Replies: 4 - Last Post: Sep 18, 2012 1:25 PM Last Post By: Nikki_Lou
Sep 17, 2012 9:12 AM
Planning on going to peru next year as part of my travelling plans, and want to venture to machu picchu and the inca trail and also want to spend some time in the jungle. I have done some research and also spoken to companies such as STA and trailfinders and they obviously recommended certain packages they offer. These are expensive and also form set itineries whereas I’d prefer more freedom to stay at places longer if I wish. Can anyone advise/recommend me of tours or independent travel ideas if possible. Thanks in advance
Sep 17, 2012 1:46 PM
1Peru is very easy to visit independently, there is absolutely no need to travel with a tour operator or travel agency.
You can book bus- & train rides online with the bus & train companies, likewise about flying.
All cities & towns have hotels, the more touristy the places are the more options you'll find. Even small off the beaten track towns have places to crash.
More and more people speak basic English and with basic Spanish you'd go a long way.
Most trips can be done independently, except some treks and any hotel will offer you day trips.
Sep 17, 2012 2:43 PM
2Very easy to travel independently and find your own accomodation as you go. Machu Picchu tickets, Inca trail trek reservations and train tickets should be booked in advance.
Sep 18, 2012 10:26 AM
3Listen to IncaKola and 3DLen--no need to pay for a tour. Peru is easy; friendly people; great bus service.
Thousands do independant travels in Peru. We do some tous but try to do a lot by ourself--example--Did Lima on our own then took bus to Arequipa. Once there we did use a tour agency for Colca Canyon which was well wortyh paying for.
Did MP on our own but paid for tour of the Sacred Valley--really should have done it on our own.
Lot of conflicting information about going to the Amazon. Not sure if anyone has ever been there--going to try to go there if a couple weeks.
Sep 18, 2012 1:25 PM
4I went independently to Macchu Picchu and just walked around, I didn't get in any trouble for it...just act like you're with a group. My friends and I have all done it...then just listen to their tours. Trust me, I know budget-I'm a college student. Also for the jungle check out Posadas Amazonas the cheapest option hotel...it was a phenomenal stay, and also very affordable for what you get. Check it out-it's also a 100% green resort...very friendly and helpful staff too...
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