Real Food Adventure - Peru Trip Notes

Real Food Adventure - Peru

Last Modified: 27 May 2016
Real Food Adventure - Peru
Trip code: GGZP
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
Peruvian food and topography go hand in hand. Using what pachamama (mother earth) gave them, the Peruvians have developed a cuisine that combines local and international flavours. And undoubtedly it is the geography of Peru that makes its culinary culture so distinct. With the coast providing an abundance of fresh seafood, the Andean highland supplying a variety of potatoes and the Amazon rainforest delivering delicious seasonal fruits, it's unsurprising that Peru is one of the world's emerging foodie hotspots.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodation NotesAlternate finish point instructions
ThemesMeals introductionEmergency contact
Is this trip right for you?MealsVisas
Why we love itMoney mattersWhat to take
MapGroup leaderClimate and seasonal information
ItinerarySafetyHealth
Itinerary disclaimerJoining pointTravel insurance
Physical ratingAlternate joining pointA couple of rules
Included activitiesAlternate joining point descriptionResponsible Travel
Important notesAlternate joining point instructionsThe Intrepid Foundation
Group sizeFinish pointFeedback
Your fellow travellersAlternate finish point
AccommodationAlternate finish point description
Style
Original
Themes
Food
Is this trip right for you?
- This trip aims to give you an exciting, diverse and well-rounded experience of a country’s cuisine. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please be aware that in many countries dietary restrictions are not common or well understood. If you have dietary requirements, simply contact your agent at the time of booking for further information on how this may impact on your ability to take part in included activities and meals. Come with an open mind and open mouth, and you won’t be disappointed!
- 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.
Why we love it
- It's delicious, diverse and hands-on. You’ll learn the secrets of ceviche, make your own pisco sour, take a cooking class in a treehouse lodge and eat empanadas straight from the wood-fired ‘horno’
- In the last decade, Peru has undergone a culinary renaissance, so this is one of our hottest food destinations
- Discover the breadth of Peruvian cuisine in all its rich and colourful history, from the rustic ‘pachamanca’ tradition to Lima’s world-class urban street food scene
- No trip to Peru is complete without seeing Machu Picchu, so you’ll spend a day exploring this magical metropolis of the Incas
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 reception where it will take place. Afterwards you'll get out and discover the South American foodie hotspot that is Lima. An afternoon walking tour in the heart of the colonial district kicks things off. You'll see San Martin plaza, visit the nearby San Francisco Monastery and catacombs, then stop past Lima's Central Market. Here you will discover the building blocks of Peruvian cuisine, including mouth-watering fruits, vegetables, meat and fish sourced from all over the country. This walk is a great taste of Lima's excellent downtown street food scene. Savour a variety of bite-size treats, including 'anticuchos' (grilled beef hearts) and 'papas' (potatoes), 'masamorra' (purple corn), 'arroz con leche' (sweet rice with milk) and 'picarones' (Peruvian doughnuts). Finish up in Lima's main square with the option of dinner downtown or heading back to Miraflores.
Included Activities
  • Lima - Colonial District City & Food Walk
  • Catacombs - Lima
    Accommodation
    Hotel (1 nt)
    Meals
    1 dinner
    Day 2 Lima
    Pay a morning visit to the wonderful Chorillos seafood market where you'll select the catch of the day. Then make a beeline to a local market restaurant for a masterclass in the preparation of Peruvian ceviche (citrus-cured fish) and cicharron (fried fish). Feast on your market-fresh fish as a late brunch. In the afternoon, perhaps take a turn around Miraflores, visiting Parque del Amor (Love's Park) which has superb views across Lima's beaches. You might also want to visit the excellent National Museum of Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Peru. Alternatively, catch a taxi to the Gold Museum or the Larco Museum. The latter is renowned for its ancient pottery collection. In the early evening, join a walking tour through the bustling beachside district of Barranco, where the streets are lined with traditional casonas (colonial-style houses). This place is home to some of Peru's best nightlife, and you'll pop into a bar that specialises in the national spirit of Peru – pisco. Enjoy a guided tasting with a passionate pisco aficionado, followed by a demonstration of how to make Peru's most famous cocktail, the pisco sour. Of course you get to drink it afterwards – salud! Grab a bite to eat in Barranco or return to Miraflores. There's also the option of a touring a pisco distillery outside of Lima this afternoon, time permitting. Ask your leader at the welcome meeting if you are interested in this activity.

