Hi Guys, I and my friend are planning a 9-day trip to Peru and the following is our itinerary with a few questions.
July 1st - NYC to Lima
July 2nd - reach by 12 30 pm, check into Lima hotel - pls suggest which area would be good, Miraflores or center? - spend half a day in Lima, we are not museum lovers or Cathedral lovers, so I was thinking of the city fountain and some other sights .. pls suggest
July 3rd - Early morning flight to Cusco - check into a hotel - pls suggest which area would be best. Explore Cusco for the rest of the day
July 4th - Sacred valley guided tours - we haven't booked any tour, so if you recommend any tour company that can do a full-day guided tour that would be great, our aim is to cover max in min amount of time.
July 5th - take the morning train to Aguas Calientes, check into the hotel, explore the town, walk by the Urubamba river, and go to the MP ruins
July 6th - Go early to MP, see the sunrise at the sun gate - how early should we go ? and should we book a guide from before or take one from the gates ?, roam around the ruins. - since we do not want to do the MP hike or the HP hike, we will be done by 2. Take the evening train back to Cusco - is it safe?
sleep in Cusco
July 7th, 8th, and 9th - do the 3-day Lake Titicaca tour of floating islands and stay with a local family. please suggest any guided tours or operators for this tour from Cusco
July 10th - Lima to NYC
Please suggest if this trip needs changes. we have only booked our ticket to and from Lima to NYC , everything else still needs to be booked, hence seeking some suggestions. Some of my questions are as follows
- I am scared of animals in general and very uncomfortable around them. I know Cusco and MP have a lot of Llamas roaming around, are they dangerous? do they harm people if they sense fear?
- How safe is it to take the train from MP to Cusco at night on July 6th?
- Is it safe to live with families on the Uros islands? do they have pets? any cats or dogs? how is your experience staying with those families?
- what kind of shots do I need before I go and can I get them at my local Walgreens?
also, I plan on carrying local currency as Peru mostly accepted cash. I will also have my cc.
I guess I just don't have enough confidence about safety in Peru. any suggestions on where to stay and what to avoid are most welcome.
Please pour in your suggestions.