Heading to Peru at the end of October and first few days of September.

Heading to Peru at the end of October and first few days of September. Only have 7 days to play with, including flight time (so 5 days of being on the ground).

I'd like to spend 3 days in Lima, half a day in Macchu Picchi, full day in Huacacchina and Paracas, and whatever is left I'd simply like to explore the coast.

I'm going during day of the dead and have no idea if anything will be closed down. I'd really like to meet people while I'm here and make lasting memories and friendships.

Is this realistic given the distance between Lima, Machu Picchu, and Huacacchina? Should I save Machu Picchu for another time?

Are there tours or places you'd recommend? What should I know before going? What kind of nightlife can I find that doesn't revolve around getting drunk and going to clubs?

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  1. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    Sorry, returning Nov. 4th, not Sept.

  2. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    >3 days in Lima, half a day in Macchu Picchi, full day in Huacacchina and Paracas,

    lol, not happening.

  3. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    lol delusional. Getting to Machu Picchu is like a 2 day affair minimum. Thats includes getting there and seeing the sites then returning to Cusco.

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      I made Machu Picchu in 1 day.
      Half a day is physically impossible

  4. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    I flew to Lima, connecting flight to Cusco, then took the 2 hour train to Aguas Calientes (spent the night there).

    Next day took the bus up to Machu Picchu.

    What you must know is thirdie infrastructure is a crap shoot. Buses break down, trains get delayed, presidents get overthrown leading to nationwide ape outs (happened 2 days after I left).

    I recommend Inka Tours for Machu Picchu. Pick up at airport, all transportation included, and optional Cusco historical tour

  5. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    Went earlier this year; agreed with most of anons. No point staying in Lima that long unless you have something specific in mind.
    Rather spend more time in Cusco and then either take a day trip to MP or spend the night in Aguas Calientes like I did.

  6. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    I think you've posted before, 7 days is too short for Peru.
    If you only have 7 days, definitely don't spend 3 days in Lima. Don't spend any time in Lima actually, just fly to Cusco. You definitely don't have enough time for Huacachina and Paracas.

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      To be clear, I'd recommend going somewhere else and instead going to Peru when you have more time.
      But the best way to do this would be to fly straight in and out of Cusco (just connecting in Lima, not even leaving the airport), that should give you time to explore Cusco, you could even do a trek to Machu Picchu.
      Hiking is the best part of Peru, so that's what I'd recommend if you're already set on going to Peru during this time.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      No, that was me asking about 7 days to visit my girlfriend (now fiancee). We're all gonna make it.

  7. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    Where are you expecting to start from if you want to do Machu Picchu in half a day? Surely you'd need to be in Cusco (or maybe skip that and go straight to Aguas Calientes) for that? Either of those are far away from your other destinations though, so I'm not quite sure how you thought this would be possible.

    If you only have seven days to play with, I'd probably just stick to Lima and Cusco if I were you. 3 days Lima, 4 days Cusco (inc Machu Picchu). Or leave Cusco / Machu Picchu for another trip when you have more time, and just do the stretch from Lima down the coast, taking in Paracas, Huacachina and maybe Nazca too, and then heading back again.

    I'm also curious how your trip manages to encompass the first few days in September (i.e., now) but also the end of October - I guess you meant end of September and first few days in October?

  8. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    Going to Peru Sep 8-16
    Hitting Lima, Paracas/Huacachina (tour), Cusco, and Machu Picchu (tour).

    Any advice re customs, culture, women, food, costs, safety? Thanks!

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      What's with so many people on this board trying to go to multiple regions in Peru with only a week to spare?

      • 10 months ago
        Anonymous

        I cant take more than a week off work

        • 10 months ago
          Anonymous

          I thought all you soimale homosexuals were remote software engineers making 300k?

        • 10 months ago
          Anonymous

          Then don't go to Peru.

