2 days hike to machu picchu by eco path trek

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SHORT  INCA TRAIL TREK  TO MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS

The short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful treks. It is a unique style hiking, with spectacular views of the Andes chain, a great mix of jungle and you will enjoy from beginning to end. The authentic sites of South America’s most-popular country, Peru, come to life before your eyes on our Short Inca Trail.

The highlight of your Vacation in Peru Machu Picchu will be, of course, the Seventh Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu. You will walk on the cobblestone streets of Cusco and view the incredible landscapes of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. When you travel to Machu Picchu follow the spectacular Route of the Inca Royal Family.  Short Inca Trail will show you all around our land full of hidden treasures, you will take excursions to, Wiñaywayna Palace, Sun Gate, Chachabamba, Cloud Forest, Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas & Machu Picchu. Fulfil the dream that you have had since you were a kid on our Short Inca Trail hike when you explore South America’s best destinations “Cusco”, the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent.

The short inca trail is a  natural circuit  adorned with imposing mountains, rivers, beautiful orchids and large fauna. All theses Natural Wonder of short  Inca  trail sites made worth visiting are added, the architectural style in perfect harmony with the natural environment.

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SHORT INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS Trip Overview

Difficulty of the hike: Moderate

KmDistance hike: 11 Kilometers

Elevation max: 2500m

Group: 2-8

Price from $400 5 or more persons

Price from $450 for 2 - 4 persons

Departures
SEP 2021 to DEC 2022

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Trip Highlights

  • Exploring the Short Inca trail will take you to the most sacred citadel of the Inca Empire “Machu Picchu”.
  • Take the best postcards of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, and the next day early in the morning, watch the sunrise from the guardian’s house.
  • Visit the citadel of Machu Picchu in small groups, along the longest circuit, with the best local guides  of the short inca trail who will explain everything about Machu Picchu and its mysteries.
  • Enjoy the best landscapes of the cloud forest that hide Inca constructions of great beauty as the real residence of “Wiñayhuayna”.
  • Travel on one of the most beautiful train journeys in Peru, from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes the landscape offers you an infinite number of beautiful agricultural landscapes, snow mountains and typical villages of the Andes.
  • Connect your senses with nature in the short inca trail, and enjoy the beautiful flowers of orchids, waterfalls and the aroma of pure air.

 

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SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS

Activities

This trip is rated Moderate Plus. Participants should enjoy hiking/walking and arrive in good physical condition.  Daily hikes/walks will be on-trail and may include some short, steep ascents and descents and climbing numerous flights of stairs at various ruins complexes. We highly recommend a conditioning regimen consisting of activities such as hiking, jogging, stair climbing or cycling beginning several months prior to departure to get in shape for the adventure. The better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy all this trip has to offer!. The altitude is not an aspect that will hinder your trip during the short Inca trail to Machu Picchu, since in this path the maximum elevation will be 8,858 ft. And the weather is hotter with a higher concentration of humidity, than the city of Cusco.

 

Accommodations

We work with the following Hotels, at the time of your reservation you will be indicated the hotel where you will spend the night, since there are days when there are not enough spaces, and you will be assigned another hotel but of the same category.

SEVEN MACHU PICCHU:

Located in Machu Picchu, 300 meters from Machu Picchu Thermal Baths, Seven Machupicchu offers a shared lounge, hypoallergenic rooms, and free WiFi. This 3-star hotel offers a concierge service and a tour desk. The accommodation has a 24-hour reception, room service and a currency exchange service. All rooms in the hotel include a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. All rooms have wardrobe.
Seven Machupicchu serves a buffet breakfast. There are several popular attractions near the accommodation, such as the Handicraft Market, Wiñaywayna Park and the bus stop.

ANDINO HOTEL:

Andino Hotel offers accommodation with a shared lounge and free Wi-Fi, a short distance from Machu Picchu hot springs, the bus stop and Wiñaywayna Park. The units come with a balcony, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer. There is also a dishwasher, microwave and kettle.
The bed and breakfast offers a continental or buffet breakfast.

