Solo Female Travel in Cusco

Cusco is the former capital of the Inca Empire and a popular tourist destination due to its rich cultural heritage, stunning architecture, and its proximity to Machu Picchu. The city is known for its vibrant nightlife, its colonial-era churches, and its many archaeological sites. It is also a great place to explore the local cuisine, with many restaurants serving traditional Peruvian dishes.

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Experiences from Cusco

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5 /5

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Solo travel experience

I had a great time and felt safe there. I spent two days there acclimating for my Inca Trail and Rainbow Mountain hikes. I walked to the Plaza de Armas, saw the Cusco Cathedral, and took a tour inside. I also enjoyed going to the San Blas area. Also walked to Saqsaywaman. It's very cool to see the whole city from the top. It's a beautiful city. I was harassed 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. Went to the San Pedro market, it was amazing, lots of cheap food stalls there. I stayed at Niños Hotel Fierro, and it was so adorable and had great service. Also, got altitude sickness meds from my doctor, so I didn't have to worry about acclimating.

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 I loved their “made from scratch” meals, even while backpacking to Machu Picchu and Choquequirao ruins. Everything was very inexpensive and buses felt safe. I didn't rent a car and I wouldn’t recommend one since their driving habits are quite different. People have been incredibly helpful and gracious along the way.

Posted: March 30, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Frequently asked questions

Is Cusco safe for solo female travellers?

Yes, Cusco is generally safe for solo female travelers. However, it is important to take the same precautions as you would in any other city. Be aware of your surroundings, avoid walking alone at night, and keep your valuables secure.

Is Cusco good for solo travel?

Yes, Cusco is a great destination for solo travelers. The city is very safe and there are plenty of activities to do and sights to see. There are also many hostels and hotels that cater to solo female travelers, so you can easily find a place to stay.

Is Cusco expensive for solo travellers?

Cusco can be expensive for solo travelers, depending on the type of accommodation and activities you choose. However, plenty of budget-friendly options are available, such as hostels, budget restaurants, and free walking tours. With careful planning, it is possible to enjoy Cusco on a budget.

What to do in Cusco solo?

Explore the Historic Center

Cusco’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of fascinating Incan and colonial architecture. Take a stroll through the cobblestone streets and explore the many churches, plazas, and museums.

Visit the Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a stunning area of Peru located just outside of Cusco. Spend a day exploring the ruins, markets, and villages of the valley.

Take a Cooking Class

Learn how to make traditional Peruvian dishes like ceviche, lomo saltado, and aji de gallina.

Go Hiking

Cusco is surrounded by stunning mountains and trails. Spend a day exploring the area’s natural beauty.

Visit the Museums

Cusco is home to several museums, including the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, the Museum of Religious Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Shop at the Markets

Cusco’s markets are full of unique souvenirs, handmade crafts, and traditional clothing.

Take a Day Trip

Cusco is a great base for exploring the surrounding area. Take a day trip to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, or the nearby town of Pisac.

Is Cusco safe to travel alone?

Yes, Cusco is generally safe to travel alone. However, it is important to take the usual precautions when travelling alone, such as avoiding walking alone at night, being aware of your surroundings, and not carrying large amounts of cash or valuables.

Is Cusco safe at night?

Yes, Cusco is generally safe at night. However, it is always advisable to take the same precautions you would in any other city, such as avoiding dark alleys and being aware of your surroundings.

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