Peru & Amazon Tour, 23 days
During this trip you will visit the absolute highlights of Peru. You will stay in the colonial Lima, Arequipa and Cusco and on the way you will stop at the mysterious Nasca lines and the impressive Inca complex Machu Picchu. Lake Titicaca and the Colca Canyon offer impressive views. A stay in the Amazon jungle in the Peruvian lowlands completes this journey through Peru. For the hearty, you can sign up to hike the Inca Trail! Join international groups with active travelers of all ages. Most come from Holland and Belgium, and you will find they speak fantastic English! Join us for a true nature and cultural adventure.
- Lima - Pisco
- Pisco - Huacachina
- Huacachina - Nasca
- Nasca, excursion Nascalijnen and Cauchilla
- Nasca - Arequipa
- Arequipa - Colca Cañon
- Colca Cañon, visit Cruz del Condor
- Colca Cañon - Puno
- Puno - Uros islands - Amantani
- Amantani - Taquile - Puno
- Puno - Raqchi - Andahuaylillas - Cusco
- Cusco - visit to the Sacred Valley - Urubamba
- Urubamba- Aguas Calientes
- Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco (train)
- Cusco - flight to Puerto Maldonado, jungle lodge
- Amazon, jungle lodge
- Amazon, jungle lodge
- Puero Maldonado - Flight to Lima
Day by day
Day 1 - Lima
Day 2 Lima
We start our tour in Lima where you will meet the guide and group members at the first hotel. The guide will organize a welcome meeting. \We will have the day to explore Lima, the impressive capital of Peru..
The old part of the city is full of colonial churches, squares and houses and gives a nice picture of the time when the Spaniards held their sway here. Sights worth a visit? Museo de Oro where we find a lot of gold and weapons, Plaza Mayor where it is always pleasantly busy and imposing cathedral with the tomb of General Pizarro, explorer and conqueror. Miraflores is the neighborhood where the nice restaurants and cafes are located and where the affluent Peruvian lives, works and seeks his entertainment.
Pisco and Huacachina
Day 3 Lima - Pisco
Day 4 Pisco - Huacachina
From the capital we leave for Pisco on the Pacific coast. This village is the starting point for two optional excursions to the Paracas National Park and to the Ballestas Islands. In the national park you can see colonies of flamingos and beautiful rock formations on the beach. The Islas Ballestas are known for the many species of birds, sea lions and penguins. Huacachina is a heavenly oasis in the middle of the desert surrounded by sand dunes. It is possible to explore the desert with a buggy or rent sandboards. You can also visit the nearby city of Ica which has an interesting mummy museum.
Day 5 Huacachina - Nasca
Day 6 Nasca
Then we will see one of the most mysterious places in Peru: the Nasca lines . It is still a mystery how the enormous figures have been drawn out at the bottom of the desert. Nobody knows the meaning of the lines and who ever made them. The person who has had the most influence in the research on the lines is the German Maria Reiche, a mathematician who has studied the lines all her life. She assumed that the lines formed an astronomical calendar for agricultural purposes. From the observation tower you can view three of the lines. As an optional excursion you can fly over the Nasca lines. This flight takes 45 minutes of which you are 20/25 minutes in the air to see everything well.
Just outside Nasca we visit a special place: the Chauchilla cemetery. Here you see mummies and all kinds of remains from the Nasca period, which have been very well preserved due to the extreme drought. Impressive, but also a bit lugubrious. The temperature here is pleasant all year round, so a dip in the pool at the end of the day is a wonderful ending.
Arequipa and the Colca Cañon
Day 7 Nasca - Arequipa
Day 8 Arequipa
Day 9 Arequipa - Colca Cañon
Day 10 Colca Cañon, visit Cruz del Condor
A long trip through the desert, where we often can stop for beautiful photo moments of the view over the sea, brings us to Arequipa. In the city, which is at an altitude of 2,325 meters, you can get used to the altitude a bit. Look around for a day here, for example on the beautiful Plaza de Armas with the big white cathedral. The city is also called the white city because of the many buildings in the center that are made of white volcanic rock. Everywhere in the city you have a view of the high Misti volcano. A visit to the Santa Catalina monastery can not be missed here. This monastery is actually a small town in itself with buildings in all kinds of colors, with narrow streets, squares and patios where you can wander around for hours.
