Peru and Bolivia

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1. Posted by Amber23 (Budding Member 11 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hey guys

I'm thinking about going to Peru and Bolivia in November for about 6-8 weeks. Will the weather be ok?

Any recommendations of what to do would be great! ?

Thanks
Amber x

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1458 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Weather changes! We were in Bolivia and Peru in December 2013 and had great weather. The Salt Flats in southern Bolivia are well worth visiting. They're at altitude so it's cool in the evenings but generally warm and sunny during the day. La Paz and Potosi are also at altitude and light rain (or cloud and drizzle) can occur any time. Rurrenebaque is Amazon rainforest so it's hot but again can rain at any time. Copacabana on Lake Titicaca is at altitude but was sunny and warm every day and that was similar for the floating islands off Puno. Cabanaconde is great for the Colca Canyon and a hike down to Sangalle and Arequipa is a city at altitude which was warm and sunny everyday. We walked the four day Inca Trail based in Cusco, - variable weather with quite a bit of rain but Machu Picchu was in glorious sunshine. Nasca is worth visiting for a plane ride over the Nazca Lines. Lima is a great city to explore for a few days.

Look up these and more, build up a possible itinerary and then ask more specific questions.

3. Posted by balhannahrise (Respected Member 51 posts) 2y 1 Star this if you like it!

I think Borisborough has covered it fairly well. I was there in February this year and liked Lima and its beautiful architecture.
Cusco has a great indoor market with lots of interest and plenty of souvenirs, beautiful churches with interiors dripping in gold and silver. From Cusco, a trip to the Sacred Valley was a good one, Inca sites and wonderful scenery.
My problem was altitude sickness even though I did everything correctly, my asthma combined with the high altitude meant I couldn't do everything I wanted to, even my medication didn't help, something to remember if asthmatic.

I have written some of that trip, but nothing on Bolivia and La Paz yet. You can see what I have done so far on http://deesperu.travellerspoint.com/

4. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1458 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting balhannahrise

My problem was altitude sickness even though I did everything correctly, my asthma combined with the high altitude meant I couldn't do everything I wanted to, even my medication didn't help, something to remember if asthmatic.

If you don't get drug-tested as part of your job at home, chomping on coca leaves as the locals do will certainly help (it expands the alveoli meaning your lungs can get more oxygen - or something!). And it works for asthmatics too! :)

5. Posted by balhannahrise (Respected Member 51 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I didn't try eating the cocoa leaves, just drank the cocoa tea and sucked on the cocoa candy.