My friend and I will be travelling to Peru in September for 5 weeks. We are arriving at Santiago, where we would like to spend the first two days.
We then want to go to Paracas Island, Nazca, Lake Titicaca, Cusco and we are booking the Inca Trail (not necessarily all in that order). We would like to be based in Cusco for two/three weeks and do trips out so that we can acclimatize before doing the Trail.
What do you advise is the best route to take from Santiago to Cusco, and what would be the best order to take in the places that I’ve mentioned., keeping in mind we want to be based in Cusco for a couple of weeks.
We are very keen to travel by train were ever possible – is there a rail link to get us there? If not what mode of transport do you suggest?
Good morning .- Thanks you for to be in contact with us. this is the reply to your request :
1.- From Santiago to Cusco .- The best options is get a domestically fly from Santiago to Arica
from them minibus to Tacna ( Peru around 40 minutes )...
2.- Tacna to Arequipa by bus ( 7 hrs. ) Arequipa nice town .... Arequipa Puno ( 5 hrs. ) ...
visit the titikaka lake .....
3.- From Puno to Cusco train is the best options around 9 hrs. beautiful lands capes
4.- Inca trail is a good trekking ... but is many touristic & commercial there is another trek
that is called Inca Jungle Trail this is perfect !! : Inca trails , hot springs, biking
forest trails.... and Machupicchu check : www.incajungletrail.pe
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Have a nice new year !!