Peru

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Peru packs more adventure, history and diversity into a small space than almost any other country.  From the ancient ruins around Machu Picchu to the rugged mountains of Huaraz to the shores of Lake Titicaca to some of the world’s best surfing to the Amazon jungle, Peru is a travel wonderland.  With wonderful weather almost all year and close proximity to the USA it should be considered for anyone seeking a short adventure.

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DON’T MISS: Machu Picchu, Huaraz, Arequipa
MUST SEE: Machu Picchu, a true world wonder.
MUST TASTE: Cuy (guinea pig), roasted chicken and ceviche.

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TRIP PLANNING: The hardest part of planning a trip to Peru is choosing what to do.  There are months of activities for every interest, so choose your own adventure and give yourself ample time to explore.
GETTING AROUND: Cruz del Sur buses are among the most comfortable and efficient ways to get around Peru.  To cross the country though look for cheap flights on StarPerú or Peruvian airlines.

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OUR COST PER DAY (2 ppl): $59.35 (Machu Picchu/Cusco was on a different trip and much more expensive)
COST OF A BEER: $2 for big beer from grocery store.
KEY MONEY-SAVING TIP: Eat the lunch set “menu” at local, not tourist restaurants.  For $2-4 you get to choose delicious set meals for substantially cheaper than tourist restaurants.  Look for “menu de hoy” out front around lunchtime.

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YOU NEED TO KNOW: Peru is a huge tourist destination.  Expect to be approached with tours and souvenirs all day long, almost everywhere.  Also expect to bargain, heavily, as they will start with prices 2-10 times what they’ll sell things for.
IF WE KNEW WHAT WE KNOW NOW: We would have gone to Huaraz sooner.  We waited until our fourth trip to Peru to go, it is one of the great alpine hiking cities of the world.
HELPFUL LINKS TO LEARN MORE: Peru is well covered by travel guides and websites.  National Geographic, the New York Times, and the Lonely Planet all provide great information.

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WE WERE THERE FOR: 2 weeks (previously visited three times for several weeks each trip)
OUR HIGHLIGHT: Our first date was hiking to Machu Picchu.
WHERE WE WENT: Huaraz (Lago 69 trek and Santa Cruz trek), Lima, Cusco, Puno (Titicaca), Arequipa, Nasca, Ica, Trujillo
WE REGRET MISSING: The ten-day Huayhuash trek.

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Peru Highlights

Short on time? The highlight reel of our 2 week trip to hike the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. Hike Huaraz, Peru in 15 photos!

Lake 69 (Lago 69) Trek

Lago 69 sits picturesquely at the foot of Huascarán, one of the tallest mountains outside the Himalayas. The views from the path and glacial lake are like few others in the world, with lush green giving way to barren rock until those too give way to snowy mountains reaching into the sky.

Santa Cruz Trek

Short of traveling to the Himalayas, there is nowhere else that provides the alpine altitude and views. Nowhere else. Add in the fact that you can freely camp to choose the view you want to wake up to makes this a hike worth taking for all skill levels.

Trujillo

Worlds apart from the Inca dominated-mountains Peru, the sun drenched coastal colonial city of Trujillo is a great place to rest after hiking in the Andes. Visit another ancient culture, the Moche, while relaxing in Trujillo.

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