We decided to visit Peru for our next trip. We've traveled pretty extensively in Europe, but this will be our first Trip to Peru and South America. We'll probably have 15-17 days for the trip. I feel a little lost without my trustee Rick Steves guide. So here are my questions:
1) What guidebook would you recommend for Peru / South America (Fodors, Lonely Planet, Moon, Footprint?)
2) For sure we want to spend at least 3-4 days in the Cuzco are to see Machu Picchu / Sacred Valley, etc. The common circuit seems to add some combination of Lima, Lake Titicaca, Nasca, Cola Canyon/Arequipa, and/or a trip down the Amazon river near Tambopata National Reserve. The Cordillera Blanca area also seems interesting. What would be your recommended priorities in Peru given our total time available? Alternatively, if there are other "higher priority" sites in South America that we should consider, I'd be interested in your thoughts.