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1. Posted by carlos23ny (Full Member 24 posts) 12y

carlos23ny has indicated that this thread is about Peru

Hello all

I am planing a trip and peru sounds like a winner

I have plenty questions for machu pichu

In Nov 04 I would like to travel to lima, Peru and would like to visit machu picchu,

here are the questions

can I drive from lima to cuzco?

how long of a drive is it (I will have a 9 & 7 year old)?

if i can drive is it safe to do so?

is nov a good time to go?

how much is the admition to machu picchu?

I will be going for about 10 days, 7 days in lima and 3 in cuzco. I like the idea of renting a car and driving instead of flying beacause we can see more of peru and it will be cheaper (we are 5 in total).

thanks in advance

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y

I never saw the road from Lima to Cusco, but my understanding is that it is NOT a very good road. The bus trips are supposedly quite rough, so I imagine a car might be very rough as well.

3. Posted by carlos23ny (Full Member 24 posts) 12y

thanks Greg

I just found out the bus trip is 18-20 hours long

I thought it would be 3 to 4 hours

boy was I wrong

4. Posted by gallegos (Full Member 72 posts) 12y

Hello:
I highly recommend to fly, specially because you don't have too much spare time. Three days is the a short time to tour Cusco, hopefully you can stay longer there, it's worthwhile.

You are right the ride to Cusco from Lima takes about 20 hours (non-stop) and the road has many bends, and people is affected by the change in the altitude also.

A big Peruvian hug,
Ivan

5. Posted by tingo (Full Member 94 posts) 12y

Yes, I also recomment to fly. The road lima cusco is bad, and through the mountains. I flew from Lima to Cuzco last year for 62 USD, just booked a few days in advance.

6. Posted by yael (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y

It's NOT a good road! I went by bus and it was the worst tripp in my all life..the the plane what ever you do!

7. Posted by tfro71 (Budding Member 8 posts) 12y

"can I drive from lima to cuzco?"
You know that by now :)

"how long of a drive is it (I will have a 9 & 7 year old)?"
lonnnngggggg

"I will be going for about 10 days, 7 days in lima and 3 in cuzco. I like the idea of renting a car and driving instead of flying beacause we can see more of peru and it will be cheaper (we are 5 in total)."

I would make that 7 in cusco and 3 in lima, but thats just a personal thing. I love cuzco.

Another thing with the flying: Cuzco is at high altitude, so prepare for headache if you fly in. (if you drive it in 14 hours the headache will be bigger).

Just interested, why did you think it was only a 3 or 4 hour drive?

Peter

8. Posted by sunshine (Budding Member 12 posts) 12y

Hello Carlos,
I would not attempt to drive between the two cities. I traveled from Cuzco to Lima by air. I was emphatically told not to even take a bus between the two cities, there are apparently a ton of road closures and robberies commited along that highway. I was traveling with my female cousin, so perhaps as we were two lone females we were warned about the bandits.

Machu Picchu was definately worth it. The train through the Sacred Valley is so beautiful it will take your breath away.

Tupac Amaru (on the outskirts of Lima, one hour from the airport) is the archaelogical dig site and it is too dangerous for even an escorted tour. Or at least it was two years ago. My cousin and I were chased by men with guns and knives from the neighborhood. If you get onto the National Geograghic website you can see a ton of photos from the dig site. Sadly that is all we will get to see.

I would also recommend that you pre-book your hotel and (mandatory) guide for Macchu Picchu. We paid way too much for both hotel and the park. I met other American travellers that paid what I did a day for a five day visit. I think if you contact a travel agent they can help.

Hope this helps. Enjoy your trip!
Sunshine.

9. Posted by eve3981 (Full Member 34 posts) 12y

HI
Peru is not a place I would consider driving in. I am not sure that there is even a road to Cuzco. Would really recommend flying especially with two youngsters in tow.
Hope that you all have a fantastic time.