Hi there, I am in the early stages of planning a trip to MP for my boyfriend & I. His lifelong dream has been to visit MP & I REALLY want to get this right on my own w/out a tour company but would love to hire a guide once at MP. There is an overwhelming amount of information & I apologize in advance - I'm sure my questions have been asked a hundred times before.
The dates we are able to go are July 2-9, 2011 (I hope its a good time of year to go). We are not really looking to do any of the hard core hikes (other than in the ruins themselves) - the easier the better - train or bus up to the ruins is fine by us. We are looking for hotels under $100/night. I am a bit confused about staying in Cusco vs staying in Aguascalientes & any other nearby towns. How far would it be from Cusco to MP? We would love to be able to wake up before dawn & start heading up...
How would you recommend we break up our trip during these dates?
July 2 - Leave LV to Lima to Cusco (is it possible? or would we have to wait until the next day?)
July 3-8 - ???????
July 9 - Leave Cuzco for Lima, Leave Lima for LV
I understand I would have to book a flight from Lima to Cusco, & I've seen at least 3 airlines recommended on here. Staying at a hotel in Cusco for under $100/night... Not sure how it works from there as far as how to get to MP.
Trains, buses & taxis - I'm sure there are options, but the most basic is ok for us.
I guess the most important would be to get acclimated to the altitude prior to MP & being able to spend 1 entire day there, visiting Sacred Valley (can we mountain bike here?) & exploring Cusco - I feel that's all we would pretty much have time for anyway.
Any advice or recommendations would be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance :)