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Should I go to Costa Rica or Peru in late June????

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean Should I go to Costa Rica or Peru in late June????

1. Posted by gilvarry_r (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y

I've only got 2 weeks and I don't no weather to go to Costa Rica or Peru in late June.

I've heard its a good time to go to Peru, but I'm worried about altitude sickness, does it effect everybody?

Would really like to go to Costa Rica, but is it going to rain the whole time? I would like to see some sun!

If you have been to these countries at this time could you give me some advice and tell me how busy it's likely to be?

2. Posted by way2goeh (Full Member 159 posts) 7y

I have been to Costa Rica and in general, it rains everyday, especially in June, July, August. One time in July, we were there for 3 weeks, not one minute of sun. Even though I have never been to Peru, it only takes a day to get used to the altitude. Or progress slowly while going up. If you just fly straight up, take a day to get accustomed (with some beer...lol).

3. Posted by Isabelbio (Budding Member 21 posts) 7y

My vote goes to Peru for the same reasons above!
Also, there are more options of tours in Peru for 2 weeks than in CR!

Best of luck!

4. Posted by thelma29 (Full Member 16 posts) 7y

peru for sure! much more culture in peru!!! costa rica is an american colony during holidays. ...unless you don't mind

5. Posted by gilvarry_r (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y

It looks like I'll be picking Peru then! Has anyone got any advice on good hostels. As I'll be on my own and wanting to be stopping at places with a good scene. I'll be going to Lima, Cusco and Lake Titicarca.

Also will I be OK not booking up Machu Picchu before I go??

Thanks for the replys

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 7y

Quoting gilvarry_r

I've only got 2 weeks and I don't no weather to go to Costa Rica or Peru in late June.

I've heard its a good time to go to Peru, but I'm worried about altitude sickness, does it effect everybody?

It doesn't affect everybody, but you certainly shouldn't count on it not affecting you. However, there's a great "halfway there" stopover point in the form of Arequipa (at 2350 meter), which in itself is a really interesting city which is totally worth spending a couple of days in. Then from there you could head on to higher up areas like Lake Titicaca or Cuzco/Machu Picchu without suffering too much (just take it easy on the first day).
Weather wise June is pretty much perfect in Peru. Do take into account however that everyone knows this, and that June is thus high season. Booking accommodation in advance is recommended, and if you want to hike the Inca Trail, you should book yesterday.

Machu Picchu itself doesn't need booking in advance, but transport there and back (e.g. the train, which is the only way to get there if you're not hiking) does.

Oh, and don't bother spending any time at all in Lima; it's a boring city, with really bad smog, way too much noise, and pretty much any other place in Peru is nicer.

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Mar-2009, at 12:44 by Sander ]

7. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 7y

Well if you were to take a choice between the two I would say Peru as well but have you thought about Panama? I enjoyed it way more than Costa Rica.

Anyway Peru is great but Sander I am sorry, take the altitude seriously and expect to get affected by it. The best case, it does not affect you at all. Worst case, you are prepared. Do not under estimate altitude. With two weeks I would do Peru with Boliva via Arequipa and lake titicaca. Or. Costa Rica and Panama... Check it out.