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1. Posted by cosima (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

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I am planning to visit Peru in June, on a budget trip, and I have a long list of topics in which I am in desperate need for help...

Thank you, benevolent travellers who give some hints!

- can I walk from Aguas Calientes to Machu Pichu? is it neccesary to take the bus?
- What impressive trails can one trek around Cusco, except for the Inca trail? Are there some shorter and cheaper trails?
- Which train trips in Peru should we take? Huancayo – Huancavelica? Cusco – Agua Calientes? Cusco – Puno? We are looking for something impressive and not too expensive…
- How is the ghost town of Zana – is it worth the detour from Chiclayo to visit?
- Are Nazca lines really awesome to see, without taking a helicopter? Or should we better see something else – such as the Colca Canyon, for example?
- Which towns around the Arequipa – Chiclayo south-north highway are worth a visit, if one is in a hurry? Nazca, Ica, Pisco, Trujillo, or Chiclayo? We cannot see them all…

Thank you - thank you!


2. Posted by yurechavez (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Hello Cosima:
- Yes you can walk from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu, it is not very difficult if you start early in the morning.
- You can take this other cheaper treks: Lares, Salkantay, or Choquequiraw
- The best train rides are: Cusco – Agua Calientes & Cusco – Puno (10 hours)
- In Chiclayo in you do not have much time just visit the museums.
- You must use aircrafts to see the lines, so instead of Nazca, I would rather visit Arequipa & the colca canyon.
- You should visit Chiclayo, Trujillo, Pisco (Ballestas islands), Nazca & Arequipa.
Send an e-mail if you need anything else
Have a wonderful trip¡

3. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

Don't fly over the Nazca lines, it's not worth it. You'll just get seasick. Go and see a lecture about them instead, because it's really interesting if you are in Nazca anyway.

You can also go sandboarding on the world's highest sanddune in Nazca, which was a major highlight for me!