FAQ Inca Jungle
How safe is the Inca Jungle?
The Inca Jungle tour is completely safe, you will always be with your guide or instructed by instructors. A lot of the time you are followed by a support van. The biggest worry you have is to keep your sunscreen and bug repellent topped up!
How difficult is the Inca Jungle?
The Inca Jungle trek is one of our easier treks, with less time hiking to include other adventure activities. There are always options to make things easier for yourself during the tour. You also will get to stay in hotels, eat in restaurants, shower in the evenings and spend some time having R&R. The difficulty rating for this trek is Easy – Moderate.
What does the difficulty rating mean?
Each trek is assigned a difficulty level. This has been developed based on prior information of the trek and feedback from previous clients. The ratings in ascending order are as follows:
Easy – Moderate – Challenging – Difficult
What do I need to bring to the Inca Jungle trek?
Each trek is different and you will obviously modify your packing list for your own needs. The Inca Jungle tour is different in the way that you stay in hotels along your trek. You can therefore bring extra things relevant to this as you will not have a weight limit like other treks. Do be mindful that you will have to carry your own pack during the hiking sections of the trip but during other activities they hall be safely stored in our van or other secure locations.
Essentials: Water bottle/s of 3 litres in total, waterproofs (jacket and pants), extra socks & underwear, bug repellent, sunscreen, extra layers and clothing i.e. jumper for subsequent days, sun hat / beanie, any medication you need including inhalers, extra lightweight shoes / flip flops, swimwear and towel, bags to put wet clothing, money, passport. Optional: Walking poles, battery pack, go pro, camera, sunglasses, phone, lip balm (UV rays here are some of the highest in the world), extra clothing, snacks (although we do provide you with this). If you are unsure whether you will need an item, just as us during briefing or on your inquiry form when booking.
Do I need money?
Yes, we strongly advise you being spending money. There are multiple shops/stall en route within a lot of the trails which make for a good ice cream stop or trinket buying opportunity. We also visit local towns which you will be able to buy breakfast on the first day, and on this trek lunch on the last day when you visit Machu Picchu, as these are not included. Please be aware that although we supply you with meals, snacks, water, we do not provide alcoholic beverages so if you are wanting this you shall have to purchase it yourself.
When is the best season to do Inca Jungle?
During the wet season the jungle environment especially descending from the mountains is prone to mudslides and heavy rain which makes this trip not as enjoyable as it could be. For this reason also during the wet season we no longer include the white water rafting in our trips due to the rain and its effects on the river and your safety. Between April and November are strong moths to book in depending on what you want ; A positive for booking within a month closer to the wet season is that wildlife is easier to spot.Although the best time regarding weather for this trek is either May,& June, July and August having temperatures exceeding 30°C.
Do I need to speak Spanish?
No you do not need to speak Spanish. The people you deal with at Southern Peru all speak English, from booking your trip to the guides who will accompany you along your adventure. It is handy to pick up a few phrases to be friendly and get around before and after your trip with us, although on your trek we shall be there to support and translate if needed.
What happens if I have a medical condition?
You know yourself better than anyone else if your medical condition will hinder your trip or not. It is imperative that you let us know however, especially if you intend to carry medications with you. We can advise on the best options if we are aware and also make special provisions if needed. Although if you do have an ongoing medical condition we highly urge you to seek council with your doctor before booking onto any trek.
What happens if I have dietary needs?
Not a problem , we can cater for you. Please, let us know at the time of booking so we can ensure tasty options for you!
How long do I need to become accustomed to altitude?
It is recommended that at least a couple of days in Cusco before starting any trek.& Some struggle with the altitude more than others, if you find you are being affected by it, take time to relax and don’t exert yourself too much , take altitude sickness tablets, drink plenty of water. Whilst on the trek our guides are highly sensitive to any triggers and have a lot of experience in dealing with it. They carry oxygen to help with anyone struggling.
Where can I stay in Cusco before and after the trek?
There are multiple options of places to stay depending on your budget and what you are looking for. A google search will aid with research however we can give you an insiders opinion so please at the time of inquiry just ask us and we can recommend somewhere to suit you personally. However, do be mindful our service picks you up from your accommodation and drops you back. So our van/s will need street access to your accommodation, Cusco has lots of narrow streets on hillsides that this will not be possible so please look into this when securing your accommodation. If we are unable to pick you up from your accommodation due to this, we will reorganise with you, another collection point, although this will be your responsibility to get yourself to that alternative location.
What if I am a solo traveller?
Our pricings are based off of& a minimum of 2 people for our treks as we are a private tour company. However, if you are wanting to book with us we still would love to have you. Please send into us an inquiry stating you are a solo traveller and we can show you the options available. It may be you can join a tour that has appropriate numbers or we can redirect you to our sister company which is more specifically aimed at solo travellers and backpackers.