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Machu Picchu and Peru

by wrldtrvl

Hi All,

I am planning to visit Lima(Peru) and Machu Picchu in April/May time frame. Have few questions and need advise from experts.

1. Is it good time to go in April end May time frame weather wise, pricing etc
2. I would like to spend some time in Lima visiting (1 or 2 days), and in Cusco and go to Machu Picchu by train ( not by Inca trail hike). Any advice on trip plan, what to cover, lodging etc.
3. Any good agents that you can recommend either local in Peru or in US. I am on a budget constraint.
4. Any recommendation on doing this on my own (without travel agent), and advise

Appreciate your replies.


Re: Machu Picchu and Peru

by grandmaR

I have not done this, although I have been to Lima by cruise ship at the end of November. April-May will be their fall. Lima is very dry and gets a fraction of an inch of rain a year, and the climate is very temperate. The same is not true for Machu Picchu. The excursion that was offered to us was to fly to Cusco and take the train up to Machu Picchu and back and then fly back to Lima. This was a three day trip. I did not take it because I was afraid of altitude sickness in Cusco, but I talked to several people who had done it and done it on their own much cheaper than the ship's tour. So it can be done, but I have no agent names to offer.

Re: Machu Picchu and Peru

by Porteno

Weather will be fine that time of year, cool and dry and May is just before the high season kicks in, but with the crash they might not have a high season this year. Tourism seems to be way down and prices are getting slashed.

Not sure where you are coming from since you did not put much information in your profile so cannot advise you on airlines from the USA. There is nothing terribly complicated about making all the arrangements yourself. In Lima you might be more comfortable staying a bit more expensive area since the city can be iffy in some sections. Miraflores is a very nice area on the ocean and just a short distance into Lima center. Again, depending on where you are in the US you might check they have some well priced packages.

You would be wise to book the train in advance and here is the link for the web site

Hope this helps and obviously if you have more questions ask away


Re: Machu Picchu and Peru

by nhoolb

If you're seriously interested I can supply you with a local contact in Lima.

Re: Machu Picchu and Peru

by dzasta56

I amin Peru now and I have a blog at it might help

Re: Machu Picchu and Peru

by wrldtrvl

Thanks, Yes would appreciate a local contact.

Re: Machu Picchu and Peru

by wrldtrvl

Thanks everyone for your replies.

I am in Bay Area, California. so would be flying out of San Francisco.
Thanks for the link to train to Machu Picchu.

Will take a look at the blog.


Re: Machu Picchu and Peru

by nhoolb

If so, email me here at VT. I'm not in the habit of giving out personal info such as names, addresses, phone numbers in a public forum.

You may want to have a look at my Peru (transportation) pages.

Travel Tips for Lima


by utttz

lima is quite a strange town: no sun and no rain for 363 days a year.... according to locals in the remaining days it can rain or show just a bit of sun.... really a strange place to decide to build a town! the coast.... actually a desert is more inviting to live in...

Plaza Pizarro

by El_Sueco

On this place was earlier the statue of Francisco Pizarro. So, to see a statue of Pizarro you have to go to Trujillo in Spain, the birth place of Pizarro.
The statue that has been taken away to some other place was originally made to represent Hernán Cortés, but was rejected in Mexico. As both of the conquistadors had the same appearance with helmet and beard it was brought to Lima. But in 2003 the Mayor in Lima, Luis Castañeda Lossio, decided to take it away.
Actually a peruvian said to me some years ago, that it is very strange that this country (Peru) put up statues of its conquerer. But - he said - it is an ambivalent feeling and you can not change what has happened and it is now a part of the history of Peru.

Dinner and Dancing

by baanasta about Cafe del Mar

This is one of the more upscale nightlife spots in Lima, and similar to Cala. The restuarant on the first level is very high quality (try the Mero with camarones) and expensive. After you finish dinner and a starting cocktail at one of the two large bars and lounge areas, head upstairs to the 2nd floor dance floor. The music is usually good here, athough they have a tendency to cut off the ends of songs which is a little frustrating. The crowd here is also a little older than in other spots, but there is usually a decent mix. Make sure you get there before 11 or have dinner reservations, otherwise you may have to cough up the S/40 sole cover to get in. Pretty upscale. Dress appropriately.

Breakfast at Bolivar Hotel

by SirRichard

Bolivar Hotel is one of the classic places in the centre of Lima. Too expensive for my budget, but I wanted to take a look inside, as I was told it was worth the effort.
So that sunday morning I took an early bus to the center and went straight to the bar, to have a nice breakfast there. I was first offered a table inside, but then discovered the delicious terrace in 1920s style and moved there. I was the only guest there then (8am on a sunday!) so I really enjoyed that loooong relaxed breakfast in a fantastic scenario.
10 soles (aprox 3 euros). Toast, croissant, orange juice, coffee and cold water.

Heading South

by K-nalla

Great for cyclists, bikers and overall people driving by here. The owner has constructed a brick oven which spits put fresh bread every 30 min from thursday to sunday year round. uhmmmm. Oven-baked chicken and pig chicharron are also on the menu.


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