CHOQUEQUIRAO 5D/4N

CHOQUEQUIRAO 5D/4N

INTRODUCTION

Machu Picchu’s “sister” site, Choquequirao is the crown jewel of Peru’s underrated archaeological sites. Quechua for “Cradle of Gold,” the ancient Incan city of Choquequirao sits in the rugged Vilcabamba Range above the Apurimac River Canyon. Once covered in thick vegetation, this Incan site was rediscovered in the 1900’s shortly after Machu Picchu. Choquequirao is thought to have been the home to the last of the rebel Incas of Vilcabamba, and like Machu Picchu, never discovered by the Spanish Conquistadors. While this is a challenging trek with lots of mountain switch-backs, this five-day expedition offers the opportunity to traverse through many different ecosystems, receive amazing views, and have an exclusive experience, exploring an archaeological site larger than Machu Picchu.

TOUR TYPE
Hiking, Nature, Inca Ruins

DIFICULTY
Challenging

DISTANCE
58km/ 36mi

CONSIDERATIONS
This trek has challenging and steep switch-backs

ELEVATION
1950m- 3033m/ 6397ft- 9950ft

DURATION
5 Days / 4 Nights

FOR YOUR TRIP

Day 1: Choquequirao Trek: Cusco – Cachora – Chikisca

Day 2: Choquequirao Trek: Chikisca – Marampata

Day 3: Choquequirao Trek: Marampata – Choquequirao

Day 4: Choquequirao Trek: Choquequirao – Chikisca

Day 5: Choquequirao Trek: Chikisca – Cusco

Day 1

Cusco - Cachora - Chikisca

We will pick you up in our Mercedes Benz Sprinter vans from your Cusco accommodation and shuttle you approximately 4 hours to Cachora, a small town that marks the beginning of the Apurimac Canyon. Here, you will meet your team: the chefs, wranglers and horses that will be accompanying you on this journey. Together, we will eat a quick lunch, with the dazzling snow-capped peaks of Padreyoc and Wayna Cachora in the near distance. We will hike a total of five hours this day, arriving at our final resting point of Chikisca by nightfall. After lunch, we will start by ascending two hours to Capuliyoc, where you will have a tremendous view of the entire Apurimac Valley and of our final destination, Choquequirao. We will then make a steep, 2-hour descent towards the valley floor. We suggest that if you suffer from any knee problems, that you pack a brace or support. We will arrive at Chikisca, our grassy campsite in time for an early dinner. As our campsite is located alongside the river, we strongly suggest that you pack mosquito repellent! We will head to bed early, in anticipation of a rough uphill climb tomorrow! Facts and Figures: Active Time: 5 hours, Distance Covered: 16km/ 9.94mi Elevation Gain: -950m/ -3117ft, Starting Point: Cachora, 2900m/ 9514ft, Ending point: Chikisca, 1950m/ 6397ft
Day 2

Chikisca - Marampata

Today will be the toughest day of our expedition. We will eat a hearty breakfast before setting out towards the Marampata campsite, high above the Apurimac River. Though this 4-hour ascent is challenging for most hikers, you will be rewarded with amazing views of the river valley below. Crossing the Apurimac river, we will make a steep ascent on the opposite side of the valley for two hours until we reach Santa Rosa, where we will take a long break. From Santa Rosa, we will press 2.5 hours upwards towards the peak of Marampata at 2890m/ 9482ft, where we will have a birds-eye-view of the Apurimac river. We will arrive at our campsite in Marapata by late afternoon in time for a warm dinner. We’ll relax with a hot cup of tea and prepare for an exciting visit to the Choquequirao the following day. Facts and Figures: Active Time: approximately 4.5 hours, Distance Covered: 11km/ 6.8mi, Elevation Gain:940m/ 3083ft, Starting Point: Chikisca, 1950m/ 6397ft, Ending point: Marampata Campsite: 2800m/ 9186ft
Day 3

