Below is a detailed step by step explanation that may answer many general questions. Send us an email for any additional questions.
Tour Leaders Peru Adventure takes care of the majority of your planning and ensures your comfort, safety, and peace of mind. It is natural to still have questions so please review the following FAQ information before your departure to ensure there aren’t any surprises along the way and your trip will only be a pleasant one.
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Do I need a Visa Permit to Travel to Peru?
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. 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.
What is required at the time of booking and what is your booking process?
Passport: We need a copy of your passport which you can scan or send in a picture via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need to clearly see your full name, passport number, expiration date, and which country the passport is emitted from. All of this information is required to purchase entrance tickets to the national parks, permits for the trails, plane tickets, train tickets, shuttle tickets, and hotel reservations.
Note: It is the traveler’s responsibility to ensure your passport will not expire during your tour. We advise for your passport to be valid for up to 6 months beyond the dates of travel.
Tour Date/s: The exact date of your desired tour is needed so we can purchase all required entrance fees, permits, and make reservations accordingly. If you are wanting to go on a group tour with other tourists so that you can get a discounted price, leave us your available tour dates and we will accommodate you on a group tour with others. We will notify you ASAP once we have your group tour date.
Tour Deposit: The initial deposit of your tour which is about $250-400 per person (depending on the length of your tour) is required at the time of booking. This deposit is non-refundable as we purchase and make all necessary reservations to proceed with your tour. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more thorough information.
For all tour bookings, you will ALWAYS receive an email confirmation within 24 hours. If for some odd reason you do not receive this email, please call us toll-free (888) 812-8687 at any time.
Are your tours all-inclusive? Are international and domestic airfare included?
We include all domestic flights depending on which tour package you have purchased. If you purchased a tour package that includes the Lima-Nazca Lines flight tour and Cusco, then yes, we include the Nazca lines flight along with the round trip domestic flight Lima-Cusco. If you only purchased a tour package within Cusco city such as the Classic 4D/3N Inca Trail, then we do not include the domestic flight. There is always an option to add in the domestic flight tickets for an added price as well as your international flights.
Why Should I send My Personal Information To Tour Leaders Peru?
Are you a Fully Licensed Tour Operator?
Do I Have to Pay Extra Fees?
Are Tips included in each tour package? If not, how much should I tip?
Tips are not included in any of the tour packages. Tipping is a personal choice and is gladly accepted by the Peruvian workers. We cannot give you an exact amount or percentage to follow as you will see for yourself the hard work that is done to make your trip a memorable one.
If you are from the U.S. and usually tip a waiter 15-20% of your total bill then compare this to the service received during your tour. A chef cooks 3 delicious gourmet meals for you along the Inca Trail. A porter carries the equipment necessary to pitch your tent and carries your duffel bag with your belongings for days. Your tour guide overseas everything on the trek to make sure you are kept safe and happy. They all try to go the extra mile so that you can tip them. Tipping is encouraged but the amount is entirely up to you.
We are not saying to tip 15-20% of your entire vacation to these hardworking men and women. We only ask that you please not give less than what you would tip a waiter during a 2-hour meal period. These workers are there for days at a time to help and assist you. This scenario is given as an example so that you can put things into perspective.
Do you have any Special Discounts for Big Groups?
Yes! You as the tour group leader get a special discount. You can even travel for free in a group of 11 or more. Please ask us about special group discounts if traveling with 5 or more adults.
Do students have a special Discount?
A $20 off for students with Valid ISIC Card. You must also bring this card with you during your trip to Peru.
What if we have a special diet or food allergies?
All of our chefs attended culinary school and are knowledgeable about the various types of diets out there. We also cater to different types of diets within a group. Once you book with us we send you a form where we obtain your diet information or special diet preferences so that our chef knows ahead of time what type of food to cook and/or avoid.
What If We Don't have Trekking Equipment?
Not a problem! We offer high-quality rental equipment such as REI sleeping bags, trekking poles, headlamps, and much more. These rental items go for an additional cost ranging from $10-$40 per person for your entire tour.
How can I Get My Huayna Picchu Mountain Ticket?
Huayna Picchu / Machu Picchu Mountain Ticket is available at an additional cost. Both of these hikes are an extra 2-3 hours apart from your regular guided Machu Picchu hike. Learn more about these 2 separate hikes from our blog Difference between Huaynapicchu and Machu Picchu mountain.
What are the different types of Train services offered? I'd like to upgrade to the premium train.
The train company we use is Peru rail. The standard train that is included in the majority of the tours is the Expedition train. You have the option of upgrading your train ticket to the premium train known as the Vistadome train. This has panoramic windows and includes a live dance show.
