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shutterbug85 Jan 17th, 2010 09:53 AM

First trip to Peru - need assistance with what to do
Hi everyone!

My husband and I just went on our honeymoon to Costa Rica and got a lot of help from Fodorites on how to put that trip together. We ended up not using a travel agent or package deal and booked everything (hotels, activities, tours) ourselves.

I'm wondering if we can do the same for Peru, or if it's better to do a package deal tour? We have about 10 days to spend there and know we want to hike to Machu Picchu. What else is a must-do? We are very adventurous (went whitewater rafting in Costa Rica, climbed a volcano, etc) and like to do things off the beaten path.

Thank you for any and all advice! :)

qwovadis Jan 17th, 2010 03:27 PM

Pretty easy to self guide the Gringo Trail

best to bus VIP seats

Do not usually book anything but flight nights or Antigua Miraflrores

both have free LIM airport pickups.

pick up nice hotels at great prices along the way

on sites like

lots of adventure options on your way also. for packages

if you elect to go that route.

Recently did a 2 week jaunt

including air on for a little over 1K.

Buy a good guidebook like Peru

and go for it...have fun,

qwovadis Jan 17th, 2010 03:29 PM sorry for typo above.

Diane60030 Jan 19th, 2010 11:02 AM

Independant treks on the Inca trail are not allowed you will need an outfitter to go with.

You can organize your own. Check trip advisor for various locations and evaluations.

Remember that time in Peru isn't the same as it is here. It can take a week or more to hear back via email. (English isn't widely spoken and it can take several days for a small hotel to get someone to translate). Don't be surprised if you are asked to pay in advance by wiring money. This is why I recommend you check the reviews of a hotel. It can be very uncomfortable to send money off to people you've never heard of.

As far as adventure - dune buggy and sandboarding outside of Ica (do as part of a trip to Ballista Islands) - horseback riding out of Cusco. Some of the amazon lodges have more adventurous packages for viewing the juggle or animals.

If you want off the beaten path in Peru - try the northern coast. There are some lovely hikes north of Chiclayo.

vanessa_guide Jan 20th, 2010 11:40 AM

I highly suggest you to include some hours in Lima to your can do it at the end of the trip, is not necessary many hours with 5 - 6 you will be able to see the best of Lima and to try our Ceviche, there are many nice tours companies in the market that offer great city tours or also you can hire a private tour guide to tailor something special for you. take a look on this web Have a great trip!

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