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      Shamans in Peru

      Peru May 10, 2015 at 3:58 PM

      I am interested in spending 1-2 days with the shamans in Peru, can anyone tell me the best place to do this, have looked at a few online but they all seem quite expensive and touristy....was looking for somewhere near Cuzco if possible but if not I am willing to travel, would be grateful for any advice, thanks

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    • Peru- use of ATM (Scotia Bank)?

      Peru May 19, 2015 at 10:24 AM

      We are traveling to Peru in September. In most countries I try to use an ATM at the airport to get the local currency before I step out. My bank - Bank of America - has an agreement with Scotia Bank, allowing for charges to be waived. So that would be my preferred ATM and my questions are:
      1. Is there a Scotia Bank ATM at the Lima airport?
      2. Can Scotia Bank ATMs be found in other popular areas - Cuzco; parts of Lima; Puno?
      Thanks.

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    • tranvia and tourist tickets

      Cusco May 3, 2015 at 9:28 AM

      I've reading reviews on Cusco, often mentioned "make sure you being your tourist ticket" when visiting places like SV, Ollan, churches/cathedral, etc; a while back when I begin to consider going to MP, I read reviews and recommendation fr VT forum and remember to come upon tranvia and tickets to purchase in Cusco; now I can't find topic on tranvia and ticket to buy so I can learn more. We are going in August. Any lead please

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    • Is one day enough

      Machu Picchu May 2, 2015 at 4:27 AM

      Is one day enough to visit Machu Picchu or would two days be ideal.

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    • 11 day travel itinerary suggestions

      Peru May 25, 2015 at 7:39 PM

      Hello travelers:
      My partner and I will be traveling to Peru during winter break, 12.20 -12.31, and we will spend most of our time in the Sacred Valley area. I've heard that Christmas or Christmas eve is in Cusco is a sight worthy of being there for, which is right in the middle of our trip. Trying to figure out the flow of our trip in order to make in Peru plane flights. Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley I anticipate 5 days to visit ( Olly, Urubamba, aguas calieinte), and 2 days in Cusco. I have read through a couple of guide books but I'm still not sure what to do besides the sacred valley area in the Cusco region. Since we're from Oregon we thought about the beaches. Is it worth going to beaches north of Lima for sun and warm ocean? Not usually a fan of big cities, we like cultural and hiking experiences. I don't think we really have enough time to fit in Arequipa?
      Appreciate your knowledgable imput. Thanks.

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    • Better to use soles or dollars

      Peru May 1, 2015 at 8:44 AM

      go to peru first time and want to know is it better to use soles or to use dollars?

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    • tour booking

      Machu Picchu May 7, 2015 at 6:28 PM

      Has anyone booked there tour to Machu Picchu from Cuzco itself ? Have my own idea of what I would like to see and all tours seem quite expensive when booked from home. Can anyone recommend any tour companies over there at all? Thanks, Chris

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    • places to see

      Cusco Apr 30, 2015 at 1:31 PM

      we'll be in Cusco, Peru for 3 days in August; we plan (hoping) to do tours by ourselves (2); need help on places togo/see and how much to hire a taxi/guide and where (in forum, mbrs said people in where one stays usually is a good source) and how much (ball park) a day? any help will be appreciated. also coming in early (6 AM), is it safe to get a taxi fr airport to hotel (it is said, if p/u is arranged by hotel, more expensive) and how much? Thank you.

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    • Airport bus Lima

      by Vivienne66 Online Now Aug 15, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      Is there an airport bus recomended when arriving and departing from Lima airport

      10 Answers Aug 17, 2014 at 9:43 AM
    • Gaucho Tours

      by Dianema Online Now Aug 1, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      I will be in Lima for 3 x days and am keen to see gauchos/haciendas Are there any 1 -2 day tours in/near Lima Thankyou

      3 Answers Aug 4, 2014 at 1:37 AM
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      Best tours companies/travel companies to Machu Picchu

      by LarryN3 Online Now Jul 31, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      I have been looking at quite a few tour companies (so many to choose from)
      and looking for a recommendation from someone in Lima or who may use this
      forum. Want to do 4 to 6 days out of Lima.

