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May 14th, 2014, 12:27 AM
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Peru & Argentina or Peru & Brazil

Hi all..
I am planning a trip to Peru, Machu Picchu and its surroundings. This would be our first time to South America. What do you all recommend we do and see? We are contemplating any where form 8 to 12 days. We are thinking of jumping to Argentina Or Brazil. Not sure if thats doable or if we should just spend the time in Peru? All your help would be greatly appreciated. Suggestions, links etc...

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May 14th, 2014, 12:30 AM
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Oh I for got to mention.. We are planning for the last week in September going into October..
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May 14th, 2014, 02:38 AM
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Hi Lily, welcome to the SA forum.

Firstly, what do you like to " do and see" it is difficult to make specific recommendations without knowing something about your interests e.g. food, scenery, wildlife, culture etc. and budget constraints

Good time to visit Peru and i would I would suggest you spend all your time there - 8-12 days is barely enough time to scratch the surface let alone include another country.

a good starting point for Peru is www.andeantravelweb.com
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May 14th, 2014, 09:48 PM
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Hi crellston..
Thanks for responding. We definitely want to do Machu Picchu and it's surround areas. We will not be doing all the trek stuff. What else to do ? We are open to suggestions as far as budget we are open. Should we spend time in Lima , cusco, Aguascalientes etc. I will be reading up on Peru but need a lil guidance. Thanks.
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May 16th, 2014, 12:37 AM
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With the time you have available I would consider the following itinerary

Fly to Cusco via Lima - same day if possible and transfer direct to Ollantaytambo ( better to acclimatise there at the lower altitude.

3 nights in Ollantaytambo to explore that part of the Sacred Valley ( Maras, Moray, Chinchero etc) Ollantaytambo is worth a day itself.
1 night in Aguas Calientes ( by train) to visit Machu Picchu. train directly back to Cusco.
3-4 nights in Cusco inc side trips to Sacsayhuaman, Tambo Machay and Pisac. Lots of museums, great restaurants in Cusco -

Inka Express to Puno for Lake. Titicaca
2 nights Puno
Return to Lima for 2 nights

Entries 55-62 on our blog have photos and more detail on most of these places

http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blo...ai/1/tpod.html

Also entries 16-20 on our trip from last year http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blo...ai/6/tpod.html
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May 16th, 2014, 10:38 PM
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Hi crellston
Thanks so much for this info. I greatly appreciate it. Also we I'll be in Peru October 16th thru October 28.
Do your blogs give information on how to book the trains and tickets to Machu Picchu etc..?

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May 16th, 2014, 10:43 PM
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Hi crellston

Any recommendations on sleeping arrangements ?
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May 17th, 2014, 02:22 AM
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Hi Lily, No my blogs don't give info on how to book trains and tickets for MP. The system has changed and the number of visitors has been limited. You will need to book online at the repective sights and book ASAP as ticket do run out quickly.


We tended to just to turn up just find places as we arrived in a new location and most I can't even remember the names. There is a lot of choice at all levels in most places so if you provide info on your ideal daily budget I, or others, may be better able to suggest places.
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May 27th, 2014, 09:01 PM
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Hi Soy Lily if you want to book the train you can do it at www.Perurail.com

I don't think you will need to worry too much about things being sold out, HOWEVER there is a Peruvian holiday on October 8. Since that is the middle of the week this year you may not have too much trouble vs being on a weekend.

If you mention your budget you might get some recommendations for hotels.

If you like to prearrange your hotels, you can email them directly or use www.booking.com which has a lot of small lodgings using that website.

Terra Viva is a Peruvian hotel chain that gets decent reviews, also Casa Andina has different grades of hotels, Private Collection are the fancy ones.

http://tierravivahoteles.com/

I am a big fan of Lima, I prefer to stay in Barranco, two that I like are 3B (discount if booked by email)
http://www.3bhostal.com/
Smallish but modern rooms, and extremely friendly and helpful staff.

And Second Home Peru, which is a must if you are an art lover, I think they also have one in Cusco.

http://www.secondhomeperu.com/
http://www.casa-andina.com/

I agree with crellston that if you have a flight that arrives either late at night or early in the morning to Lima, try to continue on to Cusco and then Ollantaytambo the same day. Don't plan on doing much for several hours after you reach your hotel. Hotels are used to early arrivals in both Lima and Cusco.

A rookie mistake (which I have made more than once!) if you have a late night flight leaving Lima, you don't need a hotel room that night! (Leave your hotel about 3 1/2 hours before your flight!) Especially if you are on LAN. Their checkin lines are looooong.
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May 27th, 2014, 09:16 PM
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PS you will be in Lima during CasaCor. crellston went last year.

It looks like they are using the same mansion this year as well, also in Barranco.
http://www.casacorperu.com/

Virtually next door is Artesania Las Pallas, amazing personal collection and store of Peruvian handcrafts collected by a Welsh woman (212 Cajamarca)

Just a little bit farther is MATE, Mario Testino's museum, if they still have Alta Moda it is worthwhile. BBC just had an article about that exhibit (which I think both crellston and I saw last year).

Probably my favorite museum is the textile collection at Amano. You can ask your hotel to make a reservation, they only do tours in Spanish and Japanese, during the week (I think at 3 pm for Spanish). It won't matter if you don't understand a word, when they start pulling out the textiles for viewing you will be speechless.
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Jun 6th, 2014, 02:06 PM
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Hi Mlgb
I just saw your post. Thanks so much on all your feed back. I will be traveling with 4 other gals. So any other accommodation suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.

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