My time in Cuzco, Peru has been absolutely wonderful. I definitely recommend everyone and anyone taking a few solo trips abroad. You will not only learn so much about a different country, but you will also learn so much about yourself.
Traveling solo has opened a whole new world for me and I've gained a boatload of confidence and independence that I would never have had before if I wouldn't have traveled solo.
Below are some of my favorite and not so favorite things about where I live in Peru.
1. Peruvian people are some of the nicest people I've ever met, but I've also met some of the worst people here.
This is what it will be like wherever you go, but with the heightened machismo culture of Latin America, it can be quite different from what I am used to in the United States.
To start off with positive and good news, Peruvian people are very helpful. Some of the men I've met are also very protective as well and have helped me find my way certain times in the daylight. At night, I usually don't accept any help whatsoever, no matter what the circumstances are.
To get to the more negative side of things, many of the men I have met here are quite rude and don't have a filter. I've had men say some pretty horrid and disrespectful things to me, in broad daylight in front of everyone. Men in the United States are more secretive about hitting on you, while here in Peru, the men will hit on you while they are working, with family, and anywhere else.
2. The food here is absolutely amazing.
4-5 course meals are a definite thing here and you can expect to pay about 7-25 soles. What does that equate to in U.S. dollars? About $2-$8 US.
The meals are amazing, and I've only had about 1-2 bad experiences so far here. One meal gave me a horrible upset stomach, but other than that the food hasn't gotten me sick here (yet). I've eaten alpaca, but have not yet tried guinea pig, which is a delicacy here.
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3. Transportation is amazing in Cuzco.
I can get from one point of town to the other in a taxi for about $1-2 US dollars. That is pretty much unspeakable in the U.S. Buses are even cheaper, ranging from .70-1.50 soles, which equates to about $.25-.50 cents in the US.
I have not had good experiences on buses, as they are usually jam packed and sometimes there's nowhere to even stand.
4. Stealing and date rape drugs are huge here.
I've met so many people who have gotten their phone or money stolen. This usually happens when people aren't being smart or protective on buses, and openly have their gear out in the open. I always carry my backpack in front of me, especially around large crowds or festivals. The people that do steal here are AMAZING at stealing, so even if your phone is in your pocket and you expect to feel someone taking it out, you probably won't.
Date rape drugs are also common here, with not only visitors and party goers using them to lure in women, but also waiters and servers alike. As long as you are smart, you'll most likely be fine in Peru. Watch people make your drink, or if you want to stay on the very safe side, buy a beer and make sure they pop the lid in front of you.
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