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Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00

The Best of Cusco and Machupicchu 7D/6N

Journey through Peru’s most fascinating ancient Incan wonders, along with its blend of traditional and contemporary culture.  Many centuries ago, the Incas governed this vast empire, which was connected by thousands of miles of stone-paved highways, from their cultural and religious center in Cusco. Many fine carved stone monuments stand today, a testament to the skill of their master architects. Take in the spirit of Cusco as you walk on its cobble stoned streets admiring its combined culture of the Incas and Spaniards. Tour the amazing archeological site of Pisac with many terraces and its colorful Indian Market, visit the Moray agricultural circles, Maras Salt Mines, watch a weaving demonstration with natural dyes in Chinchero, and be in awe with the huge carved stones in Ollantaytambo. Take a spectacular train ride to the town of Machupicchu (Aguas Calientes) and visit one of the Seven Wonders in the World, Machupicchu. Finally, enjoy a day visiting Lima the city of Kings.

Published in Peru Travel Deals

A specially designed tour for the people who love adventure and action.  Walk around the fabulous Inca City of Cusco that has a blend of Inca and Colonial architecture. Enjoy a thrilling day, river rafting in Cusipata with high rapids and zipling down the river feeling an adrenaline rush. The following day enjoy the thrill of canyoning down the Limatambo waterfalls.  Experience a day of culture by watching a colorful weaving demonstration at a local´s home in Chinchero and then horseback riding on the Peruvian Paso horse for a smooth ride to the Moray Agricultural terraces and down to the Maras Inca Salt mines. Finally, tour one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu.

Published in Peru Travel Deals

A great way to acclimatize by doing a walking tour of the ancient Inca City of Cusco that has a blend of Inca and Spanish Architecture. Delight in the mystical atmosphere admiring your surroundings. Enjoy a free day to further acclimatize before starting the amazing Classic Inca Trail to the one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. On the famous Inca Trail see the wondrous, changing landscapes and scenery like mountains, cloud forest rich in flora and fauna. Be in awe and thrilled every step of the way visiting archeological sites such as Wiñaywayna and more on route to the infamous Machu Picchu to finally bask in its beauty and magic.

Published in Peru Travel Deals
Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00

Tour Planning Info

Getting Ready to Go

What you need to be aware of before you GO
Trekperu will take care of all the necessary preparations for your vacation in Peru but there are a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please read the following information carefully before your departure to ensure that the only surprises that will arise are pleasant ones.
Passport & Visa

  • You are responsible of securing a signed passport valid for 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Make sure your passport has enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps.

    The following countries do not require a Visa for entry into Peru.
    North America: Citizens of the United States, Canada and Mexico
  • Central America: Citizens of most Central American countries (exception Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic)
  • South America: Citizens of all South American countries
  • Europe: Citizens of all countries within the European Union and Switzerland
  • Africa: Citizens of South Africa
  • Asia: Citizens of Brunei, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand
  • Oceania: Citizens of Australia and New Zealand

Visa required for entry into Peru for all countries not mentioned above. For Further information please consult your consulate and the Essential Guide for Tourists visiting Peru by clicking or copying the link below.
Peru – Passport information must be submitted to Trekperu upon making reservations. Scanned passports must be submitted to purchase Inca Trail permits in order to prevent errors. This information is imperative to purchase Machu Picchu Train tickets, permits and internal flight tickets.
Travel insurance – We highly recommend travel insurance in case you fall ill, cancellation of tour due to strikes, weather etc. There are some reasonably priced insurance plans for South America so it doesn’t have to break the bank.
Trip Preparation:
Pre-planning will make your journey a happy one. Several months ahead make sure your passports, visas are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through your trip. We suggest you make copies of your passports, visas, personal ID and all important documents that you will take with you and pack separately and leave copies with your family. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals you will have copies for easier reporting and replacement. Bring a small first aid kit containing headache pills, antihistamines, antibacterial ointment, anti-diarrhea pills, band aids, alcohol pads, etc. Do not put valuables such as cameras in your luggage that is being checked in at the airport. Due to pressure at high altitude we recommend placing shampoos or any liquid tubes into a Ziploc bags but try to squeeze the air out of them first. You could also use tape to seal them to prevent leakage.
Cell Phones & Calling Cards
If you want to bring your cell phone with you, make sure it works in Peru by contacting your carrier. To avoid frequency compatibility problems best have a GSM multi-band phone. While you can use your SIM card from home, be aware of high roaming charges. To avoid these fees, you can buy a quite inexpensive local pre-paid SIM card (incl. Internet, e-mail... for smart-phone users) directly at Jorge Chavez International Airport which you can exchange for your original one as long as you have an unlocked cell.
Another option is to rent a local mobile phone including a local SIM card at the airport. You can choose between Claro, Movistar, Nextel and Rent a cell. Just have a chat with the nice young ladies waiting for potential customers before you get your luggage and pick a plan that best suits your needs. Be aware that prices can be steep. Ask for connection fees, other charges and penalties! Read the fine print before you sign anything!
When calling the U.S. from a foreign country, you may also use a prepaid calling card; normally, the only additional charge (besides the prepaid long distance charges) is a local fee of a few cents and possibly a connection fee if you are using your card at your hotel. It is best to check with the hotel’s reception desk prior to making phone calls to avoid unexpected charges.

