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Destination - Peru!

May 14, 2014 - May 26, 2014

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    • Pro 2014
      Kelly G. commented on this trip

      For traveling from Lima to Cusco - I recommend flying.
      The bus takes about 16 hours and I got very queasy sitting in the back. Took another half a day to recover from the drive.

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    • Pro 2014
      Kelly G. recommended Huacachina
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      One word: SANDBOARDING. Do it and fall in love! There are lots of places to stay and plenty to eat. Just go where the crowd goes.
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      Kelly G.

      Not quite a day trip from Lima - but sandboarding is so fun!

    • Hacienda MamaconaAlameda Mamacona, Lurin, Lima, Peru
      Pro 2014
      Kelly G. recommended Hacienda Mamacona
      4
      Beautiful ranch where they show off Peruvian horses. My family was able to reserve the day just for us! They started with drinks and appetizers while they showed off the horses - their announcer spoke ... read more
      English very well! Then they gave us a chance to ride on these horses. Off to lunch - Peruvian buffet with live dancing entertainment. Food was delicious. Dessert was yummy as well. The grounds were also beautiful. Large grass areas flanked by flowers and horses. The kids had a great time running around and playing while the adults sat and chatted.
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      Kelly G.

      I second this place!

      Alix F recommended Hacienda Mamacona
      5
      Did you know that the Peruvian paso horse is one of the most comfortable to ride in the world? This is because of its stride, which keeps the bouncing to a minimum. Most people assume they've been ... read more
      trained to walk in the strange knees-up way, but it's actually their natural way of walking. Hacienda Mamacona is a fantastic place to learn about these horses by watching an informative and exciting show -- in both Spanish and English -- in a beautiful setting, with a delicious dinner afterwards. We asked nicely and were even allowed to ride the horses after the show!
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      Alix F

      This is a great way to spend a day! It's just outside of Lima proper.

    • hotdot2 commented on this trip

      We went with Explorandes for a guide in Cusco and Macchu Picchu. I would really recommend one as it offered so much more than we could figure out on our own.

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    • La NocheSanchez Carrion, Lima, Peru
      Alix F recommended La Noche
      5
      This is one of the best places to catch live local music in Lima.
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      Alix F

      I just saw that you added Barranco to your trip so I thought I'd suggest La Noche -- it's a great bar/music joint and a cool place to check out local acts. It's located on the end of a street (Sanchez Carrion) with tons of bars and clubs so you can get a feel for the Barranco nightlife while you are there.

    • Parque El OlivarSan Isidro 15073, Peru
      Alix F recommended Parque El Olivar
      5
      This is one of the most tranquil places in all of Lima and a great place to have a picnic or go for a stroll. The park is named for its olive trees, but be careful - there's a fine for picking the ... read more
      olives.
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      Alix F

      When you need a break from touristy things and you want to get a taste for residential Lima, you should check out this great park. Some of the most gorgeous old houses are here, and the little ponds and families picnicking under the olive trees make for a tranquil escape from the cars and big-city feel of Lima. Av. Conquistadores (one block west of the park) has some great restaurants and bakeries where you can grab food for a picnic. Try Don Mamino.

    • Malecón de la ReservaMalecón de la Reserva 131, Lima District, Peru
      Alix F recommended Malecón de la Reserva
      5
      This is simply my favorite place in the universe to watch the sun set. The district of Miraflores has been dumping tons of money into this cliff-top walkway, and there are now beautiful parks, ... read more
      playgrounds for kids, public art displays and much more to play in and look at. For a birds-eye view of the coast, there are paragliding companies set up at a large park near Parque del Amor, next to the bridge. There are also a number of little stands selling juices and hot beverages to make a nice little outing of it. I really cannot recommend this walk enough.
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      Alix F

      Do some paragliding and bike riding! Both are great and don't require getting out of the city.