      Thanks in advance

      10 Answers Jan 23, 2015 at 10:08 AM
    • Lima and surrounding in 48 hrs....:?

      by spalatino Online Now Jul 18, 2014 at 6:22 AM

      Hi, this following September I am heading to Peru and Bolivia with my 19 yo son. We are going to be some 48 hrs in Lima before we go to Ica, Cusco etc....Now, I would like to ask what to do with a teenage boy in Lima that is also not boring for me:)....We were thinking about Isla Palomino, but I have heard it is too cold at the beg. of September...Would be grateful for any tips.
      Thanks and regards
      Darko

      7 Answers Aug 9, 2014 at 7:17 AM
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      Hotel Recommendation Please: Lima, Peru: Miraflores District

      by Badger1492 Online Now Jul 3, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      Does anyone have a hotel recommendation based on personal experience in the past year? I am looking for something mid-priced in the Miraflores district. Nothing fancy; simple is fine; clean, secure, and relatively quiet. We will be 3 adults and need 1 or 2 rooms depending on what's available. We will be staying at the beginning of August.

      Thanks for the recommenations.
      Badger

      4 Answers Jul 28, 2014 at 12:16 AM
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      Safety and Security

      by roamer61 Online Now Jun 17, 2014 at 7:08 AM

      I was wondering if Lima is safe to tour on ones own or is it advisable to either hire out a guide or to go with a tour group. I am thinking about 2-3 days before moving on to my next locale.

      9 Answers Jul 28, 2014 at 12:18 AM
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      Museum recommendation

      by stamporama Online Now 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.

      14 Answers Apr 13, 2015 at 3:45 AM
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      San Pedro Church

      by hawkhead Online Now Jan 13, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      Does anyone know FOR CERTAIN the opening hours of the San Pedro Church in the Centro Historico? I don't mean obtaining the info off the internet 'cos all sites give different hours - hence my question of knowing FOR CERTAIN.

      1 Answer Jan 13, 2014 at 10:50 AM
    • Tour Operator

      by bangles Online Now Jan 8, 2014 at 6:24 AM

      Anyone heard or used a tour operator named Kapachi Peru - any recommendations, looking at joining a small group tour to Machu Picchu, but can not seem to find any information except their web site. Its all an unknown to us and Peru is a long way from Australia to get there and find out its not a registered or recommended operator. Any input would be appreciated.
      Thank you

      18 Answers Jun 25, 2014 at 1:17 PM
    • Car(van) with driver rental

      by otaran Online Now Dec 6, 2013 at 7:01 AM

      Where can we find a rental car with driver for four Ukrainians on February 23 and February 24 for trip to Nazca.
      Please post price, references if possible, to otaran@ua.fm

      8 Answers Jul 23, 2014 at 2:52 PM
    • Safety in Miraflores...

      by brendajean71 Online Now Nov 1, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      I am wondering, although I have heard how safe it is in Miraflores, if it truly is advisable to not use my DSLR camera openly while walking around this district. I really would like to be able to take decent pictures of the views, etc. I do have a little pocket point and shoot that takes ok pictures...is this what I should use instead for my own safety and possibility of being robbed?

      10 Answers Jul 28, 2014 at 12:27 AM
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      Get an idea about Lima

      by Strad Online Now May 8, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      We are a couple travel to Lima in June, will rent private properties to stay. We'd just hang out in a neighborhood where it provides a lots of restaurants & cafes, also near beach. Which neighborhood should we pick? I heard about Miraflores, is that very popular?

      Thanks all!

      Strad

      3 Answers Apr 22, 2015 at 4:46 PM
    • Indian Market

      by losham Online Now Mar 19, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      Does anyone know directions to the Indian Market in Miraflores from Victor Andres Belaunde 196 in San Isidro?
      I thought it may be easy and there may be a bus. I always use public transportation wherever.

      Appreciate any help.

