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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 07, 2017
Cusco vs Arequipa  (2 Answers)

2 Full days Cusco and 2 days Arequipa?
Or 3 days Cusco and 1 day Arequipa?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 04, 2017
Rainbow mountain trek  (6 Answers)

I will do the Inka trail in the end of June, and before that I will spend a week in and around Cusco.
After the Inka Trail I would like to do a Vinicunca Rainbow mountain trek, not a one day hike but one that is at least two days long, or more.
How easy is it to find a trek like that, for the beginning of July, while I’m in Cusco?
If booked directly at a travel agent in Cusco, how much do the treks cost?
Which agency would you recommend?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 03, 2017
Itinerary Cuzo to LaPaz in 7 days  (6 Answers)

Hi all, I'm trying to make an itinerary for a 7 day trip to Peru. We will get to Cusco on 13 March, at noon, and plan to leave Peru on 20 March for La Paz.

Main stop points are Cusco, Arequipa, Puno and Copacabana. We will travel by bus or by train and would like to see Machu Picchu, Inka Trail, Colca Canyon, Lake Titikaka and Isla del Sol.

1.What itinerary should I chose, Cusco->Puno->Arequipa->Lake Titikaka, or Cusco->Arequipa->Puno->Lake Titikaka. I've heard that Cusco to Puno is a quite beautiful route, what about Cusco->Arequipa?

2. Is this doable in 7 days?

3. Is there something that I missed and should I include it?

Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 23, 2016
Lima to Caramajca Peru.  (3 Answers)

Does anyone know what airlne flies this route? How often and the cost? Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 06, 2016
Amazon Jungle in February / March  (3 Answers)

I am considering going to Peru in February or March and I would like to visit some part of the Amazon Jungle.

Looking at the average climate figures, the temperatures and rainfall at Iquitos in the north of the Peruvian jungle doesn't seem to vary too much throughout the year. Does February / March seem like a good time to visit this part of the jungle?

Also, is there much difference in flora and fauna between the area around Iquitos and the southern areas of the Peruvian jungle near Puerto Maldonado? Does anyone have a strong preference for the north or the south of the Peruvian jungle?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 22, 2016
Historic Lima by foot?  (3 Answers)

It looks like Plaza San Martin, Plaza de Armas are six blocks from each other, a ten minute walk. Is it safe to walk around during the day? Lunch recommendations?:

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 21, 2016
is there a bus to Pilcopata from Cusco?  (10 Answers)

We (couple) will be in Peru in May of 2017, ad we would like to know if there are public buses going to Pilcopata from Cusco? or any advise how to get to Pilcopata without spending a lot of money.
Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 29, 2016
Huaraz weather september  (1 Answer)

I'm planning to go to Huaraz mid september after visiting Lima. But I've checked a couple of weather forecast websites and they all seem to say it's gonna be rainy and cloudy in the whole month of September, which would obviously be bad because I would not see anything of the peaks and scenery and the hiking would be hell.

example weather forecast:

Does anybody know if these weather forecasts are reliable? Or anybody in the region right now who could tell me if it's actually like this?
If not, should I take a chance and just go and see what happens..? I was really looking forward to hike the Santa Cruz trek or a different one, so I hope someone is going to give me some GOOD NEWS. Ancash is after all the highlight of my trip and it would be sad to miss out!

Thanks in advance


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 18, 2016
Arequipa -Puno-LaPaz-Puno-Cusco  (2 Answers)

I am reading about the buses in Peru and have no idea which company is good to choose. Our trip will be in the end of September, 2016
1. Bus Arequipa - Puno: that to save time we wanted to go during the night. Is it safe? What bus company could be the best option with at least semi-cama seats? The best companies in forums 4M and Cruz de sur goes during the daytime.
2. Puno-La Paz(copacabana also)-Puno - not big distance between cities, bet also maybe any suggestions about travel there?
3. Puno: does anyone have information about the local ferry to Uros islands and Tequile island, arrival and departing times from Puno port, Uros port, Tequile port and prices?
4. Puno - Cuzsco - again is there any suggestions for night trips? If it is safe? What bus companies could be suggested?
5. Bus prices - is there any difference of price if you buy bus tickets in advance or the same day?
6. Maybe someone were there in the end of SEP or begining of Oct. How crouded buses are? We will be 4 people so wonder if we do not buy in advance , will we receive the same places in the bus.
Thank you for answers in advance and greetings from Lithuania :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 17, 2016
US gift card in Peru?  (3 Answers)

We want to give our niece and her new (Peruvian) husband a gift card or prepaid card to take with them for a wedding present. It will be acquired in the US, but used in Peru (Lima, I imagine).

