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Are Quads/Cuatrimotos allowed to drive on the roads of Máncora? We're relocating there and are looking for basic transportation to get around the Los Órganos - Punta Sal area. My wife is not too comfortable with riding a motorcycle and I thought a quad might be a good way to get around but I'm not sure if they are allowed on the paved roads.
My name is Cat and I am new on this forum. For the last couple of weeks I have been reading a lot of posts here and gathered heaps of info. Great forum!
My plan is to go to Peru and Bolivia for 42 days. Thats including 2 days of travelling from and back to Europe. So we will have 40 days there.I thought it would be a lot, but the more I read here, the more places I would like to visit. But I guess I'm not the only one with that problem?! :) Are dates are not set yet, but we know we will be leaving end of april and come back somewhere in june.
I have figured out a lot of places which I would love to visit, but I dont know how to make them in one nice trip. I'm not a big fan of long bus rides during the day. If its a comfy nightbus, its no problem and otherwise flights of trains have my preference. But I dont know if you can book this on short notice?
As a start I will p... more »
Hi! I'll be traveling in Peru with my mom for her 50th in about 2/3 weeks. I JUST booked us two of the ExcluCIVA tickets for the trek from Lima to Cusco. Of course in my brilliant decision making process I decided to check out tripadvisor and thorn tree after booking. I'm now doubting my decision intensely. I had read about "Civa and Cruz del Sur" from the lonely planet guide so I checked both their webpages. Since it is so long I figured 180 seats for the extra few bucks was totally worth it (Cruz only seemed to offer 160). Now all I'm reading is reviews saying everything from "They crash their buses and kill people" to "The lady charged me for a remote and was rude" all the way to "They'll tell you the wrong time of departure and get upset if you don't speak spanish fluently" (My spanish is elementary).
Needless to say I'm doubting my decision to go with Civa instead of Cruz d... more »
I'm traveling solo to Peru in December for two weeks and have procrastinated my bookings. Fortunately I found a great Inca Trail tour operator for my dates and am booking that now. So far I've planned the following:
Friday, Nov 29 - arrive in Lima (late night)
Saturday, Nov 30 - fly to Cusco to acclimatize for a day and a half
Sunday, Dec 01 - acclimatize in Cusco
Monday, Dec 02 - start of 4D/3N Inca Trail trek from Cusco
Thursday, Dec 05 - Machu Picchu / return to Cusco
Sunday Dec 15 - depart to US from Lima (1:45AM departure)
1. Is Huayna Picchu worth it? I'm bringing some nice camera gear, so if this gives me a more photo-worthy view of MP I'm all for it.
2. If I want to go to Lake Titicaca for a day or two, would La Paz be better than Puno? Best way to get to either?
3. This seems to leave me 8 or 9 days to figure ou... more »
My fiance and I just booked our flights to Peru ! We are flying into Arequipa on the morning of January 3rd, and flying out of Juliaca the night of Janurary 14th. We are tentatively thinking of spending 4 days in Arequipa/Colca Canyon, 5 days in Cusco/Sacred Valley, and 3 days around Lake Titicaca. Any ideas for specific places to stay, things to do, how to get from one place to another? We prefer more budget (but not dorm rooms) and less touristy options.
I am going to Cuzco, and after that I have planned to travel to Copacabana, Bolivia.
How this can be done?
Is there busses between Cuzco and Copacabana?
If there is; how long it will take?
If you are in Iquitos, Peru and want to visit beautiful and big Pacaya Samiria reserva, at first you will be faced to book an expensive three or more days tour with one of many agencies there.. If this is not an option for you, I have two more economical suggestions for the rainforest animal lovers.
I tried to enter the park without booking agency, wanted to pay at one of the entrances of reserva, but this now is not an option too and they are quite strict. You would need to pay it in advance on the bank account and enter with a guide who is taking you with his peke peke.
1. COMMUNITIES JUST OUTSIDE DE RESERVA.
Visiting communities on the other side of rivers Maranon or Ucayali that border the reserva is rewarding. The jungle is everywhere around and if you base yourself in any of these villages, you can easily reach jungle and have fantastic walks. The recommendation is of cou... more »
I am confused. And I appreciate all the previous assists. I have driven a rental car everywhere in the world including Chile, Mexico, Guata., and Costa Rica and wrong side countries also. People seem to state either driving is or is not safe and that Peruvians are crazy and drive drunk. Which is it? I can see value in flying to a central location from Lima to save time, etc., such as Cajamarca/ Trujillo area (which town in that area would be best?), and Arequipa. Maybe bus or fly to Cusco for Machu but then rent car to drive to Pto Maldonado and maybe onto Arequipa. Any thoughts? I would only drive in daytime as my rule. Not afraid of towns , esp if I have a map going in, but probably would not do so in Lima. Any experienced help is appreciated. Thanks.
From what I can tell, this company is terrible. As we speak, I am sitting on a bus bound for Paracas from Arequipa. We are 1 hour out of Arequipa, but have been sitting on the road without moving for 5 hours, now. No one has told us what is happening, how much longer we'll be sitting here, offered us water or food, put a movie on to pass the time, or offered us a ride back to Arequipa. I think they should send a shuttle for anyone wanting to head back to town and give us a ticket for tomorrow. This is just ridiculous!
I also have been having trouble with their website. I tried 5 times to book a ticket with no success. I also tried 5 times to use the contact link with no success. I feel they should know what is happening to all of us stuck on this bus.
Avoid this company like the plague!
just wondering what peoples opinions/advice is on using bank cards in peru.
is it better to get a card which you can get dollars out on (i heard this is a good idea), or just have a current account....and take out peruvian soles.
also anyone know if there is an export charge on the sole?
anyone know what type of phone charger adaptor is used throughout peru?
We're going a short visit to Peru and would like to fly from Lima to Cusco to maximise our acclimatization time before the Inca trail.
I have been trying to look on the airline websites to book - we're flying on the 27th Nov, so have left it a bit late. I am a bit confused by the rates. For example the Peruvian Airlines website says they don't charge different rates for foreigners and locals, but then it says flights need to be booked in Peru.
Has anyone got recent experience of doing this route with a reasonable airline, cheaply and without being stung for a massive airport tax. Also doing this flight with backpacks.
Any help much appreciated!
A few titbits from my recent trip to Peru.
For those with little money and less time, budget two-day/one-night expeditions to Machu Picchu are a dime a dozen in Cuzco. Depending on your haggling skills and the sketchiness of the agency, expect to pay between $110 and $130 ($90 to $110 with ISIC). for a package that usually comprises: van pick-up from your hotel at 07:00 or so, transportation to Hidroelectrica with lunch in Santa Teresa, escorted walk to Aguas Calientes (two hours if you're in shape, three if not), private accommodations with dinner and breakfast in Aguas Calientes, admission to and a dawn guided tour of Machu Picchu, a ticket on the 13:30 train from Auguas Calientes back to Hidroelectrica, and finally van transportation back to Cuzco. You should arrive in Cuzco at 20:00-ish, early enough for night buses to Puno and Arequipa. If business is slow, some agencies wi... more »
We plan to visit Peru next year - starting in Lima. We plan to drive from Lima to Tarma. Two questions: 1) How are the road conditions between these two cities, and 2) Are there issues with altitude sickness when crossing the Ticlio Pass?
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