Hola amiga / amiga, here you will find some questions solved by us that may help you prepare your trip to Peru. We hope it is useful for you, but if you have any more, please let us know.
It is very simple, you just have to take a look at our website and choose your adventure. You must secure your place five months in advance (Inca Trail) before departure and, for the rest, rest as; Treks, Mini adventures (Short Tours), Machu Picchu tours and Amazon Tour will require the payment of the total amount.
We maintain an average amount in our groups so that you have the freedom to move and get involved with your surroundings, as well as making sure that the attention of our guides and leaders is more personalized. This intimate size ensures that your group does not monopolize your experience. The groups can have up to 16 travelers per trip.
There are many people who come with friends or partners on our tours and others who are traveling on their own, perhaps because their friends have different interests or budgets. Although you can start YOUR journey alone, at the end of your trip, you will have many new friends for a lifetime! We Peru Bucket list, do offer the option that you and your friends travel in a private group if you want. However, our trips are designed for everyone and we encourage meeting and enjoying your journey with your new life-long friends from all over the world!
All our trips have a unique supplement; this means that the accommodation is two single beds. If you travel alone, you will be accommodated in a room with another traveler of the same sex. If you do not feel comfortable sharing a room, you also have the option to pay for a room of your own (always available on most of our trips).
To travel independently you must be at least 18 years of age. Our trips are designed for the type of ages mentioned (18 – 29 and 30 – 40+). If you’re a private group of friends, colleagues, or relatives of different required ages, please respect the age range (contact our office if your group’s age range varies). In turn, groups of underage school children must be accompanied during their trip by a responsible older person at all times. They must have a leader in logistics and be experienced with these types of groups/adventures.
The trips and excursions with PBL are for travelers with adventurous spirits and lovers of adrenaline. Our travelers have the desire to live new experiences and get out of the ordinary. Whether you travel alone, with a group of friends, or are aged 18 to whatever year old with young at heart, we guarantee that there is an adventure for you! We don’t require that all travelers need to be in excellent physical condition, all we need are travelers who are curious to know the world and live with the desire to do so!
We recommend that you carry a backpack of size according to your height and a small travel bag for your daily excursions. This backpack should have enough space to carry food and snacks for long walks and space to carry extra for activities on nights where we have excursions. In addition, a backpack that can be loaded on the back with the necessary size for its greater waterproof comfort. There will be facilities to store and accommodate your bags on the buses (under the seats). Wheeled suitcases can be very challenging (and irritating) on dirt or cobblestone roads. Keep in mind that you will have to carry your own luggage inside and outside the buses, planes, trains, and up / downstairs of hotels.
We always recommend packing as light as possible, please keep in mind the outdoor activities included (such as trekking, biking, rafting, sandboarding, etc.). We suggest bringing special clothes for those adventures that are comfortable and resistant. Regarding footwear for the trek, hiking boots are definitely recommended. Please pack warm clothes and don’t forget that many treks will be hiking in near freezing environments. Be sure to research the climate and weather conditions at the time of year you will be trekking and pack according to the season!
Peru is a country of basically free access. Many visitors do not need a visa to enter Peru however, it depends on your nationality. Citizens of most other countries in South America, as well as citizens of the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, South Korea, the Republic of China (Taiwan), and the Philippines, among others, do not need a visa to enter Peru temporarily (up to 183 days). But, citizens from other countries, including Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Republic of China, Saudi Arabia; require a visa. If you are not required to obtain a visa, it is usually very easy to enter the country.
There are no mandatory vaccines to enter Peru. If you want to visit an Amazonian region of the country, the Ministry of Health recommends getting vaccinated against yellow fever. We suggest you look into more information about vaccines before arriving. We are not doctors and unfortunately, we cannot advise on this subject. Consult your local doctor, or medical center before traveling and take your itinerary to your appointment.
Travel insurance is absolutely mandatory for all travelers from Peru’s cube list. You’re required to purchase full travel insurance before traveling with us. Make sure you know exactly what it really covers, remember that there are many adventure activities during the tour that may not be covered by basic insurance. Make sure your travel insurance covers general medical expenses, hospitalizations, and medical evacuations. You must present proof of your travel insurance on the first day of your trip, you won’t be able to join the trip without it!
Our included activities require physical activity, but nothing impossible to do. Each of our trips come with a physical score letting you know how physically demanding it is (or not). Remember that WE set OUR goals and decide how far we go. NO PAIN NO GAIN!
The trips with Peru Bucket List are so full of excitement, fun, and adventure that they will make you put aside the myths or false beliefs that you’ve heard about the treks. Nothing is more rewarding than reaching the very top after crossing mountains and glaciers, exhausted and even perhaps being short of breath. Once you get there and enjoy how beautiful nature is in its splendor, you will surely believe that everything you experienced during your journey was worth it!!
NOT ONLY in your treks is it possible to suffer from altitude sickness (also called Soroche), anytime you are at an altitude greater than 3000 meters you can be affected. Many of our adventures offer the opportunity to walk in the mountains or fly to cities that are in height. Altitude sickness is due to a lack of oxygen. If you were to experience symptoms of altitude sickness like headaches, nausea, dizziness, and feeling of fatigue then it’s not a good idea to go at a fast pace. We recommend you walk slowly, please take your time and breathe deeply. Remember that it is not a race, eat light meals, avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and try not to work harder to acclimatize to the altitude. No one understands why some people are affected and others are not, age, level of fitness, and strength is not an indication of how well you will do.