Marampata Choquequirao

After a tasty breakfast, we will depart from Marampata and ascend another 2 hours to the ruins of Choquequirao. Our group will be one of the very few visiting, providing a tranquil and private environment for exploring this ancient city. If we are really lucky, we will spot condors soaring above. We will spend a full day here with a guided tour of the ruins and plenty of time to explore and enjoy the surrounding nature. That night, we will set up camp near the ruins. You will have a spectacular view of the canyon as the sun starts to set. Facts and Figures: Active Time: 2 hours hiking, 4 hours exploring, Distance Covered: 2km/ 1.24mi, Elevation Gain: 233m/ 764ft, Starting Point: Marampata Campsite: 2800m/ 9186ft, Ending point: Choquequirao Ruins, 3033m/ 9950ft
Day 4

Choquequirao - Chikisca

Day 4 includes a long, leisurely hike back to Chikisca, our first campsite. We will return the way we came, passing through Marampata and Santa Rosa along the way. After the few tough days of hiking, this day will give you time to reflect on your trip and enjoy the beautiful countryside landscapes. Facts and Figures: Active Time: approximately 5.5 hours, Distance Covered: 13km/ 8.1mi, Elevation Gain: -1083m/ -3553ft, Starting Point: Choquequirao Ruins, 3033m/ 9950ft, Ending Point: Chikisca, 1950m/ 6397ft
Day 5

Chikisca - Cusco

Today, we will set off at dawn to make our hard climb back up to Capuliyoc, from where we can marvel at the spectacular backdrop of the Apurimac canyon once more. From Capuliyoc, we will descend two hours to Cachora where our private transport will take us back to Cusco. Facts and Figures: Active Time: approximately 5 hours, Distance Covered: 16km/ 9.94mi, Elevation Gain: 950m/ 3117ft, Starting Point: Chikisca, 1950m/ 6397ft, Ending point: Cachora, 2900m/ 9514ft

01 BRIEFING

You will receive a briefing at your hotel the evening before the start of the program. For programs that start on Monday, group briefings are on Saturday, two days ahead of the program. Please consider our tour briefing in your travel plans and plan accordingly.

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02 PROFESSIONAL TOUR GUIDES

All of our guides have studied English and Tourism and are backed by years of guiding experience, proper licensing and degrees, and their own life experiences here in Cusco. They all have grown up in the region and each share a true passion for teaching others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional and will ensure you are safe and happy throughout your trip with us.

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03 CHEFS

Our highly trained chefs cook delectable, nutrient-rich meals that honor your food restrictions and preferences while surprising you with International and Peruvian flavors. Prepare for a superb culinary experience to accompany this unforgettable expedition. Food is normally served family-style, three times a day, in addition to a pre-dinner happy hour of tea and snacks. You will also be provided a snack each morning to enjoy along the hike. Please make sure to remind your guide of any food restrictions before beginning your program.

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04 TRANSPORTATION

All of your transportation is included in this trek. You will be picked up early in Cusco by a Mercedes Benz Sprinter van that will take you to and from the trailhead.

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05 TENTS &  EQUIPMENT

We consistently maintain and renew our 3-season tents to ensure peak performance in the field. To ensure maximum comfort and safe backpack storage, we provide you with a four-person, Eureka Timberline tent to sleep you and one other hiker. We can upgrade single hikers who prefer more privacy to a Eureka Timberline 2XT tent, designed for two persons. You will have a spacious wind and waterproof dining tent to comfortably enjoy meals in the company of your hiking group. For luxury groups, we provide guests with plush mattresses, down pillows, and extra blankets for ultimate comfort on the trail.

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06 PORTERS 

 

We include a personal porter, who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag. There is no additional fee for this, however you will not have access to your duffel bag until your evening campsite. We strive to keep our porters well cared for and healthy, so we limit duffel-bag weights to 7 kg/ 14 lbs, which should include your sleeping bag and air mattress.

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07 WRANGLERS AND HORSES

 

 

We include a team of horses and wranglers who carry all equipment and materials necessary for the trek and your personal duffel bag. Therefore, you will only have access to your duffel in the evening time, upon arrival to the designated campsite. To care for our horses and limit the risk of injury, we limit duffel-bag weights to 7kg or 15.4lbs, which should include your sleeping bag and air mattress.

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08 WATER

We provide clean water at all meals and carry enough for you to consistently refill your water bottle. We recommend that you bring a water bottle or camelback that has a capacity of at least 3 liters.

