Lima – Nazca Lines Flight – Huacachina Oasis – Ballestas Islands – Paracas Reserve – Cusco – Machupicchu – Puno Floating Islands
This amazing Peru Adventure travel package takes you through the Enigmatic Nazca Lines, the rich biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest, to the hidden city of Machu Picchu and along the legendary Inca Trail. One of the most popular of our Peru Tours, your explorations begin in Cusco City, while you acclimatize your body for your Inca Trail 4D/3N them Amazon Rainforest where experienced naturalist guides will lead you on exciting jungle treks and canoe trips downriver while teaching you about this fascinating region’s ecological wonders. Along the Inca Trail, you will marvel at engineering feats that attest to the advanced civilization of these ancient people. Then explore the compelling ruins of Machu Picchu. We will end this adventure in the coastal area of lima Capital of Peru, visiting the iconic and unknown Nazca Lines tour. This fascinating Peru tour was designed for explorers and adventurers alike who seek the journey of a lifetime.
Single Supplement: $750
Items for Rent For The in Case you are Hiking Inca Trail
- Single Tent $40 (if you wish to sleep alone)
- Sleeping Bag $20 per person (minus 5 degrees Celsius)
- Air Mattress $20 per person (REI inflatable mattress)
- Professional Walking Poles $20 per pair
- Backpacks $25
- Head Lamp $10
- Extra kilograms $10/kg (Example 5kg=$50)
|Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.|
Day 1: Arrival to Lima Airport and Transfer to Hotel
Arrive in Lima and transfer to your hotel.
(example) Flight Avianca 963: Miami 16:15 -Lima arrival 20:45
Inclusions: Airport Pick up, Transportation/Transfers, 4-Star Hotel Accommodation, Bilingual Tour Leader
July 24th – Day 2: Lima – Flight over Nazca Lines – Huacachina Oasis – Hotel Ica
You’ll be picked up at 6:00 am from your Hotel in Lima and transfer to the Bus Terminal. You will board the Bus from Lima to Ica which is approximately a 3 ½ hour bus ride. Once you arrive at the terminal you’ll be transferred to Ica airport and have your flight over Nazca Lines. You will see the famous Nazca line figures from a window seat. Your flight will return back to Ica airport. We will enjoy lunch and then visit the Oasis of Huacachina. At Huacachina you can Sandboard or board Buggies. Afterward, we’ll have lunch and the rest of the day is free for you to enjoy.
Inclusions: All Transportation/Transfers, 4-Star Hotel Accommodation in Ica, Bilingual Tour Leader, Flight over the Nazca Lines figures, Oasis of Huacachina sandboarding and/or buggy tour
Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, and Lunch
July 25th – Day 3: Ica – Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve – Lima Airport – Flight to Cusco
Breakfast at your hotel followed by transfer to Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve. You will have a fantastic guided speedboat journey tour to the Ballestas Islands (“the Peruvian Galapagos”) a wonderful group of small Islands that houses huge numbers of birds and marine mammals such as sea lions, Humboldt penguins, dolphins, flamingoes, pelicans. and stunning varieties of birds. You will also go a little further and observe the Paracas Reserve. We will then have lunch and get on the bus and return to Lima airport where you will board your flight to the imperial city of Cusco.
Flight LA 2029 Lima 19:45- Cusco arrival at 21:02
Inclusions: All Transportation/Transfers, 4-Star Hotel Accommodation in Cusco, Bilingual Tour Leader, Bus Tickets, Speedboat excursion to Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve with the admission fee
Meals: Breakfast at your hotel
Day 4: Cusco City Tour
Main Plaza / Main Cathedral / Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun) Museum / The 4 most important Archeological sites within Cusco City
Today you will take it easy so that you can acclimate to the altitude. After you’ve had breakfast at your hotel we will go on a ½ day Cusco City Tour. Your Tour Leader will take you to the Main Plaza where you will visit the Main Cathedral of Cusco city. Afterward, you will visit the Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun) museum and then head over to the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Tambomachay, and Puca Pucara. Your Tour Leader will explain in full detail the meaning of these sites and answer any questions you may have. After your guided tour we will go and have lunch at a traditional typical restaurant. Afterward, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel and the rest of the day is free for you to rest and explore.
