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    • local long-distance bus runs normal during Easter (April 2-5)?

      Peru Mar 21, 2015 at 10:49 AM

      Hi everyone!

      I plan to take a local long-distance bus from Tacna to Lima on April 3rd.

      Then, I thought, "Oh, it's an Easter holiday." and wonder if the buses run as per normal.

      Could anyone please shed some light on this please?

      Thanks,

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    • Spanish school Amauta has moved to a different building?

      Cusco Mar 5, 2015 at 1:42 PM

      Hi guys! I am planning to travel around in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador for the next 4 months. I would like to start my journey in Cusco to learn some Spanish at Amauta. I’ve heard that the address has changed, possibly to Jose Carlos Mariátegui K-4 (Sta Mónica) Does anyone know about this? And supposedly there is agency in the same building?

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    • affordable person/taxi

      Cusco Yesterday

      we will be in Cuzco for 4 days in August 2015; we are in late 70s and on a budget; will appreciate if any member can recommend someone w/ car who can drive us around SV and help us buys tickets for site entrance, train and MV.

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    • Where to book the Salkantay trek?

      Cusco Mar 9, 2015 at 9:18 AM

      Hi guys,

      Because the Inca trail is pretty much full until August, I would like to do the Salkantay trek. Does anyone know a good place where I can book this? I prefer a safe qualified agency because I know many agencies aren't qualified for tours like this.

      Thanks in advance!

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    • Best way to organise day trip to MP?

      Machu Picchu Mar 5, 2015 at 12:42 PM

      Planning on staying in cusco for 3 nights and want to do the day trip to MP. Seen online that its advisable to buy tickets prior to arrival, however just wondering if anyone can point me in the direction of wheres best to purchase from? Ive looked online but its difficult to gage which websites are legitimate. would like to do MP and hyuana too, so can anyone advise a package deal or how best to go about organising this. Also any experiences of inca or peru rail and which one to book with? Many thanks, Rachel

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    • Flight costs to and from Iquitos

      Peru Mar 14, 2015 at 8:05 AM

      I am planing to go to Iquitos from the middle of April - mid August. How much do flights generally cost in Lima to Iquitos?

      The flight cost on the LAN website is like 180 with taxes and fees each way Lima-Iquitos. But when I compare flights to Lima or Iquitos from the states, its much cheaper to book it directly to Iquitos as a package.

      The problem is that I might want to go to Machu Pichu as well. Is it better to try and travel from the states to Iquitos and back , and try to get from Iquitos to Cusco, once I'm there? Or get from the States to LIma, and book individual flights to Iquitos, or wherever I want to go from there?

      EDIT:  Ok, i just looked at that website of available trecks on the Inca trail, and it looks like i'm completely out of luck for that.

      But the questions still remains about flying directly to Iquitos or to Lima.  As I might want to stay and look around Lima for a few days.

      Thanks.

       

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      Inca trail

      Peru Mar 12, 2015 at 1:58 PM

      Hi everyone! I'm planning my trip to Peru for October 2015 and I have few questions about the 4 days Inca Trail.
      1. for which day should I buy the permit (I mean, should I for the starting day or for the day I'm planning to reach MP)?
      2. can I go by myself or anyway without tour operators or guides or so?
      3. planning to camp during the trip, should I bring food and water for the whole trek?

      Thanks!
      Roberto

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    • Waterproof shoes or not for hiking and jungling in Peru?

      Peru Mar 2, 2015 at 11:20 PM

      Hello everybody!

      I have this question: Should one go for a waterproof shoe for trekking in Peru (both in the mountains and the jungle) or is it a better idea to go for shoes that are not waterproof but breathable shoes and thus dry out more quickly? Anyone with experience? I hear some people saying that waterproof isn't worth it but still, don't wanna get wet every time the showers of rain come!

      Thankful for answers :)!

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      Isla Taquile homestay

      by MamaWebber Online Now Jan 2, 2015 at 1:46 PM

      Any problem finding accommodation upon arrival during festival times? We plan to arrive during the Fiesta de San Diego on or about July 30th. Comments on your experiences appreciated!

      3 Answers Jan 4, 2015 at 8:45 PM
    • Things to do in Puno in half a day

      by marcopolo180 Online Now Nov 26, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      I will arrive at JULIACA airport at 11:30am and will be taking the train from Puno to Cusco the next morning at 8am. Is it possible to visit Uros islands for just one afternoon?