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09 ENTRANCE TICKETS & PERMITS

The Peruvian government allows only a few agencies to operate Inca Trail treks. After an extensive examination of our staff, equipments, and business practices, we have received our authorization for Inca Trail. As soon as we receive your details and a deposit, we will purchase your permits (pending availability, check our Inca Trail Availability link). These permits are for a specific date and in your name. They can’t be changed, once confirmed. Only your passport number is allowed to be updated. The permit includes an entrance to Machu Picchu.

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10 HOTEL

While traveling to Machu Picchu we will spend three nights camping under the stars surrounded by nature, followed by a final night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu. Included is a two-star hotel, typically at Inti Wiracocha Inn, depending on availability.  If you would like an upgrade, let us know and we can ensure you stay in your desired hotel. The hotel we book for you will be listed on your invoice.

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11 FIRST AID & RADIO COMMUNICATION 

Every SPE guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training sessions every February, which every single SPE tour guide must attend. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed, and ensure you get directly to a clinic for treatment. Every guide is also equipted with a sateliette phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to connect anywhere in the world in case of an emergency. For an extra cost, these can be used for personal calls as well.

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12 RETURN BY TRAIN TO CUSCO 

During your trek, all transportation is included. This includes a pick up from your hotel to the trail head to begin your hike. The train to and from Aguas Calientes, the town located below Machu Picchu, is also included. Our train tickets are expedition class, but upon request can be upgraded to the Vistadome train car for $75 extra per person. Also part of your transportation is a round-trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. After you take the train back from Aguas Calientes, our private bus will bring you back to where it all began, Cusco.

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13 DUFFLE BAG 

At the briefing, we will give you a personal duffel bag to pack all of your personal belongings. This duffel will be carried by our team of porters, and thus should not exceed more than 7kgs /15.4 lbs, including your Southern Peruvian Explorers sleeping bag and air mattress. You will not have access to your duffel bag during the day, so all personal items needed for hiking (e.g. water bottle, camera, extra layers, sunglasses, sunscreen) should be packed in a personal day pack.

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14 EXTRAS 

We provide you with a cotton Southern Peruvian Explorers t-shirt to remember your epic experience.

 

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MAP AND ALTITUDE

The majority of the altitude points on the Inca Trail are lower than the altitude of Cusco (3400m/ 11,155ft,) making Cusco the perfect place to acclimatize for several days before your trek.

The Classic Inca Trail begins at a place called Kilometer 82, at 2,600/ 8520ft. From Km 82, the trail gently descends for the morning, before making an afternoon ascent to Yuncachimpa, at 3,152m/ 10,341ft.

The second day of the Inca Trail is the most challenging, as the trail climbs to over 4,200m/ 13,780ft to summit the Dead Woman Pass. At this point, you will most likely feel the effects of the altitude as there will be less oxygen in the air. From the pass, the trail will descend for several hours to the camp of Caquiccocha, at 3,600m/ 11,811ft.

From Chaquiccocha, the trail will gently descend to the Sun Gate, onwards to Machu Picchu at

2,400m/ 7874ft.

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PRICE : 2019 – 2020

Group Services:

You will be joining a group of trekkers who come from all over the world, providing you a great opportunity to make new friends and have fun. Our Group Services have set dates and require at least 4 persons to open the group. Groups with four or more persons will pay the set expedition price. In the case that a group does not have four or more persons, the price will be divided among participants.

Private Services:

We also offer exclusive tours, arranged just for you and your party. You choose the departure date, group size and the duration of the trek. Our Private Services accommodate your physical pace and your food preferences. Private Services means enjoying quieter campsites and meeting fewer travelers along the route. All private groups include additional services, such as extra porters/wranglers to carry your personal belongings, and extra blankets and pillows for ultimate comfort.

 

 

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¿Why Choose Southern Peru Explorers?

Our Approach

Often times, tour agencies here in Cusco only serve as intermediaries who connect visitors with a third party tour company. At Southern Peru Explorers, we are proud to say that we operate all of our own treks, enabling us to uphold the highest tour standards, minimize miscommunications, and give you the personalized service that you deserve.

