I'm in Lima, Peru and I'm planning to travel with two (female) friends to Cusco on Friday morning, what are the best choices and alternatives to get the best price - benefit deal.
I mean, airplane, bus, hotels, hostels and towns nearby to get there and have a nice stay with not much expense.
I specified female friends because I want them to feel the most comfortable possible.
Thanks in advance.
Bus ride is sooooo long from Lima to Cusco. I would splurge on the flight then stay in any of the well rated hostels in Cusco. From Cusco you can definitely bus depending on where your next destination is. I did a 10 hour tour bus to Lake Titicaca that stopped at different sites so was both a tour and a way to get to my next destination.
I'm a huge advocate of the overnight bus-cama. I believe the trip is about 12 hours. You spend about 80 soles for a fully reclining fat mattress-like seat on a bus. They show a movie, serve dinner, tea, etc. You fall asleep and wake up winding through the Andes as you cruise into Cuzco. They even play a soundtrack as you arrive, for impact. My favorite company is Cromotex: http://www.cromotex.com.pe/
This was ten years ago, but the train was a great sight seeing adventure to Cusco