The next day we go high into the Andes en route to the Colca Cañon. On the way we pass a pass of 4,900 meters! This day you have to take it easy to get used to the high altitude. Make sure you drink a lot of water and adjust your pace. The ride is really beautiful; high in the Andes, small villages and herds of llamas and alpacas alternate. With a bit of luck you can also see the vicuña, a "little brother" of the lama, which is much less common and smaller and more slender than the llamas and woolly alpacas. These animals give the best wool and are therefore very popular, making it a threatened and now happily protected species. We spend the night in a lodge located at 3,700 meters high in Chivay. The days in the Colca Canyon also include a local guide,
The next morning we drive to the lookout point 'Cruz del Condor', where you can see the impressive condor fly. The Colca Canyon is one of the deepest gorges in the world with dizzying height differences. There are many condors living here and due to the thermals they often float high in the canyon early in the morning. Because you stand at the viewpoint on the edge of the canyon, they come to float very close to you. The sight is very impressive, because these birds can reach a span of up to 3 meters.
Puno and Lake Titicaca
Day 11 Colca Cañon - Puno
Day 12 Puno - Uros islands - Amantaní
Day 13 Amantaní - Taquile - Puno
From Chivay we travel to Puno, on the shore of the famous Lake Titicaca. On the way you can again enjoy beautiful views, snow-capped peaks and grazing alpacas and llamas. Near Puno are the floating reed islands, which are inhabited by about 300 Uros Indians . They offer all kinds of nice souvenirs and you can make a trip on the homemade reed boats. The little islands themselves move a little bit when you walk over them and if you stay in one place for too long, the water flows very slowly over your shoes. We visit these islands on our way to Amantaní, one of the 'permanent' islands on the lake. Here we stay with a family at home.
Upon arrival, the mamacitas in colorful skirts await us. We walk from the harbor to the various houses, sometimes a steep climb. You have to communicate with your hands and feet, because the people on the island usually only speak the native language, Quechua. The accommodation is primitive; there is no possibility of showering. You can bring a sleeping sack or sleeping bag from home but there are enough blankets available. The family prepares a simple but often very nutritious meal in the kitchen.
If you wake up in the morning and look out of the cottage over the blue lake or deserted fields of the local population, you really feel in a very special world. The island is still very traditional; there are no cars and electricity is only available for a couple of hours a day . You can take a beautiful walk on the island, for example to the ruins of the temple of Pachamama , mother earth. On Lake Titicaca there is also a local guide, so you get more information about local customs.
On the way back to Puno we sail along the neighboring island of Taquile, where you also have time to look around. Here, too, people are still very traditional and there is hardly any electricity available. The island is best known for its handicraft tradition. The women of the island weave while the men knit here. They start with this at a young age. So do not be surprised if you see knitting men on the street, that is very common here!
Cusco & Machu Picchu
Day 14 Puno - Raqchi - Andahuaylillas - Cusco
Day 15 Cusco
Day 16 Cusco - Sacred Valley - Urubamba
Day 17 Urubamba- Aguas Calientes
Day 18 Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco (train)
Day 19 Cusco
From Puno we take the bus to Cusco, a beautiful ride of about eight hours through the Andes landscape. On the way we can make stops at small villages and take pictures of the beautiful landscape. Raqchi is a lesser known Incaruin. The temple complex is a tribute to the god Viracocha. In the small Andahuaylillas there is a beautiful church that we can visit. This church is also called the Sistine Chapel of Latin America.
Cusco is one of the most beautiful cities in Latin America. It is the former capital of the Incas and there are still many remains from the Inca period to see. We stay here in a centrally located hotel, the main attractions are all within walking distance. The central square is beautiful and everywhere there are bars and restaurants with balconies overlooking the square. There is a cozy atmosphere here. In the center there are very old colonial buildings and churches. The museums teach you a lot about the history and culture of the Incas. In the San Blas artists' district you will find all kinds of small souvenir shops. Above the city are the impressive Inca remains of Sacsayhuamán, a complex of huge walls, where you can walk with a steep climb. From here you have a nice view over the city.
The sacred valley of the Incas is lower than Cusco and the temperature is clearly warmer. During the day trip you usually visit the market of Chinchero and the ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. This excursion includes on day 16 in the program from 2017. Of course you are also free to take a local bus and only walk through Pisac and the ruins above. It is advisable to visit the Sacred Valley before you go to Machu Picchu. Many of the stories that you hear about the history of the Incas are very interesting for the explanations you will receive later at Machu Picchu. We spend the night in Urubamba at Hotel Casa Colibri Ecolodge. The hotel has a large garden with many hummingbirds and other birds.
