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Please - does anyone have any suggestions for a reliable lodge/jungle adventure 3-4 days - discount prices??
Nancy & Joseph
I am looking to travel for 3 weeks in Peru in July. Lima, Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Huacachina are places I definitely want to visit. I'd like to visit some northern sites like Cordillera Blanca but I think that could be too much for 3 weeks.
Should I fly into Cusco and see that region, then bus south to Puno then northeast to Huacachina and finally Lima? Or should I do counterclockwise, starting with Huacachina and then fly back to Lima from Cusco?
I am interested in photography and foods, so any recommendations on places i should consider for these 2 interests during my 3 weeks in Peru is greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Hello! My boyfriend and I are going to be visiting Peru in July (2013) and are visiting Machu Picchu. I was wondering what people thought of some of the inca trail alternative treks. We are thinking about doing some other treks in Peru and may bring our own camping gear. We are pretty in-shape and live at 4,500ft but the highest elevation we hike at is approx. 7,000ft so not sure about difficulty levels.
(before this becomes a debate about whether I should do the Inca Trail instead... There are no permits left during my trip)
I've been hearing about these:
1. The Salcantay Route
2. The Lares Route
3. Vilcabamba Traverse Route
4. The Chaski (or Cachicata) Trail
What are your thoughts? Are there other routes I'm missing? What is the possibility of doing these without a tour? Other advise?
Hello! I'm traveling to Peru for slightly over 3 weeks in July (2013) with my boyfriend. We are in our mid-twenties and from the US. We plan to use tours only when necessary and are not overly crazy about touristy stuff. Rough itinerary includes Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Puno, Arequipa, Huarez, and Trujillo. We plan to do several treks and will probably have our own camping gear.
I have some experience traveling on a tight budget in Western Europe. I'm looking for ways to save money that don't compromise safety (I'm okay giving up a little comfort). What are your best tips for saving money in Peru? What are the best guidebooks for budget travel (I have Lonely Planet's SA on a Shoestring)?
Thanks in advance!
Does anyone know of any higher altitude day hikes in the area? I'd like to try out a hike nearing 4000m or higher, to see how I can handle it. I won't be bringing any camping equipment and that's why I'm looking for a day hike.
I'm also open to finding out where the roads traverse high passes in the area, and then I could take a taxi there. Bonus if there is something to see once we get there, or somewhere to walk, so that it doesn't seem odd/suspicious...
I am flying into Lima on Thurs Nov 28 at 8 am from GUAYAQUIL. What time would you suggest I get my flight to Cuzco?
Hola...I read the other postings on the different tour buses/public option, but I still have a question. I think we want to take one of the tourist buses this time. I see that Incaexpressbus.com actually sells tickets for most of the different lines Turismo Mer, Wonder Peru,Inka Express etc. Does anyone have a recommendation based on service or price between the different buses i? The prices are all very similar. I also see Queros Tours does the trip as well as Peru Bus. Thank you!
Can anyone recommend a good community-based tourism program in Peru? I am looking for a guided trek/walk, classes, or maybe a homestay that is run by and benefits local communities. I haven't done much research yet & figured the thorn tree would be a good place to start.
Just wanted to see if people had any good recommendations...I'm a social person but don't feel the need to stay somewhere which is too party orientated. I just want somewhere friendly, relaxed and in a good location.
Thank You! Stella
1. I arrive in Lima next Friday at 9PM and fly to Cusco at 9 the next morning. What is a good midrange option close to the airport?
2. What are some good day hikes that I can do on my own around Urubamba, Ollantaytambo or Cusco?
3. How long does it usually take to adjust to the altitude? Can I hike on my second or third day in the Sacred Valley?
4. Any good mid-range places to stay in Cusco?
I wondered whether anyone can help us, my boyfriend and I are hoping to do the Salkantay trek around 21st May and wondered whether we need to book it in advance or just wait til we get to Cusco? There seems to be so many companies that I would prefer to look over the camping equipment and talk to the companies directly however we´re worried that it will be fully booked when we get there.
Any advice welcome
I am starting to plan a trip to peru.
I am staying almost four weeks but will only have around ~ 13 days to travel (with my boyfriend) beginning of September, the first two weeks (i.e. last two weeks of august) I'll be in Huancayo for a project. I'll probably fly out of Lima again, because tickets seem to be much cheaper than for example if I'd fly out from La Paz.
1) What is the best way to get from Huancayo to Cusco / Machu Picchu?
2) After ~ 3 days doing a trail to Machu Picchu - how would you spend the remaining time?
we do the 5 day salkantay trekking and after returning to cusco left with 10 days. thinking to go for 2 days to arequipa (by plane), then ica or pisco to see nazca lines. which place is more interesting? should we really go to titicaca lake? heard mixed opionions whether worth to visit or not. certainly want to spend 2 days in lima as well. what are the interesting things to do btw arequipa and lima? how is laguna huacachina? seems very commercial to me. what about ayacucho? would be nice to be able to do some day hikes . is it worthtaking a bus from puno to lima or better catch the plane? appreciate your help?
Thinking of going up the Amazon from Pucallpa to Iquitos on a cargo ship for a few days in June, then along to Letiticia, Colombia,afterwards. Has anyone done this route or somthing similar before.? Just wondering how easy it is to get on a cargo ship, a case of turn up and there will be options or will I be lucky to get onboard? Also if anyone knows of anywhere further south that is possible to get on a ship that would be great as will be starting or journey in Ollytambo, just north of Cusco.
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