I am looking to travel from Lima to Bolivia via Cusco. All the things I have said mention stopping at Machu Picchu for a possible 2 day tour. I am very concerned as I have read how dangerous it can be and I will be a girl travelling alone. Can anyone give me any advice on where to stop and what to do. Ideally I would like to do the journey in 7 days, is this possible if I fly from Lima to Cusco, train to Pano and then bus to La Paz via Lake Titicaca?
Any advice would be great.
7 days will be hard. To get to Machu Picu you need to take a train there isnt any other way. During the high season this train is booked almost 3 to 4 days in advance. There are options to get on it quiker by organised tours but they are more expencive.
The train from Cusco to Puno doesnt go every day only 2 X a week I think its much easier to take a bus. There are very comfortable ones (called cama or semi cama) and its a secure way of traveling. Puno can be done in 1 or 2 days.
As for safety. Mind your stuff around terminas and stations. Hostels are quite secure and if you are unsure about the safety situation in a certain place ask hostel staff of fellow travelers for advise.
I did that exact trip in 2 weeks, though I also hiked the Inca Trail with several days in Cusco on both ends. I would say 7 days is possible, though I would give it more if you can afford the time. Flying from Lima to Cusco is definitely the best option under your time constaints. I took a bus from Cusco to Puno and then from Puno to La Paz; both trips take about a day. The bus I took from Cusco to Puno made stops along the way which I found quite nice, though if you are pressed for time I think you can push straight through. As for Lake Titicaca, you can see it in one day, or you can do a 2 day tour where you stay over with an island family for a night. I did the 2 day and it was fantastic, but again, if you're pressed for time. . .
I might also look into the current state of things in Boliva; I know there have been several update posts in here. Due to strikes and protests, I know that road blocks have made travelling around Bolivia a bit cumbersome. I'm not quite sure what the current state of things is, but it's something to look into before you make your plans.
I'm almost arriving of the same trip, I did it in two weeks, but considering the days traveling in Chile it took me about 9 days, Inka Trail included and all. It's posible, and I'm a girl and I went alone, it's possible!!
Does anyone know what one could expect to be paying for the Inca Trail? I was just offered a package of 3 nights and 4 days, all meals included, for $312US. Is that a decent price or could I find cheaper?
I paid US$300 for the same trip