It appears that Visa cards will work for this scenario. Anything that we should know before we run out and buy one to give to them before they leave to spend the next 2 years in Peru?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 26, 2016
Machu Picchu and Amazon  (1 Answer)

I was planning for a week trip to Peru mainly wanting to cover Machu Picchu and Amazon. I will travel from London and hence will get down at Lima. Can you please help me with the itinerary? Also if I want to goto Amazon just to get a flavor of the place and some exotic animals - what is the best and cost effective way to do my visit.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 03, 2016
tour questions  (5 Answers)

Hallo my friends. We want to arrange the following plan while visiting peru:
31/5 arrive from Lima to Paracas and do the National reserve tour (skipping the Ballestas island) and then visit Huacachina desert. Then depart for Nasca.
1/6 Have the Pampa Galeras tour and then fly over Nasca lines. Depart with a night bus for Arequipa.
Any suggestions how to do all these?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 18, 2016
Cusco-Sacred Valley - Machu Pichu  (5 Answers)

Our flight to Cusco arrives at 2:20 pm.
I understand the best way for acclimatization is going straight down to the valley. Of cause I'd like to do some sightseeing on the way. Is it possible to take a car with a driver or private tour in the airport?

If it's possible we can stay for night somewhere not so high as Cusco (what are the options besides Ollanta?) and next day in the evening finish the tour in Ollanta, where I'd like to take late train (maybe at 7pm) to MP.

I'm planning to spend there 2 nights and on the last day in the evening take the train directly to Cusco.
Is it possible to book the train as Ollanta-> MP, MP-> Cusco? Cannot get it if its possible..
Any tips and suggestions on my itenary are very welcome!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 27, 2016
Macara to Chiclayo  (5 Answers)

I am an older woman with luggage - rather weary too. Far from a hearty husky backpacker, so please bear than in mind. But I wanted to visit the Jorupe near Macara and then go on to the archeo sites around Chiclayo. I need to reserve in advance, airbnb mostly. How complicated is the border crossing, and bus changes? Can I catch the Loja Transporte in Macara? What would be other options? Google says it is only 4 and a half hours on the Pan American but google is not god, and google has a car! Would it be better to stop in Piure? Thanks, Jean

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 25, 2016
Interesting sites around Lima Peru  (2 Answers)

Hello, Has anyone ever been to these places in Peru; Lomas de Lachay National Park, Huacachinan desert oasis, and Canta-Obrajillo? I have a week to spend outside of Lima and I would like to know if you have any suggestions? We like the outdoors and ideally we would like to go hiking.
Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 21, 2016
Huancayo to Aguas Calientes  (1 Answer)

We are planning to visit Peru in May 2016 by arriving in Lima. Plan to take the FCCA train to Huancayo and from there to Cusco, MP etc. I've tried to find a train route from Huancayo to Aguas Clients but failed. Maybe there is no train route? We really don't want to return to Lima then take a flight to Cusco. How about renting a car with driver from Huancayo to Aguas Calientes? Thanks in advance for any help and information.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 17, 2016
Cuzco Puno  (4 Answers)

Hi, im travelling to Perú in April and I want to go from Cusco to Puno by bus at night. Should I buy my ticket beforehand or while im in Cusco? Any advice on which bus company to choose.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 23, 2016
Travel to Peru in April 2016  (3 Answers)

Hi All, I got my ticket to go to Peru in April 2016 from 09 to 30 and I would like to know if someone is going to Peru in that period because could be nice to meet people and do some trip together :)
I'm originally from Peru but grow up in Italy, this time that I'm going there I'm planning to travel to Cuzco e Mancora :)
So please let me know :) thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 21, 2016
Paracas history museum  (2 Answers)

Can anyone report on the Paracas history museum? I've come across references to this museum in connection with the elongated skulls discovered in Peru in the 1920s. Has anyone actually visited this museum and seen these skulls on display?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 20, 2016
Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley Zip Line Suggestions?

