Sacred Land of the Incas Trip Notes

Sacred Land of the Incas

Last Modified: 12 Jul 2016
Sacred Land of the Incas
Trip code: GGSQ
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
Travel to Peru and discover the secret land of the Incas as you journey along the coastal shores of Lima, travel beneath the Amazon Jungle's lush canopy, past the llama-filled plains of the Sacred Valley and beyond to tiny colonial towns. Embark on an adventure of a lifetime along the Inca Trail, trekking to Machu Picchu. Head to the dizzy altitude of Lake Titicaca before journeying to Bolivia and immersing yourself in the history of La Paz. This insightful adventure through Peru is sure to leave you astounded by the magic and mystery of the sacred land of the Incas.
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StyleAccommodationFinish point
ThemesAccommodation NotesEmergency contact
Is this trip right for you?Meals introductionVisas
Why we love itMealsWhat to take
MapMoney mattersClimate and seasonal information
ItineraryGroup leaderHealth
Itinerary disclaimerSafetyTravel insurance
Physical ratingJoining pointA couple of rules
Included activitiesJoining point instructionsResponsible Travel
Important notesAlternate joining pointThe Intrepid Foundation
Group sizeAlternate joining point descriptionFeedback
Your fellow travellersAlternate joining point instructions
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Themes
Explorer
Is this trip right for you?
- This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information on this
- There's a lot of walking involved, and if you do the Inca trail the hiking can be strenuous. This trip is recommended for those with a moderate level of fitness; however, there are also a few different trail options to suit different interests and physical capabilities.
- Be sure to wear sturdy footwear that's suitable for hiking. See the ‘What to Take’ section of the trip notes for more information.
- Those who walk the Inca Trail will be camping with basic facilities. It's not exactly the Hilton, but the rewards of the trek are many!
- The Amazon jungle can be very hot and humid, so it's important to drink plenty of water and wear light cotton clothing. Be sure to bring tropical-strength insect repellant.
Why we love it
- Experience the untouched world of the Amazon rainforest. Wander along jungle trails on the lookout for monkeys, parrots, otters and caimans, and sleep in a nature lodge lit by candles and kerosene lamps
- Marvel at the mother of all Incan cities, magical Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and free time to explore on your own
- If trekking's not your thing, simply take a train to Machu Picchu instead – a great excuse to stay longer in lovely Cuzco
- The floating reed islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca are a marvel of concept, construction and history. Take a boat tour on the world's highest navigable lake and stay with a local family there
- Feast your eyes on beautiful Spanish colonial architecture, from Lima through to La Paz
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Lima
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Peru. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. Enjoy a walking tour of downtown Lima, including the city's historical centre. Flanked by streets of ornate colonial mansions, palaces and churches, Plaza Mayor is the best place to start any exploration of Lima. Take a walk through the old streets to get a feel for colonial life. If you arrive early, we recommend you take a walk around Miraflores. Go from Central Park (Parque Kennedy) to LarcoMar via Larco Avenue. Alternatively go to Parque del Amor (Love's Park) for a nice view of Lima's beaches. Other great things to see and do include a tour to Pachacamac (around 30 km from downtown Lima), the Museo de la Nacion and the Gold Museum. Limenos (Lima's residents) are friendly and there are plenty of great restaurants and cafes at which to sample ceviche, a local seafood speciality.

Notes: This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information on this.
Included Activities
  • Leader-led walking tour
    Optional Activities
    • Museum of the Inquisition visit - Free
    • Archaeological Museum - PEN15
    • Lima Gastronomic Experience Urban Adventure - USD42
    • Road to Pachacamac Biking Urban Adventure - Free
    • Lima Coast Biking Tour - Urban Adventures - USD44
    • Lima Discovery Urban Adventure - USD30
      Accommodation
      Hotel (1 nt)
      Day 2-3 Amazon Jungle
      Take a flight to Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon Jungle, where you'll be staying for two nights. Upon your arrival, the lodge staff will take you to their office in town. Here you can leave most of your luggage in safe storage and continue travelling with a small pack with just the necessary items for your next two nights in the jungle. You’ll then take a motorised canoe upriver to your jungle lodge in the Madre de Dios area. There will be time to unpack and unwind once you get there. The next two days are packed with activities. Your full day in the jungle includes a trek which lasts approximately half a day. At times the paths can get quite muddy and times the walk will be hard going; there will be regular stops along the way. Witness magnificent fauna and flora in their natural habitat as you walk. There are macaws, monkeys, peccaries, jabirus, otters and thousands of butterflies in this jungle. The guides can also teach you about the medicinal properties and practical uses of the plants. For lunch you will return to the lodge. For your night-time excursion, venture out in the dark in search of caimans on the Tambopata River. The naturalist guide will use a spotlight to locate them on the banks of the river, so you can observe them from a respectable distance.

      Notes: You will stay at two different lodges in the same area. The activities may vary slightly according to which lodge you are at. The included night excursion may be on the night of Day 1 or Day 2. As both lodges are in the same area, you will see the same wildlife and your overall jungle experience will be the same in either lodge.

