Traveling to Peru solo....

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  1. Bear

    Bear Hoot!

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    I know there are a few trekkers on here. MSP and Fiddy come to mind. It's time for a vacation. I haven't been anywhere in over 2 years (at least) and I'm seriously ready to GTFO and see some of this world.

    I decided on Peru for a few reasons. My parents and entire family are Peruvian. I've got many relatives in Lima. I've always been fascinated with Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines. My father has always been telling me to go to Peru to see the people and culture. So why not?

    Lucky for me, my whole family has been to Peru and can give me good pointers on places to go and see. I'm already working with (and glad to have) my uncle, who owns his own travel agency. He quoted me some prices for 2-day treks down the inca trail to Cusco and Machu Picchu. I'm a little more interested in doing the 4-day trek though. In total, I would like to stay in Peru for about a week's time. A 1-2 days in Lima to visit family and the other days devoted to the trail. I'm hoping to do this between June-July

    I made the decision recently to go alone. I had invited a few people to see if they'd be interested but didn't have much luck. Now that I look around and research, I see that traveling alone isn't that uncommon. I may need to brush up on my spanish so I won't be so clueless, but I think I'll be OK.

    I've been checking out lonelyplanet.com, which is an awesome resource. Does anyone have any recommendations/tips/suggestions for Peru? If not Peru, how about traveling alone? (I'm looking at you, fiddy)
  2. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Well, my first recommendation would be to spend more time there if you can. The biggest expense if going to be the flight, might as well make the most of it and spend two weeks if you can. And you've already hit on the one thing I would have recommended - hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. My other recommendation you may or may not wish to do, because it's pretty fucking expensive. There's a hotel overlooking Machu Picchu and it is NICE! $825 a night though... :shock:

    Your uncle could undoubtedly get you a better rate though.

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  3. Bear

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    Holy shit! What an amazing view! That's definitely out of my price range for a room, though.

    I had toyed with the idea of 1-2 weeks. I already have a week accrued. By June, I'm sure I'll have more than 2 weeks, so I'm not too worried about requesting the time off. I think 7-9 days would be OK.

    So MSP, did you do the inca trail?
  4. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Sadly I never got past the planning stages for my Peru trip. My buddy Andy became a big fucking loser and stopped working, and then we moved into the new house and my travel money has been greatly reduced. :(
  5. jake

    jake Vagabond

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    I've never been to Peru but as far as South American travel goes, make sure your Spanish is up to par. I agree that one week will not be enough either. If I am leaving North America it has to be for two week minimum, otherwise I feel like I am in transit the whole time.
  6. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    maccuuuuu picchhhuuu!!!!

    fuck yea!
    my peruvian freind is trying to get me to go visit with his family.
    im totally down for it.

    keep us updated! it should be a beautiful trip
  7. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    I've got some friends hitting brazil and peru in the next couple of weeks...
  8. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    I want to go look for meteorites in chili. if I were to get to peru, machu picchu would be a must if my worn out bones could handle the hike. Hike+altitude+ bad knees make it a doubtfull part of my bucket list.
  9. Cr@cKpiPe tE@sEr noOb!

    Cr@cKpiPe tE@sEr noOb! Not Just Handsome

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    After a backpacking trip to Costa Rica and a family trip to Colombia, I'd say definitely get something like this. It was absolutely indispensable in getting around and knowing what to do. It tells you exactly where everything is, what streets to avoid at what times, prices, activities. Trust me, it's a MUST.

    Also, if you're staying in one country, I'd say 7 to 10 days will suffice. It all kind of starts blending in and you'll feel like there's not too much more to see. I spent about 14 days in Colombia and 10 in Costa Rica. Even with constant activities, it begins to take a toll and you'll get home sick. At least I did. Plus, factor in at least one or two days to just relax at home before going back to work. You'll need a little vacation from your vacation. That's all I can thank of for now.
  10. Bear

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    Just received my itinerary this afternoon. I'm set for June 3rd until the 13th. Leaving 2 days after my birthday.

    Currently getting all my passport information in order. I need to get a photo taken and head to the post office. Sonofabitch is $130 to renew.
  11. ninefivezero

    ninefivezero infinite resolution

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    Traveling alone is pretty easy, and is often the easier way to meet new people. I just parted ways with my friends and how I have 6 weeks here in India solo. Hoping to find some new people soon.

    I guess you already have a schedule and all, so I'm not sure what else I can add. It's a very different way to travel than what I'm doing right now. If you are going through a travel agent (uncle or whatever) and doing a package trek, I'm sure everything will be taken care of for you and you just have to show up and enjoy the trip.

    Pics!
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