PERU CULTURAL 8D/7N

PERU CULTURAL 8D/7N

INTRODUCTION

Begin your journey with Southern Peru Explorers from the moment you touch down in Lima! This 8 day / 7 night tour will show you the very best that Peru has to offer. Explore the historic center of Peru’s capital one day; take in the natural wonders of the Sacred Valley the following. We’ll visit will the charming towns of Pisac, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo, and explore the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. All the while, you will receive in-depth lessons on Incan and Colonial history and culture. Maximize your time and experience here in Peru on this tour which combines nature, history and culture.

TOUR TYPE
Hiking & Trekking

DIFICULTY
Moderate

DISTANCE
14km / 8 miles

CONSIDERATIONS
Permit required

ELEVATION
2,720 m / 8,900ft

DURATION
2 Days

FOR YOUR TRIP

TOUR OVERVIEW

  • Day 1: Arrival Lima – Lima City Tour
  • Day 2: Lima – Cusco
  • Day 3: The Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Day 4: Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu
  • Day 5: Machu Picchu
  • Day 6: Cusco City Tour
  • Day 7: Explore Lima
  • Day 8: Goodbye Peru
Day 1

Day 1 Arrival Lima – Lima City Tour

Your family vacation with Southern Peru Explorers begins the moment you land here in Peru.  Upon arrival to the Lima airport, just search for our Southern Peru Explorers staff member who will be holding a sign with your name on it. We will chauffeur you to your chosen hotel and assist with anything you may need. In the afternoon, we’ll offer you an optional city tour of Lima, which includes the famous sites of San Martin Plaza, Jiron de la Union, and the San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs. The tour lasts approximately four hours.
Day 2

Day 2 Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

In the morning, you will be treated to a warm breakfast buffet at your hotel before heading back to the Lima airport for a 90-minute flight to Cusco. Make sure to keep an eye on the horizon as we transition from the Peruvian coast into the spectacular Andes mountains, the longest mountain chain in the world. Upon landing in Cusco, there will be another Southern Peruvian Explorers staff member at the airport to greet you. We will leave the city of Cusco, driving 45 minutes to the colonial town of Pisac. As we descend to Pisac, you will get to admire the impressive Inca terraces, made in the shape of a condor. We will take time in Pisac to visit the local artisan market before continuing onward for another hour to the town of Urubamba, where we will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at Tunupa Restaurant. We will continue 30 minutes onwards to the beautiful town of Ollantaytambo, the longest active Inca town in Peru. Here, we will explore the nearby ruins, constructed in the shape of a llama. We will enjoy a hearty dinner before checking into our accommodations. We will have an early night in preparation for a large day at Macchupichu the following day.
Day 3

Day 3 Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu

We will enjoy a warm breakfast before heading to the Ollantaytambo train station for an early departure to Aguas Calientes, the town that sits below Machu Picchu . The scenic 2-hour train ride runs alongside the famous Inca Trail, and you will notice that the climate will change dramatically from high Andean sierra to lush cloud forest. Once we arrive in Aguas Calientes, we will walk to the nearby bus station that will drive us 20 minutes up the side of a mountain to the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu . Upon arrival, you will receive a 2-hour guided tour of the most significant sites of Machu Picchu  while learning about Incan history and culture. Afterward, we will return to Aguas Calientes as a group by bus. In Aguas Calientes, you will have a large selection of restaurants to choose from for lunch. We will spend the afternoon exploring the charming town of Aguas Calientes, and after, pay a visit to the local hot springs for some rest and relaxation. That night, we will check in to our three-star accommodation in anticipation of another big day at Machu Picchu .
Day 4

Day 4 Machu Picchu - Return To Cusco

Today, we will visit Machu Picchu  once more to explore more hidden places, such as the Intipunku (Gate of the Sun) and/or Huayna Picchu (Young Mountain) to visit the Temple of the Moon. A third option for those in good physical condition is to hike to the epic, Phutuq K'usi mountain, which offers unforgettable views of the ruins from afar. After a long morning of exploring, we will return to Aguas Calientes where we will enjoy a delicious lunch before boarding an afternoon train to Cusco. Our drivers will meet us at the train station with Mercedes Benz Sprinter vans to drive you back to your Cusco accommodations.
Day 5

Day 5 Cusco City Tour

After a restful night recuperating, we will take to the cobblestone streets of the imperial city. You will see and learn about modern, colonial and Incan architecture, as well as a bit about the history and culture of Cusco. Together, we will enjoy a hearty, traditional Peruvian lunch. You will have the opportunity to try some more adventurous dishes, such as guinea pig, chicken hearts and alpaca, to name just a few. After lunch, we will continue onwards to the artisanal neighborhood of San Blas, the energetic San Pedro market, and the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. For those who are eager to keep exploring, the option will be given to continue with a visit to the Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman, the temple of Q’enko, and Puca Pucara. For those who would prefer a more restful evening, we can drop you off at your hotel to enjoy Cusco at sunset. Your tour is private and customizable to your needs and interests. Your Southern Peru Explorers guide and driver will be at your disposal.
Day 6