You can also upgrade to the Luxury Train known as Hiram Bingham train. This train is one of the most luxurious trains in all of the Americas. A one-way ticket is an additional $400-$550. There is only 1 train that departs daily so seats are limited and sell out fast. If you decide to upgrade to either the Vistadome or Hiram Bingham train please let us know well in advance.
Depending on the type of tour that you have purchased you might depart from Cusco, Ollantaytambo or Aguas Calientes. Your Tour Leader will carry your train tickets at all times. They will only hand it over to you at the train station. You don’t have to worry about your ticket throughout your tour and it remains the company’s responsibility.
There is limited storage capacity on these trains and only one small backpack per passenger is permitted. This applies to overnight stays as well. Additional luggage will be transported and held at your next hotel at no additional charge.
What preparations do you recommend prior to traveling?
A little pre-planning makes your trip go a lot easier. Make a list of everything you need as soon as you book. You can always add or remove items as your tour date approaches. Most importantly, make sure your personal and travel documents are in order. We suggest that you make photocopies of your passport and visa (if required) and pack them separately from the originals.
If you lose the originals while traveling, you’ll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. 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 U.S.) We also have a suggested packing list in our blog section for all trekking tours.
At any time before you complete the Final Payment, you may choose to purchase Travel Protection that helps provide coverage for Trip Cancellation, Interruption, Baggage Loss or Delay, Medical Expenses and more. The Travel Protection Plan is non-refundable after 10 days free look period. For a summary of the plan details on coverages, benefits, limitations, and exclusions, please refer to the Description of Coverage by visiting insurance.
Additionally, the optional Cancel For Any Reason Waiver, which may only be purchased in addition to Travel Protection, 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.
Should I Take 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 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.
How is WiFi Access In Peru
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 often is free, determined by the property. Signal strength is subject to local conditions and not guaranteed. Please note that WiFi can be extremely slow, (AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU TOWN) unreliable and sometimes nonexistent in developing countries or, on moving conveyances.
Stay Healthy While Traveling In Peru
All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as Altitude Sickness in Cusco or required immunizations, such us Amazon Tours 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.
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. Wear appropriate 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.
Travel Safety Advice Vaccination.
We strongly recommend that tour participants review the country’s destination-specific information for Peru. The main vaccination that is strongly recommended is yellow fever. The yellow fever vaccination is required if you are traveling to the Amazon. For the latest health requirements and recommendations, please visit the World Health Organization and also consult with your personal healthcare provider.
You may encounter mosquitoes in both urban and rural areas, especially during the rainy season. Travelers are encouraged to bring insect repellent and consider wearing clothing that adequately covers arms and legs.
High Altitude sickness in Peru
Altitude sickness occurs when there is less oxygen in the air that you breathe at high altitudes, including Cusco (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 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.
Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water before and during your stay.
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.
Natural Medicine For Altitude Sickness.
Coca tea and wild mint (Muna) 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 all Travelers
We ask tour members to refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes, and/or personal products containing excessive fragrance, with respect to other travelers on the tours who may be allergic.
No Smoking Policy: We ask tour members to be considerate of their fellow travel mates and refrain from smoking 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.
How Can I Dress Properly
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. 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).
How Is The Weather In Peru
Peru Climate: Peru’s climate varies by season and region. The coastal region (Lima) has two clear seasons.
Summer: From (December – March) Summer temperatures in this region can reach 80°F.
Winter: (May – October). 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.
Nazca Lines: The coastal area of Ica (Paracas, Nazca) enjoys warm dry weather throughout the year, with average temperatures around 75 – 80°F.
Cusco Highland: 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.
Amazon Rain Forest: 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 at night.
The summer months (April – October) are considered the dry season. Do note that it rains two-thirds of the year in the rainforest. The rainy season (November – March) sees frequent showers and high river levels.
Can I Take my Drone to Peru?
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.
PERU’s Famous Books of Machu Picchu:
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 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)
Nazca Lines Book
Nazca by Steve Rogoff (2003)
The Peru Readers by Orin Starn, Carlos Degregory, & Robin Kirk (2005)
Nazca: Eighth Wonder of the World by Anthony Adams (2001)
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)
Inka History Books
- The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming (1970, reprint 2003)
- Narrative of the Incas by Juan de Betanzos (originally from the 1550s, not discovered and published until the 1980s)
- The Secret of the Incas by William Sullivan (1997)
- Incas: Books 1&2 by A.B. Daniel (2002-2003)
- 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)