Is Ica Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Ica generally offers a decent level of safety for solo female travelers. Daytime offers relative security when visiting sights. It's recommended to take usual precautions like avoiding dimly lit and deserted areas at night, not flaunting expensive possessions, and staying vigilant about your surroundings especially in crowded places. It's also better to arrange reliable transportation in advance. There have been rare instances of petty crime but with a bit of common sense and some caution, it is quite manageable.

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How safe is Ica?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Unsafe

Ica can be quite risky to traverse alone at night, especially as a solo female traveler. There have been reports of petty crime and it is known that certain areas can be more dangerous after dark. It is generally recommended to take taxis during the night and avoid secluded areas. Always stay vigilant and take appropriate safety precautions.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Moderate

Public transportation in Ica, can be a mixed bag. Buses and taxis are widely available, and most journeys are generally safe. However, it's essential to be vigilant as pickpocketing can occur, particularly in crowded areas. Also, local taxi services might not always use meters, so it's wise to negotiate the fare beforehand. As a solo female traveler, it would be better to use official taxi services or a trusted ride-hailing app.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Ica is generally known for its friendly atmosphere and the locals' respect towards travelers. Most travelers, including solo female travelers, report rare incidents of street harassment. The locals are helpful and welcoming, and the city has a strong community atmosphere, which contributes to the safety of travelers. However, like any destination, it's always advised to maintain common travel safety measures such as avoiding dark and isolated areas at night and always being aware of your surroundings.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Moderate

Ica experiences a moderate level of petty crimes like pickpocketing and bag-snatching, particularly in busy market places or crowded transportation. Although such instances aren't rampant, remaining vigilant about surroundings and keeping belongings secure is advised. Travelling solo might attract slightly more attention, but usually, local people are friendlier to tourists.
Tap water:

Tap water:Unsafe

In Ica, tap water is generally not recommended for drinking. While locals may be accustomed to it, foreign visitors might experience gastrointestinal issues due to the different bacterial flora. It is highly advisable to drink bottled or filtered water.

Is Ica safe to travel?

Rebecca

Rebecca (25)

Peru

Solo travel experience

Ica is a super safe little town. There's not much to do, but the sand dunes are amazingly beautiful! They are even more beautiful at night if you can find a way to sneak onto them without anyone knowing 🤫

Posted: May 24, 2024Experienced: May, 2019
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Is Ica safe right now?

Before your visit to Ica, 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

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