Land of the Incas

Ultimate family adventure holiday to Peru, Amazon & Machu Pichu

12

days

8+

Age

Family

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From $3,060 Land only

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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Cusco and it`s fascinating mix of Inca and Spanish architecture
  • Amazon Rainforest Jungle adventures and activities
  • Walk on the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with the family
  • Boat trip and homestay on the islands on Lake Titicaca

This unique family adventure holiday in Peru combines all the essential main areas that you would wish to visit including the Amazon rainforest, Cusco, a day on the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. We start out in the Amazon rainforest where we take a motorised canoe to our jungle lodge to see the magical wildlife in this pristine environment. We then fly to Cusco and descend to the Sacred Valley of the Incas where, from our comfortable accommodation, we visit the traditional Indian market at Pisac, an alpaca and weaving farm, and we can try our hand at some painting some pottery. The following day we have a cookery class learning a traditional way of cooking under hot stones and then we visit the picturesque saltpans at Maras. The adventure continues with the classic 1-day Inca Trail hike up to the Sun Gate, where we have our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. (Note: If Inca Trail permits are not available at the time of booking, an alternative walk or activity is arranged). After a night in the colourful town of Aguas Calientes (with the chance to try out the hot springs), we make an early morning return to the 'Lost City of the Incas' - Machu Picchu - and spend the morning here with a specialist guide. In the afternoon, we take the famous train ride back to Cusco. We visit the impressive Inca ruins that surround the Andean city of Cusco, either on an optional horse-back ride, or on foot. It's then onto Lake Titicaca and a boat ride to the Uros Islands where we overnight in a homestay before flying home from Juliaca...phew! This is one of the best family adventure holidays in Peru - if you are going to do it, you might as well do it right!

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 8 yrs old

This holiday is designed for families to experience some of the highlights and the distinct culture and Inca Ruins of Peru. The emphasis is on touring and sightseeing and making it fun for the family at the same time. The walking is on well-defined tracks, including some sections of ancient Inca trail - namely when we have our day on the Inca Trail. The activities at the Amazon lodge will include boat rides, canopy walks and short (1-2 hrs) jungle walks in this hot humid environment. All safety equipment is provided where necessary throughout. All activities are designed for beginners and can be done by all members of the family. The accommodation we use throughout the tour is comfortable in well-located hotels. This is with the exception of the 1 night at a homestay on Lake Titicaca. In order to see all these key sights, it is necessary to travel some distance during the holiday. With families in mind we make this as comfortable as possible, using 1 internal flight of between 1 and 1.5 hours duration, while road transfers are kept to a minimum and are generally short, we do have a long day mainly on the bus when we journey from Cusco to Puno.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the Amazon Jungle Lodge. A single transfer from Puerto Maldonado Airport is provided.
  • Amazon Rainforest guided exploration by dugout canoe, canopy walkway, walks and fishing.
  • Morning jungle activities. Fly to Cucso (3200m). Transfer to Pisac, visit Alpaca and Llama wool farm.
  • Explore Inca ruins of Pisac. Pottery painting in Pisac.
  • Learn to cook Pachamanca, visit Chinchero ruins and salt-pans. Transfer to Ollantaytambo.
  • Day walk on the Inca Trail from km104 to Machu Picchu. Drive to Aguas Calientes.
  • Day exploring Machu Picchu. Transfer to Cusco.
  • Visit the Inca sites of the Cusco Valley, Tambo Machay, Quenko and Sacayhuaman. Optional horse ride.
  • Transfer to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
  • Boat trip on Lake Titicaca, visit the reed islands of Uros. Overnight with family on Amantani Island.
  • Morning on the islands, visiting male knitters. Boat to Puno.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Juliaca Airport is provided (via Sillustani ruins).
2016
Sun 03 Jul - Thu 14 Jul Code FPT /02/16/ Adult$3,060 Child$2,740 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is FPT /02/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 03 Jul and departs on Thu 14 Jul
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $600
  • The child price age for this holiday is 8 - 11 years
Sun 07 Aug - Thu 18 Aug Code FPT /03/16/ Adult$3,060 Child$2,740 Status Available Book now
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  • Land of the Incas
  • The departure reference for this tour is FPT /03/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 07 Aug and departs on Thu 18 Aug
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $600
  • The child price age for this holiday is 8 - 11 years
Thu 22 Dec - Mon 02 Jan Code FPT /04/16/ Adult$3,060 Child$2,740 Status Available Book now
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  • Land of the Incas
  • The departure reference for this tour is FPT /04/16/
  • This tour begins on Thu 22 Dec and departs on Mon 02 Jan
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $600
  • The child price age for this holiday is 8 - 11 years
2017
Mon 03 Apr - Thu 13 Apr Code FPT /01/17/ Adult$3,060 Child$2,740 Status Available Book now
More information
  • Land of the Incas
  • The departure reference for this tour is FPT /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Mon 03 Apr and departs on Thu 13 Apr
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $600
  • The child price age for this holiday is 8 - 11 years
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary, joining in Puerto Maldonado, Amazon, Peru. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Puerto Maldonado airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. The holiday departs from Juliaca airport. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers', and 'Flights' sections in the holiday dossier for further details. Internal flights from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco are included in the main holiday price.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.


