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    What are the health concerns for traveling in Peru & Equador?

    I was in the same region at the same time as you! And, as I'm sure you discovered, this was a good time to be there because, with the exception of Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu, it's not a very buggy time. But, for others who are going at other times: - altitude sickness is possible: acclimate slowly and keep very well hydrated (and go in this order: Machu Picchu, then Cusco, then Lake Titicaca). - bring bug spray for Galapagos, just in case. Make sure you wear it and, preferably, cover your legs in Aguas Callients / Machu Picchu -- the no-see-ums there are brutal and leave red welts on many people, about 1/3 of people have swollen painful legs 2-3 days after the bites (you won't notice them biting). - Your regular travel vaccinations are fine, though there are some areas (off the tourist trail) that require yellow fever vaccination too. - The sun is extremely strong near the equator and at altitude : sunscreen essential, especially for Galapagos and Lake Titicaca. - If you're going to the Amazon, you'll need more bug precautions. about 3 years ago

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    Clothing and footwear for Peru, Amazon basin

    What do you mean ... Phil doesn't know everything?!?! I've not been, but met lots of people in other parts of Peru (and Ecuador) who had just been in the Amazon. They all reported that it was extremely humid and buggy, and very warm. The clothing you suggest sounds like what they wore (I quizzed them as I was planning to go, but ran out of time). Most lodges will provide you with rubber boots if their terrain needs it. Bon voyage! about 3 years ago

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    I'm going to Peru in August and want to travel from Lima to Cuzco by train. Is this possible? Has anyone else got experience of this?

    Unless you're really short of cash, fly from Lima to Cuzco. Even the bus is long! If you're trying to get from Lima to Machu Picchu, I've written an article about how to do so independently, without a tour, and balancing comfort, cost and time: http://traveleater.net/2014/12/12/independent-travel-how-to-travel-to-machu-picchu-without-a-tour/ about 3 years ago

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    is it a mistake to figure out inca trail/machu pichu plans after arriving in peru? i dont like booking things in advance

    It really depends on the time of year that you will be there. If high season, as Phil says, you'll need to book in advance. But I was there in November (2014) and bought my Machu Picchu ticket the afternoon before visiting the site. I've written an article about how to see Machu Picchu independently, without booking a tour, and on the logistics of getting there. Note: the Inca Trail is entirely different -- you do need to book a tour for that. http://traveleater.net/2014/12/12/independent-travel-how-to-travel-to-machu-picchu-without-a-tour/ about 3 years ago

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    Is it safe to travel to Paris right now?

    I just came back from Paris and felt very safe. There is an enhanced security presence, but it is very understated -- not nearly as visible as in the US. All tourist sites have security checkpoints where tourists walk through metal detectors and bags are put through X-rays. In general, visiting a city right after a terrorist attack is the safest time because everyone -- authorities and the general public -- is super vigilant. about 3 years ago

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    is there a $400 stamp needed to board befour you can fly quito

    I flew into Quito from Canada, via Houston, and there was no fee to pay whatsoever. There is a $100 + $10 fee to enter Galapagos though. I am in Ecuador now (October 2014). over 3 years ago

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    Departure city in northern South America (arrival will be Quito, Ecuador)?

    Thanks Jonathan! I'd already booked my ticket when I saw this (I decided arrive Quito, depart Lima). I'm in Ecuador now and love it, going to Peru next week. Bolivia will have to wait for my next trip! over 3 years ago

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    Where do I find a safe and inexpensive driver to take 4 ppl from CUZ to Urubamba, Sacred Valley?

    Hi - This is tagged for Ottawa, Canada, where I lived for 20 years ... But I've never heard of the other places you mention in the Ottawa context. More info please? over 3 years ago