Of course we also visit the famous Inca city of Machu Picchu. The city is very well preserved thanks to the fact that the Spaniards never found the city. It was not until 1911 that the city was discovered by Hiram Bingham. The ruins are located in a beautiful settlement between high mountain peaks. To get to Machu Picchu we take the train to the village of Aguas Calientes. We spend the night here, so that you can visit the ruins with a guide in the early morning. The entrance fee for Machu Picchu is not included in the fare. The local guide gives a guided tour of 1 to 2 hours, after which we still have plenty of time to wander around the city ourselves. In the afternoon we get back on the train towards Cusco. After our visit to Machu Picchu we have a full day to look around in the fascinating city of Cusco.
The real hiking enthusiasts can choose to walk the famous Inca Trail from Cusco. This is a wonderful 4-day camping trip, where you walk along the old path of the Incas . This is a medium to heavy journey. For this tour you have to have a good condition, because in particular because of the altitude it is a tough trip. The second day is intense, if you have to get to the 4198 meter pass of Warmiwañusca, or Dead Woman in Quechua (name for the shape of the mountain). Walking over the Inca stairs is challenging on this day.
There is a cook and carriers for the heavy items, such as the tents and cooking utensils. It is incredible to see how fast these men walk up the mountain, while you often have to rest after each step. Three times a day, the chefs prepare a delicious, nutritious meal for you.
During the trip you walk through the beautiful Andes nature and on the way you pass several Inca ruins. The last morning you get up very early to walk to the sun gate to be there in time to watch the sun rise with a bit of luck. After a trip of a few days you will be rewarded with a beautiful spectacle: Machu Picchu is at your feet! You then have the rest of the day to wander through this deserted city or to have a nice meal in Aguas Calientes. At the end of the afternoon you step back on the train that takes you to Cusco.
For this trip on the old Inca paths you have to sign up in advance. Make sure you do this as soon as possible after booking! Especially in high season the places get very fast. Only a limited number of walkers per day are allowed on the trail by the local authorities.
The price for the Inca trail iis $350 -. Included in this price are the meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner), a guide, the carriers and overnight stays in dome tents. The unused overnight stays in Cusco are settled. Also the entrance for the trail itself and for Machu Picchu is included. However, this amount of 90 US $ is subject to change. Price increases are passed on.
Take a warm sleeping bag for walking the Inca trail. Sometimes they are available for rent in Cusco . The other camping gear is present on site. Your sleep mat will be handed out at the beginning of the tour and you have to carry it yourself, as well as your own backpack with all personal items. The other camping gear is worn by the wearers who also take care of the meals and set up your tent. It is also possible to hire a carrier (about 170 US $) who carries your bag including your sleeping bag and mat. You only have to carry a small daypack yourself, with for example your camera and a bottle of water. Please let us know before departure if you would like an extra carrier, then we will check if there is a carrier available. The extra costs for the carrier can then be paid on the spot.
For the trail you need to bring sturdy shoes with a good tread, a rain jacket, a flashlight and a towel. The carriers provide boiled water along the way to fill your water bottle, so you have safe drinking water during the trip. There are also enough streams to fill a water bottle, but do not forget to buy water purifying tablets in Cusco beforehand.
Think carefully before you sign up for the Inca trail. It is a tough trip for which good preparation is necessary. Is the Inca Trail fully booked, then you can also opt for the Larestrek, also a beautiful 4-day trek in the neighborhood of Machu Picchu. Besides the Inca Trail and the Lares trekking you can also sign up for the 2-day Camino Real trek. During this trip you will walk the last 15 kilometers of the Inca Trail on day one. On day two you will visit the Machu Picchu.
The Peruvian Amazon
Day 20 Cusco - Puerto Maldonado,
Day 21 Amazon, Jungle lodge
Day 22 Amazon, Jungle lodge
Day 23 Puerto Maldonado - flight to Lima -
After a short flight we arrive in tropical Puerto Maldonado. This town is located in the Peruvian Amazon where the rivers Madre de Dios and Tambopata come together. This is the perfect base for us to go into the ever-green jungle. We leave the big luggage in Puerto Maldonado and travel the next 2 nights with a smaller backpack through the Amazon.
