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Ausangate, Rainbow Mountain & Machu Picchu
Ausangate, Rainbow Mountain & Machu Picchu
Ausangate, Rainbow Mountain & Machu Picchu
Ausangate, Rainbow Mountain & Machu Picchu
Ausangate, Rainbow Mountain & Machu Picchu
Ausangate, Rainbow Mountain & Machu Picchu
Ausangate, Rainbow Mountain & Machu Picchu
Ausangate, Rainbow Mountain & Machu Picchu

Ausangate, Rainbow Mountain & Machu Picchu

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Duration10 Days / 9 Nights
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$1,648Per person twin share.
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This price is based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room. If you have more people in your group, we can give you an even better offer!

Walking levelModerate - Demanding
Max AltitudeNot specified
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Trip Overview

The Ausangate trek is considered one of the most challenging treks to Machu Picchu, in large part due to the high altitude along the route. But if you’re up for the challenge, the Ausangate trek is one of the most naturally beautiful treks in Peru, passing through unspoiled landscapes of snow-capped mountains, glaciers and crystalline lakes.   

The trek takes its name from The Apu Ausangate, Apus meaning “Sacred Mountain, in the native language of Quechua. A huge glacier with various peaks, the highest measuring 6,384 m (20,945 ft). Ausangate was an important mountain in Inca mythology and even today, is still considered a deity. The trek circles around the flanks of this spectacular mountain, through pristine landscapes where the only signs of human activity are tiny hamlets and high mountain trails used by the local llama and alpaca herding communities. This trail is also far less traveled by other trekkers, making it ideal for people who really want to get away from it all get off the beaten path and explore a remote yet stunning part of Peru. Why don’t you try off season? March, April, September and October are particularly good months, either side of high season, the weather is still decent and there are fewer people! 

Our Ausangate trek ends with a day exploring Machu Picchu. It also includes the spectacular “Vinicunca”, the Rainbow Mountain! Experience all of this on the Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain tour!

Day by day schedule

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco

Cusco
Cusco
Cusco
Cusco

Arrival to Cusco with a transfer to your hotel; a welcome meeting will be organized by your guide for a quick briefing of the tour. The rest of the day can be spent exploring Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, set in the Andes Mountains. Discover Spanish churches and mansions that sit alongside Inca remains, visit the local market of San Pedro and their array of products from handicrafts to vegetable products, fresh juices and items for traditional Andean ceremonies. ...

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    Day 2: Cusco Open Day

    Cusco Open Day
    Cusco Open Day
    Cusco Open Day
    Cusco Open Day
    Cusco Open Day
    Cusco Open Day

    After breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore Cusco at your ease. The capital city of the Inca Empire is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as well as the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city. You may visit the local archaeological sites of Saqsaywaman, Tambomachay and Qenqo or you can take part in a Peruvian cooking class or chocolate making class, depending on how you want to spend your free day. We can help arrange and suggest all activities a...

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      Day 3: Cusco to Ausangate

      Cusco to Ausangate
      Cusco to Ausangate
      Cusco to Ausangate
      Cusco to Ausangate
      Cusco to Ausangate

      Our adventure begins when we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at around 4:30 a.m. We then have a 3.5-hour drive through spectacular scenery, stopping occasionally to enjoy the views, before eventually arriving at the village of Upis. Upis sits at 4,350 m (14,272 ft) above sea level, and this is where we find the trailhead for our Ausangate trek. Here we will meet our local muleteers and horses, have a hearty breakfast and prepare to set off on our great adventure.  

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        Day 4: Our Ausangate Adventure Continues

        Our Ausangate Adventure Continues
        Our Ausangate Adventure Continues
        Our Ausangate Adventure Continues
        Our Ausangate Adventure Continues
        Our Ausangate Adventure Continues

        Waking up to watch the beautiful sunrise, we’ll first have a tasty breakfast before starting our second day of trekking. We begin on a trail with a series of ups and downs, passing some of the prettiest scenery yet. Here, blue and turquoise lagoons are dotted all around the foot of the Ausangate Massif, creating a magical landscape that wouldn’t look out of place in a Lord of the Rings movie.  

        After hiking for about 1.5 hours, we will start ascending a s...

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          Day 5: Rainbow Mountain to Ausangate Qocha

          Rainbow Mountain to Ausangate Qocha
          Rainbow Mountain to Ausangate Qocha
          Rainbow Mountain to Ausangate Qocha
          Rainbow Mountain to Ausangate Qocha
          Rainbow Mountain to Ausangate Qocha

          Today we visit the beautiful Vinicunca, also known as the Montaña de Siete Colores or Rainbow Mountain. After an early breakfast, we’ll hike for about 1.5 hours until we reach the famous Rainbow Mountain, at about 5,050 m. Our early start means we’ll beat the large crowds that visit the mountain, and we should have it all to ourselves for about 45 minutes -- enough time to enjoy the splendid colours of the striped landscape, the result of varied mineralogical compos...

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            Day 6: Ausangate Qocha to Jhampapampa

            Ausangate Qocha to Jhampapampa
            Ausangate Qocha to Jhampapampa
            Ausangate Qocha to Jhampapampa
            Ausangate Qocha to Jhampapampa

            Today is the shortest day of trekking so far in terms of distance covered, but we will be trekking up to the highest point on our Ausangate adventure. After breakfast, we’ll begin trekking up to the Palomani mountain pass, which sits at 5,130 m (16,831 ft) above sea level – the highest pass on the whole trail. It’s a challenging hike, especially at this altitude, but we’ll take it slowly and you can stop for a breather whenever you want.  

            The...

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              Day 7: Jhampapampa to Ninaparayoq

              Jhampapampa to Ninaparayoq
              Jhampapampa to Ninaparayoq
              Jhampapampa to Ninaparayoq
              Jhampapampa to Ninaparayoq
              Jhampapampa to Ninaparayoq

              After another great breakfast cooked by our chef, we will walk gradually up to the last mountain pass of our trek, the Jhampa pass, at 5,060 m (16,601 ft). From here we have amazing views of glaciated peaks right in front of us.  

              We’ll now start trekking gradually downhill for two hours, passing by more pretty lakes and keeping an eye out for alpacas and chinchillas. Eventually we’ll reach our last campsite at Ninaparayoq (4,700 m). Upon our arrival, we ...

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                Day 8: Ninaparayoq to Pacchanta and on to Aguas Calientes

                Ninaparayoq to Pacchanta and on to Aguas Calientes
                Ninaparayoq to Pacchanta and on to Aguas Calientes
                Ninaparayoq to Pacchanta and on to Aguas Calientes
                Ninaparayoq to Pacchanta and on to Aguas Calientes
                Ninaparayoq to Pacchanta and on to Aguas Calientes
                Ninaparayoq to Pacchanta and on to Aguas Calientes

                Our morning begins with a hot cup of coca tea and another excellent breakfast, after which we set off on a 2.5-hour downhill hike to the town of Pacchanta, where the trail ends. Here we can soothe our muscles in the local hot springs and have lunch, thinking back on our epic trekking adventure through the mountains. We’ll also say goodbye to our local muleteers, chef and other trekking staff.   

                We now return to our private transport for the four-hour drive to ...

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                  Day 9: Machu Picchu in all its Glory (and Return to Cusco)

                  Machu Picchu in all its Glory
                  Machu Picchu in all its Glory
                  Machu Picchu in all its Glory
                  Machu Picchu in all its Glory

                  To best appreciated Machu Picchu, we’ll wake up early in the morning on Day 7 so we can get to the Inca citadel in good time. You’ll have time for breakfast in Aguas Calientes first, and then your guide will pick you up from the hotel at around 5:40 a.m. We’ll then walk to the bus departure point for the short but zigzagging ascent up the road to Machu Picchu.  

                  We’ll then pass through the gates into the Machu Picchu archaeological site. Here ...

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                    Day 10: Cusco Airport

                    After breakfast enjoy your last day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your return flight home via Lima.

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                      What's included

                      • Transportation from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. 
                      • Your briefing at your hotel the day before beginning Trekking Peru. 
                      • Private transportation from Cusco to Upis. 
                      • Local professional guide who specializes, and who speaks English. 
                      • An assistant guide for groups of more than 7 people. 
                      • A chef trained for cooking on trekking routes. 
                      • Complete set of kitchen equipment and utensils. 
                      • Snacks appropriate for all hours and hot and cold beverages. 
                      • Dining room equipment which includes tables, chairs, and a dining tent. 
                      • Purified water during the trek, (excluding the first 4 hours of the hike). 
                      • One tent for every 2 people. (If you would like your own personal tent for sleeping, there would be an additional charge). 
                      • Pack horses that will carry the camping equipment, the cooking equipment and the food. 
                      • Another packhorse to carry your personal gear that weighs up to 7 kilos. 
                      • Boiled water provided by your chef to refill your water bottles. 
                      • Entrance ticket into for the Salkantay Trekking Route & Inca Trail. 
                      • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes & Aguas Calientes to Poroy.  
                      • First aid kit 
                      • Transportation from Poroy train station to your hotel in Cusco 
                      • 24/7 support and emergency line available throughout the itinerary. 
                      • Four nights at the 4-star Jose Antonio Hotel in Cusco. 
                      • One night at the 4-star Hatun Inti Boutique in Aguas Calientes. 
                      • Entrance ticket into Machu Picchu and for the Ausangate Trek. 
                      • First aid kit and oxygen bottles for emergency. 

                      What's not included

                      • Evacuation: in the event of a serious medical injury, we will coordinate with your travel insurance company to arrange evacuation. 
                      • Meals and drinks other than those mentioned in the itinerary (Please let us know if you would like any extra meals included.). 
                      • Tips and gratuities. 
                      • Optional excursions. 
                      • Items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and telephone calls. 
                      • Travel insurance. 
                      • Personal equipment such as trekking equipment. 
                      • Damages caused by the client to the bus or to the camping equipment. 
                      • Camping equipment such as sleeping bag or walking stick 
                      • Tips to our team members for the trek (TIPS). 

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                      + The Top Kid Friendly Activities in Peru

                       

                      The Top Kid Friendly Activities in Peru:

                      Peru offers a wide range of kid-friendly activities that can make your family trip both fun and educational. Here are some top options:

                      • Machu Picchu: While the hike itself might not be suitable for very young kids, a visit to Machu Picchu is a great way to introduce children to history and culture. They'll be amazed by the ancient ruins and stunning scenery. 
                      • Cusco: The city of Cusco is filled with history and culture. Visit the Plaza de Armas, explore Inca ruins, and enjoy the local markets. Kids can learn about Inca history and see the fusion of Inca and Spanish architecture. 
                      • Sacred Valley: Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit Pisac and Ollantaytambo to see more ruins and experience local culture. The wide-open spaces are perfect for kids to run around and explore. 
                      • Nazca Lines: Older kids with an interest in history and mysteries might enjoy a flight over the Nazca Lines. These massive geoglyphs in the desert are a fascinating sight. 
                      • Amazon Rainforest: A family adventure in the Amazon jungle can be incredibly educational and fun. Kids can see unique wildlife, learn about the rainforest ecosystem, and experience boat rides and jungle walks. 
                      • Arequipa: The Santa Catalina Monastery in Arequipa is like a mini city within the city. Kids can explore its narrow streets, colorful buildings, and historical rooms. 
                      • Ballestas Islands: Take a boat tour to the Ballestas Islands to see penguins, sea lions, and a variety of bird species. It's like a mini Galapagos experience. 
                      • Beaches: Peru has some beautiful beaches. Mancora, for example, is a family-friendly destination with warm waters and plenty of activities like swimming, surfing, and sandcastle building. 
                      • Local Markets: Visiting local markets can be a cultural experience for kids. They can see traditional Peruvian products, taste local foods, and engage with locals. 
                      • Chocolate Making: Peru is known for its delicious chocolate. Consider taking a chocolate-making workshop where kids can learn about the process and make their own treats. 
                      • Inca Textile Workshops: In Cusco and the Sacred Valley, you can find textile workshops where kids can learn about traditional Inca weaving techniques and even create their own textiles. 
                      • Parque de la Reserva (Magic Water Circuit): In Lima, this park features a series of fountains with colorful lights and music. It's a mesmerizing and entertaining experience for kids of all ages. 
                      • Cusco Planetarium: A visit to the planetarium in Cusco can be an educational and interactive experience for kids, where they can learn about Inca astronomy and the night sky. 
                      • Peruvian Cuisine: Let your children explore Peruvian cuisine. Encourage them to try ceviche, empanadas, and other local dishes. Many Peruvian restaurants are family-friendly. 

