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Similar to another poster, I am in the market for a trek very soon. I would like to know what complaints and compliments people have from their experiences. Are there trek companies you would avoid? Salkantay treks has so many compliments on Travel Advisor that I am leery, although I like how thoroughly they prepare clients with info. Also, what about the sleeping arrangements? They mentioned Straw buildings to pitch the tents in, I think I understood. Is that a good thing? Does everyone do it?

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A group of us (8) coming to the end of our holidays touring Bolivia and Peru got two taxis from Loma Airport to a nice hotel in the city. We split 4 and 4 and all of our bags didn't fit in the boot. One large rucksack was placed on the legs of the 3 people in the back while I sat in the front. We all also had our small back packs between our legs.
On route, we passed through a rough village (Mira Flores I think). It was 7:45pm, dark and traffic was bumper to bumper. All of a sudden the 2 back…

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Hi,

I have been shopping around a bit for treks to Machu Picchu. In general, I am not really interested in the Inca Trail except for the possibility of entering M.P. from the sun gate, and seeing the sunrise over the citadel. I know that this is probably far more corny and tourstic than I make it out to be in my mind, but entering the city this way just seems far far nicer than taking the bus up from Aguas Calientes. Other than that, I am far more interested in trekking through the wilderness…

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My friend and I are planning a trip to Peru and have been in contact with a company called "Saywas Expeditions". Rosa Maria is the owner and one who planning the trip for us. She plan the entire trip - Salkantay Trail and including the private day tours, hotels and transportation. Since the cost is significant and we have to pay in full before the trip I wonder how reliable the company is. I couldn't find any review on the website. Any of you have experience with the company?

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Hello All -

Planning a trip to Peru the end of the year and below is my tentative itinerary. I'd appreciate it if you can provide some input if too much time/not enough time is spent in one city, or perhaps substituting one for another.

  • Arrive in Lima connect to Cusco, transfer and stay in Ururamba/Sacred Valley for two nights.
  • Travel to Aquas Calientes to spend two nights for Machu Picchu/Huayna
  • Travel back to Cusco to spend two nights sight seeing.***
  • Fly to Lima to spend two…
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Hola.
I'm landing in Cusco at 16:10, 30.8
And would like to take a ride to Ollantaytambo the same day.
Are ther vans which go there around 17:00-18:00?
Can I take one direct from the airport or should I go cusco first?
Where in cusco I should arrive?
Or maby there are local buses or colectivos at this time?
How much it cost?
How much time the ride takes?
Thanks.

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I arrive in Lima at 2am on September 4th and want to fly to Cusco the same day. I keep reading about flight delays in Peru especially to Cusco because of fog. Is it better to fly later in the day when it could possibly lift? Star Peru seems just absurdly cheap compared to the rest? Is there a reason for this.

Secondly I've recently seen some things about buying Machu Picchu tickets online. I thought I had to do this in Cusco?

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Hello all Lonely Planet Travelers,

In 1 month my boyfriend and I will be going to Peru for two weeks. I am having some trouble trying to decide what to do for our Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu portion of the trip. We will arrive in Cusco on August 25th at 2:30 pm. I have roughly mapped out that the 26th will be spent in Cuzco, the 27th we will set out for the Sacred Valley to see Pisac and Ollantaytambo and stay in Ollantaytambo that evening. The 28th we would set out for Machu Picchu…

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hi!

We are looking for a bus route from Tarapoto to Huaraz. There isn't a direct route so was wondering which is the best way to go. Through Trujillo? Hopefully not back through Lima.

Any help would be aesome!

Thanks everyone!

Alex

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its probably a long shot, but if anyone is flying back to states from cuzco and has enough room to pick me a few items let me know. i want to buy 1 jacket, 1 scarf, and 2 bags (i want more than 2 if you have room) from the san francisco artesenal market by the arches. i was in cuzco two months ago but didnt have enough room in my bag to buy anything. im in buenos aires right now on my way to uruguay. i fly out of rio at the end of august. i can pay all the costs via paypal or a transfer to your…