      Included Activities
      • 3d/2n Amazon Jungle stay
        Accommodation
        Jungle Lodge (2 nt)
        Meals
        2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
        Day 4 Cuzco
        Fly from Puerto Maldonado to Cuzco, the heart and soul of Peru (approximately 35 minutes). Take the time to acclimatise to the city's 3,450-metre altitude and enjoy a walking tour with your local leader. You'll visit the Coca Museum, where you can learn more about the infamous plant that has been an essential part of life in the Andes for centuries. You'll also visit the local San Pedro market. The grandiose cathedral, built on top of an Inca palace, dominates the Plaza de Armas. There are several impressive Inca ruins within the city, but the most easily accessible is Coricancha, which was the Inca empire's richest temple. For lunch, perhaps head to Yanapay restaurant on Ruinas Street, which not only offers delicious food but is an excellent cause supporting underprivileged children.

        Notes: The Boleto Turistico (Tourism Ticket) is a good option if you want to visit the museums. This ticket also includes the archaeological sites around Cuzco such as Saqsaywaman, Q'enqo, Pica Pakara, Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Some museums in town, like the Contemporary Art Museum, Regional History Museum and Qosqo Native Art Museum can only be accessed by purchasing the Boleto Turistico.
        Included Activities
        • Coca Museum
        • Orientation Walk - Cuzco
          Optional Activities
          • Cathedral Visit - PEN25
          • Coricancha Archeological Site - Cuzco - PEN15
          • Full Boleto Turistico Pass, which gives you access to 16 archaeological sites in/around Cuzco (Transport & guides are not included) - PEN135
            Accommodation
            Hotel (1 nt)
            Meals
            1 breakfast
            Day 5 Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo
            Head to Ollantaytambo, visiting a local community en route. When you arrive in Ollantaytambo you'll see it's a magnificent example of Incan urban planning. It's one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish. The archaeological site is located to the east of the Plaza de Armas. The upper terraces of the site offer great photo opportunities of the squared grid town below. Visit Hearts Cafe for a bite to eat – it's part of a project supported by the Intrepid Foundation and the coffee there is excellent.
            Included Activities
            • Private bus to Sacred Valley and local community visit
              Optional Activities
              • Ollantaytambo Ruins - PEN70
                Accommodation
                Hotel (1 nt)
                Meals
                1 breakfast, 1 lunch
                Day 6 Inca Trail, Quarry trail or Train option
                During the next four days, you'll do one of the following, depending on what you've arranged:

                Route 1: Hike the Classic Inca Trail;
                Route 2: Hike the Inca Quarry Trail;
                Route 3: Take the train to Aguas Calientes after staying in Cuzco for two extra days.

                While away from Cuzco, the bulk of your luggage will be stored at your hotel. If you’re hiking the Inca Trail or the Inca Quarry Trail, the evening before you leave Cuzco you'll receive a small duffle bag to carry your clothes in for the next four days (6 kg maximum). Your team of porters will carry these bags for you, together with the food and equipment for the trail. Please note that you won't have access to these items until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. If you’re travelling to Aguas Calientes by train, you'll be able to leave most of your luggage at the hotel in Cuzco and only travel with the necessary items during the excursion by train.

                Route 1: Classic Inca Trail

                Travel by minivan to the 82 km marker and meet your crew of local porters, cook and guide. The first day includes uphill trekking to the campsite (located 3,100 m above sea level). On the way you’ll see the Inca sites of Ollantaytambo, Huillca Raccay and Llactapata, and catch incredible views of the snow-capped Veronica Peak. In the evening, unwind at the campsite with a nourishing meal.

                Notes: The Inca Trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people, but please come prepared, as the trail is 45 km long and often steep. Each day's journey generally consists of 7 hours of walking (uphill and downhill) with stops for snacks and lunch. Trekking usually begins at 7 am (except on the fourth morning) and you reach the campsite around 5 pm. Accommodation on the trek is camping (three nights). Double tents (twin-share) and inflatable camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals.

                Route 2: Quarry Trail

                Make an early start today and drive to Choquequilla, a small ceremonial place where Incas worshipped the moon. Drive to the starting point of the trek, Rafq'a, and meet the horsemen who join us on the hike. After an hour’s walk, reach the small community of Socma. Carry on to the Perolniyoc cascade lookout, an opportunity to stop for photos and a food break. Continue to the campsite (3,700 m above sea level). You should reach the campsite around lunchtime. After lunch, set off to explore the Q'orimarca archaeological site, which once served as a checkpoint to the Incas.

                Notes: The Quarry Trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people. The hike is 26 km long in total and its highest pass is at 4,450 meters above sea level. Throughout the trek, horses will carry your gear and camping equipment. The first two nights are spent camping, and on the third night you'll stay at a simple hotel. Double tents (twin-share) and inflatable camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals.

                Route 3: Train

                After spending the night in Ollantaytambo, leave around 9.30 am and take a short drive to the town of Pisac, which is well known for its market. Here you’ll have the opportunity to shop for souvenirs and perhaps try some local Empanadas. Arrive back in Cuzco in the afternoon, where your leader will take you to the San Pedro Market in order to buy some things for a picnic tomorrow. In the late afternoon, you’ll have an option to visit the Choco Museum and try some exquisite artisanal chocolate that's prepared in-house from cacao beans. Be sure to sample some of the delicious hot chocolate.

