Post # 1
I have a guarenteed fare to purchase by tonight that flies me in and out of Lima. So I have to buy a separate round trip ticket between Lima and Cuzco. With this itinerary, I was going to stay an extra full day in Lima before flying home. I just searched flights that are round trip Cuzco, and they are a few hundred less, but I would not be able to see any of Lima at all. The main purpose of the trip is MP and the ruins around Cuzco, but for those who have been, is a full day in Lima worth the extra money (I think about $400).
Post # 3
I haven’t been, but friends who did Inca trail etc told me they did not like Lima. Not much to do and not that pretty (sorry I hope I’m not offending anyone on here from Lima!). Also they had a lot of flight delays which stuck them an extra day in Lima.
Post # 4
Lima is not great, I wouldn’t worry about missing it. Save your money and spend the extra time in Cuzco!
ETA: We flew in and out of Lima only because we were going to several other towns as well in addition to Cuzco, so it was more convenient. I spent probably half a day in Lima and have no recollection of what I saw, but I also don’t think we missed out by choosing to spend our time elsewhere. You’ll get a better sense of the Peruvian culture and history in smaller towns anyway. Lima seemed like just a large, faceless, crowded city to me.
Post # 5
@philabride2bee: @gcwest:Thank you! That’s really helpful to hear.
Post # 6
I disagree with the other posters. I thought Lima was a great, old city. It’s right on the Pacific and the ocean is lovely. That being said, if you’ve been to a bunch of the old cities, it’s kind of the same in that regard. A big cathedral, crowded squares, great food, etc. I’m not sure what your timing is in Cuzco, but make sure you have a couple of days before starting the trail to get adjusted to the altitude. We found that we were just tired and wanted to do things slowly. And if you’re doing the trail, splurge for a massage post MP. It was so lovely and relaxing to have someone pamper you after walking for 4 days! Enjoy!!!
Post # 7
@longdistanceco_ca:Definitely agree with giving yourself some time to get used to the altitude! I was in Cuzco I think two whole days before we started hiking the trail, and I was in really good shape, but boy did the altitude wreak havoc on me.
I think another reason to have flexibility on the front edge of your schedule is that because Cuzco’s altitude is so high, they often have problems landing planes because of the fog. The flight I was on with my brother was canceled completely, and we had to take a very looong bus ride because they didn’t know when they could rebook us. My mom and sister however had no problem rebooking their flight I think a day or two later, though, so I think it’s kind of hit or miss. South American airlines, in my experience, run a little differently than American airlines, so I think it’s worth making sure you are booking through a reputable one!
Post # 8
I thought Lima was ok, the Circuito Mágico del Agua was really romantic, and we went through the Rio Romac area which I liked. I really did not like Cuzzco (the city) it was like shopping in a flea market for me… However outside the city was amazing. I loved the tour of the sacred valle sagrado from cuzco. Make sure you get a bus tour. Our tour was awesome we went to/saw Pisac, Ullamaba, and Ollantaytambo.
If you can stay a day in Mira Flores instead of Lima I would do that. We stayed at the Sol de Oro, and got a suite with a jacuzzi, it was awesome. I don’t know the distances from the Circutio from MiraFlores but it was very fun and worth seeing how far away it is.