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Started by Ebadlun on May 14, 2022 10:34:59 PM
Peru, Inca stuff, and surrounding countries

Experiences, advice, group tours to recommend/avoid?

I would also like to see the Atacama desert if possible. My window is late September - early October.

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Ebadlun - 19 May 2022 00:07:59 (#1 of 7)

Well, this is going well..

Cordelia - 19 May 2022 06:34:50 (#2 of 7)

Ah. Can’t help as I’ve not yet been - my Peru trip was scuppered by the pandemic for 2020 and 2021, but I have fingers crossed for this October.

I’m going with Explore. https://www.explore.co.uk/holidays/adventure-holiday-in-peru

Ebadlun - 21 May 2022 23:07:18 (#3 of 7)

Nice, I'm leaning to this one:

https://www.explore.co.uk/trip-notes/PB/8024

Also in October, we may turn up at Machu Picchu on the same day.

hailesaladdie - 22 May 2022 02:08:52 (#4 of 7)

Went a very long time ago, so can't really recommend any specific agencies, but Cuzco is choc full of places that will take you on the Inca Trail, around Sacsayhuaman, etc.

Definitely do the Inca Trail if you can, but after acclimatising. It is hard work, but so worth it. Local tours around Cuzco's surroundings are good to, and can help you acclimatise - I did a horseback one.

From there, I took the train to Puno, then down to Arequipa and the Colca Canyon. Back to Puno and then out to the Uros and Titicaca. From there over the border to Bolivia, and stayed at Copacabana for the Isla del Sol. Onwards from there to La Paz.

Wonderful trip. Only word of caution is that there really is a lot of petty crime in Cuzco, and the altitude is no joke!

nac1001 - 22 May 2022 06:40:58 (#5 of 7)

I've been to Peru a couple of times, firstly when Shining Path were operating and had a tendency to blow up power lines, turning towns dark for the evening - so not really living up to their name.

I travelled from the Ecuadorian border to the Bolivian border by bus, train and plane visiting Piura, Lima, Cuzco, Machu Pichu, Puno, Titicaca. I had a bad case of food poisoning and survived a few pickpockets.

We went back in 2020 and a great week sailing down the Amazon near Iquitos. We also spent a few days in Lima which seemed cleaner and safer than before but still chaotic. Miraflores by the Ocean is a nice place to stay away from the city centre. We also went to Arequipa which is spectacularly sited under El Misti volcano. We did a two day trip to the Colca Canyon where we saw condors.

https://flic.kr/p/2iooffU

I've been to Ecuador a couple of times, most recently in 2011 when we went to the Galapagos - wonderful but expensive. Cuenca and Quito have a lot of beautiful buildings from the colonial era. Guayaquil was less interesting.

https://flic.kr/p/aRrBvZ

NotNixerNoMore - 28 May 2022 10:16:20 (#6 of 7)

I went in 1997 (so anything I say will be horribly out of date) and went to Lima, Pisco, Nazca (flew over the lines), Cuzco, train to Aguas Calientes, Macchu Picchu, Arequipa, Puno, Uros, Colca Canyon, Copacabana, La Paz, Tiwanaku before moving onto Chile and Argentina. I would love to go back. I didn't do the Inca trail so can't comment on that.

Echo the above really, altitude is tiring at first, even walking across a room takes effort. Two of our group were robbed and beaten up in Cuzco having decided to walk back from a bar instead of taking a taxi as advised.

Uros islands were interesting but poverty stricken. Loved Tiwanaku, and I think we went to some burial sites near Nazca too. We were in Puno at Christmas and Cuzco for new year which was fun.

hailesaladdie - 28 May 2022 11:28:56 (#7 of 7)

We don't talk about Puno, oh no no.

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