                Notes: The included lunch and dinner on this day is for people trekking the Inca or Quarry Trail only.
                Included Activities
                • 3 Night / 4 Day Inca Trail (or 2 Night / 3 Day Quarry Trail)
                  Accommodation
                  Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
                  Meals
                  1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                  Day 7 Inca Trail / Quarry trail / Train
                  Route 1: Classic Inca Trail

                  This is the most challenging day of the trek as you ascend a long steep path (approximately 5 hours) to reach the highest point of the trail. Colloquially known as 'Dead Woman's Pass', Warmiwanusca sits at a height of 4,200 metres above sea level, giving amazing views of the valley below. The group will then descend to the campsite in the Pacaymayo Valley at 3,650 metres.

                  Route 2: Quarry Trail

                  This is the most challenging and rewarding day of the hike. A three-hour walk takes you to the top of the first pass of Puccaqasa (approximately 4,370 m high). After enjoying picturesque views of the valley, it’s a short walk before stopping for lunch. Afterwards, make the two-hour hike to Kuychicassa, the highest pass of the trek at 4,450 meters. From here, descend to the sacred site the Incas called Intipunku (Sun Gate), with views of the Nevado Veronica mountain. Head to the campsite, only a stone’s throw away at Choquetacarpo.

                  Route 3: Train

                  Today, take a taxi to Tambomachay, an archaeological site just outside of Cuzco. From here you’ll take a short downhill walk (1–3 hours) back to Cuzco. On the way, stop to admire some of the archaeological sites including Puka Pukara, Qinqu Quenqo and Saksaywaman. Arrive back in Cuzco in the afternoon and enjoy some free time to go shopping, or perhaps visit Merida, Mendivil and Olave art galleries and workshops. Your tour leader will be able to give you some suggestions.

                  Notes: The included lunch and dinner on this day is for people trekking the Inca or Quarry Trail only.
                  Accommodation
                  Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
                  Meals
                  1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                  Day 8 Inca Trail / Quarry trail / Train
                  Route 1: Classic Inca Trail

                  Start the day with a climb through the Pacaymayo Valley to Runkuracay pass (3,980 m). Enjoy beautiful views of the snow-capped mountain of Cordillera Vilcabamba before descending to the ruins of Sayacmarca (approximately 2–3 hours). Continue over the trail’s third pass to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (3,850 m), also known as the 'Town Above the Clouds'. Start the descent down the Inca steps to the final night's campsite by the Winay Wayna archaeological site (approximately 2 hours).

                  Route 2: Quarry Trail

                  Today’s hike is all downhill. The first stop is the incomplete Kachiqata quarry, where the Incas were intercepted by the Spanish. Around midday, your trek comes to an end. Explore the cobbled streets of Ollantaytambo before taking the short train journey to Aguas Calientes. This is where you’ll meet up with the travellers in your group who didn't hike. Visiting the natural hot springs in town is a recommended way to spend the late afternoon. Spend the night in a comfortable hotel before tomorrow’s visit to Machu Picchu.

                  Route 3: Train

                  After a drive to Ollantaytambo (approximately 1.5 hours), catch a train through the winding Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes (also approximately 1.5 hours). The city is nestled in the cloud forest at the foot of Machu Picchu. For those who want a sneak peak, there is time to visit Machu Picchu independently before a guided tour the following day (dependent on ticket availability). Otherwise, you can while away the afternoon in the natural hot springs at Aguas Calientes.

                  Notes: The included lunch on this day is for people trekking the Inca or Quarry Trail only.
                  Accommodation
                  Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
                  Meals
                  1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                  Day 9 Inca Trail / Quarry Trail / Train (Machu Picchu)
                  Route 1: Classic Inca Trail

                  This is the final and most spectacular leg of the trek to Machu Picchu. The day starts before dawn, with breakfast at 4.30 am. Say farewell to the porters as they descend to the train station and begin hiking by 5.30 am. Walk to Intipunku, aka the Sun Gate (approximately 2.5 hours). Weather permitting, enjoy unforgettable views over Machu Picchu, ‘Lost City of the Incas’, as the sun rises (and before it’s crawling with visitors).

                  Route 2: Quarry Trail

                  Depending on weather conditions, take a bus at 5.30 am along the winding road to Machu Picchu (approximately 30 minutes). At Machu Picchu, join up with the travellers in your group who hiked the Classic Inca Trail. If the skies are clear, enjoy a spectacular sunrise over the ancient city from the Sun Gate before going on a guided walk around the ruins.

                  Route 3: Train

                  Take an early bus up to Machu Picchu at 5.30 am. The city was built around 1440 AD as a country retreat for Incan nobility, but there’s evidence that the land had been a sacred Incan site for much longer. Take a guided tour around the ruins of temples, palaces and living quarters, and enjoy free time afterwards to wander around on your own before the group returns to Cuzco.

                  For all routes: After taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, it's time to return to Cuzco for a well-deserved shower and a Pisco sour. Your evening is then free for the last night of your adventure.

