Peru Trip Coming Up In less than 2 wks!!!
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Apr 1, 2013 11:08 AM Last Post By: jadesuperpower
Mar 25, 2013 9:15 AM
Peru Trip Coming Up In less than 2 wks!!!Hi All,
So my friend and I were recently advised by our VERY UNPROFESSIONAL Tour Agency that our 4 day/3 night Hike up to Machu Pichu is a bust bc they mistakenly booked us on the wrong dates and there is no way to rebook us during our stay bc they've already met the maximum hikers allowed for this month. We leave for Peru next Wednesday 4/3/12 which leaves us little time to re adjust our Cusco plans.
They gave us options to go on either of the below excursions in place of the hike:
a. Inca Jungle (4d/3n)
b. Salkantay (5d/ 4n) this option is basically another bust bc it conflicts with our flight back to Lima)
So I guess what I would love help with this is:
Do you think the Inca Jungle trek is worth doing in place of the hike. Has anyone done this trek before? Is the Machu pichu experience just as amazing as the hike. (supposedly the sunrise is a MUST which we don't think we will be able to experience on this excursion)
Should we just skip the inca jungle trek and do our own touring in cusco, if so what are other must sees in this part of peru?
I was also considering traveling to Argentina? Has anyone travelled from Cusco to Argentina? We are obviously on a budget so any feedback on traveling to Argentina at minimum costs would be greatly appreciated as well. I'm not sure if its cheaper to book flights once we're there etc...would you happen to know the average pricing for airfare from Cusco to Argentina.
Any advice would be greatly APPRECIATED!!
Edited by: Jnmaxine
Mar 25, 2013 1:47 PM
1Sorry to hear about your negative experience. One can only hope that the agency you used does not get a chance to do this on a regular basis!
Given your time constraints, maybe the best would be to forego the hiking option for this time. I can't comment on the worthwhileness of the Jungle Trek but I do know that Cusco itself is a great place to be - definitely worth a couple of days of exploration as well using it as your base. You can do a day trip to Machu Picchu after exploring Cusco and the surrounding area. You'll need a day or two in the city to acclimatize to the altitude. A bus tour of the Sacred Valley is a great way to spend a day; you could always spend a night down in the valley in a town like Ollantaytambo.
You'll still see Machu Picchu and get some extra time to see a city rich in history - from its days as the capital of the Inca Empire to its time as the capital of Spain's Andean Empire. Take a peek at the following post for an idea of what to do in Cusco - http://wp.me/p25mXk-mP
Mar 25, 2013 2:34 PM
Mar 26, 2013 4:39 AM
Mar 26, 2013 11:04 AM
Sunrise is incredible, and this is possible on an excursion or the Jungle Trek. I've just moved on from a 5 month stay in Cusco where I was working for a tour operator.
I have done both Inca and Jungle treks and found them both amazing - the Jungle trek has some nice extras to do along the way, day 1 being a cycle and the ability to zip-line over the jungle on Day 3. It's also far cheaper than the Inca trail. I would say it's worthwhile for the price, seeing as it's only a little more expensive than a 1 day trip nowadays.
You can think about doing the MaPi trip in 2 days. Spend day 1 getting there, and having a night in Aguas Calientes, before getting the first bus/walk up in time for sunrise around 6am. Buses start at 5 so you'll get up in time, but make sure you queue from around 4:30/4:40am to get on the first bus.
Doing this trip allows you to do a tour of the Sacred Valley on day 1, before leaving the tour group in the town of Ollantaytambo when they return to Cusco. From this town you catch the train to Aguas Calientes in the evening. It's a beautiful trip as you get knowledge into Inca lifestyle on day 1 along with some beautiful ruins, before the jewel of the Incan Empire on day 2.
Hope this helps
Mar 26, 2013 12:36 PM
Mar 27, 2013 7:34 AM
6I think the sunrise thing for Machu Picchu is massively over-hyped. On most days the sky is cloudy anyway, so you don't really see much of a sunrise at all. It's pretty to see the light change on the ruins in the early morning, but I'd say the main benefit of a very early start is that the site is not extremely busy yet.
I don't know how much time you have, but considering time and money, it might be a bit of a squeeze to try to go to Argentina as well.
In Lima, the Miraflores and Barranco areas have nice bars and restaurants.
Mar 27, 2013 8:12 AM
Mar 27, 2013 8:23 AM
8OP - do yourself a favour and do not try to do too much in too short a time.
The poster above is right in suggesting that you pass on Argentine. For a budget traveller it may be one of the most expensive destinations in SA - and just where in Argentina do you plan to get to from Cusco? It is as long as the USA is wide - i.e this would involve air travel over long distances. I also agree with devino about the Machu Picchu sunrise hype; it was clouded over the day I was there. Also, the sunrise thing only really makes sense if you are sitting up at the Gateway of the Sun (Inti Punku) about 2 kilometers above the site when sunrise comes - and even then it could be clouded over.
You don't say how much time you have but since you are planning to spend three days in Lima and the Cusco area, including Machu Picchu is worth a week, and you are going to do a jungle hike I'd say you have got more than enough to do for two weeks.
Re: your question about average daily costs. It all depends on how "budget" you travel. A room for $50. and $30. for food and extra for tours and such. On trek you can figure about $100. a day per per person for the trek - so if it is a 5 day trek, about $500. If the trek is way cheaper that should be a clue that someting has been cut out - wages for porters, quality of food and equipment, whatever.
Enjoy your adventure!
Apr 1, 2013 11:07 AM
9Hello next_Bruce_perry or Mark, :)
I too am planning to give the Inca Jungle Trek a go as the Inca Trail is sold out till September! I am expecting to reach Cuzco sometime on May 8. You said you worked as a tour operator. Is there a particular tour operator you recommend to do the jungle trek? I contacted one on the web, and they gave me a quote of USD$270 for a 4D3N trek. Does this sound reasonable? I am a bit wary about the company as they have not responded since 2 days after I asked more questions following providing a price quote.
Edited by: jadesuperpower
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