We’re a quarter of the way through the year, which means one thing: it’s time to lock in an adventure if you haven’t already.
And Peru doesn’t do adventure by halves. With the rainy season easing off, it’s the perfect time to follow in the footsteps of an ancient civilisation on the iconic Inca Trail – or the less-trodden (but equally amazing) Quarry Trail. Or why not experience traditional village life on the floating islands of Uros, journey through the steamy Amazon Jungle or treat your tastebuds to Peruvian delights in Lima (pisco sour, anyone?).
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Uncover the mysteries of Machu Picchu
However you get there – whether it’s with your hiking boots or on the train – entering the iconic Sun Gate and seeing the Lost City of the Incas (AKA, Machu Picchu) for the first time is a ‘pinch me’ kinda moment. Built in the 15th century, exploring this archeological treasure with an expert local guide will lift the lid on some of the secrets of the mighty Inca Empire.
Conquer the Quarry Trail
Already ticked off the Inca Trail? Maybe you prefer the path less travelled? If so, the Quarry Trail is calling. The views of the Andes are just as magical, except you’ll visit three lesser-known archaeological sites the other trails don’t. With plenty of opportunities to meet the locals in rural villages and the ancient town of Ollantaytambo, you’ll get a real sense of how the Inca civilisation once thrived.
Soak up Cusco's culture
Taking the title of South America’s oldest continuously inhabited city, Cusco is drenched in culture. Wander its quaint cobblestone streets, visit the sacred Qoricancha (a holy temple of the Incas), get lost in a maze of markets and ruins or sample delicious chocolate made from local beans at the ChocoMuseo.
Tuck into Peruvian food
Ceviche, lomo saltado, picarones – oh my! Peruvians don’t mess around when it comes to food. The capital of Lima is fast becoming a mecca for foodies, and with the help of your local leader, you’ll discover a delicious array of top-notch restaurants and hole-in-the-wall joints that only the locals know about. Feeling adventurous? Why not try cuy (guinea pig), an Andean delicacy that dates back to pre-Inca times.
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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
While tipping isn't mandatory in Peru, it's customary to add spare change or a small amount to restaurant bills. Although most restaurants and bars may already include a 10% service charge within the bill, feel free to add more if the service was really good. Taxi drivers generally don't expect tips.
Mobile phone coverage is generally good in Peru’s cities, but may not be available in more remote and mountainous areas. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home. You could also buy a local SIM card when you arrive.
You sure do. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
Most people can start to feel the effects of altitude at over 2000 m (6561 ft) regardless of age, gender or fitness level. While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it's very important that you make yourself aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly. It’s important to take it easy, drink plenty of water and speak to your group leader at once if you feel unwell.
We recommend seeing your doctor if you have any health concerns before undertaking the trip, particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition or take any medication.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.
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