    Notes: Remember to agree on a fare with the driver before starting any taxi journey, as taxis do not have meters. Miraflores to downtown costs around 15–20 soles.

    ITINERARY VARIATION:
    Please note that the 04 September 2016 departure for this trip will take place during Mistura which is the largest food festival in Latin America. This departure we will include entrance to the Festival as well as two tastings of traditional foods (including ceviche). There are also chef demonstrations and other activities at the Festival which your leader will be able to help you enjoy.

    This activity will replace the Chorrillos Market visit and ceviche brunch.
    Included Activities
    • Lima - Barranco Walk and Pisco Tasting
    • Lima - Cevicheria Cooking Class and Lunch
      Optional Activities
      • Archaeological Museum - PEN15
      • Gold Museum - PEN35
      • Larco Herrera Museum - PEN30
      • Museo de la Nacion - PEN10
        Accommodation
        Hotel (1 nt)
        Meals
        1 breakfast, 1 lunch
        Day 3 Cuzco
        Take a morning flight to Cuzco (approximately 1 hour). Stroll down the cobblestone streets and discover the town's interesting combination of Spanish and Inca cultures. You will find coca leaf tea all over the city – this will help you adjust to the altitude (3,450 metres). Enjoy a guided orientation walk in the afternoon. You'll discover the wonderful San Pedro market. Due to Cuzco's location, at the eastern edge of the Andes, there's ready access to locally grown avocados, potatoes (thousands of different types), quinoa and aji piccante (hot chilli), to name a few. There are also several impressive Inca ruins within the city to explore. The most easily accessible is Coricancha, which was the Inca empire's richest temple. For those keen to expand their newfound pisco knowledge, a visit to the Museo del Pisco is a must. More bar than museum (opening hours stretch into the early morning), the cocktails on offer go well beyond the traditional pisco sour, although the original is made to perfection here.
        Included Activities
        • Orientation Walk - Cuzco
          Optional Activities
          • Coricancha Archeological Site - Cuzco - PEN15
            Accommodation
            Hotel (1 nt)
            Meals
            1 breakfast
            Day 4 Cuzco
            Today you'll join a workshop that's all about Peru's most beloved agricultural products – the cocao bean. This is your chance to learn the interesting history of this increasingly popular (and potent!) Andean export. Go on a journey from bean to bar, starting with the harvest, fermentation and drying of the cacao beans all the way through to the preparation and setting process. Finish it off with a much-awaited tasting. The chocolate is delectable.
            Included Activities
            • Chocolate Museum Experience - Cuzco
              Accommodation
              Hotel (1 nt)
              Meals
              1 breakfast
              Day 5 Sacred Valley
              Travel by private bus through the Sacred Valley (approximately 2 hours) on the outskirts of Cuzco. Known as Wilcamayo to the Incas, this beautiful and fertile valley has been the lifeblood of the high Andes for ages. Maize crops grow all the way from the riverbank, covering the terraces carved high into the valley walls. Stop past the popular Pisac market which is famous for a vast array of local handicrafts. Visit a local restaurant that has a wonderful wood-fired horno (oven) and enjoy a demonstration on empanada-making. Taste your delicious empanadas hot and fresh, straight from the oven. Then head to Chichubamba and meet with members of the local community, learning more about the lifestyle of people in the Sacred Valley and the fruit and vegetables they grow. Sit down to a lunch of the local specialty, “cuy” (guinea pig), prepared in a traditional manner. Arrive in Ollantaytambo in the early evening.
              Included Activities
              • Pisac Market & Empanada Making - Sacred Valley
              • Chichubamba Community Lunch - Sacred Valley
                Accommodation
                Hotel (1 nt)
                Meals
                1 breakfast, 1 lunch
                Day 6 Aguas Calientes
                Embark on a guided visit to the Incan ruins in Ollantaytambo this morning. Located in the Urubamba Valley, the city of Ollantaytambo is a stunning archeological site and the starting point of the classic Inca Trail trek. The town has been built over an ancient Inca city, which is a beautiful example of Inca urban planning. Highlights include the Temple of the Sun (composed of enormous carved blocks, stone water fountains, Incan stairs and terraces, all surrounded by the misty mountains). Next you'll travel by train through the winding Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes (approximately 90 minutes). Sitting at the base of Machu Picchu in a picturesque valley, Aguas Calientes takes its name from the numerous hot springs in the area. Take a late-afternoon cooking class at Rupa Wasi Tree House, one of the most innovative restaurants in Aguas Calientes. There are some fantastic views from up here. Visit the local market to collect ingredients, then learn to cook a range of regional dishes. Then sit down to feast on the fruits of your labour.
                Included Activities
                • Cooking Class - Rupa Wasi Tree House
                • Archaelogical Site Visit - Ollantaytambo
                  Accommodation
                  Hotel (1 nt)
                  Meals
                  1 breakfast, 1 dinner
                  Day 7 Machu Picchu
                  Rise early for a morning tour of Machu Picchu, one of Peru's real highlights. It's one of those magical places, and catching your first glimpse of the lost city of the Incas through the early morning mist is definitely a memorable moment. The ruins of this ancient (and, until 1911, secret) metropolis are beautifully located, hidden high in the Andes and surrounded by lush cloud forest, with the river Urambamba running through the gorge far below. Take in not only the amazing views but the fascinating history of the site as you local guide takes you through some of the 200 buildings, houses and temples. Board a train back to Ollantaytambo (approximately 90 minutes).

