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Salkantay Trek + Amazon Extension
13 days
Peru - Trip code SKTA

Salkantay Trek + Amazon Extension

Discover the Salkantay Trek - so much more than an alternative to the Inca Trail. Supported by our experienced trek team ascend to Salkantay Pass (4,525m) overlooked by the magnificent snow covered Mount Salkantay (6,271m) and glacier. Taking in the views of the Vilcabamba range descend through tropical forest and small mountain villages. A final ascent brings us to Abra Q'elloqasa (2,860m) and down to Ahobamba Valley for a short mountain train ride to Aguas Calientes, from where we visit the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Trip highlights

  • Magnificent mountain scenery - Great views to Salkantay and other snow-capped mountains of the Vilcabamba Range particularly from Salkantay Pass (4525m)
  • Full service camping - Our experienced trek crew set up the tents and cook hearty meals, leaving you to enjoy the experience of being in the mountains
  • Machu Picchu - First view this extraordinary Inca site across the valley from Abra Q'elloqasa, then explore it with our Explore Leader
  • Cusco - Explore the historic capital of the Incas
Accommodation grade:
Standard
Our standard, mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service, often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en suite facilities.
Walking grade:
Challenging
You need to have a good level of fitness and previous trekking experience is recommended. Trekking days are generally longer, challenging and at higher altitudes. Terrain may be difficult and ascents and descents are often demanding.
Group Size:
10 - 16
Maximum group size ranges from between 6 to 20 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included. We rarely have groups that are smaller than five or six people and the average is 12 people plus an Explore leader.

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Trip starts in Cusco

Our trip begins in Cusco (3,400m), the ancient capital of the Incas. In the afternoon, after meeting the Explore Leader and the rest of the group, we made a slow, short walk around the historic part of the city, as we acclimatise to the high altitude.

Accommodation: Inkarri Hostal(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: None
Day 2 - Explore the historic city of Cusco

Today we take a walking tour of Cusco taking in the grandeur of the city's more recent colonial past amongst the churches and galleries of the Plaza de Armas (main square) and discovering the fascinating remains of Qoricancha, the most important temple of the Inca Empire dedicated to the Sun God Inti. The afternoon is left free to acclimatise and explore the city more. You may want to visit the cathedral or one of Cusco's museums, or enjoy the atmosphere of Plaza de Armas. Alternatively head off to the impressive Sacsayhuaman fortress and its cyclopeadian stones.

Accommodation: Inkarri Hostal(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 3 - Visit the Sacred Valley and Pisac market. Opportunity to go whitewater rafting

This morning is left free to prepare for our trek. For those that wish there is the option to go white water rafting in the Sacred Valley (not included). Later, in the afternoon we leave Cusco and head for the stunningly beautiful setting of the Sacred Valley to visit the market town of Pisac, strategically located at the head of the Urubamba Valley. We spend time at the famous market there before returning to Cusco for the evening.

Accommodation: Inkarri Hostal(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 4 - Travel in to the mountains to the start of trek

Leaving early this morning we leave Cusco behind and head towards the mountains, visiting the Inca site of Tarawasi en route. After approximately two hours we arrive to Mollepata a small market town, where we register for our trek and stretch our legs. We then continue to the village of Markakasa where our trek starts. Walking along unpaved tracks with views to Humantay (5,800m) we arrive to the small village of Soraypampa (3,800m) where we meet our cook, trek crew and mules. Our crew will have erected our tents, including kitchen, dining and toilet tents for our arrival and will be cooking us the first of many hearty and delicious meals. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax and acclimatise. Supper is also cooked here by our cook and trek team. Our first walk is eight kilometres and takes approximately three hours. The total ascent is +400m.

Accommodation: Soraypampa Camp(or similar)

Simple Camping
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 - Trek to Salkantay Pass (4,525m). Great views of Salkantay and glacier

Starting early we hike up Rio Blanc Valley passing Humantay and begin our ascent to the Salkantay Pass (4,525m). We stop for a cooked lunch at Soroycocha (4,200m) where we have great views to the magnificent Salkantay (6,271m) and glacier ahead of us. As we ascend further we are also rewarded with stunning views to the snow-capped mountains and glaciers of the Vilcabamba Range. If we are lucky we may also see chinchillas and Andean condors. Arriving at the top of the pass feels a real achievement and with the south face of Salkantay towering above, is a great spot for taking photographs. We then begin the slow descent along an uneven path for a couple of hours to Wayracmachay (4,200m), where we have supper and camp for the night. Our trek today is 13 kilometres and takes approximately eight hours along an established mountain path. The total ascent and descent is +750m / -775m.

