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5 Days in Peru

Old Sep 14, 2003, 5:47 pm
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5 Days in Peru

This will be my first trip to Peru but I'm limited to 5 days due to work. I'm flying in and out of LIM and I'm looking for recommendations on where to go and what to see.

While in Lima, I'm booked at the Marriott near Larco Mar. Larco Mar, Miraflores and Barranco look like fun spots for nightlife - right?

Thinking about Huancayo, Ayacucho or Huanuco to get a taste of the Andes - any feedback? I definitely want to go to Cusco / Macchu Piccu but I suspect that I don't have enough time to do that and check out some other places.

In addition to the Andes/foothills, if I have time, I'd like to explore some of the coastal areas - it looks like Pisco and Nazca are close to Lima. Any feedback on those places? What about points north of Lima?

Any advice or recommendations?

Many thanks!!!

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Old Sep 14, 2003, 9:30 pm
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If you dont want to walk to MP, you can certainly do it in a short time. The only caveat is that you need to get the ticket and res for the train to MP a day ahead of time. So effectively it forces it into a three day trip. I think I spent 5 days in Cuzco and didnt see everything.

But Lima is a mixed bag. I like it there, but I am in a minority. A distinct minority. I wouldnt plan on spending time there if you can help it. The son of the owner of the guesthouse I stayed at in Cuzco liked going down to Arequipa, for what it's worth. Haven't personally been. Whatever you do, if you go somewhere in the Andes, you will be told to take it easy. It's good advice.
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Old Sep 15, 2003, 4:30 pm
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I went for the first time to Peru a month ago and found that Cuzco is no less than a 3 day trip. Flight to and from on day 1 and 3 and a train ride to M.P. on day 2. I had quite an interesting time in Cuzco that involved 14 hours on the train, riot police, rail sabatoge, etc. but that is another story.

We spent 3 days total in Lima and it was plenty, can be done in 1-2 if your serious. I can say that the JW Marriott is in a great location and maybe the best hotel there.

As for Arequipa it is the 2nd biggest city in Peru and is a desert with all kinds of outdoor activities, rafting, climbing, etc. If that is more your style it might be worth the trip to Peru's second city.

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Old Sep 15, 2003, 9:30 pm
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I can recommend the Doubletree in Miraflores. Other nice areas to visit are San Isidro, Monterrico. There is a casino on Avenida de las Americas so if that is your type of nightlife you are in luck. If you do not have time to visit other cities I would recommend doing something useful such as seeing a dentist/beauty- and diet treatments which are very cheap. I recently went to an excellent dentist in Miraflores (Munident)where I had 8 root canals and porcelain veneers for $1500.

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Old May 1, 2004, 7:39 pm
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Another Quickie Trip to Peru, But No Root Canals Please!

My situation is similar to that of the original poster. Flying into and out of LIM alone this September, have 5 full days, would like to see Machu Picchu on the ground and Nazca Lines from the air.

I'm wondering about altitude sickness in Cuzco. How uncomfortable is it, and for how long? What do they do for those occasional unfortunates whose medical condition necessitates relocation to a lower altitude?
This page has some altitude sickness information, with references to the altitudes of Cuzco (3225 m) and MP (2440 m).

Also, there was a news item about a month ago about a big mudslide down the hill from MP, and maybe it took out part of the railroad track to Cuzco. Has it been fixed or the damaged area bypassed?

And finally, can someone suggest a good B&B in Cuzco?

Thank you.

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Old May 2, 2004, 9:50 pm
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I am in Chile/Peru 4 times a year

I own a logistics management/import company. We import wine and fresh produce from Chile every week in the South American summer and wine and assorted products from Peru when available. I go to Peru 4 times a year at the very least. Spend 1-2 days per trip in Lima, but spend more time in Cusco/Urubamba/MP. I speak the language, I know the area. I have great recommendations for hotels, shopping, sightseeing and tour guides in Lima and Cusco/MP. I love Peru. Most Americans do not "get it" when they go there. Very poor country, you just need to get off the beaten path (the typical US tour) and a whole new world opens up. Email if you need further info.

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Old May 4, 2004, 3:26 am
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Originally Posted by Middle_Seat
I'm wondering about altitude sickness in Cuzco. How uncomfortable is it, and for how long? What do they do for those occasional unfortunates whose medical condition necessitates relocation to a lower altitude?
They take you lower I am not a mountain kind of guy. I was fine for the first three days but then my chest started hurting a lot and I needed to slow down. It was like Los Angeles on a very smoggy day when your lungs are really just working overtime. I admit, though, that I was not very careful. Drink the coco tea. It's tasty and it does make it easier to adjust.

And finally, can someone suggest a good B&B in Cuzco?
My guesthouse was 11 soles and probably not at the same standard as many FTers are used to. I poked my head into the Hotel Monasterio, though, and it was pretty breathtaking. IIRC, about a hundred dollars a night at the time. But I know it gets consistently good reviews and is an icon in the city.
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Old May 14, 2004, 11:04 pm
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I travel to Peru quite a bit - almost 40 trips over the last six-seven years. The Larco Mar area is nice to visit and the Marriott is right across the street. However, if you are looking for a more Peruvian experience I would stay somewhere else. The only people you will see at the Marriott will be foreign businessmen plus it is very expensive. I typically stay in the San Isidro area at Hotel Las Palmeras (phone 422-3887; Avenida Las Palmeras 240). Nice place in a nice part of town with a good restaurant. While in Lima plan to make a trip to the Indian Market (all taxi drivers will be able to get you there). There is a lot of junk sold there, but also some really nice stuff as well.

I have been in and out of Arequipa a bunch of times. Definitely recommend the trip. A lot of Spanish style colonial buildings and neat cathedral on the town plaza. If you go stay at either Hotel Jerusalen (24-4481) which is off the plaza, or Hotel El Portal (21-5530) which is adjacent to Cathedral Blanca on the plaza.

As for the altitude in Cuzco, it will probably bother you. Best thing to do is take it very easy the first day or so. I work at altitude often in Peru and it just takes a day or so to adjust. Really no getting around it, especially if you live at a lower elevation. If you come down with a bad case of altitude sickness the only remedy is oxygen and moving to a lower altitude quickly.

PS - avoid Ayacucho. Just not a place for a first time visitor to Peru.

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Old May 22, 2004, 9:21 pm
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MP is definetly recommend along with Arequipa and the Lines of Nazca, (though be aware that for a true view of the lines you pay about US$40 for a 35 minute ride on a 4-seater chechna plane that tips from one side to the other to show you the lines (and allowing you ample time to take photos).

to get accostumed to the altitude you may want to consider arriving into Cuszco and taking the first day touring the city (i.e. shopping and visting the cathedral and churches) and/or taking a day trip to visit the sorrounding ruins. Try and arrange these before arrival as you the day trips leave around 8:30 - 9 a.m. There are many (many!!) agencies all offering the same trips (i.e. acting as brokers for the one or two companies who run the buses) allowing you to maximize your time. (I think the agency I delt with was Eric's Adventures, though SAS is the more popular and more expensive agency (reliable) agency).
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Old May 30, 2004, 9:43 am
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Originally Posted by Darren
Drink the coco tea. It's tasty and it does make it easier to adjust.
Are you sure it was coco...or coca tea? It is Peru after all...
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Old Jun 1, 2004, 5:17 pm
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Heh. Coca tea, that is.
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