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purpleepanda Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hey mzzazn do you have any recommendations for travelling to Peru and Bolivia. I am planning a trip down there and want to go through the Inca Trail and Salar de Uyuni, and was thinking about next December - January for the trip. Reviews said it was doable though might be rainy. I am not sure if you have been down there or not, but if you have I was curious if you knew whether it was a good amount better to go in say August or if December-January was a good time to visit down there without expecting too much trouble rain wise. 

Its my first time traveling outside of the U.S. so I don't have much experience planning these things so I am trying to get a head start early to make sure I am ready haha, thought I would ask a seasoned traveler like yourself for any helpful tips. I read through your bullet points which was helpful I need to look around for ways to save on the trip also haha
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Hello, I haven't gone to those areas down there! My best friend has and from what he told me, I don't think the pricing was too bad. Nothing like going to the Galapagos in Ecuador or anything.
Yes, it's rainy season in many places right now. If you want to hike the Inca Trail, I wouldn't recommend going during rainy season. Rain can make travel in third world countries much more dangerous and unpredictable if you'll be in "natural" areas such as mountain trails, etc. Plus, it just wouldn't be as great as a beautiful sunny day to enjoy the scenery with decent skies. I am going to Guatemala during Spring break, but I am going to see friends. It is also rainy season down there. The rain comes and goes. Sometimes it is light, sometimes it is really heavy. It depends on the elevation you are at and what kind of clouds/amount of moisture the trade winds are blowing in. 

Are you going by yourself? How long do you plan on going? 

Remember to look at things such as Visa requirements and get any immunizations if recommended or required as it is your first time out of the USA. I would recommend learning some Spanish phrases too as you won't be taken advantage of (perhaps? or at least as much) if it shows you're trying to learn their culture.

Here is info. on the requirements of visiting those countries (passport, visa wise):……

You should do a lot of research if you're going on your own - or join a tour group (which always costs more), but that way you're not lost and it is a lot less stressful for a first time traveler.
I would recommend knowing your exchange rates right before you leave. You could also do look at prices now and buy/trade currency to make a profit at local banks, but that's a little more for the very experienced traveler.

I also have a website that I highly recommend subscribing to - I write about my trips there and add more advice/tips there. There are past articles listed as well.

I hope I helped a bit.
purpleepanda Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Gotcha I might aim for going in August then just so we don't get rained out. The reviews were all over the place as some people got heavy rain but some had none at all when they went in january. 

What part of Guatemala are you visiting?:) 

I want to go with a couple friends, but I know unless I have the whole thing priced out and the plan all set, most people will be like yeah sure just let me know later when you have it all figured out haha. I am planning on flying out to la paz and from there taking a night bus to Uyuni and taking a couple day visit of the Salar de Uyuni, then taking the night bus back to La paz and spending a couple days there before taking a bus from La paz to Puno to see Lake titicaca for a few days and going from Puno to Cusco. At Cusco there is a train to go to the inca trail tours that lead up to Machu picchu, and at the end of the tour you head back to Cusco. Probably will spend a few days exploring Cusco afterwards before flying back to Dallas. That's the general plan as of now anyways haha

I haven't looked at the Visa requirements or immunizations which are definitely on my to do list when the trip gets closer, thanks for reminding me on that!:) Thanks for the links!

Do the currency rates fluctuate a lot? I have no idea how that all works haha, I just assumed the currency rate will for the most part stay the same throughout. Do you need to take out all the money you need for the entire trip at the beginning or is there access to banks and all that in the big cities in your experience to withdraw money. I don't want something to happen and I lose all my money during the trip, not sure if that iis a realistic concern haha. 

I read your bullet point tips on oursouonder but I haven't gotten to fully go through everything on the sight I'll definitely look through it some more!

Thanks for all the help, I really appreciate it!
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
Yeah, I would recommend August instead.
I always visit Guatemala City. Sometimes from there I go to other places. I love Semuc Champey, but this time around I think I will be staying put and just spending time with my best friend. 

You have a good idea of what you want to do. When you start to take your trip, I just don't recommend saying "oh i want to spend only two days there" because sometimes you plans COMPLETELY change. For example, I was going to go to Laos during summer, but I loved Thailand so much I decided to go to the jungle out there :XD:
Currency rates can change every day. Many things can make it drop or go up. I would just keep tabs on them - trading currency is a different thing :XD:  You have to be on point for that.

You're welcome Phu.
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