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  • police presence around Lima
    police presence around Lima
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  • an afternoon in the centre of Lima
    an afternoon in the centre of Lima
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  • singing your way to his restaurant
    singing your way to his restaurant
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  • Main Square

    Cusco Favorites

    When exiting the bus station doors you will immediately be bombarded with taxistas, local taxi drivers, offering you the “best” rates to the center of town. Whether you are at an airport or bus station, they are the ones that pay a fee to enter the area so they will always charge you more. After all, “eres el rico”, you’re the rich one, being that...

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  • Plaza Mayor And Surroundings

    Lima Favorites

    This square was located in the historic center of Lima. The monument in the middle was commissioned by the Peruvian government to commemorate the Battle of Callao which occurred on May 2, 1866 between a Spanish fleet under the command of Admiral Casto Méndez Núñez and an alliance of Peru, Chile, Bolivia, and Ecuador, in the Peruvian port city of...

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  • Timing / Weather

    Machu Picchu Favorites

    We visited Machu Picchu as part of cruisetour which allowed us to arrive on December 18 and leave on December 19 2013. We had two opportunities to visit just in case weather was bad. But we arrived to partly cloudy skies (good...kept the temperature from getting too hot). The site entrance was busy but once we got out into the ruins, the crowds...

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  • Sacred Valley

    Cusco Favorites

    All around the Sacred Valley of Peru, you can still see terraces built during Inca times. Since these terraces continued to be useful after the fall of the Inca Empire in that they allowed cultivation of the steep Andean hillsides and prevented erosion, they have been maintained by the locals for centuries.

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  • All Around The Country

    Lima Favorites

    Hi I recommend you always carry in your pocket 100 new soles (Peruvian currency) that is more than enough to eat and pay in cash, equivalent to 35 or so U.S. dollars, for the rest you can pay by card at any restaurant in the same city; since most restaurants away, no payment system by credit card ..... remember only 100 new soles as cash to eat...

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  • Information / Sources

    Machu Picchu Favorites

    This place is amazing, it's wonderful and so powerful! Although I thought the path to Machu Picchu would actually be a real path, no just a giant stairway, I think if you take the bus you won't miss anything really ;) I got that virtual guide while i was there, very helpful, it's an app for iPad called "Virtual Series - Machu Picchu", and it has...

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  • Touristic Ticket

    Cusco Favorites

    One of the best deals in Cusco is a tourist ticket that gets you into 16 of the most important places of interest in and around Cusco, including some of the major draws in the Sacred Valley of the Incas! In fact, you cannot get into many churches and museums without it. The full ticket costs $22 for adults and $5 for students and children, is...

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  • District Of Miraflores

    Lima Favorites

    I was in Lima last year and we had blue skies for about 5 months before the typical fog appeared. I heard many people came to Lima for plastic surgery...has anyone been/can recommend anywhere, out of interest? Gosh, talking of plastic surgery, what about cosmetic dentistry. I was searching the web and found www.travelandsmile.net that is in Lima....

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  • Inca Trail

    Machu Picchu Favorites

    Sunset from the Sun Gate. A place of immense energy. I travelled with a small group made up of people of different nationalities. Our guide, Fernando, was great. He had a genuine passion to everything Inca and the Flora and Fauna of the region. Despite the bad publicity of the Inca Trail as one of the most hyped treks in the world, I would...

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  • Pisac

    Cusco Favorites

    The ruins of Pisaq have a very misthic fame. We went there on a sunday, one of the market days a week to visit the beautiful traditional market. later we climbed up to the ruins of Pisaq from where we´ve had a beautiful view to the village.

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  • La Costa Verde

    Lima Favorites

    a city built on a desert coast... a miracle because rio rimac's oasis and "garua",as substitute of rain, a very thin drizzle ,continuous from may to october.... an odd atmosphere...sometimes engendering ,in winter, blues feelings...

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  • Scenery

    Machu Picchu Favorites

    I liked most the beautiful spaces and how the buildings were designed to blend into those spaces. Very natural. It's like nothing I've seen elsewhere. The entire site is what I would show someone, while making sure enough time was set aside to enjoy it in a relaxed way, rather than rushing around as so many do. I'd rest the night before and get...

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  • District Of Barranco

    Lima Favorites

    I booked a hostel in the southern district of Barranco, so had some time to wander around this beautiful quarter. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, it soon became favourite place for painters and other artists. You can find here delicious examples of art deco architecture, as this public library (Biblioteca) in the Municipal Park.

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  • Aguas Calientes

    Machu Picchu Favorites

    As is noted above, the train gets into Agua Calientes, and then you walk through the bazaar for a few hundred metres before you catch the bus to MP. The bus travels through a long forest before it gets there. The guide gave us a brief description of the locations and various aspects of the ruins before leaving us alone. There is much to see , so i...

