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1. Posted by kyebrown (Budding Member 62 posts) 10y

Hi, planning on beginning a lenghty RTW TRIP in about 8-9 months. Peru is definatley on my list of places to visit and obviously I will be doing the Inca trail, but I am keen to hear othe rpeoples experiences, especially if you have taken a different route from the very popular 4 day trail. Also if anyone has any suggestions of other places to visit in Peru such as colca canyon I'd be grateful to hear them.

Thanks in Advance


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

Huaraz: the mountains around (Cordillera Blanca) are super for hiking, iceclimbing, rafting, etc. and the place is absolutely stunning.

Nazca: the Nazca lines are cool but it is not worth going up in a plane to see them. Hard to get good pictures and you will just end up seasick. Instead, go on a sand boarding tour on the world's highest sand dune (don't remember the name right now).

Cajamarca: charming little mountain town in northern Peru with loads to see and do in the area.

Máncora: if you are in to surfing. Try out Huanchaco too.


3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

I did a different route which was cheaper, longer, more challenging and extremely quiet. Just ask around in Cuzco, there's loads of options. Just make a conscious choice; see my objections against the choquequirao-trek in the other thread.

4. Posted by Sparlita (Budding Member 41 posts) 10y

Huacachino, about a 10 minute cab ride from Ica is a great place to rest a day or two. You can go dune buggying and do some sandboarding. Pretty amazing views of this oasis town too. Recommended!

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

Quoting Sparlita

Huacachino, about a 10 minute cab ride from Ica is a great place to rest a day or two. You can go dune buggying and do some sandboarding. Pretty amazing views of this oasis town too. Recommended!

I think you mean Huacachina...

6. Posted by mike65 (Full Member 27 posts) 10y

Of course, you'll be in Cuzco, so after that you can take a highland train and visit Puno on the Lake Titicaca (floating islands of the Uros, tombs in Sillustani - lake Umayo). From there you can enter Bolivia and visit La Paz and ancient Tiwanaku.
Or go to Arequipa (Colca canyon), then to Nazca (lines), then to Ica (Huacachina, vine cellars like Vista Allegre) proceed to Paracas and visit Islas Ballestas (El Candelabro), then to Lima (a lot to see). Peru norte: Trujillo (Chan Chan), Chiclayo (Senor de Sipan, Tucume pyramides), Cajamarca, and even go to Chachapoyas to visit the largest ancient building of the Americas - Kuelap.
I did it all, except Kuelap, I'll be there in September.
There are many more places, Peru is never ending story, so pick some info on the road, hope you'll have good time and remember: each day more you spend in Peru is better for your trip! Believe me...
Greetings from Croatia

7. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Peru is an amazingly diverse country! There´s so much to see and do there. You could spend months there!

I wouldnt plan on spending too many days in Lima. It would be nice to find positive things to say about it as a city, but there are few. The downtown area is very pretty with its colonial buildings and impressive churches. The districts of Miraflores, San Isidro or Barranco are where most of the tourists tend to base themselves.

My highlight I think, aside from the intense experience of the Inca Trail, was Arequipa and the Colca Canyon. Arequipa felt like a very "real" city, much less touristy than other places in Peru and the gateway to the Andes. The people there were very friendly and I happened to stay in a particularly homey hostel which I really liked.

Obviously, the Nazca lines are very mysterious and worth seeing, but Nazca itself is extremely small, and aside from the lines and one or two other places of interest, there´s not a whole lot to do there.

Cuzco is great if you can get used to the tourism and the hustle and bustle at all hours! I saw lots of agencies there offering alternatives to the Inca Trail, so if you cant book that I dont think you should have too much trouble finding something else. I also talked to a few people who went for alternative treks and they were very pleased with them.

Lake Titicaca is extremely serene and spending a night in Puno or Copacobana on the Bolivian side is well worth it, so you have a chance to trul savour the scenery and do a boat trip on the lake.

I met a tour guide who told me not to miss Huaraz but, unfortunately, I didnt have enough time to get there. It did sound amazing though.

Anyway, hope that helps.


8. Posted by libby4 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

Don't do the Nasca lines - the pictures in the book are far better than the quality you see from the air!!

Try Chachapoyas if you have time - Northern peru (difficult to reach but some great hiking, horse riding and remote archaeological sites to see if that's your thing!

If you go to trillijo stay in Haunchaco, very close just a bus ride away and the same distance from the archaeology, just nicer- a fishing village.

Don't spend too long in Peru, especially the desert regions. I think Peru is only worth visiting for the archaeology - I had a much better time in Bolivia!!! or Ecuador, where you can stay up in the beautiful andes much easier.

Colca Canyon is worth doing if you don't mind a strenuous hike back up!! Be prepared!!! (will inc some walking in the dark) Check out the arrangements for the trip you book on, some are v different.

9. Posted by kyebrown (Budding Member 62 posts) 10y

Thanks alot for your posts guys, loads of info in there and they've been really helpful, keep them coming please folks, can never have too much info!


10. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 10y

Arequipa was one of the highlights of Peru.
My wife and I did a 3 day/2 night hike of the Colca Canyon and it was MAGNIFICENT.
The climb out (starting at 4 a.m. in the dark with torches) was a bloody killer but had it's sublime moments.
About 2/3 rds of the way up and the sun rose to strike the mountain tops (think I have the pic of that on my profile with a few other Colca ones).
Finally reaching the top and being totally knackered but felt so so good!!!