RETAMA MACHU PICCHU:

The Hotel Hotel Retama Machupicchu is located, 700 meters from the hot springs of Machu Picchu, it is the most beautiful and quiet area of ​​the town, in the Wiñaywayna Park located three blocks from the Peru Rail station, overlooking the river and the moutains; It offers free WiFi and a tour desk. The accommodation offers luggage storage and a currency exchange service. Room service, 45-inch plasma AOC TV, 24-hour hot water, Hair dryer, Towels for thermal baths, Buffet breakfast.

 

 

 

 

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Day 1

SHORT INCA TRAIL: WIÑAYHUAYNA – AGUAS CALIENTES

Difficulty level: Moderate
Altitude: 2500 m
Hiked distance: 11 km
Approximate walking time: 6 h

We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 4:00am, in our private transport, then we descend to the Ollantaytambo station, this first stretch lasts 2 hours. Then we will travel by train, our train leaves at 6:40 in the morning. We will travel to the side of the Vilcanota River until km 104 to begin our short inca trail. At 8:00 am we will start the trek the first archeological site to visit is Chachabamba (2270 meters). We continue our ascent to Wiñayhuayna, during the journey you will have beautiful views of the Urubamba River. We can observe different species of orchids. After 2 hours, you will reach the ruins of WIÑAYHUAYNA (2,650 meters), this fabulous archaeological site is located on a rocky promontory that dominates the Urubamba Valley and is dominated by a large set of terraces, this place was built by Pachaquteq, the emperor most powerful of the Incas empire. After eating our box lunch, we continue with the walk to Sun gate, where it will arrive at 2:00 pm. From this place we have the first view of Machu Picchu, also you can enjoy an exceptional sunset. Then we descend to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu (2400 meters), where we can only take some panoramic views, in the afternoon we will go down by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, so we will end the first day of the short inca trail in a confortable Hotel.

Day 2

SHORT INCA TRAIL: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

Difficulty level: Moderate
Altitude: 2400 m
Hiked distance: 0 km
Approximate walking time: 4 h

This day will be the visit of the citadel of Machu Picchu. You will have to get up at 4:45 am, after having your breakfast at the hotel, you will have to make the line at the bus station to Machu Picchu, the first bus leaves at 5:30 am, after 30 minutes You will arrive at the entrance door, where you will have to show the entrance tickets with your original passport. For that we make the reservation of the tickets in the first shift from 6:00 am to 8:00 am. With the guide we go through the most important points of Machu Picchu, and then you will have an extra time to stay a little longer. Remember that since January 2019, tickets to visit Machu Picchu are valid only for one use. At midday you should go down again to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you can have lunch, and then take the train back to Ollantaytambo, the schedules of return are as follows: (13:37 pm, 14:30 pm and 14:55 pm). Remember that the total time with train plus bus to Cusco is 4 hours. After two hours by train you will be picked up by our transfer, who will bring you to the city of Cusco, the drop off is in your hotel.

INCLUDED IN THE SHORT INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS:

  • Private transportation  from your hotel in Cusco to the train station
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to “Km 104” the start of the short inca trail
  • Train back: Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Private transport back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Tourist bus for Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes ( 03 ways)
  • Entrance ticket to Short Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • English tour guide
  • 1 box lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast
  • Comfortable hotel  in Aguas Calientes
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle

NOTE: If you like to upgrade the hotel service in Aguas Calientes, we have the follow options

 NOT INCLUDED IN THE SHORT INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS:

  • Second day lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • First day breakfast
  • Huayna Picchu ticket ( $80 usd, according the availability )
  • Tips for the guide
  • Extras not listed in the itinerary

WHAT TO BRING TO THE SHORT INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS:

  • Original Passport
  • Small Backpack to carry your personal ítems we recommend one of 30Lt at least.
  • For students: Original student card
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 1 pants for hiking
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries / toilet paper
  • Personal medication if in case
  • Camera and batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Money in cash

SHORT INCA TRAIL TREK TO MACHU PICCHU FAQs

BEFORE TO START THE TREK

  1. How is the pick up for the Inca trail tour organized?

Our company works with its own transport, so according to the number of our groups, we organize pick-ups from cars, minivans, or buses. In all of them the pick up is from the door of your hotel in Cusco at 4:00 am. Please indicate on the day of the orientation the name of your hotel with the correct address. You must also coordinate with the gentleman of the reception of your hotel, if in case you are going to leave the luggage that you will not take to the Inca trail tour, since sometimes the managers of these hotels in the morning are usually asleep, and the attention is not very fast.

