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    • machu picchu without tour guide?

      Cuzco Apr 15, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      can someone tell me when is the cut off date to go to machu picchu without a tour guide?

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      Questions, questions....

      Cusco Mar 28, 2014 at 2:40 AM

      1) Which gives a better exchange rate in Cusco, banks or money changers?
      2) What are the areas is Cusco that tourists should stay clear of?
      3) If we need to catch the 11 am train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, what time should we leave Cusco if we take a cab? How much is the current taxi fare between Cusco and Ollantaytambo, one-way? Or is there an alternative to a taxi, like maybe an express bus (same route)?
      4) I understand that food cannot be brought inside Machu Picchu but what about water? Could someone verify that it is allowed provided that it's in refillable containers but not in plastic disposable bottles?
      5) Finally, is it possible for Machu Picchu visitors to enter the Inca Trail in the reverse direction in order to view Winay Wayna? If yes, how much is the cost if any and is a guide still required for this?

      Thanks for any responses!

    • fast early morning/midday/evening buses Cusco/puno

      Cusco Mar 23, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      We have found some buses that do Cusco to Puno arriving at 2 pm earliest. Are there any that arrive earlier in the day? We don't really care what sort of bus so long as its cheap and fast. (Local bus...?)

      And wed also like to find a bus from Puno to Cusco that leaves in the afternoon, so arriving around 9 or 10. Just as long as this one doesnt leave in the morning and doesn't drive during the sleepiest hours, we want it.

      Why do the bus companies only have early morning or overnight service?


      Peru Mar 28, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      A friend of us is booked with them for November. We would like to join....have anyone here used them?

      Thanks in advance for any feedback...

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      Travelling to Machu Picchu from 2th May to 6th May (4 nights)

      Cusco Mar 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      Hi everyone,

      I will be staying in Cusco for 4 nights and will hope to visit Machu Picchu but i can only book my tickets 2 weeks before i travel so i am wondering is there sufficient time for me to book the train from Cusco to Machu Picchu ?

      Joseph Ng

    • travel to Cuzco Machu picchu from Lima

      Cuzco Mar 24, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      it will be ok to go to Machu picchu for only three days two nights? Can I purchase the airplanes tickets in Lima?

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      What to bring to Peru?

      Peru Apr 14, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      Any suggestions about what to pack for Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu? I'm not backpacking and only there 1 week in May.

    • arriving in cusco

      Cusco Mar 22, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      I am heading to Cusco this April 11-28th. I was told to head straight to Sacred Valley after arriving into Cusco to help avoid altitude sickness I arrive at approx. 10:30am on Saturday and need to return to Cusco sometime Sunday afternoon. Is it worth spending the travel time? I will be doing volunteer work during the work, but have weekends off. Must go to Machu Picchu, do I need to purchase entrance/ train tickets this far in advance. I'll have a couple of weekends free which is when I plan to go to Machu Picchu and probably the Sacred Valley. Do you think I need to book entrance and train tickets in advance or can I organize it when I get to Cusco? Ideally would prefer to wait till I get there in case I want to change things around. Thanks!

    • Rental car

      Puno Mar 21, 2014 at 1:09 PM


      does anybody know if there is a rental car station in Puno or Juliaca? I cannot find anyone...

      Thanks for helping!



    • photographic gear

      Machu Picchu Mar 27, 2014 at 1:07 AM

      I am wondering if a tripod is permitted inside the ruins and if it is necessary. We intend going first thing in the morning. Thank you in anticipation.

    • machu picchu without tour guide?

      Cuzco Apr 15, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      can someone tell me when is the cut off date to go to machu picchu without a tour guide?

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      Museum recommendation

      Lima Apr 5, 2014 at 2:29 AM

      We'll be in Lima on a 12-hour layover and we plan to go around on our own. I've read that there a lot of museums in town but if we had time to visit just one, which would it be?

      Thanks for any replies.


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      Condor visits

      Colca Feb 3, 2014 at 5:35 AM

      Hello -

      I would like to spend a couple of days taking pictures of the condors. Couple of questiions for the experts here on VT:
      - Can I stay somewhere overnight close to the viewpoints?
      - Does anyone has contact details for local guides and/or eco-preserving groups that oversee the area?

      Thank you!


      2 Answers Mar 27, 2014 at 10:34 AM
    • truck and driver

      Arequipa Nov 21, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      I am looking for a truck and driver to take us for the day to Chiguata and Salinas Lagoon.

    • Cabanaconde or Yanque

      Cabanaconde Sep 28, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      We will be at the Colca Lodge in Yanque for two nights. Is it worth Is worth it to go to Cabanaconde one night afterwards? We would have to cut a night in Arequipa or Lake Titicaca to go there.

      1 Answer Oct 10, 2013 at 7:11 AM
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      Gentle climb to snow

      Arequipa Jun 22, 2013 at 5:26 AM

      We are traveling to Aerquipa (July 1, 2013)and have 2 boys ages 9 and 11 who have never been in snow. Is there snow on the volcanoes in July. Can someone suggest an easy trip to go up to the snow line without gearing up for a summit climb.

