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This July I will be visiting Peru for three weeks.  So far I don’t have much on my Peru itinerary: I’ve booked my first night’s accommodation at a hostel in Lima, and then a few days later I have a two-night booking at the Hotel Paracas near Pisco.  After that my schedule is wide open until I fly out of Cuzco on the 23rd.

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I’m open to pretty much anything, as long as it’s logical (I don’t want to fly across the country a bunch of times to do this or that).  Hiking the Inca Trail isn’t a huge attraction for me, but I was thinking of visiting Machu Picchu for a day (it seems criminal not to go, right?).  I’m also trying to decide if it’s worth going into the jungle for just a few days, or if I’d be better off returning in a year or two and visiting the Amazon and/or Pantanal properly.  I would also like to spend at least one day and night in a town or village that doesn’t see a lot of tourism, and of course, I’m always on the lookout for interesting local beauty treatments.If you’ve been to Peru and have any suggestions about how I should design the ultimate Peru itinerary, please share below!  If you’ve blogged about your own trip, share that too!I have a small route planned, but I would like to hear your opinion on this:

Day 1&2

Fly into Lima – Lima is a large and busy city with unsafe pockets. I already too adequate precautions and booked a hotel in Miraflores suburb. A couple of people suggested this area as the tourist hub. They told me this suburb is entirely peaceful, if I want to experience the true spirit of Lima, I should head to bohemian district Barranco.

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I searched this district online and found colorful houses, quirky street art, and hole-in-the-walls eateries. This is one of the places I am most excited about. I plant to experience here the true spirit of Peru.Considering the accommodation, I am planning to stay at JW Marriot, Lima, opposite of shopping center in Miraflores.

Day 3&4

On my third day, I am planning to take a short bus ride from Lima to Ica. My goal is to visit mysterious Incan temples. I read online it is even possible to visit a colonial house. I am looking forward to seeing Nazca Lines, hundreds of massive lines shaped like animals, birds, and geographic figures.

I still don’t want to end my connection with the desert. I plan to visit Huacachina because I have seen many locals recommended this destination. This a tiny village which is literally on an oasis in the middle of massive sand-dunes in the Peruvian desert.

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