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We are travelling to Iquitos, arriving by boat in about a week's time. We want to go to Parque Nacional Pacaya-Samiria for a trip of around four days but are a bit reluctant to do one of the organised tours. We would prefer to save some money (if poss) and go independently. We would be happy to hire a guide to take us there, but would prefer to get one with knowledge of the edible fruits of the forest, which is a keen interest of ours. We have a number of questions that we would like information for:
Does anyone know of an independent guide with knowledge of forest fruits who can guide us on a trip to the park?
Does anyone know if it is possible to find a guide in Nauta who can take us to the park?
Would this be cheaper than finding someone in Iquitos (we are assuing it would be)?
Can anyone recommend a quality cheap tour with knowledgeable guides from I... more »
Both Andeantravelweb and IncaTrailPeru pitch a 7-day Salkantay to Machu Picchu trek that sounds pretty interesting. It goes through Pampa Japones and Wayllabamba with the final 3 days on the traditional Inca Trail. Most of the outfitters, on the other hand, seem to promote a 5-day trip that follows the Santa Teresa and ends up at Hidro-Electrica. From what I've heard, that doesn't sound as scenic. Can anyone compare the two for me? And are there outfitters that provide the 7-day route? I can't seem to find any that mention it on their web sites.
Does anyone know any good doctors or clinics in Huancayo??? Preferably, gynecologist. I don´t have my lonely planet book with me so I dont even know who they recommend, so if you have that info from the book or know of any others, please let me know!!!
I am looking for a long-term-rent possibility in Cusco City Centre from the beginning of July to the end of November 2013. Could be a mini-depa or a shared appartment (with preferably quiet roomies....), needs to have a hot shower, furnished kitchen, WiFi and must be in a safe area. Any hints are welcome. Thanks!
Returning from Cusco to the US via Lima on the 11th and in theory I will have a 12 hour layover. I welcome any suggestions on things to do. I will have a large backpack with me.
Is it possible to catch a bus from Cruz del Sur at 21:00 o clcok when our flight arrives at 17:45 o clock ?
Do we have enough time for customs etc and the transport by taxi to the terminal of Cruz del sur or another bus company?
Also does somebody have experiences with this website :http://taxidatum.com/ for making a taxi reservation upfront to avoid the hassle? Thanks :) Andrea
Just a quick one. We fly into Lima and arrive at 18.10 on a Saturday evening. Is it possible to get a bus to Paracas that evening? Or do we have to wait until the morning - I see Cruz del Sur stop running at 14.00 on this route.
I will be traveling to Puerto Maldonado at the end of May. Have a few days (not really an itinerary).
I will like to go deep into the amazon from there, but of course on a limited budget. I Don't mind traveling a day or so from Puerto.
Any suggestions on places to stay or feedbacks of the area will be very welcome. Anybody heading the same direction, Im an easy traveler
I've checked the forums and while there are some threads generally related to my topic, I was hoping to get some more specific information. My husband and I are hoping to do a 12 day circuit of the cordillera Huayhuash (from Huaraz) in June. We've done some investigating online and found that to arrange the trek ahead of time will cost us about USD$1,100 per person for twelve days from a legit company (ones recommended by SAE club and others).
I was wondering if anyone else had done this trek and about how much they paid? Also, if there are any great companies or ones to stay away from (sounds like people have mixed feelings about Galaxia, whose name kept popping up on forums)? Finally, I can't tell if it's better to book ahead or to wait until we get to Huaraz and figure it out from there?
Any advice would be much appreciated!
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I am coming to Peru to work on tide gauges in Callao and Matarani (and maybe Talara). My Espanol is not the greatest although I have traveled a lot in Latin and South America. I usually work with some English speakers but apparently this time is a little different.
Anyway, I have a bout a week of work then wanted to check out some of the country. I am interested in seeing MP if it is possible. I haven't received my LP guide in the mail yet but probably this week. I wouldn't mind surfing but I am not bringing a board or wet suit so if no can, no can.
Anybody interested in hanging out for a couple of weeks and being my interpreter for work then travel partner for the rest of the time? I am looking to have a good time, my budget is medium and my time is limited. I am from Hawaii and have to get my work done but after that I am pretty laid back.
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Can anyone tell me how the personal 5kg allowance on Salkantay is carried by the mule? Does your rucksack just get tied on? Thanks
we're taking the Inca Rail (not Peru Rail) to Machu Picchu. Does anyone know how strict they are about their luggage policy? I'm going to have a backpack with me (30-40L) and since we're switching hotels that day I don't want to leave it at the hotel we'll be checking out from (even though through email they said it would be fine if we left it there till we got back).
My friends and I are scheduling a travel around Peru by the next August.
We are seven people and it's our intention to rent a car and to go by ourself without relying on travel agencies.
Looking at travel info sites and reading the news about Peru, they advise the tourists against to travel by themselves due to very high level of criminality (we have read about carjacking, assault, armed robbery and so on). Moreover, due to the bad conditions of the main traffic ways as well, they suggest to use public transports and/or tour operators.
Can somebody with experience of Peru tell me if the situation is so dangerous for the tourists? Is it better to follow the suggestions and rely on travel agencies? (even if we don't love a lot this travel solution!)
Can we explore Lake Sandoval in the Amazon jungle on our own without signing up for a packaged tour? We will be there for 3 days, 2 nights in June as part of a larger trip through Peru. Thanks!
I would like to hike to Salkantay Pass from Soraypampa without doing the whole Salkantay to Machu Picchu trek. Do you know any guide or agency that offers this service?
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