                  Notes: Due to Intrepid's internal safety policy, our leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking trips to the mountaintop ruins of Wayna Picchu.
                  Included Activities
                  • Machu Picchu entrance and Guided Tour
                    Accommodation
                    Hotel (1 nt)
                    Meals
                    1 breakfast
                    Day 10 Cuzco
                    Enjoy free time to relax, shop and explore more of Cuzco's sights. Perhaps rest you weary legs at a cafe on Plaza de Armas. For those who can't get enough active adventure, why not try mountain biking in the hills that surround Cuzco?
                    Optional Activities
                    • Mountain biking - USD35
                      Accommodation
                      Hotel (1 nt)
                      Meals
                      1 breakfast
                      Day 11 Puno
                      Travel by local bus through the dramatic scenery of the high altiplano to Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca (approximately 6 hours). You'll be at an altitude of 3,820 metres. There will be a couple of stops along the way to pick up and drop off passengers. Take in glorious views of the seemingly endless water stretching into the horizon. This place is a melting pot of Aymara and Quechuan Indian culture and traditional Andean customs, and it wears its traditions on its sleeve. If you're lucky your trip will coincide with one of the many cultural festivals here.
                      Optional Activities
                      • Sillustani archaeological site - USD10
                        Accommodation
                        Hotel (1 nt)
                        Meals
                        1 breakfast
                        Day 12 Lake Titicaca Homestay
                        Embark on a tour of the lake by slow motor boat, stopping off to visit the Uros floating islands. The Uros originally built their islands to isolate themselves from rival tribes. The islands are built from many layers of totora reeds that grow in the shallows of the lake. To get a closer look at daily life in the Lake Titicaca region, you'll be welcomed into local homes for an overnight stay with the community. Make the most of your visit by helping your host family with their daily activities or trying to chat in the local language, Quechua. A game of soccer is also a great way to make local friends.

                        Notes: Your homestay tonight is a mud brick house. Rooms have beds and many blankets, and there are shared drop-toilets but no showers.
                        Included Activities
                        • Lake Titicaca boat tour & homestay
                          Accommodation
                          Homestay (1 nt)
                          Meals
                          1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                          Day 13 Puno
                          This morning after breakfast you'll board the boat again and head to Taquile Island (approximately 1 hour). Here, the tradition of knitting is strictly a male domain, and women do the spinning. It's a great place to pick up some high quality, locally knitted goods. An uphill trek (approximately 1 hour) brings you to the main area of the island. After the visit, you will descend about 500 steps back to our boat. Then travel back to Puno by boat (approximately 3 hours).

                          Puno is the hometown of Kusimayo, a terrific local organisation that works towards improving the living condition of children and adults affected by poverty and malnutrition in this part of the world you have now come to know so well. Take a look at this short video for more information on this wonderful project: https://vimeo.com/154422813
                          Kusimayo is supported by the Intrepid Foundation which means you can donate to this project and your donation will be match dollar for dollar by the Intrepid Group. Please donate through our website: http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/kusimayo/
                          Accommodation
                          Hotel (1 nt)
                          Meals
                          1 breakfast
                          Day 14 La Paz
                          Travel by comfortable local bus to Desaguadero and cross the border into Bolivia. After border formalities at the Peruvian migration office, you'll walk across a bridge to the Bolivian side, submit your passport at the Bolivian migration office, then board the bus again. Head for La Paz, and after 30 minutes or so there's another stop where your documents will be checked by authorities. The journey to La Paz takes about 5 hours (don't forget that Bolivia's timezone is 1–2 hours ahead of Peru!). When you arrive, you might feel like you're on top of the world at around 3,600 metres above sea level. Discover the colonial architecture and browse the markets – you'll see this town is a interesting mixture of the indigenous and modern.
                          Optional Activities
                          • Chacaltaya tour half day (Pool) - BOB80
                          • Tiwanaku archaeological site - BOB60
                            Accommodation
                            Hotel (1 nt)
                            Meals
                            1 breakfast
                            Day 15 La Paz
                            Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning.
                            Optional Activities
                            • To 3,600 Metres, and Beyond - Urban Adventures Urban Adventure - USD41
                            • Food with Altitude - Urban Adventures - USD57
                              Meals
                              1 breakfast
                              Itinerary disclaimer
                              ITINERARY CHANGES Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

                              OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

                              DEMONSTRATIONS AND PROTESTS: Demonstrations and protests, often in response to local labour or social issues, occur regularly throughout South America, however Peru in particular. National strikes can be called at short notice and can cause disruption to road networks leading to inevitable itinerary changes. Intrepid does everything possible for these changes to be at little or no extra cost; however in such circumstances we find that travellers need to access part of, or the entire, emergency fund. Please read below for more information on this trip's emergency fund.
                              Physical rating

                              On Day 2 of the Inca Trail or Quarry Trek you will be walking uphill from 3000 to 4500 metres above sea level before descending steeply through big steps and difficult terrain. While this demanding walk is the main challenge our passengers face on this trip, it's also one of the highlights and worth every minute of it.

                              We recommend that you undertake regular aerobic exercise in the months before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Doing mountain walks or climbing long staircases with a pack is good preparation. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trekking to its fullest.
                              Included activities
                              Leader-led walking tour
                              3d/2n Amazon Jungle stay
                              Coca Museum
                              Orientation Walk - Cuzco
                              Private bus to Sacred Valley and local community visit
                              3 Night / 4 Day Inca Trail (or 2 Night / 3 Day Quarry Trail)
                              Machu Picchu entrance and Guided Tour
                              Lake Titicaca boat tour & homestay
                              Important notes
                              SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS
                              A single supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights the single supplement is not available:
                              - Days 2-3 Amazon Jungle

                              INCA TRAIL PERMITS
                              Inca Trail permits are sold on request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, Intrepid will endeavour to secure a permit for you.

