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Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour

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Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Price: Upon Request
Tour Type: Cultural Active Incentive
Places to be visited: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Note:
The Inca Trail will be suspended from February 1st to the 28th 2005 due to maintenance and cleaning, resuming its operations as of March 2005

Tour Description

All our programmes can be tailor made according to your requirements, whether regarding the length of your tour, any special interests or specific activities, flight reservations, optional destinations or tours.

DAY 01: International Arrival: Lima, Peru
Arrival: Meet & assist at Lima International Airport by our professional English speaking representative who will assist you..
Transfer & check-in: Transfer in modern air-conditioned vehicle to your selected hotel for check-in.
Option: Welcome banner and typical dancers to greet the group on arrival at the hotel (depending on flight arrival).

Dinner: Today's private dinner will be at the elegant Rosa Nautica Restaurant. This restaurant juts out into the Pacific Ocean for a breathtaking view. Above, on the cliffs of Lima you can see the condos and the Larcomar shopping centre of the Miraflores District. The Rosa Nautica Restaurant is famous for its scenery, service and excellent food.
Option: Live show from the Coast of Peru.

Peruvian Cuisine: If you happen to like fish and seafood, while you're here, you're in for a treat. The coast of Peru has some of the best species of fish anywhere. Try "Escabeche", a fish appetizer with onions, vinegar and peppers. Scallops "Conchitas", and mussels "Choros" which are prepared in an infinite variety of ways all of which are delicious. Any dish served "a lo macho" comes with a shellfish sauce.
Overnight: At your hotel in Lima.

DAY 02: Lima / Cusco / The Sacred Valley
Breakfast: Early buffet breakfast at your hotel in Lima.
Transfer & Flight: Early transfer to the Airport to board your plane for the 55-minute flight to Cusco, centre of the old Inca Empire. Meet & assist at Cusco Airport by our professional English speaking representative. Immediate transfer to your hotel in Urubamba for check-in. A "Mate de coca" or coca tea will be served upon arrival. The rest of the morning is free to relax, and slowly acclimatise.

Lunch: Your countryside buffet lunch venue today is the charming Hacienda Huayocari, where the Lambarri-Orihuelas, a family of great collectors will be your hosts.You will be able to appreciate a valuable collection of Colonial and folk art. Located on the summit of a hill sheltered amidst Andean peaks, guests will find here one of the finest views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Ollantaytambo,  Active Incentive, Tours in PeruAfternoon Tour to Ollantaytambo: Remarkable for providing a glimpse into the past of what a living Inca town must have looked like more than five centuries ago. Admire the magnificence of this important Inca Fortress and stroll along its quaint streets.

Dinner: After your private dinner at Hotel Posada del Inca, you will enjoy a spectacular show performed by a theatrical group. It is a spectacular show with much of the action performed by actors on stilts, and in elaborate costumes. Characters within the show, which lasts around 30 minutes include: male and female warriors, a narrator, the Sun God, Mother Earth, the Moon Godess, and other musicians and dancers. It is a colourful and fast paced flag-waving, torch burning spectacular, which although it is performed in Spanish offers an entertaining and emotional, not to mention, unique experience. In addition, we can arrange for the show to end in a fireworks display, part of which will include the letters of your company lighting up the night sky in fire. Overnight: In Urubamba.

DAY 03: The Sacred Valley
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at your hotel.
The Sacred Valley leads the way from Cusco to Machu Picchu, and it was the heart of the Inca Empire. Today we see the highlights of this beautiful valley beginning with the market Town of Pisac, or enjoy any of the proposed soft adventure tours.

Pisac: A picturesque town and important archaeological site, Pisac is the gateway Pisac,  Active Incentive, Tours in Peruto the Sacred Valley. It comprises both an old town and a new town (from the Colonial era). To reach the archaeological site requires an uphill walk past some of the most spectacular terracing in the region that dates from Inca times. At the top you will find splendid walls, several towers, a sundial, various enclosures and storage areas built in fine stonework.
Lunch: At your hotel.

