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itsmedivz

Peru in 9 days - Safety Concerns and itinerary review

by itsmedivz »

Hi Guys, me and my friend are planning a 9 day trip to Peru and following is our itinerary with a few questions.

July 1st - NYC to Lima
July 2nd - reach by 12 30 pm, check into Lima hotel - pls suggest which area would be good,Miraflores or centre ? - spend half a day in Lima, we are not museum lovers or Cathedral lovers, so I was thinking the city fountain and some other sights .. pls suggest
July 3rd - Early morning flight to Cusco - check into a hotel - pls suggest which area would be best. Explore Cusco for the rest of the day
July 4th - Sacred valley guided tours - we haven't booked any tour, so if you recommend any tour company that can do a full day guided tour that would be great, our aim is to cover max in min amount of time.
July 5th - take the morning train to Aguas Calientes , check into the hotel, explore town, walk by the Urubamba river, goto the MP ruins
July 6th - Go early to MP, see the sun rise at the sun gate - how early should we go ? and should we book a guide from before or take one from the gates ?, roam around the ruins. - since we do not want to do the MP hike or the HP hike, we will be done by 2. Take the evening train back to Cusco - is it safe ?
sleep in Cusco
July 7th , 8th and 9th - do the 3 day Lake Titicaca tour floating islands and stay with a local family. please suggest any guided tours or operators for this tour from Cusco

July 10th - Lima to NYC

Please suggest if this trip needs changes. we have only booked our ticket to and from Lima to NYC , everything else still needs to be booked, hence seeking some suggestions. Some of my questions are as follows

- I am scared of animals in general, very uncomfortable around them. I know cusco and MP have a lot of Llamas roaming around, are they dangerous ? do they harm people if they sense fear ?
- How safe is it to take the train from MP to Cusco at night on July 6th ? 
- Is it safe to live with families on the Uros islands ? do they have pets ? any cats or dogs ? how is your experience staying with those families ?
- what kind of shots do I need before I go and can I get them at my local Walgreens ?

also, I plan on carrying local currency as Peru mostly accepted cash. I will also have my cc.

I guess i just dont have enough confidence about safety in Peru. any suggestions on where to stay and what to avoid are most welcome.

Please pour in your suggestions.

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billiv

RE: Peru in 9 days - Safety Concerns and itinerary review

by billiv »

Make sure your dtp shot is up to date--typhoid, Hep A are also recommended.  Hep B if you might have sexual contact, tattoos, etc.   Yellow Fever and malaria recommended for some areas. The CDC website has detailed info.

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itsmedivz

RE: Peru in 9 days - Safety Concerns and itinerary review

by itsmedivz »

Hi, this is what my final itinerary looks like. please provide feedback... thanks 


July 2nd - NYC to Lima (reach around 12 30pm), Lima sightseeing by night (Mysteryperutours)
July 3rd - Lima- Cusco flight early morning , Cusco sightseeing (mysteryperutours)
July 4th - Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco (Mysteryperutours)
July 5th - Full day MP tour from Cusco (Viator)
July 6th - Cusco to Puno Train - 10 hours (PeruRail), night in Puno
July 7th - Lake Titicaca boat tour (Mysteryperutours)
July 8th - Puno to Cusco Bus (Inka express - Reaches at 5 pm), and night flight Cusco - Lima, night stay in Lima
July 9th - Full day Nazca Lines Flight and Ballestas Islands tour ( SAS Travel)
July 10th - Lima - NYC

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billiv

RE: Peru in 9 days - Safety Concerns and itinerary review

by billiv »

We just returned from Peru. Your schedule is OK if all you want are highlights. Look for guinea pig on a stick when going through some towns--interesting.  The sights are all amaziing.  We enjoyed Sacksaywaman (Sacksayhuaman) ruins near Cusco, too. MP is amazing--not just the ruins, but also the fabulous tropical mountain views.

 In Lima, we liked the tour of Huaca Pucllana (pre-Incan adobe pyramids) very much.

The floating island people are very, very friendly and happy to see tourists. 

Llamas and alpacas didn't bother us anywhere--they are around, but, unless you are offering something they like to eat, they generally mind their own business.

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