                              If Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you can opt to hike the Inca Quarry Trail instead.
                              http://www.intrepidtravel.com/sites/default/files/pdf/Inca_Quarry_Trail.pdf

                              The Inca Trail closes in February to allow cleaning and restoration works. If the trek portion of your trip starts in February you will be automatically booked to hike the Inca Quarry Trail.

                              Should you choose not to hike at all, please let us know in writing at the time of booking so alternative arrangements can be made. Without this prior warning, local fees may apply.


                              Group size
                              Maximum of 16 travellers per group.
                              Your fellow travellers
                              GROUP TRAVEL
                              As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

                              SINGLE TRAVELLERS:
                              Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
                              Accommodation
                              Camping (with basic facilities) (3nt), Homestay (1nt), Hotel (8nt), Jungle Lodge (2nt)
                              Due to limited time and energy supply in some places, please be prepared for some cold showers.

                              Homestays in Lake Titicaca:

                              As a responsible travel company, we believe in facilitating positive and meaningful exchanges between our travellers and locals at the places we visit. Homestays are a great vehicle for us to facilitate this!

                              What will you do during a homestay? Well…it’s hard to tell. As you know a day in a family’s life varies from day to day. We don’t want this experience to feel forced (on you or on them) so we ask families to simply carry on with their lives and that, if there is anything that you may be interested in being part of, they ask you to join in. As such you may be invited to help cook dinner, or to go to the local market for groceries, or to join a soccer game with the kids! While your leader will give you some tools to interact with your family (such as some simple words/phrases in Quechua and/or Spanish) big smiles and lots of sign language can go a long way!
                              That said, it’s also important that you understand that you are not obliged to participate in these activities. We believe that the more you put in the more you get out of an experience, but we also understand that you may just want to chill out, grab a book or your camera and go for a wander – and that is fine too.

                              Ultimately, we believe that by simply being there, observing family and friends dynamics is a step forward towards understanding the local way of life.

                              In terms of facilities, the rooms are clean and comfortable (or as comfortable as they get in this part of the world!) however quite basic. Plenty of blankets are provided. Ask for more if you are cold. Layering up with thin thermals and a fleece material will help during very cold nights too.

                              Lastly, be aware that homestays in Lake Titicaca have shared drop toilets and no showers. So mind your step!

                              A single supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights the single supplement is not available:
                              - Days 2-3 Amazon Jungle
                              Meals introduction
                              While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in this region. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip.
                              To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat dinner together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

                              DIET REQUIREMENTS
                              Generally speaking, in bigger cities/towns vegetarians can expect a reasonable range of vegetarian venues and/or vegetarian options within tourist restaurant menus. However, vegetarianism is not the norm in this part of the world so options can be limited when eating at homestays, small local restaurants, street stools, markets, etc.

                              More restrictive diet requirements (vegans, celiac, gluten intolerance, fructose intolerance, lactose intolerance, etc.) can also be accommodated along this trip but you should expect a lesser variety than what you can expect at home. We recommend that, if possible, to bring your own supply of snacks with you.

                              Please let us know your diet requirements before your trip starts.

                              SIMPLE BREAKFAST
                              Some of the included breakfasts along this trip can be quite simple: toasts, spreads, juice and coffee or tea.
                              Meals
                              14 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
                              Money matters
                              When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry. It’s always better to bring a little more than you think you’ll need.

                              Also make sure you’ve read your trip details thoroughly so you know what’s included in the trip price and what isn’t. This should make budgeting a little easier. You’ll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that’s this document).

                              MEALS NOT INCLUDED
                              For this trip we recommend between USD 25 to 50 per day. How do we work this out?

                              Breakfast. If breakfast is not included, you can expect to pay between USD5 to USD10 at a local café.

                              Lunch. If you are happy with a quick snack on the go, you may get away with as little as USD5 to USD10 for a set menu at a local eatery or a sandwich and a drink at a café. On the other hand, a lunch meal at a more tourist restaurant can cost between USD10 to USD15.

                              Dinner. At dinner time, your leader will normally recommend restaurants where you can safely try the local specialties of the region. Expect meals to cost between USD12 to USD25 for a main.

                              These are indicative prices only. If you are in a tight budget, are happy to eat just local food and are not afraid of an upset tummy every now and then, you can eat cheaper than this. If you want to try just the finest food at the finest restaurants, then you can expect meals to cost as much as in western countries.

                              EMERGENCY FUNDS
                              We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you bring an extra USD500 for emergencies (e.g. natural disasters or civil unrest). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to our itineraries, and we can’t guarantee there won’t be some extra costs involved.

                              CREDIT CARD & ATMS
                              Credit cards are generally available in tourist shops and restaurants. Visa and Mastercard are generally preferred over American Express, Diners, etc. Smaller venues take cash only.

                              ATMs are widely available in major towns and cities, credit and debit cards are the best way to access money throughout this trip (note though that charges are made for each transaction). Check with your bank before departure that your card is accepted in the countries you are travelling to. Also ensure your bank is aware of your travel plans as - suspecting fraud - they may cancel your cards after the first few international transactions. Be aware that your withdrawing limit may vary from country to country (regardless of your withdrawing limit in your home country) and it can be as low as the equivalent to USD100 per day.

                              Traveller cheques have become less accepted and generally quite cumbersome to exchange. The best “Plan B” is to carry USD100 – USD200 in small notes in case of an eventuality (your bank card doesn’t work, you are unable to withdraw funds, etc.)

