hoping someone can help? looking to travel here for 6 weeks in late july - early sept. starting in peru and either travelling to chile or bolivia, not decided yet.
1) would i have time to see peru as well as both the best of bolivia and chile in 6 weeks, if not what can anyone sway me in the direction of chile or bolivia?
2) what sorta budget is reasonable for these places
3) can anyone suggest any must see/do activities in these places
greatly appreciate any help folks.
Hey Jonny, ck out the following threads (if you havent yet):
Travel in Argentina, Boliva, Peru and Ecuador
there is good info there for what you need that may answer some of your questions. Let me know if you need more info.
Also here is a reply that I sent to someone that needed help w/Peru:
03.02.2005 Re: LORRIANE ROMEU is asking for travel help about Peru.
Hi Lorriane, let me try this again. Well, Peru like any other third world country has its drawbacks but all and all I think is a phenomenal place to visit. Poverty makes petty theft a very common situation in certain areas of the city. More so in poor areas but in good areas you must be aware that as a tourist (if you are caucasian-looking it will be more difficult to "blend" with the crowd per se), you automatically have to be more in tune with what goes on around you.
For example, dont carry a purse, dont carry jewelry, dont carry anything valuable. If you have to stop and take a picture of a place, dont leave you backpack on the ground because someone may be looking for an opportunity to snatch it.
As far as going alone, no, i wouldnt be worried about that. When I go visit I see a lot of tourists wondering off alone around the city and people are very very friendly wherever you go. If I were you, I wouldnt be too concerned about the alone part, I would just try to be aware of your surroundings and what you carry on you...that should be the extend of your worries.
Another piece of advice, dont go to the center of town at night, that can be dangerous. Stay in Miraflores, San Isidro at night. One nice area is a street called Conquistadores in San Isidro. For what I hear that is the new "IN" area in Lima for bars, nice drinks and nice atmosphere. I would call it more of an "americanized" atmosphere. I was just there in December and I went to a place in Conquistadores called "Tres Monitos"...I loved it!! But the prices all of the drinks were what I am used to paying here too, not on the cheap side. Keep that in mind if you want to have a relaxing night with some good socializing.
Another place for fun that has a touch of the peruvian culture and music is a place in Barranco (very near to Miraflores) called "La Peña del Carajo". Anyone will know where that is. It is very famous in Lima, you will have the best time...it is somewhat of a show, they pull people to dance in front of everyone (especially tourist hahaha) but it is truly GREAT fun.
By the way, yes...stay in Miraflores for lodging. It will be the perfect area for you to stay, there is a lot to do around there and it is pretty safe to walk around. If you need to go to the center of town (Plaza de Armas, Catedral de Lima, Catacombs, etc) go during the day. I will try to have the hostal staff to find you a cab. I think any cab driver will be extremely happy to get paid $20 or so for a full day to be driven around but it may be less. Even though you may be going on a budget, most people in Peru think that tourist equals money so you need to tell them you just wont pay a lot of money for things. It is extremely customary to bargain for things, including the cab fares. By the way, dont take public transportation. I am from there and I dont even do that. It is very chaotic and that is one of the most common places for petty theft.
While you are in Miraflores and you just want to relax and grab a bite to eat or watch a movie, or just watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean go to Larcomar. It is another nice place for you to go.
I was looking in this website for hostals in Lima and they have some really good ones. Pick the ones in Miraflores, take a look at the pictures and decide from there. I was going to suggest some of the places in Miraflores posted in this website but I am not sure what your budget is and I am also going by the pictures. They all looked pretty decent and clean. This will be a good place to start.
I dont know if you are going to any other part of Peru, if you get a chance, maybe even 2-3 days go to Cuzco, you wont regret it. 4-5 days in Lima may be enough to see what you have to see. If you want to go to a place that is closer, take a bus to Huancayo (altitude), it is beautiful there or go South to Ica to see the Nazca Lines. There is so much to see in Peru, I can tell you I havent seen it all myself yet. Then of course there is the rain forest but I have never been there so I dont know much about that. But that is on my plans too.
Ok, I hope this is helpful to you. Send me another email if you have any more questions. Good luck!
PS. If you want, just in case you need an emergency contact in Lima, I can leave you my sister's cell phone number. She is fluent in English and she could guide you around the city if you have questions on the spot. She is awesome! (ok, I am just saying that cause she is my sis hahaha)
-----on 02.02.2005 LORRAINE48 wrote----
Time of travel = March 2005
Type of travel = Sightseeing
Request = HELLO MY NAME IS LORRAINE, I AM GOING TO TRAVEL TO LIMA FOR ONE WEEK-10 DAYS IN MARCH 05 BY MYSELF. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW SAFE YOU THINK PERU IS FOR A GIRL ON HER OWN, AND OF CHEAP PLACES TO STAY. ALSO, DO YOU THINK MIRAFLORES WOULD BE THE BEST PLACE TO STAY IN LIMA (SAFE?) ANY ADVICE, TIPS OR PLACES TO SEE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
Hey, I do have one good suggestion- if you travel accross the border of Bolivia/Chile. On the La Paz/Arica road there are two national parks (on in the chile side one in the bol, but essentially the same thing) I only went to the Sajama one in Bolivia.
It is really incredibly remote, and dominated by the biggest mountain in the country- Sajama Volcano- which gives rise to hundreds of geysers and hot springs. A camelid reserve- so you should expect to see tens of thousands of llamas alpacas and vicuñas.
Practically no tourism- basic accomadation is available in the villiage of Sajama (which is reallly small) for 10B a night. Camping easy and firewood available. Good lightning storms. The worlds highest forest is there but its crap.
I went to Bolivia, Peru and Chile a few months ago and if you have to choose between Chile and Bolivia, I would have to say hands down that you should go to Bolivia. I found Chile to be really European, well more so than the other SA countries. So if you want to see some real culture get yourself to Bolivia, plus there are loads of great things to do there, such as:
-Salt plains in Uyuni
-Death road downhill mountain biking in La Paz
Loads more things, if you think I can help any further send me a message or something.
I wish u a lot of fun in your trip!
if you are in lima,I can recommend you to stay with Omar and family,who are very friendly and who can show you lima!
you can find them here :tel: (++ 51 1 96799953)
If you are in Pisco you can stay at the san isidro hostal.which is a family run hostal,and cool for meeting backpackers,
6 weeks only for peru and Bolivia will be ok,since chile is larger than those countries and u may need another 3 weeks for at least seeing few things,
i did once 3 weeks peru,and 3 weeks bolivia,and it wasn't still enough,but saw a lot!
you travel to Chile and you need information you can write to my mail