Inclusions: Transportation/Transfers, Bilingual Tour Leader, 4-Star Hotel Accommodation in Cusco, ALL Entrance fees to Cathedral, Qoricancha museum, and the 4 archaeological sites
Meals: Breakfast at your hotel
Day 5: Sacred Valley and Aguas Calientes Town (Hotel)
Awanacancha Llama Exhibition / Mirador Del Valle / Pisaq and Pisaq Market / Lunch / Ollantaytambo / Panoramic Vistadome Train to Aguas Calientes / Dinner at Indio Feliz
Today you will be picked up from your hotel at 7:30 am after you have enjoyed your breakfast. Your private transportation will head out to Awanacancha, a llama and alpaca expedition where you can see and feel these animals close up in their natural habitat and even take a llama selfie! Afterward, you will head to the Mirador del Valle where you will have a balcony view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After many pictures you will head to Pisaq Inca ruins followed by Pisaq market where local native people still practice bartering to this day. Next, lunch will be enjoyed at a delicious Tourist Buffet restaurant. You will then go for a ½ hr drive to Ollantaytambo and visit this notable Inca fortress. After Ollantaytambo Tour, you will board the upgraded Vistadome Train service to Aguas Calientes Town. The Vistadome train service offers you panoramic glass windows and views of the valley. Once you arrive at Aguas Calientes town you’ll have some free time to relax in your hotel and then have dinner at the renowned “Indio Feliz” restaurant. After a delicious gourmet meal, you will have free time to explore this small but lively town on your own.
Inclusions: All Transportation and Transfers, Bilingual Tour Leader, ALL Entrance fees to archeological sites, Train Ticket – Vistadome Upgraded Service, 4-Star Hotel Accommodation in Aguas Calientes Town
Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, Lunch at Tourist Buffet Restaurant and Dinner included at “Indio Feliz” restaurant
Day 6: Full Day Machu Picchu Tour – Return to Cusco City (Hotel)
To avoid large lines and crowds we highly suggest you have a very early breakfast (5:00 am) at your hotel before taking the earliest bus shuttle to Machu Picchu. We recommend everyone to try and be the first ones in line because it fills up incredibly quickly. Enjoy the first view of Machu Picchu and the sunrise (depending on the weather). Your tour leader will guide you throughout this magnificent site for about 3 hours. If you book well in advance and have a Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain ticket, your Tour Leader will take you to the main entrance where you can explore these sites on your own. Before you’re left for free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own, your Tour Leader will tell you by what time to be back in Aguas Calientes Town so that you have lunch and board your train back to Cusco city. Your train will be the upgraded Vistadome service which offers you snacks and a live traditional show. You will be dropped off at your respective hotel in Cusco city and this concludes the end of Day 6.
Inclusions: Transfers, Round Trip Bus shuttle tickets, 3-hour private guided tour in Machu Picchu, Entrance Fee to Machu Picchu, Upgraded Vistadome Train Ticket, Private Transportation from the train station to your hotel in Cusco city, 4-Star Hotel Accommodation in Cusco
Meals: Breakfast at your hotel
Day 7: Maras Salt Mines / Moray Ruins / Chincheros Inca Town
Today’s half-day tour begins with your hotel pick up at 8 am. You’ll first visit Maras Salt mines, Moray ruins followed by Chincheros Inca Town. You’ll observe firsthand how native people to this day continue to dye their textiles like their Inca ancestors. After various pictures and a wealth of new knowledge, you will head back to Cusco and have lunch. You’ll then be dropped off at your hotel. The rest of the evening is free for you to explore your last night in Cusco city.
Inclusions: Private Transportation, Transfers, Bilingual Tour Leader, All entrance fees to archeological sites, 4-Star Hotel Accommodation Cusco
Meals: Breakfast at your hotel
Day 8: Cusco – Puno
Early Breakfast due to 6:00 is pick up and transfer to Inka Express Bus Terminal (or similar bus service). Your Bus departs at 6:40 am from Cusco City. Along the route, you will visit 5
important archaeological sites so that your bus ride flows smoothly and you are able to get up and stretch. The sites visited are:
7:40 am – Andahuaylillas “Sistine Chapel of America”
10:00 am – Raqchi “Temple of Wiracocha” one of the first Inca Emperors
11:35 am – Sicuani Village and Lunch at Marangani Restaurant
12:50 pm – Abra La Raya
2:30 pm – Pucara Museum
5:00 pm – Arrival at Bus terminal Puno and transfer to your hotel.
