I, too, am getting geared up for an 18 day trip to Peru this July. I am travelling with my husband and we have been looking forward to this trip for some time...with closer planning i am realizing it is much more pricey than expected-- we were thinking of considering alternatives because of the cost. Any tips to shave the budget?
We are planning JFK-LIMA, then separate one way to CUZ, the 4 day Inca trail hike with SAS or PeruTreks, would like to stay at KR in Urubamba for 3 nights, as our splurge, and then were thinking of Arequipa-Colca up the coast, bussing it to Huacachira on beach then bus to Lima. Any suggestions for ways to shave budget?
Any "nicer" but budget options for hotels?
Also, what is the overland transportation situation from SV/CUZ to
Arequipa, do we have to go thru Puno on train? How about to Lima?
Thanks for all the suggestions, I have been enjoying reading everyone's sharing on these Peru forums.