Optional Offsites:
We can offer a programme of soft adventure activities for our guests. Experience the culture, nature and history of Peru while participating in Walking tours, White-water rafting, Horseback riding, Rock climbing or Mountain biking.

You can also experience local culture by participating in a magical and mystical Ceremony of an "Offering to the Pachamama- Mother Earth".

Our activities are designed for people of all ages, physical conditions and levels of experience. In all our activities you will experience the living culture of the region, meet the local Quechua people, the Inca descendants and experience an unforgettable adventure as part of your Peruvian journey.

Experience the Peruvian Paso way of Riding:
The tour starts with a coffee or tea and a briefing about the tour, horses, safety, and riding methods. We have horses for all abilities. Please indicate your riding level before booking so we can prepare the right horse for you. This 2 - 3 hour ride will give you the unique experience of riding the smoothest pace horse in the world in one of the most fascinating regions of the Andes, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. There are many places to visit: the Salt Pans of Salinas, the old Village of Pichingote, the lively market Town of Urubamba, or the wonderful farmland and the Quechua communities of the Valley, while becoming familiar with our beautiful Peruvian Pace Horse- Caballo de Paso Peruano.

Mountain Biking:
The countryside surrounding Cuzco does not only offer archaeological sites, you will be amazed by the great opportunities to practise Rock climbing and Mountain biking on all levels, beginners, intermediate and advanced half day sessions.

River Running:
The Urubamba River runs the length of the Sacred Valley, and offers easy Class II or III level rafting depending on the season. After a bus-ride down into the Valley, we will join rubber raft teams of 8 people for the rafting experience. It is a great opportunity to bond as a group and test teamwork and leadership skills, but importantly; also to have fun!

Short Walks:
We offer a unique a variety of outdoor activities: walk and treks in the most fascinating region of the Andes; the Sacred Valley of the Incas. At a lower elevation than Cusco, the Valley is a warmer and less physically taxing environment for visiting the many attractions of the region, including Machu Picchu. The mild climate, the varied and dramatic scenery of snow-capped mountains, flowering meadows, lush green hills and spectacular flora and fauna, make the Valley a first class adventure destination in South America.
Dinner and overnight: In Urubamba.

DAY 04: Ollanta / Machu Picchu
Breakfast: Early buffet breakfast at your hotel.

Transfer: Ollanta / Machu Picchu: Transfer to the Train station. Board the Orient-Express Panoramic Railcar for the 1 ½ -hour ride to Machu Picchu, discovered for science in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham.
Arrival: Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes, you will make the 25-minute motorcoach ascent to the "Lost City of the Incas".

Machu Picchu: We tour the ruins for around 3 hours, during which time our guide Machu Picchu,  Active Incentive, Tours in Peruexplains the astounding degree of technology achieved by the builders of this famous site. The tight construction, the water channels, the staircases carved from the living rock of the mountain, and the Intihuatana, ("Hitching post of the sun") which served as an astronomical calendar, all show technological advancement far beyond anything this area of the world was thought to have achieved. These, along with the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb, the Priests' House, the Inca Baths, and the Temple of the Three Windows, all allow us to glimpse back into the past and with the help of our guide, revisit the lives of a truly remarkable people.
Lunch: We enjoy lunch on the "Old Mountain" at the entrance to the ruins, with the famous view of the ruins and Huayna Picchu, or "Young Mountain" beyond it.

Or for the most adventurous: Optional - Inca Trail Express
A 6-hour soft hike through ancient paths with magnificent views will takes you to Machu Picchu using the Royal Highway of the Incas. We take the train to Machu Picchu. An ever-narrowing gorge brings us to the 104th Km. where we begin our guided hike on the famed Inca Trail. Past the Chachabamba Ruins, a three-hour ascent through highland grasses and small valleys brings us to Wiñay Wayna. From here, a winding trail through the Cloud Forest, which cuts across a ridge, brings us finally to the Door of the Sun, Intipunku with a spectacular view of the Citadel of Machu Picchu below. Box lunch.
Afternoon at leisure.
Dinner: Fixed-menu dinner will be served at your hotel in Machu Picchu.

