Advice On Family Trip to Peru

May 16th, 2004, 07:21 PM
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Hello Everyone. This is my first posting to this forum. I'm specifically interested in asking westxsk about her family's trip to the Amazon. My husband, 9 year old son and I will be spending four weeks in Peru starting mid-June. We would like to go into the Amazon and are considering visiting the Manu or Sandoval area. We are avid nature lovers. I'd be interested in hearing who you went to the Amazon with, and how it went. Thanks in advance.
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May 16th, 2004, 09:28 PM
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I was in Lima for a city tour in March, and I am not a novice traveler. A ships steward (a native of Lima) warned us not to travel independently in the city. The historic city center is interesting, but it is not safe. This has nothing to do with your nationality or political attitudes. The central area is being overwhelmed with rural peasants who are homeless and desperately poor. The streets were patrolled with armored vehicles and police in riot gear. The tour guide (a Peruvian archaeologist) informed us this was normal for the too frequent, violent street demonstrations. She insisted that two women from the cruise ship remove their jewelry and constantly reminded us to stay together and safeguard our property. A sad condition for a once stately city.
Miraflores was just the opposite. Relatively new, properous, upscale and attractive.
Enjoy your travels, but be cautious in Lima.
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May 25th, 2004, 05:00 AM
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Ncaravan - you mentioned that you can book tickets for the visatdome online? Can you tell me where pls - the website at doesn't seem to work and the reservation phone number is coming up unavailable! Maybe my guidebook's out of date but any guidance most appreciated! SaraP
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May 26th, 2004, 05:55 AM
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Yes, well, it seems that Peru Rail is having some technical difficulties.
Perhaps you could try this:
These people are located in Cusco, and when I used them for tour and hotel reservations everything went smoothly.

One curious aspect of my Vistadome experienced (booked online with Peru Rail)was that, even though I booked a month in advance, my wife and I were seated at opposite ends of the car. It seems that tour groups are given priority. Also, I got the distinct impression that my reservation would not be honored if the ticket was not purchased 48hrs before travel.
Perhaps going through a travel agent would be more secure?
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Jun 2nd, 2004, 01:41 PM
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My sister and I are just back from 10 days in Lima, Cusco, MP. Our trip was shortened by some missed flights due to weather. We took a great one day raft trip with Mayuc- they are on the internet and have an office right on the square in Cusco. Trips can be arranged a day or two in advance. They provide wetsuits, helmets, transportation, safety instructions and a choice of easy or difficult one and two day trips. I strongly reccomend it- big fun at a good price! Peruvian transportation was surprisingly efficient. We felt very safe thanks to a strong police presence in most public places. Lima has great museums, if you spend any time there. Many parts of Lima are unsafe, as everyone will tell you.
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Jun 3rd, 2004, 09:42 AM
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Hi Susan56,

For tours you can check out We traveled with Ric to Peru in 1999. Our son was 15 or 16 at the time. It was a tremendous experience. Ric puts a lot of independent time in his tours so you are free to explore as you like. He also limits his groups to 16 AND... he gets off the beaten track. One caveat, his tour lengths tend to be longer than the nine days you mentioned.

Another tour company with good reputation and guides, although much large groups, is Wilderness Travel. I have no personal experience with this outfit, although I have met one of their Peru guides in Taos and saw her with her group at Machu Picchu. I have every reason to think they do a good job. Their guides have quite the background. Andrea Heckman, the woman I met has a PHD in Latin American studies and has written a book on Andean textiles. (Textiles are her speciality.)

Explorandes, a Peruvian company will put together small tours and are very professional. We learned so much from their guides!

- Sharon
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Jun 13th, 2004, 04:51 PM
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I have heard a lot about theft in Peru, but less and less about violent crime. We're planning to go in August now though, only because it keeps us out of the rainy season. However, that was my question: what are some good indoor sites in Cuzco if the weather is bad? Are there any alternatives?
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