January in Peru : ADVICE WANTED POR FAVOR
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Dec 7, 2012 7:48 AM Last Post By: omicko
Dec 3, 2012 12:39 PM
January in Peru : ADVICE WANTED POR FAVORI have done some research BUT WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR HELP to put together a route for leaving Lima which would include about 10 days in the Machu Pichu area,with the last week in Lima before i return home. About 30 days in total. I prefer nature,mountains,scenery,hiking,walking but can do History,Culture,Monuments etc.
Information about 1 area would also be helpful, gracias Mick.
Dec 3, 2012 2:30 PM
You would get a better response if you put up your own suggested itinerary and asked us to comment on it, rather than asking us to create one from scratch :-)
Also, by 10 days in the Machu Pichu area do you mean 10 days in the ruins alone (???); 10 days in Aguas Calientes (the closest town); 10 days in the Sacred Valley area, or; 10 days in and around Cusco (the jumping off point for trips to MP.)?
Dec 3, 2012 3:14 PM
I can't help you if I don't know your planned itinerary...but my top places in and around Cusco include:
Pisac and Pisac Market
Cusco city sightseeing tour--look for the trolley on the plaza...
Cristo Blano overlooking the city
Horseback riding at the moon god ruins (you can book this around the plaza with a variety of companies, and it shouldn't cost more than $15)
Check out San Blas
Take salsa classes through the Muse bar
Spend a day wandering areas outside the tourist areas of the city...Marcavalle is my personal favorite neighborhood
See San Pedro market but don't go after dusk, it's easier to get robbed that way
:) Hope this helps!
Dec 3, 2012 3:48 PM
3Hiya Pigletinoz, my idea was to go in the general direction of Ballestas Island,Paracas National Reserve,Ica,Nasca (i do not know how these relate to each other). Then to Arequepa,Colca Canyon. Then to Puno, Uros, Taquile. Then about 10 days around Cuzco, which would include 4 day Inca Trail, Aguas Calientes,Urubamba,Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley ( i do not know in what order is best).Lima would be for the last 7 days of 30 days in total, cheers Mick.
Dec 5, 2012 1:30 AM
4Gracias NikkitheNomad for your suggestions about the Cuzco area.
My itinerary in Post 3 might give the impression that i know everthing there is to know about these places and other nearby places of interest that i might have missed out - BUT I DON'T. So all you knowledgable Peru Posters your practical advice would be very helpful.Hope to hear from you soon,all the best MIck.
Dec 5, 2012 2:22 AM
5Hey Micko (are you an Aussie as well??)
Your itinerary sounds fine for the 30 days, and is the classic Peru route. However, I would suggest only a day in Lima at the end - you don't have time for a full week there. If you allow on average 3 days per place (10 in Cusco/Sacred Valley/Inca Trail), with a day in between for travel, you'll be fine.
In Arequipa I would recommend more like 4-5 days, as the (decent) Colca Canyon tours are several days long. Arequipa is a great town for wandering about, and also seeing the 'Ice Princess' in the museum, and the gorgeous Convent.
Puno itself is a sh#thole so no need to hang around. You can do a simple half day trip out to the floating islands, or a multi day (2 night?) trip with home stays on the non-floating islands. Many people feel it is too 'set up' and touristy, but I found it spectacular, and you won't find anything like it anywhere else - so of course it's gonna be touristy!
Have you booked your Inca Trail yet? Jan is the low season but you want to get onto it absolutely immediately, as it may already be sold out. Also, be aware this is the rainy season so you may not get great views, and might get pretty wet! If the classic Inca is sold out, you can try the alternative treks. If you haven't booked the trek already, search this site for suggestions on operators, and book it YESTERDAY!!
The other places I haven't been to personally,
Dec 7, 2012 7:48 AM
6Well thanks Piggletinoz for your advice,i will now be spending more time in and around Colca Canyon and probably less time in the Puno region.Today i have booked the 4 day Inca Trail.Yesterday the Lonely Planet book "Discover Peru" that i ordered from the library for 70p. came.It's format gives itenaries and is very helpfull compared to the other books i have looked at.I don't normally do citys but this year i did a long walk and raised money for a home for abandoned children with learning dificulties in Lima,therefore i want to see this home and some other charities for the poor. Buena suerte from cold England.
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