Solo Female Travel in Lima

Lima, the capital city of Peru, is nestled along the arid Pacific coastline and is known for its rich history and vibrant culture. Referred to as the "City of Kings," it is renowned for its Colonial architecture, fascinating museums, and culinary prowess. Lima's district of Miraflores is brimming with upscale shops, incredible sea-view restaurants, and pre-Incan archaeological sites such as Huaca Pucllana. It's also home to the Plaza Mayor (a UNESCO World Heritage site), where you'll find the Government Palace, Cathedral, and Archbishop's Palace. The vibrant locale is also famed for its eclectic food scene, combining local ingredients with world-class cooking techniques to provide a gastronomical feast, earning Lima the title of "Gastronomic Capital of the Americas." Its thriving nightlife, unique markets, and rich cultural heritage make it an unmissable destination for travelers.

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Is Lima good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Safe

Lima, as most of the large cities around the world, has its safe and unsafe areas. Common-sense precautions such as not flashing expensive items or travelling alone at night should be observed. Public transport can be crowded and a bit chaotic, so watch out for pickpockets. It's always advisable to stay in populated areas and tourist zones where there is a greater police presence and security measures. Overall, careful planning and vigilance can ensure a safe trip to this vibrant city.
Transport:

Transport:Moderate

Navigating Lima comes with moderate ease. Public transportation is affordable but could be challenging due to language barriers and congestion during peak hours. It has a bus network and Metropolitano service, however, services might not cover all desired destinations. Taxis are available, yet fare negotiation is important as meters are not often used. Walking is viable in certain areas, but ensure to stay alert and vigilant with regards to personal safety and belongings. Familiarizing oneself with some Spanish phrases for direction can be helpful.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Lima provides a rich collection of activities ideal for solo female travelers. As the capital city, it boasts an array of historical sites, including the world-renowned Larco Museum and the ancient ruin of Huaca Pucllana. The city also stretches along the coast allowing for breathtaking beach views and seaside activities. Touring the Barranco District offers a glimpse into the city's bohemian lifestyle whereas Miraflores provides upscale shopping and dining options. As a foodie destination, the city’s gastronomy scene presents an opportunity to enjoy Peruvian cuisine at its best. However, the lack of outdoor, natural green spaces, could be a drawback for nature-enthusiasts.
Food:

Food:Excellent

The culinary scene in Lima will take you on an enticing gastronomic journey. It is considered one of the best food capitals globally, offering an array of traditional Peruvian and fusion delicacies. You will adore the diversity, from fresh seafood delicacies like ceviche to savoury dishes like lomo saltado and aji de gallina. There are also a multitude of vegetarian and vegan options. It is a feast for both the eyes and the tastebuds. The allure of the food is heightened by the use of fresh local ingredients, so it's truly a food lovers paradise.
Budget:

Budget:Moderate

Lima offers a moderate experience when it comes to budget-friendliness. The cost of food, transportation, and accommodation varies a lot, with both budget and high-end options available. However, popular tourist attractions and guided tours can be on the expensive side. It's definitely possible to plan a budget-friendly trip to Lima, but it requires careful planning and avoiding the pricier tourist activities.

Is Lima worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 15 experiences

Things to do

4.3/5

Safety

4/5

Food

4.7/5

Budget-friendly

3.4/5

Solo travel experience

Lima, Perú is a wonderful place! I stayed around 4 days and then travelled to Cusco. I enjoyed delicious food; one of them that is typical is Ceviche, a dish marinated in citrus and seasonings, along with ingredients like onions, chiles, and herbs. One of the funniest activities I did was to go to the Huacachina desert, where I travelled around the desert on buggies and did sandboarding. I highly recommend it!

Posted: May 7, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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I really fell in love with Lima, which I didn't expect, because I heared a lot of mixed stories from other travellers. You need to know which areas are safe, but especially in Barranco and Miraflores I felt super safe! A lot of cute restaurants and cafés, I'll definitely come back to stay here longer!

