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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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I just called the 3 taxi companies that work with the airport and the cost is around 60 soles (23 dollar), which i think is a fair price because it's a service of the airport and it's safe. You could take the taxi outside and the cost would be 40 soles or maybe less but i can't say anything about safety. Price details: 1 - 3 person (Car) 60 soles 4 - 6 ...


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Update: Good news, when you load the official page, you'll now see that they accept VISA payments. As a result, you can now buy advance tickets from outside of Peru directly with the website. However, there are still many other ways to do this. I'd recommend this guide for sources on how to do it. There are numerous online tour agencies that you can pay ...


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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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It is a near-guarantee that you will eat several doses of lomo saltado while traveling in Peru. The dish features sauteed sirloin, some stir-fried vegetables, white rice, and lightly fried potatoes. The dish is ubiquitous in Peru, usually well-prepared, and quite cheap. You should be able to feast on some lomo saltado wherever your travels take you in ...


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I did this two and a half years ago, and took a 75L pack and a day pack. My friend also had one, and the six others in our group also had backpacks plus odds and ends. There was no problem. However, the train was also only half full (October). I imagine the rules are there so that in the peak season, if it's busy they can then start enforcing them. So ...


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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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The 1 USD is not a fee, it's a fine you have to pay when overstaying your visa. There does not seem to be a possibility to extend the visa, once you are in Peru, but if you have the chance to leave Peru somewhere for a day and come back, you might be able to stay longer - specially as a tourist. If you are a resident citizen of the Netherlands, you should ...


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Never seen a problem with this. I did it once with a large 80L backpack plus one camera bag weighing considerably more than 8kg and once with a rolling 26" suitcase plus an even larger camera bag. No problem in either case. Keep in mind that this is not an official rule but checks tend to be loose on trains compared to airplanes.


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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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I spent 3 weeks in Peru last year, mostly in Lima, Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and Colca Canyon and Arequipa. Among our fancier possessions, I had a Canon camera with me and my husband had an Asus laptop. We're not physically intimidating people by any means (I'm just 5'2"), but I think we also carry ourselves confidently when we travel (e.g. no looking at ...


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I have called the bus companies and checked some testimonies on web and of my friends regarding the WiFi on this buses. I'm glad to tell you that the 3 of them have the service, however it is not available for all the routes. Cruz del Sur: It has WiFi available for 80% of the routes. It is not a fast connection but you can check email, and look at webpages; ...


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Short answer: You really can't. Long answer: The most direct way (ie not taking a Potosi bus and connecting) is to take just two buses. The first bus will be from Uyuni to La Paz. This can take 12-15 hours depending on the time of day, the bus company, your driver (some will pull over for a few hours to sleep!) and stops (some stop in El Alto to drop off ...


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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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For most travellers, there's really only one logical way - the bus. The airport is 50km away in Juliaca, and generally you fly from Lima. I did this trip by bus back in 2010 - the 'fast' option around the lake, and you can read my brief bit about it on my blog. From the Article on Wikivoyage: Daily buses depart to and from La Paz, Bolivia on two ...


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Let me detail you some of the food you can find here. Cuy Chactado (Guinea Pig): You can find this dish mostly in the Mountainous Area (Sierra) or in restaurants in Lima City but is not the same. The taste is really singular because the guinea pig meat is tough. Ceviche: It's raw fish mixed with lemon juice, pepper salt; it is delicious. Be careful some ...


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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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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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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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