I don't think I can handle altitude of Machu Picchu or Lake Titicaca. Anyone made it there that gets alt sickness? Looking for other things to do in Peru from Lima or other nearby countries that I can access in that time frame.
dont put off with the height of Cusco.
It is high but i think those without heart problem should be able to handle the altitude.
you only need one two days to adjust to it.
Cusco is such a beautiful town and it represents more traditional Peru and Machu Picchu is something that you should not miss if you are in peru.
actually Cuzco is a bit higher than at Machu Picchu. You can take a medicine called Diamox which helps a lot. We are very afraid of the altitude there in the beginning but we found out that it is not really that bad if we are well prepared and lead a bit slow life.
but if you definitely decide not to go there, you can explore up North at Trujillo and Chiclayo (not sure i spelled them right). There are a lot of ancient sights to explore especially the museum of the Lord of Sipan.
if you like nature , you can travel the central part which is very scenic, but again i am not sure about the altitude.
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Firstly, don't be put off by the high altitude unless you have a respiratory or heart condition. Check with your doctor and make an informed decision about it as it would be a shame to miss Cuzco and Machu Picchu, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca.
Spend a few days in Lima, stay in either Miraflores, San Isidro or Barranco and explore these areas.
You can take a road trip to Ica/Paracas to see the Nazca lines or Ballestas Islands.
if you want a more adventurous side trip you can head to the Amazon.Fly into Iquitos for the Northern Amazon or Puerto Maldonado for the Southern Amazon. Choose from staying in an ecolodge or river cruise in the north.
If you're interested in history/archeology, Peru is a feast. In Lima-visit the historic city centre UNESCO listed-beautiful old buildings. Visit Monastery of San Francisco with its ossuary.In Miraflores from Parque Kennedy-can do an open top bus tour round Miraflores Lima, Larcomar shopping centre on cliffs-can watch hang gliders over coffee, Huaca Pucllana (temple) in Miraflores interesting and has a great restaurant in grounds-light up the huaca at night. Visit Jockey Plaza for shopping. In San Isidro (Peru) the Huaca Huallamarca and lots of more upmarket shopping--also malabar restaurant serving Amazonian dishes, and Tanta serving Peruvian dishes. NB-if you try the suspiros de limenas dessert-be aware that the meringue is uncooked. Chiclayo up north has Museum of Royal Tombs of Sipan-combine with visit to pre-Incan sites. Round Trujillo many sites-Chan Chan, La Huaca del Sol and Templo de la Luna huaca Arco Iris, Cabello Muerto, El Brujo and many more. Huanchaco still has reed boats. Further north Mancora has good beaches and charming places to stay right on beach. Pity you are missing Cusco/Machu Picchu as there are some amazing sites other than just MP. Have you thought of the jungle? You can fly to Iquitos from Lima and do tours along the Amazon-some are only 3 days-worthwhile.
You will find plenty to do in 2 weeks.
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