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1. Posted by jbjo2208 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi there.....need advise on travel to Peru. i have 1 week and would to include Lima & Inca City. Whats the best way and need comfortable stay with great experience of local food

2. Posted by Alain13 (Respected Member 105 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Avoid Lima and go directly to Cuzco, spend some time there visiting the inca sites around and go by train to Machu Pichu. You could easily spend a week between Cuzco and and Machu Pichu

3. Posted by Roaming Rolts (Full Member 9 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Alain 13 is right, skip Lima and head straight for somewhere else, especially if you only have a week. We spent a short day wandering around Lima and that was more than enough time. If you do decide to spend a day there, it's worth visiting Miraflores, but again, you're not missing much if you don't. Peru has far greater cities to offer.

About 4 hours from Lima to the South is Ica, which is a small town next to Huacachina. Huacachina is a lagoon in the middle of the dessert, which has sand dunes rising high on each side. We spent a couple of days messing around here. You can also do a morning trip to las Islas Ballestas, home to a lot of birds.

If you went anywhere other than Cusco, I would visit Arequipa. Although 12 hours on a night bus from Cusco, it is definitely worth it to see a traditional Peruvian town with a lot of history and the famous Santa Catalina monastry. From Arequipa you can do a long day's excursion (leave at 3am) to Colca Canyon, or do a trek for 2-3 days.

Cusco has plenty of Inca sites and ruins around it and then obviously there is Machu Picchu..... These would fill a few days nicely, but be careful with the adjustment to the high altitude. Arequipa makes for a good first stop en route as it's 2300m.a.s.l. before hitting 3400 in Cusco.

I would try to base yourself in Cusco plus one other place so that you can try to make the most of your time in Peru, but a week is really not much, so if you can find a few more days, they will be very well spent.

Good luck and feel free to ask any questions or check out my blog for ideas.

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Arequipa is definitely worth the trip. It was my favourite city in Peru. Obviously, Cuzco is great and a must-see! But Arequipa felt like a real Peruvian city. The monastery is so beautiful as are the views of El Misti. You can organize a trip to the Colca Canyon for trekking and to see the beautiful condors.

Lima is worth seeing but I would agree if you have only a week the time would probably be better spent seeing Cuzco and Arequipa. If you have time, Nazca is worth a short stop-over to see take a flight over the mysterious Nazca lines! :)

have a great trip

5. Posted by jbjo2208 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi there....thanks a lot for the advise...will need to re plan and as mentioned....try to increase days....Thanks a lot

6. Posted by Paulj84 (Budding Member 3 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

If you are planning to follow the above advise and go Lima-Ica-Nazca-Arequipa-Cusco then you should definitely look into Peru Hop. I couldnĀ“t take it when I was in Peru as I had already booked flights but I met a lot of people in my hostels who were Peru Hop passengers and they seemed to love it and I was kind of regretting I had planned everything in advance and booked all my flights.

7. Posted by tourinperucusco (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

thanks great information