Exploring The Imperial City Of Cusco

Private Tour of Cusco and the Inca Ruins Surrounding the City Meet your guide post-breakfast for a private Cusco tour, a captivating city caught between old-world heritage and modern-day dynamism. Few travelers can resist falling head over heels for its charms. A walk here yields all manner of delights, from the Santo Domingo monastery, which sits atop an Inca temple that was once among the finest in the empire, to the grand colonial cathedrals of Cusco’s central square, the Plaza de Armas. Next, venture into the Peruvian countryside and let the kids loose on yet another ancient site. Wander among the archaeological remains of Sacsayhuaman, where the Incas staged a great battle against the conquistadors. While here, you’ll see the vestiges of the temple and amphitheater of Q’enko, as well as the once-magnificent red fortress of Puca Pucara. Finish the day with an activity that’s bound to please the youngsters (and any chocolate-loving adults among you!) by taking part in a chocolate-making workshop at the ChocoMuseo in Cusco. You’ll learn about the history of chocolate and about the production process, from bean all the way to bar. Witness each chocolate-making step and take your pick from a variety of chocolate-friendly fillings to add to your personalized concoction, before taking these tempting chocolate treats home with you. Your chocolaty souvenirs will surely taste better knowing you’ve made them yourself!
Day 7

Day 7 Cusco – Lima

We will shuttle you from your Cusco accommodation to the Alejandro Velasco Astete airport for your domestic flight back to Lima. You will have the rest of the day to explore Lima as you please. We suggest that you check out the trendy neighborhoods of Miraflores and Barranco, where you can go shopping, bike riding, parasailing, surfing, or catch some sun in a seaside park! Miraflores and Barranco are home to numerous museums and world-class restaurants to visit, explore, and catch a bite to eat. But wherever you go, whatever you do, you must try the classic Peruvian dish, ceviche, while in town!
Day 8

Day 8 Goodbye Peru!

We will chauffeur you from your Lima accommodation to the Jose Chavez International Airport where you will board your flight home. This ends our service, but if you need recommendations for future Peru explorations let us know!

INCLUSIONS

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 transportation during your trek is included, starting with a 4am pick up from your hotel (unless you are staying in Ollantaytambo) that will take you to the trailhead at Km 82. The train to Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu, is also included. We provide you with an Expedition Class ticket for the train, but we are happy to upgrade you to the Vistadome train car for an additional $75 per person. Included in your trek is a round-trip bus ticket for transport between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. After you depart from Aguas Calientes via train, our Mercedes Benz Sprinter vans will pick you up and bring you back to your Cusco accommodations.

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05 ENTRANCE TICKETS

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 FIRST AID

 

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.

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07 ACCOMMODATIONS

All accommodation costs are included in this expedition. For expeditions that end in Aguas Calientes, we will lodge you in a two-star hotel, typically the 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 reserve for you will be listed on your invoice.

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08 PORTERS

We include a team of porters who carry all equipment and materials necessary for the trek and your personal duffel bag. That being said, you will only have access to your duffel in the evening time, upon arrival to the designated campsite. To care for our porters 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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09 FIRST AID AND RADIO Y COMMUNICATION

All of our guides are annually trained in First Aid and CPR, following international standards. Your guide will always have a first-aid kit on hand for basic medical issues, such as traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, and scrapes. Each guide will also carry an emergency oxygen canister to use in the case of altitude sickness. If needed, we can evacuate you from the trail safely and quickly to ensure you direct medical assistance at a nearby clinic. All guides are equipped with a satellite phone that can be used from anywhere on the mountain, in case of an emergency. For an extra cost, guests can also use the satellite phone for personal calls.

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10 WATERS

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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11 DUFFEL 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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12 EXTRAS

We try to go above and beyond in providing you with a memorable experience, we will give you a cotton Southern Peruvian Explorers t-shirt to remember your epic experience.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

Huayna Picchu

Huayna Picchu is the mountain that juts up, next to Machu Picchu. For a $75 charge, you can take the 45 minute hike to the top after your tour of Machu Picchu. If you are interested in hiking Huayna Picchu, we will need to make a reservation at least one month in advance, due to popularity. Please understand that weather is out of our control.

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TOUR INFO

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.

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AVAILABILITY

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.

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.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.

If you have additional questions that we have not addressed here, please contact us directly using the contact form on our website!

TERMS AND 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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