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What to do in Peru besides Machu Picchu?

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1. Posted by triptime (Respected Member 32 posts) 8y

My girlfriend and I will be spending a month in Peru from late October-late November. We are flying in to Lima (and eventually will make it to Machu Picchu) but need more areas and cities to explore. Any suggestions? We are willing to work on ecoFarms or any other situation that might help us relate better with the country and culture.


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3. Posted by joffre (Respected Member 157 posts) 8y

Hiya, Tambotours has an impressive list of sites to visit, however all are south of Lima. There is much to see in the north, much less travelled by tourists, such as trekking in Huaraz and many cultural and historical places of interest in and around Trujillo, Cajmarca and Chiclayo. Of course to the West of these is the amazing Amazon... enjoy!

4. Posted by Rox_gsv (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hi, Yo can also visit the south of Peru, Cities like Nazca, Paracas, Arequipa, Puno where you can find many historical, natural and cultural places. For example you can overflight the enigmatic Nazca Lines or being in touch with the nature visiting the National reserve of Paracas. In Arequipa you can visit the Colca Cannon and appreciate de flight of the condor or its beautiful countryside, and in Puno you can be in touch with the people visiting the Lake Titicaca and it's islands Uros, Taquile and Amantani. If you want I can give you more information about these places. ;)

5. Posted by danube (Full Member 63 posts) 8y

If you have more time base yourself in Arequipa and make treks from there to the Colca canyon (at least 3-4 days), or to El Misti.
Also you can discover throughly the Titicaca-lake district or even make a detour to Bolivia.

Have fun in that magnificent country!

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 9, 2008, at 8:30 AM by danube ]

6. Posted by triptime (Respected Member 32 posts) 8y

Thanks for all the great leads! I've got a month in the country, so I should have time to see and do a lot of the suggestions posted here.

How efficient and reliable is ground transportation?


7. Posted by rborzillo (Budding Member 84 posts) 8y

Would you recommend visiting Iquitos (Loreto) or Puerto Maldonado (Madre de Dios) to explore the rain forests of Peru?



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