Does anyone have a local company that they used and were pleased with to zip line in the Sacred Valley that caters to first timers?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 20, 2016
Tour Groups  (7 Answers)

We plan to go to Peru in 2016 and want to be part of a tour group. Please recommend tour companies that you have used. One friend recommended Magical Cusco. Has anyone used this firm? Thanks for your help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 10, 2015
Transport Iquitos - Santa Rosa  (14 Answers)

how can i get by boat from Iquitos to Santa Rosa ??
What is the Price
And when did the ship start in Iquitos

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 09, 2015
Peru/Bolivia 19th oktober, will anybody be there? what to do?

Im Swedish 28 years old:) impulsive and a very social person. I will go with my cousin to Lima Peru 19th of oktober and ill go back 19th of november.

1: Can anyone give me a tripguide, what to do haha?
2: Where is it dangerous?
3. Will anybody else be there so we can hook up?
4: Anybody who knows anyone liviing there?

I do singing and acting and i can not hang out with shy and people who cant take any inichitives!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 15, 2015
Peru: SIM card for mobile phone  (2 Answers)

Will be in Peru next week and plan to take my unlocked Android GSM phone, and plan to get a Movistar SIM card + S/.30 credit in Lima. I am now led to believe that registering the SIM can take up to a week in Peru. Since I will be there for two weeks only this could be a problem. (1) Is this true or can they instantaneously register it (with my US passport, of course). (2) If it can in fact take that long is there a way to shorten the period? Has anybody registered a SIM in peru within the last 1-2 years? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 28, 2015
Weather in September / Itinerary Question? (Peru 2015)  (7 Answers)

Hello everyone!

I was looking at the forecast for weather this September in Cusco/ Sacred Valley area and it's displaying rain for the entire first half of September. How accurate are these forecasts? What is the "rain" like? I am hoping to experience a mostly dry trip, but am going prepared for rain.

I arrive in Cusco around noon and will be staying in Pisac. Would I have enough time to drop my bags off at a hotel in Pisac to travel to Moray and Maras? And does anyone have a link to the hours the ruins are open? It's been very difficult finding hours for most of these sites.

My schedule so far:

Day 1:
-Arrive at hotel around 1 pm
-Maras (Salinas de Maras)
-Dinner around 6pm

Day 2:
-Pisac Market
-Pisac Ruins

Day 3:
-traveling to Cusco
-spend the day in Cusco (explore ruins around area)

Day 4-8:
-Salkantay Trek

Day 9:
Machu Picchu

Day 10:
-Ollantaytambo and ruins
-Spend night in Cusco

Day 11:
-Travel to Puno
- Half-Day in Lake Titicaca

Day 12:
-Day in Lake Titicaca

Day 13:
-Early bus to Arequipa
-Arrive in Arequipa
-Half day in Arequipa

Day 14:
-Day trip to Colca Canyon

Day 15:
-Travel back to Lima (via plane at 8am)
-Day in Lima
-Fly out (midnight flight)

Any suggestions on things I should change/ add? Are any of the ruins not worth seeing? All bus and plane tickets are already booked. As well as hotels (but hotels can change)

Also, Any suggestions for restaurants in Peru?