                  Notes: Due to internal safety policy, Intrepid leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking any tours of Wayna Picchu.
                  Included Activities
                  • Machu Picchu entrance and Guided Tour
                    Accommodation
                    Hotel (1 nt)
                    Meals
                    1 breakfast
                    Day 8 Sacred Valley – Cuzco
                    Return to Cuzco via Maras, one of the largest salt mines in the region, and Moray, a large complex of ruins with beautiful terraces that form a huge amphitheatre. It is believed that the terraces were an Incan centre of agricultural experimentation for improving farming techniques and crops. For your final Peruvian feast, take part in an ancient cooking ritual known as 'pachamanca'. This cooking method dates back to the time of the Inca empire and is still popular today. A variety of meats are marinated in spices then placed in a huatia (earth oven), often with a selection of root vegetables. Buried in the ground and covered with hot stones, the meat and vegetables are left to cook slowly in the earth. This is your chance to feast like the Incas. Your adventure comes to an end back in Cuzco, where you can share one last pisco sour overlooking the Plaza de Armas. There's an optional farewell dinner this evening.
                    Included Activities
                    • Salt Mines Visit - Maras
                    • Pachamanca Experience & Lunch - Sacred Valley
                    • Incan Archaelogical Site - Moray
                      Accommodation
                      Hotel (1 nt)
                      Meals
                      1 breakfast, 1 lunch
                      Day 9 Cuzco
                      Your adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning.
                      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

                      Included activities
                      Lima - Colonial District City & Food Walk
                      Catacombs - Lima
                      Lima - Barranco Walk and Pisco Tasting
                      Lima - Cevicheria Cooking Class and Lunch
                      Orientation Walk - Cuzco
                      Chocolate Museum Experience - Cuzco
                      Pisac Market & Empanada Making - Sacred Valley
                      Chichubamba Community Lunch - Sacred Valley
                      Cooking Class - Rupa Wasi Tree House
                      Archaelogical Site Visit - Ollantaytambo
                      Machu Picchu entrance and Guided Tour
                      Salt Mines Visit - Maras
                      Pachamanca Experience & Lunch - Sacred Valley
                      Incan Archaelogical Site - Moray
                      Important notes
                      PASSPORT DETAILS:
                      Domestic airlines require passengers' full passport details to issue their tickets. It is then very important that you provide this information at the time of booking.

                      Group size
                      Maximum of 12 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
                      Hotel (8nt)
                      The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.

                      Throughout the trip we request that our lodgings prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

                      If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.
                      Meals introduction
                      While we will endeavour to cater to dietary requirements where possible, please note that many meals and food activities on Real Food Adventures are set in advance in order to deliver a well-rounded experience of a country’s cuisine. In many countries, dietary restrictions are uncommon and not well understood. If you have dietary requirements and are concerned about whether this may impact on your ability to participate fully in all food-related activities on this trip, please contact your agent at time of booking for further information. If you have dietary requirements and/or food allergies, you must notify your booking agent prior to departure so it can be determined whether your dietary requirements can be met.
                      Meals
                      8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
                      Money matters
                      SPENDING MONEY
                      When it comes to spending money 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 meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities 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).

                      The official currency of Peru is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN).

                      Peruvian banks are allowed to reject dollar bills which are old, torn (more than one centimetre) and which have too many stamps on them. Please make sure you don't accept bills in such conditions as you may not be able to use them.

                      With ATMs being widely available in major towns and cities, credit and debit cards are the best way to access money in Latin America (note though that charges are made for each transaction). Please 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.