                      Remember to adapt your activities to your children's ages and interests to ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience in Peru

                      + Kid-Friendly Hotels and Child Care Options

                       

                      The Best Kid-friendly Hotels and Child care Options in Peru

                      Peru offers many family-friendly hotels and child care options to make your trip enjoyable and stress-free. Here are some recommendations for kid-friendly hotels and child care options in Peru.

                      Kid-Friendly Hotels:

                      • Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu)
                        This eco-friendly resort in the heart of the cloud forest is a great option for families. They offer various child-friendly activities and have spacious rooms and beautiful gardens. 
                      • Belmond Miraflores Park (Lima) 
                        This luxury hotel offers family suites and amenities such as a pool and children's menu at their restaurant. It's conveniently located in the Miraflores district. 
                      • Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu)
                        This hotel offers family-oriented amenities and is located just a short walk from the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. They have a children's program that includes art and cooking classes.
                      • Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Cusco)
                        A beautiful hotel in Cusco, offering family suites and proximity to the city's historic attractions. 
                      • Explora Valle Sagrado (Sacred Valley) 
                        This all-inclusive resort offers family-friendly activities and excursions in the Sacred Valley, allowing kids to explore the region.

                       

                      Child Care and Babysitting Services: 

                      • Ask the Hotel:
                        Many hotels can arrange for babysitting services. Inquire with your hotel about their childcare offerings. They often have trusted local caregivers. 
                      • Local Babysitting Agencies:
                        In major cities like Lima and Cusco, you can find babysitting agencies that can provide reliable child care services. Examples include "Nanas y Amas de Casa" or "Bebeviajes." 
                      • Check Reviews:
                        Before choosing a babysitter or childcare service, read reviews and ask for recommendations from other travelers. Safety should be a top priority. 
                      • Online Services:
                        You can use online platforms like Babysits or Care.com to find local caregivers. Ensure you thoroughly vet and check references when hiring independently.

                       

                      Remember that it's essential to take necessary precautions and thoroughly vet any child care providers. Ensure that they are experienced, trustworthy, and capable of communicating in a language you are comfortable with. 

                      Additionally, when traveling with children in Peru, consider exploring family-friendly attractions like the Larco Museum in Lima, visiting the Pisac Market in the Sacred Valley, or taking a boat trip on Lake Titicaca. These destinations offer fun and educational experiences for kids.

                       

                      + The Best Family Restaurants in Peru

                       

                      The best Family Restaurants in Peru

                      Peru offers a rich culinary tradition, and there are many family-friendly restaurants where you can enjoy delicious Peruvian cuisine. Here are some of the best family restaurants in Peru: 

                      • Panchita (Lima): Panchita is a popular family restaurant in Lima, known for its delicious Peruvian dishes, particularly grilled meats, and traditional side dishes. The atmosphere is welcoming, making it a great choice for families. 
                      • La Lucha Sangucheria (Lima): La Lucha is famous for its mouthwatering sandwiches, including the classic Peruvian sandwich, "Butifarra." The casual and friendly ambiance is suitable for families with kids. 
                      • Canta Rana (Lima): Located in the Barranco district, Canta Rana is a beachside restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere. They serve a variety of seafood dishes and have a kids' menu, making it a great choice for families. 
                      • Pardo's Chicken (Various Locations): Pardo's Chicken is a Peruvian chain known for its delicious rotisserie chicken and a wide range of side dishes. It's a family-friendly spot with options for children. 
                      • Tanta (Various Locations): Tanta is a popular chain of Peruvian restaurants owned by renowned chef Gastón Acurio. They offer a diverse menu with a mix of traditional and fusion dishes, making it a great choice for families seeking variety. 
                      • El Mercado (Lima): El Mercado is a trendy but family-friendly restaurant in Lima, serving a mix of traditional and contemporary Peruvian cuisine. They offer a welcoming environment and a kids' menu. 
                      • Papachos (Lima and Cusco): Papachos is a burger joint in Lima owned by celebrity chef Gastón Acurio. It's a great place for families looking for a taste of Peruvian-inspired burgers and casual dining. 
                      • Jack's Café (Cusco): Jack's Café is a popular breakfast and brunch spot in Cusco. It's a cozy and family-friendly place, known for its delicious breakfast items, sandwiches, and smoothies. 
                      • Sumaqcha (Cusco): Sumaqcha is a restaurant located near the San Pedro Market in Cusco. It serves authentic Peruvian food in a friendly, local atmosphere, making it a great option for families looking for an immersive experience. 
                      • Cucharitas (Cusco): Cucharitas is an ice cream specialty restaurant with an excellent selection of dishes for parents and children .....the perfect family option!.

                       

                      Food and Cuisine
                      + Must-Try Traditional Dishes in Peru

                       

                      The Top Traditional Dishes to try in Peru

                      Peruvian food is a cuisine of contrast, robust yet delicate, acidic with sweet or starchy and hot and cold on the same plate. Traditional Peruvian food relies on different herbs and spices, producing bold flavors, ranging from the crisp and refreshing to the deep and hearty, combining opposites in a blend of culinary genius. While many people visit Peru to experience Machu Picchu and unparalleled trekking, Peru’s true treasure is its rich culinary heritage. Rich ingredients from the coast, the Andes and The Amazon combine with culinary techniques from Africa, Europe, and East Asia come together to produce unique taste sensations, giving Peru the title of the culinary capital of South America. Peru’s gastronomic boom began, reinventing dishes that had a long tradition in the kitchens of Peruvian families. Here is a list of top traditional Peruvian dishes to sample on your visit to Peru.

                       

                      • Ceviche.- Let’s begin with the national dish of the country. Ceviche can be described as addictive and there are not many Peruvians who don’t class this Peruvian dish as one of their favorites. Other South American countries have their own versions of the dish, but this marinated fish or seafood, served cold, includes the catch of the day, marinated for a few minutes in lime juice, onion, salt, and hot chilies (aji) in Peruvian cuisine. Preparing a ceviche is an art that Peruvians like to experiment with to make other dishes like quinoa ceviche and even a mango ceviche for vegetarians!.
                      • Lomo Saltado.- There’s nothing more Peruvian than lomo saltado. As a country that is home to diverse cultures, the birth of this dish could only have been possible because of cultural influences in the kitchen. Lomo Saltado is originally a Chinese dish brought by Chinese immigrants. Combine sliced steak, marinated in soy sauce, red onions, french fries, ají amarillo or chili and you have the basic recipe, then serve with rice. Coming in second only to ceviche in popularity, lomo saltado is a mix of Chinese stir-fry and classic Peruvian cuisine. Originating from the coastal region of Peru, this world -famous dish is on most menus throughout the country these days and is a must -try on your Peruvian vacation.
                      • Aji de Gallina.- There are different stories about the origins of the deliciously creamy Aji de Gallina. Historians say that when Peru was taken over by the Spanish, a dish that came from Europe made with chicken breast and Arab seasonings, became the first version of Aji de Gallina. Another theory claims that poor citizens collected the hen bones that were thrown away by the rich and took the remains to their houses where they added chili and bread to make a bigger meal. Aji de Gallina today is generally made with strips of chicken, bread, potatoes, olives and eggs, and is one of the most unique dishes on your Peru vacation. 
                      • Pachamanca.- Pachamanca originates from the Andean region and the cooking is done underground, somewhat like an underground barbecue! The word “pachamanca” is broken down into two: “pacha” meaning earth, and “manca” meaning pot. This impressive dish has been served at important ceremonies since pre-Columbian times. It is cooked with hot stones that cover the meat and vegetables, along with potatoes and other spices used according to the region, then covered with earth to do its thing! 
                      • Cuy (Guinea Pig).-Guinea pig or “Cuy “in Spanish is the second most popular meat source in the Andes, with alpaca being the first. The thoughts of eating a rodent or a pet may seem an unfavorable idea for many, however a melt-in-your-mouth tender dark meat, infused with the taste of wood smoke, all beneath a crispy golden skin. Just imagine you’re eating a single-serving roast suckling pig or roast chicken and enjoy this tasty, low calory nutricious dish as the Incas once did. 
                      • Arroz con Pollo /Pato.- On the surface, this appears to be a simple Spanish Creole recipe. In Peru, however, this is a signature dish with many regional variations. Typically, the rice is combined with cilantro paste, herbs, and dark beer to lend it a hearty, earthier flavor. Topped with a leg or thigh of roast duck or chicken, this dish is served up all over Peru both at home or in restaurants. 
                      • Juane.- This traditional Amazonian dish is a must-try if you are heading into the jungle region of Peru. It consists of rice, chicken, eggs and olives all wrapped in macaw flower leaves. In some parts of the Amazon, you can find Juane with yuca root, “paiche” (the biggest fish in the Amazon), and fried plantains and if you are heading to a jungle lodge, is often served on the boats for lunch, due to its organic, takeaway style, packaging. 
                      • Choritos a la Chalaca.- Along the coast of Peru, Choritos a la Chalaca make the best appetizers on any summer day. Originating from the port of Callao, this dish consists of mussels filled with onions, tomatoes, and corn kernels, while the fish marinates with the lime juice, just like a ceviche does. You do not even need a fork to eat Choritos a la Chalaca. Just eat it directly from the shell! 
                      • Pollo a La Brasa .- Named the unofficial national dish of Peru, this spit roast chicken is Peruvian soul food. Chefs marinate a whole chicken in a potent combination of garlic, herbs and spices, then spit roast it over hardwood to give it its heavenly crisped skin and exotically earthy flavor. Whatever time you arrive to a destination in Peru, you can guarantee that the local “polleria” will be open to sample this delicious dish.

                       

                      + Options for Vegetarian and Vegan Travelers

                       

                      Vegetarian Food In Peru.-

                      Peruvian cuisine is celebrated worldwide for its diverse flavors and unique blend of culinary traditions. While the country is famous for its seafood and meat dishes, Peru also offers a delightful array of vegetarian options for those who prefer plant-based fare. From the highlands of the Andes to the coastal regions, there's a rich tapestry of vegetarian dishes waiting to be discovered in Peru. In this article, we'll delve into the world of vegetarian food in Peru and explore some of the must-try dishes. 

                       

                      • Quinoa- The Andean Superfood.- Peru is one of the largest producers of quinoa in the world, and this protein-rich grain is a staple of Andean cuisine. Vegetarians will find an abundance of quinoa-based dishes, such as quinoa salads, soups, and quinoa-stuffed vegetables. Try "Quinotto," a Peruvian take on risotto made with quinoa, cheese, and various vegetables. Quinoa provides a hearty and nutritious foundation for many vegetarian meals in Peru
                      • Papas a la Huancaína.- Papas a la Huancaína is a beloved Peruvian appetizer. It features sliced boiled potatoes covered in a rich and creamy sauce made from queso fresco, aji amarillo (yellow chili pepper), and other secret ingredients. It's a spicy and satisfying dish that's a must-try for vegetarians. 
                      • Causa Limeña.- Causa Limeña is a visually stunning dish that layers mashed yellow potatoes with a zesty filling of avocado, lime, and sometimes, vegetables like asparagus or carrots. These layers are often garnished with hard-boiled eggs, olives, and aji amarillo sauce. The combination of textures and flavors in Causa Limeña is a true Peruvian delight. 
                      • Aji de Gallina without the gallina!.- While Aji de Gallina is traditionally made with shredded chicken, a vegetarian version is easy to find. This dish features a creamy sauce made from aji amarillo, bread, and nuts, served over sliced boiled potatoes. It's comfort food with a delightful kick of spice. 
                      • Rocoto Relleno.- Rocoto relleno is a Peruvian pepper dish that can be made vegetarian. The rocoto pepper is stuffed with a mix of vegetables, cheese, and occasionally, nuts. It's often served with a side of potatoes or rice and offers a flavorful and spicy experience for adventurous vegetarians. 
                      • Lucuma Peru's Unique Superfruit.- For those with a sweet tooth, don't miss out on trying Lucuma, a unique Peruvian superfruit. It's often used in desserts, such as ice creams, custards, and pies, providing a distinct caramel-like flavor that's truly one-of-a-kind. 
                      • Vegetable Stir-Fries and Ceviche.- In coastal regions like Lima, you'll also find a variety of vegetarian-friendly options. Many restaurants offer vegetable stir-fries and ceviche made with fresh mushrooms or vegetables, providing a unique twist on traditional seafood dishes. 

