Peru Northern Quest

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Peru Northern Quest

14 days from $


AT A GLANCE:

Discover and enjoy the beauty of the ancient cultures, fascinating artifacts and bustling towns of Northern Peru.  Traverse the mountainous lakes and picturesque valleys of the Andes and head to the cloud forest to discover its lost city.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The ruins of Chavin de Huantar
  • Chan Chan – the largest pre-Colombian city
  • The royal tombs of the Lord of Sipan
  • The fortress of Kuelap
  • Gocta Waterfalls

 

QUICK FACTS:

  • Duration: 14 days
  • Price: Per person, based on double occupancy
  • Season: year round
  • Single supplement: 00.00USD

Day 1 – Lima | Welcome to the City of the Kings

Meet our representative at Jorge Chavez Airport, who takes you to your hotel and conducts a short briefing about the upcoming journey.

Day 2 – Lima | Colonial and Modern Splendor

In the afternoon, enjoy your tour of the capital of Peru, known also as the City of the Kings. Walk through the colonial Lima to appreciate its beautiful monuments: houses adorned with Moorish-style balconies, the main city squares like Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas, the baroque Cathedral, the Governors Palace, and the Archbishop's Palace. After that, visit the convent of San Francisco and explore its extensive underground catacombs which served as a cemetery during the colonial period. Next, visit the Larco Museum. This unique, privately owned museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 5000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Continue to the modern part of the city, reaching Miraflores to enjoy its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. In the evening, savor Peruvian cuisine at the complimentary dinner with a folkloric show.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast, buffet dinner

Day 3 – Huaraz | To the Cordillera Blanca

After breakfast, take a comfortable 8-hour bus journey to the town of Huaraz. Check in to your hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 4 - Huaraz | Mystery Amidst the Andes

Early in the morning, start your tour by visiting traditional towns like Ticapampa, Catac and Recuay, before heading to Querococha lagoon. Next, explore the world heritage site of Chavin de Huantar, its Old and New Temples with many passages and underground galleries decorated with sculptures and carvings used for religious rites. After this, travel back to your hotel for an enjoyable evening

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and lunch

Day 5 - Huaraz | The Alley of Huaylas

After breakfast, head to the north part of Huaraz, visiting the Callejon de Huaylas valley. Enter the Huascaran National Park to admire the highest mountain in Peru (6768m). Visit Carhuaz and the ancient town of Yungay. Afterwards, ascend to Laguna Llanganuco for a boat ride. On the way back to Huaraz, stop at the towns of Caraz and Tarica to check local handcrafts. Return to the hotel to enjoy the rest of the day.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and lunch

Day 6 – Huaraz | A Scenic Ride

In the morning, board the bus for a comfortable 8-hour ride to the town of Trujillo. 

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and box lunc

Day 7 - Trujillo | The City of Eternal Spring

In the morning, start your day with a city tour of Trujillo. Visit the city’s main square, stop at the Liberty monument, visit the Cathedral with its beautiful altarpieces, walk the pedestrian Pizarro street on the way to La Merced Church, and visit the Emancipation Mansion with its beautiful neo-classic windows. This is followed by a visit to the Archaeological Museum. Next is a 15-minute drive south to the Temple of the Sun (Huaca del Sol) and Temple of the Moon (Huaca de la Luna), collectively known as the Temples of Moche (Huacas de Moche). After this, head to Chan Chan, South America’s largest pre-Columbian city. Make a brief stop at Huanchaco: a small fishing town known for its “caballitos de totora” or small boats made of reed. Head back to the hotel later in the afternoon.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 8 - Trujillo | Mysterious Huacas

After breakfast, head to Chiclayo, visiting on the way El Brujo archaeological complex, represented by three major huacas that date back over 4,000 years. Check out the site where a female Moche mummy, the Lady of Cao, was discovered. Then, continue to the museum to appreciate its beautiful polychrome murals, among other exhibits. Arrive at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon. 

