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To the Peruvian Experts...I need your help!

We're planning a 15 day trip to Peru: April 24-May 9 (ish). The first six days we have pretty much figured out, due to the 4day/3nt trek to MP and chilling in Cusco. What we're looking for is advice on how to spend the rest of our stay. Without further ado, here's where we're at:

Friday 4/24 - overnight Chicago - Lima
Saturday 4/25 - early AM Lima - Cusco
Sunday 4/26 - Cusco
Monday 4/27 - Cusco
Tuesday 4/28 - leave in AM to start Inca Trail
Wednesday 4/29 - Inca Trail
Thursday 4/30 - Inca Trail
Friday 5/1 - Machu Picchu at sunrise, evening back to Cusco

So, we have the whole rest of the week to work with. We were thinking of leaving Cusco to Puno and on through to Copacabana - hanging out at Lake Titicaca for a day, stay Copa another night. If we can get an overnight bus to Puno from Cusco (possible?) that would put us in Copacabana through Sunday, 5/3.

Would Arequipa/Colca Canyon, through to Ica and around to Lima by the 9th be too much cramming?
Would the Amazon at Tambopata be too much cramming?

With those 5 days, what's our best bet?
mmbcross
1. Yes there is an overnight bus from Cusco to Puno. It's 7 hours. Departs Cusco at 21:30 and arrives Puno at 04:30. There are probably more, but this one came up quickly.
http://www.perucuzco.com/imexsotours/bus%2...20itinerary.htm

Puno is a miserable place, so get out towards the lake. Copacabana is a nicer place to stay. Make sure you visit the Island of the Sun.
http://www.itisnet.com/english/e-america/e...-copacabana.htm

You are so close you may as well visit La Paz, one of the most fascinating capitals in South America. http://www.boliviaweb.com/cities/lapaz.htm

By all means come back by way of Arequipa and if time permits visit Colca Canyon. See my blog at: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog/mmbcr..._2007/tpod.html

Tambopata is accessible by air as a side trip from Cusco, so you can do the basic 2-day, 1 night to get a feeling of the rain forest, but obviously a 3-day, 2-night trip would be preferable. This will cut in on the rest of your trip.

Here's what I would do:
May
Fri. 1 - Arrive in Cusco. overnight
Sat. 2 - Fly to Pto Maldonado. Take 3-day, 2-night package
Sun. 3 - In the forest
Mon. 4 - Return to Cusco. Take night bus to Puno
Tue. 5 - Continue to Copacabana. Overnight
Wed. 6 - In Copacabana
Thu. 7 - It's about 12 hours from Copacabana to Arequipa. You may have to change buses in Puno. There may not be an overnight service.
Fri. 8. Arequipa. Overnight bus to Lima. About 16 hours.
Sat. 9. Arrive in Lima.

or
ri. 1 - Arrive in Cusco. overnight bus to Puno
Sat. 2 - Continue to Copacabana. Overnight
Sun. 3 - Visit La Paz. Can be done on a day trip from Copacabana
Mon. 4 - In Copacabana
Tue. 5 - It's about 12 hours from Copacabana to Arequipa. You may have to change buses in Puno. There may not be an overnight service.
Wed. 6 - Arequipa. Colca Canyon is a minimum 2-day, 1-night affair. Depending on transportation from Copacabana to Arequipa, you may be able to squeeze this in.
Thu. 7 - Arequipa.
Fri. 8. Arequipa. Overnight bus to Ica. About 12 hours.
Sat. 9. Fly over Nazca Lines, then bus to Lima. About 5 hours

Hope this helps



wakingdream

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By all means come back by way of Arequipa and if time permits visit Colca Canyon.


I loved both Arequipa and Colca Canyon. By far a major highlight on our trip. Don't miss it! And yes, didn't like Puno.
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