Peru!

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    Sep 06, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    Hey all,

    I'm going to Peru for a month in late Sept-October, and was wondering if anyone had travel tips? I've never been to South America before and am going 'aloneish'. I'm actually going to do some medical outreach work there, but it's in Lima, Araqueipa and Cusco (not that rural really). Free-time is obviously at a premium, but tips/advice/recommendations are greatly appreciated!

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    Sep 07, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    Sheesh, which tips should I not give you? Of course there is Machu Picchu... there is lake Titiqaqa, and the plain of the Nazca lines which are the staples for tourism, and with good reason.... Its easy to find, because Peru has very good tourist industry development... finally make sure you have some Pisco anywhere.. and have only one, because that stuff is so strong only one made me drunk as f-ck. lol
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    Sep 07, 2011 4:17 AM GMT
    bryanc_74 saidHey all,

    I'm going to Peru for a month in late Sept-October, and was wondering if anyone had travel tips? I've never been to South America before and am going 'aloneish'. I'm actually going to do some medical outreach work there, but it's in Lima, Araqueipa and Cusco (not that rural really). Free-time is obviously at a premium, but tips/advice/recommendations are greatly appreciated!

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    Peru is the Gastronomic Capital of South America.Food amazing..after effects not so much.Culturally the country is fascinating and has a History that is mind blowing.The Gold Museum , National Archeological Museum and yes , Macchu Picchu, Nazca and many many more.
    That being said, there is dire poverty , lots of corruption and a highly bureaucratic and mistrustful populace.And yes drink Pisco Sour , that'll kill anything.The people in general are friendly, but always looking for a way to take advantage of the tourists.They are also very hypersensitive about their image.You can change your money on the street , but if you do go with a Peruvian.Don't even try to do it on your own.Banks are incompetent, and again highly mistrustful and bureaucratic.I noticed among the upper classes absolutely no desire to better the lives of the less fortunate, or educate them.They simply don't care.
    I had a good time in Peru, but no desire to go back..Mexico on the other hand seeped into my soul....anything else drop me a message..
  • danisnotstr8

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    Sep 07, 2011 4:26 AM GMT
    I went a few years ago for the famed trek to Machu Picchu. It was even more amazing than I ever could have expected.

    My tip: DO the hike. Take 5 days and make it happen. My father is very good friends with a Chilean dignitary; I went to him for a recommendation on a great travel guide, which the government of Peru requires in most cases when you hike to the lost city.

    Above the (hundreds of) others, he recommended this agency: Dos Manos. For ~$300 per person, we had a Peruvian "sherpa," two cooks, two mules, 3 full-course meals per day (prepared before reaching each rest site), all equipment and food provided, and a separate historian/tour guide for the entire day we spent at Machu Picchu when we finally arrived. I could not have been happier.
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    Sep 07, 2011 5:27 AM GMT
    Machu Pichu is EXPENSIVE but if you can afford it, its way worth it.
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    Sep 07, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    O btw, eat CEVICHEEEE!!!!

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  • danisnotstr8

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    Sep 07, 2011 5:38 AM GMT
    Chicollege89 saidMachu Pichu is EXPENSIVE but if you can afford it, its way worth it.


    That is false.

    Oh, and by the way, above-described trek in the Andes included admission to the park and a train ride back to Cuzco. Did I mention it was only 300 bucks each? That included a $50 tip.
  • westguy79

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    Sep 07, 2011 11:49 PM GMT
    I was in Peru last year and it has gotten much more expensive than in years past. Before I went, my friends from my Masters program that lived there had all touted how inexpensive it is to travel around. The peruvians have wised up to being an international travel destination and travel within the country can be rather pricey. (A round trip airfare from Cuzco to Arequipa was $350 us dollars per person!).

    Definitely go to Machu Pichu and spend the night in Aguas Calientes so that you can ascend first thing in the morning (if you don't plan on doing the Incan trail). Puno (where lake titicaca is) is a rather unremarkable town. The lake is quite neat, but touristy. I would recommend staying in Cuzco for about 4-6 days. We stayed at a convent for 10 bucks a day that was super clean and private and included a simple breakfast. It was also a 1 minute walk from the main plaza.

    Had I had more time and money, I would have loved to go to the Amazon as well as see the Colca canyon.
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    Sep 08, 2011 12:16 AM GMT
    Don't forget to visit the "throne" room in Machu Picchu, and I wish you good luck with the weather--makes a huge difference with pictures. (Not me in the picture)
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    Sep 08, 2011 4:50 AM GMT
    I love Peru! Eat lots and lots of Ceviche and drink Pisco sours.

    If you have time to get away from those 3 cities, visit la cordillera blanca for incredible mountains... or lake titicaca to see the Uros people who live on floating reed islands. Las islas ballestas have lots of interesting birds/animals if you like that.

    Oh and Trujillo, Ica, Pisco, Nazca, the coastal highway... there's so much to see. Peruvians are very friendly too. Have an amazing trip!
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    Sep 08, 2011 9:26 PM GMT
    The 3 day colca canyon trek from Arequipa was an amazing experience with some amazing stories, saw the mighty condor, ate plants Id never heard of before and chipped a tooth.
    The machu pichu trek was awesome, but one thing I'd recommend is to look around and find a trek other than the inca trail. We did the Salkantay trek, it was incredibly beautiful and much much quieter than the inca trail and ends up at the same spot which is the important bit!
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    Sep 16, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
    Well, I'm spending 2 weeks in Lima, one week in Araquepia and one week in Cusco. Working Monday to Friday, so no hikes or Inca trails on the books.

    Wondering if I should pack things in a backpack or if luggage or wheeled duffel is okay?
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    Sep 18, 2011 3:28 AM GMT
    I'd go with a duffel or backpack. Cobblestone is not for wheels.
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    Sep 18, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    You're going to the three coolest places in Peru. The fourth being Puno for Lake Titicaca. I've been to all places so if you need some travel advice feel free to email me. Just be careful of what you eat/drink. I spent three days getting very well-acquainted with Peruvian plumbing. If you can swing it, take the four-day Inca Trail hike up to Macchu Pichu(or is that Machu Picchu?) Definitely worth it! One of the highlights of my life!
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    Sep 18, 2011 3:49 AM GMT
    GreenHopper saidO btw, eat CEVICHEEEE!!!!

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    I love ceviche. I just made some this afternoon. But I've never been sicker in my whole life than when I ate some ceviche at Larcomar in Lima.
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    Sep 18, 2011 4:02 AM GMT
    You can do a lot of really great day trips from Cusco. Take the Sacred Valley tour. There are plenty of tour operators just off of plaza de armas that run tours for about 15 soles. They usually run several days a week. I'd recommend going on a Sunday so you can experience the Pisac market.

    And the public buses are a good way to get out and see some ruins like Tipon, Pukapukara, and Lake Huacarpay. The bus costs two soles no matter where or how far you're going.
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    Sep 19, 2011 11:36 PM GMT
    miamimasseur saidYou're going to the three coolest places in Peru. The fourth being Puno for Lake Titicaca. I've been to all places so if you need some travel advice feel free to email me. Just be careful of what you eat/drink. I spent three days getting very well-acquainted with Peruvian plumbing. If you can swing it, take the four-day Inca Trail hike up to Macchu Pichu(or is that Machu Picchu?) Definitely worth it! One of the highlights of my life!


    Bolivian fried chicken at the border crossing did it for me, not fun. Tasted great at the time thoughicon_smile.gif
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    Sep 21, 2011 12:16 AM GMT
    Thanks MMM! I'm excited and nervous all at once icon_smile.gif