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  • Sharing

    Machu Picchu Favorites

    Some people, especially experienced backpackers, prefer to trek solo. I am not an experienced backpacker, so I went with an operation. You can arrange to join a group either before your trip, or you can find one when you get to Cusco. The only caveat with the latter is that you're subject to their departure dates which may not match your time...

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  • Porters

    Machu Picchu Favorites

    If you are going to go on the Inca trail, do the porters a favor and don't bring your big backpack with all your gear from your travels through South America. It's hard work and although they get paid, hopefully decently now that they the authorities are demanding it of the agencies, it is still useless for them to carry somethings that you know...

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  • Ruins

    Machu Picchu Favorites

    We had great weather...partly cloudy and no rain. The entrance was crowded but once you were able to wander in, the crowds thinned out and you could get great photo's. Wonderful and amazing scenery surrounding all the ruins. You can get great photo's the further in you walk and the crowds dissipate.

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  • Travelling Peru soio or with a tour

    hi Im on a group tour and am now in Bolivia having moved from Peru a few days ago - my cousin and other friends had said it was fine to travel solo but can be difficult without Spanish but I devcided to do a www.gadventures.com tour as it was really not that expensive for a great itinerary and all the convenience of getting to the must sees ive...

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  • Whitewater adventure

    Whitewater rafting on the Apurimac River was very exciting and a lot of fun. Spent four days rafting and camping along the river. Didn't have hardly any experience with whitewater rafting before this trip but the guide trained us up right and despite Class IV+ rapids we came through unscathed. Was a great time. Would recommend to anyone looking for...

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  • Peru Adventure

    Macchu Picchu and the Inca Trail, hands down. Great hike with stupendous views and of course the ruins at MP are a wonder of the world. The hike is tough even with porters (due to the altitude) but is very do-able and is not to be missed. We met some fantastic people in Cuzco and had a lot of fun at a festival there. There's a lot to see and do in...

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  • The altitude sickness of Cuzco

    Machu Picchu is only 2360m and not as high as Cuzco (3416m), so if you travel to Machu Picchu from Cuzco, as most people do, it would be even recommended to do so as relief from altitude sickness. Best of course to take few days in Cuzco for acclimatisation, especially if you fly in, then the area is more fun to explore. This stay was my first time...

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  • Our itinerary

    We were in Peru for just over two weeks and managed to fit in a fair bit. Our itinerary was (roughly):~a night in Lima at the start and end of the trip, with a day sightseeing in the historic centre on that final day ~2 nights in Arequipa - it's a good place to start to adjust to altitude if you go there first after Lima, the Santa Catalina Convent...

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  • Cuzco

    Most travelers quickly bypass the urban chaos of Lima and head to Cuzco, which sits in the Andes highlands at an elevation of about 11,300 feet (3,444 meters). Cuzco, sometimes spelled Cusco, is one of the most popular cities in Peru for tourists, who come to see structures and buildings from the Inca and Spanish colonial periods. It is also the...

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  • Peru

    Just a quick answer on my behalf!!!Lima - As people say - I'd stay less time here. Some cool places to see in Lima are the Santo Domingo Convent & Pachacamac, the best museum in Lima is probably the Larco Herrera Museum. Food wise you have many options!! - I love Panchita (its in Av. Dos de Mayo in Miraflores) it has great peruvian food and its not...

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  • Photocopies of passport/immigration card

    There have been some questions lately about giving information about one's documents to hotels and/or tour operators. Apart from security reasons there is the following reason which applies in Peru to make a photocopy of your passport and immigration card. Foreigners/non-residents are in some cases (as in hotels) exempt from the 19% VAT taxes (IGV)...

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  • vaccines and altitude sickness

    here's the consulate website. you should get the appropriate info there about vaccinations.http://www.peruvianembassy.us/en.htmlalso, there are people selling cocao (sp?) leaves on the street for altitude sickness.

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  • A reliable travel agent

    I have used Condor Travel (http://www.condortravel.com/index.php) a couple of times. They aranged very well my trips to Peru (2009) and Chile (2010). Condor Travel is a partner for my Finnish travel agent (KalevaTravel).

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  • Airport tax

    This is not my favorite thing to remember in Peru, but please remember to pay for your airport tax when you take a flight in Peru.There will be signs to tell you where to pay for it with your boarding pass.Domestic flight as of Feb 2010 : USD 4.28International flight as of Feb 2010 : USD $31

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  • To rent or not to rent a cell phone??

    Hi pewgy!As a peruvian native, and a Certified Peru Specialist based in Pittsburgh, PA I'll tell you my experience was not the best, this is what happen:I did rent a cell phone at the Lima's Airport for 3 weeks only (this happen on 2007) to a reliable phone company (Telefonica, is the biggest communications company in Peru, I am not saying the best...

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  • Book in advance for Holiday Season!!

