Peru: Lima to Cusco to Machu Picchu

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    Jan 18, 2011 1:14 AM GMT
    At the end of February I'm flying to Lima to join two friends for a trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu. This is a first visit for us and we have no idea about the best choice of transportation.

    Any recommendations?
  • Bundy693

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    Jan 18, 2011 5:32 AM GMT
    Hi Bill in Australia here, hope yu get some info on Soth America hope to be travelling there at the end of the year, could you pass any info you get on to me Cheers Bill
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    Jan 18, 2011 3:45 PM GMT
    Bill, I'll be happy.

    Come on Guys, if you've been to Peru, give us your thoughts. Please.
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    Jan 20, 2011 10:09 PM GMT
    I went, but it was over 20 years ago. Spent three months in Peru, Argentina, and Brazil. The whole trip was arranged by a travel agent.

    I flew from Lima to Cuzco and took the train to Machu Pichu. There was a bus ride from the train station to Machu Pichu.

    If I were to go back, I would want to do the Inca Trail. If you do the hike, plan ahead. You're in a high elevation. You will need plenty of water, sunscreen, and proper clothing. You'll probably want to spend a day or two in Cuzco before the hike to acclimatize to the elevation.
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    Jan 20, 2011 10:21 PM GMT
    Definitely do the four day Inca Trail hike. I did it with Llama Path and couldn't recommend them enough.

    I did Lima-Titicaca-Cuzco-Arequipa all by bus. Cheap and pretty comfortable. You need time and stamina, however. If you do the Inca Trail with Llama Path, the take care of the transportation to and from Cuzco
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    Jan 24, 2011 12:37 AM GMT
    im goin this July, u can fly from lima to cuzco, but in my experience, unlike in europe, s.american flights are quite pricey, bus is WAY cheaper but very comfortable if u get one of the big posh ones, seats go all the way back, good sleep, tvs, its cool. Just ur patience might be an issue, 1.5 hours buy plane, 20 hours by bus, but u prefer it, u get to see the landscape. I did a 35 hour bus ride from sao paulo to Buenos Aires, and it was cool, time to reflect, relax. from my research, all of peru can be done comfortably by bus, lots of bus competition, so good prices to be had, the difference of a second class 'semi cama' and 1st class 'cama' is massive in the bus, but little difference in price, so go for the cama option, or one even higher than that coz then u get a fully reclining bed which makes all the difference when u wanna sleep well, especially if ur tall, i was cool coz im tiny and can make myself comfy. dont book things till u get there and never with travel agents or organisations, u have NO idea how cheap south america is, these agencies take the piss and charge u what u think is a good price, when u get to s.america ull realise u were ripped off coz its ALL SO DIRT CHEAP. Have fun!!!
  • westguy79

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    Jan 24, 2011 2:14 AM GMT
    I went last June. I flew Delta to get to Lima (was not a fan of delta) and then LAN from Lima to Cusco. My friends and I hired a private driver to take us from Cusco to Urubamba where we got on the train to Aguas calientes. We spent the night there and got up at 5am to make it up to Machu Pichu.
    Great trip. Pre-arrange as much as you can now. Prices in Peru have gone up a lot. I had many friends that went 3-5 years ago and they were able to get around for very cheap. Now, there are separate prices for non-locals when flying in Peru.