          • 9 months ago
            Anonymous

            You can, but you'll only do one city. Probably Cuzco, and no trekking

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      >customs
      Not different from any country
      >culture
      Just don't tell there's ceviche outside of Perú
      >women
      Not much different
      >food
      >costs
      Pretty good and pretty cheap
      >safety
      Be smart and stay in the most touristic areas. Open business are good indicator. Don't expose yourself.

  9. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    >3 days in Lima

    Holy frick, why?
    I spent only the time between my connecting flights in Lima. Go to Cusco, spend the 3 days there instead.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      This. Lima is pretty dull overall. The catacombs under the cathedral are cool. The fountain light show was alright. Overall not too interesting though.

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        You mean the one Pizarro's tomb is in?
        Yeah, the crypts there were cool

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          2 different churches

  10. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Don't go to northern Lima. That shit looked like the movie DREDD. The southern part of Lima is nice.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      I asked you about where she lived Anon.
      You can find stealth wealthy people everywhere

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah just stay in Miraflores/Barranco

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        San Isidro is nice, but not touristic

        Came back last week and spent 9 days (including flight days). First flew to Lima and was there for 3 days, then flew to Cuzco, spent 4 days there, including seeing Sacred Valley and Macchu Picchi, then I spent another 2 days back in Lima.

        Lima to Cuzco is 1 hour by plane, and the main square is 10-15 minutes from the airport.

        I was there during Saint Rose of Lima and things were still open, although it's probably a lesser holiday then the others.

        Everyone is friendly, you'll have people wanting you to buy their stuff of course, but just say you're not interested and you'll still have good conversations.

        It's a lesser holiday, but it's not a place where you close your store those days. You can find stuff open late at night, but if it's not something you expect to be open late, better go to your hotel.

        all the people selling paintings in the main square of Cusco are drug dealers

        That's why you buy them at San Blas

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Don't go to northern Lima. That shit looked like the movie DREDD. The southern part of Lima is nice.
      it all looks the exact same except like two small areas

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        It's like one big area, surrounded by that Dredd description.
        That Dredd area includes the airport, and the Cercado

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Northern end of Lima / Pueblo Libre is where the two best museums are in the city. It would be dumb to go Lima and not visit. There's also a great traditional tavern up there.

  11. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Came back last week and spent 9 days (including flight days). First flew to Lima and was there for 3 days, then flew to Cuzco, spent 4 days there, including seeing Sacred Valley and Macchu Picchi, then I spent another 2 days back in Lima.

    Lima to Cuzco is 1 hour by plane, and the main square is 10-15 minutes from the airport.

    I was there during Saint Rose of Lima and things were still open, although it's probably a lesser holiday then the others.

    Everyone is friendly, you'll have people wanting you to buy their stuff of course, but just say you're not interested and you'll still have good conversations.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      all the people selling paintings in the main square of Cusco are drug dealers

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        they're annoying as frick all the same

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah pretty much, actually some people I was with got their weed from some other guy. Ended up paying double because the guy quickly flipped bills and gave a fake one that was torn, and wanted a clean one. I could only laugh at them

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        Dont buy mushrooms they scam you on that shit.

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          this man bought mushrooms from some dude selling shitty print paintings by a church

          • 9 months ago
            Anonymous

            lol part of the experience bro. I just went and bought some dmt (changa) at san pedro market. Now THAT stuff worked

            • 9 months ago
              Anonymous

              Imagine being a total piece of shit. I want to see your stupid low class piece of shit face.

  12. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Go only with carry-on, if they plant you drugs in your suitcase Peru prisons are hell:

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    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      your forced meme wasnt funny to begin with dude; its just spam now

