Peru in 9 days - Safety Concerns and itinerary review
Hi Guys, me and my friend are planning a 9 day trip to Peru and following is our itinerary with a few questions.
July 1st - NYC to Lima
July 2nd - reach by 12 30 pm, check into Lima hotel - pls suggest which area would be good,Miraflores or centre ? - spend half a day in Lima, we are not museum lovers or Cathedral lovers, so I was thinking the city fountain and some other sights .. pls suggest
July 3rd - Early morning flight to Cusco - check into a hotel - pls suggest which area would be best. Explore Cusco for the rest of the day
July 4th - Sacred valley guided tours - we haven't booked any tour, so if you recommend any tour company that can do a full day guided tour that would be great, our aim is to cover max in min amount of time.
July 5th - take the morning train to Aguas Calientes , check into the hotel, explore town, walk by the Urubamba river, goto the MP ruins
July 6th - Go early to MP, see the sun rise at the sun gate - how early should we go ? and should we book a guide from before or take one from the gates ?, roam around the ruins. - since we do not want to do the MP hike or the HP hike, we will be done by 2. Take the evening train back to Cusco - is it safe ?
sleep in Cusco
July 7th , 8th and 9th - do the 3 day Lake Titicaca tour floating islands and stay with a local family. please suggest any guided tours or operators for this tour from Cusco
July 10th - Lima to NYC
Please suggest if this trip needs changes. we have only booked our ticket to and from Lima to NYC , everything else still needs to be booked, hence seeking some suggestions. Some of my questions are as follows
- I am scared of animals in general, very uncomfortable around them. I know cusco and MP have a lot of Llamas roaming around, are they dangerous ? do they harm people if they sense fear ?
- How safe is it to take the train from MP to Cusco at night on July 6th ?
- Is it safe to live with families on the Uros islands ? do they have pets ? any cats or dogs ? how is your experience staying with those families ?
- what kind of shots do I need before I go and can I get them at my local Walgreens ?
also, I plan on carrying local currency as Peru mostly accepted cash. I will also have my cc.
I guess i just dont have enough confidence about safety in Peru. any suggestions on where to stay and what to avoid are most welcome.
Please pour in your suggestions.