| Lima was not my favorite but did have great food and the ceviche was amazing. Lima reminded me of many modern coastal cities. I loved Cuzco and Ollantaytambo near Cuzco. There were amazing Inca ruins every where. The elevation was so high you may get nausea but you can chew on cacao leaves to help.
The salt flats were very cool and the terrace farming in Moray was very impressive.
Pack extra bags to take home as many sweaters as you can. I wish I had bought so many moreófavorite ones I own.
of course Machu Picchu is a cant miss. It was just as advertised. We didnít do the 5 day in a trail hike. When you do get up to the top there are hikes you can go on to get great views looking down on the main area. The city you stay in before going up to Macchu Picchu is Aqua Calientes. About as touristy as you can get but I still thought it was cool and enjoyed it.
I will keep thinking about more things but what a great trip.
| Many travel companies have compact 7 to 10-day tours of Peru, you can use those itineraries as reference.
Lima is more of a gateway, probably one day in the beginning and one day at the end, as you'll be flying in and out of there. Unless you like food, two of the world's top 10 restaurants are located in Lima.
Cuzco would be the gem of the trip, so spend as many days there as possible. I wouldn't suggest Inca trail unless you like mosquitos, once you are on site there is enough hiking/climbing to test your endurance especially at the altitude. The harrowing drive up to the ruins makes Amalfi coast and Yosemite seem like a stroll in the park.
I'd suggest Puno and Lake Titicaca (Uros island) as well. And maybe Paracas and Nazca lines.
Find out when the rainy season is down there and stay the hell away.
| is a lot of smuggling across the border down there. I don't know if Bolivia is a great country to visit.
Many combine the galapagos or the amazons with Peru, I'd do that before Bolivia.