I am planning a trip to Peru around end of August, early September. Based on the travelbooks and forums I have come with a tentative itinerary. Will love to hear your recent experiences, and if I should consider/skip some parts of the trip.
Day 1: Arrive in Lima in morning. Spend time exploring the city. Overnight in Lima
Day 2: Fly to Cusco in morning. Explore Cusco during the day. Overnight in Cusco
Day 3 : Explore Cusco for first half of the day, then proceed to Sacred Valley. Reach Pisac in the evening. Stay overnight in Pisac (is it worth staying there? How easy will it be to find reasonable accomodation?)
Day 4: Go further in sacred valley. Stay overnight at Agueas Caliente
Day 5: See sunrise at Machu Picchu (do we need to do something to make sure we can make it there early in the morning? Should we get tickets beforehand? What are the chances we could go up Huyana Picchu? Head back to Cusco in evening. (Is it possible to be in Cusco by evening same day?) Overnight in Cusco
Day 6: Fly to La Paz, Explore the city and stay overnight at La PAz
Day 7: Fly to Uyuni in morning. Head out to Salar. Stay there overnight
Day 8: Spend another day in Salar. Head back to Uyuni in evening. Stay overnight in Uyuni (Last flight would have already left by the time we arrive in Uyuni. so we could either stay overnight and take early morning flight to La Paz, or take a night bus to La Paz. Which is a better option? )
Day 9 : Arrive in La Paz, head to Copacabana. Spend a day there to do half-day trip to Solar Island. (I'll arrive in Copacabana in afternoon. So can I still visit the island?) Stay overnight in Copacabana
Day 10: Go to Puno, and then to Arequipa. Overnight in Arequipa. Should we stop over for half day to visit floating island? Can we reach Arequipa by night, if we do that?
Day 11: Spend day in Arequipa
Day 12: 1 day trip to Colca Canyon (Can we visit Colca Canyon on our way from Puno? I have read this will save time)
Day 13: Take a bus north to Nasca. We are debating whether to stay overnight near Nasca (is there another place we should consider stopping?) or move on to Lima by night bus
Day 14: Arrive in Lima in morning/afternoon, depending on whether we stop overnight at Nasca. Spend evening in the city
Day 15: Take flight out of Lima
A few other questions hovering my mind are :
1. Is it a good time to visit Salar? Will it be too cold? covered with snow? If its not the best time to visit Salar, then I could consider spending time in Amazon forests. Any insights/opinion are welcome
2. Should we book all hotels and tickets before leaving for Peru? I have heard stories about how there can be travel delays and missed connections. In view of that, I was thinking of keeping things flexible by buying tickets a day/couple of days before journey, and getting a room on arrival. If thats not a good idea, then I will change my plan
3. Is 2 day, 1 night sufficient at Salar? I have seen enough desert, and since most longer duration tours spend considerable time in places outside Salar, I am not that keen on taking longer trip. Your suggestions/insights will be very helpful
Thanks in advance for your feedback.