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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the Amazon Jungle Lodge. A single transfer from Puerto Maldonado Airport is provided.

    Arriving into Puerto Maldonado airport in the Peruvian Amazon we are met by a representative and transferred to our Amazon jungle lodge for the next 2 days. From Puerto Maldonado we have an exciting 30 mins boat journey down river to the lodge. This is the only way to access our lodge and it is a haven of pristine wilderness in a private ecological reserve. Depending on our arrival time and how we are feeling from our long journey we maybe able to participate in the twilight river cruise to get become acquainted with the area and the slow pace of life here.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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  • Amazon Rainforest guided exploration by dugout canoe, canopy walkway, walks and fishing.

    Visiting pristine Amazon rainforest is something that most people can only dream of. Our lodge is situated next to the Tambopata National Reserve where the river provides access to an uninhabited core in a vast 2.5 million acre wilderness, home to the Amazon’s five top predators – Jaguar, Giant Otter, Black Caiman, Harpy Eagle and Anaconda. There is a selection of activities today that we can choose from. A highlight a journey in a traditional dugout canoe on the beautiful oxbow, Lake Sandoval. Here we may see blue & yellow macaws, giant river otters catching fish, and howler monkeys. There is also canopy walkway interpretation centre, this is a 20 min river ride from the lodge and combines a jungle walk on wooden bridges and platforms hanging in between the large trees. We can try our hand at some fishing in the lake or walk along the trails and learn about the forest. Our guides teach us about the flora and fauna in the Amazon and the conservation work in the reserve and we learn a lot about the magical Amazon rainforest.

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  • Morning jungle activities. Fly to Cucso (3200m). Transfer to Pisac, visit Alpaca and Llama wool farm.

    Depending on our flight times out of Puerto Maldonado we have some time for further activities this morning. We can also visit the fascinating butterfly house located near the airport in Puerto Maldonado before we fly to Cusco. The flight is around 1 hr. On arrival in Cusco we transfer into the Sacred Valley of the Incas and to the quaint town of Pisac. This afternoon we visit the Awana Kancha centre, whose aim it is to keep alive the traditional textile arts. The centre revolves around the Alpaca and Llama farm, and we get to see these funny animals and their young at the farm. The wool from the alpaca’s is used in the weaving which in turn helps the local communities’ livelihoods, and ensures the survival of the ancient traditions. As we are now at an altitude of 3200 metres, it is best to spend the rest of today taking it easy in order to acclimatise. We can try the local altitude remedy, coca tea. We overnight at a centrally located hotel in Pisac.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Explore Inca ruins of Pisac. Pottery painting in Pisac.

    After breakfast we have a chance to explore the Inca ruins of Pisac. These are situated on a hill above the village and receive relatively few tourists visit the site. The most impressive feature is the agricultural terracing of flagstones set into the terrace walls. There are great views of the Urubamba Valley and jungle. After spending some time here we return to Pisac where there is time to look around the market streets. Weavings and hand-painted pottery are amongst the most colourful handicrafts. After a typical Quinta lunch we have the option to paint some pottery with some of the artisans. Maybe a plate, mug or bowl. These will then be fired and delivered to our hotel later. Alternatively we have a free afternoon to explore and enjoy this town. We have a second night in Pisac.

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  • Learn to cook Pachamanca, visit Chinchero ruins and salt-pans. Transfer to Ollantaytambo.