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another
When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code + destination Country Code + Phone Number.
For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If the international number you wish to call starts with a 0 (zero), you must drop this starting digit when dialing the number.
Wireless Internet Access      
Passengers traveling with Wi-Fi enabled devices (such as a personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or digital audio player) may be able to connect to the internet via a wireless network access point (or hotspot). Wi-Fi access in hotels often involves a fee which, in some cases, can be very expensive. Even if Wi-Fi is available, signal strength is subject to local conditions and not guaranteed. Internet availability on cruises is unpredictable due to the ship frequently changing locations while sailing through multiple countries. Passengers requiring internet access may seek out internet cafes or may be able to locate free Wi-Fi hotspots such as libraries or coffee shops. Hotspots can often be located and planned in advance via an online search. Planning ahead may help avoid unnecessary fees.       

Banks and ATM´s
Yes, there are many ATM machines in the major cities of Peru, so you can use your ATM card. Most ATM machines are found around the center of the city and hotels. Please inform your bank one to two weeks before traveling so you will not encounter any problems. We recommend you use ATM´s in Banks during business hours for your safety.
Travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude, or required immunizations, which could affect their health. As of now there are no required vaccinations to enter Peru.  Please consult your personal health care provider,          
The Centers for Disease Control ( and/or the World Health Organization ( for their recommendations.

There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.

  • Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
  • If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician’s note detailing required treatment should you become ill.
  • Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer or wet ones.
  • Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellant (for both active and warm destinations).
  • You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with band aids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, and bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the entire trip.        
  • Peru - While no inoculations are required, vaccination against yellow fever is recommended, especially if traveling to the Amazon or onward to Bolivia. Please consult your physician before traveling to Peru.

You may encounter mosquitoes in both urban and rural areas, especially during wet seasons. Travelers are encouraged to bring insect repellant and consider wearing clothing that adequately covers arms and legs.

Traveler’s diarrhea caused by contaminated food or water, often resulting in dehydration, is common. Take care to follow these steps to avoid or reduce the symptoms.

  • Drink only bottled water.
  • Avoid unpasteurized cheeses and unpeeled or unwashed fruits and vegetables.
  • Eggs, meat and seafood should be properly and fully cooked.
  • Please note that the popular Peruvian alcoholic beverage, Pisco Sour is often made with uncooked egg white.
  • If you have contracted diarrhea, let your stomach rest. Do not eat for several hours or until you are feeling better.
  • Drink bottled or boiled water and rehydration beverages containing electrolytes (sports drinks) frequently and in small amounts.
  • Resume your diet with simple and bland foods, such as crackers, rice, bread, potatoes, or bananas, which usually will help slow diarrhea.

High Altitude Illness:
Altitude illness occurs when there is a lack of oxygen in the air at high altitudes, including Cuzco (11,000 feet) and Puno (12,600 feet). Altitude illness will affect some travelers, with no apparent regard to age, gender or physical condition. Symptoms may include headache, loss of appetite, dizziness and trouble sleeping. For some it will pass within a few hours, however for many the condition if gone untreated may last for several days. We urge you to read and follow these suggestions in order to reduce the chances and/or severity of altitude illness.

  • Prior to departure, speak with your health care provider. They may recommend the medication acetazolamide (Diamox), which has been found to reduce the symptoms if taken a day or two before you depart.
  • Stick to a light diet the day before traveling to a high altitude. Foods found easy to digest include fish, chicken and hot liquids. Avoid fried foods, beef, lamb and caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before and during your stay. Many find saline nasal drops/spray beneficial.
  • Upon arrival take it easy. Allow your body to adjust by lying down for 10-15 minutes. Rest as much as possible during the trip. Over-exertion can exacerbate the symptoms.
  • Oxygen can be beneficial, and is easily found in airports, hotels and pharmacies.
  • For headaches, over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) have been found to be helpful.
  • Coca tea and wild mint (Munya) may ease the symptoms.
  • A diet high in carbohydrates, breads, cereals, grains, and pasta can also help alleviate the symptoms.
  • Once again, we highly suggest you consult your personal healthcare provider before making the decision to travel to any high altitude destination and before choosing any course of treatment. 

Climate & Clothing   
We ask tour members to refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes and/or personal products containing excessive fragrance, in respect for other clients on the tour bus who may be allergic.        
Peru. - The sun is strong, particularly in the higher altitudes. Please bring a sun hat that has a circular brim all the way around (not a baseball cap) and sunscreen. Bring comfortable, cushioned walking shoes for the hard cobblestone streets, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket. Remember that during your trip you will be traveling between regions and will need to be prepared for all weather conditions. Please check to which season and region(s) you will be traveling and pack accordingly. Winter months (May – October) are cold. During those periods you will need a warm jacket, gloves, a hat and a scarf. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).

