I am planning a trip to Peru for 2 weeks either on May 20 or May 27 with approximate itinerary:
-3 days in Lima
-4-5 days (Cusco, Sacred City, Machu Picchu) - maybe Inca Trail (or just train)
-flight over Nazca Lines
-sand dunes and oasis
-Iquitos (Amazon trip)
Can do own travel and take organized day tours (definitely organized tour for best Machu Picchu experience)
Contact me at any time if interested to join me. Budget can vary. But I would like to get the best possible Peru experience.
Some unasked for advice to help you have that best possible Peru experience:
The (classic, 4-day) inca trail is already booked solid for the period you're planning on going (and all through the rest of high season, all the way up to mid September). That really needs to be booked much further in advance nowadays, as the amount of people allowed to hike it each day is severely restricted.
I'd personally recommend fewer days in Lima, and would very strongly urge you to put in a halfway destination - altitude-wise - in your itinerary before going to places like Cuzco and Puno. Somewhere like Arequipa where you can acclimatize for the altitude for 3 nights before going even higher. Altitude sickness can thoroughly ruin a trip, and stringing destinations together based on altitude is more important than thinking that places look close together on a map.
Peru is an amazing country otherwise, so I'm sure you'll have a blast!
[ Edit: Edited on 14-Mar-2017, at 14:22 by Sander ]
At Colca Canyon, it's definitely worth doing the trek down to Sangalle and staying there overnight or coming back up the same day - good practice for the Machu Picchu trek. It's a height difference of over 1000m from top (3300m) to bottom (2200m) and the trail is winding down the valley side on loose scree - not quite as straightforward a trek as it first appears. There are swimming pools at the bottom and it's fairly easy to book a room for the night.
If you can't get a permit for the 4 day Inca trail, try booking the Salkantay trail with operators in Cuzco - 5 days and a good alternative to the classic trail.
The Nazca Lines is a half-hour plane ride over the desert - brilliant!!!!
And as Sander suggests, Arequipa is a lovely city for a couple of nights.
Thank you very much for the suggestions. I am thinking of skipping the Trail and taking the train to M.P. As much as i have seen on official ticketing site, number of tickets are still available for various days at the end of May for either 7am or 10am. In Lima i want to get a feel of various neighborhoods and try as many various local dishes as well as fruits and vegetables. Hence at least 3 days. I am debating of going counter clock-wise and visit Cusco and MP last vs clock-wise and go to Cusco right after Lima. Thanks again Borisborough and Sander.