What to do in Peru/Bolivia with newly pregnant wife?
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Apr 9, 2013 7:00 PM Last Post By: roikiller
Apr 3, 2013 12:58 PM
What to do in Peru/Bolivia with newly pregnant wife?My wife and I found out that we're pregnant and around month 3 we have already booked tickets to go to Peru to see Macchu Picchu, Tambopata Reserve, and Manu National Park. It seems to me that the jungle is out due to malaria issues.
Anyone that traveled to the area while pregnant have any ideas of where to travel or what to do or not do?
I was thinking if we are bound to go to the area (tickets are non-refundable), go to non-malaria type places. Was thinking of swapping out the Tambopata and Manu for a trip to Salar De Uyuni?
Apr 4, 2013 7:24 AM
1First of all, congratulations to you and your wife!
Second, there should be plenty of wonderful highland experiences open to you--check with your wife's doctor to make sure altitude won't be a problem, though. The Salar itself is at around 12,000 ft (4,000 m), but parts of the multi-day tour through the far southwest reach altitudes of well over 16,000 ft/5,000 m.
That said, here are a few subjective picks for highlights that won't put you in Malaria country:
-Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, and MP (obviously). You can easily spend two weeks or more just exploring this incredible and varied region.
-Arequipa and Colca Canyon (again, check on elevation). The former is a charming desert colonial city with good food, the latter is the second deepedst (known) canyon in the world with a charismatic condor population.
-Lima is actually really wonderful (stay in Miraflores or Barranco). Amazing food, great archaeological day-trips (Pachacamac, Caral, etc.), pretty seaside neighborhoods, and some of the best coffee you'll find in Latin America.
-Coroico (take the paved highway from La Paz). Roughly same elevation as Machu Picchu, so "tropical" without dipping into malaria country. It's a pretty and relaxing hill town with some great hiking nearby.
-Sucre, Bolivia. Really laid-back and charming colonial city, with vibrant indigenous weaving villages nearby.
I don't know how much time you'll have, but that's a sampler.
Apr 9, 2013 7:00 PM
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