Solo Female Travel in Cusco

Cusco, nestled high in the Andes Mountains of southeastern Peru, is a city rich in history and folklore. Often referred to as the 'Archaeological Capital of America,' Cusco is known for being the historical capital of the Inca Empire, boasting architectural and archaeological splendor. This UNESCO World Heritage site is brimming with cobblestone streets, Inca ruins, bustling markets, and vibrant cultural festivals. Its close proximity to the legendary Inca city of Machu Picchu makes it a crucial access point for travelers looking to explore this revered archaeological site. Its enigmatic attractions like Sacsayhuaman Fortress, formidable walled complex, and Qurikancha, the most significant temple in the Inca Empire, cast a spell on history enthusiasts. Supplement this with Cusco's pulsating nightlife, exquisite culinary scene, and multitude of handicraft markets, and you've got a destination that's as eclectic as it is historic.

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Safety:Safe

Cusco, is a relatively safe destination. However, as a solo female traveler, it's important to take extra precautions due to occasional instances of street harassment and petty theft, especially at night or in isolated areas. Use common sense: stick to public places, avoid traveling alone late at night, and keep your belongings close to you.

Transport:Moderate

Cusco as a city is comfortable to navigate. However, the complexity lies in its narrow, cobbled streets and steep hills, which can be quite challenging, especially if you're not yet adjusted to the high altitude. The city is small and landmarks are easily identifiable, but language could be a barrier especially if you are not conversant in Spanish. Therefore, a bit of planning ahead or a navigation aid might be helpful. Local transportation, like taxis and buses, are easily available and typically safe.

Things to do:Fascinating

Cusco is teeming with activities, making it a remarkable destination. As a rich historical city, it offers a blend of Incan ruins and colonial architecture, providing endless exploration opportunities in spots like the Sacred Valley and Sacsayhuaman. It's also a gateway to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The unique local cuisine in a variety of eateries offers a gastronomical adventure complemented by Peruvian cooking classes. Plus, there's significant scope for outdoor activities like hiking, horse riding, and river rafting. The city's vivid arts scene, craft markets, and weaving demonstrations offer a deep dive into Peruvian culture.

Food:Above average

Cusco's food scene enjoys a high degree of diversity, reflecting both local and foreign flavours. The city is known for its unique Andean dishes made with ingredients like quinoa, potatoes, and alpaca. You'll also find a variety of fresh seafood owing to the country's significant coastline. International cuisines like Italian and American are also adequately available. Thus, a blend of indigenous and global influences comes together to offer a tantalizing food experience. However, beware of the altitude sickness which might affect your appetite during the initial days of your stay.

Budget:Moderate

Cusco offers quite a reasonable travel experience. Accommodations, food, and public transport are affordable while some activities, such as trekking and touring Machu Picchu, can be pricey. Prices are generally lower compared to Western countries, but higher than some other South American destinations. Thus, budgeting wisely is crucial.

Is Cusco worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 7 experiences

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Things to do

4.6/5

Safety

4/5

Food

4.6/5

Budget-friendly

3.7/5
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Luna

United States

Solo travel experience

Solo travel to Cusco was the best decision I’ve made. The city is warm and welcoming i didn’t feel uncomfortable the time spent there. I will definitely go back someday. You can expect a diverse and unique food in Cusco and its budget friendly.

Posted: April 13, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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I had a very good time there and I felt safe. I spent two days there, acclimatizing to my hikes on the Inca Trail and Rainbow Mountain. I went to the Plaza de Armas, saw the Cathedral in Cuzco and took a tour inside it. I also liked walking around the San Blas area. I also went to Saqsaywaman. It's amazing how the whole city can be seen from the top. It's a beautiful city. I was bothered by people selling souvenirs on the street, but I just ignored them.

Posted: August 9, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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I loved Cusco. I went to the San Pedro market, it was incredible, lots of cheap food stalls. I stayed at the Niños Fierro hotel, which was very friendly and had great service. I also got medicine for altitude sickness from my doctor, so I didn't have to worry about acclimatizing.

Posted: April 11, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I felt very safe walking around the city and loved their "made from scratch" meals, even while trekking to Machu Picchu and the Choquequirao ruins. Everything was very cheap, and the buses seemed safe. I did not rent a car and I would not recommend it, as their driving habits are quite different. People were incredibly helpful and courteous at every step.

Posted: March 30, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Group travel experience

We went to Peru in May and we felt incredibly safe in Cusco, to the extent that we were talking to each other about how relaxed we felt. It's a great, wonderful place to spend a few days. We did a small group hike with Salkantay Trekking to Machu Picchu and we found it to be very well organized. We had no language problems at any of these places, as so many tourists now visit Peru. We even took a night bus and didn't feel unsafe at the station or on the bus at all, though I've heard you have to be careful which routes you choose.

Posted: November 29, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

Visit the Sacred Valley, Arequipa and Puno (these two cities are easily accessible from Cuzco and are worth visiting).

Posted: October 27, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Do not visit Machu Picchu from Cusco. First, go to the Sacred Valley, then to Machu Picchu, and then to Cusco. You want to start from low and then go higher. If you go to Cusco first, there is a much greater risk that you will experience altitude sickness.

Posted: October 23, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Meet locals in Cusco

Meet local women in Cusco who are open to meet up for a coffee or a drink, show you around, give local advice or practice a language with.
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Maria

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I’m a Peruvian girl who wants to know other people to hang out and having fun.

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Hello, My name is Elena and I live in Cusco

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