    This morning we transfer to Chinchero. Another colourful town with many weavers, artisans and archaeological sites. The town is surrounded by green fields and the snow-capped mountains of the sacred valley. We enjoy a cooking lesson on how to make a Pachamanca. This is a traditional Peruvian dish made with a special old technique. Stone are heated over a fire and then the meat is placed on top, and then it is covered with grass and earth! Whilst the Pachamanca is cooking in the hot stones we visit the Chinchero ruins. After lunch we visit the spectacular working salt-pans of Maras. We then continue through the sacred valley to Ollantaytambo where we check into our hotel.

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  • Day walk on the Inca Trail from km104 to Machu Picchu. Drive to Aguas Calientes.

    We catch the early morning train from Ollantaytambo beside the now torrential Urubamba River to km104. Here, we start our hike along the Royal Inca Trail. Whilst walking all we will carry is a daypack and our overnight luggage will be transferred to our hotel in Aguas Calientes (now also known as 'Pueblo Machu Picchu') to await our arrival. An initial hot ascent is rewarded by the arrival at Winay Wayna, a beautiful Inca ruin full of swallows and orchids. A contour path through the fascinating cloud forest leads to Inti Puncu (the Gateway of the Sun) and our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. Walking downhill, we pass through the ruins and catch a bus down to our hotel in the colourful town of Aguas Calientes.
    Anyone without a permit for the Inca trail or anyone who does not wish to make the hike up to Inti Punti from km104, will remain on the train to Aguas Calientes, check into the hotel, and then there are a number of options we can choose from with our guide. We can walk to the Mandor waterfall, or we can relax in the local hot springs and explore the market town of Aguas Calientes. On this day you can also visit Machu Picchu on this day. If you wish to do this then we need to pre-purchase the tickets.

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  • Day exploring Machu Picchu. Transfer to Cusco.

    An early morning start to catch the first bus back up to Machu Picchu, it is important to get back to the site as early as possible to take advantage of the spectacular early morning light. A local guide will give us the 'tour' of Machu Picchu and we will also have enough time to go exploring on our own. Highlights include; the Inca Bridge and the Temple of the Moon. You are free to do whatever you like, providing you get back down on time to catch the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo, where we meet our bus for the transfer to Cusco. The heart of Cusco is quite small and easy to get around on foot. Every small street or alley-way that we enter and every corner that we turn, brings another surprise, in the form of superbly constructed Incaic walls or the rather more architecturally extravagant Spanish Colonial churches and palaces. The city was once capital of the extensive Inca Empire and since that time has seen many changes since Pizarro took control in 1535. This evening, we have the opportunity to relax in one of Cusco’s excellent restaurants.

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  • Visit the Inca sites of the Cusco Valley, Tambo Machay, Quenko and Sacayhuaman. Optional horse ride.

    Today we visit the major Inca sites of the Cusco Valley. Including Tambo Machay, Quenko and Sacayhuaman with its incredible stone walls. We have an optional horse-back ride around the sites. In the afternoon we may have some time to relax and Cusco

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  • Transfer to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

    We leave the sacred valley today and take the tourist bus to Puno. The drive time is around 5-6 hours, but we make a full day of this journey with several stops at interesting sites and view points making it about a 10 hour day. Puno is situated on the shores of Lake Titicaca, which is the next point of our Peruvian Adventure! Puno has great shopping, and depending on our arrival time we have a chance to explore before dinner.

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  • Boat trip on Lake Titicaca, visit the reed islands of Uros. Overnight with family on Amantani Island.

    Forming part of the border between Peru and Bolivia, the sacred lake of the Incas, Lake Titicaca is at an elevation of 3830 metres. Here the god Viracocha rose and created the sun, moon, stars and the first people. It is the largest navigable lake in the world and is renown for its azure blue beauty. There are several islands in the lake, the most important on the Bolivian side being Isla del Sol which was home of the Inca god Inti. In Peru the ‘floating’ Uros Islands which are man-made from reeds, are home to a pre-Incan people who live a simple traditional life. We board our motor boat launch for a fascinating visit to the floating islands of the Uros Indians. Our guide fully explains the local history, traditions and agricultural methods as we visit the amazing floating reed islands of the Uros. We arrive at the island of Amantani for lunch. Here we stay with local families in a community-based project. We are allocated rooms in family houses and this is a unique chance to truly understand the lives of these proud people and experience how they live. We may wish to walk to the hill above the village to witness an amazing sunset over the lake. Whilst the accommodation is fairly basic, the experience of staying with a family is truly amazing and a great chance for a unique cultural exchange.

