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Machu Picchu

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Have you been? When is best to go?
3 years ago, October 24th 2010 No: 1 Msg: #121624  
My fiancée & I want to go to Machu Picchu but want to know when the driest time of year is, I've checked out some websites but they seem to differ quite a bit. Also can anyone recommend a reputable company to book with? Reply to this

3 years ago, October 25th 2010 No: 2 Msg: #121688  
Hi Chris,

Guess you are well back at home. Been there twice, but no blog on it! I went there in July and in December...don't remember but for weather, both were nice. Did the backpacker train and the Hiram Bingham...so guess I did both ends of the spectrum. It's not cheap, but both had advantages and...disadvantages...

Let me know when you plan to go there...been to Peru maybe 15 times, last time this summer...and have my bestfriend living there. Can give you some good contacts. You do not need a travel agent there, it's so easy to get around.

No more plane from me till Friday...wow...

hi to both of you....was nice to meet in Shanghai. Reply to this

3 years ago, October 25th 2010 No: 3 Msg: #121709  
We are thinking about doing the 4 day trek along the Inca Trail September/October 2011 but wanted to spend a second week somewhere hot where we can dive.

Thanks for suggesting putting me in touch with your friend in Peru, I'll def PM you once I have booked it nearer the time.

Where are your travels taking you next?

Was good to meet you too my friend, I'm sure we will bump into each other again one day on our travels & maybe even at a dive centre?!?!

Awesome pictures of Leslie diving by the way, bet he can't wait until he is old enough to do deep dives. Reply to this

3 years ago, October 26th 2010 No: 4 Msg: #121731  

Peru was one of our best trips. We only had a little over two weeks -- we hope to go back in the future.
Peru has so much to offer in addition to Machu Picchu-- which is an amazing place on earth. You must go.

We went in October 2006.

We flew into Lima and explored for a few days, we flew over the Nasca lines, we went to the Colca Canyon to see the unbelievable Condors fly and took a boat cruise on Lake Titicaca to see the reed islands and the amazing people who live in that area.

We loved everything about Peru; the food, the people, the culture.

October was a great time to go. It was light sweater weather and sunny, sunny, sunny.

No words can describe what we felt and experienced while we were at Machu Picchu. Serenity, beauty, a spirituality-- and many questions about how they were able to build this amazing place.

Happy travels. Reply to this

3 years ago, October 26th 2010 No: 5 Msg: #121771  
Wow sounds like an amazing trip, I'd like to see the Nasca lines but Nikki, my fiancee, isn't sold on the idea.

Who did you book that trip with?

I might try to sell the idea to Nikki as a second honeymoon lol.

D MJ Binkley, how did you find your trip to Italy?

And what did you think of Perth in Australia? we're hoping to move there in the not too distant future.

You have some awesome pics on your blogs! Reply to this

3 years ago, October 27th 2010 No: 6 Msg: #121785  
Hi Chris,

Really fun to do Nasca, Dave and Merry Jo are right.

To be honest, with the Lonely Planet you have all the infos to do all of it by your self.

Great idea to the Inca trail, it's 4 days...never did it...maybe one day. I'll send you a PM with my friend in Lima.

With limited time, what you want to do is fly to Cusco, tickets on lan.com, it's the safest airline. There is a full range of hotels in Cusco. Do the inca trail and come back by train. Leave two full days for Cusco, it's a amazing place.

For Nasca, you can combine this with the dunes of Huacachina, and Ica for some great piscos. Got all the adresses to do it properly, this takes 3 days...Nasca, Huacachina, Ica and Paracas. Busses are safe, cheap and nice to do this part.

You may want to add some Amazonia...I'm not a big fan of this, but that's everybody's call. Also worth it is Puno, easy to reach either by bus or plane.

Why don't you try to make a trip combining Peru and Bolivia...I was stuned by Bolivia this summer.

For the diving...ok...forget most of caribean it's hurricane season in October/November...I would not risk it. You need to be below the hurricane belt. You could try Los Roques in Venezuela, went there in July, it's amazing. Also there is Cartagena or San Andres in Colombia (never been), or try some diving in Brazil...but than it is becoming more pricy.

We are off to Vietnam this week-end, and monday I'm in Hong Kong and than Africa.

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3 years ago, October 31st 2010 No: 7 Msg: #122077  
Hey Peter thanks for the suggestions, been doing some research for San Andres, it looks awesome. I'm still trying to persuade Nikki re Nasca lol.

Which part of Africa are you visiting this time?
I was looking at your gorilla safari pics the other day, that is another trip I need to persuade Nikki about lol. Reply to this

3 years ago, November 2nd 2010 No: 8 Msg: #122230  
......I think I may have persuaded Nikki to go to Nasca too :-) Reply to this

3 years ago, November 2nd 2010 No: 9 Msg: #122238  
Excellent.

Nikki- if you love to travel as much as Chris, I'm sure you have a spirit of adventure. You will fly from Lima to a small town of Ica. You will laugh at the sight of the Ica airport. It is a small landing strip with cows hanging out on the side. That alone was worth the trip for me as it brought a smile to my face to have the cows greeting us at the airport. From Ica you will hop on to a smaller plane for the flight over the Nasca lines. They are etchings in the sand that no one can really explain. The only real way to view them is from a plane as they are out in the middle of no where. Google them and do some reading. You may become fascinated by them. I love to see things in our world that NO ONE can explain. It makes you sit and ponder the world in which we live in and you have to face the fact that it is stunning.

You will want to make the short trip to Huacachina. It is a beautiful desert Oasis. If you have not been wow'd by the Nasca Lines certainly you will enjoy this oasis. You can go sand surfing or sit and have a nice lunch. It is beauty in the midst of a stark landscape.

If you are short on time you could do both of these in one day and then fly back to Lima.

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3 years ago, March 3rd 2011 No: 10 Msg: #130355  
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Dear Chris, happy to know you will be travelling to Peru on September/October 2011, good time of the year, warm in daytime in Cuzco, Arequipa, Colca, Puno (the Andes or "Sierra"), cold in the evenings. In the coast (Lima, Ica, Nazca, Paracas, and the north coast Chiclayo, Trujillo) it is spring, the perfect weather, very colourful, and it is also good time to go to the jungle, as you are an adventurer, I suggest Iquitos and specially the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, you won't regret it ! if you are interested in Iquitos. Regarding inca trail to Machu Picchu, I suggest you book through a travel agent because of local regulations only 500 persons per day are allowed into the inca trail and spaces run out real fast. Regarding overflight of Nazca, you can fly from Lima which is the more expensive option, like a full day tour, or you can do a more attractive 3 day/2 night trip by land, traveling first to Ica (3 hours from Lima) and visiting Huacachina, where you can do some sand surfing, boogies, etc, and then continue to Paracas (one and a half hour) and visit Ballestas islands and the Paracas natural reserve, and overnight there to enjoy the beach, and then continue to Nazca for the overflight, before returning to Lima (7 hours by land). Hope my advise is useful to you. By the way, I am Peruvian. Reply to this

3 years ago, March 3rd 2011 No: 11 Msg: #130360  
We booked part of our trip with Lima Tours. Reply to this

3 years ago, March 3rd 2011 No: 12 Msg: #130363  
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They are well know and they're good. And if you are a nature lover and follow my advice regarding the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, I suggest Paseos Amazonicos, their web page is www.paseosamazonicos.com and they have a photo gallery which will give you some idea of the reserve. You sleep in tents at the reserve. I heard they also operate other destinations under another name. Reply to this

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