                       

                      Our Veggie Restaurant Recommendations:

                      Cusco:

                      • Green Point - Cusco:
                        Location: Carmen Bajo, San Blas, Cusco.
                        Green Point is a beloved vegetarian restaurant located in the heart of Cusco. This cozy, eco-friendly eatery offers a diverse menu with a focus on organic and locally sourced ingredients. Diners can choose from an array of vegetarian and vegan options, including tasty burgers, hearty quinoa bowls, and Andean-inspired dishes. The restaurant's sustainability practices and welcoming ambiance make it a must-visit for vegetarians in Cusco
                      • Organika - Cusco.-
                        Location: Calle Tandapata 294, Cusco.
                        Organika is a tranquil haven in the historic district of Cusco. The restaurant's commitment to organic and sustainable dining is reflected in its diverse vegetarian and vegan menu. Patrons can savor dishes like the delectable pumpkin soup, Andean-style stuffed peppers, and innovative quinoa salads. The serene setting and the use of Andean superfoods in their recipes make Organika a standout choice for health-conscious diners. 
                      • El Jardín de Jazmín - Cusco.-
                        Location: Plazoleta Nazarenas 182, Cusco
                        Our next stop is Cusco, where we find El Jardín de Jazmín, a vegetarian restaurant that beautifully blends traditional Peruvian cuisine with a vegetarian twist. The menu boasts Andean delights such as Locro de Zapallo and Vegetarian Anticuchos, served in a charming garden setting. El Jardín de Jazmín captures the essence of Andean culture and flavors, making it a must-visit in Cusco.
                      • Qura - Cusco.-
                        Location: Carmen Bajo 257, Cusco.
                        Qura is an upscale vegetarian and vegan restaurant that brings gourmet dining to the heart of Cusco. The menu combines international and Peruvian flavors to create beautifully presented dishes, such as beetroot risotto and quinoa-stuffed avocados. The restaurant's stylish decor and welcoming atmosphere make it a fantastic choice for a special evening of vegetarian indulgence. 
                      • Sonccollay - Cusco.-
                        Location: Calle Marques 252, Cusco.
                        Sonccollay, a vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Cusco, offers a diverse selection of dishes, including flavorful soups, hearty salads, and creative wraps. The restaurant's dedication to promoting plant-based cuisine and environmentally friendly practices aligns perfectly with the ethos of many vegetarian diners.

                       

                      Lima:

                      • Santo Remedio - Lima.- 
                        Location: Jirón Colina 110, Barranco, Lima.
                        Santo Remedio is a vegetarian restaurant in the artistic district of Barranco in Lima. Known for its warm and welcoming atmosphere, it serves a diverse array of vegetarian and vegan dishes, from veggie stir-fries to gourmet salads. Santo Remedio is a testament to the evolving vegetarian scene in Lima, offering creative and flavorful options for all diners. 
                      • La Bodega Verde - Lima.-
                        Location: Av. Mariscal La Mar 737, Miraflores, Lima.
                        Just a short stroll away from the coastline, La Bodega Verde is a gem nestled in the heart of Miraflores. The restaurant offers a tranquil ambiance, complete with lush greenery and cozy seating. Their diverse menu includes scrumptious vegetarian and vegan options, including savory stuffed empanadas, colorful Buddha bowls, and a variety of fresh smoothies. Don't miss their delectable vegan desserts!.
                      • El AlmaZen Verde - Lima.-
                        Location: Av. Paseo de la República 245, Lima 
                        Our journey begins in the capital city, Lima, with El AlmaZen Verde. This delightful vegetarian restaurant prides itself on using locally sourced, organic ingredients. The menu is a testament to Peru's agricultural diversity and offers a wide array of vegetarian and vegan dishes. From hearty quinoa salads to creative veggie-packed sandwiches, El AlmaZen Verde is a haven for health-conscious diners. 

                      Peru's vegetarian culinary landscape is diverse and rich, offering a wide range of flavorful dishes that cater to those who prefer plant-based eating. From the ancient grains of the Andes to the spicy coastal delights, there's something for every vegetarian palate to savor in this gastronomic paradise. So, if you're planning a trip to Peru or just looking to explore new flavors, don't miss the opportunity to experience the vibrant world of vegetarian food in Peru. It's a journey your taste buds won't soon forget. 

                       

                      + Culinary Workshops and Pisco Sour-Making Classes

                       

                      Peruvian Cooking Classes and Pisco making Classes.- 

                      Peru is known for its rich culinary heritage and diverse cuisine, which includes dishes like ceviche, lomo saltado, and anticuchos. If you're looking to learn more about Peruvian cooking and enhance your culinary skills, you might consider taking cooking classes in Peru. Here are some of the best cooking classes and culinary schools in the country. 

                       

                      • Lima Gourmet.-
                        Lima, the capital of Peru, is a great place to explore Peruvian cuisine. Lima Gourmet offers various cooking classes, including ceviche and Pisco sour workshops. They also provide market tours to help you understand the ingredients used in Peruvian dishes. 
                      • Rooftop Kitchen.-
                        Located in Cusco, Rooftop Kitchen offers classes that focus on traditional Peruvian dishes and the use of native ingredients. You'll have the opportunity to learn from experienced chefs and enjoy the stunning views of Cusco while cooking. 
                      • Casa de Avila.-
                        This cooking school in Arequipa offers classes on Peruvian and Arequipeño cuisine. You can learn to make traditional dishes like rocoto relleno and ocopa, as well as desserts like queso helado. 
                      • Peruvian Cooking Experience (Cusco).-
                        This school provides a comprehensive cooking experience in Cusco, allowing you to prepare a full meal from appetizers to dessert. You'll get hands-on experience with Peruvian ingredients and cooking techniques. 
                      • Cusco Culinary.-
                        This cooking school in Cusco offers a variety of classes, including traditional Peruvian cuisine, chocolate making, and mixology. You can choose the class that best suits your interests. 
                      • Peruvian Cooking Classes in the Sacred Valley.-
                        If you're staying in the Sacred Valley near Cusco, consider taking a cooking class there. You'll get to use fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and learn about traditional Andean and Peruvian cooking. 
                      • Peruvian Cooking Classes Online.-
                        In addition to in-person classes, you can also find online cooking classes and workshops that teach you how to prepare Peruvian dishes from the comfort of your own kitchen. Check websites like Airbnb Experiences or platforms that offer virtual cooking classes. 
                      • Pisco Sour making Classes.-
                        Cusco is a great place to learn how to make a traditional Peruvian cocktail, the Pisco Sour. Many cooking schools and bars in Cusco offer Pisco Sour making classes so you can learn how to make Peru´s world-famous cocktail! 

                      When choosing a cooking class in Peru, consider the location, the dishes you want to learn, the duration of the class, and your budget. Make sure to read reviews and book in advance, especially during the high tourist season. These classes are not only an opportunity to learn about Peruvian cuisine but also a fun and memorable cultural experience. 

                       

                      Health and Well-being
                      + Necessary Vaccinations for Traveling to Peru

                       

                      Essential Vaccinations for Travel to Peru

                      Planning a trip to Peru is an exciting adventure, as this South American country offers breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural experiences, and the opportunity to explore ancient Incan ruins. However, before embarking on your journey to this diverse and beautiful destination, it is crucial to ensure your health and safety. One of the most important steps in preparing for your trip to Peru is to get the recommended vaccinations. Peru, like many other international destinations, presents unique health risks that travelers should be aware of. Let’s explore the essential vaccinations for travel to Peru to help you stay healthy and enjoy your trip to the fullest. 

                       

                      Routine Vaccinations.-
                      Before considering specific vaccinations for your vacation to Peru, it's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up to date. These typically include: 

                      1. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine 
                      2. Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP) vaccine 
                      3. Polio vaccine 
                      4. Influenza vaccine 
                      5. Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
                      • Hepatitis A.-
                        Hepatitis A is a viral infection that can be contracted through contaminated food and water. Given the possibility of consuming street food and unfamiliar water sources in Peru, getting the Hepatitis A vaccine is highly recommended for your trip to Peru. It is a two-dose series, with the second dose administered 6 to 12 months after the first. 
                      • Typhoid.- 
                        Typhoid is another waterborne disease that is common in Peru. Travelers should consider getting the typhoid vaccine, which can be administered orally or as an injection. The oral vaccine offers more extended protection but requires planning as it needs to be taken one to two weeks before your trip to Peru
                      • Yellow Fever.-
                        Yellow fever is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes in certain regions of Peru, primarily in the Amazon rainforest. If you plan to visit areas at risk, such as Iquitos or Manu National Park, a yellow fever vaccination is mandatory. Be sure to carry your International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) as proof, as some regions may ask for it at the point of entry. 
                      • Hepatitis B.-
                        Hepatitis B is a viral infection primarily transmitted through contact with infected blood and bodily fluids. It is recommended for travelers to Peru who may engage in activities that can lead to contact with blood or who plan on extended stays in Peru. This vaccine is administered in a three-dose series. 
                      • Rabies.-
                        Rabies is present in Peru, particularly in rural and jungle areas. While vaccination is not mandatory, it may be advisable if you plan on extended stays or if your trip to Peru involves activities that bring you in close contact with wildlife. Rabies is a series of three shots over a month. 
                      • Malaria Prophylaxis.-
                        Malaria is prevalent in some parts of Peru, particularly in the Amazon rainforest. Travelers should consult with a healthcare professional to determine if malaria prophylaxis is necessary for their specific itinerary. Taking antimalarial medication, such as chloroquine, Malarone, or doxycycline, may be recommended. 
                      • Tetanus and Other Infections.-
                        Travelers should ensure they are up to date on their tetanus vaccine, especially if engaging in outdoor activities. Depending on your travel plans and activities, you may also consider vaccines for diseases like meningitis or rabies. 

                       

                      Traveling to Peru is a rewarding experience, but it's essential to prioritize your health and safety. By getting the recommended vaccinations and consulting with a healthcare professional before your Peru trip, you can minimize the risk of contracting preventable diseases and ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. Remember that vaccination requirements and recommendations may change, so always stay updated on the latest information from health authorities and consult with a travel medicine specialist for personalized advice on your specific itinerary. With the right precautions, you can explore Peru's wonders with peace of mind. 

                      + How to keep fit and healthy during your trip to Peru

                       

                      How to keep fit and healthy during your trip to Peru.-

                      Traveling to any destination anywhere in the world can be hard both emotionally and physically. Peru and South America are no exception; you need to take care of your health to enjoy your Peruvian vacation. This article contains tips for healthy travel and some advice to stay healthy during your Peru vacation package

                       

                      Before you leave home.-

                      • Visit a medical clinic before you travel, your doctor will be able to give you the injections you need for the locations you wish to visit. Vaccines and medications are one of the best ways to protect yourself while traveling. Vaccines for Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Cholera and Travelers Diarrhea are the most common you will need when traveling to Peru

                      • Pack a good first aid kit, you may think that you do not need this but this is an essential part of any trip. Take the essentials like anti diarrheal medication, antihistamine, anti-motion sickness medication, pain relievers, laxative, antacid, anti-bacterial ointment, hand sanitizer, band aids, cream for sunburn and rehydration salts, if you don’t need it then great, but it is better to have it. 

                      • Travel Insurance, we all know when traveling this is an extra expense that you might not be able to afford, but a basic policy is essential for every trip you take. Should something happen, you can at least rely on your policy to help get you home. Without it, you may be in serious trouble during your trip to Peru

                      • Build up your fitness level with aerobic training, or cardiovascular training. This refers to activities that use oxygen to adequately meet the demands of exercise through aerobic metabolism, and should be the focus of your preparation. Swimming, running, and hiking, are all good ways to prepare for your Peru treks

                      • Mental Preparation. Training for Machu Picchu is as much about your physical endurance as it is about your mental stamina. There will be points where the trek is particularly tough, usually on the trails up to high passes. Despite tired legs and sore bodies, you will need to be able to dig deep to push yourself up and over passes. Make sure you have a good attitude before arriving in Cusco. That means preparing yourself mentally for a proper challenge. 

                       

                      During your trip 

                      • Water, anywhere you travel in the world you need to be careful with the drinking water. Normally what most people do is buy bottled water, this is the best idea but make sure that the seal is intact. Taking purification tablets with you is a good idea if you feel that you will not be able to get bottled water, the taste is a little strange but it is better than getting sick. Hot drinks also are the way to go, as you know that the water has been boiled on your vacation to Peru

                      • Eat healthy and in reputable restaurants to avoid illness that could take away valuable travel time on your trip to Peru. Wait until after any multi day treks, to try or experiment with the local cuisine and try all of the delicious dishes on offer in Peru. 

