Aguas Calientes - Hot springs US$ 4.
Sacred Valley - Rafting on Urubamba River US$ 45 (based upon 4 passengers).
Huayna Picchu - £60; Machu Picchu Mountain £60 - Subject to availability - these must be pre-paid at time of booking and is non-refundable. If you change your passport between your time of booking and prior to travel please take your original passport with you to avoid being fined
Lima - City tour approx. US$ 28; Gold Museum US$ 58 guided (minimum 2 people), US$ 11 unguided; Lima detour - alternative view of the city of Lima US$ 30 (price may go up if less than 4 passengers).
In the highlands, conditions are generally dry and sunny during the day. Nights can be very cold at altitude so it is essential to bring adequate warm clothing for the trek especially between May and August. It can drop as low as -10°C at night. Be prepared for rain. Take your swimming costume for the thermal baths at Aguas Calientes. A sunhat is essential.
Comfortable around camp and much more practical (and warmer) to sleep in than pyjamas.
It is best to wear a pair of liner socks under a pair of fairly thick loop stitch socks. This helps to protect your feet against blisters. Avoid nylon socks, they are abrasive, don't breathe well and can cause blisters.
T-shirts We recommend polyester/polypropylene fabrics which keep you warm even when wet.
Breathable waterproofs not only protect against rain and wind but also stop you from overheating. They breathe and avoid condensation which you will experience from nylon waterproofs.
Thick jumper/fleece jacket
A thick jumper or fleece jacket is necessary as nights can be very cold at altitude, especially in July.
Make sure that your waterproof jacket is loose enough to wear over your sweater or fleece.
Shorts can be very comfortable to walk in but you must carry long trousers with you in case you get either sunburned or cold.
Please remember we shall be passing through the occasional remote areas and villages and short shorts (especially on ladies) can give offence to the local inhabitants. Longer, looser fitting shorts are, in any case, more comfortable to walk in.
Gloves & Hat
Especially useful around camp in the morning and in the evening at higher altitudes.
Luggage: On tour
One main piece of baggage and daypack. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage so don't overload yourself.
Main Baggage: Your main piece of baggage - suitcase or rucksack - must be lockable as this becomes the receptacle for anything you don't want on the trek and this is stored at the hotel in Cusco while you are trekking.
Trek Kit Bag: Before leaving Cusco there is plenty of time to re-sort luggage into what you need on trek and what can be left in Cusco (see above). Your trek luggage, including sleeping bag, needs to be packed into a kit bag, soft holdall, frameless rucksack or similar to be carried by the porters. The weight limit for this is 7kg but you will probably find that you do not need this much.
Small Rucksack/Daysac: During the course of a trekking day, you do not have access to the luggage which is being carried for you by the porters. In any mountain region the weather can change rapidly and you must be equipped for this eventuality. Your daysac should, therefore, be large enough to carry the following: Waterproofs, sweater, long trousers (if walking in shorts), warm hat and gloves, sunhat, sun cream, water bottle (at least 2 litre or 2 1litre bottles), tissues and your packed lunch. Most people normally find that this adds up to about 6kg. Camera equipment can be heavy so think carefully when deciding what to take. Other optional items in a day pack might be a diary or a book to read at lunch time.
You will need a good insect repellent, suncream, a small torch and a personal water bottle. See notes regarding sleeping bags for the Inca Trail.
Sleeping Bag As you do not carry it yourself this may be down or synthetic, but it must be 4-season (temperature -10°C to -5°C). A cotton liner helps to keep your bag clean. You do not need a foam mat as thermarests are provided. Note: it is possible to hire a down sleeping bag locally for US$ 20 for the whole trek. Let your tour leader know at the beginning of the tour.
Personal Equipment: On Trek
Trekking poles are recommended. NB. Metal tipped trekking poles are NOT permitted in order to reduce erosion - please ensure they have rubber/plastic tips. Wooden poles are readily available locally.
Water along the trail must never be considered as drinkable. The camp staff provide purified water each day with which to fill your own bottle. 1 litre is the minimum size suitable as disposable plastic bottles are not allowed on the trail. It is a good idea to add some powdered fruit juice for flavouring. Note: Metal bottles can also double up as hot water bottles.
A small torch is essential for finding things in your tent, visiting the 'toilet' in the night etc. Often a head torch is the most practical option as it allows you to have both hands free. Remember that in most developing countries only a limited selection of batteries is available. The most common are pen cells (or AA size) and SP/HP2 (D size).
If you pack bits and pieces in plastic bags inside your kit bag they will stay dry in case of rain and it will be easier for you to sort through in camp. Remember, the less you have to unpack in the evening, the less you have to repack each morning. A binliner to pack inside your daysac is also a good idea.
Try to keep heavy cosmetics etc to a minimum. Essentials are toothbrush/paste, soap and a small towel. Wet Wipes are great for a quick clean up in your tent, so bring a pack of those.
Personal First Aid Kit
On each trek a first aid kit is carried but you should have your own blister kit, supply of plasters, aspirin etc. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)
Equipment Provided: On Trek -The following equipment list is provided by Explore once you are on the trek:
All cooking and kitchen gear.
A branded Explore kit bags on the Inca Trail is provided for you (you get to keep this bag). Your luggage is not taken on the actual trail and this kit bag is used to carry your personal belongings while undertaking the trip.
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
It is customary to tip our Porters, Cooks and Trail Guide at the end of the Trek, although this is entirely at your discretion.
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.
Accordingly, you should allow at least US$ 40 for tipping.