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With its ancients ruins, snow-capped Andes, and vast Amazon wilderness, Peru has long captured the imagination of people in distant lands. But for much of the 1980s and ´90s few dared to visit the country, which was wracked by a violent conflict between guerrilla movement and Peru´s armed forces. Even after the violence subsided in the ´90s the country´s tourism infrastructure was quite limited, catering primarily to backpackers and other budget travelers.
Thanks to two decades of economic growth and its growing popularity as a tourist destination, Peru now has more options for experiencing its cultural and natural heritage than ever before. A growing number of the country´s tourism businesses are becoming environmentally and socially responsible, and the industry is helping countless Peruvian´s to work their way out of poverty, which remains the country´s biggest problem.
Peru is safer than it has been in years, but standard travel precautions apply. Remember: you represent enormous wealth to the typical person here; the budget for your trip might exceed what many Peruvians earn in a year. Conceal your valuables, watch your things, avoid deserted streets, walk purposefully, take taxis at nights, and be vigilant if somebody invades your personal space, or if there is a scene of commotion, either of which may be done to distract you. Pick pockets tend to work in markets and on buses; keep track of your valuables in any crowded place. In terms of health and sanitation, few visitors experience anything worse than a bout of traveler´s diarrhea. If you stick to upscale eateries in well-trodden destinations, you may minimize even those problems. Be wary of raw foods (peel your fruit), don´t drink tap water. If you visit the Amazon Basin, you should get vaccinated against yellow fever. Check with your physician about any other pre travel immunization or medication at least a month before you leave, since some vaccines require multiple injections. We do not recommend discotheques in Cusco for recent bad reports.
While Cusco and Machu Picchu are obligatory destinations for a first trip to Peru, hiking the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu (Alternative treks as Salkantay, Lares or Huchuy Qosqo when permits for Inca Trail treks are sold out (Short Inca Trail 2 Day or 3 Day version are available year around due a new regulations) or reaching Machu Picchu throughout a off the beatten tracks as Vilcabamba, Espiritupampa or Choquequirao trek for adventurous trekkers or the relaxing, luxurious or even magical experience riding a train to Aguas Calientes to overnight and next morning arrive early to enjoy Machu Picchu´s sunrise and even climb to Huayna Picchu and walk to the Sun´s gate...we suggest to plan 3 or 4 more days around Cusco, South Valley and Sacred Valley attractions, the country has much more to offer, as Arequipa, Puno, Nazca, Ica, Paracas , Puerto Maldonado or Manu National Perk. There is too much to see and do in one trip, so plan your itinerary according to your interests and the season. Wherever you go, build some downtime into your itinerary, especially your first day in the Andes, when you may feel weak or ill. Don´t let all those churches, ruins, convents, and museums blur together. Give yourself enough time to stop and smell the pisco sours. For year travelers avoided Lima, which would be a mistake, The country´s capital is a sprawling metropolis with horrible traffic and more than its share of slums, but the plazas and colonial churches of the historic Centro are impressive, Barranco is charming, and the metropolitan area as in Miraflores, San Isidro or Pueblo Libre has the country´s best museums and restaurants.
Postpone that diet. Amazing is the only way to describe what we think is the hemisphere´s best food. A mixture of European, indigenous, Asian, and African influences makes Peruvian cuisine remarkably varied and delicious. The seafood is excellent, and the best is found in Lima and other coastal cities, but Cusco and Arequipa have ample selections of restaurants that serve up some tasty regional dishes.
Shopping is another popular distraction from exploring, and the handicraft selection is impressive, especially in Cusco. There are several market and fancy shops.
Try to learn a few words of Spanish. Outside the tourist industry few people speak much English. Leaning some common words and phrases can simplify life, and make your trip more pleasant. (Spanish is a second language for many Peruvians, too.)
Pack reserves of patience. Peru offers a polished tourism product, but schedules occasionally go awry, traffic in the cities is chaotic, and street hawkers or beggars can get on your nerves.
Citizens of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia do not require visas to enter Peru as tourists -only valid passports (your passport should be valid at least 6 months beyond your departure date from Peru, contact the embassy or consulate in your home country for more information.
For Inca Trail Trek we require your passport number in order to buy the permits. We will use this passport number to purchase the trek permits. Your passport number will be clearly marked on the trek permit together with your name. When you start the trek government authorities will check both your passport and your trek permit. The two numbers have to be the same otherwise the authorities will not let you start the trek.
FITNESS LEVELS FOR TREKS:
Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners will find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals.
