Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Best of Peru: My Top 10 Places to Go and Things to Do

Since I only spent about three weeks in Peru total (including transportation time), these are just a few recommendations that I’ve been able to compile with my limited experiences there (I have a new rule now: minimum 1 month per country. If you haven’t done so before, travel abroad for a month or longer and you’ll see why…!)

In no particular order:

1. El Camino Inka to Machu Picchu

Experience some gorgeous and amazing (4 days of) hiking while learning more about Peru’s Incan history and their temples along the way. Just make sure to respect the environment as much as possible and take it all in as a spiritual journey too. (Warning: All fitness levels are allowed, but not all make it to the end. And altitude sickness is about genetics, not physical fitness!). While it can be tragically way too touristy at the “end”, (AKA Machu Picchu) the history there goes deep. Those stone stairs on the way there are pretty rough, though…

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The Peru and Bolivia Travel Diaries: The Logistics

A lot of readers have been asking me specific questions about how to travel about from city to city, what to budget, what to bring, what to expect, etc. I’ll attempt to use my limited traveling experience to give my opinion on some of those questions. But don’t just take my word for it – ask around! And as always, check out the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree forum for all your questions!

Check the exchange rates, but when I was traveling, $1US = $2.5 soles (Peru) and $1US = $7 bolivianos (Bolivia)

When llamas are angry their ears go back

Llama llama llama…

BUDGETING

If you’re really on a budget (I mean, REAL broke-style), here’s an estimate of what to expect to pay (without tours, which range from $15 a day to $100 a day, depending on how hardcore they are)…IMHO:

PERU: $25-$40US a day (without tours)

  • Lodging: as low as $35 soles a night (for hostels)
  • Food: As low as $20 soles a day)
  • 1L bottle of Water: $2-3 soles / A soda = $2.5 soles
  • Taxi around town: $3 soles to $12 soles
  • Bus: $1 sol to $2.5 soles
  • Public bathrooms: $1-3 soles (sometimes offer you toilet paper when you pay)

BOLIVIA: $15-$25US (without tours)

  • Lodging: as low as $20 bolivianos a night (for hostels)
  • Food: As low as $30 bolivianos a day (usually more)
  • 2L bottle of water: $6-10 bolivianos / A soda = $4 bolivianos
  • Taxi around town: $3 bolivianos to $12 bolivianos
  • Bus: $1.5 bolivianos or more
  • Mini-van taxi: $2-4 bolivianos
  • Public bathrooms: $1-3 bolivianos¬†(sometimes offer you toilet paper when you pay)

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