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1. Posted by agopalak (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

Hi all,

I plan on making a quick, rather shortish trip to Peru. I have 8 days at my disposal - May 8-16. I won't have enough time to do all the trails. I just want to get a 'feel' of the country. Any suggestions on places to visit and cheapest way to get around? I will be traveling from the US.

Ajit

2. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 6y

If you want to hike the 'traditional' 4 day inca trail trek to Machu Pichu then make sure you book before you go... What sort of things are you interested in culture? architecture? museums? party spots? wilderness?

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Apr-2010, at 05:45 by KoalaGirl ]

3. Posted by Impure (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

Yeah, the question is how big a traveling balls do ya got? Last year (summer 2009) I was in Peru for a few days with my mom. Not adventurous enough to do the 4 day hike, we opted for the train, bus,and hike up to Macchu Picchu. It was totally amazing, but the people we talked to who did the 4 day hike said it was the trip of a life time. Better hope you enjoy hiking though! Heard they have cooks and sherpas and all that for about $250 american for the 4 day hike. It was a total blast! I was there in June 2009.

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So thats if you like hiking up to one of the 7 wonders of the world! They also have some awesome natural baths, 4 days being plenty of time to explore and enjoy! Just depends how adventurous you wanna be!

4. Posted by Patan81 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

The Inca Trail permits are sold out for May but there are other treks like Lares, Salkantay, Choquequirao, Hucuy Qosqo, etc. -snip-

The main highlight is Cuzco and Machu Picchu of course. That is 4-5 days so you really only have time to do one more thing. I would recommend you to combine Cuzco and Machu Picchu with either Lake Titicaca, Arequipa & Colca Canyon, or the Tambopata jungle. These are all 3-4 days long so would fit well within your time-frame.

Good luck!

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

5. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 6y

Quoting agopalak

Hi all,

I plan on making a quick, rather shortish trip to Peru. I have 8 days at my disposal - May 8-16. I won't have enough time to do all the trails. I just want to get a 'feel' of the country. Any suggestions on places to visit and cheapest way to get around? I will be traveling from the US.

Ajit

Ajit,
I did something similar last year. I think it may have been 8 nights in total. Here is how I did it.

day1: Cuzco
day2: Cuzco
day3: Bus to sacred valley and then a train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
day 4: early morning bus (prepare for 4:45 a.m. breakfast if you want to make that first bus and believe me you will want to do exactly that!) to Machu Picchu, evening train back to Cuzco
day5: Cuzco in the morning followed by an afternoon bus to Puno
day6: day-trip to Lake Tititcaca
day7: Flight to Lima
day8: lima - late night flight to Colombia

totally doable.

Pranav