We sail to the shelter of our motorized river boat for the coming days. The difference of landscapes to the high Andes is enormous and the many birds welcome us whistling. We find many cormorants and herons here. With some luck we also spot caimans and turtles. We are warmly welcomed and presented to the guides who accompany us in the coming days.
rFrom the lodge there are several walks to explore the area optimally. The Cocococha Lake has crystal clear water and is surrounded by tall trees and marsh. We can see an observation tower from where we have a dazzling view over the lake and the jungle. Colorful macaws, parrots and toucans are relatively easy to spot thanks to their colorful splendor. The turtles and the giant otters are a little more difficult to behold, but the reward is therefore even greater when this succeeds. The guides are at home in the region and their senses are always keen to point out the flora and fauna. In the evenings we can enjoy a mighty view of the Amazon. It is a magical experience with all the colors and sounds that belong to the jungle.
The famous 'macaw clay licks' are also on the program during the stay in the jungle. Here we see the colorful macaws feeding themselves to the clay on a clay wall. During this visit we can spot capuchin monkeys, small lion monkeys and spider monkeys in their own habitat. They fly through the trees and they seem to be perfectly entertained in this immense playground that they call their home. A dark spot high in a tree that does not move or moves very slowly? That can very well be a sloth; always keep the cameras at the ready.
After another night in the jungle and with the sound of birds and monkeys waking up, we are ready for departure again. In the morning we fly towards Lima, where you will say goodbye to your fellow travelers, when our land program comes to and end.
Dates and prices
Departure dates 2019
|Land Begins||Land Ends||Price||Availability|
|Aug-17-19||$3,695||5 seats||book now >|
|Oct-18-19||Nov-09-19||$3,575||11 seats||book now >|
|Nov-08-19||Nov-30-19||$3,395||15 seats||book now >|
Departure dates 2020
|Land Begins||Land Ends||Price||Availability|
|Apr-17-20||May-09-20||$3,395||18 seats||book now >|
|May-15-20||Jun-06-20||$3,395||20 seats||book now >|
Conditions "Guaranteed leave"
- Land program
- Domestic flights Cusco - Puerto Maldonado - Lima
- Travel guide (addresses group in Dutch & English)
- Local guide Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca
- Excursion Machu Picchu
- Train journey to Machu Picchu
- Transport by own bus
- Hotel nights including breakfast
- Overnight in the oasis of Huacachina
- Excursion Nasca lines (watchtower) & Chauchilla
- Visit Colca Canyon, Cruz del Condor
- Boat trip on Lake Titicaca
- Excursion Uros Islands
- Overnight at family home on Lake Titicaca
- 1x lunch, breakfast and dinner at Amantani included
- Visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Stay in the Amazon, including meals, guides and transportation
- International flights
- Meals, other than breakfasts, and meals included in Amazon
- TIps & Personal expenses
- Entry fees no mentioned, and optional excursions
$610 - Single Supplement
$300 - Weekly out of pocket expenses, estimate
$50 - Group tip pot (for driver, porters etc. Does not include a tip for your tour leader)
Lima - Hotel Extension night
$90.00 . Double Room
$70.00 . Single Room
Deposit - 20% deposit - Non-refundable ($500 minimum)
Balance due 60 days prior to departure date.
Accommodations & Meals
We spend the night in comfortable, centrally located tourist class hotels. We often opt for small-scale hotels with a cozy atmosphere and colonial character. Because of the central location you are always close to the most important sights or nice restaurants. The rooms always have their own shower and toilet, only on Amantani you share the bathroom. In the oasis in the desert and in Nasca our hotel has a nice pool.
On the island of Amantani we stay with a family home, a very special experience! The families are very hospitable and they do their very best to make it to your liking. Sometimes the families speak Spanish, but often only Quechua.Do not expect comforts here, the accommodation is very primitive, because people live here in a very traditional way. But this is a very special experience and the beautiful view makes it totally worth it!
In the Amazon we spend the night in an ecolodge. It is a simple but well maintained accommodation. There is no Wi-Fi in the Amazon and electricity is only available at regular times to charge equipment. There is a mosquito net in the lodge so you do not have to bring it yourself. Meals are included during the nights in the Amazon.
