Inca Trail 5D

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Inca Trail 5D

5 days from $


AT A GLANCE:

Retrace the steps of Peru´s fascinating ancient civilization! Hiking the Inca trail will lead you through breathtaking snowcapped mountains, valleys, dense cloud forests, rushing rivers, ancient Inca ruins and remote Andean settlements to ultimately arrive at Machu Picchu via Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. Always a step behind the crowds.

 

QUICK FACTS:

  • Season: March –January, departures upon request
  • Price per person, based on double occupancy
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Single supplement: 00.00USD

* Activity level: 4 – demanding

Day 1 – Cusco - Llaqtapata| Embark on your Inca Trail adventure

Early morning, we begin our Inca Trail adventure with a smooth ride through the spectacular sacred valley of the Incas towards Km 88, where we meet our crew of Quechua porters and cook. We embark our scenic 5-hour trek on a rarely visited section of the Inca Trail. Then we follow the river downstream and taking slightly different routes to create some space between our group and other trekkers.

Take a break for lunch at Q’oriwayrachina ruins before crossing the Urubamba River at Q’ente. Here you have the option to visit the archaeological sites of Wayna Q’ente and Llaqtapata and spend the night in the nearby Inca terracing.

  • Hiking distance: approximately 7.5 miles / 12 kilometers
  • Hiking time: approximately 5 - 6 hours
  • Altitude: Min: 2 513 m a.s.l / 8 244 ft. Max: 3 384 m a.s.l / 9 350 ft.

*Meals included: lunch and dinner

Day 2 – Llaqtapata - Llulluchapampa | Amazing Andean landscapes

After a hearty breakfast, hike the narrow Cusichaca Valley. Along the trail pass picturesque houses until we reach the traditional Andean community of Huayllabamba. From here the cobble-stone Inca Trail ascends steeply through ancient native forest exploding with the sounds of nature. After the first pass the trail begins to level out as we reach our campsite at Llulluchapampa. Admire the breathtaking views of Mt. Huayanay and a first glimpse of the rare Andean cloud forest of Quenua or Polylepis trees.

  • Hiking distance: approximately 5.5 miles / 9 kilometers
  • Hiking time: approximately 5 - 6 hours
  • Altitude: Min: 2 595 m a.s.l / 8 513 ft. Max: 3 756 m a.s.l / 12 323 ft.

*Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 – Llulluchapampa - Phuyupatamarca | Reaching the summit of the trail

Leaving the campsite, the day begins with a steady uphill ascent to Warmiwanusqa Pass, also known as Dead Woman’s Pass (13,829ft / 4215m). From the summit, soak up the rewarding views of the snowcapped Andes. Descend to the Pacaymayo river for a well-deserved break and hearty lunch. Later on, ascend to Runkuraqay ruins and the second pass at 12,960ft (3950m). Continue downhill to the site of Sayacmarca at 12,300ft (3,750m) on the original Inca Trail, passing a dry lake and our first sightings of cloud forest. The walk along the ridge offers incredible views of the beautiful Aobamba Valley. We continue through amazing landscapes with spectacular views of Mt. Salkantay on the western side, as well as Mt. Pumasillo silhouetted on the horizon to the north.

We follow the stone trail until we arrive at Phuyupatamarca campsite, also known as “the village over the clouds.”

  • Hiking distance: approximately 8.7 miles / 14 kilometers
  • Hiking time: approximately 7 - 8 hours
  • Altitude: Min: 3 545 m a.s.l / 11 630 ft. Max: 4 228 m a.s.l / 13 871 ft.

*Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 – Phuyupatamarca - Machu Picchu | Crossing The Sun Gate

Early morning, we wake up for a short hike uphill from our campsite to enjoy some of the best sunrise views in the entire Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

After breakfast, we start our trek along the trail passing Phuyupatamarca ruins and continue into the cloud forest to the well-preserved ruins of Winay Wayna. Along the trail the Incas once used, we trek for two hours through dense cloud forest until we reach Machu Picchu via Intipunku (the Sun Gate), where the magnificent citadel unfolds. After some time soaking in the glorious view and meandering through the citadel, we take the bus to Machu Picchu Pueblo and overnight at your hotel.

  • Hiking distance: approximately 5 miles / 8 kilometers
  • Hiking time: approximately 7 hours
  • Altitude: Min: 2 100 m a.s.l / 6 889 ft. Max: 3 680 m a.s.l / 12 073 ft.

*Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 5 – Machu Picchu - Cusco | A Wonder of the World

Early morning, have a 25-minute bus ride to Machu Picchu, the Incan citadel built in the 15th century. Explore this icon of Incan civilization by walking through its narrow streets, learning about its history, Incas lifestyle and the reason this place is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. In the afternoon, return to Machu Picchu Pueblo to take a train back to Cusco, followed by a transfer to your hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

INCLUSIONS:

  • Complimentary 24/7 assistance line
  • Informative pre-departure briefing
  • Licensed English-speaking guide
  • Inca trail permit and sites entrance fees
  • Camping Gear (Eureka/Big Agnes Four-season tents, Thermarest sleeping mat, Mountain Hardware sleeping bag, an 8 kilos duffel bag, kitchen & dining tents, solar energy lamps and eco toilets)
  • Cook and porters support
  • Portable Oxygen Tank and First-aid kit
  • Guided visit to Machu Picchu
  • Meals as per the itinerary (local organic products & filtered water)
  • Accommodation at Machu Picchu Pueblo on day 4
  • Comfortable land transportation, Vistadome (or similar) train ticket and bus tickets to Machu Picchu citadel
  • Private transportation from train station to your hotel on day 5

 

*Note: If walking poles are needed, please inform the guide on your briefing day

 

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Personal gear
  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Meals and beverages not listed in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Other personal expenses

ESSENTIAL INFO

PASSPORT

Your full passport details are required to complete your booking. As a general rule, most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months' validity remaining and at least two blank pages on the day of entry to Peru. Bring a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you and leave another copy at home with family or friends. If your passport was changed after completion of the booking process, you must take both passports (old and new) with you.

VISAS

For U.S., Canadian, Australian and European Union citizens, no visa is required for stays fewer than 90 days. For all other nationalities, please send an e-mail inquiry for further information.

MEDICAL AND HEALTH INFORMATION

Before coming to Peru, discuss your health conditions with your doctor. Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitudes and can be difficult to adequately treat on the ground; ultimately leading to more serious consequences. If you suffer from heart or lung disease, it is recommended to avoid traveling to high altitudes. Even if you do not have a pre-existing medical condition, we recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements that may be difficult to find in Peru.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

As parts of the journey may go above 2800 meters (9200 feet), it is common for travelers to experience shortness of breath, headaches, general lethargy or reduced appetite due to the altitude. It is important not to over exert yourself. Be sure to rest. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy food. If symptoms become more severe and prolonged, it is best to quickly seek medical attention and make arrangements to descend to a lower altitude. We understand that certain medications are reported to aid in acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

 VACCINATIONS

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

If visiting the jungle region (Manu, Iquitos and Tambopata), it is recommended to be vaccinated against yellow fever and to bring your certificate. Consider that you must be vaccinated at least 10 days before arriving at the jungle region.

FOOD AND DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

Peruvian Food is one of the best cuisines in the world; however, you have to eat at the right establishments. Avoid eating from street vendors. Only use bottled water - even for things such as brushing your teeth. Avoid fruits or vegetables that have not been washed.

It is important that you let us know in advance any special dietary requirements. Some diet preferences (e.g. vegetarian) may expect a reasonable menu selection while more restrictive ones (vegans, celiac, gluten-free) may have less options than you are accustomed to having available at home.

MONEY MATTERS

Peru’s official currency is the Sol, but US dollars are also widely accepted. There are many money changing options in every Peruvian city; however, for safety reasons, we suggest you to exchange in a bank.

It may be not easy to find an ATM at some locations, so it is a good idea to carry some cash in smaller bills. Most restaurants and shops accept credit cards. Check with your bank before departure that your card is accepted in Peru and inquire about international fees and charges. Additionally, ensure your bank is aware of your travel plans as, suspecting fraud, they may cancel your cards after the first few international transactions.

TIPPING

Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry.

SAFETY

Your safety is our number one priority. Your guide accompanies you on all included activities; however, during your trip, you have some free time to pursue your own interests. Please use your own judgement when selecting an activity in your free time:

  • Leave your expensive jewelry and other valuables at home - you won't need them while travelling.
  • Use your hotel safety boxes to store cash, passport, credit cards and other valuables.
  • Use a neck wallet or money belt to keep your money and documents safe when on the go.
  • Do not carry or expose expensive electronics or an excessive amount of cash.
  • Do not wander alone, especially after dark and away from tourist areas.
  • Do not use unauthorized taxis or private vehicles.
 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is mandatory for all our trips. We require that you are covered for medical expenses, including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

We request that you submit your insurance details during your booking process (see our Booking Terms and Conditions for more details).

PACKING

Before packing, be mindful that Peru has many different climates. From the hot and humid deserts and jungle, to the cold Andean mountains, be sure to bring clothes for each of our unique climates.

