Puno - Boat trip to Taquile island including Uros island en route US$ 47; Yavari Steamer US$ 5;
Cusco - Rafting on Urubamba River US$ 45 (depending on numbers); Outlying sites US$ 36;
Machu Picchu - Huayna Picchu £60; Machu Picchu Mountain £60. Both are subject to availability and must be pre-paid at time of booking. 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.
Aguas Calientes - Hot springs US$ 4
Lima - City tour approximately US$ 30; Larco Herrera Museum US$ 35 guided, US$ 11 unguided; Lima detour - alternative view of the city of Lima US$ 35 (price may go up if less than 4 passengers) Pucusana Fishing Village US$65 (based on 3); Pachacamac site US$45 (based on 4) inc. pottery class US$60 (time permitting)
In the highlands conditions can be dry and sunny during the day but bring warm clothing such as a warm fleece, thermal underwear, warm hat and gloves. These will be needed when the temperatures drop, especially at night when temperatures can drop dramatically. Lightweight waterproofs are also essential. You may also wish to bring your swimsuit.
Useful for walking when cold, around camp and much more practical (and warmer) to sleep in than pyjamas.
Trainers or Trekking sandals:
Useful around camp, in towns and when travelling. Waterproof sandals are ideal for rafting.
Use good quality socks that you are used to walking in, plus liner socks if you are used to these.
Breathable waterproofs not only protect against rain and wind, but also stop you from overheating.
Thick jumper/fleece jacket:
A thick jumper or fleece jacket is necessary as nights can be very cold at altitude, especially in the summer months. Make sure that your waterproof jacket is loose enough to wear over your sweater or fleece.
We recommend t-shirts made from wicking materials as these keep you drier and warmer.
Shorts can be comfortable to walk in but carry long trousers with you in case of strong sun or you feel cold. Remember we shall be passing through the occasional remote village and short shorts (especially on women) can give offence to the local inhabitants.
Gloves and Hat:
Essential around camp in the morning, and in the evening, at higher altitudes.
Luggage: On tour
For your trek bring one main piece of baggage and a daypack.
Your main bag should be lockable as this will be left in storage in Cusco whilst on the trek.
Trek Kit Bag (provided):
Before leaving Cusco there is time to re-organise your luggage. Your trek luggage, including sleeping bag, should be packed into a kit bag, 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. Advice on how to pack will be given at the trek briefing.
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 daypack should be large enough to carry your day things including: waterproofs, sweater, long trousers (if walking in shorts), warm hat and gloves, sun hat, suncream, water bottle, tissues and your packed lunch. Camera equipment can be heavy so think carefully when deciding what to take. A rucksack with 20 or 25 litres capacity is usually sufficient.
Remember to bring: torch, water bottle, insect repellent, suncream (at least factor 30), lip salve, good quality sunglasses and sunhat. You may also wish to bring binoculars and your own sleeping bag.
This may be down or synthetic, but should be 4-season. A cotton liner helps to keep your bag clean. You do not need a foam mat as thermarests are provided. It is possible to hire an appropriate down sleeping bag for the trek locally (US$ 20).
Personal Equipment On Trek
Trekking poles are recommended. Please note metal tipped trekking poles are NOT permitted so please ensure they have rubber/plastic tips
Water along the trail must never be considered as drinkable. The camp staff provide purified water each day with which to fill your bottle. Your bottle should hold at least one litre. Disposable plastic bottles are not allowed on the trail. Metal bottles can also double up as hot water bottles when hot water is available.
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 to bring spare batteries.
Only bring essential toiletries such as toothbrush/paste, soap and a small towel. Wet wipes are great for a quick clean up in your tent.
Personal First Aid Kit:
On each trek a first aid kit is carried but you should have a blister kit, supply of plasters, pain relief etc. for you own use.
The following equipment list is provided by Explore for the trek:
\bullet 2-person tents
\bullet Dining tent
\bullet Thermarest sleeping mat
\bullet Stools and table
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Explore Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
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. Accordingly, you should allow at least US$ 45 for tipping. In order to make things easier for you, the Explore Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the trip. It is customary to tip our porters, cooks and trail guide at the end of the trek, although this is entirely at your discretion.