                      • The Altitude. Take it easy when you arrive at altitude and drink plenty of water. Do not take the altitude lightly this can make you feel bad and you do not want to spoil your Peru holiday package. Do nothing more than stroll around for the first few days until you feel your breathing is normal and you are used to the thinner air. After a couple of days do some day hikes around the local archaeological sites or some mountain biking in The Sacred Valley.  

                      • Save the parties and drinking until after any trek you have planned, your body will thank you for it. Alcohol can cause terrible hangovers at altitude and should be avoided, at least while you are acclimatising 😊 

                      • The top-end hotels throughout Peru usually have decent gym and excellent spa facilities to help you keep fit and well during your stay. There are a number of wellness options for those who are looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle during their trip, ask us at Valencia travel for more information on wellness options for the destinations you will be visiting. 

                       

                      Staying for long periods of time in Peru. 

                      • If you plan to stay in Peru for a while, there are plenty of hiking options o help you keep fit.  There are a number of hiking clubs in Cusco for example, where you can keep fit and also enjoy some of the more off the beaten track trekking routes in the company of other trekkers. 
                      • You can also sign up to a local gym of you want to maintain your fitness regime from back home. Explain to a trainer how long you have been traveling  in Peru, or at high altitude, to make sure you are not over exerting yourself, especially in Cusco or other high -altitude cities. 
                      • The top-end hotels throughout Peru usually have decent gym facilities and excellent spa facilities to help you keep fit and well during your stay. 

                       

                      Happy and healthy Travels!

                       

                      + Essential First Aid Tips and Packing Guide for Your Trip to Peru

                       

                      Essential First Aid Tips and Packing Guide for Your Trip to Peru 

                      Planning a trip to Peru is an exciting adventure filled with stunning landscapes, rich cultural experiences, and a chance to explore ancient ruins and vibrant cities. To ensure your vacation to Peru is enjoyable and safe, it's important to be prepared for unexpected situations. This article will provide essential first aid tips and a comprehensive packing guide to help you stay healthy and safe during your trip to Peru

                       

                      First Aid in Peru.-
                      Peru is a diverse and geographically varied country with a range of climates and terrains, from the Amazon rainforest to the Andes Mountains to the coastal desert. Travelers can encounter a variety of health and safety challenges, so being well-prepared with a first aid kit is crucial. Here are some first aid tips to consider for your Peru vacation package

                      Vaccinations and Health Precautions.-
                      Before your trip, consult a travel clinic or your healthcare provider to ensure you are up-to-date on routine vaccinations and to discuss any additional vaccinations or precautions recommended for your visit to Peru

                      Altitude Sickness.-
                      If you plan to visit high-altitude areas of Peru like Cusco or Machu Picchu, be prepared for the potential effects of altitude sickness. Consult your doctor and consider packing medication prescribed for altitude sickness. 

                      Food and Water Safety.-
                      To prevent foodborne illnesses, stick to bottled water and avoid consuming raw or undercooked food. Carry a water purification system or tablets in case you need to purify water. Also pay extra attention to ice in drinks and make sure it is prepared using purified water during your vacation in Peru

                      Insect Protection.-
                      Peru is home to insects that can transmit diseases like malaria and dengue. Pack insect repellent, long-sleeved clothing, and bed nets if you plan to visit jungle areas. 

                      Sun Protection.-
                      Protect yourself from the strong UV rays at high altitudes and in sunny coastal regions. Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat, especially in the heigh elevations of Cusco, Puno and Machu Picchu. 

                      First Aid Kit.-
                      Assemble a comprehensive first aid kit including bandages, antiseptic wipes, adhesive tape, pain relievers, antihistamines, diarrhea medication, and any prescription medications you require. Also, include a basic medical manual for reference. 

                       

                      Essential items to include in your first aid kit for your trip to Peru:

                      • Adhesive Bandages: Assorted sizes to treat minor cuts, scrapes, and blisters. 

                      • Sterile Gauze Pads: Used for wound cleaning and covering. 

                      • Adhesive Tape: To secure bandages and gauze in place. 

                      • Antiseptic Wipes: For cleaning wounds and preventing infection. 

                      • Tweezers: To remove splinters or foreign objects from the skin. 

                      • Scissors: Useful for cutting tape, gauze, or clothing if needed. 

                      • Cotton Balls or Swabs: For cleaning and applying topical medications. 

                      • Pain Relievers: Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. 

                      • Antihistamines: For allergies, insect bites, or allergic reactions. 

                      • Diarrhea Medication: Over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medication. 

                      • Prescription Medications: Any prescription medications you regularly take, along with a copy of your prescription. 

                      • Medical Gloves: Disposable gloves for hygiene and protection. 

                      • Digital Thermometer: To monitor your body temperature. 

                      • CPR Face Shield or Mask: For performing CPR safely. 

                      • Moleskin or Blister Pads: To prevent and treat blisters. 

                      • First Aid Manual: A basic first aid guide for reference. 

                      • Emergency Contact Information: Include emergency phone numbers, personal medical information, and a copy of your travel insurance details.
                         

                      Remember to check the expiration dates on medications and regularly update your first aid kit as needed. Additionally, consider any specific medical needs or allergies when assembling your first aid kit for your Peru vacation package.

                       

                      + How to Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes and Other Hazards

                       

                      How to Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes and Other Hazards

                      Peru is a captivating destination, known for its rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and diverse ecosystems. However, like any foreign country, it presents its own set of challenges and hazards for visitors. Among these challenges, mosquito-borne diseases top the list. To ensure a safe and enjoyable vacation in Peru, it's crucial to take precautions and be informed. Here, we will guide you on how to protect yourself from mosquitoes and other hazards during your Peru vacation package in this beautiful South American country. 

                       

                      • Mosquito-Borne Diseases.-
                      • Peru is home to a variety of mosquito species, some of which can transmit diseases like malaria, dengue fever, and the Zika virus. To safeguard your health, follow the following tips: 
                      • Vaccinations and Medications.-
                        Check with your healthcare provider to determine if vaccinations or medications like anti-malarial drugs are required or recommended for your specific travel plans. 
                      • Insect Repellent.-
                        Use a quality insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Apply it generously to exposed skin and clothing. Reapply as needed, especially during peak mosquito activity at dawn and dusk. 
                      • Cover Up.-
                        Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks to minimize exposed skin. Choose lightweight, breathable fabrics to stay comfortable in the tropical climate. 
                      • Bed Nets.-
                        Use bed nets impregnated with insecticide, especially in areas where mosquito-borne diseases are prevalent such as the Amazon Rainforest

                      Your vacation in Peru promises unforgettable experiences, but it's essential to take precautions to protect yourself from potential hazards. By following these guidelines and being well-informed, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable trip, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of this fascinating country. Enjoy your adventure trip in Peru with peace of mind and a sense of security! 

                       

                      + Can You Drink the Tap Water in Peru?

                       

                      The Truth About Drinking Tap Water in Peru

                      Peru is a country renowned for its rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and delectable cuisine. Yet, when it comes to something as fundamental as the quality of tap water, many travelers and even residents often question its safety. The question that looms large is: Can you drink the tap water in Peru without any concern? In this article, we'll explore the state of tap water in Peru, the challenges it faces, and the measures you can take to ensure your drinking water is safe, during your Peru vacation.

                      The State of Tap Water in Peru:

                      • Varied Quality.-
                        Tap water quality in Peru can vary widely depending on where you are in the country. In cities like Lima and Cusco, the water treatment infrastructure is generally better, making the tap water safer to drink. However, in more remote or rural areas, access to safe drinking water can be a significant challenge. 
                      • Contamination Concerns.-
                        Peru faces issues with water contamination, which can include bacteria, viruses, and pollutants from industrial and agricultural sources. This contamination can lead to health risks, particularly for those with weaker immune systems. 
                      • Boiling Water.-
                        Boiling tap water is a common practice in Peru to make it safe for consumption. Boiling water kills most microorganisms, making it a straightforward method to ensure safer drinking water. However, it may not remove chemical pollutants. 
                      • Bottled Water.-
                        Many locals and tourists opt for bottled water during their visit to Peru to avoid any potential risks associated with tap water. While this is a convenient option, it can contribute to plastic waste, an environmental concern that should not be overlooked. 
                      • Improvements in Water Quality.-
                        Peru has made efforts to improve water quality in recent years. Water treatment plants, infrastructure upgrades, and government initiatives have all aimed to make tap water safer for consumption during your trip to Peru. The extent to which these improvements have reached every region of the country varies. 
                      • Safety Tips for Drinking Tap Water in Peru.-
                        Boil the Water: If you're in an area with questionable tap water quality, it's best to boil the water for at least one minute before using it for drinking or cooking. 
                        • Use a Water Purifier: Investing in a portable water purifier or filter can be a smart choice, especially if you plan to explore remote areas of Peru. 
                        • Bottled Water: While it may contribute to plastic waste, opting for bottled water is a safe and convenient choice. Look for reputable brands and ensure that the seal is intact. 
                        • Ask Locals: When in doubt, consult locals or your accommodation staff for advice on the safety of tap water in the area. 
                        • Avoid Ice: In restaurants and bars, it's wise to ask for your beverages without ice, as it's often made with tap water. 

                       

                      Drinking tap water in Peru is not universally safe, and the safety of the water can vary greatly depending on the location. While improvements have been made to water treatment infrastructure, it is essential when traveling to Peru to exercise caution. Boiling water, using purifiers, and opting for bottled water are practical measures to ensure that you can enjoy your vacation in Peru without risking your health. Always prioritize your well-being when deciding whether to drink tap water in Peru, and remember that prevention is better than a cure.

                       

                      Safety and Security
                      + Do Hotels Have Safety Deposit Boxes

                      When traveling to the enchanting country of Peru on your Peru vacation package, your top priority should be experiencing its rich culture, stunning landscapes, and mouthwatering cuisine. But just as important is ensuring the safety of your valuable possessions while you enjoy your journey. Many hotels in Peru offer a valuable solution in the form of safety deposit boxes. Here, we will delve into the importance of these secure storage options and how they can provide peace of mind for travelers during their trip to Peru. 

                       

                      Protection for Valuables 

                      Safety deposit boxes in Peruvian hotels serve as a reliable and secure means of safeguarding your most valuable belongings, such as passports, cash, jewelry, electronics, and important documents. Knowing that your possessions are locked away can help you relax and fully immerse yourself in you Peru travel experience. 

                       

                      Convenience and Accessibility 

                      Most hotels in Peru provide safety deposit boxes in the rooms or at the front desk. This accessibility ensures that you can easily access your belongings when needed, without the hassle of carrying everything with you at all times, during your Peru vacation. 

                       

                      Peace of Mind 

                      Traveling can be stressful, and the last thing you want to worry about is the safety of your valuables. Safety deposit boxes offer travelers the peace of mind they need, allowing them to focus on enjoying their trip rather than constantly checking on their possessions on the numerous Peru tours. 

                       

                      Enhanced Security Measures 

                      Hotels in Peru take guest safety seriously, and safety deposit boxes are typically equipped with advanced security features, including digital locks or keycard access. This provides an added layer of protection against theft or unauthorized access. 

                       

                      Insurance and Liability 

                      In the unfortunate event that any of your belongings are lost or stolen while stored in a hotel's safety deposit box, many hotels offer liability protection and insurance, providing compensation for the loss. Be sure to check with your hotel about their specific policies. 

                       

                      Practical Usage 

                      Safety deposit boxes are not only for securing valuable items but can also be used to store important travel-related documents, such as travel itineraries, tickets, and visas. Having all these essentials in one secure location simplifies your travel experience. All hotels that we use have safety deposit boxes in the hotel rooms or at the reception for your safety during your visit to Peru. 

                       

                      When planning your trip to Peru, make sure to prioritize the safety of your belongings by utilizing the safety deposit boxes provided by your hotel. It's a small but crucial step that can enhance your travel experience and ensure that your focus remains on exploring the wonders of this incredible country, free from the worry of your valuables. In Peru, safety and security are paramount, and the availability of safety deposit boxes in hotels is a testament to the commitment of the hospitality industry in ensuring your peace of mind during your vacation in Peru. These tips for ensuring a safe and secure trip in Peru will help you have a safe and pleasurable trip to Peru! 