    • Alix F recommended Lima
      5
      This is perhaps my favorite city in the world. Don't get me wrong -- it has its quirks and rough spots. But like all good cities, there is life that thrives in all of the chaos. I have spent the ... read more
      better part of eight years convincing people to stay in Lima for a few days instead of just stopping over for a night on the way to Cusco. There are fabulous parks, fascinating historical sites and museums, and now a world-class restaurant scene that is attracting people from around the globe. Lima is developing at lightning speed, and every time I go back there is always something new and exciting to see.
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      Alix F

      Yes, you can take side trips from Lima (and I'll recommend some here), but there is also SO MUCH to do in Lima itself (again, I'll make some recommendations). Make sure you spend some time getting to know the city! I also wrote a guide about some of the best restaurants to check out while you are there: http://www.gogobot.com/lima-sweet-and-spicy-a-tasty-guide-to-south-americas-culinary-capit-alix-f

      You could spend four days just eating! :)

    • The Sacred Valley of the IncasSacred Valley of the Incas, Cuzco Peru
      Pro 2014
      Sara Benson recommended The Sacred Valley of the Incas
      5
      Most of the tourist crowds huddle around Cuzco while waiting for their train or trekking party to depart for Machu Picchu. But you can see ancient Inca ruins, colorful mountain markets and epic Andean ... read more
      scenery just a short bus ride from the city. Rural towns dot the Sacred Valley, but my favorite excursion was to the Inca ruins at Moray, near the salt mines. Ollantaytambo is another peaceful place to explore, once the daily trains between Cuzco and Aguas Calientes have all gone.
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      Elvira Vanag recommended The Sacred Valley of the Incas
      5
      Besides Machu Picchu, the other ruins in Cusco and Sacred Valley are amazing; the views all around are beautiful; the landscape is very diverse and colorful; the mountains are very impressive; the ... read more
      cloud forest has incredibly green and lush vegetation... It is such a beautiful country! Color, color, color is everywhere: in the amazing textiles they create, in the clothing that they wear, in the abundant variety of fruits and vegetables, in the brightly colored buildings, in the quilt-like fields and terraces where they grow endless variety of potatoes, corn and grain...
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    • Alix F recommended San Bartolo
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      This is one of the best low-key beachside towns in Lima, and is great as a surfing base during the summer. I've also been in the winter, and if you can find a hotel that's open (and if you pack most ... read more
      of your own food), it can be a very peaceful respite from the city, only a city bus-ride away. It hasn't experienced the same kind of development as other beach towns in the area, though, so don't go expecting tons of upscale restaurants and hotels. This is pretty basic.
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      Alix F

      There are tons of great beaches around Lima that make for great day trips. In May you should still see plenty of sun along the coast (although Lima will start to get grey at "winter" creeps in) and after Easter the crowds are mostly gone. I recommend San Bartolo because it's one of the easiest to get to using public transportation, but there are plenty of others. Let me know if you'd like some specific bus directions!

    • Alix F recommended Cusco
      5
      This uniquely beautiful colonial city is a perfect place to dig in to Peruvian food, culture and history. Give yourself time to take a nap when you get here, and don't be intimidated by the coca tea ... read more
      -- both will help you avoid altitude sickness.
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      Alix F

      Hi Sara! While I haven't stayed in any of the ones in Cusco, I have heard fabulous things about Casa Andina, a Peruvian-owned chain of hotels that are all very classy and reasonably priced. There are several in the city. Just put "Casa Andina Cusco" into Gogobot's search bar. For a day trip from Cusco, try Sacsayhuaman (the running joke being that it's pronounced like "sexy woman"), another great archaeological site.