Lima Hostal Mami Panchita
Huacachina Hotel El Huacachinero
Nasca Hotel Oro Viejo
Arequipa Hostal Casona Solar
Puno Hotel El Buho
Cusco Hotel Los Aticos
Amazon Explorer's Inn
Single room - Djoser is single friendly! If you are traveling solo, we will match you with a same-sex roommate. There are no singles availableon the island Amantani. Also if you reserve a place on the INCA TRAIL hike, there are no single rooms available.
If we cannot match you, there will be no additional room charge. For a reasonable charge, you may request single accommodations, subject to availability. Just indicate this preference on your booking form. You will find pricing for single accommodations on "Dates & Prices" page.
Hotel extensions - It is always great to be well rested when you begin a journey such as this. If you would like to book an extension hotel night upon arrival in the city where the land program begins, let us know on your booking form. You will find the prices for extension nights listed on the "Dates & Prices" page.
Meals - Breakfast on our Peru tour is included in all inclusive nights. For other meals you can decide where, what and with whom you want to eat. Of course you can eat with the group, but you are also free to find a restaurant to dine independently. The other meals are therefore not included in the trip.
It's also nice to buy food at the market such as a tasty 'salteña-roll' or a 'empanada'. In the evening you can buy something at a local shop. The tour guide can often give you tips for a good restaurant or a nice cafe. For breakfast you can trip the traditional "desayuno" . On many occasions you can order a Western breakfast, sometimes with delicious fresh fruit. Around noon you can find many local venues an inexpensive menu, "almuerzo. This generally consists of soup, bread, main course, coffee or tea and often a simple dessert. It may not always be a culinary delights, but it's a fun way to get in touch with the local population.
In the evening the peña is a fun place to go. Here alongside live music performances snacks or meals. Are served Try the famous coca tea once; this is not only good for altitude sickness but also it is simply delicious. Or the chicha beverage, brewed for centuries by Native Americans from yucca and corn. European meals are also served almost everywhere.
The meals are prepared for you during the Inca Trail. The carriers provide delicious, nutritious meals. Also meals are included with the Lares trekking and you get a packed lunch during the Camino Real.
During the nights in the Amazon breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Flights & Transportation
Booking your international flight -We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. We do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada. The land program will begin approximately two hours after the arrival of the Netherlands (NL) participants who will be arrive from Amsterdam. The land program will end about 4 hours prior to their scheduled departure time, which allows for time to get to the airport. The proposed flights for the Dutch participants and the land beginning and end times are listed in this section. They are subject to change based on flight delays or changes. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip. When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind:
Dutch participants' proposed flights: (subject to change)
NL participants arrive: 6 PM LIMA
NL participants depart: 9 PM LIMA
Before you book your flight - To avoid flight change or cancellation costs get email confirmation from our office that the trip has enough participants to be a “GO”.
Verify the spelling of your name-within 24 hours - When you book your flights, double check your flight records to confirm that your name is spelled on your ticket exactly as it appears on your passport. Some companies (for example, ORBITZ) will only allow a 24 hour window to correct any errors without penalty. You may incur heavy fees for changes, forfeiture of your flight ticket, or even worse, you could be denied entry to a border upon arrival.
Send us a copy of your flight itinerary - We will forward to the tour leader so they will know when to expect you at the hotel and when you will be departing.
Keep in mind hotel extensions - If the Dutch travelers arrive early in the morning, we recommend that you arrange to fly in the day or night before so you will be meet the group. Some trips involve an immediate transfer from airport to the next town so make sure you will arrive before the others so you don’t miss the first meeting or transfer to the next location. We can arrange an extension hotel night for you. Prices for hotel extensions can be found in the "Dates & Prices" section
If the Dutch participants arrive in the late evening - Should they arrive very late in the evening, the group will have their first meeting in the morning in the hotel lobby. You can check in earlier and relax or explore on your own.
Airport transfer to/from hotel – not Included - If you will be arriving and or departing on the same flight as the Dutch travelers let us know. Then you can join them on the bus for the group transfer at no additional charge. Notify us in advance so we can alert the tour leader. If you schedule your flight at the same time as theirs, or later, you can join them on the group transfer to the airport at no additional charge. Otherwise, you can take an authorized taxi to the first hotel on the list we have provided for you. Private airport transfers can be very costly . If your flight is delayed, they are difficult to reschedule or cancel. With a taxi, you are not charged for waiting time or cancellations.