    • Night Bus from Nazca to Arequipa

      Departamento de Arequipa May 20, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      Some travel books say that the night bus from Nazca to Arequipa is not safe: both with the number of road accidents and robberies and assaults. Can you please give an advise on how big a probvlem it is this year. We plan our travel in July, and taking a night bus is reasonable in terms of our root: Lima - Nazca-Arequipa-Puno-Cusco-Lima, but may be we shoold reconsider.

      2 Answers Jun 16, 2012 at 7:20 AM
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      Treking Cotahuasi Canyon

      Cotahuasi Oct 6, 2011 at 3:50 AM

      We will be travelling to Peru from mid Dec '11 till mid Jan'12.

      Instead of going to the colca canyon we want to go to the Cotahuasi Canyon,
      we would much prefer to be a little more independent if possible. We would like to go to Sipia Waterfall and the thermal springs Is it possible to get a personal guide and if possible we would really like to spend a night at least, camping by the river. Any recommendations much appreciated.

    • From Arequipa to Tacna

      Arequipa Oct 1, 2011 at 2:10 PM

      Hi, i need to know if there are any domestics flights from arequipa straight to tacna, where i am planing on crossing the border to arica by taxi and there taking a bus or another flight to santiago.

      i read that there is such option, but i can't find any more informations concerning fares and dates of theses flights, and where i can buy the tickets and board...


      3 Answers Nov 22, 2011 at 12:53 PM
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      Best place to photograph.....Arequipa or Ayuchuco for Semana Santa?

      Arequipa Sep 26, 2011 at 1:38 PM


      I am a professional photographer and I am documenting Semana Santa across the Americas and am looking for info on which location has the best and most photogenic opportunities for Holy Week. This year I shot in Antigua, Guatemala which was amazing and am looking for something as dynamic.

      Thank you for your insight.


    • Arequipa to Colca canyon

      Colca Jun 3, 2011 at 11:42 PM

      We plan a trip from Arequipa to Colca Canyon in mid September.
      We look for the fastest way to get there.
      Are there any flights / fast trains to get close to the canyon?
      Do you guys know any nice place we can stay overnight - the closest to the canyon possible?
      Because we are seniors and cannot walk long distances, do you have ideas what kind of trip/attraction in the canyon would be the best for us?

      Thank you for any helpful comment!


      2 Answers Jun 4, 2011 at 6:15 AM
    • Colca canyon 2 or 3 days ??

      Arequipa May 25, 2010 at 4:03 PM

      My dilemma is: 2 or 3 days ?
      I don't have much time and I would know if 2 days could be a good compromise.

      6 Answers Jul 31, 2010 at 8:49 AM
    • Tour Companies

      Arequipa Apr 26, 2010 at 8:22 AM

      Hi Everybody,

      we are planning a trip to Peru in June. Could anyone recommend a tour company or tour guide in Arequipa? We are looking for a three to four day trekking-tour to Colca Canyon and surrounding area. We are interested in a tour off the beaten tourist path.

      Thanks for answering!


      2 Answers Jun 4, 2010 at 2:49 PM
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      Arequipa to La Paz

      Arequipa Nov 24, 2009 at 11:45 PM

      Are there any direct flights to La Paz Bolivia on a lesser known airline? Thanks

      2 Answers Nov 26, 2009 at 3:09 AM
    • getting to Chile from Arequipa...

      Arequipa Nov 18, 2009 at 3:23 PM

      Does anyone have any idea how to get to Northern Chile by bus from Arequipa? Are there any fees entering the country etc? I can't seem to find any bus company that goes from Peru to Chile.

      3 Answers Nov 22, 2009 at 4:50 AM
    • Recommendations for Touring Companies

      Arequipa Jul 16, 2009 at 10:19 PM

      Does anyone have recommendations for reliable touring companies for kayaking/mountain biking in the Arequipa/Colca Canyon area that are not expensive? Thanks for the help.

      B. Jones

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      I need to get to Chivay from Arequipa!

      Departamento de Arequipa Apr 1, 2009 at 5:00 PM

      I fly into Arequipa around 4 pm on a Tuesday and need to catch a bus to Chivay. Would I need to wait until the following morning? Is there a way to reserve bus tickets? What are the bus lines? Thanks

      2 Answers Apr 2, 2009 at 5:46 AM
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      Things to do in Arequipa if not hiking the canyons

      Arequipa Mar 15, 2009 at 1:11 AM

      I've read the forums on Arequipa and most, if not all, of the posts talk about hiking the canyons near Arequipa. I am taking my 12-yr old daughter with me and so, I am not thinking of hiking the canyons since I'm not sure how she'll handle the hike (and altitude). I also have history of getting altitude sickness so I dont want to risk getting sick when I have my daughter with me.
      That said, I still want to visit Arequipa ... is it still worth flying to Arequipa and staying there for about 2 days, just exploring the city ? will there be other things to do there ?


      7 Answers Mar 23, 2009 at 11:40 PM
    • Arequipa or La Paz?

      Arequipa May 28, 2008 at 8:34 AM

      Will be traveling to Peru in less than two weeks, and planning on doing the Machu Picchu hike, and then going to Puno/Lake Titicaca, and was wondering where to go after there. I've considered two stops--La Paz or Arequipa? What do you think will be a nice, big city, cultural experience after the hike and visiting the floating islands?

