Hike the famous Classic Inca Trail to the one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. On this exciting trek you will 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 amazing Machu Picchu. Bask in its beauty and magic.
Note: The Inca Trail permits must be purchased at least 6 months in advance as they sell out quickly by the Ministerio De Cultara, the official system, to all licensed travel agencies like us.
Classic Inca Trail 4D
Day 1 Inca Trail 4D/3N - Cusco - Piscacucho (Km. 82)-Huayllabamba
An early morning departure from Cusco (3360m/1100ft) to Piscacucho (2663m/8735ft) by bus. Here, we meet with our porters and show our Inca trail permits at the checkpoint. Walk alongside the river with views of snow-capped peaks before passing over the ruins of Llaqtapata. Continue hiking to our first campsite at Huayllabamba (2928m/9606ft).
Meals: L, D
Day 2 Huayllabamba-Warmihuañusca Pass-Pacaymayo
Today will be the most strenuous part of the Inca trail to Machu Pichhu. You will climb up to Llulluchapampa where the hike becomes truly spectacular with scenery that more than compensates for the effort. Vegetation thins and the day warms on the approach to the highest point of the trail - Warmiwañusqa Pass (4236m/13894ft). Thereafter, we descend down to the Pacaymayo Valley (3526m/11566ft) our next campsite.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 3 Pacaymayo-Runkuracay pass-Wiñaywayna
After breakfast we will climb an Inca trail stairway to Runkurakay ruins from where the final push begins to the Runkurakay pass (3962m/12996ft). Thereafter, climb down to the impressive ruins of Sayacmarca (3657m/11998ft) for a visit and continue on to the Phuyupatamarca Ruins (3521m/11552ft). The inca trail becomes increasingly more dramatic as it leads down to the next campsite of Wiñaywayna ruins. Tonight we say goodbye to our Inca trail porters because we will depart our campsite early the next morning.
Meals: B, L, D
Note: If the campsite Wiñaywayna is not available which is a 2 hour hike to Machupicchu, the official system will assign the campsite of Phuyupatamarca which is 5 hours to Machupicchu.
Day 4 Wiñaywayna-Inti Punku-Machupicchu-Cusco
This early morning we will walk to Intipunku (Sungate) for our first amazing views of Machu Picchu (2400m/7870ft). Then walk down to the Sanctuary for a professional guided walking tour of Machu Picchu. Visit the many sacred temples and more. Afterwards, take the bus down to Machu Picchu town to eat lunch (on your own) before taking the train to Poroy and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Optional extra cost: Huayna Picchu (must book 4 months in advance) or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak.
***Add and extra day to the Inca Trail so you can trek at ease and spend one night in Aguas Calientes so you can be relaxed for the next day´s visit of Machu Picchu.
Replace the Inca Trail with Glamping the Inca Trail - Consult us for price.
If you cannot get the Inca permit then you can still do the alternative treks of: Salkantay 5days, Lares 4Days, Choquequirao 5Days, Moonstone Trail 4Days, or Huchuqosqo 4Days.
- Trip briefing before departure with guide.
- Bilingual guide (English-Spanish), an assistant guide accompanies groups of 9 people or more.
- Cook to prepare your meals
- Porters to carry camp equipment.
- Private transportation to the start point.
- Permit and entrance fees to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- Portable biodegradable bag in toilet with tent.
- Camping equipment: double tents, sleeping pad, kitchen/dining tents, tables, stools, and all kitchen gear. There are basic toilet facilities at each campsite.
- All meals on the itinerary (B= Breakfast L= Lunch, D= Dinner). Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals on request at no extra cost.
- Bus ticket: Machu Picchu /Machupicchu town – one way
- Train: Tourist ticket from Machupicchu town to Poroy station or Ollantaytambo station
- Transfer from Poroy or Ollantaytambo station to your hotel in Cusco.
- First-aid kit and oxygen.
- Trekperu uses walkie talkies.
- All trash produced during the trek returns to Cusco.
Services NOT Included:
- Domestic flights. (we can book for you)
- Cusco and Sacred Valley tours (we can book for you)
- Breakfast on first day, Lunch last day in Aguas Calientes.
- Any expenses incurred in preparing for the trip, such as, but not limited to, non-refundable airline tickets or travel insurance, nor additional expenses encountered as a result of flight or train schedule changes, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, acts of God or war.
- Extra porter to carry your baggage (per person-will carry 7kg/15lbs to include weight of your sleeping bag for the entire trek) US$75. Per person
- Personal items like individual gear, sleeping bag , medicines, laundry, telephone calls, etc. If you will request one, please send us your height.
- Travel Insurance.
- Entrance fee: Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Peak $70. per person
- Single Tent: $25.
- Walking Pole set: $20.
- Sleeping bag with liner: $25.
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
For updated Visa requirements please contact your embassy.
Peru – Peruvian law requires scanned copies of passports to make reservations.
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 international travel insurance. 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.
Wireless Internet Access
Internet is available in most hotels, restaurants, Cafe.
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 (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) 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 or carbonated 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 with deet (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.
Note: Zika, Malaria, Yellow Fever, Dengue, Chikungunya are not in the highlands and the tourist attractions you will visit.
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.