Posted: February 8, 2024Experienced: February, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 3/5
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I spent a few days alone in Lima in January of this year. I really had a good time (I stayed in Miraflores) and didn't have any problems. I took a great walking tour, ate incredible food, and everyone was very kind. I recommend adhering to usual safety rules and not walking alone after dusk.

Posted: November 5, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Jov

Jov (40)

Ecuador

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Worked remote from Lima for 2 months and loved it. Friendly culture, lots to do, affordable, easy to get around. Felt safe as a female solo traveller The food is incredible! It’s easy to eat and live healthily in Peru. Lots of activities

Posted: May 15, 2023Experienced: January, 2020
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Personally, I was not a fan of Lima. The traffic was a nightmare and I spent ages moving from one place to another (I used Uber). The old town had some amazing buildings and it was worth spending a day there. I stayed in Miraflores. I felt safe walking around there, but I was cautious in the evening.

Posted: April 11, 2023
Things to do: 3/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Safety: I was alone at night in Miraflores, Barranco, and downtown. I didn't have any problems. Recommendations: This is a huge city with good and bad sides. Always have cash on you. Many smaller places don't accept cards. Learn a few basic words in Spanish. Taxi drivers will try to take advantage of you. The airport is not in a very nice area.

Posted: October 29, 2022
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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You will most likely come to Lima, it's a nice stop for good cuisine and it's worth staying there for a day or two. I stayed in Barranco and I really liked this area. If you want to go to Cusco, give yourself enough time to acclimate.

Posted: October 28, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Safety: Lima is completely safe. Recommendations: Kennedy Park is fun - vendors appear there in the evenings. Wonderful outdoor shopping center near the beach, with fantastic restaurants overlooking the ocean. There is a promenade near the Marriott and there is an ice cream shop with the best ice cream in the world.

Posted: October 25, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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I loved Lima, I stayed there for the first time for several weeks because it was May and the weather was fantastic. Sunny, blue skies, and warm. Lima is known for being very gray... there aren't many days with a blue sky. I chose the Barranco district as my base. A wonderful bohemian (although in some parts exclusive) place by the ocean, full of cafes, bars, theaters, restaurants, art galleries, live concerts, etc. It's easy to catch an express bus to the city, downtown and old parts of Lima. Next to Barranco is Miraflores, a place definitely more touristic and attracts many foreigners. It has a shopping center on the cliffs overlooking the ocean, many shops, and restaurants.

Posted: October 25, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Safety: I always felt very safe in Lima, but I did not walk there after dark. Recommendations: Finish the free walk. If you don't have plans for the evening, you should try going to "Parque de las Aguas" to watch a water show - it is really impressive.

Posted: October 24, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Is Lima safe for women?

Damaris

Damaris

Is not too safe. Depends everything, be careful and use google maps for safety but generally in the morning or afternoon is more safe than later. Enjoy, discreet and keep in touch with your friends. Xoxo

Posted: May 20, 2024
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Local tips

As long as you stay in Miraflores or Barranco, you will be safe, especially on weekends, even if you walk at night. There are a lot of people there because it's the place where all bars/clubs are and there are many tourists. Just don't bring your cell phone with you if you're very close to the street and you hear a motorcycle approaching, because sometimes someone might come up and take your phone.

Posted: December 25, 2023
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I come from Lima and I can say that the city is ugly. Miraflores is safe, as there are many companies, police officers, and tourists there. However, you must be aware of your surroundings, as thieves from other districts come down to Miraflores and other well-off districts to steal because they know that wealthy people live there and tourists stroll around (be cautious like in any big city, such as Barcelona or Paris, where crime can also be high). I would recommend knowing prices in advance, as when they discover that you're a foreigner, prices rise, like for example in taxis or at some markets.

Posted: October 6, 2022
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Stay with locals in Lima

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Angela

Lima

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Hi, I'm Angela. I am a university student who likes to travel. What inspires me is to learn more and more, I feel that from every experience you have, you always take something with you. Traveling for me means living, you live every moment of your trip, you see things and places that you have never seen before.

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Lima

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Hey, I'm Laura from Peru, Latinoamérica. I'm Power BI online instructor in Superprof. Also I'm a Christian. I want to make friends and travel the world in a budget!

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