    • Accommodation Homestay

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  • Morning on the islands, visiting male knitters. Boat to Puno.

    We have a relaxed morning and enjoy spending some time with the locals here. We then take a boat back to Puno, visiting the Taquile Islands on the way. The locals here, the Taquilenos are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing. Knitting is done exclusively by males, starting at the age of eight years ago. The woman make the yarn and weave. We then continue to Puno and check back into our hotel. In the evening we can enjoy a ‘farewell’ dinner taken in one of Puno’s excellent restaurants.

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  • Departure day. A single transfer to Juliaca Airport is provided (via Sillustani ruins).

    After breakfast we depart Puno on a single timed transfer to the airport. En route to Juliaca we stop at the pre-Inca burial ground at Sillustani for a quick visit. KE Land Only package services end at the airport.

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Holiday Information

  • A professional English-speaking local leader
  • Airport transfers (on group arrival and departure days)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as described in the Meal Plan
  • Excursions as per the itinerary
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fees at Machu Picchu
  • Inca Trail Permits
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for local guides and trek staff
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Optional activities (pottery and horse-riding)
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

The food on this holiday will be varied and tasty. Breakfast includes fresh fruit, porridge, pancakes or omelette with plenty of toast and home-made jam. Lunch is usually a picnic - fresh fruit, salad and bread, cheeses, cold meats, avocado and plenty to drink. Our evening meals will be a mix of local dishes and European style. In Cusco, Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes there is a wide range of restaurants and cafes to chose from, serving local and international cuisine.

Where there is a wide range of dining options it is sensible to leave this choice to you. While staying in Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Cusco, Aguas Calientes and Puno dinner is not included in the holiday price. There is a total of 8 dinners and 2 lunches which are not included in the holiday price. You should budget $20 - $35 dollars per meal per person (including wine and/or soft drinks).
All clients arriving on the group flight, around lunchtime, into Puerto Maldonado on day 1 will be met and transferred to the Jungle lodge. Transfers at the end of the holiday will be from Juliaca airport for the flight departing at lunchtime.

If you intend to arrive in Puerto Maldonado ahead of the group arrival day it is possible to arrange an individual transfer at extra cost. We can also arrange private transfers to Juliaca airport at the end of the holiday if required.

Clients booking a Land Only Package must provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
The group will have a total of 2 nights a jungle lodge in the Amazon Rainforest, 2 nights in a comfortable Tourist class hotel in Pisac, 1 night in a hotel in Ollantaytambo and 1 night in a hotel in Aguas Calientesm 2 nights in a hotel in Cusco, 2 nights in a hotel in Puno and 1 night in a homestay on Lake Titicaca. All accommodation is ensuite except for the homestay. During the homestay we will overnight with local families in a community-based project, where we may use twin or triple share rooms. These are simple, minimal rooms in the houses of the people of this village. Bathroom facilities are shared here at the homestay.

In the hotels children of 11yrs and under will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3 or a double with an extendable couch for a family of 4. Children over 12 yrs will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3, or have 2 rooms for a family of 4. We will do everything to ensure that you are happy with your rooming allocation. Additional nights are available at the beginning and end of the holiday. Details of your first night's hotel together with an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

The cost of your 1 day Inca Trail permit is included in the holiday price. Please note that the Peruvian Authorities strictly limit the amount of Inca Trail Permits issued for each day and that permits are issued on a first come, first served basis. The permits are only issued against a name and a passport number. Once issued they cannot be amended, cancelled or transferred. In order to ensure your place on the Inca Trail, KE will purchase your permit as soon as you make your booking if the holiday is guaranteed. To cover this you will asked to pay an additional deposit at the time of booking. Once the trip is guaranteed to run, the cost of your Inca Trail permit cannot be refunded (unless we cancel the trip). Please note that if there are no permits left for the day walk on the Inca Trail, then you will be taken on an alternative walk on that day. The alternative walk is scenic and has many brilliant view points and is a lot less touristy.

For each section of this holiday you will have an expert local guide. In total you will have 4 different guides/leaders to ensure that your holiday runs smoothly and that you have a high level of service and knowledge in each area. So when in the Amazon you will have a local guide to this area, in Cusco/the Scared Valley/Machu Picchu a expert guide for this area, on the tourist bus to Puno another guide and then when in Puno/Lake Titicaca your final guide.