Peru's climate varies by season and region. The coastal region (Lima) has two clear seasons, summer (December - March) and winter (May – October). Summer temperatures in this region can reach 80°F. Winter is generally damp and chilly, with temperatures dropping to 53°F. This region sees little rain, but can see mist and drizzle during the winter. The coastal area of Ica (Paracas, Nazca) enjoys warm dry weather throughout the year, with average temperatures around 75 - 80°F. The highlands region of Peru (Cuzco, Puno, Urubamba, Machu Picchu) has a dry temperate climate that also experiences two distinct seasons. The dry season (May – October) consists of sunny days and cold nights with very little rain. The rainy season in the highlands runs from December to March. Temperatures can change drastically during the day in this region, sometimes varying as widely as highs around 65°F and lows of 35°F during the same day. The jungle region (Amazon River) is tropical and humid. Throughout the year temperatures range from mid to upper 80s during the day and drop into the 70s during the night. The summer months (April – October) are considered the dry season, though despite this name it should be remembered that it rains two-thirds of the year in the rainforest. The rainy season (November – March) sees frequent showers and high river levels.

Book & Film Recommendations     
Below are some favorites for your enjoyment.

PERU: Books

Machu Picchu:
Lost City of the Incas by Hiram Bingham (1948)
Machu Picchu Sacred Center by Johan Reinhard (2007)
Turn Right At Machu Picchu by Mark Adams (2011)
Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas by Richard L Burg (2008)
Incas: Book 3: The Light of Machu Picchu by A.B. Daniel (2003)
The Steamer Trunk Adventures #2: The Ghosts of Machu Picchu by R.M. Garcia (2006)

Nazca Lines:
The Nasca Lines by Johan Reinhard (1986)
Nazca: Eighth Wonder of the World by Anthony Adams (2001)
Nazca by Steve Rogoff (2003)

General Peruvian Life / Exploration:
The Peru Readers by Orin Starn, Carlos Ivan Degregory, and Robin Kirk (2005)
The Art of Peruvian Cuisine by Tony Custer (2003)
Eight Feet in the Andes: Travels with a Mule in Unknown Peru by Dervla Murphy (2003)
Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa (1975)
Aunt Julia & the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa (1977)
The White Rock - An exploration of the Incas heartland by Hugh Thomson (2001)

The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming (1970, reprint 2003)
Narrative of the Incas by Juan de Betanzos (originally from 1550s, not discovered and published until 1980s)
The Secret of the Incas by William Sullivan (1997)
Incas: Books 1&2 by A.B. Daniel (2002-2003)

Other Archaeology/sites
Lost Tomb of Viracocha by Maurice Cotterell (2001)
Temple by Matthew Reilly (2002)

PERU: Films
The Secret of the Incas (1957)
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)
Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
La Teta Asustada ("The Milk of Sorrow"), by Claudia Llosa

About Your Flights

About Your International/Domestic Flights

Airline Seat Assignments

As a courtesy service, airline seat assignments are requested on your behalf and, when available, are displayed in order of Passenger #1, #2 and so on. Assignments reflect the best available seats at the time of booking. Some airlines and/or fare types do not allow for pre-seating and require this be done at airport check-in only; in which case the display shows “N/A”. Seats are subject to change by your airline(s) including, for example, when there is a schedule change or equipment change after your initial booking; this may cause seat assignments to be changed or even cancelled. In the event that you change seat assignments directly with your airline, changes will not be reflected on this display. At the time that Trekperu travel documents are issued, the currently assigned seats will be listed based on the assignments stored in your airline reservation at that time. Should you have questions regarding your assignments, please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Although luggage sizes are now fairly standard, each airline does have specific requirements based upon the route and aircraft size. Click on links below for Baggage information.
Avianca Report any loss or damage of luggage immediately at the time of the incident and obtain a written report from the local authority for submission to your insurance provider. Avoid placing valuables in your checked luggage. If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. Any cost to retrieve luggage will be your responsibility and you should retain receipts to submit to your insurance provider.

U.S. Hazardous Materials Restrictions - Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard aircraft in your luggage or on your person. A violation can result in five years’ imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals. There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials carried on your person. For more information, visit

Code-share Flights

If your flight itinerary displays a flight as “Operated By” another carrier, you should check-in at the desk of the “Operated By” airline. When you arrive at the airport, check the airport monitors for updated check-in desk listings.

Airline Flights

Please check in at least three hours prior to the scheduled departure time for international flights and two hours prior for domestic flights. Many airlines do not permit check-in less than one hour prior to the scheduled departure time. Passengers connecting from another point within the USA should check their luggage through to their final destination. Although problems with lost luggage have been minimal, it is a possibility. Certain carriers do not allow baggage “interlining,” and luggage must be checked separately for each flight. When you check your luggage, please verify where your luggage is being sent. If you are connecting from a domestic flight which is delayed for any reason, causing you to miss your international flight, ask the airline for assistance in getting you to your destination. Since all airline tickets are issued on special fares which carry restrictions and penalties if changed, you must have the airlines responsible make alternate arrangements on your behalf as Trekperu has no authority or control over airline activities and policies. Do not leave the airline check-in desk until an alternative itinerary has been confirmed.

