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FAQs

These are some of the frequently asked questions we get from our travelers:

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

 

Do I need a visa to enter Peru?

Travelers with a US, UK, Canadian, Australian or New Zealand passport do not need a visa to enter Peru for tourism or business, for up to 90 days. For those traveling with another passport, information on visa requirements for Peru is available at the following link: http://www.projectvisa.com/visainformation/Peru

 

Is my passport valid?

We recommend that visitors to Peru travel on a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their trip. Please remember that if you are hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, when starting the trek you must present the same passport to the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary rangers with which you made your original booking.

 

Do I need vaccinations?

No vaccinations are mandatory for entering Peru. However, most travelers choose to vaccinate themselves against hepatitis A, typhoid fever and tetanus. If you are planning to travel to the Amazon basin, you should consider malaria prophylaxis and yellow fever vaccination. Check with your physician or local clinic before traveling.

 

Will I be met at the airport?

Yes, if your itinerary includes transfers or you have asked us to pick you up, our staff will be at the airport to meet you and transfer you to your hotel. We can also provide airport transfers at the end of your itinerary.

 

Should I travel with cash or bank cards?

Cash is easy to exchange for local currency, and in areas that receive tourism US dollars are readily accepted. If you plan to use cards, inform your bank before departure that you will be using your cards overseas. Current exchange rates can be checked at the following link: https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/

 

Are ATMs available?

ATMs are available at most destinations included in our itineraries, providing both US dollars and Peruvian currency. The most secure ATMs are those located in banks, hotels, restaurants or stores.

 

What kind of weather should I expect?

Weather in Peru varies according to the geographic region you are traveling in, and also altitude.

  • Andes: In the Andean highlands (Cusco, Arequipa and Lake Titicaca), where UV levels are high, daytime temperatures peak at between 15 to 21 Celsius (60 and 70 Fahrenheit), while nighttime temperatures range from 1.1 to 5.5 Celsius (30 to 42 Fahrenheit). 
  • During the dry season (from April to October), the weather tends to be clear and sunny. The rainiest months are January and February.
  • Amazon: The Amazon basin is hot and humid. The hottest and most humid months occur during the wet season (from December to April), with the rainiest months being January and February, although of course it can rain at any time in tropical and subtropical forest environments.
  • Coast: Peru’s desert coast is warm all year round, although Lima and the surrounding coastal belt are usually overcast outside the summer months (January to March). While there is almost no rainfall in Lima, humidity is high.
  • Machu Picchu: This Inca site is situated at around 2400 meters (7875 feet) above sea level in an area of subtropical cloud forest. Daytime temperatures range from 26 to 29 Celsius (80 to 85 Fahrenheit). There is the chance of showers at any time of year. The driest months are May to September.

How should I prepare for high altitude?

The best way to deal with high altitude is by allowing the body time to adapt. We recommend at least one day with minimal activity at altitude, to allow the organism to begin to adjust. During your first days at altitude, your metabolism will be working hard to make more red blood cells, in order to carry the limited oxygen available around your body more efficiently. Be sure to eat lightly during your first few days at altitude, drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol.

 

Who will guide me?

We work with experienced local guides, all of whom have graduated in tourism after a 5-year course at a Peruvian university. All our guides speak English and Spanish and are knowledgeable, patient and informative.

Guides in other major languages are also available upon request.

 

INCA TRAIL

What type of camping gear do we use on the trek?

Camping gear:
We supply all the camping equipment for the group to enjoy the great outdoors safely and comfortably.

  • 4 person tents for every two participants,
  • Air mattress,
  • Complete table service; Mess tent, chairs and tables, kitchen tent and latrine tent.
  • Sleeping bags (on request)
  • Many travelers choose to bring their own sleeping bag; however, we offer sleeping bags for hire (at an additional cost)

Our sleeping tents: EUREKA Timberline Outfitter 4
Weatherproof and spacious.
Sleeps: 4 (we use for every two clients)
Floor Size: 8' 7" x 7' 1" / 2.65 m. x 2.16 m.

  • A-frame.
  • Vertical doors
  • One large vertical D-style door with Hi/Low venting offers ease of access and enhanced ventilation.
  • Interior pockets,
  • Bathtub floor; wraps up sides of tent, protecting against splashing and standing water.
  • (We add an additional floor cover to all tents).

Our mess tents and toilet tents features

  • A-frame, specially made to order in Peru to an extra lightweight design for ease of transportation.
  • Spacious mess tent with one vertical door at each end. Tents can be combined to accommodate large groups.
  • Ecological, chemical toilet tents, ensure no human waste is left on the trail.

Dualis sleeping pad features

  • Self-inflating foam chamber provides cushioning and insulates from cold ground.
  • Air-filled tube chamber provides comfortable support.
  • Soft-touch fabric for comfort.
  • Durable anti-slip fabrics keep pad and sleeping bag in place.

Sleeping bags (on request)

  • Our flat rental price for 1 to 4 days including an inlet is US$ 30.00
  • MODEL: Casper Long Sleeping Bag
  • Minimum temperature 15F (-9.44ºC)
  • Lenght: 213 cm
  • Comfortable, warm-to-touch "peached" polyester lining fabric 

Sleeping bags: Regular features

  • Shingle-style construction offers maximum warmth in a minimal package
  • Generous comfort-cut
  • Locking, 2-way zipper allows adjustments for ventilation
  • Full length, insulated zipper draft tube with anti-snag guard defends against cold air intrusion.
  • Insulated hood and chin baffles
  • Internal pocket
  • Compression stuff sack

What processes do we have in place to ensure this equipment is always in perfect condition?

Our full time logistics staff continuously maintain and/or replace all our equipment.
To ensure proper use of our equipment, all gear is handled by our field crew during the treks.

 

Do you provide sleeping pads?

Yes.

 

How do you treat water on the trek?

Water is treated with purification tablets and also boiled.

 

What food safety processes do you have in place?

All foodstuffs are purchased immediately before departure to guarantee freshness and correctly packaged and handled by our trained staff to ensure food safety. 

 

RAINFOREST 

 

Recommended flight times to go to Tambopata

Our boat schedule is designed to coincide as closely as possible with flight times to and from Puerto Maldonado.

Three airlines serve the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado; LAN PERU, AVIANCA and STAR PERU.

 

We recommend those flights arriving (and returning) between 10:40 am and 1:00 pm.

 

When 8 or more guests arrive on one flight they will be transferred immediately to the Ecolodge.

 

If you have 2 passengers and there are other Ecolodge guests on the same flight (travelers who have booked directly or through other travel agents) they will share one boat and depart immediately for the Ecolodge.

 

If you have just one or two couples and there are no other guests on the same flight, they will remain in the small town of Puerto Maldonado until the next flight arrives with more guests. During this time (up to 2 hours) we will offer (at no extra charge) a city tour including; the main square, the international bridge (that goes to Brazil) over the Madre de Dios River and the local market.

 

Please note that airlines often change their schedules.

 

We recommend the following flights to Puerto Maldonado;

AVIANCA AV809 arriving at 11:35

LAN LA2075 arriving at 12:30

STAR PERU 2I1181 arriving at 10:40

 

Not recommended:

LA2077 arriving MON WED FRI at 14:30

LA2081 arriving at 15:40

 

We recommend the following return flights:

AVIANCA AV808 departing at 12:55

LAN LA2076 departing at 13:05

STAR PERU 2I1182 departing at 11.25

 

Not recommended:

2078 departing MON WED FRI at 14:30, or later flights.


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