                              In most countries you must pay an airport departure tax. Nowadays, these departure taxes are added into the cost of your airline tickets and paid for at the time of purchase.

                              Unless mentioned below, no airport departure tax has to be paid during this trip.


                              Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. We suggest carrying small notes of local currency around as you go. It’ll make tipping easier.

                              Usually around USD5 – USD10 a day to cover tips is fine, but your leader might raise the idea of a group tip kitty. Each traveller contributes an equal amount to the pool, and your leader can pay the tips as you go.

                              TIPPING GUIDE

                              To give you a bit of guidance, we’ve put together the following tipping notes. These are just suggestions, based on feedback from past travellers and our staff on the ground.

                              - Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest USD1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.

                              - Local guides: There might be times during the trip where you’ll have a specialist local guide alongside your trip leader. We suggest tipping these guides about USD2 – USD3 per day.

                              - Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We suggest USD1-USD2 per day for drivers.

                              - Porters: While on the Inca Trail and the Quarry Trail, we suggest PEN80-120 for all porters, assistants and cook per person per trek.

                              - Your Tour Leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline USD2-USD4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
                              Group leader
                              All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.

                              Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
                              Safety
                              Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.

                              We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

                              Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

                              For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:

                              http://www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us/safety

                              HIKING IN PERU
                              In accordance with local laws governing tourism in Peru, trekking groups of up to and including 8 trekkers will be led by one local guide. The evacuation of an injured traveller in normal conditions may take more than 8 hours. For your own safety, it's crucial that you adhere to the local guide's safety instructions, particularly in regard to how to prevent trekkers getting separated or lost. Your leader will also conduct a brief safety discussion before our trekking activity.

                              PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
                              While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

                              MONEY WITHDRAWAL:
                              In order to avoid fraud, it is advisable that you withdraw money from ATMs located inside banks or guarded shops during business hours only.

                              SEAT BELTS:
                              Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.

                              LIFE JACKETS:
                              While life jackets are generally available on water craft, there may be occasions where they are not provided and child size life jackets are not always readily available. If travelling with children and this safety issue concerns you we will be able to advise alternative methods of transport (where available) for you to travel to the next destination. You can choose to travel independently for this leg of the journey. This would be at your own expense.

                              FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
                              Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

                              LIMA AIRPORT WARNING
                              For safety reasons, we strongly recommend that during transfers in Lima all of your luggage, including hand luggage and valuables, is stored out of sight in the rear boot of the vehicle.
                              Joining point
                              Hotel La Castellana
                              Grimaldo del Solar 222
                              Miraflores
                              Lima
                              PERU
                              Joining point instructions
                              The best way to get from Lima's International Airport, Jorge Chavez to Lima city is by taxi. As you walk out from the luggage collection area, you will find the official taxis. We recommend you take the green taxi (Taxi Verde) services. They will charge you PEN 50 (Soles) for a trip to Miraflores.
                              Alternate joining point
                              For trips departing on the following dates, use this joining point.
                              04 Aug 2016 (GGSQ1608042), 18 Aug 2016 (GGSQ1608182), 17 Oct 2016 (GGSQ1610172), 27 Oct 2016 (GGSQ1610272)
                              Hotel El Faro Inn
                              857 Francia St.
                              Miraflores
                              Lima
                              PERU
                              Alternate joining point description
                              Alternate joining point instructions
                              The best way to get from Lima's International Airport, Jorge Chavez to Lima city is by taxi. As you walk out from the luggage collection area, you will find the official taxis. We recommend you take the green taxi (Taxi Verde) services. They will charge you PEN 50 (Soles) for a trip to Miraflores.