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 9 - Chiclayo | Royal Tombs

Start your day with a one-hour drive to Túcume. After exploring this archeological site and its 26 pyramids, head to the Royal Tombs Museum. Prior to entering, take a few minutes to admire the museum’s striking exterior — a replica of a Moche tomb. Then, have a look at some of the rarest artifacts from the Moche civilization, including the treasures found buried with the Lord of Sipán, housed in the museum. Later, head southeast to Huaca Rajada, the archeological site where the remains of the Moche mummy known as the Lord of Sipán were found in 1987. Explore the site and learn about its important archeological findings and excavations. Return to your hotel later in the afternoon.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and lunch

Day 10 - Chiclayo| The Artifacts of the North

 In the morning, depart on a tour taking you to Bataan Grande archeological complex. Explore high adobe pyramids used as temples, homes, cemeteries and craft workshops. Continue your tour to the Museum of the Lord of Sicán, where a fabulous exhibition of the artifacts, discovered in the huacas of Batán Grande awaits. Appreciate a splendid ancient mortuary mask made of feathers, gold, and silver as well as a recreation of the tombs of Sicán noblemen with many other valuable goods displayed in the museum. In the evening, transfer to the bus station for the overnight trip to Chachapoyas.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 11 – Chachapoyas | Green Paradise

Early morning, after arrival at Chachapoyas enjoy a relaxing day at the lodge with its swimming pool and the breathtaking views of the valley and Gocta Falls. 

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 12 - Chachapoyas | The Lost City of Kuelap

After breakfast, start your trip to Kuelap, known as “the Machu Picchu of the North”. This ancient massive stone-walled fortress was built by the pre-Incan Chachapoyas culture and is located on a ridge overlooking the Utcubamba Valley in the cloud-forest.  To reach it, take the only cable car in Peru and eventually an optional horseback ride to the fortress. Your journey back to the hotel will include a complimentary lunch stop at the local restaurant.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and lunch

Day 13 - Chachapoyas | The Majestic Gocta Falls

Early in the morning take a 2.5-hour hike through a picturesque cloud forest to one of the highest waterfalls in the world, Gocta. During the hike, see various rainforest species that represent local flora and fauna. Upon reaching the waterfall, enjoy a refreshing swim in its waters. Head back to your hotel. Please note – this tour involves prolonged walking on uneven terrain and requires the traveler to be in good physical shape. The tour may not be suitable for travelers with certain medical conditions. Optional horseback ride for the hike part of this tour is available with prior notice.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 14 - Chachapoyas | Heading Back

After checking out of the lodge, get transferred to the airport to board your flight to Lima. Once there, catch your home-bound plane and say good-bye to Peru.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

INCLUSIONS:

  • Complimentary 24/7 assistance line
  • Informative pre-departure briefing
  • Licensed English-speaking guide
  • Sites entrance fees
  • Private city tour of Lima
  • Private full day tours of Chavin of Huantar & Laguna Querococha; Llanganuco Lake & Callejon de Huaylas; Kuelap
  • Private half day tours of El Brujo & Cao Museum and Gocta Waterfall trail
  • Shared full day tours of Tucume, Royal Tombs & Sipan and Trujillo City Tour with Archaeological Museum, Sol & Luna Temples, Chan Chan & Huanchaco
  • Shared half day tours of Sican Museum and Batan Grande
  • Comfortable land transportation and internal economy class flights as per the itinerary
  • Private Hotel/Airport/Bus/Railway Station pick-up and drop-off service
  • All meals and accommodation as per the itinerary

 

EXCLUSIONS:

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

LIMA

Britania Miraflores

Standard room

Placed in the heart of Miraflores, the most popular area for tourists.

HUARAZ

Andino Club

Standard room

Centrally located with panoramic views of the Blanca Mountain range.

TRUJILLO

Casa Andina Standard Trujillo

Traditional room

A modern hotel only a couple of minutes from the main square.

CHICLAYO

Winmeier

Standard room

One of the largest hotels in the city, offering a variety of services.

CHACHAPOYAS

Gocta Andes Lodge

Standard room

Lovely hotel placed in the countryside with great views of the falls.

