Peru

Tequile Island

Transportation = B

Food  = A

People = A+

Go-again?= A

Cost = A

You can reach Tequile Island and the floating islands in Lake Titikaka thought ever Peru or Bolivia.  If you have time try to do it from Bolivia and then jump to the sand dunes.  Taking buses in Peru is extremely easy and cheap. Get ticket toTitikaka Tour prior to arrival if  you can, but if you don’t it shouldn’t be hard to find tours at the port or bus station. There are many tours that offers the service.   Many taxis are available around town and always pay half of what they request, or just wait for the next one.

There are specific approved money houses and individuals (they wear a yellow vest) in Peru.  Only exchange money in those locations (good thing is that the price is fixed throughout the Country, so no negotiation required).

Must do:

  • Visit a Uro floating island on Titicaca Lake
  • Get your passaport stamped at Utama Island
  • Visit the town of Puno

 

Titikaka Lake
Tequile

Lima

Transportation = B

Food  = C+

People = A++

Go-again?= A+

Cost = B-

Located right outside Lima City, Miraflores is a great place to spend the day, offering great coastal views, restaurants, parks and beaches.  This picture was taken from Parque del Amor (Love Park) where families, couples and tourist listen to music, eat and enjoy the views.  The beach underneath can be a little wavy but very manageable (instead of sand the beach is made out of lose rocks which makes it very interesting to walk on, I recommend water shoes).  Surfing classes and other water activities are offered right at the beach.  Transportation is cheap (always pay half of what the taxi drivers ask for), and you can find cheap hostels in every corner.  There is free internet in almost every public park or cafe. Many taxis are available around town and alway pay half of what they request, or just wait for the next one.

There are specific approved money houses and individuals (they wear a yellow vest) in Peru.  Only exchange money in those locations (good thing is that the price is fixed throughout the Country, so no negotiation required).

Must do:

  • Huaca Pucllana ruins
  • Kennedy Park
  • Miraflores
  • Parque del Amor
Lima

Machu Pichu

Packing = Layers, rain coat or 3-in-1 jacket, hiking pants, hiking boots

Transportation = A

Food  = B+

People = A

Go-again?= A+

Cost = B+

This is probably the main reason people travel to Peru.  Machu Pichu works as follows: there is a difference between visiting the Machu Pichu trail, Machu Pichu Pueblo, the actual Machu Pichu site, Huayna Pichu, Machu Pichu Moountain and Winay Wayna.  Let me explain,  there are two ways to reach Machu Pichu, one is by train and the other is by trail.  The train will take you from the Sacred Valley all the way to Machu Pichu or it can drop you off mid-way at the entrance of the trail.

The trail has multiple options from 1 day up to weeks, that will ultimately end up at the Sun Gate.Hiking the trail is the only way to see Winay Wayna and the Sun Gate.

However there is a maximum number of hikes that can be at the trail per day and only accompanied by a certified tour guide, therefore spaces as limited and must be purchased in advance.

You DO NOT have to do the trail in order to see Machu Pichu Inca Ruins.  You can take the train to the town and take the bus that leaves you at the entrance of the site (make sure you purchase your ticket in advance).  This is also the entrance to Hauyna Pichu and Machu Pichu Mountain which are separate tickets if you wish to visit them (these two mountains are located right next to the site and requires good bit of hiking).

Machu Pichu Pueblo is very friendly, safe and cozy. Lots of food places, massage places and lodging alternatives.  Live music and souvenir are in every corner.

Most of the agencies require that you do a pre-trip brief the day before, so its good to stop by your local guide office.

Machupichu Trail

Cusco

Transportation = A

Food  = B+

People = A

Go-again?= A

Cost = B+

 

This is the town from where all the fun activities in the Sacred Valley take place.  You can easily get an overnight bus from pretty much anywhere in Peru to Cusco for cheap (less than $20) or you can take a flight from Lima if you are rushed. My Machu Pichu tour and my mountain bike tour started here.  The town is very pretty, clean and very easy to get around.  You can walk anywhere safe and there a tons of restaurants, shops, massage places and souvenirs. Very affordable and tons of hostels to stay in the area that are safe, clean and comfortable.

There are specific approved money houses and individuals (they wear a yellow vest) in Peru.  Only exchange money in those locations (good thing is that the price is fixed throughout the Country, so no negotiation required).

Must do:

  • 12-angled Stones
  • Visit the Cathedral
  • get a massage
  • Visit the Plaza
Cusco
Cusco