AMAZON SPECIFIC PACKING LIST

We recommend bringing the following items if visiting the Amazon Jungle:

  • Tight-weave, light colored, long cotton pants
  • Long sleeved, tight-weave, light colored cotton shirts
  • Comfortable shoes or sandals for wearing on boardwalks or around the lodge
  • Knee high rubber boots are provided for the duration of your stay. We recommend wearing these for the jungle walks. Please bring thick/long socks to wear with the rubber boots
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Insect repellent
  • Good binoculars (optional)
  • Head torch or flash light

TREKKING/GLAMPING PACKING LIST

We recommend bringing the following items for your mountain trail:

  • Reusable bottle for water
  • Waterproof, worn-in hiking boots
  • Day clothes:
    • Long walking trousers or exercise tights/leggings
    • T-shirts
    • Long-sleeved t-shirts
    • Lightweight rain-jacket or waterproof poncho
    • Thick socks
    • Underwear
  • Night clothes:
    • Fleece jumper/sweater
    • Long pants
    • Woolen hat, scarf and gloves
    • Thermal underwear
    • Flip flops/sandals
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and sunhat
  • A standard torch/flashlight
  • Some cash (in small denominations) to tip your guides and porters
 

LOCAL CULTURE AND LGBT SCENE

Peruvian culture is a mix of both native traditions and customs imported from the Spanish settlers. Roman Catholic traditions have seeped into many aspects of Peruvian life. When travelling in Peru, many people often mistake the Inca national flag for a rainbow Pride flag. Peruvian society is quite conservative and with little progress in terms of LGBT rights. That said, Lima and some other main cities do have large LGBT communities as well as some popular bars and friendly LGBT scenes. Feel free to ask for more information.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

We do not tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical), discrimination or harassment. Sexual relationships between our personnel and travelers are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal substances will not be tolerated and will be reported to local authorities. If you choose to consume alcohol, we encourage responsible drinking. The sex tourism industry is known to exploit vulnerable people and have negative consequences on communities, including undermining the development of sustainable tourism. For this reason, patronizing sex workers will not be tolerated on our trips.

If you feel someone is behaving inappropriately while travelling with us, please inform your guide immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency telephone number mentioned in your travel voucher.

 

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AT A GLANCE

AT A GLANCE:

Retrace the steps of Peru´s fascinating ancient civilization! Hiking the Inca trail will lead you through breathtaking snowcapped mountains, valleys, dense cloud forests, rushing rivers, ancient Inca ruins and remote Andean settlements to ultimately arrive at Machu Picchu via Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. Always a step behind the crowds.

 

QUICK FACTS:

  • Season: March –January, departures upon request
  • Price per person, based on double occupancy
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Single supplement: 00.00USD

* Activity level: 4 – demanding

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ITINERARY

Day 1 – Cusco - Llaqtapata| Embark on your Inca Trail adventure

Early morning, we begin our Inca Trail adventure with a smooth ride through the spectacular sacred valley of the Incas towards Km 88, where we meet our crew of Quechua porters and cook. We embark our scenic 5-hour trek on a rarely visited section of the Inca Trail. Then we follow the river downstream and taking slightly different routes to create some space between our group and other trekkers.

Take a break for lunch at Q’oriwayrachina ruins before crossing the Urubamba River at Q’ente. Here you have the option to visit the archaeological sites of Wayna Q’ente and Llaqtapata and spend the night in the nearby Inca terracing.

  • Hiking distance: approximately 7.5 miles / 12 kilometers
  • Hiking time: approximately 5 - 6 hours
  • Altitude: Min: 2 513 m a.s.l / 8 244 ft. Max: 3 384 m a.s.l / 9 350 ft.

*Meals included: lunch and dinner

Day 2 – Llaqtapata - Llulluchapampa | Amazing Andean landscapes

After a hearty breakfast, hike the narrow Cusichaca Valley. Along the trail pass picturesque houses until we reach the traditional Andean community of Huayllabamba. From here the cobble-stone Inca Trail ascends steeply through ancient native forest exploding with the sounds of nature. After the first pass the trail begins to level out as we reach our campsite at Llulluchapampa. Admire the breathtaking views of Mt. Huayanay and a first glimpse of the rare Andean cloud forest of Quenua or Polylepis trees.

  • Hiking distance: approximately 5.5 miles / 9 kilometers
  • Hiking time: approximately 5 - 6 hours
  • Altitude: Min: 2 595 m a.s.l / 8 513 ft. Max: 3 756 m a.s.l / 12 323 ft.

*Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 – Llulluchapampa - Phuyupatamarca | Reaching the summit of the trail

Leaving the campsite, the day begins with a steady uphill ascent to Warmiwanusqa Pass, also known as Dead Woman’s Pass (13,829ft / 4215m). From the summit, soak up the rewarding views of the snowcapped Andes. Descend to the Pacaymayo river for a well-deserved break and hearty lunch. Later on, ascend to Runkuraqay ruins and the second pass at 12,960ft (3950m). Continue downhill to the site of Sayacmarca at 12,300ft (3,750m) on the original Inca Trail, passing a dry lake and our first sightings of cloud forest. The walk along the ridge offers incredible views of the beautiful Aobamba Valley. We continue through amazing landscapes with spectacular views of Mt. Salkantay on the western side, as well as Mt. Pumasillo silhouetted on the horizon to the north.

We follow the stone trail until we arrive at Phuyupatamarca campsite, also known as “the village over the clouds.”

  • Hiking distance: approximately 8.7 miles / 14 kilometers
  • Hiking time: approximately 7 - 8 hours
  • Altitude: Min: 3 545 m a.s.l / 11 630 ft. Max: 4 228 m a.s.l / 13 871 ft.

*Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 – Phuyupatamarca - Machu Picchu | Crossing The Sun Gate

Early morning, we wake up for a short hike uphill from our campsite to enjoy some of the best sunrise views in the entire Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

After breakfast, we start our trek along the trail passing Phuyupatamarca ruins and continue into the cloud forest to the well-preserved ruins of Winay Wayna. Along the trail the Incas once used, we trek for two hours through dense cloud forest until we reach Machu Picchu via Intipunku (the Sun Gate), where the magnificent citadel unfolds. After some time soaking in the glorious view and meandering through the citadel, we take the bus to Machu Picchu Pueblo and overnight at your hotel.

  • Hiking distance: approximately 5 miles / 8 kilometers
  • Hiking time: approximately 7 hours
  • Altitude: Min: 2 100 m a.s.l / 6 889 ft. Max: 3 680 m a.s.l / 12 073 ft.

*Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 5 – Machu Picchu - Cusco | A Wonder of the World

Early morning, have a 25-minute bus ride to Machu Picchu, the Incan citadel built in the 15th century. Explore this icon of Incan civilization by walking through its narrow streets, learning about its history, Incas lifestyle and the reason this place is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. In the afternoon, return to Machu Picchu Pueblo to take a train back to Cusco, followed by a transfer to your hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

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INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS:

  • Complimentary 24/7 assistance line
  • Informative pre-departure briefing
  • Licensed English-speaking guide
  • Inca trail permit and sites entrance fees
  • Camping Gear (Eureka/Big Agnes Four-season tents, Thermarest sleeping mat, Mountain Hardware sleeping bag, an 8 kilos duffel bag, kitchen & dining tents, solar energy lamps and eco toilets)
  • Cook and porters support
  • Portable Oxygen Tank and First-aid kit
  • Guided visit to Machu Picchu
  • Meals as per the itinerary (local organic products & filtered water)
  • Accommodation at Machu Picchu Pueblo on day 4
  • Comfortable land transportation, Vistadome (or similar) train ticket and bus tickets to Machu Picchu citadel
  • Private transportation from train station to your hotel on day 5

 

*Note: If walking poles are needed, please inform the guide on your briefing day

 

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Personal gear
  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Meals and beverages not listed in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Other personal expenses
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ESSENTIAL INFO

ESSENTIAL INFO

PASSPORT

Your full passport details are required to complete your booking. As a general rule, most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months' validity remaining and at least two blank pages on the day of entry to Peru. Bring a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you and leave another copy at home with family or friends. If your passport was changed after completion of the booking process, you must take both passports (old and new) with you.

VISAS

For U.S., Canadian, Australian and European Union citizens, no visa is required for stays fewer than 90 days. For all other nationalities, please send an e-mail inquiry for further information.

MEDICAL AND HEALTH INFORMATION

Before coming to Peru, discuss your health conditions with your doctor. Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitudes and can be difficult to adequately treat on the ground; ultimately leading to more serious consequences. If you suffer from heart or lung disease, it is recommended to avoid traveling to high altitudes. Even if you do not have a pre-existing medical condition, we recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements that may be difficult to find in Peru.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

As parts of the journey may go above 2800 meters (9200 feet), it is common for travelers to experience shortness of breath, headaches, general lethargy or reduced appetite due to the altitude. It is important not to over exert yourself. Be sure to rest. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy food. If symptoms become more severe and prolonged, it is best to quickly seek medical attention and make arrangements to descend to a lower altitude. We understand that certain medications are reported to aid in acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

 VACCINATIONS

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

If visiting the jungle region (Manu, Iquitos and Tambopata), it is recommended to be vaccinated against yellow fever and to bring your certificate. Consider that you must be vaccinated at least 10 days before arriving at the jungle region.