Accommodation: Huayracmachay Camp(or similar)

Simple Camping
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6 - Descend following the Salkantay River to cloudforest

Today we continue descending, walking above the Salkantay River for much of the way, to Collpapampa a small riverside village where we will camp for the night. As we descend we arrive to a more sub-tropical environment, cloudforest, and a warmer ambient temperature. There is also a small part of an ancient Inca pathway visible for a short distance en route. Today's trek is mainly descent. We walk for ten kilometres over approximately five hours on establish paths. Our total descent is- 900m

Accommodation: Collpapampa Camp(or similar)

Simple Camping
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7 - Follow Santa Teresa River to Lucmabamba

After breakfast we descend down via an unmade track to the banks of the Santa Teresa River and continue our descent down the valley. The flora and fauna is now noticeably more lush and tropical and the temperature should be warm. We pass several waterfalls including those at Coripacchi and, when open, there are also a couple of remote, family-run, open air cafés en route. Our destination today is Lucmabamba, a major town in the region. We will either camp here or at a campsite near the river in an area called La Playa. We have a late lunch here, then relax for the rest of the afternoon. Our trek today is again mainly descent. We walk for 13 kilometres, taking approximately six hours on an established path mostly along a riverbank, through tropical forest. Our total ascent is -750m.

Accommodation: Lucmabamba Camp(or similar)

Simple Camping
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8 - Ascent to Abra Q'elloqasa (2,860m). Views to Machu Picchu

Today we say goodbye to some of our trek crew and the mules - they return to their villages as we head towards Aguas Calientes. The remaining crew transport our luggage by road as we begin our final trek. As we begin our ascent to Abra Q'elloqasa (2,860m) we pass through local coffee plantations and if the families are there we may be able to try, and buy, freshly roasted coffee direct from the growers. From here we continue climbing steadily up to El Mirador from where there is a distant view across to Machu Picchu, then descend to the Inca ruins of Llaqtapata (2,650m). After a picnic lunch admiring the views we continue descending steadily down towards the Aobamba River and the train station by the hydro-electric power station. Here we meet our remaining crew for the last time as they hand over our luggage, and we take the short train ride to Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes is a small town that has developed below Machu Picchu and there are many choices of restaurants for the optional group meal tonight. Our last trek is thirteen kilometres and takes approximately eight hours. The total ascent and descent is +600m / - 700m.

Accommodation: El Santuario Hotel(or similar)

Simple Guesthouse
Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 9 - Discover the Inca city of Machu Picchu

Early in the morning we catch a public bus for the short, winding journey up to Machu Picchu, where our Explore Leader will give a guided tour of this famous Inca citadel. Unknown to the outside world before being rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 this huge site includes residential, farming, religious/ceremonial and astrological areas and showcases the Inca civilisation. It is also possible to climb the steep peak of Wayna Picchu to look down on the Temple of the Sun, or the nearby peak of Machu Picchu Mountain. However these must both be pre-paid at time of booking. (If you change your passport between your time of booking and travelling it is important for both the Inca Trail pass and these excursions that you bring your original passport with you). Alternatively there will be free time for you to explore independently. Later we return to Aguas Calientes from where we travel back to Cusco by train and bus.

Accommodation: Inkarri Hostal(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 10 - Fly to Puerto Maldonado. Travel to lodge by minibus and canoe

The Inca Trail Trek part of the trip ends this morning. Those doing the Amazon extension transfer to Cusco airport for the short flight to Puerto Maldonado, which is located in the Southern Amazon area of Peru. (Your tour leader stays in Cusco). The Amazon Basin covers two fifths of South America and is shared between many countries including Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru. Most of the area is covered by rainforest - the largest rainforest and the most bio-diverse environment in the world. Sixty percent of Peru lies within the Amazon Basin, the greatest area of Amazon Rainforest after Brazil. On arrival in Puerto Maldonado you will be met by a representative of Nape Lodge. First you, and any other lodge guests, will be taken to the lodge office in the town. Here you can sort your luggage so that you only take what you need to the jungle. (Your main luggage can be left in a locked room at the office). You then travel by minibus to the community town of Infierno, this is mainly along unmade roads and it takes approximately an hour to reach the small port outside the town. From here you take a covered motorised canoe for approximately 30 - 40 minutes to Nape Lodge. Your guide will give you a typical jungle lunch to eat en route. The lodge is a short walk from the river bank. Below is the usual itinerary for clients arriving to Nape Lodge but this may vary depending on local conditions and circumstances. A guide from the lodge will accompany you on all your excursions. On arrival, after a drink and being shown to your room, you will take your first walk into the local jungle. Here, close to the lodge a member of the local community (through a translator) explains how the Ese Eja made their bows and arrows for hunting - Although hunting in this area is now restricted, it is still part of their culture. You also get the opportunity to try aiming at a cloth target with a traditional bow if you wish. There is then time to relax and acclimatise to the local humidity. After dinner you will return to the boat and search in the dark for caiman along the river banks and in the water - caiman eyes show red in torch light making them easier to spot. In this area there are mainly white caiman. If you are lucky you will also see some of the other nocturnal animals that roam the river banks.