If your hotel is located in the sacred valley, the pick up time is at 5:45 am. From the door of your hotel.

  1. Where to leave the luggage that I will not take to the Inca trail?

As you know, to the Inca trail trek you will only have to take your most important belongings, which will be of support in your walk. The rest must be left at your hotel in Cusco, or the sacred valley.

But what is the most important thing on this tour?

We are referring precisely to three polo shirts, two or three undergarments, a down jacket, a rain jacket, a hat, two trekking pants, and pajamas. And your personal hygiene items. As a whole, this must weigh no more than 20 kg, what you will carry in your backpack.

  1. Where to pay the remaining amount of the Short Inca Trail?

The payments of the pending balances of the tour must be made in our office in Cusco, at least two to three days in advance. This is because we already had serious incidents in which clients organize their tours to visit more places in Cusco, or arrive from other destinations by air or land, and many times there will be, as you can imagine, delays, with which there will be no long enough to make the payment.

The Cusco office is located at 250 Marques Street, second floor, office 2. We are open from Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The payment can be paid in dollars, euros, or soles at the exchange rate of the day. You can also pay by credit or debit card, but in this case there is a commission of 5%, which are those that arise from the banking system, not from us.

Please, if you are going to pay in cash, evaluate that the tickets are valid, the dollars should be in optimal conditions, we mean not having stains, or being broken. This is because in Peru the banks reject these bills.

If due to any situation you cannot arrive at the indicated time to make the payment, please coordinate with our staff.

  1. Explain to me more how is the trip to where the trek begins?

After you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco, you will get off in the private transport to the Ollantaytambo station, the trip lasts approximately one hour and a half. Then later you must go to the departure lounge of the train station, there you will wait an average of 1 hour. We work mainly with the Inca Rail company, whose train schedule we are going to take is 6:40 am. Once you board the train, you will leave in the direction of the citadel of Machu Picchu, here is an important detail, remember that you will not go straight until the end of the trip; Since you should get off at KM 104 Chachabamba sector, where our guide awaits you. And how do I know where this place is?

For this, the day before in your tour orientation, our staff will give you an envelope with your train tickets, accompanied by a special document, which is the printed request for the descent permit at KM 104, this document must be delivered to the person in charge. of the train car in which you are going to go up. And they will notify you of your descent with 5 minutes to go.

Another important fact: sometimes passengers usually carry their trekking pole or other personal items such as jackets, cameras or glasses, which are removed on the train; Please make sure that all your belongings are with you before getting off, because if you forget inside the train, there is no security that you will find them at the end of the tour.

  1. What should I pack for the Short Inca Trail?

The most important things, for a day of trekking like:

  • 1 trekking pants
  • small backpack
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Has ample
  • Bottle of water
  • appetizers
  • walking shoes
  • raincoat
  • Original passport
  1. Is the Inca trail to Machu Picchu very difficult?

This route to Machu Picchu is classified as moderate, that means it is not that hard.

The first kilometers of the tour are made a leisurely ascent, observing the Vilcanota river, and the mountains of cloud forest. The hike will begin at 2000 meters, and the highest point is 2700 meters.

The most difficult points are the ascent to the Wiñaywayna palace where you climb more than 200 rock steps. And another before reaching the Sun Gate with 30 steps with an incline of 85 degrees.

The rest of the way is undulating and within the vegetation. In the autumn, winter and spring months, the heat is quite an average of 23 Cº.

  1. Am I going to need any extra money on the short inca trail?

Yes, so you can buy: for example, a bottle of water / drinks, hot springs in Aguas Calientes , souvenirs, snacks in Machu Picchu, etc. Bring at least 400 soles as emergency money.

