Hi Michael, An article on Forbes "The World's Worst Cities for Traffic Congestion" listed Lima as the third most congested city to drive. I experienced it when I was visiting Peru. My commute by taxi from old town Lima to Miraflores (a distance of 7 miles) took us almost an hour. Based on that, it will be best to get a rental car on the outskirts of Lima (Peru) . I haven't driven in Peru. I did join a group tour that included Huacachina and Lima. I suggest contacting Hertz Peru directly. They have a branch office in Miraflores and here's the website: https://www.hertzperu.com.pe/contactenos.php As for a place to stay, check out:
Banana's Adventure Hostel
Hotel El Huacachinero
Michael Thanks for the hotel tips! We aren't spending any time in Lima- driving to Cusco, and trekking macchu picchu, so figured we could have some fun on the way and acclimate in aguas calientes for a day or 2 before the 4 day salkantay trek. Any suggestions in Cusco/Aguas??
Claudia Sounds like a fun trip. I absolutely love Peru as a travel destination, and spent a month there on a guided tour, mostly in the Andes. I spent 6 nights in Cusco, 1 night in Aguas Calientes, and was supposed to go on the 3 days/2 nights Lares Trek. Unfortunately I fell sick on the first day of the trek and ended up camping 2 nights close to the horsemen’s house in Cuncani. In Cusco, I stayed at a hotel which is now permanently closed, located just across the street from Tierra Viva Cusco Saphi Hotel. I think it’s a great hotel to stay in. I had breakfast once. It’s only 3 blocks from Plaza de Armas (Cusco town center). Don’t miss Cusco’s San Pedro market if you like seeing what the locals eat and where they shop. There’s not much to do in Aguas Calientes, it’s just a gateway to Machu Picchu. I stayed at Plaza Andina Machupicchu.