Peru Trip

Peru fascinated us for many reasons: the Incas and the rainforest are the most significant.

Peru prides itself on being the only country that has all of the big three South American geographical features: The Andes, the Amazon Basin and the Coastal Desert. The highlights of our trip were the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the Andean Condor at Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca and Manu National Park and the magical city of Cuzco.

Since we prefer independent travel to the extent possible, we decided not to join a tour but to make our own travel and lodging arrangements. Most local trips (except the Inca trail and the trip to Manu) were booked on arrival at various cities. This was not a trip to be taken lightly. It required weeks of extensive information gathering and careful planning to make sure that we had the required gear and accessories and were in the best physical condition possible. Familiarity with Spanish would certainly have helped, but it proved to be the toughest of all.

Peru has only two seasons: dry and wet. The dry season is best for trekking but is also the most crowded. Access to the Inca Trail and Manu are regulated and it is required to book with tour companies weeks in advance (although you can always hope to squeeze in at the last minute). It is important to go with reputed tour companies and the Internet was a valuable source of information in this regard.

This website chronicles our experiences. Please click on any of the links on the left frame or the itinerary below. The map on the left has hotspots as well

Our Itinerary (Sept. - Oct. 2003)

Sept. 12 Friday Arrive Lima
Sept. 13 Saturday Lima - Cuzco
Sept. 14 Sunday Sacred Valley Day Tour
Sept. 15 Monday Cuzco City Tour
Sept. 16-19 Tuesday-Friday Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Sept. 20 Saturday Cuzco-Arequipa
Sept. 21-22 Sunday-Monday Colca Canyon (2 Day) Tour
Sept. 23 Tuesday Arequipa-Puno
Sept. 24 Wednesday Lake Titicaca Day Tour, Puno - Cuzco night bus
Sept. 25 Thursday Cuzco
Sept. 26 - Oct. 4 Friday - Saturday 9 days Manu National Park
Oct. 5 Sunday Cuzco-Lima ,Depart Lima