After months and months of planning, we finally have a solid itinerary, all the hotels booked and plane tickets purchased. We have about 2.5 weeks to send in Peru which isn’t enough time to see all the highlights. It was hard deciding what to put in and what to leave out but I think we are both happy about our choices.
Here is our itinerary
Day 1 – Fly all day. This couldn’t be avoided but we’ll be in first class which is good. Thank goodness for Alaska Airlines miles
Day 2 – Arrive in Lima at 4am (!!) and catch a flight to Cuzco at 6:10am. Then, because we are crazy, catch a taxi to Pisac (an hour away) where we will be staying for 2 nights. Sleep.
Day 3 – Explore Pisac, particularly the market and surrounding areas.
Day 4 – Explore the Sacred Valley en route to Ollyanta where we will be overnighting and celebrating our anniversary.
Day 5 – Early morning train to kilometer 104 where we will start our day hike to Machu Picchu. Overnight in Aqua Calientes as part of the tour.
Day 6 – Explore Machu Picchu more and afternoon transfer to Cuzco.
Day 7 – Explore Cuzco
Day 8 – Explore Cuzco
Day 9 – Morning flight to Arequipa
Day 10 – Explore Arequipa
Day 11 – Explore Arequipa and night flight to Trujillo then transfer to Huanchaco
Day 12 – Tour ChanChan and Huacas del Sol y de la Luna
Day 13 – See Trujillo and hang out on the beach depending on weather
Day 14 – Day bus trip to Lima
Day 15 – Explore Lima
Day 16 – Explore Lima
Day 17 – 3am flight home.
Hotels: We decided not to do hostels when we could help it. While we want to do things on the cheap, we don’t really want to rough it too much.
Pisac – We heard about Casa del Conde from friends living in Venezuela. We’ll be in the middle of high season when we are in the Sacred Valley, so this place wasn’t super cheap at $80 a night but includes internet and breakfast.
Ollyanta – We are staying at the eco hotel El Albergue. There is a great restaurant at the hotel where we plan to celebrate.
Agua Calientes – Not sure where we are staying but I bet it’s going to be bare bones
Cusco – Tierra Viva Saphi Hotel. I actually booked this place on Hotels.com after reading about it on Trip Advisor. It was $100 a night but I bet well worth it after the hike.
Arequipa – Las Torres del Ugarte. Another friend recommended this place. Again, it looks pretty basic but it centrally located, includes internet and breakfast and was under $50 a night.
Huanchaco – Casa Amelia Hostel. It’s a small place with just 3 rooms and 11 beds. We rented a private room with private bath. This place got amazing reviews on Trip Advisor. We got this place for less than $20 a night. We decided to stay 10 minutes outside of Trujillo for a different change of pace.
Lima – Casa Adina Select in Miraflores. This was a hard decision. So many hotels in the Miraflores area of Lima and so many varying reviews. After some thought, we decided on this place. The reviews seem good and we got another deal via Hotels.com. This is the most expensive hotel of the trip at $130 a night but again it includes breakfast and internet.
Activities: I have literally booked nothing. Actually, I booked the Machu Picchu tour because only a limited amount of tickets are available for the trail daily. We have a list of things we can do in each city and will mostly play it by ear.
Transportation: I didn’t really think about domestic transportation before booking this trip. Because of distance and terrain, traveling from one city to another can take all day on a bus. We are taking a bus from Trujillo to Lima and that will take 8-9 hours while flying takes just a little over an hour. Flights generally cost between $100-150 per leg per person. 3 flights add up fast but in the end are worth the expense given all the time we save. I guess what we saved on international airfare we are spending on domestic airfare. I am kind of excited/interested in the one bus we are taking from Trujillo. Check out the first class digs on Cruz del Sur. There are meals, TVs and waiters.
Have you been to Peru before? Suggestions of things we shouldn’t miss, places we have to eat, tourist activities to avoid?