                      + Is It Safe to Travel to Peru

                      Peru is a country in South America, located on the western side of that continent, encompassing a part of the Andes Mountain range that runs the length of South America, and facing the South Pacific Ocean. Peru shares its borders with Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil, and Bolivia to the east and Chile to the south. What makes this country stand out among all the other countries in the world are its unsurpassed cultural diversity and history. The archaeological heritage of pre-Columbian cultures and the nexus of the ancient Inca’s empire attract the true adventure lovers to this country. Every year it gets thousands of visitors thanks to its wonders. Lots of travelers head straight to Machu Picchu as it’s the most famous destination in the country, but there is so much more to see and do. Peru has amazing beaches and its beauty is not only about historical sites and colonial cities like Lima and Cuzco. Of course, we can't forget about the natural wonders like Rainbow Mountain, Titicaca Lake, Amazon Rainforest, and the mysterious Nazca Lines. Unfortunately, Peru is also famous to be a quite dangerous country, for different reasons. The Media and Embassies often say it’s a dangerous country, it’s not unusual to see violent strikes and violent protests in the cities due to the dissatisfaction towards the government, and pickpockets are pretty common. 

                      But if you listen to all what media says, you would never go to Peru. They generally focus on the negative aspects of the country, they only talk about strikes, violence, protests, social problems, drugs, and poverty. Of course, we are not here to deny that these issues exist, just like every other country, Peru has its issues, yet you can travel safely throughout Peruvian territory especially if you join a tour group on a Peru vacation package 

                      The press rarely talks about how amazing the Peruvians are. They are kind people and always interested in making friends and they just want travelers to enjoy their time in the country and fall in love with their wonderful Peru. They want travelers to know that there is much more in Peru than crimes and social problems. It won’t take long to make Peruvian friends. They are really friendly, they have a Latin soul after all, and they are so lively. Of course, like in every country, not everybody is genuine and kind. Scams do exist on a small scale so it is important to have your wits about about you during your trip to Peru. 

                       

                      Some Issues 

                      There are sometimes issues in Peru regarding protests and the strikes, more recently due to the arrest of the ex- President Pedro Castillo. However, this type of unrest is not generally directed at tourists. Most of the time Peruvians are just fighting for their rights in their country, because they want better conditions of life and work, they deserve a better country and they don’t want a government that makes bad decisions. The people are calling for a re-election but this has not been addressed by the government. Protests are generally not directed at tourism and tourists are generally safe unless they get caught up in the protests by accident, or the streets and tourist destinations are closed due to the protests. 

                       

                      Embassy /Consulate Recommendations 

                      Embassies are advising that you should avoid any protests or government buildings where protests are likely to take place. The current protests could spread to other parts of the country and lead to road closures, further rail suspensions and closure of airports. Travellers are therefore advised to monitor local social media and adhere to government advice. They should also travel with a sufficient supply of food, water and medication, as well as local currency in cash. 

                       

                      Is Peru safe for family vacations? 

                      In general, Peru is a safe country to travel with children. People are kind, the landscapes are truly stunning and the learning experiences are culturally enriching and fascinating. Many families travel to Peru, some more adventurous than others however, there are few basics to remember. For example, talk to your doctor before taking babies under 2-year-old to high elevation. Book in advance with a reputable tour operator and make sure that all activities you book are suitable for the younger members of the family. 

                       

                       Is it safe to travel to Peru alone?  

                      The general answer is yes, single travelers don´t usually have too many issues. It is recommendable to learn some Spanish before your travel, a little goes a long way, when you are getting around Peru.  

                       

                      Female travelers 

                      Peru is generally safe for female travellers. Women will however, get more unwanted attention, such as dealing with wolf whistling and cat calls. Women should be prudent if alone at night, you may be seen as an easy target for thieves; also, if you are at the bar, you should never leave your drink unattended. 

                       

                      How safe is the water and food in Peru? 

                      In some countries, it is appropriate to drink tap water. Unfortunately, this is not an option in Peru. Make sure you boil the tap water before drinking it at least for 1 minute. In general, the tap water is loaded with limescale and is detectable on drinking even when boiled.  If you are staying at hotels, we recommend bringing a refillable bottle with you to stock up on water from their “bidon” of purified water, and avoid the use of plastics. 

                       

                      Contact us here if you are uncertain about travel to Peru and we will put your mind at rest. Peru is generally a safe country to visit in South America yet still has its periods of unrest like anywhere else in the world! Please contact us if you are concerned bout your safety in Peru! 

                      + Pickpockets in Peru, Preventing theft in Peru, Safety tips for travelers, Peru travel advice

                      Peru, a mesmerizing country known for its rich cultural heritage, ancient ruins, and stunning landscapes, beckons adventurers from all around the world. While the allure of Peru is undeniable, so is the presence of pickpockets, a common challenge for tourists. Here, we will shed light on the crafty pickpockets of Peru and provide essential tips to help travelers safeguard their belongings and enjoy a secure exploration of this Andean gem. Here are some Safety tips for travelers to Peru. 

                       

                      The Pickpocket Predicament 

                      Pickpocketing is a prevalent issue in many major cities and tourist destinations in Peru, including Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, and Machu Picchu. These nimble-fingered thieves often target distracted or unsuspecting tourists in crowded areas, public transportation, markets, and even historical sites. The methods employed by pickpockets are as diverse as the country itself, making it crucial for travelers to be vigilant during their visit to Peru. 

                       

                      Safety Tips for Travelers 

                      Conceal Valuables 

                      Keep your money, passport, and other valuable documents concealed in an under-clothing pouch or a money belt. Avoid carrying large sums of cash or flashy jewelry. 

                      Use Anti-Theft Bags 

                      Invest in anti-theft bags with features like lockable zippers, cut-resistant straps, and RFID-blocking compartments. These will make it much harder for pickpockets to access your belongings. 

                      Stay Aware 

                      Pay attention to your surroundings, especially in crowded places. Be cautious of individuals who get too close, bump into you, or exhibit unusual behavior. 

                      Divide and Secure 

                      Divide your valuables into multiple pockets and bags. This way, even if a pickpocket succeeds in taking one item, the rest will remain safe. 

                      Beware of Distractions 

                      Pickpockets often use distraction techniques. Be cautious if someone spills something on you, asks for directions, or engages you in conversation abruptly. 

                      Opt for Secure Transportation 

                      When using public transportation, especially buses and trains, be on guard. Keep an eye on your belongings and use luggage locks if necessary. 

                      Prevent Digital Theft 

                      Use password protection and tracking apps for your electronic devices. Ensure your gadgets are secure, and avoid using public Wi-Fi networks for sensitive transactions. 

                      Know Emergency Numbers 

                      Familiarize yourself with local emergency numbers and contact information for your country's embassy in Peru in case you need assistance. 

                      Stay Informed 

                      Stay updated on the latest travel advisories and safety recommendations for your destination. Local insights from fellow travelers in Peru can be invaluable. 

                      Blend In 

                      Avoid drawing attention to yourself by dressing like a local and speaking quietly in public. Dress modestly and respectfully when visiting religious or cultural sites. 

                       

                      Exploring the enchanting land of Peru is an unforgettable experience, but it's essential to be aware of the presence of pickpockets and take measures to protect your belongings. By following the safety tips outlined in this article, you can minimize the risk of falling victim to theft and fully enjoy the remarkable attractions, culture, and hospitality that Peru has to offer. Stay vigilant, stay prepared, and create lasting memories in this captivating trip to Peru. 

                      Technology and Connectivity
                      + Buying a SIM Card in Peru: What You Need to Know

                      On a Peru Vacation package to explore the enchanting landscapes of Peru, staying connected is crucial. Whether you want to share your incredible experiences with friends and family or ensure access to navigation apps and travel information, getting a local SIM card is a convenient and cost-effective solution. Here we'll guide you through the process of purchasing a SIM card in Peru, so you can stay connected and make the most of your journey. 

                       

                      Why Buy a Local SIM Card in Peru? 

                      Cost-Effective Communication 

                      Roaming charges from your home country can quickly add up, making it expensive to stay in touch while traveling in Peru. Purchasing a local SIM card is a budget-friendly alternative, allowing you to enjoy affordable data, call, and text rates, saving you money in the long run. 

                       

                      Reliable Coverage 

                      Local SIM cards in Peru are more likely to provide better coverage in remote and rural areas compared to international roaming services. This is especially important when you plan to explore places like the Andes Mountains, the Amazon Rainforest, or the Sacred Valley of the Incas. 

                       

                      Convenient Data Access 

                      With a local SIM card, you can access the internet on the go, making it easy to use mapping and translation apps, check bus or train schedules, and search for nearby attractions, restaurants, and accommodations. 

                       

                      Staying in Touch 

                      Having a local number during you Peru vacation package makes it easier for friends, family, or fellow travelers to reach you, reducing the hassle of international dialing codes and ensuring you can be reached in case of emergencies. 

                       

                      Buying a SIM Card in Peru: Step by Step 

                      Choose a Network Provider 

                      Peru has several mobile network providers, but the two most popular and widely used ones are Claro and Movistar. Both offer reliable coverage and a range of prepaid plans suitable for travelers. You can purchase SIM cards from their stores or authorized resellers. 

                       

                      Requirements 

                      You will need your passport to purchase a SIM card in Peru. It's a legal requirement for registration purposes, so make sure to carry it with you when you visit a provider's store or kiosk. 

                       

                      Select a Plan 

                      Once you have chosen a network provider, discuss your needs with the store staff. They will help you select a suitable prepaid plan based on your data, call, and text requirements. Plans often come in different sizes, with varying amounts of data and validity periods. 

                       

                      Registration 

                      The salesperson will register your SIM card using your passport information. This process is straightforward and should only take a few minutes. 

                       

                      Insert the SIM Card 

                      After you have completed the registration and purchased a plan, the salesperson will help you insert the SIM card into your phone. They will also set up any necessary network settings. 

                       

                      Top Up Your Credit 

                      Prepaid plans come with a fixed amount of credit for data, calls, and texts. You can top up your credit at most convenience stores, kiosks, and authorized dealers. Be sure to check your balance regularly to avoid running out of credit. 

                       

                      Enjoy Your Stay 

                      With your new Peruvian SIM card, you're now ready to explore the country without worrying about expensive roaming fees. You can stay connected, share your experiences, and access valuable travel information on the go. 

                       

                      Buying a SIM card in Peru is a simple and cost-effective way to ensure seamless communication during your journey through this captivating country. With reliable coverage and affordable data plans, you'll have the freedom to explore Peru's diverse landscapes, engage with its rich culture, and stay connected with loved ones. So, before you embark on your Peru adventure trip, remember to grab a local SIM card and enjoy a well-connected and hassle-free travel experience. 

                      + Electrical Voltage and Power Adapters In Peru

                      Peru, with its diverse landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture, is a captivating destination for travelers. As you plan your Peru Vacation package to this South American gem, it's essential to be well-prepared, and one of the often overlooked aspects of travel is understanding the country's electrical system, plug sockets, and power chargers. Electrical voltage and adapter requirements in Peru, may be different from your home country, so this guide will help you navigate the complexities of Peru's power infrastructure, ensuring your devices stay charged throughout your Peru adventure trip. 

                       

                      Peru's Electrical System 

                      Peru's electrical system operates at a voltage of 220 volts and a frequency of 60 hertz. This is different from many countries, including the United States and Canada, which use 110-120 volts and 60 hertz. It's crucial to check the voltage requirements of your electronic devices before plugging them into Peruvian outlets to avoid damage or malfunction. 

                       

                      Plug Types in Peru 

                      Peru primarily uses two types of plug sockets: 

                      • Type A: This plug has two flat pins, similar to those used in North America. However, due to the higher voltage in Peru, it's not advisable to use a Type A plug for devices designed for 110-120 volts. If your device is dual voltage (110-240 volts), you can use a Type A adapter. 
                      • Type C: Type C plugs are the standard European two-pin plugs, with round pins. Most modern hotels and accommodations in Peru are equipped with Type C outlets. 

                       

                      Some upscale hotels and establishments in Peru may also have Type B outlets, which are the same as Type A but have an additional grounding pin. These can accommodate both Type A and Type B plugs. 