      Losham

      4 Answers Jul 23, 2014 at 2:55 PM
    • undecided about hotel choice

      by maverick13 Online Now Mar 10, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      Any suggestions on which of the JW Marriott, Hilton or Westin is the better option in terms of proximity to entertainment, dining and shopping. They all seem to be nice properties

      5 Answers Mar 16, 2013 at 10:02 AM
    • Brasa Pollo

      by losham Online Now Mar 8, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      Can anyone recommend a restaurant where I can get Pollo de Brasa?
      Thanks
      Losham

      3 Answers Apr 22, 2013 at 1:53 PM
    • Airport Shuttle

      by losham Online Now Mar 8, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      I have looked at airport transfer sites and want a taxi from our hotel in San Isidro to the airport.
      Which do you think is a more reliable company to book from:
      GREEN TAXI or LIMO CABS or do you have ay others to recommend?
      Thanks
      Losham

      3 Answers Jun 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM
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      Wine bars and wine culture in Lima

      by Pamelita Online Now Mar 3, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      Hello! Can anyone recommend any wine bars in Lima? I'm not looking for nightclubs or bars with DJs and a total scene; I'm looking specifically for a low-key environment where one can go to enjoy a glass of wine or two before or after dinner. Thanks in advance.

      4 Answers Mar 6, 2013 at 11:32 PM
    • Hoteles en Asia

      by diazvaldez Online Now Feb 14, 2013 at 5:16 AM

      Hola, alguien me puede informar en qué página de internet puedo encontrar hoteles ubicados en la playa Asia. Muchas gracias. Hi, can anyone tell me where can I search hotels located in Asia beach. Thanks.

      4 Answers Mar 6, 2013 at 2:01 PM
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      Where in "Minaflores should we stay?

      by Tickled_Pink Online Now Feb 10, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      We would like to explore Lima/Minaflores for about 3 days. One day will be a day trip to Nazca. WE have been told to stay in Minaflores instead of Lima to visit more sites etc.

      If this is the case, where in Minaflores should we stay close to transportation and sites?

      THank you.

      4 Answers Jan 13, 2014 at 10:51 AM
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      machu picchu to Lima transport

      by Unique82 Online Now Jan 26, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      Hi all, im travelling to machu picchu from Cusco after machu picchu i want to go to Lima but to do this bus bus or train do i have to go through Cusco again?. If not can you recommend me any bus companies? Thank you .

      4 Answers Jan 27, 2013 at 3:20 PM
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      Advice on travel between Lima and Iquitos

      by Jayy_k Online Now Jan 15, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      Hi

      I’m travelling to Peru, arriving in Lima at 05.30 on a Wednesday morning.

      Can anyone tell me what is the likelihood of me being able to purchase a plane ticket to Iquitos upon my arrival to Lima Airport?

      Also, I’m not sure of the exact date that I’ll be leaving Iquitos. How much more expensive would it be for me to purchase 2 separate one-way tickets as opposed to a single return ticket?

      Any help would be greatly appreciated
      Jay

      8 Answers Jan 16, 2013 at 11:19 AM
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      First Trip to Peru (follow-up)

      by laporte73 Online Now Aug 12, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      Kay and I want to thank everyone for responding to our original questions. Your advice, insight and the information provided is very much appreciated. Our trip is a tour that includes hotels, transportation between cities and historic sites like Machu Picchu. However, there is free time to do some exploring on our own. Again, your suggestions are appreciated for this trip and hopefully for future trips to Peru.

      Dave & Kay

      3 Answers Aug 12, 2012 at 7:01 PM
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      First Trip to Peru

      by laporte73 Online Now Aug 9, 2012 at 9:37 PM

      In September 2012 we will take our first trip, a tour, to Peru. We will spend four nights in Lima (Hotel Antigua Miraflores), two nights in Urubamba (San Agustin Urubamba Hotel), two nights in Cuzco (San Agustin International), and two nights in Puno (Hotel Royal Inn Puno). We would appreciate any information on reasonably priced and good restaurants in the area of these hotels. Also, what mode of transportation is recommended if there is some distance to travel? Any other information or ideas for places to see would be appreciated. We want to thank everyone responding to our questions.