Note: Itinerary may vary due to weather changes
Inclusions: All Transportation and Transfers, Bilingual Tour Leader, Bus Ticket, entrance fees to archaeological sites, 4-Star Hotel Accommodation in Puno
Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, Buffet Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Puno Floating Islands – Titicaca – Uros – Taquile Islands – Full-Day Tour
Early Breakfast at your hotel followed by 7:00 am pick up. We’ll head to the main port of Puno where you will board your Speed Boat on the Titicaca Lake and head to Uros floating Island, followed by Taquile Island. You will enjoy a traditional lunch at Taquile Island surrounded by the native people of this area. After lunch, we’ll head back to the main port of Puno (around 4 pm) and drop you off at your hotel. We’ll meet up again for a farewell dinner.
Inclusions: All Transportation/Transfers, Bilingual Tour Leader, Speed Boat excursion to floating Islands group service, Tickets to both Uros and Taquile Islands, 4-Star Hotel Accommodation in Puno
Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, Traditional Lunch in one of the Floating Islands, Farewell Dinner in Puno
Day 10: Puno Flight to Lima
Transfer to Juliaca Airport for your flight to Lima. When you arrive in Lima you will be transferred to your selected hotel (hotel for tonight not included in the package). In the afternoon you will be taken for a Lima city tour group service.
LA 2088 Flight Juliaca – Lima : 9:56 am – 11:30 am
Inclusions: Transfer to Juliaca Airport, Transfer/Transportation in Lima, Bilingual Tour Leader, Group Service Lima City tour ticket
Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, Lunch
Day 11: Transfer to Lima Airport
Per your flight schedule, your flight leaves from Lima airport at 10 am. You will need to be at the airport 3 hours before your departure time for international flights. Depending on the location of your hotel and the distance from the airport we will coordinate with you to pick up time so that you arrive at the airport in a timely manner.
Example: Flight Avianca 962 Lima 10:00 – Miami 4:43 pm
*Please Note: This tour itinerary can be customized for your group. If there are any changes you wish to make let us know and we can accommodate according to your wishes.*
All accommodations are based on 1 double room (queen bed) and 1 triple room (3 twin beds) in a 4-star Hotel
Know Before You Go
Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety, and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
Getting Ready to Go
Passports and Visas
It is each traveler’s responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of travel and a visa if required. Please check the information at (lINK) for the specific country/region you are visiting for more details. IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave, and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has blank pages.
Peru – Passport information must be submitted to Tour Leaders Peru at least 60 days prior to departure. This information is necessary to issue Machu Picchu train tickets.
Train to Machu Picchu (Overnight)
Tickets for Machu Picchu will be provided locally. On the day of your visit to Machu Picchu, you will depart by motorcoach to the Ollantaytambo station. Your Tour Manager will check that you are carrying your passport which is required to board all Machu Picchu trains. Prior to arrival at the station, you will receive your round trip tickets including seat assignments from your Tour Manager. Passport names and numbers on the tickets must match your passport. You will present your ticket to the conductor prior to boarding the train for Aguas Calientes. You should hold on to your ticket as it will be required for the return journey. Due to very limited storage space, only one small backpack/daypack/handbag per passenger is permitted onboard trains to Machu Picchu. This applies to overnight stays as well. Additional luggage will be transported to and held at your next hotel for no additional charge. Passengers who wish to bring extra luggage on the train will be charged an additional fee payable directly to the train operator; this extra luggage might follow in a separate train car.
Traveling with Friends or Family?
If you are traveling with friends or family who are booked on another reservation, please make sure that we are aware. On occasion, we may operate more than one vehicle on your tour departure in which case we will ensure that guests will be assigned together. This is achieved by connecting your reservations before your departure. Once you arrive at your destination, it may not be possible to make assignment changes. To check that your reservations are linked, log in to (Link) with your email and password, select your reservation number, and check to see that your reservations are indicated as “Traveling With” at the top right side of the display.
Travel Preparation For Peru
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order. Make sure also that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip and carry them with you in case your luggage is delayed. Bring a change of clothes in your carry on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID, and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. You may also make a digital copy of your passport to keep a clear picture with the important details in your cell phone or digital camera photos. If you lose the originals while traveling, you’ll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Due to security reasons, many museums have restrictions on the size of bags that can be taken inside and backpacks, carry-on bags or large purses may not be permitted. It is recommended to bring a small shoulder bag or purse to use in these situations instead. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. We suggest that you place liquid containers into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.
Travel Safety Advice:
The safety of our guests is TLPA’s #1 concern. Before making the decision to reserve your vacation, we want you to be aware of potential situations that may impact your holiday. While most of the time our programs run precisely according to plans, on rare occasion force majeure events including weather, transportation mechanical issues, or uninhabitable accommodation, civil unrest, and even criminal or terrorist activities will present themselves unexpectedly and with little or no notice. Tour Leaders Peru will make the decision to cancel a tour only after receiving verifiable government-issued information. We are otherwise obliged to comply with contractual airline and vendor agreements and carry out the tour until or unless we are advised otherwise. In the event of such an occurrence anytime after your date of departure, Gate 1 and the local destination ground staff, in coordination with government advisories, airlines, hotels, and other vendors, will make decisions with regard to your safety first. We strongly recommend that tour participants review the destination country’s specific information at https://travel.state.gov/
At any time before you complete Final Payment, you may choose to purchase Travel Protection that helps provide coverage for Trip Cancellation, Interruption, Baggage Loss or Delay, Pre-Existing Medical Conditions, and more. The protection plan premium is non-refundable after a 10 day review period. For new bookings made on or after October 1, 2019, in order to qualify for the Pre-Existing Medical Condition portion of Plan coverage, Travel Protection must be added within 21 days of the booking date for the full cost of all travel arrangements that are subject to cancellation penalties or restrictions. In addition, you must be medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid. For a summary of the plan details on coverages, benefits, limitations, and exclusions, please refer to the Description of Coverage by visiting get my insurance here.
Additionally, the optional Cancel For Any Reason Waiver allows you to cancel your tour up to 72 hours before your scheduled departure for any reason and receive a credit equal to the full cost of your travel arrangements, less the cost of deposit(s), late/amendment fees, and insurance premium cost. The credit is reduced by the amount of any cancellation benefits paid by Travel Protection or any other insurance plan providing Trip Cancellation benefits. Credit will be issued in the form of travel certificates which are applicable for a period of one year from the original date of travel. In the event that Instant purchase airfare was purchased in conjunction with the original tour program, you must travel within one year of the original date of airfare booking. Certificates have no cash value and may be used only for travel to the originally booked destination, using the same carrier, same or similar hotels, and same tour package. Price adjustments will be made at the time of the new reservation. Should the price decrease, you will receive a credit for the difference. Should the price increase, you will be invoiced for the balance. The Cancel for Any Reason Wavier may only be purchased in addition to TLPA Protection coverage and must be paid at the same time as the applicable Travel Protection premium. This program does not apply to packages that include a Sea or River cruise, Passion Play, travel to Israel, nor does it apply to custom groups. A waiver may only be purchased in conjunction with and at the same time as Travel Protection. (link).
Cell Phones & Calling Cards
You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. If you can access the Internet as you travel, you can take advantage of an email or a Skype Internet telephone (VOIP) account for the best value. Additionally, if your phone can connect to WiFi you may be able to make voice and video calls free of charge. Please contact your cell phone provider for further details. Alternatively, you may investigate renting a cell phone before you leave or buying an inexpensive phone locally. When calling the U.S. from a foreign country, you may also use a prepaid calling card; normally, the only additional charge (besides the prepaid long distance charges) is a local fee of a few cents and possibly a connection fee if you are using your card at your hotel. It is best to check with the hotel’s reception desk prior to making phone calls to avoid unexpected charges. Please note that we are unable to provide compensation for phone calls regardless of the reason.
Code Numbers Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another
When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country’s Exit Code (often indicated with a “+” sign), then the destination Country Code, then the Phone Number. For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If you are dialing from a mobile phone, you can enter a “+” instead of the international Exit Code (011, 001, 0011, or 00) by pressing and holding the 0 key. For most countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and South Pacific, if you are calling from a local phone to a number within the same country, you should drop both the exit and country codes and then add a leading 0 (zero). Exceptions include Spain, Italy, Hungary, and Malta (no additional zero needed to dial locally).
To dial the following number in Germany (as listed on your voucher): +(49) 0555-555
From the USA or your US cell phone: 011-49-555-555
From another country in Europe: 00-49-555-555
From a German phone within Germany: 0555-555
WiFi access has improved. Free or inexpensive WiFi internet is accessible at coffee shops, airports, restaurants, libraries and on some trains and buses. WiFi access in hotels and cruise lines often involves a fee, determined by that property. Signal strength is subject to local conditions and not guaranteed. Availability on cruises is also dependent upon its location while sailing through multiple countries. Please note that WiFi can be extremely slow, unreliable and sometimes nonexistent in developing countries or, on moving conveyances such as buses and cruise ships.
Staying Healthy While Traveling
All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal healthcare 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 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.
Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations).
You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, 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.
Notice on Aircraft Cabin Insecticide Treatment – Please note that some countries may require aircraft cabin insecticide treatment for in-bound foreign flights. A list of such countries is available at http://www.dot.gov/office-policy/aviation-policy/aircraft-disinsection-requirements.
Peru – While no inoculations are required, vaccination against yellow fever is recommended, especially if traveling to the Amazon. For the latest health requirements and recommendations, please visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization websites. You should also consult with your personal healthcare provider.
You may encounter mosquitoes in both urban and rural areas, especially during the wet season. Travelers are encouraged to bring insect repellent and consider wearing clothing that adequately covers arms and legs.
Traveler’s diarrhea is common and is caused by contaminated food or water, often resulting in dehydration. You are advised to follow these steps to avoid or reduce the symptoms.
Drink only bottled water.
Avoid unpasteurized cheeses, unpeeled fruits, and raw 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 boiled water and re-hydration beverages containing electrolytes (sports drinks) frequently and in small amounts.
Resume your diet with simple and bland foods, such as crackers, rice, bread, potatoes, and bananas.
High Altitude sickness in Cusco Peru:
Altitude sickness occurs when there is less oxygen in the air that you breathe at high altitudes, including Cuzco (11,000 feet) and Puno (12,600 feet). Altitude sickness will affect some travelers regardless of age, gender, or physical fitness. 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 sickness.
Prior to departure, speak with your healthcare 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 area. 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. Overexertion 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 (Munia) may ease the symptoms.
A diet high in carbohydrates, bread, cereals, grains, and pasta can also help alleviate the symptoms.
Once again, we highly recommend that you consult your personal healthcare provider before making the decision to travel to any high altitude destination and before choosing any course of treatment.
Consideration for Tour Participants (Escorted Tours)
For the benefit of all tour participants, we ask tour members to be considerate of their fellow travelers in the following ways:
Refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes, and/or personal products containing excessive fragrance in respect for other guests who may be allergic
Avoid smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or cigars in the vicinity of other tour members, including in outdoor areas where smoking may be permitted but may still affect other tour participants
Avoid attire with political or religious messages that may offend other travelers
Respect your fellow passengers. Guests come from all walks of life and varied lifestyles. Please refrain from topics of conversation which might cause offense, such as religion and politics
Refrain from conversation or talking on mobile phones while commentary is in progress
Respect the mandatory seat rotation policy on the coach
Make use of the available hand sanitizer on the coach to support a healthy environment
Seek approval before taking photographs of other tour participants
Respect tour departures times to avoid delay and loss of sightseeing opportunities
Climate & Clothing For Peru Trip
Peru – The sun is strong, particularly in the higher altitudes. Please bring a sun hat that has a circular brim all the way around (not a baseball cap) and sunscreen. Pack 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 different climate zones 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. The Winter months (May – October) are cold. During those periods you will need a warm jacket, gloves, a hat, and a scarf. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).
Peru’s climate varies by season and region. The coastal region (Lima) has two clear seasons, summer (December – March) and winter (May – October). Summer temperatures in this region can reach 80°F. Winter is generally damp and chilly, with temperatures dropping to 53°F. 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. 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 December to March. Temperatures can change drastically during the day in this region, with highs around 65°F and lows of 35°F during the same day. The jungle region (Amazon River) is tropical and humid. Throughout the year temperatures range from the mid to upper 80s during the day and drop into the 70s during the night. The summer months (April – October) are considered the dry season, though despite the name it should be noted that it rains two-thirds of the year in the rainforest. The rainy season (November – March) sees frequent showers and high river levels.
Peru Average Temperatures:
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or “drone” technology has quickly become affordable and is increasingly popular with recreational users. While some countries have clear, established drone laws, others do not, or existing regulations are undergoing review and change. Travelers who wish to bring a drone on their trip are responsible to research and abide by the laws and regulations of the countries they are visiting, as well as to check with their airline(s) regarding their rules for transporting drones. Please note that tours are unable to extend the length of scheduled visits and stop to accommodate the use of drones.
