Peru Tourist Traps

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Peru Tourist Traps

  • Street Sellers

    Cusco Tourist Traps

    Everywhere you turn you'll see street venders plying their wares. You can't blame them they are trying to make a dollar. Alpacha sweaters are big on the list of merchandie. It's good to know when you're bargaining that these colourful sweaters are generally made from sheep wool, although there are some of alpaca, but these are a lot more expensive.

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  • Disenchanted

    Machu Picchu Tourist Traps

    Hi, Just a quick warning for those thinking of booking a tour company to see Machu Pichu in the future. We went recently with Gecko (Peregrine) Travel and after promising in our itinerary that we would be get to spend all day at the Machu Pichu site and leave on a late afternoon train we arrived at Aguas Calientes to find we had return tickets...

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  • Too Expensive

    Machu Picchu Tourist Traps

    Don't get me wrong. Of course you need to visit Machu Picchu, of course you need to get there. But because of this obvious necessity of mass tourism, the whole place has evolved and continuing to evolve into a superficial tourist geared location. Not inside Machu Picchu itself, thankgoodness, but everywhere and anything to do with Machu Picchu....

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  • Gringo Trail

    Well, that is the name the Lonely Planet gives a route that sticks to the UNESCO circut to the East and South. I found it to be a very fitting name. If you are going to follow it then do it on your own and stay away from the countless tour operator (aside from a few day trips) that you can pick up for cheap if you bargain with them and are pressed...

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  • Expensive entry to Machu Picchu

    It's a wonder of the world and a tourist trap all at the same time. Yes it's definitely worth going, but you can do it all in one day. You have to pay about US $80 each day to get in, with no discount for multiple days. The best way is to get the train from Cusco and arrive any time in Aguas Calientes, spend the night, and get one of the first...

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  • Beware of Prescott

    When we visited Sacsayhuaman, as a short day tour from Cuzco while waiting for the « camino Inca » trek, we met a self proclaimed guide. Altough we didn’t really wanted him, we listened to what he had to say. A part of it which impressed me much was when he brought us to a low circle of rocks. He asked for a volunteer to go to the middle. Against...

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  • Be aware

    Be willing to go a little further. Know as much of the worst things, be willing to trust locals, show no fear but always be aware of the possible outcomes. The people are on the whole very nice and will share experience with you, not normally seen, only for your honesty and willingness to show interest. Show fear. Go to somewhere else!

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  • local markets

    all cities in peru have shops for locals and the tourist shops,my friend and i played the gringo tax game,where as in the local markets i would stop and check out the price for an item then she would come up and ask about the same item and we would see how much the price difference was between the gringo and the local,tip is allways go with a local...

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  • Beware of Package with Hotel

    At Cusco, Peru we booked a package trip to the inca trail and machu pichu. The trip was a one day trip to the inca trail by bus going to Pisac, and ollantatambo and then connect by train to aguas caliente for machupichu. The package included a 2 night stay at aguas caliente and when we landed there we found the hotel to be a crappy hostel. We...

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  • Fishing for Piranhas

    If your guide knows a good spot. it's a bit like shooting fish in a barrel. Still it's fun, and I have kept that head in my office.In the other photo, you can see the grilled piranha.

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  • Sickness from altitude

    Being always positive and leading a healthy style of life, I could not believe I would have any problems with my breathing or with my stomach when I reach Peru. I have heard that every tourist experienced altitude sickness in Peru during first two days as there is not enough air to breathe high in the mountains. However, The terrible headache and...

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  • Machu Picchu

    I don't really know who is collecting all the money from tourists visiting Machu Picchu, but it is quite an amount. The ingoing fee is only 20$, but everything is organizated so that you have to pay everywhere royal prices from Cusco to MP, and back. When I noticed this, I cancelled my plans to visit MP. And I think I had the right, because Peru is...

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  • Beggers

    The beggers are always there, looking so poor and desperate that how could you go by without giving a dime, or two!? But in reality, they may be more wealthy than you!!! Generally, you may see the beggers in the wealthy or tourist places, as in the center of towns, or in San Isidro, Lima.

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  • Freezing during night

    There is very big difference on temperature between day and nighttime. Be prepared for different clothing.

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  • Sickness on the flight above Nasca...

    Look on the left... now Look on the right! And again...Guaranteed sickness on the flight above the Nasca curvings

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  • Inca Trail Fantastic

    I am 80 years old and I am very contented of to have fulfilled a dream to go to the Inca Trail, my two children before did with SAS travel but when I consult by a space they do not had, now I have been able to find by recommendation of a friend to company ALL TREK TOUR OPERATOR (www.alltrekcusco.com) I am fascinated by the route and also by to have...