- 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 carbonated water, 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 Cusco (10800ft/3300m) and Puno (12556ft/3830m). 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.
- 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
Peru. - The sun is strong, particularly in the higher altitudes. Please bring a sun hat that has a circular brim all the way around or baseball hat 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.
Peru's climate varies by season and region. The coastal region (Lima) has two clear seasons, summer (November - April) and winter (May – October). Summer temperatures in this region can reach 80°F/26C. Winter is generally damp and chilly, with temperatures dropping to 53°F/12C. 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/21-27C. 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 November to April. Temperatures can change drastically during the day in this region, sometimes varying as widely as highs around 65°F/18C and lows of 35°F/2C during the same day. The jungle region (Amazon River) is tropical and humid. Throughout the year temperatures range from mid to upper 80sF/27C during the day and drop into the 70sF/21C 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.
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)
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 Time of the Hero - By Mario Vargas Llosa (1963)
Death in the Andes - By Mario Vargas Llosa
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)
The Last Days of the Incas - By Kim MacQuarrie (2008)
Cradle of Gold - By Christopher Heaney
Lost Tomb of Viracocha by Maurice Cotterell (2001)
Temple by Matthew Reilly (2002)
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
Paloma de Papel (2003)
La Boca del Lobo (1988)
Undertow (2010)About Your Flights and Transfers
About Your Domestic Flights & Transfers
Trekperu will book your domestic flights at your request.
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 http://www.taca.com/eng/syi/bag/bagbagpol.asp?id=14 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 www.tsa.gov.
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 www.tsa.gov. to find out the current list of acceptable items you may bring on a plane before packing.
Peru Domestic Flights
If we have purchased your domestic flights we will email you the boarding passes.You must check in at least 2 hours before your flight. A passport 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.
Upon arrival, please complete immigration formalities 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.
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 moneyAbout 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 in the pharmacy.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
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 available in case of overly hot sunny days in the highlands region (Cusco, Puno, Urubamba, Machu Picchu) where the temperature ranges between typical highs around 60-75°F/16 - 24C and lows of 30-40°F/2-5C. However, the motor coaches in the highlands do not have air conditioning.
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.
We suggest getting a small amount of Peruvian currency 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$5.00 and up.
Peru - The Sol is the currency of Peru. Most tourist areas accept and exchange U.S. dollars. Torn or slightly damaged bills will likely not be accepted by Peruvian stores and restaurants. Exchange houses will give you a lower rate. Be sure to bring crisp and new U.S. dollars. It is recommended to carry a Visa card and MasterCard for use in restaurants and shops.
While credit cards are accepted in most destinations, it is advisable to carry local currency. Inform your credit card company that you are traveling to avoid your card being blocked for security reasons. When paying with credit cards you will need to make sure they are not going to charge you an extra fee.
Mostly all credit cards are accepted at the ATM´s but make sure to use the ATM in the bank during business hours only for your safety. The banks charge a fee and your bank will also do so. You can withdraw the Sol or US$ dollars.
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. If you are on a private tour then you can decline the shopping visit. 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 percent. Although, in high end stores prices are not negotiable.
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 www.travel.state.gov, 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 to yourself.
- 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.
- Always use ATM´s in a bank during banking hours. Do not use in a store etc. or after banking hours because in some occassions your pin number could be stolen.
- Taxis - ask your hotel to call one or use only ones with roof signs. Before entering make sure no one is in the taxi and ask for price before taking off.
If you've purchased an escorted tour program, your travel documents will include telephone numbers of Trekperu´s 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.
Greeting host: $20.
Driver for private tours: $15. per day
Guide in private services: US$30. per day
Driver for Group Tours: $5. per tour
Guide for group tours: $10. per tour
Housekeeping: US $3 per room per day
Hotel porters and wait staff: $3. per day
Baggage carrier in airport: $3.
In fine restaurants: 10% of bill and recommend giving directly to waiter.
Peru - Gratuities are appreciated and expected for good service in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists.
Food and Meals
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
- Oct 8: Battle of Angamos
- Nov 1: All Saints' Day
- Dec 8: Immaculate Conception Day
- Dec 25: Christmas Day
- Jan 1: New Year's Day
- Apr 13: Holy Thursday
- Apr 14: Good Friday
- Apr 16: Easter Day
- May 1: Labor Day
- Jun 15: Corpus Christi (Cusco 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 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 Cusco 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. Passport booked with is needed 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 treks
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On some treks we could experience lower temperatures for example Ausangate trek and others.
For more information please check the additional weather link
What you should bring:
Please, carry up to 7kg/14lbs per person (your personal duffle bag) for 4 days trek, for more days please consult us.
- A light day pack to carry personals to access during acual hike.
- Bring your own duffle bag 70cm x 45cm x 35cm more or less water proof, to pack a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek - prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature. (For all treks except the Inca trail the horses will carry for you.)
- Inca Trail only: If you hired an extra porter we will lend you a duffle bag to pack your belongings to include your sleeping bag not included up to 7 kilos per person.
- 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
- Plastic bag to put inside the duffle bag to protect your clothing.
- 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 to use while trekking. We will only provide at campsites.
- 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 and immigration card given to you upon arrival into Peru. ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if applicable.
- 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).
- Ear plugs.