      4 Answers Nov 26, 2013 at 3:57 PM
    • Peru in October

      by Melandgreg Online Now Aug 3, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      My husband I will be in Peru for 12 days in October. We plan to see Aztec ruins in the Sacred Valley, Machu Pichu, and to fly over the Nazca lines
      Part of our trip will be to Lake Titicaca. I would dearly love to travel into Bolivia and see Tiahuanacu and Puma Puccu but my husband says Bolivia would be unsafe for us. I was unable to schedule travel there when I booked the trip originally.
      Does anyone have an opinion about travel into Bolivia to those two locations? Should I try to schedule something once we arrive in Cuzco or should we forget the Bolivia side trip?
      Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

      14 Answers Sep 30, 2012 at 5:54 PM
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      Sillustani instead of Taquile?

      by swdke Online Now Jan 2, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      Trying to plan an itinerary for a Peru vacation. We are interested in visiting Lake Titicaca, the reed floating islands. One tour operator suggest in his itinerary a visit to Taquile. But, when I shared this information with a friend who'd been to this area, he says NO to Taquile, and to visit Sillustani instead. Now I am confused, particularily becasue I don't now enough about either place to know what I should see, or not see. Would appreciate best way to visit Lake Titicaca, and varous sights to see and do, in a day. Thank you.

      10 Answers Jan 5, 2012 at 5:16 AM
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      Homestay + distances

      by solskinsglad Online Now Oct 5, 2011 at 8:57 AM

      I'll be going to Peru shortly, and will do homestay on an island in Titicaca.

      How far are the island? I will visit Uro, Amantani and Taquile. How much sailing does that include?

      How's the food? High risk of stomach problems?
      How's the accomodation? Should I bring blankets or anything else?

      Any other recommendations?

      Thanks

      2 Answers Apr 29, 2012 at 10:35 AM
    • one day trip tp copacabana

      by hilelarkin Online Now May 19, 2011 at 10:53 PM

      I will arrive to Puno (Juliaca) on Oct. 5, 15.00 PM, and depart on Oct. 8, 08.00 AM.
      I plan to do the Uros boat tour on Oct. 6. As to the next day, I can either make the overstay on Armantani or just stay in Puno (beach day). I thought however, that there is a possibility to make a one day trip to Copacabana, either by bus, by rented car or otherwise. Any suggestions on this idea will be appreciated, together with reccommendation if the entire concept is more interesting that the overstay on Armantani.

      4 Answers May 20, 2011 at 11:09 PM
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      Best Place to Relax in the Titicaca Area

      by azf Online Now Jun 26, 2010 at 2:04 PM

      Hi,

      I plan on spending a week or so in the Lake Titicaca area. Although I plan on spending a day or two exploring the area, I want to spend 3-5 days just taking a break from life and relaxing (e.g., in a hammock in some quiet area with a book). What is that place in the Titicaca area to just relax? I hear it's probably on the Bolivian side, but any more suggestions would be really appreciated.

      Thanks!

      -Alex

      3 Answers Jul 16, 2010 at 6:58 PM
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      Lake Titicaca or the Amazon?

      by ddbleu Online Now Sep 3, 2008 at 10:50 AM

      Hi, I'm planning a trip next Spring in May when I will do a 7-day cruise in the Galapagos, then planning to spend a few days in Peru. Of course I will visit Machu Pichu, then because of limited time and budget will have to choose between Lake Titicaca or the Amazon. I will have about two extra days in Peru to visit one of these spots. Any advice on which to choose? Also, I wlil be traveling alone. Thanks!

      11 Answers Sep 7, 2008 at 9:49 AM
    • Advice on Titicaca

      by ieee3 Online Now Feb 3, 2008 at 6:39 PM

      hi,

      I will be in Lima for a day, Cusco for 4 - 5 days. I will have 2 days after that and am wondering if I should go to Titicaca or spend it in and around Lima.

      If I go to Titicaca the plan is to take a bus on day 1 and stay overnite at Puno, take a 3 hr tour to Uros and fly back to Lima.
      1. Is it worth going just for a 3 hr trip?
      2. How early do the boat tours start?
      3. What is the best (and safe) way to get from Titicaca to Juliaca airport. I will be alone on my way back. I am a single woman who does not know spanish. Is it even recommended?
      4. My international flight from Lima leaves at 11:30pm. Will I be ok taking the last flight out of Juliaca or is it better to take the 2 pm flight?