  1. How many people will be in my group on the short inca trail?

We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, dates indicated in the availability of the web, are open groups in which you are invited to join. We can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and a 9 -16 hikers sheet we have 2 licensed trekking guides on the short inca trail. During the low season groups are more likely to be small and during peak season groups will probably be large. The Ministry of Culture has a rule in place made limited the amount of passengers by 2 guides for 16 people.

DURING THE TREK ON THE SHORT INCA TRAIL.

  1. The route guide speaks English?

If all our guides are professionals, who have studied at the tourism institute or the university, who work for more than 8 years with our company, they speak English perfectly, they are highly trained in all our trekking routes, with extensive knowledge in history , archeology, ornithology and botany.

The company also has its staff in the languages of French and German, if you would like a guide in your native language of preference, coordinate with our staff.

  1. I am not very experienced hiker in? What if I can not keep up? How difficult is the Short Inca Trail?

Most people have that concern, but they do not care. Only in extremely rare circumstances does a passenger need to return before. Just remember what made you are able to go at a speed made it comfortable for you. Take your time, your own pace, and enjoy. The Short Inca Trail is considered a moderate hike. It is not a technical hike but there are plenty of Inca steps, up and down, and altitude can affect some individuals by value. It is recommended to use a trekking poles and have them in the early evening before the trek.

  1. Are trekking poles really necessary on the short inca trail ?

For the short inca trail  we recommend the use of trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known problems of the knee. There are several times during the short inca trail hike  the need for its use, whether ascending a mountain or walking through immense sets of ladder of the short inca trail. It will help you with your balance and reduce the impact on your knees. Park rangers only allow trekking poles with rubber tips, because if it is metal it damages the road. You can purchase rubber tips for metal tips from any local store in Cusco.

  1. Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Short  Inca Trail?

It is impossible to predict that they will be affected by altitude. Its ability to adapt to high altitude is deterministic undermined by its genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problem as long as they take the time to acclimate properly.

  1. Can Andean Path Trek meet my dietary needs? what kind of food will there be?

Not to worry, andean path trek is able to accommodate many types of dietary needs on request at the time of booking. If you are a vegetarian, or can not eat gluten or have allergies to certain foods, it will not be a problem for us.

  1. I’m going to have to carry the water on the short inca trail?

Yes you must carry your own water, be it in a canteen or a bag to carry water. Since  2018, the entry of plastic bottles to the Inca Trail networks and the Machu Picchu Sanctuary is no longer allowed. So we beg you to take that detail into account. On the other hand you must be wondering how much water you should carry, the answer is, that you will evaluate it according to your need to want to drink, on the short Inca trail you usually have the first two hours a very hot temperature so Surely you should drink more than a liter of water, and to continue the journey you must have another equal volume of water. We do not recommend the idea of carrying water tablets for you to take from the streams and can purify, since many of them are not suitable for human consumption.

  1. Are there any bathrooms along the way?

Along the short inca  trail there are 3 places with toilet facilities. First at the hiking start, then after 3 hours, and in Machu Picchu. Please bring a roll of toilet paper. As for another type of trash going, please take your own trash to each camp. Do not leave a trace or throw away the trash.

  1. Is there a possibility to cancel my hike of short inca trail?

There isn’t a chance of  cancellation the short inca trail. Even in extreme climatic conditions or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The Ministry of Culture or Andean Path Trek can not change the date of a walk if there is a general strike. We will make every effort to ensure that you get to the beginning of the short inca trail to start the walk by the date of the permit, on some dates if there is a strike will be communicated by the mail, where you will be informed the time and date of departure, Sometimes you must go a day earlier to prevent the road from being blocked. In the event that a passenger decides to cancel the trip for any reason, he will lose his trip; You would only have the option of going to Machu Picchu, on your own and do not lose your return train ticket, entrance to machu picchu.

  1. Is the short  Inca trail good during the rainy season? It is safe?

The trail is perfectly safe during the rainy season. In fact, some people like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists. If you are one that does not mind the rain then it says’ ok for it! “You’ll just have to bring good rain gear and water boots.