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  • Machu picchu

    Though this isn't a "tourist trap", I wanted to strongly suggest that you arrive as early as possible. You will have to wake up around 4:00 a.m. from "Macchu Picchu city" and take a train, but it is worth it for several reasons. If you don't hike in and you wait to long to take the train you will be surrounded by thousands of tourists. You can't...

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  • Juli is NOT the Rome of America

    Juli is a small town on Lake Titicaca where I had a memorable and fantastic 2-3 day visit during carnival, but this beautiful sign is a perfect example of ludicrous tourist trapping overstatement. Even the citizens of Juli saw the humor in it. Fortunately, I seriously doubt it has trapped many tourists. If you do not take this sign seriously, you...

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  • Huaca del Sol near Trujillo

    The Huaca del Sol is one of the more frustrating places to visit in Peru. That is because you cannot actually visit it. The Huaca del Sol is a Moche pyramid ruin built around 500 A.D. The slopes of the pyramid are very steep and are at a 77 degree angle in some spots. What we see today is only a portion of its original size. It was probably three...

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  • Be careful using go2peru.com!!!!

    I read a caution about go2peru's practices on trip advisor and phoo phoo'ed it. Today a day before I leave for Peru the prepaid hotel reservations that I have begged them to confirm via email, their Miami USA number does not seem to ever work. Blew up. Go2Peru says the hotel failed to make my reservation, but I suspect they did not contact the...

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  • Wildlife near Iquitos

    If you are looking for wildlife and seeing animal in its natural environment around Iquitos, you will have to travel away from the city along the river, at least 2-3 HOURS. Don't trust those offering you animals seeing walkings if the lodge is less than 2 hours from Iquitos, as civilization made animals disappear in a big area around Iquitos. I...

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  • ShoeShine

    You will find many many boys doing shoe shine around. This is not really a tourist trap, as they work mostly with locals, but if you want to try a shoe shine, don't pay them more than 1-2 soles.Anyway they don't bother you if you just say no, so be polite and if your shoes need it, go for it, is really cheap and they (usually) do a good job!

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  • Price for 4 days Inca Trail Hike

    Most of us book ahead of time since there is a quota in entering the Inca Trail. But check around before you finalize a reservation since some company can cost twice as much as others giving similar quality of service and equipments. A couple of girls from uk we talked to at dinner told us they paid 350 british pounds with a company(well known...

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  • Too much crowd at Macchu Pichu

    The factory of tourism downloads full trains and full buses of people on Macchu Pichu, the spirits of Inkas are like wild animals they escape the crowd... I suggest you to contact in Cuzco the anthropologist Juan Nunez del Prado and to do with him a week tour around Inka temples.Ph. 84 274352

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  • Tips for traditional costumes

    If you shot a picture to a Peruvian wearing a traditional costume, "after" your shot, he will ask you a tip. So I learn the lesson and I wear inka costume asking me too for tips!

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  • Verano Negro in Chincha - timing is...

    I had read in several tourist books that the Verano Negro festival in Chincha was a week of black Peruvian music and dance that went all through the night. On the Wednesday I could go, there was a stage show in the plaza until about 12:30 AM, but no music or dance in the famous dance hall outside of town. I was told 'only Friday and Saturday...

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  • THIS HAS TO CATCH UR ATTENTION

    Chan Chan: A sprawling city of adobe in the Moche Valley, just beyond Trujillo, Chan Chan was the capital of the formidable Chimú empire. Begun around A.D. 1300, it is the largest adobe complex of pre-Columbian America. Among the nine royal palaces, the partially restored Tschudi Palace has unusual friezes and is evocative enough to spur thoughts...

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  • IT NEVER ENDS

    Sacsayhuamán: On a hill overlooking Cusco, the monumental stonework at Sacsayhuamán forms massive zigzagged defensive walls of three tiers. Built by the Inca emperor Pachacútec in the mid-15th century, some blocks weigh as much as 300 tons, and they fit together seamlessly without mortar. The main pageant of the splendid Inti Raymi festival, one of...

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  • MORE TO SEE

    Cantalloc Aqueduct & Chauchilla Cemetery: An incredible necropolis dating to around A.D. 1000 and a sophisticated irrigation system in the area around Nasca are two of the south's most interesting archaeological sites. Of the thousands of graves at Chauchilla, 12 underground tombs have been exposed. What they hold is fascinating: the bleached bones...