The Transportation and Safety Administration

The (TSA) has increased security measures drastically since September 11, 2001. Plan to arrive no fewer than two hours prior to a domestic flight and three hours prior to an international flight. Check the TSA website to find out the current list of acceptable items you may bring on a plane before packing.

About Business Class Airfares

Business Class service may not be available on all flights or aircraft types, and therefore some flights within an itinerary may not include Business Class seating. This includes, for example, some US domestic connections and/or short haul flights abroad.. When Business Class service is not available, you will be accommodated in the best alternative class of service and seating. Please check your operating airline to determine the extra services you may receive in Business Class.

Foreign Domestic Flights

If your tour program includes foreign domestic flights, and those tickets are not included together with the e-ticket itinerary in these documents, a separate voucher(s) confirming those services will be included. You will receive those tickets at your destination from a Trekperu representative.

Peru Domestic Flights

The airline tickets enclosed are for your domestic flights to/from Lima (provided that you purchased them from Treperu). If tickets for your flights within Peru are not enclosed, you will receive your tickets (for example, Lima to Cuzco and vice-versa) once you arrive in Peru. Please note that you may only bring a total of up to 50 lbs of luggage per person on flights within Peru. This weight restriction may differ from your international carrier's and is subject to change. A passport or picture ID is required to board all flights in Peru including the Nazca Lines over flight.

Avoiding Jet Lag

In order to minimize fatigue and general restlessness caused by jet lag, there are a few steps you may take including switching to your destination time zone when you board the plane, by sleeping and eating according to the new schedule, avoiding heavy eating, caffeine or alcoholic beverages before or during your flight, and by drinking plenty of water and/or fruit juice while flying. Try to sleep on overnight flights and then, upon arrival, avoid the temptation to nap until nighttime.

Frequent Flier Programs

Passengers are responsible to contact their airline directly regarding mileage eligibility and accrual. Airline frequent flier programs determine whether to award miles in part or total based on their own rules which are updated frequently. Some discounted or promotional airfares as well as some code-share flights are not eligible for mileage accrual. Some private airfares, such as a “Trekperu Travel Airfare”, are not eligible for mileage or may qualify for reduced mileage, even if the same airline class of service is eligible for full mileage when sold as an “Instant Purchase” published airfare. Not all published airfares are eligible for mileage. Trekperu will record frequent flier numbers when provided by the passenger prior to travel documents being issued. However, the addition of frequent flier numbers to airline records does not guarantee mileage eligibility which is at the sole discretion of each airline. Airline schedule changes may result in flights which were originally eligible for mileage accrual no longer being eligible. We highly recommend passengers to provide their frequent flier account information whenever checking in online and/or at the airport check-in desk. After travel has commenced, it is often not possible to apply for frequent mileage credit. Passengers are also responsible to determine whether previously earned mileage may be applied to flights to secure upgrades.

Arrival & Departure

Arrival Procedures

Upon arrival, please complete immigration formalities if necessary and claim your luggage. If your program includes airport arrival transfers, check your voucher for specific instructions, as they vary with every destination. In most cases, you will be met after collecting your luggage or passing through Customs by the local representative who will be holding a Trekperu sign and/or a sign with your name on it. If for any reason you do not connect with the Trekperu transfer personnel, go to the Tourist Information Desk and ask them to page the Trekperu Travel representative or phone the number on your voucher.

What To Do When Your Flight Is Delayed

Airlines do not share flight manifest information. Therefore, the only way we may learn of a delay or schedule change while you are traveling is from you, the traveler. The sooner you are able to contact one of our offices, the better we can respond. Trekperu will contact the airline and find information in order to coordinate the new time of pick up. But if your flight is cancelled then unused tour services, including transfers and hotel nights are not refundable. Upon your return home you will need to contact your airline and/or insurance carrier to investigate the possibility of reimbursement for any unused tour services.

Departure Procedures

If your program includes departure transfers, instructions will be stated on your voucher or provided locally.


Due to local traffic and other extenuating circumstances, we ask that you allow 30 minutes from your scheduled transfer time for our representative to arrive. This includes hotel, and airport transfers. Such possible delays are taken into consideration in scheduling transfers and you should therefore have no concerns about arriving late for your tour, and flight. For transfers from a hotel, let the hotel reception desk or concierge know that you are waiting for a transfer. In the case of a missed transfer, reimbursement for your out-of-pocket expenses will be considered provided you obtain a written statement from the hotel's front desk verifying the length of time you waited, and the time you left the hotel, and a receipt for your transportation with time and date. Escorted tour programs include transfers, providing you have purchased airfare from Trekperu to arrive and depart on the scheduled tour dates. If you are traveling independently, you may purchase the transfers from Trekperu or contract your own method of transportation to the hotel. The cost of a transfer is more expensive than hiring a taxi, as a Trekperu transfer necessarily includes round trip service. Often the places of call (airports, seaports, hotels) demand entrance and parking fees, where drivers may have to wait for up to an hour. Passengers comfortable hiring a taxi on their own and do not require assistance will save money