    • Museo LarcoBolivar 1515, Pueblo Libre, Peru
      Elvira Vanag recommended Museo Larco
      5
      The Museo Larco is not typically on a short list of things-to-do in Lima but it should be. It contains an excellent collection of pre-Columbian artifacts. As a special bonus, you get to go into a back ... read more
      room with floor to ceiling shelves filled with pottery that didn’t fit into the main museum exhibits. Another bonus is a collection of erotic ceramics in another building which is quite unusual and very interesting. The grounds of this small museum are beautiful, with flowering bougainvillea everywhere. If you have time, sit down for a drink or even a meal at the onsite restaurant/bar.
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    • Parque del AmorAv de la Aviación, Miraflores, Peru
      Elvira Vanag recommended Parque del Amor
      5
      This park is a unique place to stroll along the wonderful cliffs landing in the ocean in the midst of Lima. It’s clean and nicely landscaped, has twisting trails taking you far away, probably ... read more
      switching to other parks along the shoreline.
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    • Elvira Vanag recommended Huayna Picchu
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      The challenging climb of Wayna/Huayna Picchu (the huge steep mountain that is always shown in the background of Machu Picchu) rewards you with breathtaking views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding ... read more
      Andes. There is limited number of numbered tickets (free) to Wayna Picchu that are distributed starting at 6 am at the entrance to Machu Picchu. We stayed at the Sanctuary Lodge right there, so all we had to do is wake up before 6 am and get in line. People who came from Aguas Calientes had to walk up the steep mountain in the dark for quite a while in order to get to the entrance in time to get a ticket to the Wayna Picchu. Beware that the climb to Huayna/Wayna Picchu is very demanding – extremely steep, plus the high altitude makes it even more difficult. You’ll know that it was worth every breath once you make it to the top!
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      Elvira Vanag

      If you are in good physical shape, this would be great!

    • Elvira Vanag recommended Machu Picchu
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      Machu Picchu was much more impressive than I expected. It was even more fascinating than in all pictures that I have seen. I can't think of any other place from my travels that was so striking and ... read more
      magnificent. We were there in May. It was a good time to be there. The best bet to beat the crowds is to stay at least for one night at the Sanctuary Lodge (it’s expensive but well worth it) – you can enter the grounds before everybody gets there and you can stay there late watching the sunset when everybody leaves.
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      Elvira Vanag

      You can hire a guide at the site, for a couple of hours or more. Then explore on your own.

    • Uchu Peruvian SteakhouseCalle Palacio, Cusco, Peru
    • BarrancoCosta central de Lima, Lima 04 Peru
    • Barrio ChinoCalle Capón, Lima, Peru
    • Plaza de ArmasLima, Peru
    • La CabanaAv Pachacutec Mz - 20 Lt. 3 Machupicchu Pueblo, Aguas Calientes, Peru
    • MirafloresCosta central, Lima Peru
    • Paragliding in LimaBarrio Miraflores, Lima, Peru
    • Huaca PucllanaLima, Peru
    • El Pan de la CholaAv. Mariscal, La Mar 918, Miraflores, Peru
    • Astrid y GastónCalle Cantuarias 175, Lima Peru
    • La Mar CebicheriaAv. La Mar 770, Lima
    • SacsayhuamanSacsayhuaman, Cusco, Peru
    • Mercado Central de San PedroTupac Amaru, Cusco, Peru
    • Ollantaytambo93 kilómetros al NE, Cuzco Peru
    • KorikanchaPlazoleta de Santo Domingo, Cuzco Peru
    • Moray13 kilómetros del Cusco, Cuzco Peru
    • San BlasPlazoleta San Blas, Cuzco Peru
    • Sinakara ValleySinakara Valley, Peru
    • Baños TermalesBaños termales
    • Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention CenterPaseo de la Republica 170, Miraflores, Lima, Peru (Formerly Sheraton Lima Hotel & Casino)
    • La Catedral de LimaPlaza Mayor, Catedral de Lima, Lima, Peru
    • MelateAv. Javier Prado Este 4200, Local A1-32. Boulevard CC Jockey Plaza. Surco, Lima, Peru
    • Plaza de ArmasPlaza de Armas, Cuzco Peru
    • Pisac MarketSanta Catalina Ancha, Cusco, Peru
    • Puente de los SuspirosCalle Ayacucho y Bajada a Los Baños, Lima 4 Peru
    • MarketplacePisac, Peru
    • Miraflores Indian MarketPetit Thouars 5321, Lima District, Peru
    • BembosAv. Conquistadores 120 (across from C.C. Camino Real) , Lima 27, San Isidro, Perú
    • MalabarCamino Real 110, San Isidro District, Peru
    • La LuchaDiagonal, Lima, Peru
    • La Casita de RicardoComandante Espinar 240 (turn at block 6 of Av. La Paz), San Miguel, Lima, Peru
    • Papacho'sAvenida La Paz 1045, Miraflores District 15074, Peru

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