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Hello,

I am looking for some tips on my Peru itinerary. I'll be there in December for my Honeymoon and we'd like a little relaxation and adventure. This is why we have started our trip in Mancora - I know this probably seems crazy but we wanted to incorporate some beach time! I'd like to know if the time allotted for each location makes sense and if there is anything I should cut or add. I've heard mixed things about Puno and would like to be somewhere nice for Christmas. What about La Paz is it worth going there for the distance? Seems pretty close - but is it too ambitious to go to Cusco from there? Would we need to fly? Any advice is appreciated!

Dec 12 (overnight)
Toronto - Lima

Dec 13
Fly Lima to Mancora

Dec 13-17 Mancora (4 nights)

Dec 17
Fly Mancora to Lima
Bus Lima to Ica (or thereabouts)

Dec 17-20 Isle Ballestas + Huacachina (3 nights)

Dec 20
Bus to Arequipa

Dec 20-Dec 23 Arequipa/Canyon country (3 nights)

Dec 23
Bus to Puno

Dec 23-Dec 26 Puno & Lake Titicaca (3 nights)

Dec 26
Bus to Cusco

Dec 26-30 Cusco/Machu Picchu (4 nights)

Dec 30
Fly to Lima (1 night)

Dec 31
Lima

Jan 1 - HOME!

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    I would drop a day from Islas Ballestas/Huacachina and add it to Arequipa (at least two nights there, and one or two nights in Colca Canyon). I think two nights is more relaxing considering you will be going to high altitude. There are some nice resorts in Colca Canyon. Be aware that it is the start of rainy season in the highlands (another reason to allow some leeway).

    I think that is too much time at Lake Titicaca, I would try to reach Cusco for Christmas Eve. Even if that means dropping a night elsewhere such as Mancora. Again, it could be rainy season around Cusco/SV/etc. Expect accommodations to be very full.

    Should be fun to be in Lima on NYE.

    I would suggest looking at a reverse itinerary that flies you from Lima to Cusco (then go down in elevation when you arrive to the SV for the first few nights). This puts you in slightly lower season for MP (so less crowded). You are going to suffer a bit with elevation anyways, and personally I think flying to Cusco and going to the SV won't be any worse than what you have layed out.

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