I am thinking of visting Peru and Boilivia in November. It looks like it is the rainy season up in the mountains near Machu Pichu.
1) Have anyone of you hiked the treks to machuu Pichu (salkanty, Inca etc) in november. Are the rains pretty bad in november? Has anyone of you done the treks byu yourself without a guide?
2) Have you taken a bus from Cuzco to Arequipa in the rains. I heard the road is called the "road of death" is that true? I want to go visit the colca canyons.
3) I want to eventually get into bolivia from Puno and Lake Titicaca. Any recommendations about things to do in Bolivia. I will make my way to La paz and then fly over to Lima.
4) Anyone else traveling there around the same time and wants to comapre notes? I am in the SF bay area.
Let me know.
Hi, here some answers to your questions:
1)I've done the Salkantay trek, and I'll tell you that if it rains(and most likely it will), it rains hard, sadly, only the Salkantay trek can be done by yourself, as you may need to book the Inca trail with a tour operator (due to the 500 people limit including porters, not sure if this will apply to you because you are traveling off season but it's still worth to check).
2) It is the road of death but only if you travel with the "informal" travel agencies, stick to one of the big ones(Cruz del Sur / Oltursa) and you will be fine, and yes, the road is safe. To visit the Colca canyon you will need to take a tour or travel by land from Arequipa.
3) I'm sorry i can't offer any help regarding this.
if you decide to look for a tour operator may i suggest this -snip- one?
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]
Well what I can say Ive been in Lake Titicaca and crossing the board is very easy. There are buses who can take you from Puno to Desaguadero (Bolivia) and its very cheap!!!. And from there are buses who can take you to La Paz if thats what you want. Another thing Bolivia is cheaper than Peru so u will not have any problems.