Hi everyone- We are finalizing our trip to Peru (we'll be there mid November) and would appreciate any feedback! We've done some research on the forums, but still have some holes to fill. Our original itinerary included stops around Nazca/Pisca to see the Nazca lines and go sandboarding, but due to timing we've cut that out. Please let me know if you think we should work it back into our schedule and cut something else out. Thank you!!
Day 1: Arrive in Lima around 7pm. Stay the night in Lima.
Day 2: AM flight to Arequipa, spend the day in Arequipa
Day 3: Here's where it gets tricky -- we would like to see Colca Canyon, but is the only option a two day / one night trip? We would rather not do that. Alternatively, if we were not to explore Colca Canyon, would it be worth it to spend 3 full days in Arequipa/surrounding area, or simply add another day to the Sacred Valley area?
Day 4: Arequipa/Canyon [or onto Puno]?
Day 5: AM bus to Puno / spend day in Puno
Day 6: Lake Titicaca- Looking at going with Edgar Tours to do a morning tour of the Uros, and an afternoon tour to the Sillustani Funerary towers and local farm visit?
Day 7: Train/Bus to Cusco- We are thinking about taking the Tour Peru bus (6-8 hours) or the Inca Express "tourist bus" that stops at 5 sites along the way. Anyone have any opinions on which is better (including which seats may be more comfortable) ? We would then spend the night in Cusco and go to Olly in the AM, or go straight from Puno to Olly to be closer to our tour for Day 8.
Day 8: Mountain bike tour with KB Tour in the AM. Evening train from Olly to AC.
Day 9: Aguas Calientes. Go to Machu Picchu for sunrise? This is another place where we are struggling. We had originally wanted to do a two day hike to MP, but we also wanted to be there for sunrise and no treks offered that. We'd really at least like to do a 1 day Inca trail hike but we've waited too long and all the spots for the 2 day hikes have been filled. So its looking like we will do MP by ourselves and get there for sunrise.
Take the Vistadome train back to Cusco at 3:30pm
Day 10: Spend the day in Cusco
Day 11: Cusco/ Cab to Pisac market (this is a Tuesday)
Day 12: AM in Cusco, Mid-day flight to Lima
Day 13: Full Day in Lima
Day 14: Full Day in Lima
Day 15: fly out 12:45 AM