There is so much great information on the Peru forum. I was hoping to get some feedback on my itinerary. My husband and I will be traveling to Peru in mid-september. We have a friend who just moved to Lima so we wanted to visit her but do not have many days of vacation left, :(
Anyway, here is the working itinerary:
Friday: Arrive in Lima (probably late)
Saturday: Fly to Cuzco then travel to Ollantaytambo to acclimate at lower elevation
Sunday: Explore Sacred valley (Piasc Sunday market, Chinchero sunday market, salt terrace, Moray), we do not plan to do all these in one day but will save some for the next day
Monday: Explore Sacred Valley, evening train to Aguas Calientes
Tuesday: early train to Machu Picchu (or possibly hiking to sun gate), Huyana Picchu; evening train to Cuzco
Friday: Bus to Puno (if arrive early enough tour Sillustani)
Saturday: Lake Titicaca
Sunday: Probably Fly to Lima (expensive but saves a lot of time)
What is the best way to go from Cuzco to Ollantaytambo? What is better, the hike to the sun gate or Huyana Picchu? If both are worth our time does it make sense to do a full day at machu picchu then a morning the next day? This would cut sometime off Cuzco so is it worth it?
I was hoping to see Arequipa but it doesn't seem like we have enough time to fit it in, any suggestions on how it might work?