Off to Peru!
I’ve always been cursed with a terrible memory relating to sensory experiences. Although I regret not having documented my travel experiences over the past decade, it’s never too late to begin, right?? And I love advising people about anything and everything, regardless of my expertise, so I am going to have to begin sharing the details of my travels. This is my first trip to South America, so pretty excited!
To begin, I know we all know www.kayak.com. But let me remind you why they are awesome. They have a calendar with price predictions, if your travel dates are flexible. They email alert you with info throughout the trip; details like time for check-in, gate info on the day of flight, and baggage claim number as soon as you land.
Maccu Piccu is the destination, but I’m flying into Lima first. I’ll be arriving at 10pm and fly out to Cusco early the next morning. I am a internet research freak when it comes to finding high quality for the best price. The hotel I chose to go with is SM Hotel. Super close to the airport, it looks clean and modern, with great reviews on Trip Advisor. An individual room goes for $48 (including tax, as of April 2013), and you can arrange a pick up for $14, and a man will be waiting for you as soon as you exit. The interweb advises to be careful with taxis in Lima, as there are no set rates; it’s all negotiated prior, and I’m sure we are all offered the ‘special’ whitey-tourist rate. Do not want to be messing with this kind of BS as a lone woman arriving at night, especially since no habla espanol over here.
Will update after the journey, but some details:
Maccu Piccu Trek- Wayki Trek www.waykitrek.net
Pariwana Hostel, Lima & Peru www.pariwana-hostel.com
Don’t drink tap water in Peru.
They use two pronged electrical stuff just like us, but at a higher voltage, so just make sure your things can handle up to 240v.
Machu Picchu is actually at a higher elevation than Cusco (2430m vs 3400fm). So ideally, it’s best to start your trek right away and hang in Cusco after the trek. Just do lots of coca leaves and go at a slow pace. I’m also hydrating (2 liters water per day) and taking Gingko Balbo supplements to prep for the altitude.