Our Values

We are also proud to say that we value and treat all of our staff, paying our porters, chefs, wranglers, and guides, on average 20% higher than other tour companies. We supply our staff with all the necessary supplies for treks, such as ample food, sleeping bags, clothing, boots, and back support. And, we also guarantee our staff a minimum number of treks per month, and a stable income throughout the year, helping to relieve some of the uncertainties that can arise when working with other tour agencies during low season.

Our Guides

Southern Peru Explorers has great guides! We recruit some of the best guides in the region, all backed by years of experience, proper licensing, updated certifications, and excellent client reviews. We have guides that specialize in bird watching, spiritualism, flora & fauna, archaeology, history, architecture, and anthropology. These same guides also run our traditional treks, giving you a rich overlay of thematic expertise in addition to the general explanations you will receive. All of our guides are fluent in English and Spanish, and we can provide guides that speak French, German, Italian, Chinese and Japanese upon request. Most importantly, all of our guides are trained in Advanced First Aid & Rescue to ensure your utmost safety on the trails. We also limit our groups to 12 people to ensure that you’ll receive personal attention and not feel lost among the crowd.

Our State-of-the-Art Equipment

Southern Peru Explorers uses top-of-the-line equipment from brand names such as North Face, Doite, and Eureka. We frequently test, maintain and renew our equipment to ensure your comfort and safety, no matter the weather conditions.

Our Food Quality and Safety

On our treks, we provide you with snacks and tea in addition to breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We are attentive to your dietary restrictions and preferences and we’re happy to accommodate a vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, Atkins diet, etc. at no additional cost. We do not pack processed and packaged junk foods, but instead prepare dishes with quality, natural ingredients from the area. All of our chefs are trained in HACCP hygiene practices and cook with purified water to keep you safe and healthy throughout your trek.

Our Commitment to the Environment

Southern Peru Explorers adheres to a strict, leave-no-trace policy. We use biodegradable soaps, dishwashing liquids, and garbage bags. We pack out every single thing that we carry in and we participate in trail-cleaning initiatives year-round.

We’re Legit

Southern Peru Explorers operates lawfully. Many tour operators do not declare all of their sales or alter their earnings to avoid paying certain taxes. Here at Southern Peru Explorers, we pay an 18% sales tax, a consumption tax, and a 30% income tax.

Our Reviews

Southern Peru Explorers has satisfied customers. On our Trip Advisor page, you can read many testimonials and reviews from content customers with wonderful memories. We have been operating since 2013, proving our consistency and reliability in the services we provide.

Our prices reflect the integrity of our services. By supporting responsible tour companies like us, you are promoting the preservation of the land and helping rather than hurting local communities.

Inquire Now- Book Now

In order to hike the Inca Trail, you must have a permit which we will obtain for you.
The first step to making this booking is to make sure these permits from the government are still available.
These links are updated in real time. You just need a permit for your start date.

AVAILABILITY

To hike the Inca Trail, you must have a permit, which we will obtain for you. The first step to booking your trek is to make sure government permits are still available for your desired start date.

The Availability Calendar below is an interactive tool provided by the Peruvian Government for all tour operators who are authorized to operate on the Inca Trail. The maximum number of Inca Trail permits per day is 500. The support staff is included within these five hundred, meaning that approximately 200 permits are allocated for tourists and the remaining 300 are for cooks, porters, and guides.

This Availability Calendar is updated in real time. Availability information here corresponds to the Classic Four Day Trek. You just need a permit for your start date. If permits for your desired date are Sold Out, we recommend that you make a reservation for the following year, or that you consider an alternative trek to get to Machu Picchu, such as the Short Inca Trail or Salkantay Trek.

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is closed for maintenance during February each year and is reopened to the public on March 1.

In selecting your permits, here are some things you should take into account:

  • All Inca Trail operators and agencies share this same calendar, updated in real time by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture.
  • The number of availabilities can change rapidly. Agencies usually reserve 30 spaces. Do not be surprised if available spaces become sold out quickly.
  • The availabilities shown are for the Short Inca Trail 2 Day Trek, The Classic Inca Trail 4 Day Trek, and the Inca Trail 5 Day Trek.
  • Availability is exclusively administered by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture.

The Inca Trail is closed for maintenance for the entire month of February and reopens to the public on March 1.

EXPLORE THE INCA PATH 9D/8N

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WHAT TREKS ARE AVAILABLE IN PERU?