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A summary of all trip costs can be found on our "Dates & Prices" page. Prices may fluctuate throughout the year depending on currency exchange, gas costs, etc.
During this trip through Peru, the following excursions are included in the itinerary:
- A visit to the Nasca aqueducts and the Chauchilla cemetery.
- A visit to the lookout tower at the Nasca lines where you can see a few lines from above.
- Guided by a local guide, we explore the Colca Canyon. We make a short walk to the famous Cruz del Condor, at this viewpoint you can see nearby condors flying.
- Under the guidance of a local guide we go on Lake Titicaca. On our way to Amantaní we visit the famous floating reed islands of the Uros Indians. After the overnight stay on Amantaní at a family home we sail on the way back past Taquile, where we also look around with the guide.
- En route from Puno to Cusco we stop at Raqchi, where we visit a small Inca ruin and in Andahuaylillas we pay a visit to a beautiful church.
- By train we travel to Aguas Calientes. After an overnight stay we take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu early in the morning and the local guide tells you about these impressive Inca ruins. After a tour of 1 to 2 hours you can also look around yourself.
- A visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas including a visit to the beautiful ruins of Ollantaytambo.
- During the stay in the Amazon: walks accompanied by a professional guide. We see the colorful macaws feast on the clay at the famous Claylicks.
- A walk to the beautiful Cocococha lake where we have a beautiful view of the surroundings from the observation tower. Visiting a local community where the population lives off farming.
Possible additional excursions are possible on the spot. Off the coast of Pisco are the Ballesta Islands, with a boat you can view various marine animals, such as sea lions, different bird species and even penguins. In Huacachina there are several possibilities to explore the sand dunes; for sports enthusiasts there is a choice for sandboarding. There are plenty of excursion possibilities in Cusco, but do not miss a day trip to the Sacred Valley, full of ruins and Indian villages. Or rent a mountain bike, take a horseback ride or visit a planetarium.
Hiking enthusiasts have the opportunity to book the 4-day Inca Trail. A challenging hiking and camping trip of four days over the old Inca road to Machu Picchu. If the Inca Trail is fully booked, you can also opt for the Lares trek, a beautiful 4-day trek in the area of Machu Picchu. If you do not opt for a hike, you follow the regular program and you have a total of three days off in Cusco. In this beautiful city and the surrounding area you have plenty of excursion possibilities! In preparation for the visit to Machu Picchu it is interesting to make an excursion to the Sacred Valley, much of the information that the guide tells you about the history of the Incas, comes back to the explanation you get about Machu Picchu .
The costs for the Inca Trail is $350 per person. This amount includes the entrance fee for the Trail and Machu Picchu, which currently amounts to 90 US $. This entrance is subject to changes. Price increases and reductions will be passed on.
The costs of the Lares trek, including entrance fee, are $320 per person.
When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip.
Travel documents needed
Peru tourist visa needed – NO
Health Issues & Insurance
- vaccinations against DTP, hepatitis A and yellow fever
- malaria tablets for the stay in the jungle
The hygienic circumstances can sometimes leave something to be desired. It is useful to take a medicine against intestinal disorders. Be aware that only a stopping agent does not really correct the symptoms. A salt solution (as ORS) against dehydration certainly comes in handy. We also advise you to take a small medical kit with ao aspirin and medicines for intestinal disorders. The tour guide is also in possession of a medical kit containing sterile medical equipment.
The route is so mapped out that you can slowly get used to the altitude, but you can still suffer from the thin air. After a day adjusting to the altitude in Arequipa you can go up to the Colca Cañon, where you go on a pass of 4900 meters. The lower oxygen content in the air can sometimes cause headaches, nausea, dizziness or shortness of breath. Take it slowly on the first days at high altitude. It is also important not to eat heavy meals and to drink plenty of water, making the oxygen easier to absorb. Discuss your travel plans with the GP. Certainly travelers with heart and / or lung diseases and persons who are over sixty are, in any case, advised to consult with the general practitioner.
Also do not forget that you are in desert areas for a few days: drink a lot, lubricate yourself and take a hat to protect your head from the sun.
Check for the Center for Disease Control – Travelers information for recommendations. Keep in mind that they may recommend an inoculation or medication such as malaria pills, which may be necessary for one specific part of a country but not another, or for a particular season. Shots are expensive. Make sure to get only what is needed. We recommend asking your doctor for a prescription to combat a more serious intestinal disorder.
When you book a trip we will provide you with information regarding the usual recommendations for the region we will visit. You will be responsible to check with your travel clinic or physician to review your plans and to find out the most up-to-date recommendations and needs for your particular situation. Plan to get your inoculations four to six weeks in advance of your trip. Some offices may need to preorder the medicines so call in advance.It is wise to pay careful attention to what you eat. Also, we recommend you bring medicines such as pain-killer and for remedy for intestinal disorders (such as IMMODIUM). Bring a small first aid kit. Tweezers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, insect repellent , salt rehydration tablets. The tour leader will have a first aid kit.
Climate and altitude changes can sometimes cause illness. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Bottled water is readily available. Excessive alcohol intake contributes to dehydration and makes you more vulnerable to illness. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and enough food and drink during the trip.
Insurance - For piece of mind, we recommend that you procure travel insurance. In the event of an illness or injury, an emergency evacuation can be incredibly expensive and you would want access to the best possible facility. Also, lost baggage or missed flights can mean added expenses, Even events at home may prevent you from taking a trip, such as a lost job or ailing family member. It is important to get travel insurance immediately after booking. Most companies have a brief window (within 10 days of booking) for coverage for a preexisting condition. You will be asked to provide us with travel insurance contact information before your departure.
You are free to choose your own provider. Over the years, we have recommended TRAVELEX. They offer a variety of plans and most importantly, they are responsive. Should you choose to go with TRAVELEX, you will contact them directly and the cost of your coverage will depend on the plan you choose. The cost will be based over the total cost of your trip and flights, and the amount is also subject to your age. Ask about the TRAVEL PLUS plan and the more economical TRAVEL LITE plan.
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Minimum group size: 10
Maximum group size: 20
Djoser travelers are active, enthusiastic travelers of all ages. Join an international group with most travelers coming from the Netherlands and Belgium You will find couple and singles on our trips. Feel free to call us if you wish to know the demographic make-up of a particular trips (number of singles and age range).
What to expect when traveling with an international group - Djoser, Inc. (the United States office) has been a Peru tour operator for over 10 years. Djoser, B.V. (the Netherlands office) has been a Bolivia and Peru tour operator for over 25 years. So together we bring vast experience. Most of our trips are arranged in cooperation with Djoser, B.V. in the Netherlands. Because they cater to the voracious travel appetites of the Dutch, we can offer a vast number of programs around the world with hard-to-find itineraries, with numerous departure dates.
On our Peru group tour, you will travel with an international group, with most participants from Holland and Belgium. The international make-up of our groups is the attraction for many regular Djoser travelers and adds another cultural element to the trip. You will find that almost all of your fellow travelers have an excellent command of English. An invite for a coffee or beer is a great way to break the ice and one on one is an easier setting for travel mates to brush off rusty English skills!
We attract travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities. No matter their age, Djoser travelers expect, and are up to lots of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever comes our way.
The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. You will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel where you will begin the land program with the group.
Tour Leaders & Support Staff
Our trips are guided by an experienced Dutch guide who speaks Dutch and English. He or she will be responsible for the organizational and technical aspects of the trip. He/she coordinates with the driver, hotels, and other vendors along the way. The tour leader has extensive travel experience and expertise as well as a comprehensive training.
Our experienced land representatives are situated in the destination country you will visit. We work closely with them and they function as the liaison between our office, the guide, drivers and hotels. They are also available in the case of an emergency and their number will be provided on your emergency contact list.
Climate & Geography
Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region: Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at http://worldweather.wmo.int/en/home.html
In Peru, the climate is quite varied by region. But despite its location near the equator the average temperature is generally lower than one would expect. Lake Titicaca is located at approximately 12,000 feet . Again, the temperature drops at night often below freezing.
The rainy season in Peru runs from December to March. In summer there are is often fog and clouds.However, the rainy season is not necessarily an obstacle to travel; nature is precisely at its best and the temperatures are much more pleasant. In the winter months (our summer) it freezes at night, but during the day it is usually sunny and very bright. The temperature rises in the winter months during the day to about 53 F to 64F and the radiant heat from the sun at noon in the sun as enjoyable. Once the sun is low, especially in the morning and afternoon, the temperature drops and warm clothing is necessary. Also the hotel can be cold at night as they are not always heated.
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