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AREQUIPA or Puno/Lake Titicaca

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AREQUIPA or Puno/Lake Titicaca

I have 10 days to spend in Peru. I'm planning several days for Cuzco and Machu Picchu. That leaves a few days for Lima and then one other location. Should that be Arequipa or Puno/Lake Titicaca? I'm leaning toward Arequipa as it's a lower altitude and I could go there first and acclimate. What do you think?

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1. Re: AREQUIPA or Puno/Lake Titicaca

Yes!! the most advisable places to visit after Cusco are:

Puno - 3750 masl ( amantani, sillustani, Uros, takile).

Arequipa 2700 masl (Colca Canyon)

Ica (Nazca lines, Islas Ballestas, Huacachina)


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2. Re: AREQUIPA or Puno/Lake Titicaca

I would not spend much time in Lima. Arequipa and Colca Canyon are well worth the visit. The altitude at Puno is tough to handle. You should spend some time in the Sacred Valley, especially Ollantaytambo.

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3. Re: AREQUIPA or Puno/Lake Titicaca

I loved Arequipa!. The Catalina Monastery is a must to see. I was quite unwell in Colca Canyon and Puno due to altitude even though I had spent 2 full days in Arequipa.

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4. Re: AREQUIPA or Puno/Lake Titicaca

Yes it si good Fligh Lima -Arequipa Colca Canyon and then go to Cuzco so the you can do the City tour in Cusco and Sacred Valey of the incas and last days Machupicchu 2 days 1 Night


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5. Re: AREQUIPA or Puno/Lake Titicaca

We spent a day in both and honestly I found Arequipa sort of boring. We didn't have time to do Colca Canyon which seems like the thing that would have made it worth visiting. The tour of Lake Titicaca on the other hand was one of the best parts of our trip.

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6. Re: AREQUIPA or Puno/Lake Titicaca

Both destinations are lovely. If you are going pre-Cusco then presumably Arequipa makes a bit more sense simply because of altitude. Post-Cusco I would personally suggest the train up to Puno then visit Titicaca from there. My personal favourite on Lake Titicaca is Suasi Island Lodge. That would all roll in to a 3 night stay (1 in Puno, 2 on Suasi) then fly out of Juliaca.

That's amongst the most expensive ways to do it but you really get out into the lake and feel the scale and remoteness of it which you don't get from Puno.

I hope this helps.

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