The notorious Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is just one of the many breath-taking treks available here in Peru. While the Inca Trail is subject to various restrictions and limited access, there are alternative treks, such as the Salkantay Trek and the Lares Trek, that are easier to arrange and are just as rewarding.

HOW DO I BOOK A TREK WITH SOUTHERN PERUVIAN EXPLORERS?

We seek to make booking with Southern Peruvian Expeditions a piece of cake. Send us an email via our contact form on our website including all of the details of your party on one form. We will be in touch with you shortly regarding a 50% deposit we ask per person, which can be made separately or together. Once we receive your deposit and details, we will reserve your permits, and then send you a confirmation email regarding your trip with an attached invoice.

HOW DO I GET A PERMIT FOR THE INCA TRAIL?

Only authorized Inca Trail tour operators like Southern Peruvian Explorers can secure permits from the Peruvian Ministry of Culture. Once we reserve your permit, your name and start date cannot be altered under any circumstance; we will only be able to change your passport number.

To change your passport number, the Ministry of Culture requires a copy of your new passport and old passport. If you do not have your old passport, a government-issued ID with the same name will be accepted.

HOW DO I GET TO CUSCO?

Most visitors arrive in Cusco by plane. The Cusco airport is a domestic travel airport only, so if you are coming directly from abroad via Lima, it is imperative that you claim your bags in Lima and re-check them for Cusco. Five airlines fly roundtrip between Lima and Cusco: LATAM, Avianca, Star Peru, Peruvian, and Sky. We recommend LATAM and Aviana, as they tend to be the most reliable and accommodating when there are flight cancellations and delays.

WHERE SHOULD I STAY IN CUSCO?

Cusco is full of beautiful and unique hotels, hostels and AirBNBs. The choice is truly yours. That being said, there are parts of the historic center that are difficult, if not impossible to navigate by car. We will let you know in advance if we cannot pick you up from your accommodation, in which case, we will arrange another meeting point. We are also happy to provide a list of hotel recommendations per request.

WHAT IS ALTITUDE SICKNESS? HOW CAN I PREVENT IT?

Cusco sits at 3399m/ 11,152ft above sea level and the majority of our treks are located at similar, if not, higher altitudes. Because of this, some guests experience symptoms of altitude sickness as their body adjusts to the change in altitude. A general, but not an exhaustive list of symptoms include headaches, exhaustion, shortness of breath, rapid pulse, dizziness, nausea and/or vomiting.

To help acclimatize to the altitude here in the Andes, we recommend that you get sufficient sleep, drink plenty of water, eat easily-digestible foods, drink coca tea with a little bit of sugar added, and take it easy on physical activity for the first few days. You can also ask your Doctor about the following medications to help with altitude acclimatization: Diamox, Sorochi, and Grovol. All of these medications can be found in Peruvian drugstores.

CAN I STAY IN THE SACRED VALLEY?

If you would prefer to stay in the Sacred Valley, we recommend that you stay in Ollantaytambo, a beautiful town that is located on the way to the Inca Trail. We will pick you up in Ollantaytambo, about an hour and a half after collecting our guests in Cusco. Nonetheless, it is imperative that you attend the pre-expedition briefing that we give in Cusco. If you are considering staying in the Sacred Valley before your trek, please contact us to arrange an expedition briefing time that suits your plans.

CAN I SPEND AN EXTRA NIGHT IN AGUAS CALIENTES?

Yes, please let us know one month in advance so that we can purchase your train ticket for the following day. The return train ticket is included in the expedition cost, however, you are responsible for all additional costs incurred, such as food and lodging.

WHAT TYPE OF ELECTRICAL OUTLETS ARE USED IN PERU?

Most hotels and homes in Peru have electrical outlets that are suitable for the standard US outlet and the South American outlet.

DURING THE TREK

HOW CHALLENGING IS THE TREK?

Most of the treks in Cusco are considered to be moderately difficult. While being relatively fit can help you get the most out of your experience and complete your trek comfortably, we believe the largest factor to consider is the altitude. The majority of our treks are above 3000m/ 10,000ft sea level We strongly recommend that you acclimatize in Cusco for at least two days before departing on your trek. If you want to train for your trek, we suggest that you do stair exercises and use the treadmill on the steep incline.