  1. What kind of weather can I expect on the Short Inca Trail? The temperatures?

During the “rainy season” (Dec 1 – May 1), you could have some rain at any time, but you can not expect it to rain every day. Often in December and January you may only get some continuous light rains or you could be fine and then a splendid afternoon, but in reality you could have days of good weather. At the same station, therefore, it will be noticeably hotter at night. The times of the day will get up to about 25 C° degrees Celsius. On the other hand, during the “dry season” (June – Dec) the days seem surprisingly like spring, with a bright and sunny sky, but it will be much colder at night. During the day you can expect it to be somewhere in the range of 20 C° to 30 C° degrees Celsius and at night it will be 10 C°to 8 C° degrees Celsius. It is always better to dress in layers at any time of the year, really. As you walk, change the poles, since if you walk with the garment wet, it is dangerous since it could catch a flu.

  1. How many hikers are there per group?

We work with a group size of 2 to 8 people, for which it is assigned: 01 guide. If the group is 8 or  more, you will have two guides

  1. What is the standard procedure when it comes to tips?

The tips for the trekking staff mentioned above are not included in the price of the trek. Gratuities are optional but not mandatory. Tips for the guide: The guide will accompany the group along the tour including Machupicchu. We recommend you tip the guide after the tour in Machu Picchu, a reasonable amount is 80 usd.

  1. Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Machu Picchu?

Sunrise at Machu Picchu: The first bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu departs at 5.30am. The estimated arrival time is between 6- 6.30am The sun rises at Machu Picchu at approximately 5.30am, therefore it’s not possible to be there in time for sunrise.

  1. Will I be able to climb the Huayna Picchu?

If you are interested in the mountain Huayna Picchu in your visit to Machu Picchu, it is mandatory to have a special permit which is reserved, at least 6 months in advance of your visit to Peru. This income has an additional cost of $ 80 usd.

  1. How long am I able to stay at Machu Picchu? How I will I get down to Aguas Calientes?

According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only and once the guided visit commences exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted.

  1. What time will I be back in Cusco?

You generally arrive back to Cusco at 18:45 pm. The final place will be your hotel adress in Cusco.

RESERVATION OF THE SHORT INCA TRAIL

  1. Student discount? How can you use it to get a discount?

According to Peruvian Law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need student cards). For example: if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your lares trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.

All students from 11 to 17 years, the discount is $30 USD.

All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.

Send us a copy at: andeanpathtrek@outlook.com

  1. Is it possible to change the dates after the initial reservation?

Unfortunately the answer is No. Once the tickets have been bought the Peruvian government does not allow any changes so we can’t change any dates. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable. If you cancel your Short Inca Trail  to Machu Picchu, the deposit is not refundable at all!

  1. What if I do not have my passport at this time?

The Ministry of Culture requires a valid passport issued, the best case is to organize your new passport in advance if you did is the case. There is the possibility, due to the limits of the spaces on the requested date of reservation with your old passport number, and change it when you have the new passport. So we recommend bringing both documents.

  1. PASSPORTS, VISAS AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

If you receive an immigration card upon entry, please ensure you keep this safe as it may be requested at point of exit. For further information regarding country entry and exit fees, please refer to the ‘Money Matters’ section of this document.

It is a requirement of the Peruvian Tax Authority for our trip leaders to show proof that all travelers on our groups are foreign tourists and are thus exempt from the 18% Value Added Tax (VAT) charged to locals. This may require your trip leader to take a photograph of your main passport page and the page showing the immigration stamp you receive upon entry to Peru.

  1. Can I pay for the full tour in advance?

If you want to make the full payment in advance, it is much better for us and you, since all services will be organized in advance. If in case you for some reason could not do the tour, only a part of the payment will be refunded. This applies only to payments made at 100%, in advance.

ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION

  1. PASSPORT DETAILS REQUIRED

Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase Entrance fees to certain sites. Additionally, on certain trips, it’s needed to book bus, train or flight tickets. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.