About Your Accommodations


Trekperu has carefully selected each hotel based on overall quality, location, price, food, service, safety and cleanliness. All rooms are standard twin-bedded (two single beds) rooms with private facilities, unless you have specifically requested and paid for an upgraded room category. Special requests such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis. Triple rooms consist of standard twin beds or one double bed plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for third person except in the U.S. and Canada, where triple rooms often consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway. The number of persons accommodated does not dictate the room size. Hotel check-in time depends on the hotel.

Hotel Check-in/ Check-out

Check-in time and check-out time are according on your hotel. If you will be arriving early in the day or departing in the evening, hotels will usually allow you to store your luggage in their storage room. Ask at the front desk if the hotel can check you in earlier, or let you stay later.

Peru Hotels - Some travelers my experience temporary altitude discomfort in areas of Peru at high altitudes. Oxygen is available at the front desk of hotels at an extra cost or administered in case of an emergency. If desired, small disposable portable oxygen pumps can be purchased locally.

At your destination

Eco & Sustainable Tourism

We support an eco-friendly environment, intolerant of any forms of cruelty, abuse and intentional environmental destruction. One of the many benefits of tourism is the shared cultural knowledge and ultimate elimination of negative behavior through education. As you travel to and learn about foreign cultures, we ask first and foremost that you practice tolerance and respect for local customs.

About Your Sightseeing

To ensure a pleasant and fair experience for passengers on our escorted tours, there is a mandatory seat rotation policy on our motor coaches which will be organized by your Tour Manager. When travel dates coincide with religious holidays and national celebrations, some monuments and sites may be closed, sometimes without prior notice. On these occasions, escorted touring itineraries may be amended to reflect these closures. Occasionally, during holidays and certain periods, and/or due to other unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions, there may be last-minute changes, sometimes after arrival, which may affect the sequence of the tour and locations visited. National monuments and tourist sites regularly undergo renovations, which can obscure the monument's view. No tour will be canceled due to renovations; however Trekperu will decide based on the conditions whether to amend an itinerary.

Motor Coaches in Peru - Please note that motor coaches in Peru are not air-conditioned, with the exception of motor coaches in Lima. Air-conditioning is unavailable and considered unnecessary on coaches in the highlands region (Cuzco, Puno, Urubamba, Machu Picchu) where the temperature ranges between typical highs around 60-75°F and lows of 30-40°F.

Land Only Passengers (Escorted Tours)

Your tour manager will contact you after your arrival at your hotel. Passengers who have not purchased arrival transfers from Trekperu should proceed directly to the hotel for check-in. The details of the hotel can be found in your documents.

Purchasing Tours Locally

On escorted tours, the guides will generally sell optional tours to passengers who have not pre-purchased them. Payment can be made by cash or via Paypal or wire transfer, unless otherwise noted below. This does not apply to Independent packages. Please refer to Trekperu´ s general policies that were emailed to you.

Independent Activities - Trekperu itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently and with due consideration. Trekperu is not responsible for any activities not expressly included in its programs. Caution should be exercised when selecting certain activities that may require physical strength, coordination or exertion.


We suggest getting a small amount of Peruvian currency Nuevo Soles before you leave the U.S. or other country. It is a good idea to carry a chart with you to help you convert U.S. dollars to the local currency. It's also a good idea not to carry too much money. Peru has many ATM machines that accept most U.S. ATM cards, but be sure you know your ATM password in numbers-the keypads on foreign ATMs don't always have letters. ATM machines will dispense cash in local currency and US$. Check with respective consulates to learn current currency allowances and requirements. Use your credit card whenever possible. Should you decide to carry cash or travelers checks, exchange them at banks where the rate is more favorable than at hotels. Please note that many banks and most vendors will not accept or exchange S/100 bills of soles. We suggest to carry S/20 bills in soles or smaller. For gratuities you can use US$5.00 and up.

Peru - The Nuevo Sol is the currency of Peru. Most tourist areas accept and exchange U.S. dollars. Torn or slightly damaged bills will likely not be accepted by Peruvian stores and restaurants. Exchange houses will give you a lower rate. Be sure to bring crisp and new U.S. dollars. It is recommended to carry a Visa card and MasterCard for use in restaurants and shops.

Credit Cards

While credit cards are accepted in most destinations, it is advisable to carry local currency. Inform your credit card company that you are traveling to avoid your card being blocked for security reasons.
Most US-issued credit cards rely on magnetic-strip technology rather than embedded microprocessor chips which are increasingly common overseas. These “chip-and-PIN” cards require users to punch in a personal identification number (PIN) instead of signing for a purchase. For example, many automated ticket kiosks, such as those commonly found at train stations, gas pumps and parking garages, don’t accept cards without a chip and PIN. Most cash registers are equipped to handle American cards but if you encounter difficulties, offer an alternative credit card or politely insist that the cashier keep trying to swipe the credit card. ATMs typically recognize and accept US issued debit cards.