                       

                      Adapters and Converters 

                      To ensure your devices can be used safely in Peru, consider bringing the following: 

                      • Adapter: If your device is dual voltage (110-240V), you will only need a plug adapter to convert your plug type to match Peruvian outlets. These are inexpensive and readily available online and in most travel supply stores. 
                      • Voltage Converter: If your device is not compatible with 220 volts, you will need a voltage converter. Be cautious when using converters, as they can be bulky and may not be suitable for certain high-power devices like hairdryers or curling irons. It's often more convenient to invest in dual-voltage travel-friendly appliances or purchase them locally on your Peru vacation package . 

                       

                      Charging Your Devices 

                      When charging your devices in Peru, follow these essential tips: 

                      • Check the voltage requirements: Always check your device's voltage requirements before plugging it in. Most modern electronic gadgets like laptops, smartphones, and cameras are dual voltage, meaning they can handle both 110-120V and 220-240V. 
                      • Use surge protectors: Consider using surge protectors for sensitive electronic devices to safeguard them against voltage fluctuations and power surges that might occur in some areas. 
                      • Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS): In regions with inconsistent power supply, a UPS can help protect your equipment and prevent data loss during power outages. 

                       

                      Understanding Peru's electrical system and the plug sockets used in the country is essential for a smooth and enjoyable travel experience. By knowing the plug types, having the right adapters, and being aware of voltage requirements, you can keep your devices charged and ready to capture the beauty on your Peru adventure trip. Traveling to Peru prepared ensures you can fully enjoy your journey without any unnecessary disruptions. 

                      Environmental Responsibility
                      + How to Be a Responsible Traveler

                      Traveling to a country as diverse and culturally rich as Peru is an incredible experience that can leave a lasting impact on both the traveler and the destination. As tourism continues to grow, it's essential for visitors to be mindful of their actions and choices to ensure that their presence contributes positively to the local communities, environment, and culture. This article aims to provide valuable insights and guidelines on how to be a responsible tourist when exploring the enchanting landscapes and vibrant traditions of Peru. 

                       

                      Respect Peruvian Culture and Traditions 

                      Peru boasts a remarkable cultural heritage that includes ancient civilizations like the Inca, as well as the customs and traditions of its indigenous communities. As a responsible tourist, it's crucial to respect and appreciate the local culture. This includes dressing modestly when visiting sacred sites, asking for permission before taking photos of people, and refraining from disrupting religious ceremonies. 

                       

                      Support the Local Economy 

                      One of the most effective ways to positively impact a destination is by supporting its local economy. Prioritize staying in locally-owned accommodations, dining at local restaurants, and purchasing handmade crafts and products from local artisans and local businesses. This practice ensures that the money you spend directly benefits the communities you visit, creating a sustainable source of income for them. You will probably also  get a lower price too! 

                       

                      Choose Sustainable Tour Operators 

                      When planning your trip to Peru, opt for tour operators such as Valencia Travel that prioritize sustainability and responsible tourism practices. Look for those that follow ethical guidelines, focus on minimizing their environmental footprint, and support local initiatives. Responsible tour operators often provide educational experiences that foster an understanding of the local culture and environment. 

                       

                      Porters Rights 

                      If you are planning to trek along the Inca Trail to machu Picchu, select a tour operator such as Valencia Travel that values and respects the rights of porters. Ethical tour companies ensure that porters are treated fairly, paid decent wages, provided with proper equipment, and work in safe conditions. They limit the weight porters carry and prioritize porter welfare throughout the journey. 

                       

                      Minimize Plastic Waste 

                      The issue of plastic pollution affects destinations worldwide, and Peru is no exception. Bring a reusable water bottle and a cloth bag to avoid single-use plastic items. Many hotels and restaurants in Peru are adopting eco-friendly practices, so support their efforts by using eco-friendly products and avoiding unnecessary plastic consumption. 

                       

                      Conserve Natural Resources 

                      Peru is home to diverse ecosystems, from the Amazon rainforest to the Andes Mountains. Be conscious of your water and energy usage, especially in regions where resources might be scarce. Opt for eco-friendly activities like hiking and wildlife spotting that have minimal impact on the environment. 

                       

                      Wildlife and Nature Interaction 

                      Peru is known for its unique wildlife, including the majestic condors and colorful Amazonian creatures. However, it's vital to maintain a respectful distance from animals and their habitats. Avoid touching, feeding, or attempting to get too close to wild animals, as this can disrupt their natural behavior and ecosystems. 

                       

                      Dispose of Waste Responsibly 

                      Whether you're exploring the bustling streets of Lima or the remote trails of Machu Picchu, always dispose of your waste responsibly. Use designated trash bins and recycling facilities, and if none are available, carry your trash with you until you find an appropriate place to dispose of it. 

                       

                      Being a responsible tourist in Peru is about making conscious choices that preserve its cultural heritage, protect its environment, and support its communities. By respecting local traditions, supporting the local economy, and choosing sustainable practices, you can leave a positive impact on this beautiful country while creating unforgettable memories for yourself. Remember that your actions as a responsible traveler in Peru can inspire others to follow suit, ensuring that Peru remains a vibrant and cherished destination for generations to come. 

                      + Sustainable Practices for the Eco-Friendly Tourist in Peru

                      Peru, has long been a magnet for travelers seeking an adventure that combines natural wonders and historical intrigue. From the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu to the lush biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest, the allure of Peru is undeniable. However, as the global movement towards eco-consciousness gains momentum, it becomes imperative for travelers to explore this remarkable country with a commitment to sustainability. From supporting indigenous artisans to responsible wildlife viewing in the Amazon, reducing plastic waste to choosing eco-friendly accommodations, this guide is your roadmap to responsible and sustainable travel in Peru. Discover how you can immerse yourself in Peru's wonders while leaving only footprints and taking away unforgettable memories and a sense of fulfillment. Join us on this journey to explore the best of Peru in a way that respects its heritage and protects its natural beauty. 

                       

                      Support Local Communities 

                      Stay in locally-owned accommodations, eat in local restaurants, and buy handicrafts from local artisans. This helps the local economy and reduces the carbon footprint associated with large, international chains. 

                       

                      Responsible Wildlife Viewing 

                      When visiting the Amazon rainforest or other natural areas, choose operators that follow ethical wildlife viewing guidelines. Avoid tours that engage in activities harmful to animals, such as riding them or getting too close to nesting sites. 

                       

                      Respect Cultural Heritage 

                      Peru has a rich cultural history. When visiting archaeological sites like Machu Picchu or historic towns like Cusco, be respectful of the heritage. Do not touch or climb on ancient structures and follow the guidance of local authorities. 

                       

                      Reduce Plastic Use 

                       Carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification methods to reduce the need for single-use plastic bottles. Avoid using plastic bags and opt for reusable bags. 

                       

                      Minimize Energy and Water Consumption 

                      Conserve resources by turning off lights, air conditioning, and heating when not in use. Limit your water usage and choose accommodations with water-saving initiatives. 

                       

                      Choose Sustainable Tour Operators 

                      Look for tour operators like Valencia Travel that have sustainability initiatives, such as waste reduction, renewable energy use, and low-impact transportation options. They should also employ local guides who can provide insight into the culture and ecosystem. 

                       

                      Responsible Trekking 

                       If you plan on hiking along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, use the services of operators who follow Leave No Trace principles. Pack out your waste, and choose responsible tour companies with responsible camping practices. 

                       

                      Public Transportation 

                      Use public transportation or shared transportation options when moving between cities or exploring regions. This helps reduce the carbon footprint associated with private vehicles. 

                       

                      Opt for Eco-Lodges 

                      Choose accommodations that are certified as eco-friendly or sustainably operated. These lodges often have initiatives in place to minimize their environmental impact. 

                       

                      Learn About the Local Ecosystem 

                      Take the opportunity to educate yourself about the local flora and fauna. Understanding the environment helps you appreciate it more and encourages its protection. 

                       

                      Reduce Water Waste 

                      Be mindful of water consumption, especially in regions where water is scarce. Take shorter showers and reuse towels to reduce the need for frequent washing. 

                       

                      Dispose of Waste Properly 

                      Always use designated trash and recycling bins, and do not litter. In rural areas, pack out your trash to avoid impacting local ecosystems. 

                       

                      Support Conservation Efforts 

                      Consider donating to local conservation organizations working to protect Peru's natural and cultural treasures. Visit museums and cultural centers that contribute to preservation efforts. 

                       

                      Offset Your Carbon Emissions 

                       If flying when you travel to Peru, consider offsetting your carbon emissions by investing in carbon offset programs. 

                       

                      Respect Wildlife and Nature 

                      Do not disturb wildlife, and stay on designated paths in protected areas to minimize your impact on the environment. 

                       

                      By following these sustainable practices, eco-friendly tourists can help preserve Peru's stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage for future generations while also supporting local communities and minimizing their environmental footprint, during your trip to Peru. Eco-friendly tourism practices not only enrich your travel experience but also ensure that the natural beauty and cultural richness of Peru are preserved for generations to come, and will allow you to savor the splendors of Peru while minimizing your environmental footprint and contributing positively to the local communities. 

                      + The Importance of Environmental Awareness in Peru

                      Peru, a land of astonishing ecological diversity, rugged mountain ranges, and ancient civilizations, stands as a testament to the remarkable harmony between nature and culture. From the Amazon rainforest to the majestic Andes and the mysterious Nazca Lines etched in the arid desert, Peru's landscapes hold an exceptional beauty that has captured the world's imagination. Yet, beneath this enchanting facade lies a delicate balance that requires our vigilant care and environmental consciousness. Environmental awareness is of vital importance whenever people visit on their Peru vacation package. Find out more here. 

                       

                      Biodiversity and Conservation 

                      Peru is one of the world's most biologically diverse countries, home to a wide range of ecosystems, including the Amazon rainforest, Andes mountains, and coastal deserts. Preserving this biodiversity is crucial for the health of the planet and for future generations. 

                       

                      Indigenous Communities 

                      Many indigenous communities in Peru rely on the environment for their livelihoods and cultural identity. Environmental awareness is essential to protect their rights and ensure that their traditional knowledge is respected. 

                       

                      Climate Change 

                      Peru is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including glacial melting in the Andes and extreme weather events. Raising awareness about climate change is essential for mitigating these effects and adapting to new challenges. 

                       

                      Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security 

                      Peru is a major producer of agricultural products, including quinoa and coffee. Environmental awareness in Peru is critical for promoting sustainable farming practices that preserve soil and water resources. 

                       

                      Ecotourism 

                      Peru's natural beauty, including the Amazon River, Machu Picchu, and the Nazca Lines, is a major driver of its economy through tourism. Environmental conservation is essential for preserving these attractions and maintaining the tourism industry. 

                       

                      Water Resources 

                      Access to clean water is a fundamental human right, and many Peruvians rely on rivers and lakes for their water supply. Protecting these water sources from pollution and overuse is essential for public health. 

                       

                      Illegal Logging and Mining 

                      Peru faces challenges from illegal logging and mining activities, which can have devastating effects on the environment. Environmental awareness can help combat these illegal activities and promote sustainable resource management. 

                       

                      International Commitments 

                      Peru is a signatory to international agreements and conventions aimed at environmental protection, such as the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity. Environmental awareness is crucial for fulfilling these commitments. 

                       

                      Public Health 

                      Environmental degradation can have a direct impact on public health in terms of air and water pollution. Promoting environmental awareness can help reduce these health risks. 

                       

                      Long-term Economic Viability 

                      Sustainable environmental practices are essential for the long-term economic well-being of the country. Environmental degradation can lead to increased costs, reduced agricultural productivity, and the loss of natural resources. 

                      In conclusion, environmental awareness in Peru is crucial for preserving the country's unique natural resources, protecting the rights and livelihoods of Peru´s indigenous communities, and ensuring a sustainable and healthy future for its citizens. It also plays a significant role in Peru's global commitments to environmental protection and its economic stability. The importance of environmental awareness in Peru cannot be overstated. This nation is both a treasure trove of biodiversity and a testament to the enduring traditions of indigenous communities. It is a place where the effects of climate change are acutely felt, where sustainable agriculture and responsible tourism are pivotal to the economy, and where the protection of vital water resources is non-negotiable. Peru's environmental challenges and triumphs resonate globally, as it navigates the intricate interplay of conservation, culture, and development. 