    Hello Emeline,Definitely you need to book in advance for your mind sake!!. It is a high season, there are a lot of tourists from around the world in that time of the year.In 10 days you can do a very nice trip to Peru.As a native peruvian & a Certified Peru Specialist, I would recommend:-Lima (city tour, museums,gastronomical tour that include...

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  • Mountain, Archeological Sites and...

    Hi Kiki,As a native Peruvian and a Certified Peru Specialist based in Pittsburgh, PA, I recommend you to go in Peru to:- Uros island (Lake Titicaca), then go by train to Cuzco.- Macchu Picchu, Sacred valley, Sacsayhuaman ruins and a city tour (Cuzco)- inca's trail of 3 days or 5 days (that's up to you girls)- Lima city tour, museums and a...

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  • Money Matters: ATMs in Peru/Money...

    You should not encounter any problems with ATM transactions. Some of the ATMs dispense both Soles & USD, and others only Soles. The exchange rates are competitive with the black market rates, so ATMs are the best ways to obtain cash if your money has run out. If using the ATM, be aware that you will incur unnecessary bank charges for withdrawals in...

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  • Food Costs

    Food costs depends on your preferences. If you are more into authentic street cooking, then it will be the least expensive food option (costing you a buck or two); however, if you're into the more gourmet global fusion type of cooking, Peru offers that too. One of the most famous gastronomic delights that has been featured internationally (e.g.,...

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  • Compare Flights & Hotels

    http://www.enjoyperu.com/The above noted site will allow you to compare domestic flights via "APUNAKE" (right-hand side of the screen) and allow you to do the same for hotels. The major air carriers that I know of in Peru are: Star Peru & Lan Peru. *Note: Aerocondor is no longer in operation as of June 2008. Good luck!

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  • Sex with minors and drugs

    Sex with minors in wrong anyway you look at it. You will see warnings against it as soon as you enter Peru and at most of the Tourist Info offices. Leave junior alone and get professional help.Drugs....Peru is 2nd? behind Colombia in Coke production. In addition to coke you can get grass and other stuff. I was offered weed in Miraflores and Cuzco....

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  • Airport taxes

    Keep 6-10 bucks on you every time you fly in Peru. The airport tax is probably not included in your ticket price. Once you get your boarding pass you will need to pay the tax prior to heading thru security to get to the gates...You will even pay this in Cuzco. Kinda sucks but looking at the big picture..the airports in Peru are modern and clean for...

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  • LAN airline tickets in Peru - not so...

    Others have suggested buying tickets on the Peruvian version of the LAN site - well they have now outsmarted us. When I tried today it wanted a passport or ID - nationalities such as US/ UK etc were not on the usual country list - similarly for payment - only Peruvian bank issued cards were on the list. If you come from obscure or otherwise...

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  • Iquitos

    With a population of about 490,000 inhabitants, Iquitos is the largest city and port in the upper Amazonian region. Completely surrounded by inaccessible rainforest for hundreds of miles, it is said to be the largest city in the world inaccessible by road. The only way to reach the city is by boat or airplane. Even through Iquitos is about 1,864...

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  • Andean wildlife

    Peru is a great country for wildlife. In the Andes you can see vicuñas, llamas, alpacas and Andean Condors.

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  • The Altiplano

    The drive through the Altiplano from Cuzco to Puno is one of the most beautiful in the world. At its highest point the road reaches an altitude of 4435 m. The Altiplano is where the Andes are at their widest and it's the most extensive high plateau on earth after the Tibetan Plateau. It is flanked by snow-capped volcanoes and peaks.

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  • Inca Trail Permit Availability

    The Inca Trail is highly regulated by the government of Peru and permits are limited in availability. There are a number of them set aside for visitors and the trekking staff (e.g., porters, guides, cooks, etc.), so plan accordingly. We booked our Inca Trail trek 5 months in advance and you need at least 5-6 months to do the pre-booking. You should...

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  • Travel On planes if you have a weak...

    Ill have to say the scenery I loved it.. In Cusco Mountain ranges,low hanging clouds,and churches,monuments etc.. Going to Macchu Picchu was awesome..

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  • bring lots of film or media cards

    first entering machu picchu,your not prepared for the view to be as picture postcard perfect as it really is

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  • Inca Trail Walking Poles

    Metal-tipped walking poles are not allowed in the Inca Trail as it brings damage to the precious ancient path, however, rubber-tipped walking poles are allowed. You do not have to bring your own to Peru as there should be rentals offered through your trekking agency for an inexpensive fee (around $6 for a 4-day trek). I opted to buy one of the...

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  • Should you change Euros for Dollars?

    The exchange rate between Euros and Soles, compared to between Dollars and Soles should reflect the current strength of the Euro compared to the Dollar. It is essentially determined by the international markets. You do not need dollars to travel in Peru. You will be able to convert either Euros or Dollars directly into Soles in most places of...

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