DO I NEED HIKING BOOTS?

The Inca Trail involves climbing down ancient Inca-made steps that vary in height. To give extra support to your ankles, we suggest that you pack light hiking boots that cover and protect the ankles.

SHOULD I USE WALKING STICKS?

Like sturdy hiking boots, the use of walking sticks will lessen the impact on your knees and feet as we walk down many many Incan stairs. Walking sticks will also come in handy during our steep ascents! If you choose to bring walking sticks, make sure that the sticks have rubber tips on the ends. If not, the park ranger will not permit you to use them. You can purchase rubber tips here in Cusco, in case you forget yours at home!

WHAT IS THE WEIGHT LIMIT FOR LUGGAGE ON TREKS?

At the briefing, we will give you a personal duffel bag to pack all of your personal belongings. This duffel will be carried by our team of porters, and thus should not exceed more than 7kgs /15.4 lbs, including your Southern Peruvian Explorers sleeping bag and air mattress. You will not have access to your duffel bag during the day, so all personal items needed for hiking (e.g. water bottle, camera, extra layers, sunglasses, sunscreen) should be packed in a personal day pack.

WHERE DO I STORE MY LUGGAGE?

All luggage that is not necessary for the trek should stay in Cusco. The majority of hotels and hostels here in Cusco will store your luggage at no extra cost to the guest. We are also willing to store your luggage at our Southern Peruvian Explorers headquarters, located at Calle Garcilaso 265.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AS FAR AS WEATHER?

Generally speaking, the dry season runs from April to September, and the rainy season is from November to February. March and October are typically transitionary months, with both rain and intense sun. That being said, the climate patterns here in Peru have been changing drastically in the past few years. Prepare for both sun and rain by packing a brimmed hat, sunscreen and a waterproof layer. The temperatures here in Cusco remain relatively consistent all year, with cold mornings and evenings. Pack a fleece and down layer to keep warm at night and for the start of our hike each morning. By mid-morning, when the sun is bright, you will most likely want short sleeves for hiking. We recommend that you pack layers, both in your duffel and your day bag so that you will always have options.

IS IT CUSTOM TO TIP GUIDES AND PORTERS? IF SO, HOW MUCH IS RECOMMENDED?

On the final day of your trek, there is a tipping custom. All hikers will put their tips together to give to the guide and to the chef. The chef is responsible for distributing the money equally among all of the cooks and porters. We advise that you tip between $30 and $75, according to the level of service you believe you have received.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Booking Procedures

Once Southern Peru Explorers has received your deposit and you have received a written, confirmed reservation from us, you automatically enter into a booking contract with Southern Peru Explorers. Please read the terms and conditions below so that you are informed about the state of your booking.

Payment / Deposit

When you place a reservation with us, we require a deposit per person to hold your space. This deposit is non-refundable in the event of a guest cancellation. The remaining balance for your expedition must be paid before a given date, communicated to you by our booking agents.

Cancellation by Southern Peru Explorers

We, Southern Peru Explorers, maintain the right to cancel any trip for the following reasons:

If guest payment is not received before the deadline given by the booking agent. In this case, your deposit is non-refundable.

The inability to operate a tour due to extenuating circumstances, including but not limited to extreme weather, technical issues, overbooking, the closing of accommodations, protests, government or tourism bodies’ decisions.

When these situations occur, Southern Peru Explorers will try its best to maintain the original travel plans. If carrying out the original travel plans is not possible, we may alter the amount of time spent in a destination or omit a part of the travel package to keep you safe.

In these circumstances, no refunds will be given for visa costs, medical costs, airplane tickets, etc. However, Southern Peru Explorers will propose alternatives to the original travel arrangements, with all additional costs being paid for by guests.

Alterations by the Client

If you need to change your original travel plans with us, the price for the alteration will depend on the scope of the alternation you request. If you request a minor change that does not greatly affect the travel itinerary, we will not charge you an additional fee. For large requests that require significant communication, new or additional tickets or entrance fees, or cancelations, we will charge you with an additional fee. If you request a change after the start date of your tour, we will do our best to grant these changes, however, we cannot guarantee that your request/s will be granted.