DAY 05: Machu Picchu / Cusco
Enjoy a sunrise buffet breakfast with fresh tea and coffee overlooking the incredible mountains. The whole morning can be dedicated to explore these extraordinary Inca remains, including a visit to Huayna Picchu, the mountain overlooking the site.
Private lunch at your hotel.

Machu Picchu / Cusco: The mid-afternoon train takes you back to Cusco. Meet and greet by our representative and transfer to your selected hotel.
Enjoy a delicious dinner of Andean fare at a local Restaurant in Cusco, while enjoying a folklore music and dance display. Overnight: At your hotel in Cusco.

DAY 06: Cusco
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Cusco.

Sightseeing Tour: Your morning tour includes the Santo Domingo Monastery - the legendary Koricancha (Golden Square), the most important temple devoted to worship of the Sun and which walls were plated with sheets of gold; the Main Square, the Cathedral, Plaza del Regocijo, the Old Town with its very narrow streets and the nearby ruins of Cusco.
Sacsayhuaman,  Active Incentive, Tours in PeruSacsayhuaman: An impressive example of Inca military architecture, only 10 minutes from the centre of the City. Strategically placed on a hill overlooking Cusco, this spectacular Fortress guarded the Capital of the Empire, and in the Puma of Cusco, (the City of Cusco was supposedly built in the shape of a Puma), represented the head, and its jagged wall formation the teeth. Qenqo / Puca Pucara:
Archaeological sites 15 minutes Northeast of Cusco. Qenqo is a limestone formation, which has been intricately carved with depictions of mythical beings, as well as winding underground passageways and a semicircular Amphitheatre. Puca Pucara, which name means "Red Fortress" in Quechua, is a military construction comprising layered terraces, high walls and stairways. Tambomachay: This complex is called the Inca Baths and consists of fine stonework, aqueducts, and waterfalls fed by neighbouring cold and hot springs. This is where the Inca himself bathed, and legend has it that anyone who drinks the water that still flows here will retain eternal youth.

Lunch: Enjoy a private lunch at the Inka Museum, a 17th Century building known as Palacio del Almirante, which was inhabited by a Spanish noble family, descendant to the Royal Admiral of Spain. It features impressive wood carved ceilings, a main stone patio and a very impressive collection of artifacts from the subsequent periods of human dwelling of Cusco, dating from several thousand years back. Live show entertainment. Time to relax or stroll around the City.

This evening enjoy a delicious dinner and spectacular live show.
The Inka Dinner served in the splendid Tupay Restaurant, reenacts the arrival of the Inka amongst his people. The show, performed during dinner, consists of several acts including the Paying of Tribute to Sacred Earth, the Reading of the Fall of Coca Leaves and various typical dances from the Andes. The show is peformed by a group of approximately twelve artists, wearing traditional dresses. In keeping with this theme, the waiters are also dressed in typical costumes. Overnight: At your hotel in Cusco.

DAY 07: Cusco / Lima / International departure
Leisurely buffet breakfast at your hotel in Cusco. Transfer and Flight: Cusco / Lima: Transfer to the Airport for your flight to Lima. Meet on arrival by our representative and transfer to your selected hotel.

Enjoy a typical buffet lunch at Restaurant Brujas de Cachiche: a wonderful decorated restaurant where you can enjoy Peruvian Criollo cuisine. They offer a variety of dishes in a nice informal setting.

Lima: In the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the "City of Kings". The tour includes Lima's Historical Centre, passing Lima,  Active Incentive, Tours in Peruby Plaza San Martin, The Main Square, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum, the Church of Santo Domingo, with the tombs of Santa Rosa and San Martin de Porras, and Lima's Colonial Balconies.
We will visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental complex of Colonial Art in America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The tour includes a visit to the Basilica of 21 altars, Convent of Cloisters, Capitulary and Clementine Rooms, Chorus and Library of the priests, a Museum showing 11 paintings of the Rubens School, the Sacristy with paintings of Surbaran and Ribera, its great patio decorated with Seville tiles from the XVIth Century, Moorish arches and underground Catacombs.
We then drive through the residential Districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, passing by the Huaca Pucllana, a ceremonial and administrative centre of the Lima Culture built in the II Century A.C. that the Incas considered as "Ñaupallaqta" or Sacred Town. We will also visit El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVth Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and Larcomar, a symbol of modern Lima and a tourist and entertainment centre as well as a privileged site to enjoy an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. Late afternoon transfer to your hotel.

Gala Dinner: Evening cocktail party followed by Gala dinner at the premises of the Larco Herrera Museum including an educational session by Mr. Andres Alvarez Calderon, Chief Executive Director and grandson of the Museum's founder, Mr. Rafael Larco Hoyle. Larco Herrera Museum: This fascinating museum holds the world's largest private collection of Peruvian Pre-Columbian art (45000 objects). A quick circuit offers a glimpse of 3000 years of antique history. The exhibits are excellent, explanations in the display cases are remarkable and in three languages. The Museum is located in a majestic mansion from the 18th Century, built up over a Pre-Columbian pyramid from the 7th Century surrounded by gardens.

Entertainment: We can arrange for a private evening opening of the museum and a guided tour by a descendent of the museum's founder, part of an old and illustrious Peruvian family. After the tour we will arrange a Caballo de Paso - Peruvian Pace Horse Horse show. Following the show, an energetic music and dance exhibition from the three regions of Peru, the Coast, the Andean Region and the Amazon area will take place while enjoying dinner.

Departure transfer: Evening departure transfer to the Airport. Assistance with all departure formalities.


End of our services

Tour Extension

We can offer a programme of soft adventure activities for our guests. Experience the Culture, Nature and History of Peru while participating in Walking tours, White-water rafting, Horseback riding, Rock climbing and Mountain biking. You can also experience local culture by participating in a Magical and Mystical Ceremony of a "Tribute to the Earth".

Experience the Peruvian Paso Way of Riding:
The tour starts with a coffee or tea and a briefing about the tour, horses, safety, and riding methods. We have horses for all abilities. Please indicate your riding level before booking so we can prepare the right horse for you. This 2 - 3 hour ride will give you the unique experience of riding the smoothest riding horse in the world in one of the most fascinating regions of the Andes, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. There are many places to visit: the salt pans of Salinas, the old Village of Pichingote, the lively market Town of Urubamba, or the wonderful farmland and the Quechua Communities of the Valley, while becoming familiar with our beautiful Peruvian Paso Horses.
The Peruvian Paso horse is a genuine symbol of more than 400 years of Peruvian tradition. In respect to tradition we will ride in an appropriate style; using the original Peruvian Paso riding gear-the beautiful handmade saddles and tack-while dressed in poncho and sombrero. The locals love to see their national horse'on parade' and some of them will salute you with proud admiration and a warm and nostalgic expression in their eyes: Viva el Perú!
  • Group size:Minimum 2 pax.
  • Weight limit:100 kg. (220 lbs.)
  • Departure time:Daily at 9.00 am and 13.00 pm.
* Price includes taxes, snacks, soft-drinks and professional guide.

Mountain Biking:
The countryside in the vicinities of Cusco does not only offer Archaeological sites, you will be amazed of the great opportunities to practise Rock Climbing and Mountain Biking on all levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced half day sessions.

