Peru is an excellent destination for solo female travelers. This beautiful South American country has plenty to offer in the way of landscapes. Whether you’re a beach bum, a mountain lover, desert babe, or city girl you’ll find the landscape that fuels your soul in Peru.
Famous for Machu Picchu, there are also other awesome places to see in Peru like Huacachina, the Amazon, Arequipa, and more.
Plus, the food…OMG the food is so freaking good!
Know Before You Go
Getting Around Peru
The best options for transportation will depend on the amount of time you have. You could easily fly into Lima, spend a day or two visiting Lima, then hop on a flight to Cusco for a few days, and then fly home. This is what most people do due to time constraints.
If you have a bit more time, I highly suggest taking the Peru hop bus. It will take you to all of the popular destinations in Peru, is safe, and competitively priced to other bus companies.
Ubers are a safe option for transportation from airports and within the city. If you use a taxi, ensure that the meter is on and it is marked.
Solo Female Travel Safety in Peru
There are certainly dangerous places to find yourself in Peru, however, I felt very safe and relaxed during my time there. It is still very important to keep your wits about you. At street corners stand back from the crowds and keep your eyes on your belongings as pickpocketing is common.
In terms of transportation, always make sure the taxi is registered and a meter is used. I used Uber most of the time without any issues.
Ladies, you will get catcalled. In my opinion, it’s best to just keep walking and not escalate anything.
Always trust your gut. Ask for advice from the hostel. And don’t walk alone at night.
Where to Go in Peru
Many people told me to skip Lima, Peru. That it wasn’t safe and there wasn’t much to see there. But, my best friend is from Lima and while living in Ecuador I met someone from Lima, so I decided to ignore the advice of others and go see for myself. I ended up spending about a week in Lima all together, three days before I flew to Cusco and about 5 days after I returned via the Peru Hop bus. However, not everyone can quit their job to travel, so I decided to condense my experiences into this epic way to spend 2 days in Lima, Peru.
I’m 100% thankful I decided to ignore the advice of others and go see Lima with my own two eyes. Lima has become a city I could see myself living in, should I ever want to!
Don’t skip Lima on your way to Cusco! Lima is a beautiful city on the coast of the Pacific Ocean where you can get your first taste of delicious Peruvian cuisine and sip of Pisco.
Cusco, Peru is the Incan capital city nestled in the Andes mountain range at a breathtaking altitude of 3400m (11,100ft). For many visitors, it is the starting point for a multi-day trek to Machu Picchu. A place to acclimatize to the altitude while exploring nearby Incan ruins and eating delicious food.
Cusco is the jump off point for many treks to Machu Picchu. As such, you’ll likely be spending a bit of time here acclimatizing to the altitude. And there is plenty to keep you occupied in this Incan capital as you do!
The Best Cafes in Cusco
What I would give to be popping in to all of the Cafes of Cusco once again…but you can do it for me! Cusco has so many cute cafes in the San Blas neighborhood…these are the best that I found.
Machu Picchu is out of this world. No wonder! (Sorry – was that just a really bad pun?) But seriously, get to Machu Picchu at sunrise so you can enjoy this beautiful place without a crowd of tourist. Then hike up to Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain while the crowds are the heaviest. Returning after that hike to enjoy it again in relative peace.
The Salkantay trek is an excellent alternative to the Inca Trail. There’s less of a waiting period and it’s a bit less expensive – but no less beautiful than the Inca Trail. Here’s why I chose it…
Where to in Peru Next?
There is so much more in Peru I didn’t have the chance to see…yet. I’d like to experience the Amazon and hike in Huarez the next time I visit. And I know there will be a next time. I need some more Pisco in my life!