salsa or other - busy on which night?
Will be in Peru next week and plan to take my unlocked Android GSM phone, and plan to get a Movistar SIM card + S/.30 credit in Lima. I am now led to believe that registering the SIM can take up to a week in Peru. Since I will be there for two weeks only this could be a problem. (1) Is this true or can they instantaneously register it (with my US passport, of course). (2) If it can in fact take that long is there a way to shorten the period? Has anybody registered a SIM in peru within the last 1-2 years? Thanks.
This will be my first trip to Peru, and I will be visiting my husband's siblings, and I was thinking of buying some gifts from USA, but I don't know what products or candies I can bring that it's not sold in Peru....like M&M's, Doritos, Cheetos for example!
I was looking at the forecast for weather this September in Cusco/ Sacred Valley area and it's displaying rain for the entire first half of September. How accurate are these forecasts? What is the "rain" like? I am hoping to experience a mostly dry trip, but am going prepared for rain.
I arrive in Cusco around noon and will be staying in Pisac. Would I have enough time to drop my bags off at a hotel in Pisac to travel to Moray and Maras? And does anyone have a link to the hours the ruins are open? It's been very difficult finding hours for most of these sites.
My schedule so far:
-Arrive at hotel around 1 pm
-Maras (Salinas de Maras)
-Dinner around 6pm
-traveling to Cusco
-spend the day in Cusco (explore ruins around area)
-Ollantaytambo and ruins
-Spend night in Cusco
-Travel to Puno
- Half-Day in Lake Titicaca
-Day in Lake Titicaca
-Early bus to Arequipa
-Arrive in Arequipa
-Half day in Arequipa
-Day trip to Colca Canyon
-Travel back to Lima (via plane at 8am)
-Day in Lima
-Fly out (midnight flight)
Any suggestions on things I should change/ add? Are any of the ruins not worth seeing? All bus and plane tickets are already booked. As well as hotels (but hotels can change)
Also, Any suggestions for restaurants in Peru?
Thank you everyone!
Good day all travelers!
I'll be arriving in september by bus in Cusco (Cruz Del Sur). According to their time table I get there at 06:00AM. I have a couple of questions:
1. Are these busses generally arriving more or less on time?
2. I can't locate an address that Google maps can understand for this terminal. My ticket has "Av. Industrial Nro.121 Urb. Bancopata Cusco" marked. Can anyone point me to a google maps location that corresponds?
3. I'm planning to take a train to Machu Picchu from Cusco. Is the station of POROY or the station of OLLANTAYTAMBO the closest to the bus terminal, and how much time would it take me to go from the bus to the train?
Thanks a million & safe travels!
Hello all -
I'll be in Arequipa in a couple of week. Looking for a local guide who speaks (some) english. I speak some spanish, but that might be too short. Any recommendations?
I'm planning to visit Iquitos by taking the boat from Yurimaguas but first to stop in the town Lagunas in order to arrange some trip/trail in the jungle of Pacaya Samiria. And here comes my question:
Does anyone know the average cost of few-day trip for two people? Any contact person in Lagunas? I'm not interested in sleeping in the lodge (no fun and moreover the cost is extremely high) but rather rough and adventorous trip with tents/hammocks. I've heard different opinions about visiting Pacaya Samiria. Some of them told that it's very wild area but the other that in order to get to wild places in this reserve you need whole week to reach the starting point in order to explore true not commercial zone.
Any info from anyone?
What is the current one way cost for the Hiram Bingham train?
In the October I'll be in Iquitos. From there I'd like to get to Equador through Pantoja in Peru. So, could anyone tell me how often cargo boats leave from Iquitos to Pantoja? I've heard 3 times per month, but any schedule? And how long is the trip?
I have also some information about speed boat but the problem is the price, as some resource gave me the price 200$ (Lonely Planet for example) and the other 200 S (sol peruano), so the difference is huge... Any help from anyone? :)
I'm landing in Cusco at 16:10, 30.8
And would like to take a ride to Ollantaytambo the same day.
Are ther vans which go there around 17:00-18:00?
Can I take one direct from the airport or should I go cusco first?
Where in cusco I should arrive?
Or maby there are local buses or colectivos at this time?
How much it cost?
How much time the ride takes?
how long does it takes for taxi to reach olla fr cusco? what is/are there to see in/around/near olla for a couple of hours?
we'll be staying in Cusco for 2-3 days then go to MP; am looking at train sched fr Olla to AQ and back next day; sched I find convenient for us to take are: dep Olla at 18:00, arr AQ at 20:45.... dep next day fr AQ at 18:20, arr Olla 20:15. my question is , is it safe to arrive at those places in that time of the night? I guess I've to make an arrangement w/ a taxi to drive us to Olla and to p/u us at Olla to return to Cusco.