The Terraces of Moray and the Saltpans
  • Route: Moray - Maras - Salineras - Pichingoto
  • Biking distance:19 km
  • Degree:M
We leave by van and drive out of the Sacred Valley. During the 45 minute ride we have an impressive view of the snowcapped Vilcanota Mountains. The driver drops us off at the Ruins of Moray.
Our guide will take us down into these ruins and explain their function. It is said that the ancient Agricultural Terraces of circular and concentric shape, which were built by the Incas, were used as a seed-producing area for the principal crops of the Empire: Maize and potato.
After this visit we head our bikes down a dirt road towards the Town of Maras, the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcanota Mountains before us. Maras is a typical town dedicated to agriculture and cattle, with portals built during Colonial times. Near the Plaza de Armas, we rest and enjoy a snack next to an old church.
Continuing our ride down to Salineras, the saltpans, we have two options: taking a single track all the way or the easier part-paved and part-dirt road. Once at Salineras we get off our bikes and watch (and perhaps participate in) the alt draining process. The single track which takes us into the Sacred Valley requires some skill. Some people might prefer to walk the very steep and narrow parts. The track leads us past Pichingoto, a small village with houses built into the rocky slopes, giving the place a unique appearance. From here we cross the Urubamba River over a hanging bridge. It is a short ride back to the hotel. Our journey has been mostly downhill.

The Ruins of Ollantaytambo
  • Route: Moray - Maras - Salineras - Pichingoto - Yanahuara - Ollantaytambo
  • Biking distance:25 km
  • Degree:M
The trip starts at the Hotel. We leave by van and drive out of the Sacred Valley. During the 45 minute ride we have an impressive view of the snowcapped Vilcanota Mountains. The driver drops us off at the Ruins of Moray.
Our guide will take us down into these ruins and explain their function. It is said that the ancient Agricultural Terraces of circular and concentric shape, which were built by the Incas, were used as a seed-producing area for the principal crops of the empire: Maize and potato.

After this visit we head our bikes down a dirt road towards the Town of Maras, the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcanota Mountains before us. Maras is a typical town dedicated to agriculture and cattle, with portals built during Colonial times. Near the Plaza de Armas, we rest and enjoy a snack next to an old church.
Continuing our ride down to Salineras, the saltpans, we have two options: taking a single track all the way or the easier part-paved and part-dirt road. Once at Salineras we get off our bikes and watch (and perhaps participate in) the salt draining process). The single track which takes us into the Sacred Valley requires some skill. Some people might prefer to walk the very steep and narrow parts. The track leads us past Pichingoto, a small village with houses built into the rocky slopes, giving the place a unique appearance.
From here we cross the Urubamba River over a hanging bridge and descend on the paved road to Yanahuara. We pass the Town, cross the River once more and continue on a dirt road near the River bank. Arriving in Pachar, which has a small train station, we stop to rest and have lunch.
Cycling on to Ollantaytambo we will see a growing number of ancient Inca terraces and note that the River becomes a canal. To enter Ollantaytambo we cross another hanging bridge built next to the remains of an old Inca bridge. We visit the Town with its many houses that date back to Inca times. Other homes were constructed with the stones left by the Inca civilization. Before entering the Fortress of Ollantaytambo we put on warm clothing, since the wind causes the temperature to drop sharply at the top of the Fortress. To keep warm we also drink tea or coffee. Our guide will show us around the ruins, constructed with some of the largest stones in the Inca Empire.
We cycle back or take the van depending on the physical condition of the group.