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  • A FEAST FOR THE EYE

    Islas Ballestas: The Ballestas Islands, considered the "Peruvian Galápagos," are home to an amazing roster of protected species, including huge colonies of sea lions, endangered turtles and Humboldt penguins, red boobies, pelicans, turkey vultures, and red-footed cormorants. The islands are so covered with migratory and resident sea birds that they...

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  • If you arrive to the Lima Airport...

    If you arrive to the Lima airport you will have many taxis inside. The taxi drivers always want to charge you the double that the common rate because they have to wait for a one or two hours for take a passager, they must to pay for to be inside the airport and they want to traps tourists.If you arrived in the day and only have a back pack and a...

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  • Cajamarca : The Banks - Les Banques

    Have a look at the tip on my Peru Page and read the summary of our unfortunate adventure with fake bills given by ATM...Allez jeter un oeil sur le tip de ma page Peru et lisez le resume de notre mesaventure avec les faux billets des distributeurs des banques...

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  • Kids looking for money

    Women dress their children in traditional garb and have them holding things such as goats (see below) in order to make money for the family. The children will follow you everywhere and beg for money. Beware.

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  • Lima: Museo de la Nación

    Av. Javier Prado Este 2465, San Borja T 476 9878 (Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-6pm)Maybe tourist trap is a little harsh, but I would like to bring some of the pros and cons about this place to your attention:This is a large museum with an interesting collection of artefacts from pre-Hispanic Peru. There is a good display of the development of the different...

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  • Beware of kids gang getting near you

    In Lima, there are a different kind of piranhas: gang of kids surrending you and emptying your pocket, taking away your camera, emptying your packsac, etc. They operate in groups. So beware, if you see them around, try to disappear as fast as you can. If you see seomething suspect, it can be a trap, don't go, turn away, as pick pocket will try to...

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  • Pachacute monument on avenida El Sol

    There is a small tower with the sculpure of Tupak Amaru, the inca. Inside there almost nothing to see and the view on top. well go on the mountains all around. Inside is the ugliest condor of the planet. I wrote to the citiy officials to change it. Until then ... see the picture by yourself. I forgot to mention: Tourist have to pay to go inside......

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  • Cuzco

    Sure, you pretty much have to visit Cuzco if it is your first time to Peru. It's a beautiful city, perhaps the nicest in South America. With it also being the entry city for Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, you can't escape it. Try and stay away from the city center as much as possible. The winding side streets offer some solace from the mad crush...

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  • Shopping in Cuzco

    Stores at the main square are pretty expensive, I have 2 tips, one for jewelry: there is a great little store up in San Blas named Spondylus, I found the most beautiful things there, and rememeber to negociate the price.My second piece of advice is to go to the market right across the train station to buy crafts and textiles, they are two or three...

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  • Aguas Caliente

    Aguas Calienete almost looked like a flea market. There are rumors of scapping the town & starting over. They are in dire need of planning it out. depite how it looks the people are helpful and friendly. Find a place to stay, and place to eat & spend your time at Machu Pichu. Have a couple Cerveza Grande & you will not care.

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  • Shoe Shine

    Hey, mister.. I'll shine your shoes for only S/3.... Hey wait.. I did lots of extra work on your shoes.. that'll be S/10........The shoe shine kids are Exhausting.... Give 'em an inch and they'll take 4 miles...

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  • Near every tourist spot people...

    Near every tourist spot people are selling the same things. Never pay the first price offered. Always bargin shop. here is a picture of some venders at an inca Spring near Cuzco. If your going to Ecuador buy your sweaters there, unless your buying an expensive one.

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  • Lake Titicaca

    Yes, Lake Titicaca is very beautiful and it's high up there, but in all fairness it's a lake like any other: nice if the weather is sunny but dull if it's raining. Spend a day there or drive along the shore but don't stay longer than that!

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  • Although no trip to Peru would...

    Although no trip to Peru would be complete without it, Machu Picchu can be quite crowded during ceratin times of the year. It was not the foreign tourists that were overwhelming, it was the students on field trips from Cusco.

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  • Beware of package tours within...

    Beware of package tours within Peru. Everything in Peru comes with 10% service and 15% tax on top but the package companies often try to apply it twice. Organise your package from abroad or better still go your own way, for example train tickets for Maccupiccu can easily be bought from the station in Cusco

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  • reed islands, lake...

    reed islands, lake titicaca.these reed islands are designed for the tourists, who arrive in boat loads. we went onto taquile, which isnt a reed island, but still packed with tourists. to get you back into travller mode, dont go back with the rest of the boat brigade! when all the other tourists had gone back, we stayed with an island family and...

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