      If I do not go to Titicaca, what are my other choices to see around Lima - I heard there are some islands called Galapagos of Peru - is it worth going there?

      thanks much for your response

      2 Answers Feb 5, 2008 at 12:09 AM
    • Boats and buses...

      by austen1973 Online Now Apr 1, 2007 at 4:47 AM

      Hi,
      I intend to travel from Cuzco to lake Titicaca then to Isla Taquile and Amantani...from what I've seen in the guides, it looks like all the trips either Puno-Cuzco are done in the morning by bus...is this correct ? If not, which company bus does return in the afternoon ? Also, the boat rides to the islands are done early morning and not in the afternoon...do you have any idea if it's possible to rent a whole boat to get to the island as soon as I arrive in Puno as I don't want to stay onvernight in Puno...
      many thanks !!!

      3 Answers Apr 7, 2007 at 9:17 PM
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      getting to Titicaca from Cuzco

      by micky_d Online Now Nov 26, 2005 at 9:02 PM

      hi,
      does anybody know how much time it would take me to go from Cuzco to Titicaca?
      also, what is there to do once i get there?
      and, will 2 nights be enough to get the gist of it?

      lastly, can i "use" the couple of nights in Titicaca as my altitude acclimatization?

      Thanks for any help
      md

      1 Answer Nov 27, 2005 at 3:36 AM
    • Traveling to Lake Titicaca & Its Islands

      by trekone Online Now Aug 14, 2005 at 6:03 PM

      I have a few questions about visiting the islands of Uros, Amantani and Taquile from Puno:

      1. What is the best rate I can get for the boat ride to these islands?
      2. About how long is each boat ride?
      3. Can, and should, the whole island tour be done in 1 day? (Are there boats going back to Puno from Isle Taquile in the evening?)
      4. Is the overnight stay with a native family worth it?

      I would appreciate any feedback. Thanks!

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      How to return from Puno (Titicaca) to Lima? via Cuzco or Arequipa?

      by Hualcupen Online Now Dec 2, 2004 at 8:47 AM

      I´m planning a trip from Argentina to Peru. Will fly Bs As-Lima, and then Lima-Cuzco, to go to Machu Picchu. After that, taking the PeruRail, will go to Puno and titicaca lake. The question is: to return from Puno to Lima, what route should I take? again the same train, or I should take a Bus (I´ve been said that train between Puno Arequipa are not available) to Arequipa traveling a new route, and there fly to Lima? thanks

    • What do to in Peru for 6 to 7 days?

      by ra_cc_oo_n Online Now Aug 18, 2004 at 10:27 AM

      Hello All "Real" Tourists, My wife and I are planning to visit Peru for 6 to 7 days. We will be reaching Cuzco on 09/07 and can stay in Peru till 13th or 14th of September. We want to visit Machu Picchu (by train and bus, no hike) and we also want to visit Arequipa (if possible), Lake Titicacca (it would be great if we can stay in one of those floating villages, we also want to sail on the lake), is Urubumba valley also worth visiting (should we add it in the list?). Can you please recommend how do we go for it?. Til' now we have the following plan 09/07 - reach cusco around 4p 09/08 - may be stay in cusco or go early morning to machu picchu 09/09 - stay overnight in MP 09/10 - leave for lake titicacca 09/10, 09/11 - stay on the lake (preferrably two different places) 09/12 or 09/13 - leave peru Can you please suggest a more concrete and a solid plan? Thanks.

      9 Answers Jan 12, 2005 at 5:37 PM
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      Puno to La Paz

      by guntackle Online Now Jul 23, 2004 at 4:11 PM

      Hi there Unfortunately I have an extremely limited stay in Peru but it has always been an ambition of mine to sail on Lake Titicaca. I have heard that there is a Hydrofoil that croses from Puno to La Paz (via Isla Sol). If this is true can anybody tell me how I can book a trip across the lake (I arrive on the train from Cusco at 1800 on Monday 4th October and need to be in La Paz for my flight to Chile on Friday 9th October). Can anyone out there help - have any ideas? Regards Mike

      2 Answers Jul 6, 2006 at 4:24 PM
    • Organize a Homestay?

      by Moneekey Online Now Jun 1, 2004 at 7:58 PM

      Hello I've been told that people often set up a 'homestay' while visiting Lake Titicaca? Is this something that needs to be organized in advance or is it something one can organize on the day of arrival?

      4 Answers Dec 17, 2004 at 6:09 AM