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1. Posted by skittles (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

Hi please help me

I desperately want to travel Peru Bolivia in March (yes that's only a few weeks away) so I don't have much time to organise it. I need some help with the folowing points.

1) I am desperate to do the Inca Trail - can anyone suggest a reputable company to do it with that charges under $400 USD for the 4 day trek?

2)I have a friend working in La PAz so would like to get there straight from Lima - is there a direct bus/train/cheap flight and how long would it take? Flights seem to be very expensive.

3)I am travelling alone and would love to do a tour but can only find British/American companies who are charging a lot of money considering how cheap it is to travel - I can't afford that. Anyone recommend a local tour company? If I can't do a tour how safe would a single female be travelling alone and are there many other backpackers around?

4) What vaccinations do I need and how far in advance would I need to get them ( is 2 weeks in advance to little?). I have to pay a doc $60 just to ask this question as I am out of the UK at the moment in Australia.

5)Lastly can anyone recommend any other airlines to fly to Lima/LA PAz from LAX?

Please help me - I don't have much time adn need to find these things out. I am travelling in Australia just now so it is very hard to organise as all the travel agents are only concerned with domestic travel! Any help or advice would be very, very much appreciated!

Many thanks, Jessica

2. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 301 posts) 11y

I havent actually done the trail myself yet, but heard from previous posts in this forum over time united mice are good.
As for vaccinations, there is much controversy here whether they are needed, but I know as I have just been for my vaccinations etc that the reccommended are, hep a; hep b; rabies; typhoid; perhaps cholera, but v. rare, yellow feer if goig to infected area??
This is vary vague, but I had hep a+b, yellow fever, typhoid. hope it helps

3. Posted by Peruvian (Budding Member 39 posts) 11y

Hey, friend you can accounth with me for you lodging in Lima.

Omar.

4. Posted by Wenzel (Budding Member 38 posts) 11y

Hey Jessica, I'm going to be traveling between Chile, Peru and Bolivia from the middle of March. If you can access tp, I'll keep in touch and let you know whats going on and what to look out for mike

5. Posted by skittles (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

Hey Mike

Thanks for the reply. What is tp? I'm arriving in Lima 9th March and want to make my way to La Paz in about 2 /3 weeks. I am then staying with a friend in La Paz who is working with street kids there - she says she can set me up to live with a family which I think will be a great experience. However the rest of the time I'm travelling alone and am searching for a travel buddy. If you will be in Lima around 9th March maybe we could meet up and see how we get on (this offer is extended to anyone else in the area then too!)? I'm travelling alone at the moment in Australia and already been in New Zealand but I fear Peru will be a whole other ball game and am a little nervous about going alone - but i don't want this to stop me. Is it like Oz and NZ where you meet other travellers along the way?..or is it harder to meet people? If anyone else is looking for a travel partner around these dates then let me know and we can see how it goes? I am in Peru adn Bolivia from about 9th March to 20th ish April and will probably do the Inca Trail on my way back to Lima..prob around 10th - 16th April. I am a 23 yr old girl from near Glasgow in Scotland. Let me know if your interested and I'll send u my email address. Have fun on your trip. Jessica

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

TP = Travellerspoint, the board you are on right now.

I can't speak for Peru, but you will definately meet other travellers on the road in Bolivia. Lots of people in the area for the Inca Trail/Machu Pichu as well as to head down into the jungle.

7. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y

Jessica,

I found this web address on another thread and it seems quite helpful in researching Inca Trail tour operators:

http://www.andeantravelweb.com/peru/companies/peru/more_peru_tour_operators.html

I'll be heading down to Peru/Bolivia in May, keep us posted on how things go!

John

8. Posted by selvachic (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

hi,
don't organise tours etc till you get there. In Lima and La Paz there are tour companies everywhere and as you say the prices are incredibly different to those offered in the US and the UK. As for meeting people, the backpacker culture all over South America is such that it is virtually impossible not to meet other people doing the same things as you. In fact most people follow roughly the same itineries so you find yourself bumping into the same people again and again on busses and in hostels. Look in the Lonely Planet and chose a hostel that it says is popular with young backpackers. As for travelling between Lima and La Paz, the bus will be cheaper but does take a long time - probably at least 30 hours and possibly more if it has to wait for the borders to open etc or breaks down in the middle of the altiplano as mine did! TACA operates flights between Lima and La Paz and I guess LANPERU does as well. It;s reccomended to book these at least a week in advance. One thing you must do if you have time, as well as the obligatory jungle trips etc, is the tour of the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. It's only about $75 for 4 days and is an experience you won't forget. Have a great trip, I am also heading out to SA at teh end of march and can't wait,
Kat

9. Posted by Peruvian (Budding Member 39 posts) 11y

Hi Jessica, visit -snip- help for travellers.

[ Edit: sorry, no promos please! ]