Thank you everyone!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 01, 2015
Has anyone taken the 3:30am Cruz del Sur bus out of Lima?  (2 Answers)

Hello! I am planning a trip to Peru for this September and am trying to work out the last details of our trip! We are flying into Lima at 5:30pm and are planning to take the bus to Nazca at 3:30am with Cruz del Sur (we have the VIP tickets.) I would have preferred to take the later bus, but this was the only way that we could really fit Nazca into our trip and my husband was really set on seeing the lines. Has anyone taken the 3:30am bus before? Is the bus terminal safe at this time of the morning? We are debating either getting a hotel in Miraflores so we have a little time to relax, or just pulling an all nighter and trying to stay up late and then catch the bus. Both of us seem to be able to sleep anywhere, so I am not worried about missing out on sleep since we can just catch some sleep on the bus. We want to make sure that we stay safe if we stay out this late and also do not have a problem finding a taxi in the early morning hours. Does anyone have a recommendation for what we could do? If we went somewhere like Barranco to experience the nightlife, do you think we would have an easy enough time finding a taxi to take us to the bus station at this time, or do you think it would be a better idea to book a hotel and have them arrange our taxi to the bus terminal? I was thinking that trying to go to Barranco or Miraflores at night might be safer and give us more options of things to do than trying to stay near the city center, regardless or whether or not we end up getting a hotel. Also, do you think arriving 1 hour ahead for the bus is the best plan, or would anyone recommend getting there earlier or later? If anyone has been in this situation before and have any advice, please let me know! We'd love to get some input!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 15, 2015
Budget of a cheap 3.5-4 month trip to Ecuador and Peru  (9 Answers)

Hello. I am in Canada and I am planning to visit Peru and Ecuador with a college friend during the next summer. I was thinking about arriving in Quito and then going south to Lima, mainly through the coast but possibly with some detours into the mountains, if I can. I would then like to go to Arequipa, in the central south. This should be 2.5-3 months in total. After that I would like to go to Macchu Picchu and hike the Inca Trail. After that I would spend my last weeks around the mountains. When I go, I want to spend my time at the beaches up north. Since it will be fall over then, I won't be able to do that once I get further south. I also want to go out at night on the weekends and during the week when possible. Visiting ruins is something I really want to do, but I would also like to see some museums. I am originally from Peru and I have friends and family over there. I can stay at somone's house in Quito, Trujillo, Lima, Cuzco and Arequipa without having to pay. I expect around 40% of the accomodation to be free. I also would get some free meals, and I think a realistic estimate would be 20% of meals will be free.

I don't mind hitchhiking or eating at marketplaces sometimes. I also don't mind couchsurfing or other things like that.

What could be a budget estimate? And even more important, how can I make the estimate more accurate? I have trouble estimating what a trip could cost when I am not sure of where I may go between the cities I mentioned above. However it would be nice to get a solid budget to know what to expect.

Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 06, 2015
Plaza de Armas, Lima, Peru  (70 Answers)

If I am in the government palace area, (Plaza de Armas?) how far is the Miraflores casino to where I can catch the double deck bus?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2015
11 day travel itinerary suggestions  (12 Answers)

Hello travelers:
My partner and I will be traveling to Peru during winter break, 12.20 -12.31, and we will spend most of our time in the Sacred Valley area. I've heard that Christmas or Christmas eve is in Cusco is a sight worthy of being there for, which is right in the middle of our trip. Trying to figure out the flow of our trip in order to make in Peru plane flights. Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley I anticipate 5 days to visit ( Olly, Urubamba, aguas calieinte), and 2 days in Cusco. I have read through a couple of guide books but I'm still not sure what to do besides the sacred valley area in the Cusco region. Since we're from Oregon we thought about the beaches. Is it worth going to beaches north of Lima for sun and warm ocean? Not usually a fan of big cities, we like cultural and hiking experiences. I don't think we really have enough time to fit in Arequipa?
Appreciate your knowledgable imput. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 19, 2015
Peru- use of ATM (Scotia Bank)?  (3 Answers)

We are traveling to Peru in September. In most countries I try to use an ATM at the airport to get the local currency before I step out. My bank - Bank of America - has an agreement with Scotia Bank, allowing for charges to be waived. So that would be my preferred ATM and my questions are:
1. Is there a Scotia Bank ATM at the Lima airport?
2. Can Scotia Bank ATMs be found in other popular areas - Cuzco; parts of Lima; Puno?

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