My wife and I are planning a two-week trip to Peru in November, and though the big pieces of the trip are in place, we need some advice on how to slot things in. Also, lodging help.
Here is what the trip looks like so far:
Day 1: Leave Denver, fly to Lima
Day 2: Arrive in Lima stupid early in the morning, 1am or so. Depart for Iquitos at 3p.
Day 2-6 Tour the amazon on a kickass boat
Day 6: Fly to Lima, stay in Lima overnight
Day 7: Fly to Cusco
Days 7-11 in Cusco area
Day 12 Fly to Lima
Day 13 Fly to Denver (leaving stupid early in the morning, 1am)
So, we have 2 nights overnight in Lima, where should we stay? We don't need anything crazy nice, especially since we're not staying long, but we're probably over sharing bunkbeds with drunk college kids who are having sex.
We want to see Machu Picchu while in Cusco, and we would like to stay in Aguas Calientes overnight so we can see MP early in the morning. Should we go straight from the flight from Lima to Aguas Calientes via Ollantaytambo, or spend a day in Cusco and catch the early train directly from Cusco? And we need a place to stay in Cusco and/or Ollantaytambo -- should we do both? Just Cusco? B&Bs or their equivalent would work well; again, we don't need super-fancy and don't want party hostels.
Any other suggestions for travel in the area would be great.