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I'm Going To Peru This Summer/winter.  
User currently offlinePDXtriple7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 695 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1595 times:

I finally booked the tickets to Peru from my sister and I on Lan from PDX-LAX-LIM and back. We'll be there in June and are planning to explore as much as we can. The only real plan we have right now is a four day hike to Macchu Picchu. I think we're going to visit Iquitos and explore Lima some. So any ideas? We'll be there for almost two weeks.

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User currently onlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5725 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1583 times:

Forget Lima! Apart from the area around Miraflores there's nothing much to do there. We took the bus south to Nazca (the Nazca lines are well worth seeing -- and the mystery surrounding them makes them all the more interesting). Macchu Picchu was the higlight of the trip: whatever you do don't miss it! Other cities such as Arequipa and Cuzco are much nicer than Lima and are worth staying in for a few days each. There are floating villages on Lake Titicaca at Puno which are also amazing. The air is very thin around Macchu Picchu and Cuzco and it can take a couple of days to adjust. Walking and climbing can be an ordeal if you haven't adjusted.

We travelled around mostly by bus, and we had one internal flight. If you're bussing it go for one of the better bus companies (I think one is called Royal). They are still cheap by our standards but the buses are much better.

Don't look like a wealthy tourist as you'll only attract the wrong sort of attention. While there are worse places, crime is a bit of a problem in Peru, but don't let that put you off -- it's not that bad! When we were in our taxi from the airport we were stopped in traffic and my window came crashing in: a guy leaned in and grabbed my bag which was sitting on my knee and which had my passport, money and all the usual shit in it. Luckily I got it back after a struggle but it was a shock and isn't unheard of. It happened to a Swiss girl when we were there and she lost everything. The guide books warned us of muggings in other cities but we saw nothing out of place otherwise. Use common sense and you should have no problem.

Peru is a great country and there's a lot to see and do there. We went for two weeks as well but only got as far as covering the southern part. You'll love it!


User currently offlineAerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7190 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1575 times:

Peru is fantastic.Go to Puerto Maldonardo and the Manu National Park, it takes time to get there but is absolutely magnificant. It is some of the most pristine rainforest in South America.

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 1):
he air is very thin around Macchu Picchu and Cuzco and it can take a couple of days to adjust.

You know that was one thing that I expected to happen but didn't happen to me.
I was fine straight away cos I had been drinking Mate Coca for a while before I reached Peru.

I saw not a sign of crime, even in Lima, which was a nice surprise. Common sense
& a keen eye for problems will see you through.


User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7298 posts, RR: 85
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1571 times:
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I took a rain forest trip throuhg Tarapoto...NE of Lima, I think you need to fly there though, not accessible by car. Are you renting a car?

Have a great time.  Smile


User currently onlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5725 posts, RR: 31
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1561 times:

Quoting AerorobNZ (Reply 2):
I saw not a sign of crime, even in Lima, which was a nice surprise. Common sense
& a keen eye for problems will see you through.

Yeah. we saw nothing out of place either, (apart from the attemted robbery in the taxi) though walking down quiet streets in Lima at night we felt uneasy. There are homeless people living in doorways and you don't know the right thing to do,give them money or food or whatever. The area called Miraflores is a much better place to stay and is more western, even if it isn't the real Peru, but it's was what you'd expect in a modern capital. Even the beach reminded me of Malibu!

Just because there's no sign of crime doesn't mean it doesn't go on, but it's not as risky as people think Just don't look like you''re loaded and don't carry all your valualbes with you. Leave them behind, but the things you need just ask the desk as the hotel desk to take them for you. It's your best bet.

If you're feeling really adventurous, go for the "cuy" or guinea pig which most tradidtional restaurants heve. And don't forget to wash it down with a Pisco Sauer.

If you have any more questions PDX, leave a post and I'll get back to you. I hope I haven't put you off at all: I'm just pointing out things which have happedned to other peoepe in the past and we can learn fronm them. You'll have a great time!


User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7190 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1556 times:

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 4):
Just because there's no sign of crime doesn't mean it doesn't go on, but it's not as risky as people think Just don't look like you''re loaded and don't carry all your valualbes with you. Leave them behind, but the things you need just ask the desk as the hotel desk to take them for you. It's your best bet.