                       

                      Planning & Booking Your Trek
                      + A Guide on how to Obtain Inca Trail Permits for Travelers to Peru

                      To hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, is one of the world's most iconic trekking routes, offering travelers an unparalleled opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the ancient Incas while experiencing breathtaking landscapes and archaeological wonders. However, the Peruvian government has implemented strict regulations to preserve this cultural and natural heritage, including a limited number of Inca Trail permits issued each year. In this comprehensive guide, we will look at the details of how to obtain these coveted permits for your once-in-a-lifetime adventure on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 

                       

                      Understanding the Inca Trail Permits 

                      Inca Trail permits are required for all hikers who wish to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. There are two main options; The classic 4-day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu, or the shorter 2-day Inca trail to Machu Picchu.  These permits are issued to regulate the number of visitors on the trail, protect the fragile ecosystem, and preserve the historical sites along the route. Here's what you need to know about these permits: 

                       

                      Types of Inca Trail Permits 

                      There are two types of permits: 

                      • a. Classic Inca Trail Permit: This permit allows you to hike the entire 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu route, experiencing the full beauty of the trail and its archaeological sites. 
                      • b. Short Inca Trail Permit: This permit is for those who want to complete the shorter 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trek, starting from KM 104 and concluding at Machu Picchu. 

                       

                      Availability 

                      Permits are limited and in high demand, especially during the peak season (May to September). Only 500 permits are available per day for the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and that includes guides and support staff for the trek.  It's crucial to plan well in advance to secure your desired dates. 

                       

                      How to Obtain Inca Trail Permits 

                      Now that you understand the importance and types of permits, let's explore the steps to obtain them: 

                       

                      1. Plan Your Trip 

                      Start by planning your trip well in advance. Decide on your preferred trekking dates, the number of days you want to spend on the trail, and whether you want to book a group deaparture or a private service along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 

                       

                      2. Check Permit Availability 

                      Visit the official website of the Peruvian Ministry of Culture or use authorized tour operators' websites to check permit availability for your desired dates. It's recommended to have a few alternative dates in case your first choice is sold out. 

                       

                      3. Book with an Authorized Tour Operator 

                      To hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you must book with an authorized tour operator, such as Valencia Travel. These operators handle the permit application process on your behalf. Ensure that your chosen operator is reputable, experienced, and follows sustainable and ethical practices, such as treating their Porters fairly and keeping to established weight restrictions. 

                       

                      4. Provide Required Information 

                      Once you've selected a tour operator, you'll need to provide them with essential information, including passport details, personal information, and any dietary or medical requirements. This information is necessary for the permit application. 

                       

                      5. Pay for Your Trek 

                      Pay the required trek fee, which includes the cost of the permit, entrance to Machu Picchu, camping along the trail and transportation. Keep in mind that permit fees can vary based on the operator, time of year, and the type of trek you choose. 

                       

                      6. Receive Your Inca Trail Permit 

                      Your tour operator will handle the permit application process, and upon successful confirmation, we will provide you with a copy of your Inca Trail permit. Ensure you keep this document safe as it will be checked at various points along the trail. Your guide will keep a copy also for the control points along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 

                       

                      Tips and Considerations 

                      Here are some additional tips and considerations to make your Inca Trail permit acquisition smoother: 

                       

                      • Book Early: The earlier you book, the better your chances of securing permits, especially during peak season. 
                      • Choose the Right Season: Consider trekking during the shoulder season (April, October, and November) for fewer crowds and favorable weather. 
                      • Physical Preparation: Be sure to prepare physically for the trek as it can be demanding due to altitude and varying terrain. 
                      • Respect the Environment: Follow Leave No Trace principles and respect the natural and cultural heritage of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 
                      • Travel Insurance: Consider purchasing travel insurance that covers trip cancellations and emergencies. 

                       

                      Obtaining Inca Trail permits for your Machu Picchu Inca Trail trek, is a vital step in ensuring a memorable and responsible adventure. By understanding the process, planning ahead, and choosing a reputable tour operator such as Valencia Travel, you can secure your permits and embark on a remarkable journey through the heart of the Inca Empire, discovering ancient ruins, breathtaking vistas, and the rich cultural history of Peru. Remember, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so make the most of it by respecting the environment and heritage it preserves. Allow us to take the stress out of purchasing Inca Trail permits so that you can simply enjoy the breathtaking adventure that is The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! 

                      + Alternatives if Inca Trail Permits are Sold Out

                      If you find that Inca Trail permits are unavailable for your desired travel dates to Machu Picchu in Peru, don't worry; there are several alternative treks and routes you can consider to reach this iconic destination. Each of these alternative treks offers unique experiences and beautiful landscapes. Here are some popular and spectacular alternatives. 

                       

                      The Salkantay Trek 

                      Distance: 32 miles (51 km) 

                      The Salkantay Trek is a spectacular alternative Inca Trail when permits are sold out for the Inca Trail. When it comes to Andean landscapes, you couldn’t ask for more and the Salkantay trek covers several Andean microclimates. First, trekkers climb up into the alpine tundra facing the imposing Apu Salkantay. Then you descend into subtropical cloud forest as you approach Machu Picchu. The vibrant blue-green Humantay Lake also sits along the trail, as well as the Inca ruins Llactapata. Trekkers will also enjoy soaking in hot springs at Santa Teresa and enjoying locally grown, freshly roasted and brewed coffee. 

                      The Salkantay trek takes five days. The first four days are full trekking days, while the fifth day is the visit to Machu Picchu. Salkantay ends at Aguas Calientes where you can hike the train tracks into Aguas Calientes or take the daily train. You will spend the night in a hotel before you visit Machu Picchu. 

                       

                      The Lares Trek 

                      Distance: 21 miles (34 km) 

                      Lares trek is one of the best treks in Peru for hikers who are also culture enthusiasts. It winds through the Sacred Valley, passing through Andean villages and llama herds. In fact, it is even nicknamed the “Weaver’s Route” for the traditions of textiles the area. On top of cultural heritage, Lares boasts incredible mountain views and hot springs. Most consider Lares to be a moderate trek. However, it’s still at high elevation, reaching higher elevations than the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, that can be tough if you’re not acclimated. This trail is another alternative to the Inca Trail but ends far from Machu Picchu. On the third day of the trek, you end in Ollantaytambo where you take the train to Aguas Calientes. On the fourth day, you are able to tour the Inca citadel Machu Picchu. If you missed out on the Inca Trail permits and still dream of walking through the Sun Gate, it’s still possible. You can combine the first two days of Lares with the 2-day Inca Trail to experience both of these incredible treks. 

                       

                      The Choquequirao Trek 

                      Distance: 28 miles /45km 

                      Authentic and remote, The Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu is the more challenging and isolated alternative to get to Machu Picchu for hikers seeking a route steeped in Inca history. Located in the Apurimac Valley, this archaeological site whose name means "cradle of gold” in Quechua, is believed to be three times bigger than its famous sister city of Machu Picchu and can only be reached on foot. 

                      The starting point is from the village of Cachora walking to the Capuliyoq pass, from where trekkers descend into the Apurimac Canyon. Terraced farmlands on the edge of the canyon’s river eventually give way to an exhilarating shift from vertical desert to high-elevation jungle as hikers ascend to the site. Finally, after reaching 10,000ft above sea level (3050m), hikers can appreciate the impressive view of the magnificent ruins. It is estimated that half of the site of Choquequirao has been excavated and today there are 12 visible sectors across three hilltops can be seen with the added bonus of very few, if any other visitors to the archaeological site. You can also hike the 9-day Choquequirao Trek, which is a remote and challenging trek allowing Choquequirao ruins exploration, diverse landscapes, and cultural immersion along the way. The trek ends at Machu Picchu after a scenic train journey for the final section of this longer Choquequirao hike. 

                       

                      Ausangate Trek 

                      Distance: 43 miles (73 km) 

                      The Ausangate trek is one of the best off the beaten path treks in Peru. The trail is remote and boasts spectacular and untouched Andean scenery. Highlights include the snow-capped peaks, glaciers, jewel-toned lakes and traditional Andean villages. There is also the option to add an extra day to visit the famous Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca. Thanks to mineral deposits in its soil, this mountain has natural rainbow colors, more visible now the snow caps have melted. 

                      However, trekkers should keep in mind that this is one of the more difficult Peruvian treks due to the high elevation, reaching a high point of 5,120 meters. With tour options ranging from four days to six, it’s best to pick a longer tour if you’re not an experienced hiker. This will give you more time to rest along the trail and better enjoy the impressive landscape. If you don’t have time for a multi-day trek, you can spend a full day hiking to the top of Rainbow Mountain. 

                       

                      The Moonstone trek to Machu Picchu 

                      Distance: 24 miles (38 ½ km) 

                      This incredible trek is somewhat a secret and is perfect for those who want to trek in areas that are more remote and off the beaten track. The trail leads at the magnificent Quillarumiyoc site which was an ancient Inca temple of a water cult and in honor to the moon. The head to the Inka quarry of Cachicata where the stones were taken to build other more famous Inca sites. Enjoy spectacular landscapes, remote rural communities, Inca aqueducts chullpas and a sun gate along an original Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as you head to the main attraction of Machu Picchu. 

                      Remember to plan ahead and book your trek with a reputable tour operator like Valencia Travel for your Peru adventure trip. Also, consider the level of difficulty, duration, and your personal interests when choosing an alternative trek. Whichever route you choose, you'll still have the chance to experience the natural beauty and archaeological wonders of the Peruvian Andes while ultimately reaching the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. As you can see there are a number of alternatives for your alternative Inca trail and Machu Picchu tour. 

                      + How Far Ahead To Book a Trip To Peru

                      There’s no doubt about it; Peru is one of the best places in the world to go for adventure travelers. The huge variety of landscaped and unique places to visit is enough for anyone to want to head to this wonderful country to see what it has to offer. But the question arises, how far in advance do I need to book my trip to Peru? Here are our recommended booking times for Peru travel and trekking. 

                       

                      Plan Your Itinerary 

                      Before you do anything else, you need to know exactly where you’ll be going and what activities you plan on doing. Do you want to stay by the sea? Or are you hoping to do the world-famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? Or maybe you want to hike through all types of climates and vegetation. Take time to carefully plan where you want to go and how you’ll do it. Know how you’ll travel from place to place and how much time it should all take. We recommend doing this well in advance because things can get booked up months ahead of time, especially the Inca Trail. Does this sound daunting? Don´t worry, our expert travel advisors will be with you every step of the way during the planning process of your Peru trip! 

                       

                      Inca Trail Permits 

                      The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the only trek that requires permits and numbers are limited. Ideally, you should try to book the Inca Trail about six months in advance, especially if you want to go during high season (June, July, and August). During these months, trail permits can sell out six months in advance. The months surrounding high season can also sell out ahead of time. If you want to hike the Inca Trail in April, May, September, October or November, try to book at least four months in advance. 

                       

                      Trekking in Peru 

                      When looking at treks to reserve, it’s a good idea to consider your hiking ability. Some people are seasoned hikers and do it all year round, whereas some people come for the first time to somewhere like this. You should be fit and healthy and know your limits. Also, be aware that trekking at high altitudes is much more strenuous, so enjoy a few days at a city or town in the region before setting off on foot. The more you spend acclimatizing, the better trekking experience you will have. The ideal time to book a trip to Peru for trekking can vary depending on several factors, including the specific trek you want to hike, the time of year you plan to visit, and your personal preferences. Here are some general guidelines to help you determine when to book your trek in Peru. 

                       

                      Peak Season vs. Off-Season 

                      Peru's peak tourist season typically coincides with the dry season, which runs from May to September. During this time, popular treks like the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and Salkantay Trek can get fully booked several months in advance. If you plan to trek during these months, it's advisable to book at least 4 to 6 months ahead. 

                       

                      Shoulder Seasons 

                      The shoulder seasons, which include April and October, can be a good compromise between avoiding the crowds and the risk of bad weather. You can often book treks for these months with a bit less advance notice, around 2 to 4 months ahead. 

                       

                      Rainy Season 

                      The rainy season in Peru typically lasts from November to March. While some treks are still possible during this time, such as the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, you'll need to consider the weather and trail conditions. If you're flexible and willing to take a chance on weather disruptions, you can book treks in the rainy season with shorter notice, perhaps 1 to 2 months ahead. You also need to decide if you want to be trekking in the rain for 4 or more days or whether you prefer drier weather, and reserve accordingly. 

                       

                      Group Tours vs. Private Treks 

                      If you plan to join a group tour, it's a good idea to book as early as possible to secure your spot, especially if you have specific dates in mind. Group treks have fixed dates so you need to book your trip around these dates and have flexibility with your travel dates. For private treks, you may have more flexibility in booking closer to your desired departure date, but it's still wise to plan ahead to ensure availability. Group treks with be more cost-effective as the expenses are shares between all group members. Private treks will be more expensive but you will have a completely personalized trekking service, trek at your own pace, and leave on the date of your choice. 