Accommodation: Nape Lodge(or similar)

Simple Lodge
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11 - Visit parrot clay lick and Tres Chimbadas Lago. Take a jungle night walk

This morning after an early breakfast you will travel by boat a short distance along the river to a local clay lick - a small clay cliff where macaws, parrots and other birds come to feed. It is thought that the salt from the clay detoxifies the fruit diet of the birds. You may be lucky enough to see the macaws circling above the site and then coming down to eat. They do this at several times in the day and are often at the site for 20 to 25 minutes - It can be very noisy. Continuing along the river for approximately 20 minutes, the boat then docks at a small jetty on the other side of the river to the lodge. As you follow the path through forest to Tres Chimbadas Lago, an oxbow lake, keep your eyes and ears open particularly for macaws and the sounds of approaching monkeys. At the lake itself common sights include the striking and noisy hoatzin bird. There is also a short cruise on the lake in a local style catamaran and if luck is on your side you may also see black caiman and river otters. On returning to the lodge there is time to relax before lunch. In the afternoon you will be taken on a tour of an area close to the lodge known as the 'medicine garden'. Here you will learn from the local shaman (or another member of the community) through a translator, about how these plants are used to treat illnesses. You may be invited to try some of the remedies. Please note that Herbal remedies can have side effects and may interfere with certain prescription medication therefore you do so at your own risk. After dark you will be taken on a night walk along one of the lodge's trails. Your guide will know where to look for the insects, frogs, bats and nocturnal birds that come out at night. If you are in the right place at the right time you may also see some nocturnal mammals including the night monkey.

Accommodation: Nape Lodge(or similar)

Simple Lodge
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 12 - Hike through jungle to mammal clay lick. Learn about local exotic fruits

An hour's walk from Nape Lodge is a mammal clay lick. As with the parrots and macaws, some mammals eat clay from certain areas - however they are much more reserved about this and less predictable. Animals known to use this clay lick included peccaries, deer, agouti and tapir. On arrival you will settle down to observe the spot quietly from a distance and hope to be rewarded. On the way to and from the clay lick your guide will be looking out for other birds, animals and plant species of interest. After lunch you will visit a local organic fruit farm down river from the lodge. It is owned by a family from the Infierno community who grow a variety of tropical fruit and vegetables - many of which you will experience over your time at Nape Lodge. The family will explain through a translator how they grow their crops in a sustainable way, and introduce you to some produce you may never have heard of. You will also gain an insight into local life. As the farm is beside rainforest you may also see and hear wildlife such as parrots close by.

Accommodation: Nape Lodge(or similar)

Simple Lodge
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 13 - Trip ends Puerto Maldonado airport

Your Amazon adventure comes to an end today after breakfast and you travel back to Puerto Maldonado by covered motorised canoe and minibus. Once in the town you will collect our luggage from the lodge office and then head to the airport where your trip ends. (If you prefer you can end your trip at the lodge office in Puerto Maldonado and arrange a taxi transfer, at your own expense, to the airport at a time that better suits your own itinerary. The office is a short taxi ride from the town, and about 20 minutes by taxi from the airport).

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Walking and Trekking information

Walking grade
Challenging
Trek details
Trek for 4 days for between 5 to 8 hours, plus one shorter day. Max. altitude 4,525m. This walking trip has been graded as challenging.
Max walking altitude (m)
4200

Why book this trip

Walk through this magnificent scenery, away from the crowds. No pass is needed so the Salkantay Trek can be booked at short notice.

What's included?