Approximately $600 per family (based on a family of 4, mum, dad and 2 kids) should be sufficient to cover your personal spending requirements. This amount should also cover tips for drivers, trek crew and local guides. There is no need to obtain local currency (Nuevos Soles) before you travel as sterling, Euros and US dollars are easily exchanged in Cusco. You can also use your credit or debit card to get cash from ATM machines in Cusco. If you intend to bring your travel money with you, we recommend that you take this in the form of US dollars in cash. 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

All prices are subject to change without notice

  • Horse-ride: $26 per person
  • Pottery painting: $41 per person
  • Machu Picchu Visit (option for day 6 if Inca Trail permits sold out): $60 per adult, $35 per child
  • Bus to Machu Picchu (option of day 6 if Inca Trail permits sold out): $20 per adult, $10 per child

Tipping is common in Peru, however you must remember that it is voluntary, and how much you give depends on how you feel about the service you have received. Airport baggage carriers are the only exception and here tipping is compulsory as these people are unwaged and make a living by carrying your luggage. The general rule is 1 sol (16p) per bag. For hotel staff, tipping is not expected, but is welcome - for hotel porters, 1 sol per bag carried. As with most countries is usual to tip in restaurants, between 5-15% for adequate to excellent service is usual. Specialist guides or tour conductors (i.e. on sightseeing tours) $10 - $15 per day (from the group). Drivers, 10-15 sols per day from the group is sufficient. Please note that drivers of standard taxis do not usually expect a tip. For the river guides and support crew during the rafting, it is recommended that each family contributes 100 - 150 sols. You will also want to tip your guide and we recommend you do this as a group with each family contributing $40 - $60.

There is no weight limit on this holiday other than that imposed by your international & internal carrier (normally 20kg). However, we do politely ask you to only take one main bag and one daypack per person.

Our holidays are normally designed with minimal 'down time' at the start of the trip, but having a day or two at the beginning will have the additional benefit of allowing you time to get over the stress of travelling across time zones, leaving you refreshed and ready for your holiday. We can easily arrange for you to have additional nights and airport transfers.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Please however note that you will experience both extremes of the Peruvian climate, so the hot sunshine and humid heat in the rainforest and the below zero temperatures of the Altiplano. Good quality Alpaca jumpers are easy to purchase in Cusco!

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots/sturdy shoes

  • Trainers/Sandals

  • Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves

  • Socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Shorts

  • Underwear

  • Shirts or T-shirts (short & long sleeved - wicking ones are good)

  • Fleece or warm jumper

  • Fleece jacket or down jacket

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Waterproof over-trousers

  • Sunhat with wide brim

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2)

  • Small towel

  • Swimwear

  • Daypack 20 - 30 litres (Depending on how much of the kids stuff you will be carrying)

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag/rucksack contents dry)

  • Small padlock (to lock your KE kit bag)

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • High factor sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Basic First Aid Kit including the following: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters, blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles (these must have rubber tips)

  • Binoculars

  • Camera

  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Toys / games / books etc.

Note:

Long sleeved shirts and trousers are good for when in the rainforest to guard against insects and branches.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Peru

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. Keep the immigration paper given to you on arrival in a safe place, as you will need to show this on departure.

Transit via USA

You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$14 and you should apply for it at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. With the ESTA complete, the majority of British Citizen passport holders can enter the US under the Visa Waiver Programme, VWP. As of 1st April 2016 you will be required to have a passport with an intergrated chip. Note that if you have travelled to Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan in the last 5yrs you will have to apply for a visa.

NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through the USA 

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you specific require any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella), alnog with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis are required. There is risk of yellow fever and you should carry a current vaccination certificate. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in Peru is the Nuevos Soles.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The climate of the Andean valleys which corresponds to the region between 3000 and 4000 metres is characterised by hot wet summers and cool dry winters. The Southern Hemisphere winter season in the Andes runs roughly from April through to October and this is the optimum period to visit this part of Peru. At this time we can expect the days to be warm and generally sunny, with temperatures between 12 and 20°C. Above c. 3500m. during this season, the night-time temperatures will fall below freezing.

ITMB - Cusco Region. 1:110,000

A detailed road map of the region around Cusco including Machu Picchu, Includes a street plan of central Cuzco. Elevation tinting and contours at 100m intervals represent the general relief, with spot heights for many peaks. The Inca Trail region is shown in an inset at 1:50,000, highlighting the trail. There is also a small, street plan of Aguas Calientes and an annotated plan of the Machu Picchu ruins.

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