I'll be in Peru for the last week of March 2007. I will probably be booking the Point Hostel in both cities, Lima and Cusco, as they have good reviews. I'm having a hard time trying to find an itinerary. I will not be hiking the Inca trail but do plan on seeing Machu Picchu.
Should I do 2 days in Lima and 5 days in Cusco? Also what about a day to see Lake Titicaca?
I have a flight to Lima but not to Cusco. The best price I can find is $199 r/t which seems high. If I do book it will I make a 6am flight after landing at 4:30am in Lima? Or should I book the much cheaper bus trip that is also much longer and stops at Lake Titicaca?
Do I need to book a the train to Machu Picchu ahead of time too?
Lastly, beside Machu Picchu, are there any other ruins that would fit into my schedule?
Thanks for your help!
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Just another option for hostels, I stay in Lima and in Cusco at a hostel called Samay Wasi Youth hostel. It costs about $7-8 per night but they will pick you up at the airport in Lima and Cusco or the bus stations. They will also give you a 10% discount for staying at both locations. Try googling it. The one in Cusco has a gorgeous view of the city.
Lake Titicaca is definately a good option, although it is not on the way back to Lima, so I don't know really what you mean by taking the bus back to Lima past the lake.
I would limit Lima to one day. Its nice, but I would give myself more time in Cusco or Puno.
No sure about the train to Macchu Pichu, I did the trail. I think three days a week you can take a tour of the Sacred Valley. Its a long day tour, but very nice. You can also visit the Sacsaywaman ruin in Cusco. You can walk to those, it seemed pretty safe when I did it. Its just on the hill above Cusco.
Enjoy your trip. Message me if you have any other questions. I was there in April.
Thanks for the info and hostel recommendation.
Saw you found Erwin's good advice on getting to MP cheaply; in terms of itinerary, I'd take more time in Lima if I were you, there's quite a lot to see and do there. And personally I found lake T particularly boring, but others think otherwise.
I agree with you not taking the flight to Cusco; no-one should, flying being bad Note there's 2 buses to Cusco, a fast one and a slow one; better search the forum for this, because one is highly uncomfi since it takes the mountain route, while the other goes along the coast (I believe the coastal service via Arequipa is the slow one), which is much more comfortable.
Yeah, there's other ruins too, but I believe they involve necessary hiking. The best-known would be Choquequirao, but there are smaller ones as well.
Do you know which one is the fast bus to Cusco?
I will also be travelling solo to Peru via Madrid for 3 weeks in November and will provide you will lots of tips suggestions and opinions when i return in the middle of december.
Im staying in Lima for five days before travelling to Arequipa for a week and then spending around 10 days or so in Cusco and amongst the many many things i plan on seeing will be Macchu Picchu, Colca Canyon, Nazca lines and Parque Nacional.
I will go prepared but have a feeling that i will learn so much from this trip so i will pass on all the details as soon as i get back.
We don't get that much vacation time here in the US, so I only have 1 week there.
i have just come back from south america after spending 5 weeks there, you will have a great time. I hope you can speak some sort of spanish? In cusco the people speak english or at least understand it cause it's so touristy but cusco is lovely and i would limit my stay in lima to one day there is really not that much to see.
While in cusco we did the scared valley and got bus/train/bus to machu piccu, It was brillent to see and if you get a chance get a bus to puno to see lake titicaca and go out to the isle of iros.
I would get a flight to cusco, the bus trip takes something like 30 hrs, nightmare. If you decided to head to puno i would look at a flight aswell because the distances are big and you will lost a day travelling by bus. It might be worth looking into.
Enjoy the trip
Thanks for the great advice. Quick question. Did you book your internal flights, machu picchu tour, and city tours before you left or once you got there?
Oh and yes, I do speak some spanish. Being on the Mexican Border in Southern California I took 2 years of Spanish in high school.
I will definately be brushing up though before I go!