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My partner and I will be in Peru for 3.5 weeks in April and estimate just over a week and a half visiting Sacred Valley, Cusco, Macchu Picchu, and Titicaca. Tentitavely, this will be the first part of our trip. We arrive in Lima April 2 at 10:30pm and would fly to Cusco the next morning, Thursday April 3. As far as certain days, we would like to hit both the Pisac and Chinceros markets on a Sunday (could possibly be the 6th and 13th or both in one day), but that is basically the only perceived constraint, and not the end of the world if we can't. Neither transportation nor lodging have been purchased so we have a blank slate right now.

Here are my desires:
1) have a few days in Cusco to relax, eat, explore, and see the nearby ruins like Sacsaywaman, Tambomachay, etc.
2) see both the Pisac and Chincero markets on a Sunday, and also have time to hike down the ruins at Pisac, and visit the animal sanctuary on the way.
3) MP - would like to take the less expensive trains which seem to leave either early in AM or late PM. Hike MP mountain. I guess if we were to leave early AM and return late PM we would not need to stay in AC for the night, which I suppose would be fine.
4) Have at least a day in Ollantaytambo to explore the ruins and enjoy
5) salt mines, moray/maras
6) possibly some time in Urubamba
7) bus from Cusco to Puno and back, staying one full day in Puno for a tour with Edgar Adventures, a little pricey at $69 P.P. but his tour avoids the very touristy stuff. We would like to take a tourist bus or private taxi or combi (idea on cost and logistics?) one way in order to have some stops at towns along the way, and the other way, a faster bus.

Concern:

Would not like to spend much extra money and time to start low to acclimate, plus the idea of going in too many circles kind of bothers me, but I have not ruled this idea out. Since we are flying into Cusco I am tempted to just lay low in Cusco the first day and chew a lot of coca leaves, not eat that day, drink lots of water, and stay in Cusco until market day on Sunday. I am 23, and my partner is 44. We eat very healthfully and are sprite, but I hear that does not matter so much when it comes to acclimation. We will also have gingko or other herbs which may help.

Basically, we have more time than most tourists, but I don't want to delegate too much time to everything, since most of these places are pretty close together, but also don't want to wipe ourselves out. I would love some advice on what would be the best itinerary.

(For the rest of the trip we will spend a week in Iquitos, a day or two in Lima for museums and food and a short trip to Marcahuasi)

I would really appreciate any advice.

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