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Trip report--slow travel style in Peru May 2008--Iquitos jungle, Cusco for Corpus Christi & Sacred Valley

Trip report--slow travel style in Peru May 2008--Iquitos jungle, Cusco for Corpus Christi & Sacred Valley

Jun 13th, 2008, 01:11 PM
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Jun 14th, 2008, 04:22 PM
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Julies - thanks for the detailed review. Not only did I gather lots of useful information, but I read your report on the way to Baltimore Friday and it saved me from total boredom since we were in crawling traffic a good portion of the drive.
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Jun 14th, 2008, 05:28 PM
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julies, we have a 15 hour layover in Lima, early morning to late night. We were looking at doing a full day tour just to pass the time, did you go to any of the museums, if so are they worthwhile? The choices we have are...
- A City Tour + Lunch + Museums of Lima
- B City Tour + Lunch + Gold Museum
- C Pachacamac + Lunch + Museums of Lima
- D Pachacamac + Lunch + Gold Museum
- E Pachacamac + Lunch + City Tour
- F Museums of Lima + Lunch + City Tour
- G Museums of Lima + Lunch + Gold Museum
If anyone could advise us if it is worth the full day tour please let us know which one, we would greatly appreciate your input and advise. We are also considering maybe a half day city tour and night tour with dinner and show.....maybe that isn't advisable either. Please help us with this decision.
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Jun 14th, 2008, 08:46 PM
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Dear Julies,
Hi. I have a question regarding to your first posting about Iquitos. What was the name of the tour you did? I'm really torn right now between going there and Manu. I originally thought about doing the Explorama thing, but so much of what I read online stated that animals were few and far between in the Northern Amazon.

You commented spottings were fleeting, but was it satisfying enough? I don't have to see a whole menagerie, but as an animal lover, before I jet all over Peru, I want to make sure that I'll see more than one toad...and hopefully catch one pirahna.

Thank you so much for your detailed responses. I'm heading to Peru in a week and a half.

Cheers,
Ames
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Jun 16th, 2008, 04:38 AM
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Ames Yun--We used Amazonia Expeditions Tahuayo Lodge and were pleased. having only been there, I really can't compare it to the Manu area. WE saw 4 different types of monkeys, but they were moving through the trees and definitely not like seeing them close up in the zoo. We "saw" pink dolphins, but here it was primarily just a quick, slight surfacing in the water--nothing I'd ever be able to get a photo of. Poison dart and other types of frogs, giant tarantulas, sloths, and tons of different kinds of birds were other things we saw. I wasn't able to carch a piranah; it felt like I was just more feeding the critters thatn trying to catch them , but everyone else in the group caught them.

Fisherman--Our time in Lima was so limited that we opted to not do a museum. Our guide was suggesting Largo as the one that most people are interested in. Our flight left at nearly midnight and we were back at the airport about 9:15; I wouldn't cut it too much closer than this. Our guide told us that finding a place to have a nice dinner before an evening flight can sometimes be a problem because many restuarants do not start serving early enough for those who need to get to the airport. The restaurant she took us to is apparently one of the few that serves at 6:30 or so.
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Jun 16th, 2008, 10:29 AM
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Thank you so much for your reply. You are awesome! I'll check out the Tahuayo Lodge.

Yay!
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Jun 16th, 2008, 09:00 PM
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Thanks Julies for the info. Maybe we will take the half day tour and the night tour with dinner and show and be back at the airport by 10 pm for our 1:00 am flight out. Does anyone know if that sounds doable or worthwhile?
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Jun 20th, 2008, 07:29 PM
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'Our trip ended up being first night Lima airport (a 22:00 arrival with a 05:00 departure the following morning)' -
We have a similar layover at Lima. Were you able to rest at all the airport? I did check the Ramada and am not sure that I want to spend $250.00 for a few hours of sleep. At the same time I just don't want to be worn out that day.
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Jun 23rd, 2008, 06:34 PM
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We had hopes but didn't really get much sleep in the airport. This is a really busy airport and announcements are continuously being made until at least midnight. We were not allowed into the domestic departures area until 1:00. That area has some seating without arms so you can stretch out and try to sleep there. We might have slept for about 2 hours there. Then, we salso spent the flight to Iquitos dozing. All in all, we weren't too terribly exhausted. In fact, we felt better than we have after many transatlantic flights.
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Jun 30th, 2008, 05:59 AM
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Silly question but I see a variety of opinions and am thinking maybe one more will help: if you are not hiking the Inca Trail or Huayna Picchu do you recommend hiking shoes/boots or would running shoes (trail running) be enough?

If I do need more I'm thinking a pair of the hybrid style that are lighter might be the way to go.

I'm not a hiker in general so I hate to spend money on shoes I won't be wearing too much in the future.
Any advice would be appreciated.
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Jun 30th, 2008, 09:58 AM
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I used trail shoes-similar to tennis shoes. I noticed people at MP had a wide assortment of shoes from sandals to tennis shoes to hiking boots to regular style shoes.
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Jun 30th, 2008, 12:59 PM
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Just got back yesterday from peru and climbed huana picchu...I did it in regular sneakers! I wouldn't invest in anything more than that for this hike...it was amazing!
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Jun 30th, 2008, 03:17 PM
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Thanks a lot for the footwear info - I think I'll be fine in my trail running shoes. Money saved!
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Jun 30th, 2008, 09:42 PM
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I saw some female tour guides even wear heels in MP.
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Jul 1st, 2008, 04:18 AM
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Are you serious about heels?
I saw tourists in stilettos at the pyramids in Egypt -- thought that was the most bizarre choice but heels at MP might beat that!
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