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:

Discover and enjoy the beauty of the ancient cultures, fascinating artifacts and bustling towns of Northern Peru.  Traverse the mountainous lakes and picturesque valleys of the Andes and head to the cloud forest to discover its lost city.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The ruins of Chavin de Huantar
  • Chan Chan – the largest pre-Colombian city
  • The royal tombs of the Lord of Sipan
  • The fortress of Kuelap
  • Gocta Waterfalls

 

QUICK FACTS:

  • Duration: 14 days
  • Price: Per person, based on double occupancy
  • Season: year round
  • Single supplement: 00.00USD
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ITINERARY

Day 1 – Lima | Welcome to the City of the Kings

Meet our representative at Jorge Chavez Airport, who takes you to your hotel and conducts a short briefing about the upcoming journey.

Day 2 – Lima | Colonial and Modern Splendor

In the afternoon, enjoy your tour of the capital of Peru, known also as the City of the Kings. Walk through the colonial Lima to appreciate its beautiful monuments: houses adorned with Moorish-style balconies, the main city squares like Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas, the baroque Cathedral, the Governors Palace, and the Archbishop's Palace. After that, visit the convent of San Francisco and explore its extensive underground catacombs which served as a cemetery during the colonial period. Next, visit the Larco Museum. This unique, privately owned museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 5000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Continue to the modern part of the city, reaching Miraflores to enjoy its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. In the evening, savor Peruvian cuisine at the complimentary dinner with a folkloric show.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast, buffet dinner

Day 3 – Huaraz | To the Cordillera Blanca

After breakfast, take a comfortable 8-hour bus journey to the town of Huaraz. Check in to your hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 4 - Huaraz | Mystery Amidst the Andes

Early in the morning, start your tour by visiting traditional towns like Ticapampa, Catac and Recuay, before heading to Querococha lagoon. Next, explore the world heritage site of Chavin de Huantar, its Old and New Temples with many passages and underground galleries decorated with sculptures and carvings used for religious rites. After this, travel back to your hotel for an enjoyable evening

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and lunch

Day 5 - Huaraz | The Alley of Huaylas

After breakfast, head to the north part of Huaraz, visiting the Callejon de Huaylas valley. Enter the Huascaran National Park to admire the highest mountain in Peru (6768m). Visit Carhuaz and the ancient town of Yungay. Afterwards, ascend to Laguna Llanganuco for a boat ride. On the way back to Huaraz, stop at the towns of Caraz and Tarica to check local handcrafts. Return to the hotel to enjoy the rest of the day.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and lunch

Day 6 – Huaraz | A Scenic Ride

In the morning, board the bus for a comfortable 8-hour ride to the town of Trujillo. 

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and box lunc

Day 7 - Trujillo | The City of Eternal Spring

In the morning, start your day with a city tour of Trujillo. Visit the city’s main square, stop at the Liberty monument, visit the Cathedral with its beautiful altarpieces, walk the pedestrian Pizarro street on the way to La Merced Church, and visit the Emancipation Mansion with its beautiful neo-classic windows. This is followed by a visit to the Archaeological Museum. Next is a 15-minute drive south to the Temple of the Sun (Huaca del Sol) and Temple of the Moon (Huaca de la Luna), collectively known as the Temples of Moche (Huacas de Moche). After this, head to Chan Chan, South America’s largest pre-Columbian city. Make a brief stop at Huanchaco: a small fishing town known for its “caballitos de totora” or small boats made of reed. Head back to the hotel later in the afternoon.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 8 - Trujillo | Mysterious Huacas

After breakfast, head to Chiclayo, visiting on the way El Brujo archaeological complex, represented by three major huacas that date back over 4,000 years. Check out the site where a female Moche mummy, the Lady of Cao, was discovered. Then, continue to the museum to appreciate its beautiful polychrome murals, among other exhibits. Arrive at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon. 

