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Any advice on Peru?? by Esra on 19 March 2003 3:20pm
 
My boyfriend and I are travelling from Scotland to Lima in July. We want to fly to Cusco and visit Machu Picchu. Recently we have heard some terrible stories about tourists frequently being mugged and assaulted in these areas, even during the day. Does anyone know about this situation? Also, our return flight is leaving from Sao Paulo so any suggestions on getting to Brazil would be great!
 
Re: Any advice on Peru?? by emartin on 19 March 2003 8:16pm
 
i don't know if this will help, but there is a canadian website that gives out travel warnings to specific places. it is helpful because it tells you why there is a travel warning, instead of just saying there is one. the web address is www.voyage.gc.ca, or you could check britain's at ww.fco.gov.uk. Also you could think about contacting your embassy in peru, if you think there is an increased risk. hope you have a great trip and a safe one!!! It sounds amazing!
~Erin~
 
Re: Any advice on Peru?? by stephlynne on 19 March 2003 8:25pm
 
Hi Esra,

My husband and I traveled from the US to Peru last year. At the time there was a US State Dept warning against US citizens traveling to Peru (terrorism concerns), but we went anyway and had absolutely no trouble.

We have our travelogue and pictures posted at http://www.craigandstephsvacations.com

The only thing I would caution you about is flying directly from Lima to Cusco just in terms of altitude. We made our way from Lima to Pisco, Nasca, Arequipa, Puno, and then Cusco, so we had a more gradual ascent and had more time to adjust to the altitude. Again, we had no problems, but we ran into some people who had flown directly from Lima to Cusco, and they were feeling some of the effects of the altitude.

If you have any other questions feel free to email me; my address is on my web site. You'll have a fantastic time in Peru, I'm sure! It's a great country.
 
Re: Any advice on Peru?? by emartin on 19 March 2003 8:28pm
 
i don't know if this will help, but there is a canadian website that gives out travel warnings to specific places. it is helpful because it tells you why there is a travel warning, instead of just saying there is one. the web address is www.voyage.gc.ca, or you could check britain's at ww.fco.gov.uk. Also you could think about contacting your embassy in peru, if you think there is an increased risk. hope you have a great trip and a safe one!!! It sounds amazing!
~Erin~
 
Re: Any advice on Peru?? by matgore on 8 April 2003 3:19pm
 
I went to Peru about 5 years ago. I'd never travelled independantly and didnt speak spanish so it was a bit daunting. The guide books made it sound like you were guaranteed to be mugged and terrorists/bandits would attack every bus etc. I found it to be very friendly in general. Cusco after dark was a little rough as there seemed to be a few drunks about but I was only there for a few days and to be honest it wasnt a problem. The only time someone else got their hands on any of our stuff was when we dropped a bag and someone ran after us to return it.
American express travel has offices in Lima which are in the lonely planet guide they are useful for getting trips sorted.
Try and go to Aguas Calientes before Macchu Picchu. Its actually really relaxing spending a night in this little village and you get to go to Macchu Picchu before the tourists arrive en masse, if you're lucky you may see a fab sunrise.
Pisac is worth a visit when you are in the Cusco region. I wasnt too impressed by Sao Paulo it seems a strange place to visit. One of my friends lived there hence my trip.
One thing I did notice in Peru was how polite the children are. They go to school sometimes from shacks in barefoot yet are always in immaculate school uniforms and always seemed to be smiling. They seem to appreciate their education and for the most part the people are friendly and want to better themselves. Coming back to London the contrast with the schoolchildren here was truly shocking !
Anyway enjoy your trip.
 
Re: Any advice on Peru?? by Netfeather on 23 April 2003 6:58pm
 
Macchu Picchu is awesome, but don't miss flying over the Nasca lines.

I found people in Peru to be very friendly and tolerant of my less than perfect Spanish.

Have a great time!
 



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