WHEN TO GO:
great Machu Picchu, crowded or not crowded, misty rains or clear
skies, never ceases to enthrall you !!!. Hiking thru popular Inca
Trail trek, reaching this unique wonder after trekking with other
alternative treks or just taking the train to Aguas Calientes from
Cusco or from the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
WHAT TO BRING:
You´ll need one that´s valid for six months beyond your entry date
into the country.
Peru shares the Eastern standard Time zone with New York and Miami when the US East Coast is not on daylight saving time. So when it´s noon in Lima it will be 11am in Dallas and 9am in Los Angeles. CONNECTIVITY.- Cell phone coverage and wireless internet access are increasingly common in Peru, which means you can take your smart phone and laptop with you
Lima. Population: 9.9 million (2016).
THREE NATURAL ZONES: (COSTA, SIERRA, SELVA)
The Coastal region, which contains Lima (the capital), is a narrow coastal plain consisting of large tracts of desert broken by fertile valleys. The cotton, sugar and rice plantations and most of the so-far exploited oil fields lie in this area, as does the majority of the population. The highland Sierra contains the Andes, with peaks over 6,000m (20,000ft), most of the country's mineral resources (silver, zinc, lead, copper and gold) and the greater part of its livestock. The Selva, an area of fertile, subtropical land, lies between the Andes and the borders with Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador. The Amazonian jungle has vast natural resources. The absence of land communications, however, left the area largely uncharted until full-scale oil exploration began in 1973. Even today roads barely penetrate the region.
220 volts AC, 60Hz. (110 volts AC is available in most 4- and 5-star hotels.)
Peru is a large, mountainous country on the Pacific coast of South America that borders Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil and Bolivia to the east, and Chile to the south. The Pacific Ocean lies to the west.
At 3400m, Cuzco is affected more by altitude than latitude, and is hot and sunny during the day (about 30°C) but chilly at night – a few degrees above freezing. May to September is officially the dry season but in the mountains it is unusual not to have some rain at any time of year. Varies according to area. On the coast winter lasts from June to September. During this period, the mountainous areas are often sunny during the day but cold at night. This is high tourist season and the best time to visit most regions. Heavy rains in the mountains and jungle last from December to April. It hardly ever rains in Lima or most of the coast, except for Tumbes and Piura, which have tropical climates.
CUSCO´S TOURIST TICKET: (Cusco´s Boleto Turístico)
this visitors ticket costs 130 soles approx US$55 (half price for students) and is valid for 10 days.. The full Cusco Tourist Ticket allows you entry to 15 sites These sites which are part of the City tour are Sacsayhuaman / Qenko/Puca Pucara/Tambo Machay and these sites which are visited in the Sacred Valley tour are Pisac/Ollantaytambo/Chinchero plus other sites in Cusco such as Religious Art Museum / Church of San Blas / Regional History Museum The entrance to Moray is included on the full ticket and is used when doing the mountain biking tour. Cusco Tourist Ticket is sold at the sites themselves and can be bought on the day of tour if you like. Central office is located on Sol Avenue (Galerias Turisticas).
Note this ticket does not include: Entrance to Koricancha (or Qorikancha) 10 soles Entrance to Cathedral 25 soles (the visit of the Cathedral is optional as many people prefer not to visit now that it is more expensive so there is the option to have afternoon tea in a restored Colonial house / hotel if you prefer during this part of the City tour)
Cusco Tourist Ticket also includes the admission to the Cusco folk dances and music at Cusco Art Center in the 3rd block of Sol Avenue, presentation every night from 7:00 pm
Alternatively you can purchase a partial ticket for 70 soles which allows a one day only visit of just the 4 Archeological sites if you are not planning to visit any of the Sacred Valley sites such as Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chincheros or a one day only partial ticket to visit the Sacred Valley sites such as Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chincheros ( Moray ) if you are not going to have time to visit the 4 Archeological sites of Saqsayhuaman /Qenqo /Pucapucara /Tambomachay.
The partial ticket for 70 soles does not allow for any further discount for ISIC card holders. Student partial ticket cost is also 70 soles
SHOPPING IN CUSCO.-
There are many attractive Peruvian handicrafts such as alpaca wool sweaters, alpaca and llama rugs, Indian masks, colorful weaving and silver jewelry. Galleries and handicraft shops abound in Cusco (Avenida El Sol) near the wanchaq train station there is a big market and outdoor Andean craft markets in places such as Pisac in the Sacred Valley are famous.
RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS IN CUSCO:
hot and spicy nature of Peruvian food, created by hot pepper, garlic
and local ingredients.
