Your travel tips

From cruis­ing down the Ama­zon in a ham­mock to ex­plor­ing float­ing mar­kets and trekking some of Peru’s great­est ru­ins – you give us your best tips for get­ting the most out of the land of the Inca

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Advice on liv­ing the Pe­ru­vian high life, as re­lated by you, the reader

Cor­ner the mar­ket

Iquitos & Belén

“From its colo­nial ar­chi­tec­ture to its friendly peo­ple, Iquitos is great to visit. You can’t miss Belén’s float­ing mar­ket, ei­ther – it will stay with you for­ever. Take an open mind, a small amount of cash and a phrase­book – it’s an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Bronty Lay­ton

Rolling down the river

Iquitos

“Want to feel like In­di­ana Jones? Get the ferry from Yurimaguas to the Ama­zon city of Iquitos, which is only ac­cessed by river and air. The jour­ney was the high­light of the trip: string your ham­mock up on deck and chat with the lo­cals, spot Ama­zon dol­phins and ad­mire the dense jungle you’re sail­ing through.”

Gon­zalo Dominguez

Hop around ru­ins

Cusco

“If in Cusco, visit the Inca ru­ins at Tam­bo­machay, Puka Pukara and Sac­say­huamán (known lo­cally as ‘sexy woman’). Hike up their ver­sion of Christ the Redeemer, Cristo Blanco, for fab­u­lous views over Cusco. Then go to Paddy’s Ir­ish Pub, the high­est Ir­ish-owned pub in the world, and down a well-earned pint of Guin­ness or a bot­tle of Cusqueña.”

Helen Jack­son

Drama with the lla­mas

Peru

“Be calm around the lla­mas – if you an­noy or anger them for some rea­son, and they spit at you, be pre­pared to run very fast.

Lla­mas can reach speeds of up to 56km per hour!”

Hayley Atkins

Ho­tel Hol­ly­wood

Lima

“The Gran Ho­tel Bo­li­var in Lima is a hall­mark of the old Pe­ru­vian es­tab­lish­ment and fa­mous for its pisco sours – the coun­try’s na­tional cock­tail. Or­son Welles, John Wayne and even writer Ernest Hem­ing­way are known to have sam­pled the clas­sic drink here, which takes its name from the city Pisco in the de­part­ment of Ica. Take a seat and toast to its his­tory. Salud!”

Natalie Chalk

High main­te­nance

Peru

“Bring al­ti­tude sick­ness tablets for Are­quipa, Machu Pic­chu and Cusco. Chew­ing coca leaves and drinking coca tea will help, too: they’re packed with min­er­als, vi­ta­mins and nu­tri­ents.

Jac­que­line Kay

Hold your drink

Inca trail

”Be care­ful how much al­co­hol you drink. When I was do­ing the Inca Trail, I reached al­ti­tudes of 4,500 me­tres. There’s less oxy­gen in the air, so a few beers feels like a lot. You don’t want a hang­over at Machu Pic­chu!”

Joe Green­wood

Chilled to the bone

Lima

“The Basílica y Con­vento de San Fran­cisco de Lima is a must. Be­low the church are cat­a­combs: a maze of nar­row hall­ways lined with the bones of around 10,000 peo­ple. In one area, a large round hole is filled with ge­o­met­ri­cally ar­ranged skulls.”

Cheri Boucher

Pic­ture-per­fect pho­tos

Machu Pic­chu

“If you’re walk­ing up the steps to Machu Pic­chu, bring an ex­tra T-shirt – you don’t want to be drip­ping with sweat for the all-im­por­tant pho­tos.”

Ka­t­rina Mac­far­lane

They all float… The wa­ter town and mar­kets of Belén are one of the un­miss­able sights around Iquitos

“Visit the Pal­c­coyo Rain­bow Moun­tain in Cusco in­stead of Vini­cunca,” says reader Sheree Hooker. “You’ll get bet­ter pho­tos and it’s more in­ti­mate.” Chas­ing rain­bows

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