We will be flying into Lima (mid August) and have only 14 days in Peru. We know we are doing the 4 day Inca Trail hike preceded by a couple days in Cuzco.
Other than that, we are totally open to anything that sounds cool or adventurous. Should we fly everywhere (i'll recycle extra good and ride my bike to work this week to appease the uber-enviromentalist posters) or go by bus? North or South? Beach or jungle? Lake titicaca seems like it should be done, but is it worth it? How about La Paz? Would Iquitos be more interesting?
I've searched through the rest (okay the next 10 pages) of threads, but am looking for something a little more specific to the time we have available. Sorry if these answers have been posted elsewhere, but your help is greatly appreciated.
Also - recommended tour groups for MP?
[ Edit: Edited on Apr 24, 2007, at 9:25 PM by tossthebos ]
You should definitely not go fly everywhere; despite your (rather humouristic, I give you that) attempt to ridicule environmentalism, you know as well as I do that no recycling or abstinence from using your car will make up for short-range flights. Besides, there is quite a lot to be seen in the region at very busseable distances.
Personally, I didn't think much of Titicaca, nor of Copacabana; it's a big lake, but there ain't much more to it. I think I'd recommend going north from Cusco, and do some more hiking in the Andes; there is a mountain road from Cusco to Huaraz (via Ayacucho and Huancayo) which is very beautiful, so you have some nice scenery along the way.
Alternatively, you could look into taking a boat down the river Urubamba until Pucallpa, and then travel west again. This is totally speculative; I heard of an Argentinian friend of mine that it should be possible, but he didn't know how, nor is this route mentioned in any guidebook. Might make for a nice adventure, though. Iquitos is less feasible unless you fly, but there is no point in just flying to Iquitos, since it isn't so much the city itself, but rather its function as a transport hub to Brazil that makes it interesting.
If the mountains don't appeal to you, going southeast into Bolivia is the most feasible route I think. You could include or skip Titicaca, then travel on to La Paz (which I liked a lot), and either head for Yungas (jungle east of La Paz) or Oruro (south of La Paz). From La Paz, there should be busses back to Lima via Arequipa, which is also nice.
hope this helps; don't hesitate to post back for a more concrete suggestion on an itinerary
the Train from Lima to Huanquayo is back! second high train in the world.
Runs the last weekends of the month.It is a 12 hour trip,gos up to almost 5000 meters(highest point)then down to the vally to Huanquayo.Fantastic and unique trip.The ticket for the train is about $55,incl.food.
From Huanquayo you can go by bus to Ayacucho-Cusco
if you dont go to Puno-La Paz,go to Arequipa,there is a lot to do,like the sacred Valley or the colca canion,or Parracas at the coast.