Book & Film Recommendations
Many of our guests enjoy reading about their destination – either in advance of their trip or while traveling – as a way of adding context to their visit. Whether reading a traditional guide book, learning about the history and culture, or simply enjoying a fictional novel set in the destination, a good book can add greatly to your experience. Similarly, a good movie set in your destination helps set the mood before you travel. We asked our Tour Managers and staff to recommend books and films which past guests may have enjoyed. The following does not constitute an endorsement of any authors, books, or films listed, it is merely a collection of guests’ recommendations.
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 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)
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)
- Original passport and (ISIC student card if applicable).
- A comfortable 45 Lt trek backpack if you want to carry all your belongings.
- A small daypack to carry your personal belongings
- Warm sleeping bag Minus 8ºC (You can hire from SAS Travel.)
- Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support or tough sport shoes, (light sandals or clogs are recommended to rest at campsites).
- Trekking poles with rubber tips. (metal tips are not allowed on the trail).
- Warm clothes, layers for variable temperature especially at night
- Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or in cold conditions
- Gloves or mittens, scarf, wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
- T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort
- Flashlight, head torch, and extra batteries
- Camera and extra batteries, – Binoculars
- Wear a hat with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face
- Sunscreen, and sunglasses
- Personal medical kit, insect repellent
- Rain Gear: a good rain jacket, rain poncho
- Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel
- 2-liter water bottle, (disposable plastic bottles are forbidden).
- Bathing suits for hot springs for hikers with a night in Aguas Calientes (5 Day Special Inca Trail)
- Extra money for drinks en route, Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes. ($10-15)
- Tips for (porters, cooks, guides. ($30-40) Not mandatory.
- Emergency money at least 200-300 soles. ($ 120)
- Temperature checks for all traveler are mandatory
- Face masks required for travelers and staff in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff at all times
- High traffic places and equipment sanitized regularly between use
- Maximum 8 people per group to reduce crowds, for bigger groups we will assign two teams
- Transportation and touristic sites capacity will be reduced to 50%
- Printed material such as maps or vouchers will be avoided.
- 100% online payments with no booking fees at all
- Flexible bookings during COVID – 19 outbreak
Wonderful Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with Tour Leaders Peru!
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Tour Leaders Peru Adventure just gave me and my friend such a perfect itinerary that served us a great and amazing adventure in Peru. From the sacred valley, trek part of the Inca trail to the famous Machu and the spectacular rainbow mountain we were left puzzled by the exciting…
PERU PACKAGE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
Date of Experience: 12/2019 I visited Peru with my family back in Dec. 2019 with this company. We were picked up at Lima airport by our guide Miguel and given a tour of Lima city along with the Larco museum. The following day we headed to
- Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before your tour in our office.
- Collection from your hotel in Cusco from (05:30 am) or from Sacred Valley.
- Private bus to Pumahuanca (Start of our trek).
- Breakfast in Urubamba in our farmhouse,
- 11 Full meals for the entire tour (4 Breakfast, 4 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat-free or special diets upon your request.)
- Permit and fees for Short Inca Trail Park and Machupicchu Sanctuary.
- Porters to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food, and fresh vegetables).
- 2 Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
- 2 expert gourmet mountain cooks, assistants.
- Happy hour with macho-tea and hot drinks every afternoon on camp.
- Boiled water provided from 2nd day.
- A gentle start to the day with a wake-up coca tea in your tent.
- 2 people per tent clean, new, spacious (4 people REI Half Dome 4 tents).
- Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress,
- Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
- Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
- Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance.
- 3-4 hours guided tour in Machupicchu
- Round trip Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu.
- Tourist Expedition train return to Poroy Station or Ollantaytambo.
- Bus to Cusco
- Sleeping bag (4 season -Minus 8ºC)
- Sleeping pad (Personal)
- Walking Sticks
- Tips for the trekking crew, guides, cooks, and porters at your discretion.
- Flight Ticket to Cusco. (include when is Tour Package)
- Accommodation in Cusco.
- see recommendation
- Travel Insurance. (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl)
Why Choose Tour Leaders Peru
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100% Operated by Tour Leaders Peru. We never mix nor send you with other tour operators.
Pick up from Airport and Hotel
High Quality, Ethically travel service
Don’t get stressed about food and forget your power bar. We serve you a 5-star outdoor restaurant with delicious organic gourmet food in your dining tent.
8 kg per person in each Hiking Tours, other companies offer you only 6 kg
We include Hotels according your Destination
Free and Safe Storage in Cusco and Aguas Calientes while you are hiking and visiting Machupicchu
FEATURED & HOTELS
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