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Peru and Bolivia in 4 months

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1. Posted by Natalieb2 (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y


I wonder if anyone can offer any advice please?
I am flying to Peru at the end of March and would like to spend 3 - 4 weeks travelling there, seeing the main sights (Cusco, Machu Picchu, Arequipe, Lake Titicaca) and then I plan to spend 3 months in Bolivia to volunteer at an animal sanctuary (but would like to see the sights there, too).

I am flying to Lima, but could anyone recommend where I'd go from there? I have read that a flight to Cusco or Arequipe may be an idea, and I would like to travel as though I am on my way to Bolivia, and maybe end Peru with Lake Titicaca. I am a novice traveller, will be alone, and am a little scared, so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

2. Posted by Granadilla (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y


Probably the main tourist highlights in the south of Peru are Cusco (Sacred Valley), Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Nasca, Lake Titicaca and Ica(?). From Lima it is easy to go to Cusco either by plane or bus (overnight). The overnight buses in Peru are of decent quality, sometimes providing hot food too! You should be able to get buses easily between all destinations mentioned above. If you are heading to Bolivia then the places mentioned are all en-route (kind of...)

Depending on how long you want to spend in places, I would recommend northern Peru too - Huaraz is a great base for trekking in the Cordillera Blancas. Although you would be travelling north to get here and out of the way of the other places mentioned.

Good Luck!


3. Posted by Natalieb2 (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y

Hi Alita,

Thank you for your informative reply.
The overnight bus seems the best option for me to Cusco from Lima.

I'll also aim to visit the north of Peru, too.

Thanks for your help!


4. Posted by Warmiboa (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Hello Natalie. This is a great country, don't be scared..

Haven't you considered the low jungle? Iquitos and it's sourrounding areas are quite incredible...
If you are in Cusco or sourroundings, you can get to Pucallpa and from there make a 4 day trip by boat sailing the Ucayali river and then the Amazon River and get to Iquitos. There are many places to see here... thought you would have to go south againg afterwards to cross to Bolivia...

good luck with everything

5. Posted by Natalieb2 (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y


Thanks for your reply. I have been looking into exploring the less "touristy" areas recently so I may give the low jungle a go. I think I'll have enough time to see a few places in Peru.
The more I am reading about the country, the more I can't wait to see it!
Thanks for your suggestions.


6. Posted by Warmiboa (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

I came to Iquitos for the first time last year... I ended up living here know... :)

If you need additional info, let me know... -snip-

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]