Hi, noobie here... please bare with me
I'm getting the air france flight from heathrow to paris... then from paris to lima...
there is a 1h 45 change over... connnecting flights..
what do i do :| lol ive never had a connecting flight, ive seen the connecting flights signs, but i dont know what im meant to do... will i have to collect my checked in luggage then go to the check in desk and check in again, like start from scratch, or will my luggage get transferred directly?!
eugh, this is the only thing im worried about, once i get to peru ill be fine. :| i hope. just hope there are plenty of other gringos on their own looking for a damn good time!?
Your luggage will be checked through (they should also tell you this when you check in). When arriving at the airport, just follow the signs for "connecting flights". Sometimes you'll know the gate of your next flight already, so can just walk straight there, sometimes you have to find the signs with departure information at the airport to see where exactly you need to go. Either way, 1:45 should be plenty of time to make your next flight, so don't worry. (And if you have any questions, the crew on the plane to Paris should be able to direct you as well.)
cheers mate! bit of a noob tbh.. first time traveller/travelling alone! gunna be a long 5 weeks lol
No worries, glad to help.
Btw, when you get to Lima: the airport there's a bit of chaos. If you need a taxi into the city, I'd recommend skipping the overpriced "official taxis" which the lonely planet recommends, but also not going out into the chaos of taxi-touting masses in the arrivals hall. Rather, right before there you should see a stand for "taxi green", which I found to be a good medium between price and pushiness (and it might've been luck, but our taxidriver with them actually could find the obscure road our hostel was on without needing to ask).
ive arranged with the hostel im staying at for a pick up (kokopelli), so after my long travelling i can just get to the hostel and crack open a beer with relative ease.
its gunna be mental tbh.. im just hoping that every1 is as friendly as these forums make out. dont wanna be on my own for 5 weeks, just gotta get amongst it lol.
how long did you spend in peru? any tips/advice worth knowing?
I spent four weeks there. The main thing to know - if you don't have a settled itinerary yet - is that altitude is king, and much more important than distance. Better to go the long way around if it allows you to climb gradually.
My favorite places in Peru were the tiny little village along the colca canyon where I sat drinking coca tea one early morning after having climbed out of the canyon in the dark, Arequipa, and the Cordillera Blanca (I stayed in Caraz, which was good for a few days, but bad after that for being too low and making you lose acclimatization). In Arequipa, I can recommend splurging on restaurants; they have some _really_ good ones there. My favorites would be zig-zag (best carpaccio ever) and Zingara (great location). Lima was my least favorite stop in Peru; I'd recommend getting out of there as soon as you can. A place like Miraflores is decent, but it can't begin to compare to the rest of Peru. (Oh and be sure to practice your "non gracias" for Cuzco; far too touristy there.)
[ Edit: Edited on 30-May-2011, at 15:02 by Sander ]
that settles it then. im gunna go down the south coast then across to cuzco, via arequipa and puno (if its not over-run with riots and blockades). saves having to spend 24 hours on a coach . my main aim is to finish up in mancora, doing some surfing and just partying hard for the last 5 nights!