Included meals
  • Breakfast: 12
  • Lunch: 8
  • Dinner: 7
Transport
  • Bus
  • Boat
  • Flight
  • Minibus
Trip staff
  • Explore Tour Leader / Trek Guide
  • Boat Crew
  • Cook
  • Porter(s)
  • Trek Crew
Accommodation
  • 4 nights simple camping
  • 1 nights simple guesthouse
  • 4 nights standard hotel
  • 3 nights simple lodge
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Trip information

Country information

Peru Holidays & Tours

Climate

There is a rainy season from Dec - Mar however on the coast it rarely rains. Jun-Oct is damp and misty, but temperatures never drop below 10°C. At high altitudes although there are sunny days temperatures can drop dramatically, and conditions can change suddenly.

Time difference to GMT

-5

Plugs

2 Pin Flat

Religion

Catholicism

Language

Spanish

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

Ollantaytambo - Rafting on Urubamba River US$ 45 depending on numbers. Machu Picchu - Huayna Picchu £25; Machu Picchu Mountain £25. 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.

Clothing

For your trek: 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. Thermals: 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. Socks: Use good quality socks that you are used to walking in, plus liner socks if you are used to these. Waterproofs: 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 their winter months (June to September). Make sure that your waterproof jacket is loose enough to wear over your sweater or fleece. T-shirts: We recommend t-shirts made from wicking materials as these keep you drier and warmer. Shorts: 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. For you jungle extension: Expect warm and humid conditions. However there may also be heavy rain showers. (It tends to be cooler and drier between May and October, the winter) Bring light clothing (cotton or wicking material) - Long sleeve shirts and long trousers are best when walking through jungle, and a light weight rainjacket. It is worth also bringing some warmer clothes, particularly between May and September, in case of cool weather.

Footwear

We recommend you bring walking boots with ankle support- leather or fabric are both fine. Make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. Also trainers or sandals for relaxing and general wear and shoes that can cope with mud in the jungle. We suggest that on international flights you either carry your walking boots in your hand luggage or wear them - should your luggage be lost or delayed, your own boots are the one thing that will be irreplaceable.

Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

For your trek bring one main piece of baggage and a daypack. Main luggage: 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 (provided), 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. Small Rucksack/Daypack: 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.

Equipment

For your trek: 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. 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: Trekking poles are recommended. Please note metal tipped trekking poles are NOT permitted so please ensure they have rubber/plastic tips Water Bottle: 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. Torch/Batteries/Bulb: 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. Toiletries: 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 For your jungle experience bring: Suncream ,sunhat and sunglasses Jungle formula insect repellent Good torch and spare batteries for night walks and when the generator is not on. Small backpack for walks and boat trips Good camera with zoom, spare battery and memory cards

Tipping

Explore leader
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Local crew
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. Accordingly you should allow approximately US$ 45 for tipping. It is customary to tip our Porters, Cooks and Trail Guide at the end of the Trek, although this is entirely at your discretion.
Country Information

Peru Holidays & Tours

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Breakfast price
£4.00 - 7.00
Dinner price
£6.00 - 8.00
Beer price
£2.00 - 4.00
Water price
£1
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Nuevo Sol
Recommended Currency For Exchange
Carry all your funds in US cash NOT Sterling or Travellers Cheques which are more difficult to exchange. We recommend to take a minimum of US$400-$500 of your total spending money in cash for your tour, in mixed denominations. Notes should be in good condition otherwise they might be difficult to exchange.
Where To Exchange
Most major towns - your Tour Leader will advise you on arrival.
ATM Availability
Available in Major towns. Always have some cash as back-up as they are not always reliable
Credit Card Acceptance
In major restaurants.In some establishments Master card is not accepted.
Travellers Cheques
Travellers Cheques are not always easy to exchange.

Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, Boat, Flight, Minibus

Accommodation notes

Booking a Single Room

All of our group tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation. Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date. For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.


