Peru Solo Female Travel Safety Tips and Advice

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On this page you will find first-hand, unbiased, and real safety tips, advice and reviews from women traveling solo, submitted directly from their personal experiences in the country.

Their opinions are unfiltered and submitted independently as part of the Solo Female Travel Safety Index, a ranking of 210 countries and regions based on how safe they are for women traveling solo.

The safety scores range from 1 to 4 with 1 being the safest and 4 being the most dangerous for solo female travelers.

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Peru Country data

We have compiled a few data points below that can help you better understand Peru and have more context when thinking about travel safety.

Official country name: Republic of Peru.

Etymology: The exact meaning is obscure, but the name may derive from a native word "biru" meaning "river".

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Capital: Lima.

Independence / foundation: Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas whose empire was captured by Spanish conquistadors in 1533.

Peru declared its independence in 1821, and remaining Spanish forces were defeated in 1824.

Population: 32 million.

Currency: Peruvian Sol (PEN)
1 USD = 3.67 - 3.74 PEN
1 EUR = 3.99 - 4.06 PEN

Time zone: UTC-5

Languages spoken: Spanish (official) 83%, Quechua (official) 14%, Aymara (official) 2%, Ashaninka <1%, other native languages (includes a large number of minor Amazonian languages) <1%, other (includes foreign languages and sign language) <1%, none <1%, unspecified <1%.

Religions: Roman Catholic 60%, Christian 15% (includes Evangelical 11%, other 3%), other <1%, none 4%, unspecified 21%.

Climate: Varies from tropical in the east to dry desert conditions in the west and temperate to frigid in theAndes.

Real GDP (ppp – purchasing power parity): $433.9 billion.

Real GDP per capita (ppp): $12,700.

Main airports: Jorge Chávez International Airport, Rodríguez Ballón International Airport, Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport.

World heritage sites in Peru

Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
City of Cuzco
Chan Chan Archaeological Zone

There are over 1,100 world heritage sites spread across more than 165 countries. New ones are added every year, and some may be removed from the list for various reasons.

Number of UNESCO listed sites: 13.

Top world heritage sites:

- Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
- City of Cuzco.
- Chan Chan Archaeological Zone.
- Chavin (Archaeological Site).
- Huascarán National Park.
- Manú National Park.
- Historic Centre of Lima.
- Río Abiseo National Park.
- Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Palpa.
- Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa.
- Sacred City of Caral-Supe.
- Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System.
- Chankillo Archaeoastronomical Complex.

Interesting facts about Peru

- Peru is home to the Incan site of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, an American archaeologist and politician.

- The Amazon covers 60% of the country. Peru is home to the second-largest portion of the Amazon rainforest after Brazil.

- The humble potato is native not to Europe as many believe but to southern Peru. The vegetable was ferried to Europe by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century.

- Peru is home to Cerro Blanco located in Sechura Desert. These are one of the tallest sand dunes in the world.

- Cuy (guinea pig) is considered a delicacy in Peru.

Further reading: N/A.

Peru Travel tips

Socket type: A / B / C / F / L. Guide to socket types.

Weekend days: Saturday and Sunday.

Driving: Cars drive on the Right.

Local taxi apps: Didi-Rider, Uber, EasyTaxi.

Travel Guides: Lonely Planet, Bradt Guide.

Languages spoken: Spanish (official) 83%, Quechua (official) 14%, Aymara (official) 2%, Ashaninka <1%, other native languages (includes a large number of minor Amazonian languages) <1%, other (includes foreign languages and sign language) <1%, none <1%, unspecified <1%.

Basic words and phrases in the main language:

Hello: Hola
Please: Por favor
Thank you: Gracias
Help: Necesito ayuda

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About the Solo Female Travel Safety Index

Safety matters to solo female travelers, you told us so in our annual Solo Female Travel Survey, where year after year, women prove that this is their most important concern when traveling solo.

We wanted to do something about it, so we built these country-specific pages where you can find reviews and scores for 7 key variables affecting the safety of women traveling solo.


  • Risk of scam
  • Risk of theft
  • Risk of harassment
  • Attitudes towards women
  • UK Travel Advisory
  • US Travel advisory
  • Global Peace Index (GPI)

Informing OSAC

The Solo Female Travel Safety Score is used by the Overseas Security Advisory Council for including safety concerns for women travelers in their country security reports; OSAC is a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and private-sector security community.

How to use the Safety Index

On this page, you will find the country score and the personal opinions on safety of other women traveling solo.

You can sort the comments by:

  • The level of experience traveling solo of the reviewer (beginner = <5 trips solo, Intermediate = 5 to 10 trips solo, Experienced = >10 trips solo).
  • The age of the traveler.
  • Whether they are a visitor or local.
  • The date they were posted.

The safety scores range from 1 to 4 with 1 being the safest and 4 being the most dangerous for solo female travelers. 

Thus, the lower the score, the safer the country.

Looking for more safety resources?

This entire website is devoted to helping women travel solo. Check out the links below to learn more:

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Thanks to Jacobo Vilella for creating the Solo Female Travelers Safety Index ❤️