Highlights from Peru

  • Seeing Machu Picchu for the first time
  • Hiking up to see Rainbow Mountain
  • The scenic (and bumpy) ride to Rainbow Mountain in the tour group van
  • Taking a day trip to Waqrapukara
  • Walking around the historic center of Cusco
  • Watching daily sunsets from my Airbnb in Lima
  • Seeing the incredibly beautiful cliffs in Lima
  • Eating some of the most amazing food for super low prices
  • Seeing the panoramic view of Cusco from Mirador de la piedra redonda
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Where to Stay in Lima, Peru

If you're thinking of heading to Lima, Peru, I recommend staying in Miraflores, Barranco, or the historic center of Lima. These three areas felt the safest to me as a solo female traveler.

Where to Stay in Cusco, Peru

I recommend staying as close as you can to Plaza de Armas in Cusco in a place within your budget. Tours like the ones for Rainbow Mountain will only pick you up from a zone close to the center of the historic district near Plaza de Armas.

Where to stay in Aguas Calientes, Peru

If you're planning to go to Machu Picchu without a guided tour from Cusco, I recommend staying in the small launching pad town of Aguas Calientes for a few nights. This tiny town is very beautiful and sees many guests come and go as they make their way to one of the 7 Wonders of the World.