Do not forget and please keep in mind that altitude sickness can be serious, so if you take a walk and your guide advises you to rest or descend, do as you are told. The trek is a mixture of ascents and descents, altitude sickness is often short-term and suffering does not necessarily mean that you cannot complete the trek.
You can pre-book your trek with us if you wish or on your own. You’ll need to follow the regulations regarding the issuance of the Inca Trail permits (these permits are subject to change). It’s important that you check regularly to make sure you have the most up-to-date information.
Only 500 permits are issued for the Inca Trail each day which includes guides, porters, and other necessary personnel. We suggest you book well in advance (4 or 5 months before) to avoid missing out.
Every year during the month of February the trail closes for a cleaning, during this time we offer an alternative trekking route.
It is impossible to join a tour after it has begun, the only time an exception can be made is if there’s been a flight delay. The maximum time of tolerance is one day after the group has started the tour. If this happens, please contact our phone numbers or emails as soon as possible and one of our staff members will gladly assist you. Keep in mind, you will be responsible for all costs associated with joining an excursion late.
It is possible to leave the tour early if you are sick, or suffer an injury. If this happens, we will be there to help you as quickly as possible. Our local offices will help you find the right medical care and ensure that someone in the home is aware of the situation. Please, keep in mind that if you leave (due to illness or injury), you are responsible for the additional expenses, and for your own arrangements from the moment you decide to leave the tour. The tour is non-refundable.
Unfortunately, no, it’s not possible to include international airfares in our prices due to the fact our travelers are coming from all over the world causing the flight prices to vary. However, we would love to help you with your booking of air tickets. Please request your quote when making your reservation.
All our tours in the Amazon include round-trip transfers (arrival and departure), which can be from the airport/bus station/hotel. Please feel free to contact us for more information.
Other tours such as day trip day, multi-day, and treks include the transfer (pick up and drop off to your hotel/hostel). Please take a look at the itinerary of your interest where you will find detailed information.
Throughout your journey with the Peru Bucket List, you’ll be traveling by public bus, private transportation, plane, motorboats, and trains. We welcome you to come to see our beautiful country and how we travel from every angle!
Hotels that are clean, comfortable, warm, and simple. (Peruvian 2, 3 stars).
Breakfast is included at all hotels, and lunches and dinners will be in some places like the camps (Treks, and Amazon Tours). excursions to the jungle (Tambopata-Puerto Maldonado) and sometimes on buses and flights. Please look over your package to read what days will have full meals included or solely breakfast (it’s always advised to pack snacks for the journey!). The leaders will provide recommendations and advice for the best local places to eat on the occasions when your meal is not provided.
Food is one of the most exciting parts of our experience! Peru is a very diverse country, and you will find varieties of dishes that will surprise you every day from place to place. You’ll find all different options, from exotic dishes of the jungle to traditional delights of the Andes and even contemporary fusion with influences from all regions of Peru. All these delights have variations and adaptations for the tastes and preferences of all. Those who prefer fish, seafood, meat, and vegetables, remember that there will always be a place for delights and some of the best cuisines in the world. Dare to enjoy them and live with us!
If you have any restrictions with your diet please let us know, our leaders (Inca Ambassadors) will try their best to meet all the dietary requirements, however, you should know that in some isolated places, it can be very difficult to guarantee. Our leader will always inform you if there are places in your itinerary where this is the case. Let us know at the time of booking any food restrictions or allergy requirements, and we will pass the information on to your leader.
Absolutely! Peru Bucket List offers a series of included or optional activities if you wish or do not wish to participate. However, you must know that if you choose to exclude yourself and not participate in the activities that are included (through our Peru Bucket List package), that we will not be able to make any refunds. Therefore, we advise you to give all the activities included a shot! Check off that bucket list and experience some incredible new adventures with us! You won’t be disappointed!
The wonderful thing about traveling is to connect with the world. Peru Bucket List encourages our travelers to explore destinations at their own pace. You will have many opportunities to explore on your own and enjoy destiny for yourself. Your leader will also be offering you options on what you can do throughout your journey with us! Maybe some of you will choose to perform some activities on your own, while others may opt for something completely different. Some of you may even decide to just rest and read a book. We understand how crazy traveling can be and spending many hours surrounded by others, therefore we make sure there is always time for you!
Day 1 for all our group tours is simply a day of admission, we recommend arriving early in the morning (or a few days prior), however, we understand that your flights/buses arrive at all hours. But please, keep in mind that in the evening of your scheduled day 1 arrival, you’ll be meeting your leader for an important welcome briefing.
With regard to your departure, you can leave the day we return. However, we recommend that if you’re choosing to do this, that you leave in the night. Note that we always arrive in the middle of the afternoon and sometimes at night on the last day of the tour. Our recommendation is to stay in Lima because there are many hidden gems that are not far from the city!
If you would like any room reservations for days prior to the booked arrival, our members in our office would certainly be happy to assist you. This is also possible if you would like to extend your stay in Lima a couple more days.
Of course, we accept payments by VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, and means of transfers through Western Union and bank transfers. On payment by card, a surcharge of %5 will be incurred for the use of the card, commission for all transfers for the use of the card in our banking system
All our departures are guaranteed; the only exceptions are in the case of a natural disaster (or similar events) which is beyond our control or scope. Safety and our team are number one priority therefore cancellations may happen if we feel it Is unsafe or there are unwanted travel conditions.
The tip is not included. In many places, people do it for culture, as well as for a reward due to excellent service, etc. Feel free (at your discretion) to offer a tip in places like local restaurants, or to the local guide/your leader if you are satisfied with the service you received. It is of great importance for people, inspires excellent service, and is a root in the character of tourism.
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