River Rafting in the Sacred Valley:
The Urubamba River runs the length of the Sacred Valley, and offers easy class II or III level rafting depending on the season. After a bus ride down into the Valley, we join rubber rafts of 8 people for the rafting experience. It is a great opportunity to bond as group and test teamwork and leadership skills, but important also is to have fun!
Following a safety and familiarisation briefing we start our river run that lasts a total of 1 ½ hours. On the river we'll be gliding in a world behind the scenes of Andean life - a timeless parade of shepherds, schoolchildren and farmers.
As we round the final bend in the River, we are greeted by the welcome sight of a fully prepared BBQ. There are towels to dry on after the morning's activity, and tents to change out of wet clothes, before enjoying a selection of meat, salad, and potato dishes prepared the Peruvian way. After lunch return to your hotel.
  • Min. required 10 people
  • Max. 25 people
Restrictions: : Available from April through October
Short walks:
The Pumahuanca Gorge
  • Route:Various
  • Walking distance:3 km
  • Degree:S
There are several gentle rides near the Pumahuanca Gorge, crossing typical farms called 'chacras', where we can see the local farmers at work. There are many country roads and paths in the vicinity of the Hotel, and we can choose one that appeals to you.
Group size minimum 2 pax
Price includes taxes, snacks, soft-drinks and professional guide. It does not include transportation from Cusco to Urubamba.

The Saltpans
  • Route:Salineras - Pichingoto - Urubamba River
  • Walking distance:2 km
  • Degree:S/M
We depart by van for Salineras, a ride which takes about 45 minutes. Upon arrival we will spend some time here so our guide can explain to us how the salt draining process works. We might even have the chance to do it ourselves.
Our descent into the Sacred Valley starts off on a narrow path and we need to walk cautiously. We may spot the Cara Cara, a typical Andean mountainbird and a member of the Falcon family. The path, which runs alongside a gorge, takes us down to the Urubamba River. On our side is a brook that also runs through the saltpans.
Because of its high salt content, it turns the earth on its banks white. Other birds we might spot while we approach the river are the Andean gull and Hummingbirds.
After crossing the hanging bridge the van picks us up to take us back to the Hotel. Our journey has all been downhill.
Group size minimum 2 pax
Price includes taxes, snacks, soft-drinks and professional guide. It does not include transportation from Cusco to Urubamba.


Express Inca Trail (2 days, 1 night)
DAY 01 : Cusco/Machu Picchu
We take the train to Machu Picchu. An ever-narrowing gorge brings us to the 104th Km. where we begin our guided hike on the famed Inca Trail. Past the Chachabamba Ruins, a three-hour ascent through highland grasses and small valleys brings us to Wiñay Wayna. From here, a winding trail though the Cloud Forest, which cuts across a ridge, brings us finally to the Gate of the Sun, Intipunku with a spectacular view of the Citadel of Machu Picchu below. Box lunch. Overnight at hotel in Machu Picchu. (Time: 6 hours).

DAY 02 : Machu Picchu/Cusco
A chance to visit the site early in the morning before the tourist train arrives, permitting photography of the site without many visitors. We return to Cusco on the afternoon train, arriving in the evening. Transfer from the train station to your selected hotel.

Tour Inclusions

INCLUDED:

Main programme includes the following:
  • 1 Night + 1 Day use at selected hotel in Lima, on Bed & Buffet Breakfast basis.
  • 2 Nights at selected hotel in Urubamba, on Bed & Buffet Breakfast basis.
  • 1 Night at selected hotel in Machu Picchu, on Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • 2 Nights at selected hotel in Cusco, on Bed & Buffet Breakfast basis.
  • All transfers in luxury coach mentioned in the programme, with professional Enjoy Peru representatives.
  • Scented towels and chilled mineral water on full-day excursions.
  • Optional - Welcome banner and typical dancers to greet the group on Day 01 (quoted separately).
  • Optional - Welcome typical souvenir on arrival at hotel in Lima on Day 01 (quoted separately).
  • Optional - English-speaking tour escort throughout programme (quoted separately).
  • Meals described in the programme include tea, coffee, and mineral water. Other drinks charged as per consumption.
  • One tour leader free of charge on single basis minimum 30 persons.
  • Porterage at airports and hotels included.