On our four night trek, two-man tents are provided with plenty of room for two people and bags. There is also a dining tent and a toilet tent. The trek is fully supported by our team of porters who set up and take down the tents, and prepare our hearty meals. They also carry water and all bags except daysacks, under strict guidelines. The guest accommodation at Nape Lodge (days 9, 10 and 11) although simple, is built to a high standard. Nape Lodge has been built just inland from the banks of the Tambopata River, on land granted to the Amazon community of Infierno nearly forty years ago. This land is adjacent to the then newly formed Tambopata National Reserve. The community are mainly farmers, but some now also work in local tourism. Over twenty years ago the community set 3,000 hectares of their land, primary forest, aside and banned all hunting, logging and farming. In partnership with a Peruvian Ecotourism company they opened an eco-lodge which they still co-run. Money generated by this partnership has helped build a secondary school for the community, provided support for the elderly and assisted students with the costs of further education. More recently the community decided to use their many years of experience of co-managing a lodge to build their own. Nape Lodge welcomed its first guests at the end of 2015. The communal area and dining room is an impressive wooden structure with a high roof, thatched in traditional style with palm fronds. The 16 rooms are a short walk from here and are also built in local wood, blending in with the surrounding forest. They are all furnished with crafted wooden furniture and have en-suite bathrooms equipped with a cold (lukewarm) water shower, basin with running water and flushing toilet. There is also a safety box for storing valuables and food. The design of the buildings allows the rooms to be naturally ventilated - the rooms are almost a metre off the ground and have high unsealed roofs that encourage air-circulation. The community have also designed their rooms to maximise the feeling of being in the forest, and the fourth side of the room looking out to the forest is open. Good mosquito nets cover the beds (which are well off the floor). Electricity is provided by a generator twice a day so room lights can be used, batteries charged, etc. but a strong torch is also required. Meals are all included during your stay and combine delicious local produce; lunch and dinner are served in the communal area and depending on the number of guests meals are either served at the table or self-serve style. Boiled, filtered drinking water is also available at all times, as is tea and coffee during the day. Fruit juices are provided with breakfast, and beers and soft drinks are also available to buy. The lodge guides all have a recognised national guiding qualification and most are from the local area. During your stay they will help you explore the primary forest around the lodge, identify animals and plants, and learn about the local way of life. Keep your eyes open as you travel around by boat or walk through the forest as there is abundant wildlife in the area around the lodge.

Essential information

FCO Advice

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Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Essential Information

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Visa Information

Peru: Visas are not required for UK, New Zealand, Australian, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate. You should confirm all visa related issues with the relevant Embassy prior to departure. USA: (including those in transit) Citizens of the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and passport holders from several EU countries can enter the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) - where you apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), which applies if you enter the country by sea or by air. This must be done on line - https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov no later than 72 hours prior to travel. Travellers who have not registered before their trip are likely be refused boarding. You must have an electronic passport with a digital chip containing biometric information about the passport owner. UK passports which are biometric feature a small gold symbol (camera) at the bottom of the front cover. If you have visited Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan since 2011 or are dual nationals of these countries, you cannot travel with an ESTA and instead you will need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. If you are unable to provide a valid visa before boarding flights to the US, or entering via another method, you may not be permitted to travel. Please note for your ESTA application you will be required to supply Point of Contact information. Explore' s USA contact information will be listed on your final documentation which you will receive approximately 3-4 weeks before departure. If you are leaving for the USA before this, please call the Explore team to get this information.(Not necessary if in transit) For further information please check out the US embassy website. Visa applications - http://london.usembassy.gov/niv/apply.html


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

Booking conditions

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Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


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Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Maximum altitude (m)

4200

Altitude information

This trip goes to an altitude where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), a common and usually harmless condition caused by reduced air pressure and a lower concentration of oxygen. Whilst the itinerary has been specifically designed to allow your body to acclimatise gradually, the speed of onset and severity - as well as the height at which AMS develops can vary greatly between individuals; being physically fit affords no special protection. If symptoms occur while on tour you must let your tour leader know immediately. For further advice when travelling at altitude we recommend visiting the medical advice website of 'Medex' and downloading their information booklet: http://medex.org.uk/medex_book/english_version.php Travellers with heart or lung conditions, anaemia, asthma, high blood pressure, or taking the contraceptive pill must seek the advice of their GP and specifically mention the maximum altitude the trip reaches (please refer to Tour Essentials box on front page of your Tour Notes). Please take these to your medical appointment so that your doctor has the full details of your trip. You must have adequate travel insurance for your trip. Please ensure that your insurance policy covers you to the maximum altitude indicated above. If you have Explore insurance you will be covered to this altitude.

Peru Holidays & Tours

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory, we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, polio and hepatitis A. Please consult your travel clinic for the latest advice on Malaria, Dengue and Zika Virus. Please take preventative measures to avoid mosquito bites - these include mosquito repellent as well as long trousers and long sleeve shirts to cover up when necessary. Please note many countries in Central America, South America and the Caribbean require a yellow fever vaccination certificates if travelling from infected areas. A detailed list of these countries can be found on the NaTHNaC website - http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries. Also on the NaTHNaC site there is a list of Countries (and specific areas within a country) which are at risk of infection and a vaccination is therefore recommended.. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider.

