Is Machu Picchu Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Machu Picchu is generally safe for solo female travellers. The area is heavily patrolled by police and security guards, and the local people are friendly and welcoming. However, it is important to take the usual precautions such as avoiding walking alone at night, being aware of your surroundings, and not carrying large amounts of cash. Additionally, it is recommended to book a tour guide or join a group tour to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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Is Machu Picchu safe to travel?

4.2 /5

Based on 3 experiences

Kelly

Kelly

United States

Solo travel experience

Great place to go and meet about the Cuzco ‘s History, the view of Machu Picchu is beautiful, the weather is great friendly people, and warm environment I took different tours everyday, I stayed in the place around a week, there are so many activities to do like driving motorcycles in the mountain, visit great Incas museums, city tours of the capital which is Cuzco. The food is good and the markets are cheaper in the same Cuzco town than other places like Machu Picchu. I felt safe around the streets. The streets are full of foreign people.

Posted: June 8, 2023
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Is Machu Picchu safe right now?

Before your visit to Machu Picchu, 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. Additionally, be aware of potential social conflicts and strikes that may occur throughout the country. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: May 17, 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: May 2, 2024

Is Machu Picchu worth visiting?

Overall rating

3.7 /5

based on 3 experiences

Solo travel experience

Machu Picchu takes your breath away. I got sick there and spent one day in bed. I recommend taking medicine or trying local herbs for altitude sickness.

Posted: March 25, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I have completed the Inca Trail. What made it difficult for me was the altitude. There was one day that amazed me when I reached the camp in the evening. After a rest and dinner, I was ready to continue. I recommend staying in Cuzco for a few days to acclimate to the altitude.

Posted: February 18, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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