                      It's also advisable to carry some cash in small denominations bills, for those times when ATMs may not be available. US dollars is the most readily changeable currency.

                      VERY IMPORTANT:
                      USD100 bills with serial number CB or BE and any other USD bills that are old, torn, written or stamped on will not be accepted by local banks.

                      If you are happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.

                      Restaurants: Tipping is not expected in local markets and basic restaurants. However if you wish to tip, round your bill up to the nearest 5%. In more up-market restaurants we suggest up to 10%-12% of your bill. Some restaurants already include tipping on the final amount, which should be shown on the bill as: propina, servicio or cubiertos.

                      Porters (if applicable): While on the Inca Trail or Community Trek, we suggest PEN80-120 for all porters, assistants and cook.

                      Your crew: Tipping is entirely voluntary. The crew may be travelling with you for many weeks and usually they become good friends with most members of the group. It is sometimes easy to forget that they do work hard to ensure that you do have a great trip. If you feel you would like to tip them, they certainly would appreciate it. On a number of our trips, we also use a local guide as well as our own crew. These guides live and travel with you through their home country and it is usual to tip them when they leave. We recommend USD10 to USD15 per person

                      EMERGENCY FUNDS
                      Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
                      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/safety

                      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.
                      Joining point
                      El Tambo Dos de Mayo Hotel
                      494 - 2 de Mayo Ave - Miraflores
                      Miraflores
                      Lima
                      PERU
                      Phone: +51 12413130
                      Alternate joining point
                      For trips departing on the following dates, use this joining point.
                      27 May 2017 (GGZP170527), 02 Sep 2017 (GGZP170902)
                      Monte Real Hotel
                      Calle 27 de Noviembre 169-189
                      Miraflores
                      Lima
                      PERU
                      Phone: +511 2414100
                      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 taxi counters. We recommend you take Taxi Green services. They will charge you 50 PEN (Soles) for a trip to Lima’s downtown.

                      The following will be useful in getting to the hotel:
                      Por favor lléveme al Hotel Monte Real, que se encuentra en la Calle 27 de Noviembre 169-189 en Miraflores.
                      Alternate joining point
                      For trips departing on the following dates, use this joining point.
                      02 Oct 2016 (GGZP161002)
                      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 Koyllur Inn
                      Pumapaccha
                      San Blas
                      Cuzco
                      PERU
                      Alternate finish point
                      For trips departing on the following dates, use this finish point.
                      02 Oct 2016 (GGZP161002)
                      Hotel Emperador Plaza
                      377 Santa Catalina Ancah St.
                      Cuzco
                      Cuzco
                      PERU
                      Alternate finish point description
                      Alternate finish point instructions
                      If you have pre-booked a departure transfer, please inform your leader and they will notify you of your departure transfer time.

                      If you are making your own way to the airport the hotel will be able to help book you an airport shuttle or taxi. Please ask at reception.
                      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.

                      In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency in Peru or Bolivia, Intrepid's Peru Operations Office can be reached on:


                      Peak South America: +51 9 9605 5559
                      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.
                      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. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes).

                      Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. 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:

                      http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/trips/packinglist.pdf

                      CLIMATE & CLOTHING:
                      Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. Please pack accordingly.

                      WATER BOTTLE:
                      Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.

                      VALUABLES:
                      Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables, and use your hotel safe and the safe on the overland truck to store the bulk of your money, passport, and airline tickets. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden.

                      We strongly recommend that you photocopy all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.

                      PASSPORT COPY:
                      Please bring a photocopy of your passport main page and airline ticket if you will require airline reconfirmation at the end of your trip.

                      INTERNAL FLIGHT:
                      The airline for the internal flight on this trip is LAN Peru. The maximum luggage allowance for this flight is 23kg. Intrepid will not cover the cost of excess luggage if the weight exceeds this limit, it will be at the passenger's own expense.
                      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 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.

                      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.

                      DRINKING WATER:
                      As a rule we recommend you don't drink tap water, even in hotels, as it contains much higher levels of different minerals than the water you may have at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to this and can cope, but for visitors drinking the tap water can result in illness. Generally this isn't serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it's enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday. Bottled water is widely available and your leader can recommend safe alternatives when available. Water consumption should be about three litres a day. Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhoea blockers are available from many pharmacies.

                      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

                      “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/”
                      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.

                      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
                      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 realise that our partner company may ask you to complete paper or online feedback following your trip, however we would also like to know what you thought and encourage you to submit your feedback to us too. 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