Dates, prices and booking

Date
Price from
Single room option
Wednesday 16 May 2018 - Wednesday 30 May 2018
This departure is guaranteed
SKTA_2018
From £2369
Save£130
was£2499
Single room option +£230
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Cusco
Time and place
13:30 at Hotel Reception
Information
The Peruvian customs officials no longer require you to fill in a landing card. Therefore, on arrival in Peru please make sure you receive a hard copy of the Andean Immigration Card (known as TAM) from immigration officials. Showing this card is mandatory during check-in. Airport arrival transfers - There have been incidents of unofficial taxis taking business within the airport, with fake signs from travel companies. If you have an included transfer please look for a representative wearing an Explore or Condor T-shirt.
Ending Point
Town
Puerto Maldonado airport
Time
09:30
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Wednesday 8 August 2018 - Wednesday 22 August 2018
SKTA_2018
From £2639
Save£20
was£2659
Single room option +£230
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Cusco
Time and place
13:30 at Hotel Reception
Information
The Peruvian customs officials no longer require you to fill in a landing card. Therefore, on arrival in Peru please make sure you receive a hard copy of the Andean Immigration Card (known as TAM) from immigration officials. Showing this card is mandatory during check-in. Airport arrival transfers - There have been incidents of unofficial taxis taking business within the airport, with fake signs from travel companies. If you have an included transfer please look for a representative wearing an Explore or Condor T-shirt.
Ending Point
Town
Puerto Maldonado airport
Time
09:30
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Wednesday 12 September 2018 - Wednesday 26 September 2018
SKTA_2018
From £2469
Save£20
was£2489
Single room option +£230
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Cusco
Time and place
13:30 at Hotel Reception
Information
The Peruvian customs officials no longer require you to fill in a landing card. Therefore, on arrival in Peru please make sure you receive a hard copy of the Andean Immigration Card (known as TAM) from immigration officials. Showing this card is mandatory during check-in. Airport arrival transfers - There have been incidents of unofficial taxis taking business within the airport, with fake signs from travel companies. If you have an included transfer please look for a representative wearing an Explore or Condor T-shirt.
Ending Point
Town
Puerto Maldonado airport
Time
09:30
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Date
Price from
Single room option
Thursday 17 May 2018 - Tuesday 29 May 2018
This departure is guaranteed
SKTA_2018
From £1745
Single room option +£230
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Cusco
Time and place
13:30 at Hotel Reception
Information
The Peruvian customs officials no longer require you to fill in a landing card. Therefore, on arrival in Peru please make sure you receive a hard copy of the Andean Immigration Card (known as TAM) from immigration officials. Showing this card is mandatory during check-in. Airport arrival transfers - There have been incidents of unofficial taxis taking business within the airport, with fake signs from travel companies. If you have an included transfer please look for a representative wearing an Explore or Condor T-shirt.
Ending Point
Town
Puerto Maldonado airport
Time
09:30
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Thursday 9 August 2018 - Tuesday 21 August 2018
SKTA_2018
From £1745
Single room option +£230
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Cusco
Time and place
13:30 at Hotel Reception
Information
The Peruvian customs officials no longer require you to fill in a landing card. Therefore, on arrival in Peru please make sure you receive a hard copy of the Andean Immigration Card (known as TAM) from immigration officials. Showing this card is mandatory during check-in. Airport arrival transfers - There have been incidents of unofficial taxis taking business within the airport, with fake signs from travel companies. If you have an included transfer please look for a representative wearing an Explore or Condor T-shirt.
Ending Point
Town
Puerto Maldonado airport
Time
09:30
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Thursday 13 September 2018 - Tuesday 25 September 2018
SKTA_2018
From £1695
Single room option +£230
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Cusco
Time and place
13:30 at Hotel Reception
Information
The Peruvian customs officials no longer require you to fill in a landing card. Therefore, on arrival in Peru please make sure you receive a hard copy of the Andean Immigration Card (known as TAM) from immigration officials. Showing this card is mandatory during check-in. Airport arrival transfers - There have been incidents of unofficial taxis taking business within the airport, with fake signs from travel companies. If you have an included transfer please look for a representative wearing an Explore or Condor T-shirt.
Ending Point
Town
Puerto Maldonado airport
Time
09:30
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes

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