AUSANGATE TREK 5D/4N

AUSANGATE TREK 5D/4N

INTRODUCTION

Traversing the Cordillera Vilcanota, the Ausangate trek is a less-frequented, high altitude trek that takes hikers over high passes, down into alpine valleys, past turquoise lakes, dazzling glaciers, and through traditional Andean communities. With an average altitude of over 4000meters/ 13,123 feet, the Ausangate Trek is for adventure lovers, looking for a challenging and rewarding experience that is off the beaten path. As Ausangate is one of the tallest mountains in Southern Peru, hikers must have a good level of fitness and pre-trek acclimatization to get the most out of their experience.

TOUR TYPE
Hiking, Adventure, Camping

DIFICULTY
Challenging

DISTANCE

70 km / 43 miles

CONSIDERATIONS
Good fitness required  

ELEVATION
4000-5000m

DURATION
5 days / 4 nights

FOR YOUR TRIP

TOUR OVERVIEW

  • Day 1: Ausangate Trek: Q’oñamuro – Upis
  • Day 2: Ausangate Trek: Upis – Pucacocha
  • Day 3: Ausangate Trek: Pucacocha – Rainbow Mountain – Pinhaya
  • Day 4: Ausangate Trek: Phinaya – Otorongo Cocha
  • Day 5: Ausangate Trek: Otorongo Cocha- Pacchanta
Day 1

Qoñamuro - Upis

We will depart from Cusco at 4pm and drive for three hours to the trailhead at Tinki, an Andean village near the Ausangate mountain. Upon arrival, you will meet your team: the chefs and porters that will accompany you over the next five days. From T’inki, you will make your way to the starting point of Qoñamuro. The first leg of the hike will be about 6 hours walking, with lunch and breaks. By late afternoon, we will arrive at our first campsite, Upis, a marshland located in the skirt of the Ausangate mountain. At Upis you will have the opportunity to soak in natural thermal baths, which locals claim to be medicinally beneficial.Facts and Figures: Walking Time: approximately 6 hours, Walking Distance: 5.8 km/ 3.6 mi, Elevation Gain: 600m /1965ft, Starting Point: Q’oñamuro, 3900m/12,795ft, Upis Campsite: 4500/14,765ft
Day 2

Ups - Pucacocha

Departing from Upis, we will ascend to the passage of Arapa at 4800m/ 15,748ft. Accounting for lunch and breaks, we estimate 9 hours of walking on the second day to arrive at the second campsite of Pucacocha. This campsite sits among two stunning Lagunas, on the western side of the mountain. If you are lucky, you will bear witness to some mini avalanches up above. Weather permitting, you will be camping below a bright, starry sky.Facts and Figures: Walking Distance: 9 km, Walking Time: approximately 9 hours, Elevation Gain: 300m/ 985ft, Starting point: Upis, 4500m/14,760ft, Pucacocha Campsite: 4600m/ 15,092ft
Day 3

Pucacocha - Raimbow Mountain - Pinhaya

We will rise and depart from Pucacocha early to begin a 1-hour climb to the Apacheta Pass (4700) //// Surimana pass at 4900 m/ …… before descending towards the famous rainbow mountain of Vinicunca. After taking some time to appreciate this unique geological phenomenon, we will continue our descent towards the dazzling Ausangate Cocha laguna. There, we will enjoy a hearty lunch, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. With replenished energy, we will press onwards, ascending two hours to the highest pass on our route, the Palomani at 5190m/ 17,030 feet. Upon summiting Palomani, we will descend towards our campsite, located in Phinaya Valley that awaits us on the other side. Our campsite is close to the local village of Phinaya at an altitude of 4500m/ 14,765ft.Facts and Figures: Walking Time: approximately 9 hours, Walking Distance: 14 km/ 8.7mi, Elevation Gain: 590m/ 1935ft, Starting Point: Pucacocha, 4600m/ 14,760ft, Phinaya Campsite: 4500m/14,765ft
Day 4

Pinhaya - Qomercocha

We will have another early departure with a gentle ascent through the Phinaya Valley. After walking for several hours through the valley, we will make the 3-hour ascent to our final pass, Ccampa at 5180 m/ 16,995ft. After crossing Ccampa, we will hike down for two hours towards our last campsite at the Laguna Otorongo Cocha; a breath-taking spot with three large and three small Lagunas considered sacred to the modern and ancient civilizations that have inhabited this area.Facts and Figures: Walking Time: approximately 9 hours, Walking Distance: 14km/ 8.7mi, Elevation Gain: 480m/ 1575ft, Starting point: Phinaya, 4700m/15,420ft, Otorongo Cocha Campsite: 4480m/14,700ft
Day 5

