Is Peru Worth Visiting for Solo Female Travelers?

Nestled in the heart of South America, Peru is a mesmerizing blend of history, culture, and natural splendor. This treasure trove of profound adventures is famous for its diverse landscape, encompassed by the soaring peaks of the Andes Mountains, the lush depths of the Amazon Rainforest, and the stunning coastline along the Pacific Ocean. Drenched in a remarkable ancient heritage, Peru is iconic for its mysterious Incan citadel, Machu Picchu, arguably one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. The capital city, Lima, is a culinary hotspot offering a unique fusion of traditional and modern, featuring pre-Colombian temples alongside kinetic nightlife. Whether you're hiking through cloud forests, exploring the vibrant streets of Cusco, enjoying oceanic vistas, or savoring world-class Peruvian cuisine, that's just the beginning of the extraordinary Peruvian kaleidoscope.

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Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 36 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.8/5

Safety

4.7/5

Food

4.7/5

Budget-friendly

4.4/5

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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 3/5
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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I had a fantastic trip to Peru. In Lima, I visited a lot of museums and participated in culinary tours. I even took a flight to see the Nasca Lines. Then I jumped on a boat to see the Humboldt penguins. After that, I flew to Cusco to see Machu Picchu and I took up the challenge of climbing the Rainbow Mountain, which was very high, over 16,000 feet. It was an amazing journey.

Posted: November 8, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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I went to Ica, where there is an oasis in the desert. I went sandboarding and saw the most beautiful sunset in my life. Then I went to Cusco, got used to the altitude, and went on a 4-day trek (Salkantay Trail) to Machu Picchu. It was hard, but it was worth it. And I simply fell in love with Cusco. If I had more time, I would go to Lake Titicaca, Rainbow Mountain, Paracas and more places.

Posted: October 2, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Maria

Maria

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Hey there! I’m Mafer (21yo). I’m from Lima Perú, and Ive traveled to the US (Florida) and will be arriving in Europe soon for a exchange semester! (Spring 2024). I’m really excited to hear from you and share some cool experiences!

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Mirian

Mirian

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Hello, my name is Mirian, I am from Peru - Lima, I live in the center of the city and if you wish, we can coordinate so that you can stay at my house or be able to meet somewhere, show you a little about my city, we can exchange languages ​​and culture.

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Mirian

Mirian

Peru

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Hello, my name is Mirian, I am from Peru - Lima, I live in the center of the city and if you wish, we can coordinate so that you can stay at my house or be able to meet somewhere, show you a little about my city, we can exchange languages ​​and culture.

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Marión

Marión

Arequipa

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5 days

About me

Hi! My name is Marion and i love to travel, make friends, animals, dancing, reading and swimming. I'm a child psychologist and going on my first solo trip to Europe this August ( for my bday!) YOU can text me for whatever you need and u can stay in my house up to 5 days!❤️

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Fernanda

Fernanda

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Hey there! I’m Fernanda from Belo Horizonte, Brasil. Looking forward my first solo trip in May. I haven’t decided the destinations yet, I would love some suggestions 😉

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Inga

Inga

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I'm Inga, I'm 31, teach English and Spanish at a local school and I like to travel solo from time to time. :) I love meeting new people and chatting, so if you need any pointers for what to do around my home or you happen to travel at the same time as me, shoot me a message!

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