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Jack
Manning, South Carolina

South America, Peru, Bolivia

How to spend 2 weeks in South America

I have a 2 week break between jobs in August and I'm thinking of spending it traveling in South America with a female companion. We are both 25 and have a fair amount of experience abroad, but none in South America. As of now, we are  planning on exploring Peru and Bolivia. I'd really appreciate any general advice you can offer us on planning this trip. Is two weeks the right amount of time do these places justice? What are some of the can't miss places? Where would you recommend flying into? What is the easiest way to get around? Places to stay? Thanks, so much for the help. Happy Traveling. 

Jack


1 Answer

answered first by
Lorraine

In two weeks you will be just scratching the surface if you want to explore two countries. In Lima Province in Peru, stay in MirafloresBarrancoSan Borja  areas as these are affluant and safer areas. Only spend a couple of days there. In Peru, Cruz Del Sur is the safest bus company-drivers are good and the buses are well maintained-also they don't do roadside pickups, so thefts less likely. Fly to Cusco rather than bus, as the bus takes too much time for your schedule.The casa andina at San Blas or the other Casa Andina hotels are a good choice. If you're using hostels, there are many and varied-must buy rail tickets to get to Machu Picchu a day ahead. Can use buses to explore the Sacred Valley or taxi drivers are often happy to be hired for the day at reasonable cost. You can get a tourist pass for admission to the sites round Cusco and it will also give admission to a folkloric dance show which is very good. If you can fit it in, visit Lake Titicaca-you can do homestays with local people.

If you're interested in archeology, go to northern Peru as there are many pre-Incan sites round Trujillo and Chiclayo and Cajamarca . You can fly from Trujillo to Cajamarca.


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  5. Cruz Del Sur (attraction)
  6. Cusco (attraction)
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  8. Machu Picchu (attraction)
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  10. Lake Titicaca (attraction)
  11. Trujillo (city)
  12. Chiclayo (city)
  13. Cajamarca (city)
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