I am a girl (23) setting off on my own to Peru in the beginning of November. As i am alone i think it is probably best to follow the gringo trail to meet lots of travellers. I think i am going to spend a week in Lima then catch the bus to Arequipa stay for a little bit and then onto Cuzco - which i am told is very friendly sociable place.
I am a very budget traveller and as i am on my own i thought i would stay in dorms. I want to stay in really sociable hostels where i can meet other travellers etc any suggestions.
The Hotel Espana in Lima has been suggested to me as a really good place? Anybody been or got any great places to suggest?
Thanks for you help.
Well i never been in that hotel in lima but i can tell you that in Lima you have to take care of you the most of people are really good but in the night some place are not so safe for a girl alone.
Concerning your trip i suggest you to go to Paracas that is on the road is really a nice town you can see also the marine park !
Also Pisco is nice... and you must be to Nazca ... all places are on the road for arequipa.
If you have time go also to titicaca lake and puerto maldonado
España hotel is in center of Lima not so bad but we prefer to stray in Miraflores its
safer nicer cleaner, there are many buses leave daily from Lima to Pisco Nasca
Arequipa so on if you are in mnd to make thei nca trail don't forget to book it with 30
days in advance, I met a Lima Airport Mr -snip-
who wokrs at Lima International airport for the free tourist infoprmation counter, I
don't know if he still work there but send him a message he know his country very
well and speak 5 languages, Spanish, English, German, Italian and Japan
[ Edit: sorry, no emails please. spambots love them ]
I agree with the previous message, you should stay in Miraflores, specially if you will stay more than a day. Miraflores is a nice area, full of cafeterias, restaurants, bars, pubs, etc. and it's safe to walk around even at night.
It's a youth hostel of the Hostelling International Association in Miraflores. It has dorms and it's a travel agency where you can do some arragements.
This is its web site:
Best regards and good trips,
Thanks for all the replies! Sorry not to write sooner.
Well my plan has now changed slightly. I am now going straight to Cuzco to start with i have booked the inca trail, so that is very exciting thanks for the tip about booking a month in advance. Didn't realise i had to do that so that was lucky.
I hear that Cuzco is full of travellers and i thought that it would be a better place to start off on my own. I thought it would be better than being in a huge city in lima. So now i have got to work out where to stay when i get there.
I want to stay in a Hostel with dorms and maybe a communal area so i can meet other backpackers a bar or cafe would be wicked! Any ideas?
From Cuzco i am going to go to Arequipa and then on to lake titicaca and into bolivia as i am trying to get to buenos aires by christmas. My boyfriend is flying into Lima in feb so i will get to go back there and it sounds like miraflores is the best place so thanks for all that advice.
If anybody has stayed in cuzco or arequipa would be great to hear of hostels to stay in and bars to go to. Getting close very exciting.