Peru Itinerary Help

Old Jan 4th, 2017, 07:33 PM
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Peru Itinerary Help

Hi! My boyfriend and I (late 20's) are traveling to Peru end of April and we are finalizing our itinerary and have a quick question-

I've done a fair amount of research and this is what we have so far:

Day 1: Lima (our flight arrives late)
Day 2: Fly to Arequipa in the morning
Day 3: Arequipa
Day 4: Fly to Cusco in the morning
Day 5: Cusco
Day 6-8: Hike Inca Trail
Day 9: Arrive at MP in the morning, explore, take the train back to Cusco that night
Day 10: Fly back to Lima in the afternoon
Day 11: Explore Lima and fly back to US on late evening flight

My question is when we start the trip in Arequipa if we should spend 2 nights there and just explore the city the whole time? Or if we should try to catch a bus to the Colca Canyon and spend the night there on day 2 & return to Arequipa via bus on Day 3? Based on what I've been reading, the Colca Canyon is not to be missed when visiting Arequipa- but I'm also worried since we don't have much time that we might be cramming too much in and not really getting a chance to explore either place properly. Thoughts? 1st trip to Peru (& South America) so trying to see as much as we can...but also trying to keep a balanced & feasible trip. We are set on hiking the Inca Trail so that takes up the bulk of our trip. Thanks for the help!
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Old Jan 5th, 2017, 10:29 AM
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Arequipa is interesting if you like cities,architecture markets and museums. Going to Colca Canyon just for a day I probably wouldn't do, especially since so many people get altitude sickness on the way.

In fact I wonder if you should just go straight to Cusco and see more of that area including the towns like Ollantaytambo and Pisac instead.

Or have you already booked flights?
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Old Jan 5th, 2017, 11:23 AM
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Much as I love Arequipa, I agree with mlgb, you are spreading your time to thinly. I would be inclined to use that time exploring the sacred valley and all it has to offer.
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We haven't booked any flights yet- just booked an AirBnB in Arequipa- so we're not locked in. We liked the idea of seeing 2 different regions though, so we'll have to stew on the idea of skipping that area completely a bit. Either way though I think we'll rule out Colca Canyon...thanks for the input!
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Old Jan 6th, 2017, 09:44 AM
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Concur with the above. Skip Arequipa and Colca and spend more time around Cusco and maybe another day in Lima.

On arrival in Cusco, I would take a cab from the Cusco airport to Ollantaytambo and stay there the first nite--Ollantaytambo and MP are both quite a bit lower than Cusco so you will have an easier time with altitude. Then take the train back to Cusco from Aquas Calientes/MP. Also, Ollantaytambo is on the way to MP from Cusco so you will save some time in arriving at the beginning of the trail.

I liked Arequipa and made the mistake of taking a two day tour to Colca. But Arequipa is not nearly as wonderful as the things to do around Cusco.
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They are hiking the Inca Trail so they really should spend more nights sleeping in Cusco ahead of time to help acclimate. Maybe 1 night first in Pisac or Ollantaytambo, then 3 in Cusco before the IT.

And yes to at least two full days in Lima. Stay in Barranco..3B is my favorite if you think the price is good.
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