Peru FAQ

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Frequently asked questions about Peru

What is JOURNEYS' history in Peru?

JOURNEYS has been offering trips in Peru since 1981, long before tourism there was popular. We continue to work jointly with the same local land operator we used on that first trip. During the intervening 20 or so years, Peru has undergone a revolution, a succession of airline failures and a vast expansion of the tourism industry. We have stayed on top of the changing conditions, new facilities and changing regulations designed to protect Peru's cultural and natural resources. We support several ongoing charitable community projects. Many of our US staff have been to Peru. We have offered successful trips for artists, school groups, families, birders, photographers and general interest travelers. Every JOURNEYS traveler to Peru completes a trip evaluation which serves as the basis for continual improvement of our programs. We are in regular contact with Peru and closely follow social and travel industry news.

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Where will I stay on a JOURNEYS trip to Peru?

We use quality hotels in cities and award winning eco-lodges in the jungle. Our local operators have standing requests to offer our clients the best rooms in hotels close to main attractions. In Lima we stay in the attractive Miraflores area close to the coast. In Cusco you will be near to the main plaza. Conditions are more rustic in the Amazon, but even there you will find lodging that optimizes your experience of the environment without sealing you into environmentally inappropriate facilities. On treks we use top-quality, spacious expedition tents.

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Who will be my leaders in Peru?

Many of JOURNEYS' leaders in Peru have been to the USA, though all are proud Peruvians. All speak fluent English. All are trained as professional guides. Many of the guides in the Amazon have graduate degrees in biology-related fields and are eager to provide a professional level of insight into your ecological experience. We send them many clients year-after-year so they understand your high expectations of service. Traveling around Peru efficiently requires being up-to-date on changing flight and train schedules, road conditions, trail quotas, entrance fees and varying hotel and lodging management changes. Our local staff helps you avoid the uncertainties of Peru by knowing in advance the best route through ever-changing logistic challenges. Our local operator has offices throughout Peru in case any problem arises.

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How will you help me get ready to visit Peru?

We've been there. We offer the most complete and detailed pre-departure information available. Your Peru pre-departure packet includes a map of Peru, phrase book, medical information and a booklet outlining preparation and planning concerns. You will have toll-free phone access to our experienced staff of travel counselors who have been to Peru. We respond promptly to e-mail. We offer trip insurance information, reading lists, currency information, travel gear catalogs and more, as a part of our pre-departure service.

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What areas should I visit in Peru?

No first trip to Peru is complete without seeing Machu Picchu. We have designed visits to maximize your stay at the ruins during times when most other tourists have left, or not yet arrived. Similarly, if you want to hike the Inca Trail, you will find that our professional leaders know the pacing of the trip and the best campsite so that you won't be caught in the trekker traffic jams. You should try to visit the Amazon. The lodges we prefer are in genuinely pristine jungle and are surrounded by vast and varied rain forest habitat. Our local accommodations always provide secure luggage storage facilities.

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When should I plan to visit Peru?

Plan your trip as far in advance as possible. Popular lodges book up early. Flights to Peru from the USA through Miami can fill months in advance. The dry season from May to September is the favored time for a Peru visit. However, many people prefer the less touristed times October through November and March through April. December and January tend to be hot.

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What precautions are taken to ensure a safe visit?

In Peru, Cusco is a very high elevation city. We will help you develop a plan to avoid altitude sickness. Few people have any problems with biting insects, or other stinging or biting organisms. You will want to take medication to prevent malaria. We provide complete details in our pre-departure kit. Peru, in the past, had a reputation for crime and unrest. This is now much less of a problem. Our guides will always advise you in advance of locations or situations to avoid or in which to be vigilant.

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What makes a JOURNEYS visit distinctive?

JOURNEYS trips in Peru offer small group and individualized experiences that really immerse you in the very most positive aspects of the local cultures and natural environments. We can tailor your trip to include physical challenge or considerable comfort. Any trip can offer exceptional natural beauty, jungle night hikes, predawn canoe trips, mountain top star gazing and a thorough on-site grounding in pre-Colombian archaeology. Because we offer trips in neighboring countries of Ecuador, Bolivia and Chile, extended multi-destinations can be seamlessly linked. We can help you plan a trip of one week or many weeks that meets the same high standards of leadership, interpretation, safety and accommodation. The trip evaluations returned by our clients emphasize the extraordinary competence and dedication of our guides, leaders' knowledge of both history and nature of Peru and their adeptness at avoiding the travel problems that impale other travelers. Our clients invariably report that our trips provide an experience more overwhelmingly satisfying and favorable than our clients expect.

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What formalities must I consider?

No visa is necessary for Peru. You will require a passport valid for at least six months after your date of arrival. Flights arrive first at Lima with connections to Cusco, Puno, or Puerto Maldonado. Travelers' checks and credit cards are widely accepted in Peru. You will need to pay a departure tax of $25 upon leaving Peru.

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