FOOD AND DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

Peruvian Food is one of the best cuisines in the world; however, you have to eat at the right establishments. Avoid eating from street vendors. Only use bottled water - even for things such as brushing your teeth. Avoid fruits or vegetables that have not been washed.

It is important that you let us know in advance any special dietary requirements. Some diet preferences (e.g. vegetarian) may expect a reasonable menu selection while more restrictive ones (vegans, celiac, gluten-free) may have less options than you are accustomed to having available at home.

MONEY MATTERS

Peru’s official currency is the Sol, but US dollars are also widely accepted. There are many money changing options in every Peruvian city; however, for safety reasons, we suggest you to exchange in a bank.

It may be not easy to find an ATM at some locations, so it is a good idea to carry some cash in smaller bills. Most restaurants and shops accept credit cards. Check with your bank before departure that your card is accepted in Peru and inquire about international fees and charges. Additionally, ensure your bank is aware of your travel plans as, suspecting fraud, they may cancel your cards after the first few international transactions.

TIPPING

Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry.

SAFETY

Your safety is our number one priority. Your guide accompanies you on all included activities; however, during your trip, you have some free time to pursue your own interests. Please use your own judgement when selecting an activity in your free time:

  • Leave your expensive jewelry and other valuables at home - you won't need them while travelling.
  • Use your hotel safety boxes to store cash, passport, credit cards and other valuables.
  • Use a neck wallet or money belt to keep your money and documents safe when on the go.
  • Do not carry or expose expensive electronics or an excessive amount of cash.
  • Do not wander alone, especially after dark and away from tourist areas.
  • Do not use unauthorized taxis or private vehicles.
 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is mandatory for all our trips. We require that you are covered for medical expenses, including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

We request that you submit your insurance details during your booking process (see our Booking Terms and Conditions for more details).

PACKING

Before packing, be mindful that Peru has many different climates. From the hot and humid deserts and jungle, to the cold Andean mountains, be sure to bring clothes for each of our unique climates.

AMAZON SPECIFIC PACKING LIST

We recommend bringing the following items if visiting the Amazon Jungle:

  • Tight-weave, light colored, long cotton pants
  • Long sleeved, tight-weave, light colored cotton shirts
  • Comfortable shoes or sandals for wearing on boardwalks or around the lodge
  • Knee high rubber boots are provided for the duration of your stay. We recommend wearing these for the jungle walks. Please bring thick/long socks to wear with the rubber boots
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Insect repellent
  • Good binoculars (optional)
  • Head torch or flash light

TREKKING/GLAMPING PACKING LIST

We recommend bringing the following items for your mountain trail:

  • Reusable bottle for water
  • Waterproof, worn-in hiking boots
  • Day clothes:
    • Long walking trousers or exercise tights/leggings
    • T-shirts
    • Long-sleeved t-shirts
    • Lightweight rain-jacket or waterproof poncho
    • Thick socks
    • Underwear
  • Night clothes:
    • Fleece jumper/sweater
    • Long pants
    • Woolen hat, scarf and gloves
    • Thermal underwear
    • Flip flops/sandals
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and sunhat
  • A standard torch/flashlight
  • Some cash (in small denominations) to tip your guides and porters
 

LOCAL CULTURE AND LGBT SCENE

Peruvian culture is a mix of both native traditions and customs imported from the Spanish settlers. Roman Catholic traditions have seeped into many aspects of Peruvian life. When travelling in Peru, many people often mistake the Inca national flag for a rainbow Pride flag. Peruvian society is quite conservative and with little progress in terms of LGBT rights. That said, Lima and some other main cities do have large LGBT communities as well as some popular bars and friendly LGBT scenes. Feel free to ask for more information.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

We do not tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical), discrimination or harassment. Sexual relationships between our personnel and travelers are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal substances will not be tolerated and will be reported to local authorities. If you choose to consume alcohol, we encourage responsible drinking. The sex tourism industry is known to exploit vulnerable people and have negative consequences on communities, including undermining the development of sustainable tourism. For this reason, patronizing sex workers will not be tolerated on our trips.

If you feel someone is behaving inappropriately while travelling with us, please inform your guide immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency telephone number mentioned in your travel voucher.