Palta a la Reyna,Dieta de Pollo, Sopa a la Criolla, Caldo de Gallina, Quinua soup, Chairo, Lomo Saltado, Milaneza de Lomo, Milaneza de Pollo,Trucha a la Menier, Trucha al Ajillo, Aji de Gallina, Papa a la Huancayna, Anticuchos de corazon, Cuy al Horno con Rocoto Relleno, Pepian de Cuy, Pachamanca, Chicharrones, Seco de Cordero,Choclo con Queso, Ceviche (uncooked fish marinated in lemon or lime juice and hot chilli pepper), Chupe de Camarones (chowder-type soup made with shrimps, milk, eggs, potatoes and peppers), Causa rellena (potato cakes with chicken in the centre, but also cooked with avocado or crabmeat), Tamales (boiled corn dumplings filled with meat and wrapped in a banana leaf), Mazamorra morada (purple maize and sweet potato starch jelly cooked with lemons, dried fruits, cinnamon and cloves). Chicha Morada and Pisco Sour.
sour (bitters weet cocktail made from a potent grape brandy, lemmon
A couple of Tips for arrival to Cusco:
Due to the altitude you should only eat light foods for your first meal. Vegetable soups nothing too heavy and no alcohol. You should ensure you rest for at least 1 and a half to 2 hours on arrival otherwise you will find the alitude affects them more and this is usually with a bit of a tummy upset and headaches. Always have a coca tea on arrival and go and rest. Good to end off a meal with a mate (herbal tea) Manzanilla is camomile.
Often menus of the day are 3 course meals and so you probably don`t need 2 large meals in one day. So just get a lovely empanada and juice or coffee from EL BUEN PASTOR in the San Blas for the evening! If you are a large group look for buffets. You could spend all night waiting if not! Also for menus of the day if there are 2 options. indicate how many of each option 2 hours ahead and your time of arrival and pay a deposit or again you could spend all day waiting for entree!
But please don`t leave Cusco without visiting EL BUEN PASTOR . It is a fantastic bakery in Cuesta San Blas 579, But much more than just great pastries and rolls! The shop provides for a program to assist young women to have accommodation and be able to study for a career is run by the delightful hermana Irene. Go meet the girls they are such an inspiration. They start work in the bakery at 2am and just keep on working, all studying for a better positive future. These girls deserve all the support you can give so go... endulge! You are doing it for a better future for people who so deserve it!!
HEALTH CARE and CLINICS IN CUSCO
International travellers are strongly advised to take out full health insurance and should be prepared to pay up front for medical services.
1.- Medical Network Clinic: Calle Bellavista Huancaro C 11 Tel: 080026685
Yelow Fever Vaccination is recommended for travellers visiting jungle areas below 2,300m (7,546ft). Such as Puerto Maldonado, Manu National Park, Iquitos, Travellers who are only visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu do not require a vaccination.
VISAS TO ENTER TO PERU:
A valid six-year passport is essential; it should be valid for at least six months after departure from Peru. There is currently no visa requirement for USA, UK, Canadian, Australian citizens. Other nationalities should check entry requirements.
We advised you to contact the embassy to check visa requirements as especially for some countries such as South Africa, India, we have know of people having difficulties. It is not an issue we always have current information on and so please contact the embassy directly.
Only a few bureau de change in Lima and Cusco will exchange currencies other than US Dollars. Outside Lima, it is virtually impossible. US Dollars can be exchanged everywhere and banks, hotels and many shops also readily accept US Dollars (although very old, torn or damaged notes are usually rejected). It is not recommended to exchange money from street vendor, There are official Casa de Cambios in Sol Avenue. Airport bank´s rates are bad so change only little money is necessary.
Money Currency New Sol (PEN; symbol S/.) = 100 céntimos. New Sol notes are in denominations of S/.200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of S/.5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 céntimos.
US Dollars are also in use and accepted for payment particularly in tourist areas, if not with any small tears. While effectively interchangeable, it is always good for tourists to have some local currency in small denominations, to pay for buses, taxis and goods in some small establishments
. CREDIT / DEBIT CARDS and ATM´S:
All major credit cards are accepted, but usage may be limited outside of Lima and tourist areas. Visa and MasterCard are the most commonly accepted. ATMs are now generally regarded as one of the best ways to obtain money in Peru. BCP, BBVA Continental, Internank, located at Sol Avenues and Scottia Bank at Maruri Street Banking Hours Mon-Fri 09:00-18:00, Sat 0900-1300 (may vary during the summer).
Lightweights during summer days with much warmer clothes worn in upland areas, especially at night. Good fleeces are advised during cooler months. Rain gear is recommended during the rainy season, particularly in the Andes or Amazon. The main thing is use layering always have something with you to warm up quickly.
