Hi all! I'm in the initial stages of planning a trip to Peru & MP for sometime in the fall of 2008 (August or September work best for my husband and I). I've tried to read up on all of the posts and it's very overwhelming.
My question is, what is the best way to start planning my trip? Should I go to a bookstore and read up on Peru? Contact a travel agent? (We prefer to plan things ourselves without involving travel agents if preferable - we're weird and stubborn like that!) Google it?
Our vague idea (very vague and subject to change) is a 2 week trip flying into Lima, 2-3 days in SV area, hike Inca trail, 2 days in MP, 2-3 days in Cuzco area, then fly home. Where should I start?
Also, I realize that a lot depends on what kind of hotels we choose, where we decide to eat, etc, but could someone give me a ballpark (even if it's a LARGE ballpark) estimate on what a trip for 2 such as this for 2 weeks will cost us? We've got a vague idea of what we need to have saved up and think we're close, but I just want to have a vague idea.
Thanks in advance!