Peru Trip Advice - Amazon in the Rainy Season or Lake Titicaca
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Oct 24, 2013 12:02 PM Last Post By: caittravels
Oct 22, 2013 1:00 PM
Peru Trip Advice - Amazon in the Rainy Season or Lake TiticacaHi there,
A friend and I are traveling to Peru for 10 days beginning on December 29 and ending on January 9. Thus far, we've booked the following travel:
We're flying to Lima, and staying in Lima for two nights and a day (most US flights arrive late). Then, we'll be leaving early for Cusco. We'll be staying in Cusco for two days to acclimate to the elevation before taking off for a two day and one night trek.
Since it will be the rainy season, we're looking for suggestions for the next half of our trip. My friend really wants to go to the Amazon but I'm hesitant because there are very few flights flying to and from, and we don't have tons of time. She wants to go to Puerto Maldonado, then to an eco lodge near the Tambopata National Reserve.
I'd prefer to go to Lake Titicaca.
If anyone has any counsel on traveling to the Amazon or Lake Titicaca during the rainy season, I would really appreciate it. I've read that many flights are cancelled due to weather, so I want to make certain that we can build in enough travel time. Also, if anyone has had positive experiences at any eco lodges.
Thanks in advance!
Oct 22, 2013 6:05 PM
1Either way, you'll be stretched for time. Rainy season in the Andes region (including Lake Titicaca) is usually no impediment to travel, but rainy season in the Amazon can involve a lot more rain, and disruptions because the roads are not as good there. If you sign up for a four day trip to an Amazon lodge, be aware that the first and last day are travel days, so 4 days is really only 2 whole days plus dinner and a breakfast the morning you depart.
For Lake Titicaca, you'd take a tourist bus from Cusco-Puno for day one. (flying does not save time) Day 2-3, you could go by boat tour out on Lake Titicaca and visit Isla Taquile and Isla Amantani. Those places are heavenly, and you can add another day if you negotiate with the tour operator. There's really not so much see on the mainland, in Puno itself. Then fly back to Lima from Juliaca airport, an hour away from Puno.
If you do decide on the Amazon, maybe skip the day in Lima at the start, and just go airport-hotel-airport, before your Cusco flight, in order to add a day for the Amazon.
Oct 23, 2013 8:25 AM
2Take the bus from Cusco to PM--very scenic and the new road is excellent. Bus leaves Cusco at 10:00 and arrives in PM at 20:00--only $28. In PM you can walk around and find a local or a tour guide who will take you out without going to a high priced lodge. If you do want the Lodge, much cheaper to arrange when in PM.
Rain--Last October we took bus and arrived for 3 days of torrential rain. Never did get out in Jungle and went back to Cusco. Doubt very much that tourists who paid thousands of dollars for a lodge saw very much during those storms. But seeing wildlife is never guaranteed--met a young woman who is really a Monkey Psychologist--like Sheldon's girlfriend on Big Bang!---who went to high priced parrot watching lodge in PM in dry season and who said that in 3 days , she only saw 2 parrots.
Lake is OK if you have never seen water, but you can see water if you look out the window when landing in Lima.
With only 10 days, I would not waste time on a trek--too many other things to do and see in the Sacred Valley
Oct 24, 2013 12:02 PM
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