Telephone Country code: 51. City Code Cusco is 84 Telephone cards are available in the main cities from stands and supermarkets.
Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies. Mobile phones can be rented in Lima and the main cities. Coverage is sporadic.
INTERNET IN PERU.
Public Internet booths and Internet cafes are widely available in cities and most towns. Wi-Fi is becoming increasingly common in cafes, restaurants and hotels.
Airmail to Western Europe takes up to one week. Postal facilities are limited outside Lima. First-class airmail from Europe or North America addressed to PO boxes in Peru usually takes only a few days, but may be subject to delay. The main post office (Correo Central de Lima) is near the Plaza de Armas and in Cusco is on Ave el Sol. Post office opening hours: Mon-Fri 0800-2000; Sat 0900-1330. DHL located in Sol Avenue too is very expensive.
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Service charges of 10% are added to bills. Additional tips of 5-10% are expected in better restaurants, while rounding up the bill or adding a few Soles is appreciated in small restaurants.
Is the customary form of greeting. Kissing on one cheek between women and between women and men is common in coastal cities. Visitors should follow normal social courtesies and the atmosphere is generally informal. A small gift from a company or home country is sufficient. Dress is usually informal, although for some business meetings and social occasions men wear a jacket and tie. Public Holidays
1 Jan New Year's Day.
ECONOMY IN PERU:
The Peruvian economy is divided into two distinct parts: a relatively modern industrial and service economy concentrated on the coastal plain, and a subsistence agricultural economy in the interior. Inevitably, one consequence has been huge migration from the interior to the coastal cities. Most foreign investment is directed towards Peru's major industry, mining, which accounts for about half of export earnings. Meanwhile, tourism has snowballed and now brings in more than US$1 billion annually.
During the early to mid 1990s, Peru implemented important market-oriented reforms, including privatization of key industries, trade deregulation and measures to attract foreign investment. The strategy was reasonably successful, and the country's economy is relatively stable. Foreign investment is growing rapidly in the mining, agriculture and tourism sectors. The unemployment rate was 8.4% in Lima in 2008, but it is estimated that up to 40% of the general workforce are underemployed. Peru's annual growth was estimated to be 9.2% in 2008. The inflation rate was 6.7%. The passing of the Free Trade Agreement with the United States in January of 2009 is expected to spur considerable growth in the next decade.
The export of artistic or cultural articles is prohibited.
About Altitude Sickness (Soroche)
Altitude sickness is serious and has the potential to ruin your trip. The biggest mistake you can make is to fly directly to Cusco -- located at 3,326 m/10,910 ft above sea level -- and expect to hike the next day. Give yourself a few days to adjust to the altitude first. Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, or soroche, is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 2,400 meters (approximately 8,000 feet). Acute mountain sickness can progress to high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or high altitude cerebral edema (HACE).The causes of altitude sickness are not fully understood. The percentage of oxygen in air remains essentially constant with altitude at 21% up until 70,000 feet (21,330 m), but the air pressure (and therefore the number of oxygen molecules) drops as altitude increases — consequently, the available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases above 10,000 feet (3,050m). Altitude sickness usually does not affect persons traveling in aircraft because the cabin altitude in modern passenger aircraft is kept to 8,000 feet (2,440 m) or lower. A superficially related condition is chronic mountain sickness, also known as Monge's disease, occurring only after prolonged exposure to high altitude. An unrelated condition, often confused with altitude sickness, is dehydration, due to the higher rate of water vapor lost from the lungs at higher altitudes. Those who ascend rapidly to altitudes greater than 2,500 m (8,100 ft) may develop altitude sickness. In Peru, this includes Cusco (3,326 m), some points along the Inca Trail, and Lake Titicaca (3,820m). Being physically fit offers no protection. Those who have experienced altitude sickness in the past are prone to future episodes. The risk increases with faster ascents, higher altitudes and greater exertion. Symptoms may include headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, malaise, insomnia and loss of appetite. Severe cases may be complicated by fluids in the lungs (high-altitude pulmonary edema) or swelling of the brain (high-altitude cerebral edema) If symptoms are more than mild or persist for more than 24 hours (far less at high altitudes), descend immediately by at least 500 meters and see a doctor. To help prevent altitude sickness, the best measure is to spend two nights or more at each rise of 1,000 m. Alternatively, take 