  13. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Just got back from Peru last week. Advice for things to do.
    >Stay at the Gran Bolivar Hotel in Lima. It is allegedly where the Pisco Sour was invented. It is also allegedly haunted. It is very much a faded grandeur hotel. Walk in and see if you want to stay. Don’t expect luxury but it has character.
    >Book a bus tour to Paracas and Huacacchina from Lima. You don’t need to spend a full day in either. There are tours take pick you up in the morning, take you to Paracas for a boat tour of the islands, take you to a winery where Peruvian wine and Pisco are made, then take you dune buggying in Huaccachina. They cost $90 to $130 USD. That’s all you need. It is a LONG day but the bus is comfy and you can sleep on it.
    >Book day trips when in Cusco. You can visit Rainbow Mountain in a day. You can visit the 7 Lagoons in a day.
    >Machu Picchu in a day would be tough. I did the 4D/3N hike. I think that’s the ideal way to see it.
    >Try Caille (Guinea Pig) and Alpaca. In Cusco specifically go to a restaurant called Yunkas. If you get a server named Julia she will treat you great. Gave us free Pisco Sours, Muna tea, and baggies of tea to take home. If you’re solo the upper floor has a good view of the city.
    >You can buy a government issued pass in Cusco for 130 sol that gives you access to a ton of tourist stuff in and around the city. If you book certain tours of the Sacred Valley they offer it because it covers admission to a ton of shit on it.
    Be prepared for toilets not to have seats.

  14. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    You can buy ayahuasca at one of the booths in the market as well. There are also a bunch of places that do it in pisac but theyre all hippy westerners or ripoff prices

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      >You can buy ayahuasca at one of the booths in the market as well.
      I didn't know, but I expected that to be the case when you mentioned changa. The market was also one of the first places to look for those plants. In Perú a lot of them are legal. The problem is when you extract the active substance for direct consumption. It's because there are traditional uses for them.
      There are also a bunch of places that do it in pisac, but they're all hippy westerners or ripoff prices
      I doubt they're actually Ayahuasca rituals. The actual rituals are done in the jungle, in places like Pucallpa, and they're pretty hard to find unless you get referred. So yeah Hippies getting ripped off.
      That's not to say there aren't shamans in Cusco. There's Huasao. But it's not something your average trip seeking westerner would do

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        Its funny i went to pucallpa not having any contacts and then went to the shipibo village of san Francisco where i found a pretty good shaman. 7 ceremonies 2 weeks for 900. Only thing is lack of running water fricking sucks and the weather was very hot. All the animals also fled the area to deeper into the jungle.

        I even met a fricking redditor there and thats how he heard of that place.

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          That's the way you should do it. Lack of running water is part of the experience.

  15. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Contact? I could show you few good places to eat and stuff to do. Also I can offer you a shower and a kitchen if you need

  16. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Also, we use the apps Cabify and Uber for taxi here. PedidosYa and Rappi for food delivery. You can use Cuponidad.pe to search for coupons for whatever too, I used it for restaurants, fast food and spa

  17. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Peru sucks. Whole country is boomer, moldy, dirty, ugl. No frontier, nothing going on.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      This guy already bought the ticket. We're just trying to get the best of it.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Actually it's beautiful country.

      Anybody been to the Millpu pools? I didn't know about it when I was there and when I saw the pictures afterwards, I was like how did I miss that? It's about halfway between Lima and Cusco and the town there, Ayacucho, also has some nice Inca ruins. It's like Cusco lite.

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        I've never been there, but I did Google them. It seems there are really nice places hidden in the mountains, desert, or jungle that only local people (and I mean, not even nationals) know they exist.
        Ayacucho itself is known for their churches and it's a popular place to go on Easter. Near there is Quinua, where the last battle of South American independence was fought.
        I wouldn't recommend going straight to the jungle from there. I was told it's beautiful, but I don't want to get confused with a DEA agent. Now, drug smugglers are more dangerous than police

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          >don't want to get confused with a DEA agent.

          good point

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      moron

  18. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    What's the cooming scene like?
    I'm interested in a three week vacation later this year and maybe getting my hands on yayo and going fishing.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      You mean finding girls? Good, provided you're white and moderately attractive, you'll have better luck in Lima where the English level is at least decent
      Also little to no chance of getting drugged by girls like in Colombia or Brazil, although I'm pretty sure you have to be a moron for that to happen to you regardless of where you are

  19. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Theres next to nothing to do in Lima so just move on. Cusco is a really fun backpacker city though.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      You can do Lima in a couple of days

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