                       

                      Holiday and Festivals 

                      Consider any major holidays or festivals in Peru when planning your trip, as these can impact the availability of accommodations and tours. Booking earlier is advisable during these times. 

                       

                       

                      Book Everything You Need 

                      It is highly recommend booking as much as possible in advance. This way, you will have all your trip set out and won’t need to worry about anything upon arrival. The last thing you want after hours of traveling is to then need to walk around town finding a hotel and booking a hike. 

                       

                      Sort Out Travel documents in Advance 

                      You will need to have travel insurance if you plan to go hiking in Peru, as many companies won’t allow you to trek with them if you are uninsured. You also don’t want to be injured on a trip and then be presented by a huge hospital bill. Health care isn’t cheap in Peru, so make sure you’re prepared. You also need to make sure that your passport has at least 6 months validity. It is a good idea to make copies of important documents in case anything gets lost on your Peru adventure vacation, including tickets, booking information, passports and vaccination card. 

                       

                      Inform Your Bank 

                      You’re almost ready to jet off, but there’s something else that’s very important you should do before you leave for your Peru adventure trip. Many people forget to let their bank know when they’re traveling abroad and then find that they can’t take cash out at an ATM because of the bank suspects suspicious activity. A few days before you leave, or even the same day, give them a call or access your account online and inform them that you’re going away. Let them know exactly for how long and to which places so you don’t come up against any issues. 

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                      + How Long to Plan Your Vacation in Peru?

                      The ideal length of your vacation in Peru can vary depending on your interests, budget, and the specific places you want to visit. Here are some guidelines to help you plan for how long your vacation in Peru should be! 

                       

                      Machu Picchu 

                      If Machu Picchu is a priority for you, like most people who visit Peru, you'll want to allocate at least 2 to 3 days for this experience. This includes travel time to and from Cusco or Aguas Calientes (the town closest to Machu Picchu) and the time spent exploring the site itself. 

                       

                      Cusco 

                      Cusco is a beautiful city with a rich history and plenty to see and do. Plan for at least 2 to 3 days to explore the city and acclimatize to the high altitude before heading from Cusco to Machu Picchu. 

                       

                      Sacred Valley 

                      The Sacred Valley, which includes towns like Ollantaytambo and Pisac, is worth dedicating 2 to 3 days to explore. It offers stunning landscapes, archaeological sites, and a glimpse into local culture. Many Peru vacation packages include a visit to The Sacred Valley of The Incas. 

                       

                      Lima 

                      Peru's capital city, Lima, is often a starting point for international travelers. Spending 2 to 3 days in Lima doing a Lima city tour, allows you to explore its historical center, try its renowned Peruvian cuisine, and visit some museums. 

                       

                      Other Regions 

                       If you have more time, consider exploring other regions of Peru, such as Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, the Amazon rainforest, or the coastal desert. Each of these areas offers unique experiences, and you should allocate several days to each destination on your Peru holiday package. 

                       

                      Trekking in Peru 

                      If you want to include trekking in your Peru vacation, you should allocate extra time for the specific trek you plan to undertake. Here are some popular treks in Peru and their recommended duration  

                      Inca Trail: The classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu typically takes 4 days and 3 nights. This is one of the most iconic and sought-after treks in the world, so you should book it well in advance. 

                      The Salkantay Trek: The Salkantay Trek is an alternative route to Machu Picchu and usually takes 4 to 5 days. It offers stunning mountain scenery and a more off-the-beaten-path experience. 

                      The Lares Trek: The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is a shorter option, usually lasting 2 to 3 days. It allows you to explore traditional Andean villages and hot springs along the way. 

                      Choquequirao Trek: If you're interested in exploring the "sister" city of Machu Picchu, Choquequirao, the Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu  typically takes 4 days with a transfer to Machu Picchu or if you are feeling extra adventurous there is a 9-day Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu! 

                      Huayhuash Circuit: For more experienced trekkers, the Huayhuash Circuit in the Peruvian Andes is a challenging trek that can take about 10 to 14 days to complete. 

                      Colca Canyon Trek: Located near Arequipa, the Colca Canyon trek can vary in duration from 1 to 3 days, depending on the route you choose. It's known for its breathtaking views and the opportunity to see condors. 

                      When planning your Peru vacation, make sure to account for the duration of the trek itself, including preparation and acclimatization time, as well as the travel time to and from the trek starting point. Additionally, consider adding a day or two for rest and recovery after completing a multi-day trek, as these treks can be physically demanding due to high altitudes and varying terrain. Including trekking in your Peru vacation can be a rewarding experience, but it will extend the overall duration of your trip, so plan accordingly. 

                      Relaxation: Don't forget to factor in some downtime or relaxation days into your Peru itinerary. Traveling in Peru can be physically demanding due to the altitude and various activities, so it's important to rest as well. 

                      In summary, a well-rounded trip to Peru can vary from 10 days to 3 weeks or more, depending on how many destinations you want to explore and how much time you want to spend in each. It's essential to consider your interests and priorities when planning your itinerary, and don't forget to account for travel time between destinations. Additionally, take into account any seasonal considerations, such as weather conditions, when planning your Peru trip. 

                      + Obtaining Machu Picchu Tickets: A Step-by-Step Guide

                      How to secure your Machu Picchu tickets in advance:

                      Machu Picchu, the ancient Incan citadel nestled high in the Andes Mountains of Peru, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most iconic archaeological wonders in the world.  In any Peru vacation package, Machu Picchu is the highlight and standout attraction in Peru. Visiting this remarkable site is a dream and a bucket-list item for many travelers, but obtaining Machu Picchu tickets can be a complex process due to high demand and limited daily visitor quotas. Here, we will walk you through the process of obtaining Machu Picchu tickets, ensuring your visit to this extraordinary archaeological site goes smoothly on your Peru vacation. Plus, we will explain how to secure your Machu Picchu tickets in advance. 

                       

                      Step 1: Decide on Your Travel Dates 

                      Before you can secure your Machu Picchu tickets, you must decide when you want to visit. Keep in mind that Machu Picchu is open year-round, but the best time to go is during the dry season from May to September when the weather is most favorable. 

                       

                      Step 2: Choose Your Type of Ticket 

                      Machu Picchu offers several types of tickets to cater to different preferences and budgets. The most popular options include: 

                      General Admission Ticket: This ticket grants you access to the main archaeological site, including the citadel and some surrounding areas. 

                      Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Ticket: If you're looking for an extra adventure, this ticket includes access to both Machu Picchu and the nearby Huayna Picchu mountain, which offers breathtaking panoramic views. 

                      Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain Ticket: For those seeking a different perspective, this ticket grants access to Machu Picchu and the Machu Picchu Mountain, which provides equally stunning vistas. 

                      Machu Picchu + Museum Ticket: This ticket combines a visit to Machu Picchu with the Manuel Chávez Ballón Site Museum, giving you a deeper understanding of Incan history and culture. 

                       

                      Step 3: Check Ticket Availability 

                      Machu Picchu has a daily visitor limit to preserve the site's integrity. Tickets often sell out months in advance, especially during the peak tourist season. To check availability and book your tickets, visit the official Machu Picchu website or use a reputable tour agency such as Valencia Travel that specialize in Peru travel. 

                       

                      Step 4: Purchase Your Tickets 

                      Once you've determined the availability of your desired ticket type for your chosen date, proceed to purchase your tickets online. Be prepared to provide personal information for each traveler, including passport details, as this information is essential for entry. Alternatively, you can book your Machu Picchu vacation package with us, and we will take care of the rest! 

                       

                      Step 5: Plan Your Arrival in Aguas Calientes 

                      The town of Aguas Calientes, located at the base of Machu Picchu, is the gateway to the archaeological site. You'll need to arrange transportation to Aguas Calientes from either Cusco or Ollantaytambo, where most travelers begin their journey. Trains and buses are the primary modes of transportation, on your Peru Machu Picchu trip and reservations should be made in advance, especially during busy seasons. 

                       

                      Step 6: Acquire the Necessary Documents 

                      Before leaving for Machu Picchu, ensure you have the following documents: 

                      • Passport: You must carry the same passport used for booking your tickets as it will be checked upon entry. 
                      • Machu Picchu Ticket: Print a physical copy of your ticket or have it readily available on your smartphone. 
                      • Train and Bus Tickets: If you've booked transportation to Aguas Calientes, have these tickets ready. 

                       

                      Step 7: Arrive at Machu Picchu 

                      On the day of your visit, arrive at the entrance gate to Machu Picchu early. The site opens at 6:00 AM, and arriving early allows you to enjoy the site with fewer crowds and cooler temperatures. Remember to respect the rules and regulations of the site to help preserve this ancient wonder for future generations. 

                       

                      Obtaining Machu Picchu tickets on any of our Peru adventure tours requires careful planning and preparation, but the reward is an unforgettable journey to one of the world's most awe-inspiring archaeological sites. By following this step-by-step guide and making the necessary arrangements in advance, with our help, you can ensure a smooth and enriching experience exploring the wonders of Machu Picchu.

                      Enjoy your adventure in the heart of the Inca Empire! 

                       

                      + The Comprehensive Cancellation Policy Guide

                      In today's unpredictable world of travel, having a reliable trip cancellation policy is like having a safety net beneath your adventures. Whether you're planning a dream vacation to Peru or an iconic hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, unexpected circumstances can arise, and plans can quickly unravel. Here, we delve into the essential aspects of our trip cancellation policy, why they matter, and how they can offer you peace of mind in an ever-changing travel landscape. So, fasten your seatbelt as we embark on a journey to understand the ins and outs of safeguarding your travel investment in a Peru vacation package. 

                       

                      If You Cancel Your Trip 

                      At the time we receive a written notice, that you want to cancel your trip, the following fees will be charged: 

                      • 30 to 59 days before departure date: 40% of trip cost 
                      • 7 to 29 days: 70% of trip cost 
                      • Less than 7 days before departure date or no-show: 100% of trip cost 

                      On all our Peru vacation Packages, Valencia Travel Cusco, guarantees and provides transportation, bilingual guides, equipment, and food as stated in the detailed itinerary. All tour prices include the services of a driver and/or guide.  

                      Miscellaneous costs are not included. For example: any service which is not outlined in the itinerary, such as hotel extras, (washing and ironing of clothes, alcoholic drinks, telephone calls etc.), excess baggage costs, airport taxes, visa costs, etc. 

                      Valencia Travel Cusco is not responsible for delays, inconveniences, and/or expenses of any kind whatsoever resulting entirely, or in part from causes beyond the company’s control, neither for losses or additional expenses due to delays, sickness, bad weather, strikes, riots or other similar circumstances during your Peru Vacation. 

                       

                      Changes and Cancellations made by Valencia Travel Cusco 

                      We always make our best efforts to carry out tours / services according to the original schedules as listed in the reservation details for your Peru vacation package. However, by entering into this agreement with Valencia Travel Cusco, the client accepts that necessary changes may need to be made to a Tour/Trek/Trip/Rental/Service due to circumstances beyond our control. 

                      Valencia Travel Cusco reserves the right to change or cancel any facilities, services and substitute for reasonable alternative of comparable value, during your vacation to Peru. 

                      In case of a major changes to any of our Peru holiday packages , the client will be notified as soon as possible and we kindly present options and ask the client to accept the change.   

                       

                      Inca Trail 

                      *IMPORTANT!  

                      PLEASE NOTE THAT, FOR THE INCA TRAIL, PERMITS ARE NON- TRANSFERABLE, NON-REFUNDABLE, AND DATES CAN'T BE CHANGED UNER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES 

                       

                      TRAVEL INSURANCE 

                      We strongly advise you to take out a travel insurance that covers accidents, medical expenses (including rescue and air ambulance) and emergency repatriation. We also recommend that it covers cancellations and loss of luggage. Make sure that this insurance reimburses you for non-refundable trip costs. Once you have purchased travel insurance, please forward a copy of the insurance company name and policy number to us by email. Also bring the information with you when you come to our office. 

                      To review the full cancellation policy for Valencia Travel in Cusco, visit the official website or contact us directly via our customer support. Valencia Travel has a comprehensive cancellation policy outlined in their terms and conditions, which you will have received at the time of booking. It's essential to review the cancellation policy before booking any services to understand the terms and conditions associated with cancellations and refunds. See more here https://www.valenciatravelcusco.com/terms-conditions 

                      CONTACT US

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