  1. SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip however it has a extra cost.

  1. LUGGAGE

Please ensure you have a day pack or small overnight bag in addition to your main luggage. This will be needed for the Homestay at Lake Titicaca and the night in Aguas Calientes, as you will be leaving your main luggage back at the hotels in Puno and Cusco respectively.

  1. PASSPORTS, VISAS AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

If you receive an immigration card upon entry, please ensure you keep this safe as it may be requested at point of exit. For further information regarding country entry and exit fees, please refer to the ‘Money Matters’ section of this document.

It is a requirement of the Peruvian Tax Authority for our trip leaders to show proof that all travelers on our groups are foreign tourists and are thus exempt from the 18% Value Added Tax (VAT) charged to locals. This may require your trip leader to take a photograph of your main passport page and the page showing the immigration stamp you receive upon entry to Peru.

  1. MEDICAL AND HEALTH INFORMATION
  • GENERAL HEALTH

All travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to manage and enjoy our style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of our group leader or local guide any traveler is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements as they may not easily be obtained while travelling.

  • COVID-19

The safety and wellbeing of our travelers, leaders, crew, staff, and suppliers continues to remain our highest priority as we travel. You can read more about how we will keep you safe on our trips, including our COVID-19 Health & Safety

  1. HEALTH SCREENING

If you are unwell prior to travelling, please stay at home and contact us to make alternative arrangements. At the group meeting, you will be asked to complete a self-screening health form and report any COVID-19 symptoms as well as any close contact with someone who has suspected or confirmed COVID-19. If you are displaying any symptoms or have any health concerns at this time, we will follow the advice of local health authorities to determine whether medical assistance, isolation or further action is required. We ask all travelers to continue to monitor their health throughout their travels and report any relevant symptoms to their tour leader.

  1. TESTING & VACCINATION POLICY

From 1st May 2021 we introduced new safety measures that apply on all of our trips. On trips departing before 1st September 2021, you will need to show one of the below to your leader at the Group Meeting on Day 1 of your trip:

– Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or

– Proof of negative COVID-19 test conducted no more than 72 hours before day 1 of your trip, or

– Proof of recovery documentation

In addition, if you’re aged 70+ or have an existing health condition that puts you at a higher risk of serious COVID-19 disease, you are also required to provide proof of vaccination before you can join a trip.

  1. MANDATORY VACCINATION POLICY

From 1st of September 2021 we have introduced enhanced safety measures that apply on all of our trips. You will need to show your leader at the Group Meeting on Day 1 of your trip:

– Proof of COVID-19 vaccination

This policy is in addition to any specific testing or vaccination requirements for entry or exit to a destination or required by your airline.

  1. MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES:

Some regions of Central & South America can experience outbreaks of dengue fever. There is no vaccination against it, but there are preventative measures that you can take such as wearing long clothing, using repellent, and being indoors particularly around dusk and dawn. If you have a fever or feel unwell, please let your leader know right away. Protect yourself against mosquito-borne illnesses such as malaria by taking measures to avoid insect bites.

  1. ZIKA VIRUS

There have been reports of transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in this region and we advise all travelers to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, we recommend all women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant to consult with their doctors before booking their trip.

  1. ALTITUDE SICKNESS

Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude – regardless of your age, gender and fitness.

Before your trip:

Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

During your trip.

While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly.

  1. YELLOW FEVER

A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It’s also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home. It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you’ll be visiting.

  1. FOOD AND DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

While travelling with us you’ll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in this region. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule, our groups tend to eat dinner together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. There’s no obligation to do this though.

  1. DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

Please let us know your diet requirements before your trip starts.

Generally speaking, in bigger cities/towns vegetarians can expect a reasonable range of vegetarian venues and/or vegetarian options within tourist restaurant menus. However, vegetarianism is not the norm in this part of the world so options can be limited when eating at homestays, small local restaurants, street stalls, markets, etc.

More restrictive diet requirements (vegans, coeliac, gluten intolerance, fructose intolerance, lactose intolerance, etc.) can also be accommodated along this trip but you should expect a lesser variety than what you can expect at home. We recommend that, if possible, to bring your own supply of snacks with you.

