"Peru" Peru by ger4444
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When you visit Peru, this is the top 5 of most interesting things to see and do.
1. Visit Machu Picchu (of course this is needless to say. but you might as well consider to visit in combination with a 3 or 4 day trail- so called "inca trail" or, visit Machu Picchu after that you have been touring through the so called "Sacred Valley." Most people go on a one day trip from Cuzco, arriving there at noon and leaving again in around 5 pm. Its better to take a train from a village called Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and sleep in that village, so that you can visit the park in the early morning. This has many extra's: the place is not overcrowded by tourists and the train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes is not that expensive as a ticket from Cuzco to the park!)
2. Cuzco. Especially the nice views over the city, you can have from several up-hill lokated areas
3. Sacret Valey. You can get there easily by small vans and explore the valley yourself by hiking from incaruin to incaruin. There is cheap transportation running between the little villages in the valley, so that you can see the whole valley from different angels
4. Tres Cruces. From this place, near the jungle bassin, you can have an amazing jungle view . In the summer you can experience the world famous Sunrise, wich is a nearly halucinating experience, dued to the fact that for some reason the sunrise-image here is optically distorted., which causes strange coloureffects and double images. You must try to get yourself a deal with some local taxidriver or soemone who has a van, to bring you to Tres Cruses during the night then you wont pay as much as the touroffices ask for a organized trip.
5. Lake Titicaca: the famous floating islands should be in your program! But more of the beaten track is a stay at one of the islands in the Lake. Isla del Sol is the best one! When you want to make this a great experience, go to the island via Copacabana, and get yourself a deal with a local fisherman. You'll find him prepared to bring you over to the island in his fisherboat (20 $ would be a good bargain when you are with 3 persons) And try to arrange that he catches you up at sunset: youl see the sun and the moon together in their cahnging of the guards and the extremely bright moonlight will enlighten the lake in the starry night. Its a magnificent view when youre then in the middle of that lake!
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6. Arequipa. Espaeccially the Monasterio de Sta Catalina. Make sure you take a whole day for it, because its an enormous place, its a city within a city! You'll be amazed by the contrasting work of the diffirrent colours of all the buildings that are situated in this monastry. Together with the light playing by the sun its a willing object for photography. But if your not an obsessed photographer, you can have a wonderfull time by hanging arount in the labyrinth of small streets, plaza's and little houses that are still open to public and that were once the actual residences of the members of the monastry. You can still see all their stuff - their furniture, posessions, tools, pans etc - in all the old little rooms of the several houses inside the monastry.
7. Ica: visit the dessert and hang around in the dunes near the famous oasis. For real gringo's theres some opportunity for sandboarding on the dunes, but its more fun to hang around the place during the evening-hours.
8. Lima. Allthough most tourists avoid this city, and take direct charters to Cuzco, this place is worth visiting. We have been in lima for 5 days and its a very exciting metropole. a lot of noice, hurry, crowded places, and a lot of bars, plaza's to hang and some important cultural highlights. Of course you must see the Plaza de Armas whith its cathedral and pres. palace but some minor sights like the museum de la inquisicion or the Cerro San Cristobal are also very interesting. Nightlife is OK: many possibilities, Miraflores and Barranco are trendy and popular places to hit the bars (but of course reather expensive), - take a cab or one of the taxi colectivo's - or find yourself a more typical, local bar/ pub in the city center like on the Ancash.
9. Nazca. most people come to visit this place to see the famous Nazca lines. Its not that great. To see the lines on a photograph, or to see them from behind the glass of an airplane in very small proportions is no difference. To see the lines in "reality" is possible, by getting there by cab/ hitchhiking (dont take a tour, that touts will try to offer, because its easy to visit the lines on your own, for free!) and climbing in a watchtower, from where you can get an impression of the lines.
10. Tacna: well, actually thers not much to see here, its a sleepy little desert village but if you like we did, have to cross the border there to Chili, you simply have to undergo it. If you somehow get stucked up in the place, there is some place of interest...for the town is known - allthough most tourists and even locals dont know that it actually exists - for the fact that it keeps the worlds largest skyskraper. Its an enourmous modern tower-constrction, with spectacular neonlight-beams on the top of it. It contains 250 offices, 4 shopping malls and an enourmous indoor- swimmingpool complex. Check it out!
- Pros:Lama' s dont actually spit in your face
- Cons:some places are getting too touristic and overcommercializised
- In a nutshell:Lama's will spit in youre face if you wont pay them not to do it.
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