                              The following will be useful in getting to the hotel:
                              Por favor lleveme al Hostal El Faro Inn, que se encuentra en Calle Francia 857 en Miraflores, a dos cuadras del Faro de Miraflores.
                              Alternate joining point
                              For trips departing on the following dates, use this joining point.
                              02 Aug 2016 (GGSQ160802), 09 Aug 2016 (GGSQ160809), 03 Sep 2016 (GGSQ160903), 10 Sep 2016 (GGSQ160910), 30 Sep 2016 (GGSQ160930), 01 Oct 2016 (GGSQ161001), 06 Oct 2016 (GGSQ1610062), 08 Oct 2016 (GGSQ161008), 02 Jan 2017 (GGSQ170102), 09 Jan 2017 (GGSQ170109), 12 Jan 2017 (GGSQ170112), 16 Jan 2017 (GGSQ170116), 19 Jan 2017 (GGSQ170119), 23 Jan 2017 (GGSQ170123), 09 Feb 2017 (GGSQ170209), 27 Feb 2017 (GGSQ170227), 02 Mar 2017 (GGSQ170302), 06 Mar 2017 (GGSQ170306), 13 Mar 2017 (GGSQ170313), 20 Mar 2017 (GGSQ170320), 23 Mar 2017 (GGSQ170323), 30 Mar 2017 (GGSQ170330), 03 Apr 2017 (GGSQ170403), 06 Apr 2017 (GGSQ170406), 13 Apr 2017 (GGSQ170413), 17 Apr 2017 (GGSQ170417), 20 Apr 2017 (GGSQ170420), 24 Apr 2017 (GGSQ170424), 27 Apr 2017 (GGSQ170427), 01 May 2017 (GGSQ170501), 04 May 2017 (GGSQ170504), 08 May 2017 (GGSQ170508), 11 May 2017 (GGSQ170511), 15 May 2017 (GGSQ170515), 18 May 2017 (GGSQ170518), 25 May 2017 (GGSQ170525), 29 May 2017 (GGSQ170529), 01 Jun 2017 (GGSQ170601), 05 Jun 2017 (GGSQ170605), 08 Jun 2017 (GGSQ170608), 12 Jun 2017 (GGSQ170612), 15 Jun 2017 (GGSQ170615), 19 Jun 2017 (GGSQ170619), 26 Jun 2017 (GGSQ170626), 29 Jun 2017 (GGSQ170629), 03 Jul 2017 (GGSQ170703), 10 Jul 2017 (GGSQ170710), 13 Jul 2017 (GGSQ170713), 17 Jul 2017 (GGSQ170717), 24 Jul 2017 (GGSQ170724), 27 Jul 2017 (GGSQ170727), 31 Jul 2017 (GGSQ170731), 03 Aug 2017 (GGSQ170803), 07 Aug 2017 (GGSQ170807), 10 Aug 2017 (GGSQ170810), 14 Aug 2017 (GGSQ170814), 17 Aug 2017 (GGSQ170817), 24 Aug 2017 (GGSQ170824), 28 Aug 2017 (GGSQ170828), 04 Sep 2017 (GGSQ170904), 07 Sep 2017 (GGSQ170907), 11 Sep 2017 (GGSQ170911), 18 Sep 2017 (GGSQ170918), 25 Sep 2017 (GGSQ170925), 28 Sep 2017 (GGSQ170928), 02 Oct 2017 (GGSQ171002), 05 Oct 2017 (GGSQ171005), 09 Oct 2017 (GGSQ171009), 12 Oct 2017 (GGSQ171012), 16 Oct 2017 (GGSQ171016), 19 Oct 2017 (GGSQ171019), 23 Oct 2017 (GGSQ171023), 26 Oct 2017 (GGSQ171026), 30 Oct 2017 (GGSQ171030), 02 Nov 2017 (GGSQ171102), 06 Nov 2017 (GGSQ171106), 09 Nov 2017 (GGSQ171109), 16 Nov 2017 (GGSQ171116), 20 Nov 2017 (GGSQ171120), 23 Nov 2017 (GGSQ171123), 27 Nov 2017 (GGSQ171127), 30 Nov 2017 (GGSQ171130), 04 Dec 2017 (GGSQ171204), 11 Dec 2017 (GGSQ171211), 18 Dec 2017 (GGSQ171218), 21 Dec 2017 (GGSQ171221), 25 Dec 2017 (GGSQ171225), 28 Dec 2017 (GGSQ171228)
                              Monte Real Hotel
                              Calle 27 de Noviembre 169-189
                              Miraflores
                              Lima
                              PERU
                              Phone: +511 2414100
                              Alternate joining point description
                              Alternate joining point instructions
                              Alternate joining point
                              For trips departing on the following dates, use this joining point.
                              27 Aug 2016 (GGSQ160827), 01 Sep 2016 (GGSQ1609012), 22 Sep 2016 (GGSQ1609222), 28 Sep 2016 (GGSQ160928), 07 Nov 2016 (GGSQ1611072), 24 Nov 2016 (GGSQ1611242), 15 Dec 2016 (GGSQ1612152), 24 Dec 2016 (GGSQ161224), 31 Dec 2016 (GGSQ161231)
                              Hotel El Tambo I
                              1276 La Paz Ave - Miraflores
                              Miraflores
                              Lima
                              PERU
                              Phone: +51 12194080
                              Alternate joining point description
                              Alternate joining point instructions
                              Finish point
                              Hotel Osira
                              Av. 20 de Octubre N 1494 Esq. Nicolás Acosta Plaza Mariscal Sucre (San Pedro)
                              La Paz
                              BOLIVIA
                              Phone: 5912 2492247
                              Emergency contact
                              While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

                              We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

                              You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

                              For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact your agent or adventure specialist, or visit us at www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us

                              In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local operator on the number below.


                              Intrepid Peru office: +51 9 9605 5559
                              Visas
                              Passport:
                              As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact you when this is required.
                              Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.

                              Visas:
                              Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

                              Also remember to check whether a transit visa is required on route to join this trip or on the way home.


                              BOLIVIA VISA:

                              Nationals from the United States need a visa to enter Bolivia and you must obtain this visa in advance from your nearest Bolivian consulate or Embassy.

                              This visa has a validity of 30 days from first day of entry.

                              In order to apply for this visa, you will need to provide the following documentation:

                              A – Original passport valid for a minimum of 6 months.
                              B – One passport photo (color, 4cm x 4cm)
                              C - Evidence of a hotel reservation in Spanish (Intrepid can provide this upon request)
                              D - A copy of the voucher and trip notes that you receive after purchasing this trip.
                              E-  Proof of economic solvency (credit card, cash, or a current bank statement)
                              F-  International Vaccination Certificate for yellow fever

                              For more information please visit the following website:
                              http://bolivia.usembassy.gov/information-on-bolivian-visas.html



                              As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking.
                              Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.
                              What to take
                              What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. 

                              Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although a small suitcase with wheels is ok too. Whatever you take, be mindful that you will need to be able to carry your own luggage, handle it at airports, take in/out of accommodation and perhaps even short walking distances (max 30 minutes).