Cancellation by the Client

If you choose to cancel your tour, you must submit your cancelation in writing to Southern Peru Explorers via email. Unfortunately, your deposit will not be refunded. Additionally, we are not liable to return any money that has already been spent on accommodations for your trek, such as food, lodging, or tours, nor are we responsible for any cancellation fees incurred.

Cancellation by Client for Private Services

If you have booked a private tour with Southern Peru Explorers, we must receive a cancellation in writing from you at least 60 days in advance of your departure date to receive a 50% refund. If you inform us of your cancellation 30-59 days before your departure date, you will receive a 20% refund. If you inform us of your cancellation within 30 days of your departure date, you will not be eligible for a refund.

Acceptance of Risk

At Southern Peru Explorers, we strive to put you in authentic environments, to show you the true landscape of Peru. Therefore, there is an innate element of risk in our itineraries. In booking a tour with Southern Peru Explorers, you, as our client, accept the risk of possible physical or emotional injury, paralysis, death, or damage to your property. You are responsible for knowing your own physical and emotional health and your limits. Ultimately, you must assess your ability to take on the risks inherent to our expeditions, before booking a tour with us. Southern Peru Explorers is absolved of all responsibility or costs associated with injuries or accidents that affect client health during their trip.

Authority During the Tour

Throughout the duration of your tour, your Southern Peru Explorers guide will have the final say on all issues that could endanger the health or safety of any or all members of the tour group.

Furthermore, we expect that you adhere to all laws, drug regulations, and customs of Peru. Clients who refuse to comply with the following guidelines, and/or who pose a threat to themselves or others, will be rightfully removed from their tour by a tour guide without the possibility of a refund.

Travel Documents

You are responsible for securing proper identification before your departure to Peru. You must have a legal passport with more than 6-month validity and an authorized visa to travel in Peru. While Southern Peru Explorers may make suggestions regarding visas, vaccinations, packing requirements, etc., these suggestions are given in good faith and are not ultimately our responsibility.

Extenuating Circumstances and Third Party Operators

Southern Peru Explorers is not responsible for damages or losses associated with extenuating or unforeseeable circumstances that are outside of our control. While Southern Peru Explorers works hard to minimize risk, we are not responsible for matters which can include but are not limited to, visa refusal, closed borders, political issues (strikes, war, government mandates, etc.), extreme weather, delayed flights, or mechanical failures. As a result of these unforeseeable circumstances, you will assume all extra costs required to rebook, avoid, or ensure your safety.

While Southern Peru Explorers operates the majority of the services included in our tours ourselves, we book flight tickets, accommodations, and certain experiences with other operators. Southern Peru Explorers vets these companies to maintain our high standards, but these companies are independent of our organization and we cannot accept responsibility for any negligence on behalf of third-party operators. Furthermore, Southern Peru Explorers cannot be held liable for any damages/losses of property or injuries/ death to clients due to airline companies, transportation companies, accommodations, or any other third party that we work with. Additionally, any cancelations, delays, inconveniences, physical and/or emotional distress due to these outside companies are not our responsibility. In the event of cancelation by a third party organization of a service sold to our company, we will refund the money paid by the participant for that service, but accept no liability beyond this. While traveling with the airline booked, conditions and rules of this airline apply, and Southern Peru Explorers is not responsible for any money lost or additional consequences as a result of delays, cancelations, missed connections, etc.

Claims and Complaints

Any complaints regarding our company and/or your tour must first be addressed with your tour guide or representative of Southern Peru Explorers to allow ample time to try to fix the issue/s. If the issue/s have not been addressed, you are responsible for submitting a complaint in writing to

Southern Peru Explorers within seven days of the final day of your tour. Complaints will be exclusively addressed in Cusco, Peru under the jurisdiction of Peruvian Law.

Damage claims against Southern Peru Explorers are limited to the value of the item and are not to exceed the price of the tour booked. However, Southern Peru Explorers does not accept liability for any accidental or inadvertent losses.

While Southern Peru Explorers takes responsibility for the representatives we recruit, however, we do not take responsibility for third party employees or travel agents.

Your booking and payment for reservations on any Southern Peru Explorers tour or excursion include your implied consent to all of the above Terms & Conditions, creating a binding agreement between Southern Peru Explorers and you.

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