      10 Answers Jun 3, 2008 at 8:47 AM
    • Suggetions for a 2 day itinerrary in the Colca Canyon

      Arequipa May 5, 2008 at 1:52 PM

      Hello everyone,

      We are planning a 2 day trip to the Colca Canyon at the end of May. Can anyone suggest an itinerary for a 2 day trip from Arequipa? I am not sure if we should stay 2 nights or one night. We like to do this with out a tour. is that possiblle.
      Any recommendations on hotels, food, sites would be greatly appreciated.

      Thanks in advance

      4 Answers May 12, 2008 at 8:59 AM
    • arequipa-puno

      Departamento de Arequipa Jan 4, 2008 at 3:59 AM

      Hi there!
      I was planning to travel from Lima straight to Puno but have been advised not to due to altitude sickness.
      If I fly to Arequipa and catch the bus to Puno, will this reduce this problem dramatically? If is Go2Peru the best website to book a bus in advance?
      Cheers x

      4 Answers Mar 23, 2008 at 10:43 AM
    • Car with driver Tourist Taxi

      Lima Sep 15, 2007 at 12:23 PM

      I would like to get information on private tourist cabs as i will be in Peru
      in December and would like to go from Lima to Paracas and from Paracas to Nazca and from Nazca to Arrequipo.Any information and prices/ day would be helpful.

      2 Answers Dec 22, 2007 at 8:28 AM
    • trip

      Cotahuasi Apr 29, 2007 at 8:53 AM

      Hí Everybody

      Im going to travell to Cotahuasi canyon in August.
      If somebody was there I asking some information about roads, viewing, accommodation etc.

      Thank tikotrad

    • Llama treking / horseback riding?

      Arequipa Jan 30, 2007 at 8:27 PM

      What are the best tour groups that offer llama treking or horsebackriding in Colca / Catahuasi? At most, we would be spending a total of 7 days in Arequipa and the canyon-area. Also, if we can only do one of the two canyons, which is the better option and offers better landscapes for photo ops? We're planning on a summer trip. Thanks.

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      Río Oct 15, 2006 at 9:36 AM

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      4 Answers Oct 15, 2006 at 4:54 PM
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      Cañon del Colca

      Arequipa Jul 24, 2006 at 1:47 AM

      My husband and me want to make a trekk in Colca - Arequipa. We have approx. 5 days. Who has experience?Is it difficult? We do need to take everything with us i.e. tent, meals,etc? we do need a guide or can we make it alone? It is dangerous? how mts are the highest pass? Every information ist wellcome

      thanks a lot!


      2 Answers Dec 11, 2006 at 10:35 AM
    • CruzdelSur buses

      Arequipa Jul 18, 2006 at 3:52 PM

      Anyone have any experience travelling from Lima to Arequipa on the bus in VIP class?

      1 Answer Jul 19, 2006 at 10:19 AM
    • colca? where to book?

      Arequipa Jun 1, 2006 at 10:43 AM

      Hi, I'm going to Arequip next week and I would like to do a trekking in Colca Cañon. Does somebody knows where or how I can book it?

      All suggestions are welcome!!!


      8 Answers Jun 4, 2006 at 4:29 PM
    • things to do in arequipa

      Departamento de Arequipa May 27, 2006 at 4:47 PM

      before heading to puno, i decided to stay a week in arequipa and take some more spanish class. but it will only take 2 hours a day, any suggestion what else can be done in arequipa, other than reading a book or sipping a coffee in the cafe. anyone else will be here from may 27 to june 2?

      1 Answer May 31, 2006 at 7:55 AM
    • From La Paz to Colca Canyon?

      Arequipa May 24, 2006 at 6:50 AM

      We'll be departing La Paz and heading to Colca Canyon. Does anyone know if the shortest (or easiest) way to Colca Canyon is through Puno and Arequipa? We want to avoid back-tracking, but then again, you often arrange the easiest trips out of central locations like Arequipa.

      Thanks in advance!

      2 Answers May 25, 2006 at 7:50 AM
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      Trekking in Colca Canyon, 3 days

      Colca Apr 11, 2006 at 10:18 AM

      Which tour operator is the best for a "real" trek (without the tourist traps) and which one should be avoided? Has anybody done it on horse? If yes, with which tour operator? Any "off the beaten track" advice for the Arequipa region?
      Thanks in advance...

      6 Answers Jan 7, 2007 at 11:12 AM
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      Best thing-to-do in Arequipa (?)

      Arequipa Mar 26, 2006 at 8:31 PM

      Well, I believe the most famous Thing-to-do in Arequipa is the Colca Canion. BUT, ive read a plenty of posts talking how disspointing it was. Just read a couple of backpakers saiyng it was great. Im going there right now in april...

      So, I ask you. Is that the best option for someone who ill saty there for 2d/1night?

      Thanks in advance.

      7 Answers Jun 21, 2006 at 11:46 AM