      Dave & Kay

      13 Answers Aug 18, 2012 at 7:04 AM
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      Sheraton Lima

      by mvp2ny Online Now Jul 28, 2012 at 8:40 AM

      Hi everyone,

      I am visiting Lima for one night and staying at the Sheraton. I do have S20 from my last trip but don't know if that's going to be enough or I have to exchange currency at the aiport. The hotel wants to charge me30+US one way shuttle. Any info on currency exchange rates and taxi info would be useful.
      Thanks!

      7 Answers Aug 18, 2012 at 11:52 PM
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      A "window" of time in Lima

      by MOsterhus Online Now Jul 19, 2012 at 9:31 PM

      Hello! A friend and I will be arriving into Lima from Cuzco around 3pm. Niether of our flights leave for the U.S. until 11:45pm that same day. So, I am wondering if we can secure our luggage somewhere at the airport (lockers?) and then head into town for a few hours via taxi or bus? Is there anything reasonably close that we could go do/explore in our tiny little window of time?

      11 Answers Jul 21, 2012 at 2:46 AM
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      Lima Airport: Domestic arrival to International Terminal?

      by swdke Online Now Apr 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      Arriving Lima from Cusco on LAN Airlines, departing on an international flight on United Airlines from Lima to Houston. Is it easy to get from domestic arrivals to International check-in?

      Becasue LAN and United are not partners, we'll have to retrieve our luggage at LIM from our LAN, Cusco flight, then go to the United check-in counter to check in for our United flight to Houston.

      Is getting from the LAN domestic baggage carrousel over to International check-in with United easy to get too?

      Thanks!

      4 Answers Apr 30, 2012 at 2:12 PM
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      Restaurants: Cash or Credit Cards?

      by swdke Online Now Apr 25, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      Will be traveling through Paracas, Nazca, Arequipa, Colca, Puno, Cusco, Machu Picchu, will I be able to easily use credit cards, or should I plan on having cash for meals? Thanks!

      5 Answers Jul 23, 2014 at 2:59 PM
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      CRUZ DEL SUR: Cruzero Service Inquiry

      by swdke Online Now Apr 24, 2012 at 8:08 AM

      Will be taking the bus from Lima to Paracas, to Nazca, and to Arequipa. According to our tour operator, it looks like our tickets will be Cruzero Service. I went online to the Cruz Del Sur website to see what service this is, and I could use some clarification.

      It appears that the Cruzero Service is First Class service on a 2 level bus. First level states to have VIP Salon / Sofa-bed seats, second level has Bus Bed Seats.

      What is a "VIP Salon," and are the "Sofa-Bed Seats" on the first level the same as the "Bus Bed seats" on the second level.

      Are seats assigned?

      Basically, I am just trying to get a better idea of the service we've been assigned, and what seats, or how the seating works.

      Appreciate any information on what we can expect, or should be aware of.

      Thank you.

      13 Answers Apr 25, 2012 at 10:42 PM
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      Altitude Sickness/Illness

      by swdke Online Now Apr 20, 2012 at 8:00 AM

      I've read that some people recommend or take Diamox for help against altitude sickness. Is this a safe product? Are there any side effects or cautions against taking this medication?

      Is this a recommended product and widley used?

      Thanks.

      15 Answers Sep 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM
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      Tipping in Peru

      by swdke Online Now Apr 19, 2012 at 6:24 AM

      We will be on an 11 day visit in Peru, traveling through Lima, Paracas, Nazca, Arequipa, Puno, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Macu Picchu, Maras, and Chinchero.

      At some destinations we'll be taking group tours, a few private tours.

      What is recommended for tipping?

      Tip drivers and guides? How much for each?

      How much if group guided tour vs. private guided tour

      Pay in Peru currency or USD?

      Thanks for any help and recommendations.

      3 Answers Apr 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM