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Solo Traveling to Peru and Bolivia: Essential Tips for Your Epic Adventure

Peru & Bolivia is an incredible mix.  Both countries have their history and culture that join them.  Plan an adventure to explore the rich heritage, hike the world’s iconic treks and experience landscapes that look like another world altogether.As Laura the Explorer says:  From the South Pacific Coast, to the misty peaks of the Andes, across the altiplano deserts, to the depths of the Amazon jungle, the hardest part is deciding which of the amazing highlights to add to your itinerary – however there really is no wrong answer and the options are as diverse as the landscape. Combine this all with delicious cuisine and warm, welcoming locals, a trip through Peru & Bolivia will be completely unforgettable.

How could be the combination between Peru of Bolivia

It is very important to be clear about how many days you have for this trip.  It is normal to arrive first to Peru since most flights usually arrive in this country. You could have about 10 days in Peru traveling alone and with shared tours.  Then move on to Bolivia for another week. 

How is Peru?

It is very important to be clear about how many days you have for this trip.  It is normal to arrive first to Peru since most flights usually arrive in this country.You could have about 10 days in Peru traveling alone and with shared tours.  Then move on to Bolivia for another week. 

The exploration, ancient historical ruins, and top-notch cuisine has drawn adventurous solo travelers to Peru for decades. Mostly to marvel at one of the seven wonders of the world.

pisac ruins

But there’s a lot more to Peru than just Machu Picchu. Boasting some of the best hiking on the continent, access to the Amazon Rainforest, sandy beaches, & bustling cities; Peru has a little something for everyone.

Also, it is important to know that Peru is prepared for a Solo trip, but you have to know something.  Here some tips:


Let’s talk about safety, most solo travelers’ biggest concern when traveling abroad.

–      Avoid going out alone at night. Or heavy drinking.

–      Trust your gut. If it feels like a sketchy situation, remove yourself.

–      Keep valuables hidden. The most commonly reported crime is pick-pocketing. Don’t carry a lot of cash on you.

–      Brush up on your Spanish or carry a phrasebook. English isn’t widely spoken in Peru. You can also download Google Translate to make interactions with locals go smoother.

Altitude Sickness

Splitting headaches, lightheadedness, exhaustion, and nausea. Not exactly the state you were hoping to be in on vacation. Altitude can be rough on our bodies and many Peruvian towns (& major cities) sit at 10,000 ft or higher. (Cuzco sits at a whopping 10,500 ft above sea level!)

Fortunately, altitude sickness is mostly preventable if you take a few simple precautions.

How to avoid altitude sickness:

–      Don’t fly directly into cities of high elevation.

–      Give yourself a rest day to acclimate.

–      Stay hydrated & avoid alcohol.

–      Altitude Sickness can be serious if you overexert yourself and the only cure is to get to a lower elevation

Accommodation in Peru

Peru offers a wide-spread of accommodation options from backpacker-style dorms to lavish hotels that wouldn’t be out of place in Paris.

Hostels or Hostels: The cheapest option. Great for meeting fellow travelers and getting a feel for the party scene in major cities.

Hotel or posada: Higher-end accommodation for travelers looking for a more luxurious stay.

Also, you should know that in Peru they eat one of the tastiest foods in the world.  You can find good food wherever you go; however, you should always be aware of what you are eating so you don’t get sick to your stomach as the food has a lot of spices and is spicy in some cases.  Always try to go to recommended places.


This landlocked country has much to offer, including access to the Amazon, salt flats, and beautiful towns right on Lake Titicaca. Don’t miss the Salar de Uyuni, the gorgeous heights of La Paz, or the great hiking near Lake Titicaca, especially the Isla del Sol. Although there’s plenty to see, public transportation can be tricky to navigate and one needs Spanish to get around most places.  Some tips given by Culture Trip to have a Solo Travel:



Bolivia has an unfair reputation of being a dangerous place to travel. In reality, with a little common sense and precaution, almost all travelers leave the country with nothing but positive experiences. Don’t get too complacent though, because being on your own makes you an easier target for opportunistic thieves, most of whom prefer to rob their victims through distraction rather than force.

Getting around

It’s surprisingly easy to get around Bolivia on your own, even without a strong knowledge of the language. Long bus journeys can be arduous for the uninitiated, so consider flying if budget allows. Otherwise, buses, vans and trains can whisk the solo traveler anywhere they need to be without need of a prior reservation


A lot of places in Bolivia charge per person rather than per room, meaning traveling alone doesn’t have to be an extra expense. Younger and more social travelers usually prefer to stay in gringo orientated backpacker hostels which provide a great opportunity to interact with like-minded travelers. If hostels aren’t your thing, there are plenty of cheap and cheerful local places (simple hotels) that offer great value private rooms away from noisy tourists. Those with more money could of course opt for an upmarket boutique hotel instead. There really is a place to stay for everybody and every budget in Bolivia


While most places of interest can be visited more cheaply by going it alone, many solo travelers prefer to jump on a tour for the companionship and social interaction it provides. Travel agencies are plentiful throughout Bolivia’s tourist hot spots, most of whom are able to form a group on the traveler’s behalf.

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