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 9 - Chiclayo | Royal Tombs

Start your day with a one-hour drive to Túcume. After exploring this archeological site and its 26 pyramids, head to the Royal Tombs Museum. Prior to entering, take a few minutes to admire the museum’s striking exterior — a replica of a Moche tomb. Then, have a look at some of the rarest artifacts from the Moche civilization, including the treasures found buried with the Lord of Sipán, housed in the museum. Later, head southeast to Huaca Rajada, the archeological site where the remains of the Moche mummy known as the Lord of Sipán were found in 1987. Explore the site and learn about its important archeological findings and excavations. Return to your hotel later in the afternoon.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and lunch

Day 10 - Chiclayo| The Artifacts of the North

 In the morning, depart on a tour taking you to Bataan Grande archeological complex. Explore high adobe pyramids used as temples, homes, cemeteries and craft workshops. Continue your tour to the Museum of the Lord of Sicán, where a fabulous exhibition of the artifacts, discovered in the huacas of Batán Grande awaits. Appreciate a splendid ancient mortuary mask made of feathers, gold, and silver as well as a recreation of the tombs of Sicán noblemen with many other valuable goods displayed in the museum. In the evening, transfer to the bus station for the overnight trip to Chachapoyas.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 11 – Chachapoyas | Green Paradise

Early morning, after arrival at Chachapoyas enjoy a relaxing day at the lodge with its swimming pool and the breathtaking views of the valley and Gocta Falls. 

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 12 - Chachapoyas | The Lost City of Kuelap

After breakfast, start your trip to Kuelap, known as “the Machu Picchu of the North”. This ancient massive stone-walled fortress was built by the pre-Incan Chachapoyas culture and is located on a ridge overlooking the Utcubamba Valley in the cloud-forest.  To reach it, take the only cable car in Peru and eventually an optional horseback ride to the fortress. Your journey back to the hotel will include a complimentary lunch stop at the local restaurant.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and lunch

Day 13 - Chachapoyas | The Majestic Gocta Falls

Early in the morning take a 2.5-hour hike through a picturesque cloud forest to one of the highest waterfalls in the world, Gocta. During the hike, see various rainforest species that represent local flora and fauna. Upon reaching the waterfall, enjoy a refreshing swim in its waters. Head back to your hotel. Please note – this tour involves prolonged walking on uneven terrain and requires the traveler to be in good physical shape. The tour may not be suitable for travelers with certain medical conditions. Optional horseback ride for the hike part of this tour is available with prior notice.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 14 - Chachapoyas | Heading Back

After checking out of the lodge, get transferred to the airport to board your flight to Lima. Once there, catch your home-bound plane and say good-bye to Peru.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

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INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS:

  • Complimentary 24/7 assistance line
  • Informative pre-departure briefing
  • Licensed English-speaking guide
  • Sites entrance fees
  • Private city tour of Lima
  • Private full day tours of Chavin of Huantar & Laguna Querococha; Llanganuco Lake & Callejon de Huaylas; Kuelap
  • Private half day tours of El Brujo & Cao Museum and Gocta Waterfall trail
  • Shared full day tours of Tucume, Royal Tombs & Sipan and Trujillo City Tour with Archaeological Museum, Sol & Luna Temples, Chan Chan & Huanchaco
  • Shared half day tours of Sican Museum and Batan Grande
  • Comfortable land transportation and internal economy class flights as per the itinerary
  • Private Hotel/Airport/Bus/Railway Station pick-up and drop-off service
  • All meals and accommodation as per the itinerary

 

EXCLUSIONS:

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

LIMA

Britania Miraflores

Standard room

Placed in the heart of Miraflores, the most popular area for tourists.

HUARAZ

Andino Club

Standard room

Centrally located with panoramic views of the Blanca Mountain range.

TRUJILLO

Casa Andina Standard Trujillo

Traditional room

A modern hotel only a couple of minutes from the main square.

CHICLAYO

Winmeier

Standard room

One of the largest hotels in the city, offering a variety of services.

CHACHAPOYAS

Gocta Andes Lodge

Standard room

Lovely hotel placed in the countryside with great views of the falls.

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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.