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PERU: so much to do,so little time. please help!

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1. Posted by smj265 (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am going to Peru in May. The problem is..i will only be there for 14 days or so. My friend and I want to do the 4-day hike on the Inca trail. We,also, would like to go the the jungle/rainforest...but is there enough time for us to do so? if so, which city should we go? we'll be in, is there a place that isn't far from there..and is relatively cheap?

if we don't go to the rainforest, what should we do..where should we go? for anyone who has ben to peru...what did u like the most? what was most breathtaking and exciting?

thank you so much!

2. Posted by Grazmataz (Budding Member 24 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Puerto Maldonado or Quillabamba are probably the best choices for you to choose from, the later I believe is the easier to get to and definately the quickest.

I myself am heading to Puerto Maldonado and then onto Rio Branco in June.

The wet season which it is now until May means it could take several days to get there however so Quillamamba might be a good choice.

In 14 days I wouldnt waste time on travelling around but thats me.

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm with Grazmataz; 14 days is awfully little time, and travelling around increases the risk of delays.

In view of the time of year, I'd recommend skipping the rainforest, and instead spend some time in Andean Peru, which is on your way back to Lima anyway. Other people have more knowledge of Peru than I do; from what I've heard, Nazca and Tacna are nice.

4. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I was in Peru for only 10 days in August. The main reason was to hike to Macchu Picchu. I wish I could have stayed a month in Peru though. Unfortunately us americans don't get enough time off!!! If you are still going to do the Inca trail I suggest you go with SAS travel peru. I cannot say enough good things about them. Enjoy Peru.

5. Posted by Tedel (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

14 days to Peru... Let's see...

First two days: Lima: Visit the museums and go at 1 pm. to the main square to see the shift of the guards of the government palace. It's worth seeing.

Second two days: Transportation to the south, take a look at the Nazca Lines and then visit Arequipa.

Then go to Cusco and enjoy Machu Picchu and the rest of the site. You'll end astonished.

Up to then, 10 days or so, I guess.

If you think you still have time, go to Iquitos or Puerto Maldonado. In Iquitos you will see the Amazon river; in P.M. a beautiful natural reserve.

Hope this helps.

6. Posted by ayabar (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I need more information about what do you like the most,
museums, ancient cities, nature, adventure sports, night enterteinment etc..
I visit many times cusco (because my family is from there) and most people use their time like this
2 days in cusco (knowing inkas trace)
1 day in sacsayhuaman
1 day in folklore taberna
2 days in sacred valley (you have many ancient cities )
1 day in folklore - bar
3 days in machupichu (one of them in aguas calientes)
1 day in cusco choping

I visit at least 4 times machupicchu and always knew something new, because machupicchu is so big, so you can stay in aguas calientes one day more and visit machupicchu since the very morning.
I still do not know huaynapicchu (nearby machupicchu)