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Peru: Places to Visit?
Posted December 17th, 2012 - 1:27 pm by from Charlotte, United States (Permalink)
I plan to be in Peru for about three weeks this coming summer (probably end of May, beginning of June). I'll work on my Spanish in Cusco and visit Machu Picchu, but I'd like recommendations for other places to visit. It will probably be the only time I get to Peru in my life, so I'd like to visit several places. I'll study during the week, and travel on the weekends. It's always possible to skip a day of class if a place is really worth visiting.

Nothing too physically strenuous. However, I *can* afford to take plane flights to different places - I save my money for summer holidays!

Karen

Posted December 17th, 2012 - 2:14 pm by from Lima, Peru (Permalink)
Apreciada Karen,

celebro que hayas escogido al Perú como destino a visitar; ten por seguro que encontrarás un país con gente decidida a ofrecer lo mejor al visitante y a hacerlo sentir como o mejor que en su propia casa.

En cuanto a los lugares a visitar, hay casi de todo y si me indicas qué es lo que te agrada más, podría sugerirte algunos o quizá proponerte algunas rutas a seguir.

Por lo general los viajeros llegan con deseos de visitar Machu Picchu y a partir de ello se organizan para visitar otros destinos turísticos adecuándolos a su disponibilidad de tiempo que por lo general no supera los 10 días y por ello se dirigen sólo hacia el sur (Lima-Paracas-Ica-Nasca-Arequipa-Cañón del Colca-Puno-Cusco), pero sin embargo el Perú tiene muchos otros lugares a visitar, como son, entre muchos otros, Caral (ciudadela pre-inca, de época similar al Egipto de los faraones), Paramonga (fortleza pre-inca), Huaraz y el Callejón de Huaylas (recorrido por varios poblados a lo largo de la Cordillera Blanca y sus nevados), Trujillo (ciudadela de barro de Chan-Chan, Huacas del Sol y la Luna; Huanchaco), Cajamarca (Baños del Inca, Cuarto del Rescate, Cerro Santa Apolonia, etc...), Amazonas (Kuélap = fortaleza pre-inca), Lambayeque/Chiclayo (Pirámides de Túcume, Señor de Sipán, Señor de Sicán, Huaca Chotuna, Tinajones, Chaparrí; Pimentel/Santa Rosa, Monsefú, Ferreñafe...), Iquitos (río Amazonas y visita a las comunidades nativas y la selva vírgen), Madre de Dios (reserva natural del Manu).

En general, el Perú puede ofrecerte atractivos turísticos de diversos tipos: monumentos arqueológicos tanto en las ciudades como en el campo, culturales, paisajísticos, naturales (playas, reservas naturales), deportivos, aventura y especialmente culinarios.

Todo esto ofrecido en la amplia diversidad de climas y geografía que brindan las tres regiones naturales del país (costa, sierra y selva) y el amplio litoral frente al Océano Pacífico así como los ríos navegables de la selva y el Lago Titicaca.

Puedes preguntar lo que desees respecto al Perú en general.

Saludos desde Lima.

Posted December 17th, 2012 - 6:27 pm by from Soldotna, United States (Permalink)
I spent a month in Peru a couple of years ago and traveled along the Andes from north to south. I liked the Chachapoyas region in the north, some great pre-Incan ruins. I also enjoyed my time around Puno and Lake Titicaca - do go explore the islands there, you can easily arrange a home stay. Puno is within a day's bus travel of Cusco, so easy to manage. You'll find that there's a lot to do and see around Cusco. I did the 4-day Inca trail hike to MP. You can also take a train there. If you haven't already booked your MP trip, do it from Cusco as you'll find good local deals.

Have Fun!

Posted December 17th, 2012 - 7:13 pm by from Lima, Peru (Permalink)
Jim,
nice to know you have had a good time while visiting Perú...; I think Inca trail could be strenouss to Karen but she could do the way by train+bus.
As I wrote before, Perú have other tourist destinations in the coast or jungle to enjoy in addition those you mentioned.
By the way, in which river were you kayaking?
Hugs.


I spent a month in Peru a couple of years ago and traveled along the Andes from north to south. I liked the Chachapoyas region in the north, some great pre-Incan ruins. I also enjoyed my time around Puno and Lake Titicaca - do go explore the islands there, you can easily arrange a home stay. Puno is within a day's bus travel of Cusco, so easy to manage. You'll find that there's a lot to do and see around Cusco. I did the 4-day Inca trail hike to MP. You can also take a train there. If you haven't already booked your MP trip, do it from Cusco as you'll find good local deals.