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1. Posted by Irmelin (Full Member 2 posts) 8y

Irmelin has indicated that this thread is about Peru

First post.. Mostly get my advice from reading other peoples threads :)

I have booked trekking the inka trail to maccu picchu on the 14-17 of May.
My friends and I will be travelling Lima-Nasca-Arequipa-Cusco. (Well, the whole trip is actually Quito to Santiago..)

I really don't want to be late for the trek (the only thing booked in advance on our whole trip). How does long it take to get between Arequipa and Cusco - do I have to go via Puno?
Also, I'm planning on getting to Cusco sometime on May 12, so I'll have one day to adjust myself to the hight, contact the travel agency and so on. Is one day enough to adjust or should I plan 2 days for that?

And while I'm at it, has anybody flown with Nazca lines? Is it worth it? Or would it be better to skip Nazca and go straight to Arequipa and spend more time there instead? (since I have to get to Cusco on latest May 12, the week before that is a bit pressed for time, so I'm thinking about skipping Nazca). How many days does an average hike to/through the Colca Canyon take?

Any other general advice would be welcome as well ;)

Thanks

2. Posted by PeruPlanet (Budding Member 18 posts) 8y

How does long it take to get between Arequipa and Cusco - do I have to go via Puno?

You dont have to go via Puno. Arequipa Cusco bus departs at 8pm arriving cusco 630am

Also, I'm planning on getting to Cusco sometime on May 12, so I'll have one day to adjust myself to the hight, contact the travel agency and so on. Is one day enough to adjust or should I plan 2 days for that?
One day is Ok. Two is better

And while I'm at it, has anybody flown with Nazca lines? Is it worth it?
Ididnt make Nazza Lines but if you like to appreciate Arqueological treasures will be great for u

Or would it be better to skip Nazca and go straight to Arequipa and spend more time there instead? (since I have to get to Cusco on latest May 12, the week before that is a bit pressed for time, so I'm thinking about skipping Nazca).
How many days does an average hike to/through the Colca Canyon take?

Colca Canyon tour take 2 days. it is wonderful to see the condores flying by

3. Posted by mirapat (Full Member 19 posts) 8y

Do not skip Nazca lines, it is really incredible how the first inhabitants of this part of the country were able to do those lines with such as precision. You can only see them by air !!!!.
About adaptation, ys itis ok one day. I have had always the high lands sickness and the best way to avoid the bad syntoms is to go to bed (yes, in the morning) as soon as you get bthe hotel, and try to sleep until you feel strong enough to eat something very mild such as a bred or soup. Other advice is to take "sorochin" pills. see the prescription indications in the box. Be aware that you will get the high lands long before you arrive to Cuzco.
After 12 hours, you will feel as a new born. Believe me. Do not try coca leaves or coca "mate", it does not work....

4. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 8y

I came Cusco to Arequipa today and it was almost 11 hours.

As many days as poss to adjust is best. Cusco has wonderful restaurants and sies so your time won't be wasted.

Arequipa looks great. Been here 5 hours so only had a brief glimpse.

Colca Canyon Tour is 3 days/2 nights (45$US approx.) but if you are only wanting to see highlights it is possible in 1 day or 2. Mind you will need time to organise this though.

Coca leaves in tea form DO work for some people. Do not be so ignorant mjreinafar!!

5. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 8y

I would spend as much time as you can adjusting to the altitude, It affects different people differently. I handled it fine, but my gf could barely walk up a hill, and i'm usually the one trying to keep up with her!!

I liked Nazca, not just the lines, which were cool, but the park in the centre of the city is really nice at night, my hotel overlooked it.

Drink loads of water when you get to cusco, helps with the adjustment.

Andrew

6. Posted by Irmelin (Full Member 2 posts) 8y

Thanks for all of the advice.. I think I'll be in Cusco two days before the hike, just in case :)

Another question occured to me.. does anybody know if it is possible to travel by bus from Guayaquil in Ecuador all the way to Lima without too many stops to switch busses? How long would that take?

Also, I've heard about "cama" and "semi-cama". They seem to be long-distance busses, is that correct? What is the difference between them and is it relatively safe to sleep on a bus like that if it goes overnight? (At least that its not 100% sure that your backpack will get stolen.. )

Leaving on Saturday, yay!