NOT INCLUDED:
  • International airfare.
  • Domestic flights in Peru, quoted separately and subject to change without notice.
  • Airport departure taxes within Peru, quoted separately and subject to change without notice.
  • Optional soft adventure activities in the Sacred Valley.
  • Optional Express Inca Trail in Cusco, quoted separately.
  • Tips for guides, drivers and hotel staff - flat supplement possible if you wish to include this for clients, quoted separately.
  • All items of personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, room service, other drinks charged as per consumption, personal insurance, etc).

Points to note:
  • All prices are net and non-commissionable in US dollars.
  • Hotel and flight reservations are subject to availability on receipt of your booking confirmation.
  • All prices are based on group size of 30 paying persons including 1 free of charge on single basis.
  • We can offer special gifts and room-drops for these clients on other days. Ideas range from hand blown glass perfume bottles, to silver paper knives with Peruvian motif engraved with a commemorative text. We can provide you with a list of suggestions and prices should your clients be interested.


Useful Information

ORIENTATION
Peru is located on the central west coast of South America. Its neighboring countries are: Ecuador and Colombia to the N; Chile to the S; Brazil and Bolivia to the E; and the Pacific Ocean to the W. It is the third largest country in South America, with a surface area of 1 285 215,6 km2 (larger than France, Spain, and Germany combined) distributed approximately in the following manner: 12% coastal territory, 28% Andean highlands and 60% Amazon jungle. Its capital, Lima, is located in the coastal area, where the country's greatest economic activities take place.

TIME ZONE
Peruvian time is five hours past Greenwich Mean Time and is similar to Eastern Standard Time in the United States (except when the U.S. goes on daylight savings time from April to October). In reference to other cities, when it is noon in Peru, it is:

Santiago de Chile and Caracas 13:00
Rio de Janeiro 14:00
New York 12:00
Madrid 18:00
Londres 17:00
Tokyo 03:00


TEMPERATURE
Being such a geographically diverse country within the tropical belt, the weather in Peru is determined both by altitude and season. However, it also means that there is almost invariably sunshine somewhere in Peru ! Below is a summary of the weather conditions you can expect to find in each different region of the country at different times of the year.

Coast (Ica, Chiclayo, Lima, Piura, Trujillo, Tumbes)
Northern region: warm year-round with highs of up to 35°C in the summer.
Central and southern regions: two well-defined seasons, winter between April and October, and summer between November and March.

Highlands (Ancash, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Cusco, Puno)
This region has two seasons, dry season between April and rainy season between November and March.

Rainforest (Iquitos, Madre de Dios, Manu)
High rainforest (over 2,300 feet asl): has a temperate, subtropical climate with abundant rainfall.

WE RECOMMEND YOU TO
- Use comfortable shoes the whole time during walking tours.
- Take lots of liquids during long excursions.

WHAT TO BRING
- Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
- Long pants or slacks.
- Long-sleeved shirts.
- T-shirts.
- Sweaters and a jacket.
- Rain wear for rainy season.
- Camera.
- Insect Repellent.
- Personal toilet items and first-aid kit.
- Medicine to arrest or prevent the so called ”Soroche” or altitude sickness.
  Please consult your physician what medicine is best suited for your organism.

ALTITUDE
Lima: Sea level, 54 m.a.s.l.
Nazca: 588 m.a.s.l.
Paracas: Sea level, 5 m.a.s.l.
Cusco City: 3360 m.a.s.l.
Machu Picchu: 2400 m.a.s.l.
Urubamba Valley: 2850 m.a.s.l.

WATER
Tap water in most of Peru is potable, but the chemical content varies from place to place. To avoid problems, we recommend you to always drink bottled water.