Most people enjoy bringing home at least one souvenir from the countries they visit. However, some find any amount of shopping to be too much while others never find enough opportunities. We have built into our Escorted itineraries a few shopping stops at recommended spots. These stops are designed to enhance your experience by providing an opportunity to see first-hand quality locally-crafted merchandise which you may not be able to find alone. Shops are checked to ensure the quality and authenticity of the products they offer, and we limit guides from visiting other locations. In some cases, we plan these stops to provide an opportunity to use clean bathrooms and to stretch your legs. While shopping independently, we advise you to exercise care and common sense when making any purchase. Always get a formal receipt. And remember that, just like in this country, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is! About Tax-Free Shopping
Tax-Free Shopping (TFS) allows shoppers to reclaim the VAT (Value-Added Tax) or GST (Goods and Services Tax) they have paid on their shopping in Peru.
The following items may be imported by visitors over 18 years of age into Peru without incurring customs duty:

• 20 packs of cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 3L of alcoholic beverages.
• Gifts or new articles for personal use up to a value of US$500

Eligible countries and their specific regulations are subject to change at any time including the % of VAT which is reclaimable and the minimum purchase amount restriction. When planning to shop in a country with Tax-Free Shopping and to reclaim VAT/GST taxes, we recommend that you check the current regulations prior to completing your purchase. In many cases, stores will display signage such as “VAT Refunds for Tourists.” Normally, you will need to present your passport and receive a VAT Refund Application form(s) from the store along with an explanation of how to claim your refund. Sometimes this is completed at the airport upon departure or later via mail from your home. Service fees may apply. Alternatively, you may choose to work with a fee-based VAT Refund Service. U.S. Customs & Shipping Charges
You may carry items with a fair retail value totaling $800 into the U.S. Taxes may be applied to the next $1,000 worth of merchandise. U.S. Customs determines the value of your items, often honoring a genuine sales receipt. Items which are shipped home are always subject to duty when received in the U.S. (in addition to shipping charges). Some shops may offer to include shipping and duties in the price but this typically means shipping only to the customs facility closest to you and payment only of the export duties; you would still need to collect the item and pay U.S. import duties. Please be aware that it is illegal to import products made from endangered animal species. U.S. Customs & Border Protection will seize these items, as well as most furs, coral, tortoise shell, reptile skins, feathers, plants, and items made from animal skins.

Peru - Peruvians are friendly, serious, honest and traditional people. When shopping for Peruvian handicrafts including pottery, textiles and wood carvings it is not uncommon to negotiate the price down by 20-40 percent.

Your Safety is Very Important

Prior to your trip, if you are traveling overseas, we strongly recommend that you visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at, specifically the section which addresses International Travel. You should read the tips for foreign travel and travel warnings for the country or countries that you plan to visit. It is also important that you do not allow your common sense to take a vacation while on your trip. Here are several tips which, if followed, will save much potential hardship:

  • Be aware of potentially dangerous places and situations as you would be at home. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and carry your valuables concealed in inside pockets or hidden pouches. Your objective is to avoid drawing attention and to blend in with the crowd
  • Don't put all your valuables (money, credit cards, passports, etc.) in the same place (in case one wallet is stolen, you should have other valuables and identification in another safe place)
  • Do not leave valuables laying loose in your room. Use the hotel safe. Keep copies of your passports, credit card numbers and travelers checks numbers in the hotel safe
  • Credit cards are generally accepted everywhere and are safer than traveling with large amounts of cash
  • Do not pack valuables (cameras, computers, jewelry, etc.) in your checked luggage. Keep hard-to-replace valuables with you in your carry-on bag
  • Keep wallets safely tucked into front trouser pockets and/or wear a money pouch inside your clothing
  • Carry handbags close to your body, shoulder bags the cross-body method with the bag in front of your body.

If you've purchased an escorted tour program, your travel documents will include telephone numbers of Trekperu´sl representatives who will do their utmost to assist you in the event of an emergency. The numbers are printed on your Trekperu vouchers. Please copy the numbers. Once you relinquish the voucher, you will not have this information. Passengers traveling independently should employ the services of hotel concierges and local authorities.

Peru - While we recommend that you apply reasonable caution and common sense when traveling in any country, please be aware that in Peru, there are significant issues with theft in public places. Always keep valuables in a safe place and avoid walking alone. We recommend that taxis be reserved via the hotel concierge desk when possible. As in most parts of the world, be aware of your surroundings and keep to well-lit and populated areas.

