Must-knows when travelling in Peru
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Visa-free travel for EU citizens when travelling to the territory of Peru for a period of stay of 90 days in any 180-day period. [Only business people, students, and missionaries visiting Peru for such reasons require a visa for Peru.]
Trekking altitudes, Distance and Time for the Inca Trail
43km in Total
Level of Fitness Required
If you do not feel you are particularly fit, you can use this goal to motivate you to achieve your fitness goals.
Good levels of fitness are required coupled with good mental preparation. The Inca trail is a total of total trek distance: 43km, however elevation is the challenging part.
- 1st day is a long trek
- 2nd day is hardest altitude getting up to 4200m with loads of stairs both uphill and downhill
- 3rd day is not difficult in terms of altitude or stairs but it is very long around 9 hour trek
- 4th day is easy 5 km to get to Machu Picchu
This is surely a challenge that will take your breath away, literally, but that will leave you with incredible feelings of accomplishment.
During the trek you will only need to carry a small day pack. Each person will have all their equipment, food and personal clothing delivered by the porters from one day to the next.
All travellers for this trip will be invited to an “Expedition Workshop”. During this workshop which will be held at Mochika in Qormi, we will go over some basic backpacking equipment principles. You will be able to learn more about what equipment choices you have as well as experience first-hand some techniques used during backpacking and trekking trips. Please note that you will NOT be required to buy from Mochika after this seminar – they simply offered their expertise to help us out.
The most common system for clothing in outdoor environments is the three-layer system. During the workshop, participants will be able to get to know more about this system. What do you do when your hands and feet get cold?
This essential piece of kit can make or break your trekking experience. The workshop will cover the main types of hiking footwear, as well as delve into more advanced aspects of shoe-fitting, such as insoles, socks and lacing techniques. Participants will also learn how the water-proofing of a shoe works!
Moreover, we give all travellers a detailed checklist of clothing that's required throughout the trip.
Note re Luggage
Even though international flights provides us with a 30kg luggage we are only allowed a maximum of 20kgs since the weight of luggage of internal flights in Peru is of 20kg per person & extra hand luggage.
Rental options to avoid weight:
- Sleeping Bag for Hiking $20
- Inflatable mattress for Hiking $20
- Hiking poles for $10
Accommodation During the Trip
The rooms on the trip will be double rooms; meaning two single beds in the same room.
If you’d like to share the room with someone in particular, let us know, or else, we'll introduce you to someone of the same sex to share the room with.
- 8 nights in 3 star hotel stay in twin accommodation
- 02 nights in Ecofriendly lodge in Puerto Maldonado in twin accommodation
- 03 nights camping along the Inca Trail (2 person tent) or 3 nights in hotel if doing the 1 day hike.
What's the food like?
Peruvian cuisine reflects local practices and ingredients—including influences from the indigenous population including the Inca and cuisines brought in with immigrants from Europe (Spanish cuisine, Italian cuisine, German cuisine), Asia (Chinese cuisine and Japanese cuisine) and West Africa. Here are some popular dishes.
- Day 4/5- Free day in Cusco: Maras Moray Salt mines
- Day4/5- Cooking Class
We are travelling in the peak season. The Peruvian winter (May – September) is the driest season and therefore the best time of year to travel, especially if you are planning to visit the Cusco area or trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The dry season is the best time to visit the jungle regions as there are fewer mosquitoes and the rivers are low, exposing the beaches. It's also a good time to see nesting and to view the animals at close range, as they stay close to the rivers and are more easily seen.
- Lima & Coastal temperature - high 17 degrees low 13 degrees
- Cusco & the highlands temperature – high 20 degrees low 1 degree
- The Jungle – high 30 degrees low 15 degrees
You will need to book at the Floriana centre for more info. You might have already taken them. 21243314 book an appointment and take your record. Call on a Sunday if they never pick up.
More details can be obtained through the IATA website: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/passport-visa-health-travel-document-requirements.htm
Please make sure to act on your vaccinations at least 3 months in advance – your health is your responsibility.
The government only issues 500 permits for the Inca Trail which includes supporting staff like porters, chefs and guides. This leaves only 200 for us travellers, which means we need to book at least 10 months in advance to get our front row seat!
For us to issue these permits, we need to provide: Passport photocopy, passport photos, DOB and age.
That is why it is critical for this trip to be booked months in advance.
Travel & Trekking Insurance
You are free to choose any Travel Insurance that will cover you for your trip as long as it covers trekking up to 4300m.
We have partnered with the internationally renowned ‘World Nomads’ to provide you cover.
To buy your Travel insurance Visit: http://www.tagalongtravellers.com/insurance
Exchange & Credit Cards
The currency in use in Peru is Sol. 1EUR is around 3.75SOL
Upon arrival at the airport in Lima, we will have the opportunity to exchange Euro at the exchange rate of the day, however you are likely to get better rates if you exchange USD.
All cities have ATMs but before heading out to any village or rural community, always make sure you’ve got enough cash on you for the trip
Major credit cards are widely accepted Peru. Visitors can withdraw money through Visa /Master Card from. There is a standard commission. Peruvian ATMs place a limit on the amount of cash you can withdraw in one go. This limit is sometimes frustratingly low, at around S/ 400, while other ATMs will let you take out S/ 1,000 or more (but these seem increasingly rare).
Peruvians have fostered an atmosphere of safety throughout the country. The threat of violent crime in most of Peru is no greater than many of the world's major cities. Travel around the country is relatively safe and reliable and the rebel element has been largely disbanded.
However with some research, planning and common sense you can easily avoid the bad apples and ensure you have a safe and exciting stay.
You should practice your street smarts. Don't wear a lot of jewellery or designer clothes, don't wave flashy cameras around and don't carry more cash than is necessary. Carry any important documents close to you personally and always keep one eye on any bags or luggage.
If you are the victim of a theft or assault, the Policia de Turismo (Tourism Police) should be your first port of call. Established specially to protect you and the lucrative tourism industry, they speak at least some English and are trained in handling all sorts of crimes against tourists.
Culturally Acceptable Behavior
- Learning some simple Spanish phrases will enable you to do this, as it is considered good manners to greet someone with a salutation such as “buenos dias” (good day). Smiling is also important in making a good first impression. Don’t be surprised if you are addressed as “gringo/gringa” (meaning foreigner) or “mister” – these are not derogatory terms in Peru and shouldn’t be taken as such.
- The indigenous Amerindians are particularly reserved in their demeanour, and can often come across as shy or aloof. Eye contact with visitors to the community will often be minimal. It is therefore bad etiquette to stare or make continual eye contact.
- You should respect the modesty and reserved nature of many Amerindian communities, so adhering to similar behaviour and modest dress codes would be seen as a sign of respect. Outlandish, forthright and boisterous conduct within such groups would be considered quite offensive and completely out of place.
- Peru has many awe-inspiring landscapes and historical landmarks. It is perfectly acceptable to photograph many aspects of Peruvian culture. Most of the time, you will be able to freely take photographs, but always check that it is appropriate before you start snapping away.
- If photographing a particular person, you should always ask your subject beforehand to ascertain if this is OK. Usually, the answer will be yes, but you should be aware that in some instances, it is expected that your subject will ask for a ‘tip’ in return.
- You should be aware that punctuality is not considered to be of particular importance to many Peruvians. In fact, it is expected that you turn up anything from 30 minutes to a fully hour after a stated ‘start’ time of any event.