I plan to rent a car for trip to watch Tres Cruces sunrise 7-8 Julay.
Call me if you may be interested to join and divide costs. Probable departure time about 12 pm.
There is plenty of descriptions of this wonder. For example this one: snobear.colorado.edu/Adina/W...
Do somebody knows exact time when it necessary to be at Tres Cruces to see sunrise in Julay?
La proxima semana estoy de visita en Tarapoto, me gustaria saber que restaurantes son buenos para ir a visitar y tambien salir por la noche, muchas gracias
Hello! I am planning a trip to Peru for this September and am trying to work out the last details of our trip! We are flying into Lima at 5:30pm and are planning to take the bus to Nazca at 3:30am with Cruz del Sur (we have the VIP tickets.) I would have preferred to take the later bus, but this was the only way that we could really fit Nazca into our trip and my husband was really set on seeing the lines. Has anyone taken the 3:30am bus before? Is the bus terminal safe at this time of the morning? We are debating either getting a hotel in Miraflores so we have a little time to relax, or just pulling an all nighter and trying to stay up late and then catch the bus. Both of us seem to be able to sleep anywhere, so I am not worried about missing out on sleep since we can just catch some sleep on the bus. We want to make sure that we stay safe if we stay out this late and also do not have a problem finding a taxi in the early morning hours. Does anyone have a recommendation for what we could do? If we went somewhere like Barranco to experience the nightlife, do you think we would have an easy enough time finding a taxi to take us to the bus station at this time, or do you think it would be a better idea to book a hotel and have them arrange our taxi to the bus terminal? I was thinking that trying to go to Barranco or Miraflores at night might be safer and give us more options of things to do than trying to stay near the city center, regardless or whether or not we end up getting a hotel. Also, do you think arriving 1 hour ahead for the bus is the best plan, or would anyone recommend getting there earlier or later? If anyone has been in this situation before and have any advice, please let me know! We'd love to get some input!
Wondering if I should spend the money for a Yellow Fever shot and the Malaria meds. We will be there for two days and do a canopy walk during our stay. I'm planning to wear light weight long sleeves and long pants and bring insect repellent. Should I spend the money on the shot and meds? Any thoughts? We will be there during their winter in July.
Hello. I am in Canada and I am planning to visit Peru and Ecuador with a college friend during the next summer. I was thinking about arriving in Quito and then going south to Lima, mainly through the coast but possibly with some detours into the mountains, if I can. I would then like to go to Arequipa, in the central south. This should be 2.5-3 months in total. After that I would like to go to Macchu Picchu and hike the Inca Trail. After that I would spend my last weeks around the mountains. When I go, I want to spend my time at the beaches up north. Since it will be fall over then, I won't be able to do that once I get further south. I also want to go out at night on the weekends and during the week when possible. Visiting ruins is something I really want to do, but I would also like to see some museums. I am originally from Peru and I have friends and family over there. I can stay at somone's house in Quito, Trujillo, Lima, Cuzco and Arequipa without having to pay. I expect around 40% of the accomodation to be free. I also would get some free meals, and I think a realistic estimate would be 20% of meals will be free.
I don't mind hitchhiking or eating at marketplaces sometimes. I also don't mind couchsurfing or other things like that.
What could be a budget estimate? And even more important, how can I make the estimate more accurate? I have trouble estimating what a trip could cost when I am not sure of where I may go between the cities I mentioned above. However it would be nice to get a solid budget to know what to expect.
If I am in the government palace area, (Plaza de Armas?) how far is the Miraflores casino to where I can catch the double deck bus?
We are going to Peru on August 2015; staying in Cusco for 3 days and will take Peru rail fr Ollan to MP, is it OK to buy train tickets online now (June 2015) or wait till we get to Cusco?
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.
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?
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
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
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
Is one day enough to visit Machu Picchu or would two days be ideal.
go to peru first time and want to know is it better to use soles or to use dollars?
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.
have 23 hrs lay over in Lima, Peru; coming early and might be out of custom by 8 AM, we want to see some places like the larco museum, take the turibus, Miraflores and water fountains, what is the cheap and safe transport to go to those places. Checked online a recommended taxi, w/c charge $20 to go larco museum fr airport...fair charge? Any help fr mbrs is appreciated.
How far is the museum inside MP from the gate where people go in to MP?