Tourist Street Scams

Pickpockets and thieves can destroy an otherwise wonderful holiday. Be mindful of these precautions to help avoid being scammed or robbed:

  • Remain alert and cautious. Be wary of any unusual contact or commotion in crowded public places, including train stations, markets, subways and tourist sites;
  • Be especially careful when traveling independently, or leaving your tour group to explore on your own. Try not to travel alone, especially at night. Avoid narrow alleys and poorly lit streets;
  • Use only official taxis and check the change you receive from all taxi drivers and vendors;
  • Beware of pickpockets often working with an accomplice who will distract you by spilling something on you, dropping a wallet or other seemingly valuable object, or tripping and falling down in front of you;
  • Beware of aggressive street vendors who may approach you offering a demonstration which may end with you being pressured to purchase an item or act as a distraction for another pickpocket;
  • Don’t tip beggars;
  • Wear the shoulder strap of your bag across your chest;
  • Carry modest amounts of cash (US dollars) in small denominations so that you can avoid flashing large bills when paying for small items;
  • ATM machines can be a convenient way to carry less currency. However those machines too can be used for robbery. Be wary of anyone who can look over your shoulder when inputting PINs. Another scam involves rigging the machine with a plastic insert which makes your card retrieval difficult; the thief then removes your card after you walk away;
  • If you are confronted, do not fight back - give up your valuables. If your possessions are lost or stolen, report the loss immediately to the local police and keep a copy of the official report for insurance claims.

Local Emergency Phone Numbers


  • General Emergency: 011


Peru - Spanish is the local language. Quechua is spoken in some areas as well. English is generally spoken in tourist areas.


Please note: The U.S. uses 110 to 120 volts and you can purchase a converter and transformer at most hardware stores for your 120V appliances.

Peru - The voltage used is 220 volts and round plugs.

Code of Conduct

Peru - Shaking hands is the standard greeting. Visitors should observe normal courtesies. The atmosphere is generally informal and casual dress is appropriate. Please demonstrate respect for the cultural artifacts of the indigenous peoples.


Tipping is always a matter of personal discretion. For your convenience, please use the summary below as a guideline for recommended gratuity amounts. Gratuities may be paid in local currency or US dollar equivalent where accepted. Please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional "compensation." There is no need to be intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended. If you become uncomfortable by any behavior you encounter, please advise your tour manager or phone our local office. Numbers are provided in your documents for your convenience.

Suggested Tipping: Peru

Tour Manager (Coordinator; may or may not act as a guide): US $10 per person per day
Tour Manager helper: US $5 per day
Driver (Provides chauffeur services and limited assistance with luggage): US $5 per person per day, US $20 per half day
Local Guide (Offers in-depth information at specific locations. There may be one or many guides along a tour program): US $10 per person per day of sightseeing, US $5 per half day
Peruvian Amazon Cruise: Crew: US $15 per person per day
Housekeeping: US $3 per room per day
Hotel porters and wait staff: Included

Peru - Gratuities are appreciated and expected for good service in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists.

Food and Meals

As specified in each itinerary. Meals are based on the hotel's or restaurant's buffet or set menu. In general, beverages are not included, unless specifically stated. Although Trekperu cannot make guarantees, every effort will be made to honor special dietary requests submitted in writing at least 72 hours prior to departure to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Peru - While it is generally safe to eat fully cooked meats and vegetables, care should be taken to avoid undercooked meat and uncooked fruits and vegetables. Because tap water is not potable, visitors should only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled and filtered. Avoid ice, as it is usually made from tap water.

Holidays - Peru

Holidays 2014

  • Jan 1: New Year's Day
  • Apr 17: Holy Thursday
  • Apr 18: Good Friday
  • Apr 20: Easter
  • May 1: Labor Day
  • Jun 19: Corpus Christi (Cuzco Only)
  • Jun 24: Inti Raymi Festival
  • Jun 29: St. Peter & St. Paul Day
  • Jul 28: Independence Day
  • Jul 29: Fiestas Patrias (Homeland Celebrations)
  • Aug 30: Santa Rosa de Lima Day
  • Oct 8: Battle of Angamos
  • Nov 1: All Saints' Day
  • Dec 8: Immaculate Conception Day
  • Dec 25: Christmas

Holidays 2015

  • Jan 1: New Year's Day
  • Apr 2: Holy Thursday
  • Apr 3: Good Friday
  • Apr 5: Easter
  • May 1: Labor Day
  • Jun 4: Corpus Christi (Cuzco Only)
  • Jun 24: Inti Raymi Festival
  • Jun 29: St. Peter & St. Paul Day
  • Jul 28: Independence Day
  • Jul 29: Fiestas Patrias (Homeland Celebrations)
  • Aug 30: Santa Rosa de Lima Day
  • Oct 8: Battle of Angamos
  • Nov 1: All Saints' Day
  • Dec 8: Immaculate Conception Day
  • Dec 25: Christmas


Machu Picchu Trains

Due to very limited storage space, only one small backpack / daypack / handbag up to 5 to 7 kilos per passenger is permitted onboard trains to Machu Picchu. This applies for overnight stays as well. Additional luggage will be transported to and held at your hotel in Cuzco for no additional charge. Passengers who wish to bring extra luggage on the train will be charged an additional fee directly by the train operator; this extra luggage will follow in a separate train. A passport or picture ID is required to board all Machu Picchu trains.

