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Peru in 2 weeks

A land of panoramic views - Trip for singles

Book From   € 1,199,-
GROUP SIZE: 6-24 | 16 DAYS

Peru in 2 weeks

In Peru there is culture aplenty : the many relics from the Inca time such as the world famous Inca city of Machu Picchu and the Spanish Colonial architecture in Arequipa, Puno and Cuzco. In terms of nature, the country is as just as diverse: the Andes climb to more than 6000 meters high, there are snowy mountains and volcanoes, the beautiful Lake Titicaca and of course the enigmatic Nazca Lines. Discover the Ballestas Islands, with their seals and numerous waterfowl. In the markets of Cuzco and Puno witness the different Indian tribes in their colourful costumes, a sight for sore eyes. In villages and cities, in the markets, on the train and on the floating reed islands get to know this friendly Indian population. Peru in 2 weeks is a short tour of the highlights of this fascinating country!

Travel documents

Travelling with the correct travel documentation is your own responsibility. Please ensure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the finish date of your trip.

For Peru, a visa is not required for stays of less than 30 days for many nationalities. Please check this information in good time before your trip commences as this information is always subject to change. You can check this information through a site such as this one.

Additional costs and pocket money

The amount of money we recommend that you bring with you on this tour is the minimum you should budget for all your meals, drinks, optional excursions and tours, entrance fees, local airport taxes and tips. The amount you actually spend will depend a great deal on your own habits and preferences. We therefore have not included souvenirs (amongst other things) in the recommended amount.

Accommodation and transport

Transport
We use a private bus for the majority of this tour. The Nazca - Arequipa journey is made with a comfortable public bus. Of course, all bus trips and transfers (except for those from and to the airport) are included in the trip. Any additional transportation costs of optional excursions are not included.

With a group of 8 persons (or more) the entire trip will be carried out with private transportation (except for the section from Nazca to Arequipa, as mentioned in the day-to-day description). With a group of up to seven persons the sections Lima-Ica-Nazca and Puno-Cuzco will be carried out using public transportation. Naturally, the tour leader takes care of the tickets for the public transportation.

Accommodation
During the tour you'll stay in simple hotels in 2-person rooms with private bathroom. Most hotels have their own restaurant and usually a garden or terrace.

Participants who book individually share a room with another participant. We keep in mind that you should of course be paired with someone of the same sex as you. It is also possible to have, where available, a room just for yourself. You pay a single supplement for this and this should be added at the time you make your booking.

Festivals

INTI RAYMI - CUZCO

From the mid 20th century the inhabitants of Cuzco, Peruvians throughout the country and foreign interested parties all celebrate the Inti Raymi festival. The Incas traditionally celebrated Inti on June 24, but the Spanish invaders banned this celebration for centuries. June 24 for the Incas, marks the beginning of a new Solar Year (Inti Raymi). This day revolves around the sun and it is when we have the longest day of the year. During the festival, the Sun God Wiracocha and its relationship with the sun is honoured by man.

The Inti Raymi days are worth attending, because there are fun activities on the streets, dancing and live performances (at the central Plaza de Armas) organized. At the ceremony there will be hundreds of people present. It is worth doing some advance reading too because during the performances only Quechua (Inca language) is spoken.

The Sapa Inca honours Wiracocha:
People gather in the square for the Coricancha or the Santo Domingo church on Avenida El Sol. Here, the Sapa Inca (the divine emperor of the Inca Empire) calls on the blessings from the sun. Then he is carried in a procession on a golden throne to the Inca Fortress Sacsayhuaman. The accompanying people then make music with drums and the Sapa Inca in turn blesses the people. Previously the 5 hour show would end with a white llama sacrifice. The llama is now no longer really slain. The people kneel down towards the sun as it starts to set. You can see all the festivities in and around Cuzco and witness the procession to Sacsayhuaman. The entrance fee to Sacsayhuaman, where the final ritual of the parade takes place, is U.S. $ 100. For this section are limited tickets available. The tour leader, at the beginning of the journey will ask if anyone is interested and will arrange this for you if there are still tickets available.

Please note that the travel routes during festival tours can be adjusted.

Tour leader

Our tours are led by trained, local English speaking tour leaders. We know that our travellers appreciate being accompanied by these local tour leaders who, compared to their counterparts (living outside of the destination) have more detailed knowledge of their country. He/she knows the area well, can provide background information and ensure that the trip goes smoothly. He/she knows what to do if something were to go wrong, but is not a "walking encyclopedia". Therefore we would like to refer you to study a good travel guide (book) in advance of travel.

Your tour leader understandably expects a tip at the end, if she/he has completed the job well. Shoestring pay the tour guides a wage which is higher than that of most adventurous travel companies. Our guideline for tipping is between € 1, - and € 2, - per passenger per day (the equivalent thereof).

Trip rating

This journey is classified as Category C

The difficulty of our trips varies greatly. Added to this is the fact that travel difficulty is a very personal perception. To give an impression of the difficulty of a particular journey, we have developed a classification system.

Category A: Light travel for everyone to do. Short distances, good hotels, travel at a slow pace.
Category B: For everyone to do as well. Sometimes long distances. Good hotels and camping facilities, sometimes an adventurous overnight experience, travel at a normal pace.
Category C: Good to do for anyone who prepares themself well and is flexible. There are tougher parts of the journey, such as longer distances or walking tours. Several nights can be spent in basic accommodation.
Category D: A relatively difficult journey, travelling long distances, often primitive accommodation or tents, and challenging walking tours.

This trip through Peru falls into the category C. Please remember that you are travelling in a developing country with much lower living standards than you are used to at home. Hotel rooms can be less comfortable, the electricity can sometimes fail and it could be that you suddenly have a shortage of hot water whilst taking a shower. Also, roads may be temporarily blocked because of the weather or owing to their state of repair, in which case a detour is unavoidable. A flexible and positive attitude is just as important as a good physical condition.
 

Sustainability

We know that travelling to remote corners of this planet has its effects. At Shoestring we really try to make an effort to keep our impact to a minimum. We try to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on our treks through Nepal and we do not dump our litter during our trips through Africa. All of our staff have been trained to take special care to ensure we make as little impact on the environment as possible. 

Furthermore we support a lot of local projects which are mostly related to clean drinking water or making sure that children get vaccinated against illnesses such as tuberculosis. On most tours you will be able to visit some of the projects we support through our local agents. Find out more about the different projects Shoestring are involved with, how you can make a difference and our environmental policies here

Insurance

Travel insurance, including medical repatriation insurance, is mandatory. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable travel insurance. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting and trekking. Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc, are quite often inadequate to cover you on our tours, so make sure you check the policy before you travel. You should enter your travel insurance details via your my.shoestring account and you are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, you will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not be able to respond adequately in case of an emergency if you do not have the right insurance.

Address

Shoestring International
Entrada 223
1114 AA Amsterdam-Duivendrecht, The Netherlands.
www.shoestring.com                    

You can call us on number +31 20 6850203 or +44 (0)1306 744797 and email us at info@shoestring.com           

Opening hours Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM (Local times in Netherlands).

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