General Frequently Asked Questions FAQs – Travel to Peru
WHAT IS PERU LIKE?
Peru is one of the most diverse countries on Earth: it is larger than Germany, France and Spain combined and owns 84 of the 104 life zones of the world, from coastal deserts to Amazonian forests and glacial peaks such as mountains, lagoons .
HOW SAFE IS TRAVELING TO PERU?
Traveling to Peru today is very safe. We can assure you that you will feel comfortable and safe at all times, although, of course, the usual precautions apply when traveling anywhere in the world. Since terrorism was eradicated more than a decade ago, the Peruvian government has focused on bringing stability and economic growth to the nation. However, as when you travel to any large city, we recommend:
- Be careful with your personal belongings where you travel.
- Avoid unnecessary walks at night to take care of your health.
- Do not flash money, jewelry and camera equipment; Do not go out alone at night and do not venture into less than desired neighborhoods without prior recommendation,
- Take extra precautions with your pockets: wear a leg sock, a garment bag or some other hidden compartment for your valuables and excess cash, keeping only what you expect you need that day in your pockets.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE TRIP TO PERU?
When traveling with CAMINO INCA SALKANTAY, all transportation is included, tickets for all tours, excursions, national parks and museums, according to the itinerary: Lodging in selected hotels, with breakfast, in a double room; Domestic flights according to the itinerary.
Another advantage of traveling with us is that everything is solved. We carefully plan your travel schedule. We organize all your accommodations, your entrance in different places, your transportation and most of your meals. All you have to do is enjoy.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP TO PERU?
International flights; visas; airport departure taxes ($ 50.5 for international air tickets); travel insurance; personal expenses (clothes, laundry, telephone calls, etc.); meals not mentioned in the itinerary; tips for guides.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT PERU?
Peru can be visited all year round. The high season is from June to October and it is the best time to travel to Cusco, where you can enjoy a bright sun from very early in the day, as is the case in the highlands of Peru throughout the year. In the Andes, the heaviest rains fall in January and February. The rainforest can be visited at any time of the year; Wildlife can often be seen on riverbanks and in horseshoe lakes during the dry season. It should be remembered that the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance during February.
Another important reason to visit Cusco in June is the Inti Raymi or “Celebration of the Sun” which is celebrated each year in honor of the Pachamama land.
On the other hand, the advantage of traveling during the low season from November to May is that you can beat the crowd and you can enjoy Cusco and its wonders at your own pace through the sacred valley of the Incas.
HOW WILL THE CLIMATE BE DURING THE TRIP?
The climate varies according to the region, and the climate varies according to the season within Peru. Summer on the Pacific coast is from December to April, and although temperatures are lower during the rest of the year, there is no rainfall. In the Andes, the dry season is from April to October, when the skies are clear and the days are sunny and warm, and the nights are cold. In the rainy season of the highlands, daytime temperatures are a little lower, although it is less cold at night. The Amazon region has its dry season from April to October, although, of course, it is humid and hot in the Peruvian jungle throughout the year.
IS IT THE ALTITUDE OF A DETERMINED PLACE IN PERU?
When traveling at altitudes of around 3,500 m (11480 ft), there is approximately half of the oxygen in the air that is at sea level (for example, we have an Inca trail to Machu Picchu, Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu, Inka Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Choquequirao, Lake Humantay, Lake Titicaca in Puno, etc. Many places of height). To avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness, you can take some simple precautions: it is advisable to rest for the first hours after reaching height, drink enough fluids and avoid heavy carbohydrate-laden foods in favor of lighter meals. . Most people acclimate to high altitudes in a couple of days before making their trip, as the body produces more red blood cells to deal with lack of oxygen. In addition, we strongly recommend that you contact your doctor before taking any medication, should you decide to do so.
WHAT IS THE CURRENCY AND SHOULD I BRING IN CASH?
The Peruvian currency is Nuevo sol, which is divided into 100 cents, banks, hotels, many stores and all travel operators easily accept US dollars. It is not advisable to use traveler’s checks since the bank charges are high. ATMs are available in all cities, and Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club are widely accepted.
HOW DO WE TRAVEL AROUND THE COUNTRY?
With the exception of Nazca, you fly to all the main destinations, even if you go between some of them by surface trip. Land travel has greatly improved in recent years, and transport companies on the main routes offer modern and safe buses, with bus services with bunk beds available on longer routes. On our private tours we offer comfortable vehicles and professional drivers with a lot of experience.
CAN I DRINK THE WATER?
In Peru, water is potable in most of its territory; however, due to its high mineral content, it is advisable to always drink bottled water. On camping trips, the water is sterilized or boiled by the guides.
HOW IS THE FOOD?
International cuisine is widely available, but because Peru is famous for its excellent and varied cuisine, we recommend trying local food. Local cuisine varies from region to region, and most cities produce at least one traditional dish. Not in vain, the Pacific coast of Peru provides the ingredients for some of the best seafood dishes in the world.
If you have special dietary requirements, send us a prior notification so that we can meet any dietary requirements, including vegetarians, vegans and people with food allergies.
WHAT VACCINES ARE NEEDED?
Peru does not require vaccines for its visitors, but we recommend that you update the vaccines for: rabies, tetanus, typhoid, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A. For those who travel to the Amazon region, certificates of vaccination against yellow fever and prophylaxis are required for Malaria is recommended.
WHAT LANGUAGES DO THE GUIDES SPEAK?
Although English is not widely spoken in Peru, all our guides have English as a second language and guides can be provided in other languages upon request.
DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
You do not have to buy travel insurance, however, we strongly recommend it. For example, if an unforeseen event occurs before your departure and you have to cancel the trip, you will be reimbursed all or part of the costs. Otherwise, you are likely to pay cancellation fees and lose money.
WHAT KIND OF DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO TRAVEL TO PERU?
The citizens of the USA UU They need a valid passport and an entry form-tourist card that your airline provides you at the ticket counters at the time of check-in for your flight to Peru or once on board. (NOTE: other nationalities should consult with the nearest Peruvian consulate to determine the correct entry requirements).
WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM AGE FOR CHILDREN TO ENJOY ALL THE BENEFITS OF THE TRIP?
For children to enjoy reduced travel, they must be 11 years old or younger. Make sure your children do not turn 12 while traveling, as they do not qualify for discounted rates.
I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE RANKINGS OF YOUR HOTELS. YOU CAN EXPLAIN?
There are many ways to categorize hotels, but the most popular are the categories we use or the stars. If you are not familiar with our system, think of the following: deluxe = four-star or five-star hotels, first class = four-star accommodation, upgraded tourist class = the top end of the three-star hotel, tourist class = three-star, low-budget establishments = two-star hotels.
GENERAL COMMENTS ON PROPERTIES IN PERU?
Keep in mind that properties in Peru may not meet the standards you are used to in your country. The places you will visit do not enjoy our same standards of living. Although there are hotels throughout Peru that combine with the luxury and facilities of their American counterparts, do not expect to find a resort like Las Vegas or Cancun in places like the Sacred Valley of Peru or the Colca Canyon in Arequipa.
You will find very fine, unique and comfortable properties, but do not expect the prodigality of some massive tourist destinations. In many cases, the properties are right next to beautiful tropical environments full of life.