If you're feeling really adventurous, go for the "cuy" or guinea pig which most tradidtional restaurants heve. And don't forget to wash it down with a Pisco Sauer

To be honest though crime goes on everywhere. I was aware that it would still be going on but no more than any other city I have visited around the world.

Mmmmmm cuy. It's really tasty and I highly recommend Pisco Sour, although Coca Sour is even better.


User currently onlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5725 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1552 times:

Quoting Aerorobnz (Reply 5):
To be honest though crime goes on everywhere. I was aware that it would still be going on but no more than any other city I have visited around the world.

There's a form of mugging which apparently is peculiar to Arequipa, where the victim is approached from behind by someone with a piece of rope. They loop it over the victim's head and pull tightly. Then an accomplice relieves the victim of his possessions. We read about it in the Rough Guide though thankfully didn't experience it, though we met another tourist who did.

Some cities are safer than others, and in South America you usually have to be a bit more careful than say European cities. I've only been to a handful down there, and Caracas would be one the worst. Rio and Buenos Aries would probably be below and above Lima as regards general safety, with Santiago probably at the top. Of course there are always no-go areas in large cities, but I'm talking about general safety.


User currently offlinePDXtriple7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1543 times:

Quoting FXramper (Reply 3):
I took a rain forest trip throuhg Tarapoto...NE of Lima, I think you need to fly there though, not accessible by car. Are you renting a car?

I'm guessing we're not renting a car. Flying would be a possiblility.

It's just going to be my 32 year old sister, who has done some good travel lately to Costa Rica, Thailand, and London the past year alone or with someone. I'll almost be 18, but I'm pretty damn fluent in Spanish.

Will my Spanish come in useful?

We get into Lima at 12:30am...do you think it's okay to get a room close at an airport hotel and then probably leave Lima for other places after a good sleep (and we'll be close to the airport to fly out)?

Some of the cities mentioned sound really exciting. We'll be sure to read up on them and pick some stuff out.

How are the beaches?

Is stuff very expensive? Like how much was your room at the Miraflores?

Thanks, I'll try to think of more questions!


User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2571 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1541 times:

Quoting PDXtriple7 (Reply 7):

Will my Spanish come in useful?

Of course it will. Don't expect the average peruvian you encounter in the streets/shops to speak English.

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 6):

Some cities are safer than others, and in South America you usually have to be a bit more careful than say European cities. I've only been to a handful down there, and Caracas would be one the worst

Sad but true...  Sad

Saludos desde Monterrey,
Luis


User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17508 posts, RR: 45
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1535 times:

Quoting PDXtriple7 (Thread starter):
We'll be there in June and are planning to explore as much as we can.

I think I'll be there in February visiting family friends and what not. In any case June should be a pretty nice month weatherwise with the exception of Lima, where it will be a little cooler and foggy at times I think. Then again Lima isn't much to write home about anyway. I loved Cuzco, Arequipa, Ollantaytambo, and Machu Picchu, but I've also heard good things about the area around Iquitos and the Manu as well as the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. In fact, with the exception of Lima, I have not heard of any place that you should avoid.



E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently onlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5725 posts, RR: 31
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1528 times:

Quoting PDXtriple7 (Reply 7):
Is stuff very expensive? Like how much was your room at the Miraflores?

I can't remember how much the room cost, but it was certainly cheaper than what you would pay in the States or Europe (assuming exchange rates don't change much). You will get accommodation for less than $50 a night for a double room if you're not too fussy. The place we stayed in was more of a guest house and had a homely feel to it. If you want to stay in expensive hotels you'll find them, but places around $50 a night for a double room will be clean, safe and comfortable.

Eating out and drinking is cheaper, as are things to buy. I'd agree with Maverick about Cuzco -- that was certainly the nicest city, though it isn't very big. Again Macchu Picchu was the higlight of our trip, with the Nazca lines and the floating islands at Puno (Lake Titicaca) a close second. For more info on the Nazca lines check out this site:
http://www.crystalinks.com/nasca.html

You can travel by bus from the town of Nazca and see some of them from a raised platform, but you'll get a better view from a plane and there are several daily flights. Also nearby is Chauchilla cemetary, a pre-Inca graveyard which has been plundered. There are skeletons and mummified remains scattered in open graves around the desert. You'll love it!