For those on strict Kosher or Halal diets, we understand your dietary requirements are important, however, sometimes due to cultural and language differences these are not always easy to convey when you are travelling. Your guide will do their best to assist you in translating your needs when eating out, but please be aware that these diets are almost unheard of in much of the continent and the best they may be able to accommodate is no pork and shellfish. If this will be a concern for you, you may need to consider opting for vegetarian or vegan meals for the included meals in your itinerary. We recommend researching kosher or halal options in your destination country prior to travel to see if you are able to buy snacks once there, otherwise consider bringing some from home.

  1. OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION

The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.

  1. CHECK-IN TIME

Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we’re arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn’t always possible which means we won’t be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

  1. PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION

If you’ve purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (subject to availability), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.

  1. MONEY MATTERS

When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveler is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry. It’s always better to bring a little more than you think you’ll need. Also make sure you’ve read your trip details thoroughly, so you know what’s included in the trip price and what isn’t. This should make budgeting a little easier. You’ll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that’s this document).

The recommended amounts are listed in USD for the relatability of universal travelers; however the local currency is needed in the countries you are visiting.

  1. CONTINGENCY FUNDS

We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you have access to the equivalent of an extra US$500 for emergencies (e.g. severe weather, natural disasters, civil unrest) or other events that result in unavoidable changes to the itinerary (e.g. transport strikes or cancellations, airport closures). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to enable our trips to continue to run, and as a result there may be some extra costs involved.

  1. MEALS NOT INCLUDED

For this trip we recommend between USD 25 to 50 per day. How do we work this out?

Breakfast – If breakfast is not included, you can expect to pay between USD5 to USD10 at a local café.

Lunch – If you are happy with a quick snack on the go, you may get away with as little as USD5 to USD10 for a set menu at a local eatery or a sandwich and a drink at a café. On the other hand, a lunch meal at a more tourist restaurant can cost between USD10 to USD15.

Dinner – At dinner time, your leader will normally recommend restaurants where you can safely try the local specialties of the region. Expect meals to cost between USD12 to USD25 for a main.

These are indicative prices only. If you are in a tight budget, are happy to eat just local food and are not afraid of an upset tummy every now and then, you can eat cheaper than this. If you want to try just the finest food at the finest restaurants, then you can expect meals to cost as much as in western countries.

  1. CREDIT CARDS & ATMs

ATMs are widely available in major towns and cities across Latin America. Credit cards are generally available in tourist shops and restaurants. Visa and Mastercard are generally preferred over American Express, Diners, etc. Smaller venues take cash only.

Check with your bank before departure that your card is accepted in the countries you are travelling to and what their fees and charges are. Also ensure your bank is aware of your travel plans as – suspecting fraud – they may cancel your cards after the first few international transactions. Be aware that your withdrawing limit may vary from country to country (regardless of your withdrawing limit in your home country) and it can be as low as the equivalent to USD100 per day. If bringing over cash, please note USD100 bills with serial number CB or BE and any other USD bills that are old, torn, written or stamped on will not be accepted by local banks.

  1. TIPPING

Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. We suggest carrying small notes of local currency around as you go. It’ll make tipping easier.

  1. PACKING

Most travelers prefer to take a small to medium wheeled suitcase, which is a great size for the packing capacity in our private vehicles. Whatever you take, be mindful that you will need to be able to carry your own luggage, handle it at airports, take in/out of accommodation and perhaps even walk short distances. Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible. You’ll also need a day pack/bag for activities and day trips. In terms of weight, airlines generally allow a maximum of 20kg for check in luggage.

Other than the items and clothing you always need on a trip, below we have listed packing suggestions specific for this trip:

  1. RECOMMENDED

– Soft and/or hard copies of all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the hard copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a copy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary

– Water bottle. We recommend at least a 1.5 litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments

– Electrical adapter plug

– Personal medical kit. Your guide will carry a large kit but we recommend you carry items such as mild pain killers, electrolytes and bandaids.

– Insect repellent

– Watch/Alarm clock or phone that can be used for both

OPTIONAL:

– Ear plugs to guard against a potential snoring room-mate

– Phrase book

  1. VALUABLES

Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables, and use your hotel safe. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden.