*All prices are per person. Land tour prices apply from the airport or city specified in the Package Highlights. The total price will be clearly displayed prior to any deposit being required.

About the Inca Trail

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The second day of the Inca Trail you will experience the coldest night; between +2/+4 degrees Celsius (in December) and -3/-5 degrees Celsius (in June). Approx. 12km/8mi, 7 hours walking this day
For more information please check the additional weather links

What you should bring:

Please, carry up to 7kg/14lbs per person.

  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek - prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. 
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - although no malaria risk has been reported
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Cash - sufficient for meals, tips and souvenirs.
  • Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day)
  • Binoculars (if you have them).



Published in General Information
Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:00

Paradise of the Incas 7D

Journey through Peru’s most fascinating ancient Incan wonders, along with its blend of traditional and contemporary culture. Many centuries ago, the Incas governed this vast empire, which was connected by thousands of miles of stone-paved highways, from their cultural and religious center in Cusco. Drive through the fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting the Sun Temple of Pisac, the colorful Indian Market, Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration, Maras the Incan Salt Mines still harvested by hand, and Ollantaytambo the Royal Estate of the Inca Pachacuti. Then be marveled by one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machupicchu that has withstood time. Walk around the Ancient city of Cusco and visit the artist district of San Blas, the busy San Pedro market where the locals shop and the famous 12 angle stone.

Published in Peru Travel Deals
Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

Glamping Luxury Inca Trail 4d

Glamping (glamorous camping) during the Inca Trail is for people who want to hike the rugged terrain in nature but still want to be pampered along the way. Two clients will be accompanied by 17 staff members. Trekking the Andes in luxury and comfort while still enjoying the rigorous hike and sweating it. All tents are full size standing tents. You will have two toilet tents for your use at each campsite. After an arduous day walking, enjoy a hot shower with natural products and a massage by a proffesional, to ease your aching muscles. Toast the night with a Pisco Sour, Wine, Beer or Champagne while the Chef prepares a delectable plate of your choice. Recline in a stylish chair while the chef grills your choice of fish, alpaca meat, chicken and or just vegetables.  You will eat a delicious meal at the dining table with a tablecloth, napkins, flatware, local style dishes and glassware while sitting out in nature with amazing views. Enjoy sleeping in comfort in an elavated cot from the ground with a 3-4 inch thick inflatable mattress, sleeping bag, sheets and pillow. At the end recieve a small gift as a token of our appreciation. Don´t miss out on this wonderful experience!

Published in Inca Trail Treks

This is a fantastic archeological tour full of culture and adventure visiting the ancient pre-Inca sites of the Chachapoyas civilization, lost in time. Visit the majestic Ahuashiyacu Waterfall in Tarapoto and continue to the Gocta Falls believed to be one of the ten highest waterfalls in the world. Tour the extraordinary Kuelap compared to Machu Picchu in grandeur followed by Revash with its colorful funeral buildings located high up in a cliff. Finish off with the Laymembamba Museum housing numerous mummies and artifacts. A great journey for people that want to venture off the beaten track.

Published in Extensions from Lima

Every year in July, the people of the Andean colonial town of Paucartambo celebrate the colorful Fiesta of Virgen del Carmen, their patron saint. This Andean festival takes you to the center of ancient culture and customs combined with the Catholic Religion. You will be amazed with the masked, colorful costumed dancers reliving ancient gods.  An extraordinary festival not to be missed.

Published in Exclusive Visits
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 00:00

Cultural Cusco and Machu Picchu 5D

A magnificent cultural experience visiting the Ancient and Colonial Inca City of Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Moray the Inca agricultural terraces, Maras the Inca salt mines and the astounding Machu Picchu. Be dazzled by the blend of Spanish and Inca architecture in Cusco and its surrounding archeological sites with its layout resembling the Puma. Drive through the serene Sacred Valley with its entrancing mountains and stunning landscape, breathing in crisp fresh air. Finally, be in awe of the mystifying Machu Picchu, the long awaiting trophy of the trip. Feast your eyes on the supreme stone work, temples and the serene panoramic views where spirits lay and tell a story forgotten in time.

Published in Machu Picchu tours
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00

Express Huchuy Qosqo hike to Machu Picchu 2D

The Huchuy Qosqo one day hike, plus a one full day visit to Machu Picchu is the perfect alternative to the Express Inca Trail of two days. Cllimb up to at least 4,300mt/14,108ft and catch mesmerizing vistas of the gorgeous Sacred Valley below with the surrounding snow-capped Vilcanota Mountain range and the serene Vilcanota River flowing along the precious valley. Visit the Huchuy Qosqo archeological known in Quechua as, Little Cusco, sitting at 3,600mt/11,811ft above the quaint town of Lamay. After, this exciting hike, take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes to spend the night. The following day take pleasure in a full day visit of one of the Seven Wonders in World, Machu Picchu.

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