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Your best bet would likely be to go to Brazil and join a church ceremony. Ayahuasca is legal there for religious use, and there are several well-established churches that use it regularly with a track record of not killing their members, most notably Santo Daime and União do Vegetal. Church ceremonies (and the effects of ayahuasca) can last up to 12 hours, ...


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I'm a dual Peruvian-American citizen having taken my American friends to Peru I can attest that, while controversial, that the cheaper fares are meant to encourage Peruvian citizens who may not otherwise be able to afford air travel on their modest incomes. This is along the lines of Florida resident discounts at Disney World etc. So to answer your ...


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No, quite the opposite. It is always the passenger’s sole responsibility to make sure they have all the right documents (passport, visa, etc. with appropriate validities and so on). Airlines do not check those documents before boarding for the passenger’s convenience, but because the destination country require them to do so, directly or indirectly: if the ...


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It's actually pretty common to sleep at Cusco your first night. My brother, for example, flew from Lima to Cusco. It's not ideal and you're likely to have a headache, but it's uncommon for anything too serious. You definitely want a full day (two nights) based in Aguas Calientes if you want the full experience. The reason being if you want to be on the ...


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Easy. For starters, there's a bus (don't take it) from Venuezuela via Lima and Santiago to Buenos Aires that I was told about while there, takes a week. But gives you an idea of the max time you might spend on buses, given you're doing a bit of tracking around. Lima to Arequipa and then Cusco can be done in 1-4 days depending on what stops you want to do. ...


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Yes it is possible. But you are not going to like it. There is a bus connection from Sao Paulo, Brazil to Santiago Chile, going through Paraguay and Argentina, which does not enter Bolivia. Once there you can take a bus from Santiago, Chile to Bogota Columbia, passing through Peru and Equador. These trips take approximately 2.5 days and 4 days ...


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The general consensus on this site is that it's probably in your favor to pay in local currency and allow your card issuer to do the conversion, rather than allow the local vendor or their payment network to do it for you - their only relationship with you is for this single transaction, whereas your card has some incentive to give you a more favorable rate ...


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How to take a boat from Iquitos to Santa Rosa/Laticia/Tabatinga Where to get up-to-date information iPeru provides information. In Iquitos, their office is at the location marked with (i) near the main square (Plaza de Armas). They can explain the boat companies and where to take the boats (boat to Manaus as well). L-S means Lunes/Monday - Sabado/Saturday ...


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There is no official left-luggage facility at Poroy Station, presumably because there just isn't the demand for such "All the hotels in Cusco & the Sacred Valley will store luggage for you if you stay there either before or after your visit to Machu Picchu, with no charge". It has been possible to drop off luggage at PeruRail's free facility in ...


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My brother flew from Lima to Cusco. It was brutal. I took time in Bolivia, Lake Titicaca and then in Cusco before heading to Machu Picchu. It was still brutal. Others have it worse, others have it less, but generally you'll be out of breath at the very least, and likely with headaches. There's basically nothing to do in Aguas Calientes - some springs and ...


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You can find a pdf map with current access constraints as of 30 March 2017, provided by the logistics cluster of the World Food Program. A look into their archives shows a previous version as of 28 March, so they seem to be regularly updated while need is. One item on the map says: Viru Bridge Ruptura del puente por el Rio Viru. Reparación estimada ...


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It appears you are somewhat confused. Summer in Peru is December to March, so those months are the warmest throughout the country, that being the southern hemisphere. Peru is not very much south of the Equator though so summer and winter temperatures are not that different. In terms of wetness, there summer is wetter indeed but that depends completely on ...


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Yes. It's not the only option, but the obvious choice is Ormeno's direct connection between Rio / Sao Paulo and Lima. It's a bit of a long ride, at around 4 full days of travel. Here's the Ormeno website. Here's my experience of doing that trip from Lima to Rio. I'm not aware of being able to buy a ticket for this connection online. You'd have to go to one ...


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From personal experience, it is not as bad as it may seem, but then again it probably depends on your health and fitness level. I am 37, my wife is 33, neither of us is very fit, but not we are not couch potatoes either. We flew from Lima (sea level) to Cusco and stayed there for 5 days. Before the trip we had similar concerns as you had, and we also had ...


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I tried a flight for next month on there, and the times range from 13h 40 to 46h 20(!) - quite a difference. Once the page is loaded for your dates, on the left choose more filters, and then play with the stopover and leg times - reduce them and you'll start to see the shorter flights. South American airlines often work on a hub-spoke model, like the US - ...


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As an Indian national, you will require a visa to visit Peru. According to the Consulate of Peru in San Francisco, the requirements are: Tourist Visa Fill out the obligatory visa application form. Personal interview. Valid passport. According to the normative 3.11 of the International Civil Aviation Organization (OACI), handwritten passport are only ...


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As a peruvian, I can assure that you can buy the tickets before arriving to the city through the websites listed by @JoErNano or any other you may found on internet. And additionally, I would suggest you to buy the tickets from well known companies, as OLTURSA (I traveled with this one and it's really comfortable and not so expensive), Cruz del Sur (This is ...


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Opposite to @jpatokal answer, I'd say that you can do it safely on Iquitos-Perú, where a lot of people often go to do this "ceremonies" and there are a lot of places that offers this service, for example this. The price is around 100$ per person per day (It's a pack that goes from 2 days to 8 days, depending on where you go to do it). For further ...


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On foot, an alternative to the Inca Trail is to walk from Aguas Calientes, along the bus route. There is a checkpoint at the bridge where you have to present an entrance ticket before continuing. Walkers take the stairs that connect the switchbacks used by the buses (beware of the vehicles). Machu Picchu Trek gives an overview of options: The most ...


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It would help to know when you are planning to travel. For example between Jan 2 and April 30 2017 the PeruRail 'train' service (The Hiram Bingham) is bimodal with a bus from/to Poroy to/from Ollantaytambo and train from/to there. IncaRail also offers services from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu. Singles are available from both operators. You may however ...


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Your itinerary is certainly doable in logistical terms, if rather tiring. So, if the altitude doesn't get you, you might still need some time to recover. Aguas Calientes is an uninteresting little tourist town, so if you were thinking of staying a few nights, there, you would be much better off staying in Cusco instead, to adapt to your surroundings. If you ...


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The train takes you to Aguas Calientes town, which is at the bottom of the hill on which Machu Picchu sits. From Aguas Calientes, you will need to get hold of: A bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (you can walk, but it's a fair distance and uphill all the way). An entrance ticket to Machu Picchu. A guide - apparently now mandatory. Per this ...


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30 days is no problem, i was over by a year a few years back and just paid the fine right at the airport. i'm over again now . . . by 2 years :( - no worries. you hand your plane ticket over like normal, they look at you nervously and explain that you'll have to pay, you say cool and they'll send you to a different line and pay. if you leave peru by bus it'...


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All that is changed, TOTALLY. Both governments have change their offices, outside of town, in the middle of nowhere, super simple, super safe. All in one building, exit from Ecuador / entry to Peru, in all one room. 24h attendance, 3 security guards, and cleaning persons. There is a board with the different destinations and related costs, from this point on, ...


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It seems to me you're worrying too much. :) If you want to see the sunrise at Machu Picchu, which is highly advised, you'll have to stay the previous night in Aguas Calientes. I would advise against staying two or more nights as the village has very little to offer. You might indeed get altitude sickness. To minimise the effects, take it easy. So, it ...


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