VISAS
All travellers should contact the nearest Peruvian consulate in order to ascertain what visa rules apply, since these may change without previous notice.
For more information clic here:
Type of visa to enter Peru

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Hand luggage regulations

a) All liquids must be carried in containers whose capacity can not exceed of 100 ml (or its equivalent in other volumetric units, such as liquid ounces for instance). No liquids will be allowed in containers of more capacity than the said 100 ml, even if the container is not completely full.

b) The containers must be placed in reclosable plastic bags with a maximum capacity of 1 liter. The containers must fit effortlessly in the transparent plastic bag, which must be perfectly sealed.

c) The plastic bag must be presented at the inspection post for its visual examination. Only one plastic bag per passenger can be allowed.

d) Exceptions must be made in case of medications, milk and baby food, as well as in case of passengers who require a special diet. There must be the appropriate means in place to verify the nature of these liquids.

Likewise, exceptions must be made regarding liquids purchased in the duty free shops at the airport or on board an aircraft, provided that these liquids are packed in a sealed plastic container foolproof against undue manipulations, and that a satisfactory proof (receipt) is produced showing that the article was acquired at the airport’s duty free shops, or aboard an aircraft on the traveling day(s) for passengers leaving an airport or being there on transit.

LANGUAGE
The official languages of Peru are Spanish, spoken by 73% of the population, and Quechua spoken by 24% of Peruvians. English is widely spoken in hotels and shops.

CURRENCY
Peru's official currency is the Nuevo sol ; its symbol is S/. The denominations in circulation are bills of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 nuevos soles; coins of 1, 2, and 5 nuevos soles; and coins of 5, 10, 20 and 50 céntimos of a nuevo sol. US$ are widely accepted.
At the moment, US$ 1.00 is worth around 3.50 Nuevos Soles.

TIPPING
Whilst tipping is a personal matter, we are happy to give some guidelines:
Most restaurants add a 10% tip. The total tip should be about 15%.
Doorkeepers should be tipped 1 US$ per bag. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip.

Full-day excursion : US$6.00 per person
Half-day excursion : US$3.00 per person

PHOTOGRAPHY
If you are taking photographs of local people, always ask their permission beforehand. Your guide can assist you in this. Do not take photographs of military installations or airports. Film is readily available in all tourist areas. It is advisable to carry your camera in a dust-proof bag. Photography or camera fees are applicable at most sights and museums; your guide can give you details of the latest charges.

ELECTRICITY
Power voltage in Peru is 220 Volts AC, 60 Hz. Most modern electrical appliances do not need adapters since they will accept both 110 as well as 220 AC voltages. Please make sure to check the voltage options of those artefacts you intend to take with you during your trip, such as hair dryers, battery chargers, notebooks and lap tops, video cameras, etc. Most of these do not usually need a special adapter, but it is important that you make sure of that before leaving your country of origin in order not to have to buy special 110 V / 220 V AC adapters, which, however, can be found in the local market here in Peru.

HEALTH
Vaccinations
Full details of the latest health requirements should be obtained from an authorized medical source, such as your doctor. There are no mandatory health requirements for Peru.
Because you are visiting Andean areas, don't forget to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness. Be sure to try hot tea or infusion of coca leaves on your arrival in the altitude; during your first day move slowly and eat lightly.

PERUVIAN GASTRONOMY
Peruvian cuisine is highly varied and spicy. Some of our typical dishes are: "cebiche" (raw fish marinated in lemon juice), "aji de gallina" (de-boned chicken cooked in a milk and aji sauce), and "anticuchos" (shish kebabs of beef heart and meat), apart from the typical dishes from each region.
Be sure to try "Pisco Sour", Peru's typical mixed drink prepared with pisco, lemon, egg white and sugar.

DRESS CODE
Dress in general is very casual unless you want to eat in one of the more expensive restaurants in Lima for example, in which case a tie and/or jacket will be required and smarter ladies' wear. Due to the altitude, it is important to remember whatever the season, to take some warmer woollens for the nighttimes drop in temperature.

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to make changes to the order of the trip, without prior notice, due to changes in climate conditions, river water levels, flight or bus arrival and departure times or any other reason relevant to the best development of the trip.

 

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