125 mg or 250 mg of acetozolamide (Diamox) twice or three times daily starting 24 hours before ascent and continuing for 48 hours after arrival at altitude. Possible side effects include increased urinary volume, numbness, tingling, nausea, drowsiness, myopia and temporary impotence. Acetazolamide should not be given to pregnant women or anyone with a history of sulfa allergy. For those who cannot tolerate acetazolamide, the next best option is 4 mg of dexamethasone taken four times daily. Unlike acetazolamide, dexamethasone must be tapered gradually upon arrival at altitude; since there is a risk that altitude sickness will occur as the dosage is reduced. Dexamethasone is a steroid, so it should not be given to diabetics or anyone for whom taking steroids is not advised. A natural alternative is gingko, which some people find quite helpful. When traveling to high altitudes, it´s also important to avoid over exertion, eat light meals and abstain from alcohol. Altitude sickness
INCA TRAIL TREK PERMITS 2017 - 2018 From January to December. (Except on February). Successfully obtained authorization as Official Tour Operator for ADVENTOURS -SAS E.I.R.L CI0006 with RUC 20490098951 and MARQUEZ VIAJES Y SERVICIOS CI1518 with RUC 201489995655 (SAS Travel) then you can see here: http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/
INCA TRAIL regulations
For decades, individuals trekked the Inca Trail on their own, but hundreds of thousands of visitors -more than 75,000 a year -left behind so much detritus that not only was the experience compromised for most future trekkers, but the very environment was also placed at risk. The entire zone has suffered grave deforestation and erosion. The Peruvian government, under pressure from international organizations, has finally instituted changes and restrictions designed to lessen the human impact on the trail and on Machu Picchu itself: In the first couple of years, regulations were poorly enforced, but in 2003, the government announced its intentions to fully and strictly enforce them.
All trekkers are now required to go accompanied by a guide and a group. In addition, the overall number of trekkers permitted on the trail was significantly reduced, to 200 per day (with an additional 300 trek staff, for a total daily number admited of 500); the maximum number of trekkers per group outing is capped at 16; only professionally qualified and licensed guides are allowed to lead groups on the Inca Trail; tha maximum loads porters can carry has been limited to 20Kg (44 lb) plus his 5Kg for his personal belongings; Theses changes have cut the number of trekkers on the trail in half and have made reservations essential. Guarantee your space on the trail by making a reservation at least 2-3 months in advance of your trip (but 4-6 months or more in advance for high season May-October; reservations can be made as much as a year in advance). Getting a spot for a trek and waiting until you arrive in Cusco is a ridiculous risk if you´re really counting on doing the Inca Trail. The good news is that the trail is more organized and that hope for its preservation is greater. But if you´re looking for solitude and a more spiritual experience, you might consider one of our "alternative ruins treks" as Choquequirao, Salkantay, Auzangate, Huchuy Qosqo or Lares Valley Trek.
INCA TRAIL TREK:
Permits for Inca Trail and Multiday tours with Inca Trail trek from January 1st 2016 to December are limited, First come...First serve basis... (We strongly recommned to book 8-6 months in advance.) You must book and pay a deposit well in advance, so we can secure your spots with the park and find a space in our group. (Tours available from October, November and December 2017 (BEFORE BOOKING ON THE CALENDAR PLEASE): CHECK AVAILABILITY HERE OR Register your details on Step 2 , generate a code to pay a booking deposit on Step 3 or with PayPal. Or see directions on Booking Information at the end of this page.
Short 2 Day Inca Trail or 3 Day version are available around the year (except on February).
TICKET FOR HUAYNAPICCHU MT
If you would like to walk the Huayna picchu mountain after the guided tour at Machupicchu, please let us know asap and add to your booking deposit, passes are also limited... the admission is USD$ 85 per person so we can purchase your ticket for the 2nd turn at 11:00 am. (for students with ISIC card USD$45 pp). OR book this option: 5 Day Inca Trail with Huaynapicchu mt
7 Day / 6 Night Classic Inca Trail trek, Cusco and MARQUESES Boutique Hotel Package. Cusco, Sacred Valley, Classic Inca Trail hike with 6 Kg porterage service. Bookings for Nov Dec 2016 and treks on 2017. Find more information here: 7 Day Classic Inca Trail Package (Free up-grade to Deluxe or Suite room at MARQUESES Hotel)*.
ALTERNATIVES TO THE INCA TRAIL
If you can´t get a permit for the Inca Trail, there are other equally stellar treks that go to Machupicchu, we offer group departures from April to November to Salkantay trail 5 Day, Lares Valley 4 Day , Huchuy Qosqo 3 Day, Chinchero Urquillo 2 Day and Choquequirao 8 Day trek to Machupicchu, Other great treks to Auzangate trail from May to November are also recommended.
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