Otorongococha - Pacchanta

Our final day will be more relaxed with a later departure from Otorongo Cocha. We will hike down for three hours, towards the community of Pacchanta, at 4200m/ 13,780ft. Once we arrive in the village, you will have the option to soak in the natural thermal baths, or immediately return back to Cusco. If you decide to enjoy the thermal baths, there is also the possibility to arrange our final lunch in the village of Pacchanta.Facts and Figures: Walking Time: 3 hours, Walking Distance: 5km/ 3.1mi, Elevation Change: -280m/ 919ft, Starting point: Otorongo Cocha Lake, 4480m/14,700ft, Final Destination: Pacchanta, 4200m/13,780ft, Return by Car: approximately 3 hours

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 CHEFFS

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 the trailhead, approximately 3 hours from Cusco.

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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 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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07 FIRST AID & RADIO 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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08 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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09  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 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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NOT INCLUDED

TOUR INFO

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.

We will give you a duffel bag to use for your expedition at the briefing. This duffel will be used to carry all of your personal belongings and will be carried by our team of porters. In consideration of our porters’ health and safety, we kindly ask that your bag not exceed 7kg/ 15.4lbs, including your Southern Peruvian Explorers sleeping bag and mattress. You will not have access to your duffel bag during the day, therefore, we strongly suggest that you pack all of your personal items (e.g. water bottle, camera, extra layers, sunglasses, sunscreen) in a personal day pack that you will carry throughout the hike.

PICKUP

We will pick you up from your hotel in our Mercedes Benz at the time communicated during your briefing. 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 happy to provide a list of hotel recommendations per request.

HEALTH CONCERNS

All of our guides are trained in CPR and First Aid. Although they are not medical professionals, we encourage you to share all of your health concerns with your guide before departing for your expedition.

We strongly suggest that you consult with a medical professional to determine your fitness level before traveling and/or participating in our expeditions. Before departing from your home country, you should also seek professional medical advice regarding vaccinations and any medical precautions you should take. Ultimately you are responsible for determining which, if any, of our tours are suitable for you. Southern Peru Explorers will not offer you medical advice. It is your responsibility to weigh the risks and understand the requirements of each tour we offer, based on your personal circumstances, limitations, medical history and fitness level.

If you suffer from extreme altitude sickness or any other illness that prevents you from hiking, and you still wish to visit Machu Picchu, we will coordinate for you a visit to the ruins by train. This accommodation is considered a new trip and may inquire extra fees, but we will try to use as many of the pre-purchased logistics from the original trip as we can. If while hiking you experience sickness that hinders you from moving forward, a Southern Peru Explorers porter will accompany you to the nearest road and wait with you until a Southern Peru Explorers car comes to take you to the closest health clinic.

GROUP TOURS

We are proud to say that our tours are comprised of people from all walks of life with varying levels of fitness and ages. When you sign up for a tour with Southern Peru Explorers, you must understand that some of your fellow hikers will be slower or faster than you are. Our guides will account for this by making their way through the group to spend time with everyone. Though your group might request a modification to the tour, your guide will make the ultimate decision to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip for everyone.

STRIKES

Strikes are a common occurrence in Perú and have the potential to cause disruptions or modifications to our tours. Often times, roads are blocked and trains are stopped during strikes, making it impossible to depart from Cusco. We will do everything possible to continue operating our tours during a strike, even leaving the night before your start date if need be. Still, sometimes we will have no other option but to cancel your tour under these circumstances. The decisions we make are guided by our commitment to your safety. If we decide to cancel your tour, we will communicate our decisions with you, as far in advance as possible.

LOST ITEMS

We kindly ask you to be extra mindful with all your belongings throughout your time with us. Remember to always remove your items from vans, tents, restaurants and lodges and do not leave your belongings unattended. You have ultimate responsibility for all of your belongings.

TIPS

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 the chef. The chef is responsible for distributing the money equally among all of the cooks and porters. We advise that you tip between $____ and $_____, according to the level of service you believe you have received.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

You can never predict what will happen in the future. Don’t let sickness or bad weather be the cause for losing your entire trip. Insurance is a way to protect the investment you have made on this trip, and it comes at a relatively inexpensive cost. We strongly suggest that you consider travel insurance before coming to Peru.

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.

ALTITUDE

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.

Our guides have experience with altitude sickness and will be present to assist with any discomfort you may experience while on the trail. Still, we recommend that you consult with your doctor before trekking at high altitudes or using any medications.

GETTING TO CUSCO

Most visitors will arrive in Cusco by plane at the domestic, Alejandro Velasco Astete airport. If you are coming from abroad via Lima, it is essential that you claim your bags in Lima and re-check them for your flight to Cusco. There are five airlines that operate between Lima and Cusco: LATAM, Avianca, Star Peru, Peruvian, and Sky. Despite the price differences, we recommend LATAM and Aviana, as they tend to be more reliable and accommodating when there are flight cancellations and delays.

