Where else to go...
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jul 18, 2012 8:31 PM Last Post By: starturtle
Jul 13, 2012 5:16 PM
Where else to go...Hi guys!
I have been studying abroad in Peru and have been to a lot of places but have two weeks free and need some ideas of where to go. Last I heard, there are protests in Puno and Cajamarca so those two are (unfortunately) out of the running. So far I have been to: Lima, Ayacucho, Cusco, sacred Valley, Iquitos/ amazon, Chinca/ el carmen, Trujillo, and Chiclayo. I am considering going to Arequipa and stopping in Nasca. I am not a trekker, so I can not see myself spending more than a week there. How about Tumbes and the nature reserves? Cachapoyas without going through Cajamarca? Here's the catch: I only have about $350-400 to spend, and I want to leave lima monday or tuesday. Thanks!
Jul 14, 2012 12:21 AM
Jul 14, 2012 7:57 AM
2The fact that there are protests doesn't necessarily mean that a place cannot be visited. Often the media exaggerate everything -- they'll have you thinking a city is falling apart, when in fact most of the town is operating as normal. I don't want to steer you into any danger, for now and then protests do get wild. Just read the news carefully (the local news, if you read Spanish -- which you probably do, if you're studying there), and if you have the time, ask around a bit. It would be too bad to miss Cajamarca, which is a beautiful Spanihs colonial city (at least it was in 2003, when I was there -- I don't know whether the nearby mining activity has changed it in the meantime, but I hope not).
Jul 14, 2012 9:03 AM
3I don't know how dangerous right now, but there have been protests for months because of the Conga mine, which is a controversial topic all over Peru. I don't want protests to 'flare up' while I am there. Since I am traveling alone I would rather be cautious.
Jul 14, 2012 11:46 AM
4I really enjoyed Huaraz. You don't have to sign up for a 4 or an 11 day trek in Huaraz to appreciate the beauty of the Cordillera Blanca. Huaraz has a lot of nice, relatively cheap bed & breakfasts. Great little cafes to keep your belly full and your energy level renewed.
There are a lot of day trips you can do from Huaraz; such as Willkawain ruins, Chavin, Campo Santo w/ Llanganuco lakes, or you can opt to stay outside Huaraz at one of the beautiful mountain lodges, for a day or two.
So many options and choices in Huaraz, it all depends on you.
Whatever you decide on, have fun!
Jul 18, 2012 8:31 PM
Since you said that you are not into trekking, I would recommend Huaraz because the city is wonderful, regardless. Or Arrequipa, an even more amazing city and much to see. Plus, Nazca, to see the Nazca Lines.
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