  1. LAUNDRY

Laundry is available at many hotels and towns during this trip, although you might need to wait for a two-night stop in order to make sure you get it back in time. While laundry at hotels is usually charged by the item, laundromats usually charge by the kilo, which is generally inexpensive (about USD 2 per kilo)

  1. PHONE AND INTERNET ACCESS

WhatsApp is a popular way to communicate in Latin America. We recommended downloading WhatsApp prior to departure to communicate with by text with your leader and group members during the tour. Once downloaded, please validate your phone number before leaving home as you will not be able to do this once you arrive unless you have international roaming enabled. Connections for making phone calls through WhatsApp are not reliable, so please do not use this app to make calls to our emergency phone line.

  1. GROUP LEADER

All group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Andean Path Trek endeavors to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.

Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialized knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location, then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

  1. SAFETY

Most national governments provide regularly updated foreign travel advice on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all destinations and activities on your trip.

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, flight tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your jewelry at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however, during your trip you’ll have some free time to pursue your own interests or relax and take it easy. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it’s deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

  1. PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY

While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

  1. MONEY WITHDRAWAL

In order to avoid fraud and theft, it is advisable that you withdraw money from ATMs located inside banks or guarded shops during business hours only.

  1. TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD

Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!

  1. SEAT BELTS

Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.

  1. FIRE PRECAUTIONS

Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

  1. LIMA AIRPORT TRANSFERS

For safety reasons, we strongly recommend that during airport transfers in Lima all of your luggage, including hand luggage and valuables, is stored out of sight in the rear boot of the vehicle.

  1. A COUPLE OF RULES

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden.

Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol while travelling, we encourage responsible drinking and expect that you’ll abide by the local laws regarding alcohol consumption.

The sex tourism industry is known to exploit vulnerable people and have negative consequences on communities, including undermining the development of sustainable tourism. For this reason, patronising sex workers will not be tolerated on our trips.

By travelling with us you are agreeing to adhere to these rules. You must at all times comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited, and you also agree to travel in accordance with our Responsible Travel Guidelines.

The decision of the group leader is final on all matters likely to affect the safety or well-being of any traveller or staff member participating in the trip. If you fail to comply with a decision made by a group leader, or interfere with the well-being or mobility of the group, the group leader may direct you to leave the trip immediately, with no right of refund. We may also elect not to carry you on any future trips booked.

If you feel that someone is behaving inappropriately while travelling with us, please inform your tour leader or local guide immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency contact number detailed in the Problems and Emergency Contact section of this Essential Trip Information.

  1. TRAVELLING ON A GROUP TRIP

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group – patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone’s travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don’t keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well – this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons, we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

  1. SOLO TRAVELLERS

This is the beauty of our style of travel: many of our travellers join because they are travelling solo and want to meet and share experiences with like-minded people.

We pair up solo travellers with another traveller of the same gender as per your passport or the information we have in our booking system, so if you identify differently from the gender marker on your passport, please let us know in advance. We also have a Single Supplement available on most trips for travellers who prefer to have their own room.

Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour. Pre-trip and post-trip accommodation booked through us will on a single room basis.

Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on an open gender, multi-share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Essential Trip Information.

A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to your booking agent for further information. On the following night the single supplement isn’t available:

  1. TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is compulsory on all our trips for those travelling internationally. We require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. If you are travelling within your home country or region please confirm before travel that you are entitled to access the public medical system easily should an accident occur. We strongly recommend all travelers have a policy that also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage or personal effects. For international trips, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company’s 24-hour emergency contact number has been sighted by your leader.

If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number, and emergency contact number rather than the bank’s name and your credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

Travelers who reside within the European Union or Switzerland receive basic international health insurance, so travel insurance is not mandatory under European Union Law. However, as this does not cover situations such as emergency rescues, private health care, or repatriation to their home country, comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended. European Union or Swiss travelers who decline travel insurance when travelling outside of their home region must sign a Travel Insurance Waiver Form at the Group Meeting.



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