag-snatching, especially in crowded tourist spots and public transportation. It is important to be cautious with your belongings and remain aware of your surroundings to mitigate this risk.
Tap water:

Tap water:Unsafe

Drinking tap water in Peru is generally considered unsafe for travelers, particularly those not accustomed to the local microbes. While locals may drink it without any trouble, foreign visitors could face health risks such as upset stomach or more serious conditions like typhoid fever. It is strongly recommended to stick to bottled or purified water during your stay in Peru.

Is Peru safe to travel?

4.6 /5

Based on 39 experiences

Solo travel experience

I went to Peru in August and found it to be safe and people-friendly and pleasant. I recommend booking a stay in populated city center areas to be extra cautious, and hold your belongings in crowded areas but other than that, I found the place welcoming across Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Rainbow Mountain.

Posted: April 21, 2024
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Solo travel experience

From my experience, I can say that Peru is safe for solo female travelers as long as you stick to tourist areas. I visited Lima, Cusco, Colca Canyon, and Arequipa. Also went through 4 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Met so many nice people and had the time of my life.

Posted: February 12, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I traveled to Peru in October and I felt very safe. Obviously, I was aware of pickpocketers and avoided walking alone at night but I never once felt unsafe and there were lots of other female travellers.

Posted: February 9, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I traveled alone to Peru. I visited Lima, Cusco (I took a train to Machu Picchu), made a trip to the Amazon from Puerto Maldonado, and also trekked through the Colca Canyon, Arequipa and Lake Titicaca. I primarily traveled by buses, with the exception of an internal flight to the Amazon. I didn't feel unsafe, but I definitely got a lot of catcalls walking around Lima. I recommend using the same common sense as anywhere else in Latin America, e.g. don't walk alone down dark, secluded alleys (I walked down dark, busy streets in safe areas), keep an eye on your belongings, be careful with your drinks and your cell phone, trust your instincts when dealing with strangers, ask your hotel about anything that raises your questions (e.g. how much a taxi to the airport should cost, etc.).

Posted: December 24, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I visited Ica, Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, a 4-day Inka Trail, Rainbow Mountain, and Humantay Lagoon. I booked things through GetYourGuide. The food is so wonderful, and the people are charming, I never felt unsafe. I also used Airalo for eSIM and it worked great.

Posted: December 5, 2023
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Family travel experience

Peru is absolutely amazing. My sister and I traveled to Peru, feeling absolutely safe the entire time. I highly recommend hiking to the Rainbow Mountain when you are in Cusco. It was a bit of a difficult hike, but it was one of the most important highlights of the entire trip!

Posted: October 19, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I independently visited the following places and here are the impressions I got from them: - Lima: I stayed in Barranco, which is a safe neighborhood, some parts of Lima are okay during the day, but definitely should be avoided in the evening and at night. - Cusco / Machu Picchu: Cusco is overrun with tourists, I didn't feel unsafe, but I was cheated, and the bus driver from Cusco to MP tried to steal from my backpack. - Puno / Lake Titicaca: Puno seemed a bit sketchy, but I enjoyed my stay on one of the floating islands on Lake Titicaca.

Posted: September 17, 2023
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Solo travel experience

My first independent journey outside of Europe took place last year and began in Peru, which was amazing. I felt very safe, it was easy to get around, and the people were charming. I was there when the protests broke out last Christmas and despite the significant inconveniences and confusion related to closures etc., none of the tourists I knew experienced anything dangerous.

Posted: September 13, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I was alone in Peru for more than two weeks. I was a bit nervous, wondering how safe I would be, but honestly, I felt safe as soon as I arrived in Cusco. I also visited Puno, Arequipa, Huacachina, Paracas and Lima and I never felt like I was in danger (just like in any other place, for example, walking down a dark and narrow street alone when there aren't many people around). I didn't notice any issues related to political unrest. Coming here was the best decision, I love this place.

Posted: September 12, 2023
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Solo travel experience

Peru was my first (and hopefully not last) country in South America. I was there alone and I can honestly say that it is a safe country for traveling women. Opinions about Lima are mixed, so I limited my stay to Miraflores, but I really didn't encounter any strange situations.

Posted: September 4, 2023
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Is Peru safe right now?

Before your visit to Peru, it's essential to check travel advisories for Peru, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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United States Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The United States Government advises exercising increased caution due to crime, civil unrest, and the possibility of kidnapping. Some areas have an increased risk. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: November 15, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Peru due to high levels of crime, as well as social conflicts and strikes that may occur across the country. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 15, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

**The Australian government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Peru overall due to the threat of violent crime.** Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 2, 2024

Is Peru worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 39 experiences

Anita

Anita

Canada

Solo travel experience

If Peru isn鈥檛 in your bucket list, I would add it. Peru took me by surprise as, at the time, I had never seen such beauty. I used the tour company called Peru Hop and i absolutely loved the style of travel. They are essentially a full service company and your personal body guards lol I spent a week exploring starting in Lima, spent a night in each new city, learned about their rich culture and biodiversity, and of course visited Machu Picchu. You鈥檒l love it.

Posted: June 12, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Anne

Belgium

Solo travel experience

I was in Peru for 5 months and coule have stayed longer! From the Amazon to the border with Bolivia, I loved every part of my journey. I met the most beautiful people, I learned from various indigenous communities and left with an open hart, a full belly from all the delicious food and lots of new friends and family!

Posted: June 6, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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