MAP AND ALTITUD

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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.

Price per person (minimum 2 people)

 

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1100

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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

ALL YEAR

 

 

Availability for all alternative treks is directly associated with spaces available through us, Southern Peru Explorers and the tickets for the attractions you wish to visit. All you need to do is make inquire or a booking with you information and the experience you which tour or trek you which to experience.

How to make an Inquiry

Simply click on the ‘Contact’ tab on our website. This will lead you to an inquiry form. If you are wanting more information or are unsure about something all you have to do is input your name and contact and send us a message. We usually reply within 48hours and will be happy to help you.

How to make a Booking

Once you have decided on your adventure then head over to ‘Book Now’ tab. This will provide you with a booking form, you will be asked for your details and information. This will directly alert us to your booking and after payment/deposit reserve your spaces on the trek or tour you wish to attend. After receiving this we will send you an email with your next steps so we can obtain details about all the members of the party, book any tickets required on your behalf and sent you all the information you will need for you trek. Please note we can only reserve you places with our trek and not of that of other sites and attractions until we have all personal information. After this it is in our hands and you can sit back and relax. The dates entered on the booking form are the ones you which to attend the trek. If these dates are flexible or unsure please just note that in the additional comments. You must also make sure you are here at the very least a day before your trek to both become accustomed to the altitude and to attend our briefing.

Note: We do not conduct briefings over the weekend so if your trek is commencing on a Monday then you would need to be here on Friday for your briefing.

Personal details needed to make a booking

  • Contact Email of lead participant
  • Name of lead participant
  • Passport number of lead participant
  • -Country of nationality (If mixed within the group, please you nationality of lead participant)
  • Numbers attending (Adults and Children)
  • How you wish to pay (This will not automatically create payment)

How to pay

After submitting your booking form, you will receive an email correspondence with all information attached. This will include information on how to pay depending on your preference. We either require the full amount to be paid or a 50% deposit. We must have at least your deposit before booking other attraction tickets such as Machu Picchu. The balance must be paid at least 48 hours before the trek start date.

The difference between a private and a group booking

Opting for a private tour or trek lets us know you wish for no others to attend on the same trip as you. Although, there is a minimum of people required for each trek. This is a great option if the experience if a gift, for a special occasion or you want a personal guide. Opting for a group trek means you will have other travellers come along the experience with you. This is great if you are a solo traveller, like meeting others or would like to keep the cost down. No matter what we are still a luxury and private tour company which keeps small group numbers for a personable and intimate experience.

Machu Picchu Entrance tickets

If Machu Picchu is included in your tour or you have requested and organised this with us prior, then we will handle the booking and obtaining of your tickets. You shall be presented with these at the briefing. However, we do need accurate personal information for each person wishing to attend in order to book this. The ticket encompasses to Machu Picchu

Note: There may be an extra charge if this is a special request and not originally included in your tour.

Alternative tours that include Machu Picchu

Salkantay 5D

Ausangate 5D

Inka Jungle 4D

Rainbow Mountain 2D

Choquequirao 5D

Choquequirao 7D

Lares Trek 5D

Manu Park (All)

Tambopata (All)

Additional requests or experiences

Southern Peru Explorers want you to have the best experience you can have and as such are willing to tailor the treks to add in additional requests or experiences. Some of these need to be booked ahead of time more than than others. Detailed information on all these options can be found within our ‘Tour info’ tab. After finding your preference please send us an inquiry form to ask about availability within different treks. Options include:

Experiences__________________________________Requests

Machu Picchu__________________________________Use of our glamping tents

Huayna Picchu_________________________________Alcoholic drinks

Machu Picchu Mountain__________________________Photography tours

Expedition or vistadome train______________________Upgrading hotels

Note: If these are not already included within your tour they will incur an extra fee.

Bus tickets & Transportation

If Machu Picchu is something that you are visiting and Southern Peru has organised that for you, it will also include your bus. All treks arrive to cloud forest in different places and times so this will determine whether your bus ticket is one or two ways. Information can be found at ‘Info Machu Picchu’.

Changes and cancelation to bookings

Changes

With regards to chanaces with alternative treks we will do our best to modify your booking with regards to numbers, dates etc. If you request a minor change that does not greatly affect the travel itinerary, we will not charge you an additional fee. However, if there have been external tickets booked such as, peru rail trains, entrance tickets, these will not be able to be reimbursed or changed.

Cancellations

Your 50% deposit is non-refundable in the event of cancellation.

If you have already paid us in full for your trip and have alerted us to your cancellation via email within 30 days we will refund you 50% of the total of the balance minus any incursions we have sustained due to booking additional tickets.

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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.

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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