User currently offlineLanPeru From Peru, joined Jun 2001, 645 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1522 times:

People have a bad impression of Peru because of gross exaggerations and tall-tales that many people (including locals) like to tell. Lima is relatively safe in alot of places. The places that you want to avoid are like "Comas" or "El Cono Norte" other than that you will be alright. I was in Pueblo Libre which is a middle class area which is safe and pretty close to Callao where the airport is at. Your best bet with Cusco is to take a day to rest in Lima. You will be arriving on LAN (I assume) and immigration is kinda long because alot of flights arrive at that time. You can pretty much expect to be leaving the airport almost an hour after your arrival. Exiting immigrations/customs/baggage claim there are alot of counters for taxis and some hotels. I would take advantage of those to avoid any hassles. Martinika in Miraflores is real nice and cheap for the night, especially when split in two.

Back to the horror stories and such..well one word of advice..don't "act" like a tourist. By that I mean...if you dont have to don't:

-Wear a croc-hunter style hat
-wear boots with jeans tucked in them
-andean stuff that you might buy in Cuzco
-turtle necks since it'll be summer
-fisherman's vest

If you can DO:
-wear casual clothing (jeans, polo shirts, etc etc.) you'll be fine.
-ask for directions if you feel lost many Limenos are genuinely friendly and willing to help. No you dont have to tip them.
-buy a calling card (HolaPeru is good and cheap) you can call the US or local with that. 10 soles (about 3 bucks) should be enough.
-HAVE FUN
-If you really find yourself in a jam ask to be taken to "la embajada de los estados unidos" -us embassy EM-BA-HA-DA

If you have some time...you might want to check out the following places..

-San Miguel
-Brisas del Titicaca (live shows)

These are some of the places that would interest you...like I said don't act too much like a tourist you'll be fine!

Some of these stories are more like tall tales:

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 1):
When we were in our taxi from the airport we were stopped in traffic and my window came crashing in: a guy leaned in and grabbed my bag which was sitting on my knee and which had my passport, money and all the usual shit in it

Oh really? You must be lucky, usually when they are going after something like that they WILL get it..even if it means cutting you. Don't believe everything you hear..I don't. When I go to Lima I look like anything BUT a local and have NEVER had a problem...come on. This is what I was talking about bad impressions.

Quoting PDXtriple7 (Reply 7):
We get into Lima at 12:30am...do you think it's okay to get a room close at an airport hotel and then probably leave Lima for other places after a good sleep (and we'll be close to the airport to fly out)?

Unfortunately the closest hotels are not that close at all! I would just grab my luggage and go over to the check-in area. What you could do is check-in online (if you are on LAN) and then just go upstairs and find a place to sleep. there are ALOT of new areas with nice clean seating and restaurants and such. If you are bringing any big bags...I would suggest that you stay in Lima to get everything sorted out first. I wish that I could help you out more actually IN Lima but hopefully what tips I gave you might help you out.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me on AIM, I'll be happy to help you out and give you numbers.

AIM:CLosLIM85


User currently onlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5725 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1517 times:

Quoting LanPeru (Reply 11):
Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 1):
When we were in our taxi from the airport we were stopped in traffic and my window came crashing in: a guy leaned in and grabbed my bag which was sitting on my knee and which had my passport, money and all the usual shit in it

Oh really? You must be lucky, usually when they are going after something like that they WILL get it..even if it means cutting you. Don't believe everything you hear..I don't. When I go to Lima I look like anything BUT a local and have NEVER had a problem...come on. This is what I was talking about bad impressions.

You seem to doubt me. I suppose we were very lucky as I was still holding the bag as the guy hauled it out the window. My friend grabbed onto the bag as it disappeared out the window. We pulled it back in, he pulled it back out, we got it back in again and at that point the taxi driver was able to move. The guy let go. Luckily he didn't have a knife -- we would have let go if he had. My arms were covered in minor cuts from the broken window. I can assure you it's a true story, not one I made up or heard from someone else.


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