I hope somebody can answer my questions about south america.
I'm going to backpack peru july 2006, staying 4 weeks.
Is it safe to travel alone (i'm female), did anyone have problems? I travelled in asia alone, never had any problems there, but I heard south america is quite different in this matter!
also, any tip where I should stay, places to visit?
In 4 weeks, would it be possible to visit Bolivia, or Equador too?
Any suggestions are happily received,
Thank you so much for any advice
If you have travelled alone in Asia, I don't think you will have a problem in South America. I met a number of women who have done it. The people are generally respectfully. Most of the women I have met have complained that the fellow male travellers in hostels are more of a bother than any locals.
4 weeks is not a lot of time, and trying to see 3 countries in that time would be very hectic. You might be able to do a week / week and a half on the Inca sites (Machu Pichu, Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca) and then do some jungle time in Bolivia before heading back to the beaches.
I agree with the previous post, locals are usually respecful, but you should expect some whistling from guys, specially if you are blond. My advice is to don't pay them any attention, and think about it as a compliment. If you don't want to attrack that kind of attention, try to avoid skirts. At bars, in Cusco specially, you will find more tourists than locals.
In regard to your plans, in 4 weeks you can travel 2 countries, more likely Peru and Bolivia due to the proximity of Cusco, Machu Picchu, lake Titicaca and Bolivia.
For more information and tips for your trip to Peru, visit:
I went to Peru few months ago and didn't have any problems.
People were a bit curious about me travelling alone, but I think there is a culture thing too, they expect to see an european or american woman travelling on her own, but were puzzled to see another latin woman. Weird thing.