                              In terms of weight, keep in mind that if you are flying domestically (either on this itinerary or during your personal time) airlines generally allow a maximum of 20kg for check in luggage.

                              Finally, you'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc. for day trips.

                              Below we have listed the essentials for this trip:


                              ESSENTIAL PACKING LIST

                              Travel documents: passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, air tickets or e-ticket receipts and a copy of this document
                              Photocopy of main passport pages, visa (if required), travel insurance and air tickets
                              Money: cash/credit card/EFTPOS card
                              Money belt and small padlocks
                              Personal medication
                              Daypack
                              Watch/Alarm clock or phone that can be used for both
                              Torch/flashlight (your phone’s may suffice)
                              Electrical adapter plug (view www.kropla.com)
                              Toiletries/travel wipes
                              Insect repellent
                              Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
                              Earplugs and eye mask (you might be sharing with a snorer!)
                              Refillable water bottle
                              Phrase book
                              Warm clothes including hat and gloves - When travelling in cooler climates
                              Wind and waterproof rain jacket
                              Travel Towel
                              Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks
                              Camera with spare memory card and charger/batteries
                              Swimwear (dependent on itinerary)
                              Emergency fund as mentioned in the Money Matters section
                              Clothes! Bear in mind that laundry facilities are widely available throughout this trip. The cost varies between USD1 to USD3 (approx.) per kilo and it can normally be dropped off and picked the same day.

                              SLEEPING BAGS
                              It’s not essential that you bring a sleeping bag for any of our trips however on some itineraries we will recommend either bringing one from home or hiring one on the ground. If this is the case it will be mentioned in the ‘region specific’ packing list.


                              AMAZON SPECIFIC PACKING LIST

                              In addition to the general packing list above, please ensure you bring these items if visiting the Amazon Jungle.

                              Good binoculars
                              Tight-weave, light coloured, long cotton pants
                              Long sleeved, tight-weave, light coloured cotton shirts
                              Ankle-high hiking boots and or comfortable walking shoes
                              Sandals for walking on boardwalks or around the lodge
                              Broad-brimmed hat
                              Rain Jacket or poncho
                              Tropical strength Insect repellent
                              Small denomination bills for beverages
                              Small day pack to for day excursions

                              Luggage is hand-carried at various stages in the trip for long distance. We strongly recommend you limit your weight to 15 kilos (32 pounds per piece).

                              Please note you will go to the lodge’s office prior to transferring to the jungle lodge. At the office you will be given a duffle bag to pack the things you need for the next few days in the jungle. All remaining items can be securely stored at the office


                              Please see our detailed packing list specifically for trekking in Peru-
                              http://www.intrepidtravel.com/sites/default/files/intrepid_marketing/114818_Peru_packing_list_LR.pdf
                              Climate and seasonal information
                              WEATHER:
                              The wet season in this region is from December to March when heavy rains can cause disruptions to ground transport. Intrepid will monitor any situations that arise, and may need to change itineraries or activities in response to natural weather occurrences.
                              Health
                              All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid Travel reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

                              You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

                              ALTITUDE SICKNESS:
                              Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!

                              Before your trip:
                              Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

                              During your trip.
                              While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly.

                              Please read the following document carefully and, during your trip, utilise the table on the back daily to record your own perspective of your general health and any symptoms you may experience:

                              http://d3oxn90f3yphmd.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/file_attach/52735_product_altitude-sickness.pdf

                              YELLOW FEVER:
                              A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.

                              It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.

                              Zika virus.
                              According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there has been an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in parts of Central and South America. This virus is mostly concerning to pregnant women as recently in Brazil local authorities have linked the virus to an increase in babies born with microcephaly (smaller than normal skull).
                              In addition to the risk mentioned above WHO have reported that Zika symptoms may include mild fever, skin rash and conjunctivitis. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
                              In line with the above, we recommend all women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant to consult with their doctors before booking their trip to Central and South America.
                              At this stage, WHO is not recommending any travel or trade restrictions related to the Zika virus.
                              More information on the Zika virus can be found at the following links:
                              World Health Organisation: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/zika/en/


                              WHO – WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
                              The World Health Organization has identified the following mosquito transmitted diseases in this region:

                              Dengue, Yellow Fever, Malaria and Zika (amongst others)

                              For more information, please visit www.who.int
                              Travel insurance
                              Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

                              When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

                              If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

                              http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php
                              A couple of rules
                              Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

                              Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
                              Responsible Travel
                              We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.

                              http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller

                              Latin Americans can be very conscious of appearance so try to be casual but conservative in your dress. Outside of beach areas halter tops and very short shorts should not be worn. When visiting churches or religious sites shoulders and knees should be covered.

                              The Intrepid Foundation
                              Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.

                              The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:

                              http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

                              Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Peru include:

                              * Living Heart focuses on improving the education, nutrition and health of disadvantaged Andean women and children near Cusco. Currently they provide free breakfasts, assist local schools with educational supplies and organise visits by doctors and nurses. They are also raising funds to build homes for orphaned children and abused women and children.

                              * Kusimayo improves the living conditions of children and adults affected by poverty and malnutrition in one of Peru’s poorest regions: the high plains of Puno. They provide daily nutritious breakfasts for a number of pre-schools in the area, as well as educational material, hygiene kits and basic kitchenware.

                              Feedback
                              After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.

                              http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback