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Is It Safe for Women to Travel Alone in Peru?

Written by:
Claire Dean

Published: 03-03-2023

Peru is a relatively safe country for women to travel alone. It is generally rare to encounter any situation that will make you feel uncomfortable or insecure. Traveling around Peru is generally safe and reliable so it is a country that a solo female traveler can travel to without any serious issues. Here is some useful information about travel safety for women traveling alone in Peru


To visit Peru is the dream of many travelers from all over the world. This includes solo female travelers. The country offers a variety of cultural experiences, spectacular landscapes, and important historical sites, however, safety is always an important consideration.  While there are safety concerns to be mindful of when on your Peru vacation packages, Peru is generally safe for solo female travelers who take the precautions.

Rainbow Mountain


Just like most tourist destinations, in Peru, there are always some safety threats and precautions to bear in mind. Generally speaking, in Peru, petty crime, muggings, pickpocketing, credit card fraud, and some sexual harassment, unfortunately still occur.  The chances are slim for a tourist but it’s important to be vigilant, smart, and use common sense. Deciding to do a solo trip to Peru is always tricky, and it depends on the continent, the country, and the region in specific, as to the problems you could encounter.  Sometimes it can be a hard decision, putting yourself more at risk and making your family nervous about doing things solo as a female. Traveling alone as a woman in Peru gives you the ultimate element of freedom, But with freedom, comes responsibility. You may feel more vulnerable in terms of your personal safety, lonely at times, or feel the pressure of having to deal with and do everything by yourself. All the main decisions begin and end with you, and only you. The good news is that Peru has a lot of solo travelers with whom you may cross paths with. People who may share their knowledge and experiences with you and guide you to a safe and enjoyable Peru trip.


Many solo female travelers have reported positive travel experiences in Peru. They appreciated the friendliness of locals and the supportive travel community they encountered during their Peru tour packages. By being sensible and aware, women can safely enjoy the rich cultural tapestry and the stunning nature that a Peru trip offers.

Machu Picchu


Travel Safety

The threat of crime is no greater in Peru than in other countries in the world. However, this does not mean that crime does not exist, but this does not represent a major difficulty for women who wish to travel on their own. Although normally any woman can feel safe in Peruvian territory, you can expect to attract a little attention without company. In case your friends cannot travel with you, it is not a reason to cancel your long-awaited trip. Traveling alone is a beautiful and self-discovery experience. In general, the different tourist sites in Peru are highly safe. Consequently, those adventurous women will not have great difficulties traveling through Peru. You will even find many things to do in Peru to keep you entertained and busy. But in any case, it is a good idea to: 

Keep away from isolated or suspicious places
Don’t take a cab alone
Avoid Hitchhiking
Don’t leave drinks unattended


Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, Peru, is usually the first port of call for international travelers visiting the country. It is a modern and busy airport with decent facilities to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers, including solo female travelers. Make sure you head to the center in an authorized taxi when you travel to Lima Peru.

Lima Airport

El "Brichero"

Machismo and male chauvinism are both alive and well in Peruvian culture. As a female traveler, you’ll almost certainly experience some form of street harassment in Peru. This type of harassment is rarely aggressive and is normally limited to childish comments and catcalls known as "piropos". The vast majority of women traveling alone in Peru never experience any major problems beyond catcalls and may be an instance of petty theft.


Machu Picchu is one of the world's most famous archaeological sites. Machu Picchu has a strong presence of tourist police who patrol the site to ensure the safety of visitors. Women travelers should feel safe to travel to Peru and Machu Picchu. If you feel you need extra safety measures, then book a Peru vacation package with an authorized Peru Travel agency like Valencia Travel for extra built-in security.

Machu Picchu


Female travelers in Peru can also be taken advantage of emotionally. A  "brichero" is a particular type of male Peruvian who targets female tourists intending to forge an intimate relationship for personal gain. These men happily play the role of an enamored devotee, as long as their foreign conquest pays for everything, including, ideally, a plane ticket back to the traveler's home country! Of course, this isn't always the case just something to bear in mind if you do become involved with a local in Peru.


Rainbow Mountain is an awe-inspiring destination when you travel to Cusco, Peru. For solo female travelers, visiting Rainbow Mountain should be a safe and enjoyable experience. Remember the mountain is found at extremely high elevation (5090 m), so previous acclimatization is necessary. This is probably the main concern when visiting Rainbow Mountain in Peru.

Rainbow Mountain


Please ask here if you have any questions or concerns about solo female travel in Peru!