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I'm looking a booking a flights to Peru to spend April there (4 weeks max). I was also thinking of maybe dipping into Bolivia (Maybe a 3/1 split?) Does anyone have any suggestions for itineraries or must-sees at all?
Or just any advice in general?
If anyone has seen some of my other posts recently you'll know I'm trying to decide between doing a longer Huayhuash trek and a shorter Santa Cruz trek in order to fit more into my trip. Part of what's going to suck up some time is acclimatization. Before the trek, I'll be in the Cuzco area (for Machu Picchu), where i was planning on spending 4-5 days. My question is if i acclimatize in Cuzco (and maybe find some higher altitude day treks - if there are any), then spend a day getting up to Huaraz, will i still be acclimatized? Or will I have to do it over again?
I am 23, female, and planning a 14 week solo backpacking trip to Chile, Peru, and Ecuador. I will be mostly busing through, but there will be two internal flights; one from Santiago, Chile to Arequipa, Peru, and another from Iquitos to Tarapoto, Peru.
My backpack is a top loader with two side zippers for side entry. I was considering buying two TSA-approved letter combination locks (i.e. http://www.rei.com/product/797756/rei-tsa-indicator-wordlock) for the side zippers. The challenge is the top, which has two sets of drawstrings so I have up the first "ring" before pulling out the rest of the opening to open up the second "ring". I have read about people threading combination cable locks (i.e. http://www.nomadtravel.co.uk/p-146-catch-22-cable-lock.aspx) into the drawstring ring for more security.
Should I bother with buying these locks? They cost a pretty penn... more »
Just books 15 days end of may-june CUZ-AQP
Want to see Machu Picchu and other then that I'm open to suggestions.
Any off the beaten path adventures to consider? I'm thinking of getting a bolivian visa to get to la Paz and Copacabana. (Isla del Sol)
I'm planing a trip to South America. I travelled many times in Asia and Pacific regions, but this will be my first trip to South America and I have some questions.
1. What is the best time (which months) to trek in Peru & Bolivia ?
2. What is also the best time (which months) to enjoy a little the beaches in Peru ?
3. Which beaches are the best in Peru ?
4. I did already 3 treks in Nepal on my own, without hiring guide or porter or services from a local travel agency. Is it advised or not to do the same in Peru or Bolivia, or is it too dangerous and so I should book with a local trekking agency once I will arrive in Lima or La Paz ?
5. I heard that there is now some security checks (X-Ray or metal detectors) for long journey by public buses in Peru. Is it safe to take night buses or should it be avoid ?
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I have already booked a spot on the Inca Trail with a tour company. But now they are charging an exorbitant price to hire an additional porter.
Is it possible for me to hire an additional porter independently, or through another company? I have read reports about people hiring a porter in Cusco before setting out, or even hiring a porter on the trail itself. (Though I am also happy to arrange it in advance, the hike is not yet for another few months.)
My fiance and I are backpacking through SA on our 3-4 month honeymoon and was just looking to double check how it's looking. We truly like all aspects of traveling, adventure, culture, architecture, relaxing, beach/party. All of it! We cannot wait to get to the airport!
We will be starting in Peru then to Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay and then southern Brazil. We're starting in Peru in late Sept.
Lima - 3 days
Arequipa - 4 days (hiking the canyons, any tips?)
Cuzco - 8 days (including machu via salkantay trek)
Puno - 2 days
2 extra days as insurance for ilness, missed connections/sticking around an area we like.
any feedback would be great,
Thanks for reading!
My wife and I will be traveling for 2 weeks in Peru. We will fly into Lima and from there head north for the first week. We are hoping to stay in Mancora and enjoy the beach before heading back south for the Inca Trail.
I have planned to take a plane from Lima to Piura, Tombes, or Talara and then bus from there. Is this the best way to get there and if so what airline / bus company would you recommend? Are we missing anything along the way that we should stop and see?
To anyone who has visited the beaches in Mancora, are they worth it? Also what are some good places to eat?
We are thinking about staying Kon Tiki Bungalows or Del Wawa. Has anyone stayed in either of these? Would you recommend them or should I look for something else?
Thanks for your help!
I am flying into Lima this Saturday for a two week vacation. I originally thought that I would simply "take the bus around Peru and Ecuador". By reading this forum I am beginning to realize that this is a bit foolish and I need to focus on one area. I am thinking that Cuzco is a must see and I will fly there on Sunday. I dont need to do any trekking in the mountains so that is off my list. One thing I do love is the jungle. What would be any amazing organized tour? Does anyone have any suggestions?
Also, if others had two weeks in this area what would they do? What about spending all the time in the coast? Is there some sort of amazing resort on the coast?
Sorry for the chaotic questions but I am realizing that I am quite unorganized for the my two weeks in Peru (which is indeed a first world problem).
Does anyone have a cell phone they recommend that would allow to change sim cards between countries in southern South America. I am interested in a very basic, simple phone that would not be such a target for thieves. What brand and where could I purchase it? Better to buy in US or buy in Peru? May travel in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay.
This summer I'm planning to visit Bolivia and I will exit that country through Titicaca Lake, heading for Puno, Peru. From there I have two options: (1) heading by land to Arequipa and then down to San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), or (2) taking a flight to Trujillo, visit the Chan Chan ruins and then taking another flight to Arequipa and continue my land trip to Northern Chile. Obviously, my question is if Trujillo and Chan Chan are worth the big detour. It will cost me around US$500 in air tickets... but if the feedback here is that Chan Chan is absolutely a must I may consider the detour and the hefty air tickets' fare. Thanks for any help.
Hahaha! I just got approved for 18 days vacation in early October! I usually go to Nepal for treks but with the limited time, I'm thinking Machu Picchu would be ideal. I've been very independent in my previous travels and I'm very low maintenance. Can anybody give me a reliable agency that would guide me on the Inca Trail? LP recommends a few agencies but I think it's overpriced and I don't really need all the services that are included in the tour package; Cuzco tour, museums, hotel accomodations, etc. Basically, I just need an agency that would take care of the trek permits, tents, food, and whatever is needed for the trek. And how's the weather in October? And most importantly, how's the crowd on the trail?
Before I begin let me say that I accidentally posted this in the South America forum (twice!), but I meant for it to go here. So if you have read this already I'm sorry. Obviously my posting skills are lacking.
A lot of people ask: What to bring on the Inca Trail? So I thought I would share what I will be bringing.
Firstly I will say that when I started to plan for the trip I had no idea what to bring so I frequented these forums looking for answers. Secondly this is by no means a be-all end-all list of everything you need or do not need to bring. It's just what I will be bringing based on the research I have done, the length of my visit in Peru (2 weeks) and the time of year I will be there (September).
Let's start with what I have found to be the most asked question: What shoes should I wear while on the Inca Trail? I have seen post where people have said they walked up in ... more »
I'm having problems pinning down what I want to see and how much I can fit into my time in Peru. So far the only thing i've decided on for sure is an amazon boat trip at the end of the trip that takes 9 days beginning and ending in Lima (is a package tour with flights included)
Does it seem doable to fit the following into the rest of the time, which is at most 17 days? (and which will have to include acclimatization time)
-day trip to MP
-Santa Cruz trek
-visit to Kuelap
It seems reasonable to only need to spend at most 4 or 5 days on each of these other locations (travel time might make up the bulk), but am i wrong about that?
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