This summer I will be in South America. From June 24-July 21, I will be on board a ship going to the Lago Preto reserve of the Peruvian Amazon to do some biodiversity conservation work. Then I have got until late August in Peru/South America to do some travelling. I don't know how I should spend my time! This leaves me with about a month of travelling to do, but I don't know whether I should stay in Peru (my boat leaves from Iquitos) for the full month, or visit one/some neighbouring countries as well....any advice?
Peru's big and diverse enough to spend a month. By the time you get tired of the jungle, you could consider doing some hiking around Huaraz, visit the excavations along the northern coast (Chiclayo and surroundings), and there's Cusco/MP and Lima, of course.
Thanks for that-I'll do some research on those places... but its a really solid month (more like 35 days) so is it not worth popping into Chile or something for a bit?
Of course it's worth doing that, although I didn't find northern Chile particularly interesting. But Peru is huge, and there's plenty to be seen. You could easily spend 6 months there without getting bored
By the way does anyone know what's the best price I can get the four-day Inca trail? I also want a reputable company, with tents, food etc
My girlfriend did the Inca trail with SAS. Very good reports.
I did the alternative Salkantay trek which was excellent. We went with United Mice for about $300. They were very good.
Oh wow this is great! Thanks so much for the advice guys. I'm absolutely certain now that I want to spend a month in Peru, really do it properly (maybe a month's not enough for that though!).
I agree with the other posters. It's easy to want to tick off countries seeing as they are relatively close, but there is SO much interesting stuff to do in just one place, why rush it. Personally, I like to spend about 3-5 days in a place, depending on the size and amount of attractions, so if you pick a good 7 places (or say, 5 if you are going to do the Inca Trail) in Peru, and perhaps just across the border in Bolivia (go and see Isla Del Sol in Lake Titicaca), that'd be more than enough.