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Join STI for another Bucket List Vacation in Peru, which is also among our “Top 5 Places for Singles”! Visit some of the world’s greatest mysteries such as Machu Picchu — one of the 7 wonders of the world, and the “Lost City of the Incas.”

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Join us for a journey in Peru, one of the treasures of South America! This exotic and fascinating country boasts the most dramatic Andean peaks and finest regional cuisine. Admire a stunning mountaineous backdrop as we travel through charming Inca villages and countryside in the Sacred Valley. As we move on to Ollantaytambo, discover the unchanged culture and lifestyle of the modern Andean people. In addition to the vast landscapes and diversity, the highlight of our trip will be the breathtaking beauty of Machu Picchu. Sit back and enjoy our scenic ride to the legendary Inca ruins, located high in the clouds, where we will have the opportunity to hike Huayna Picchu, or “young peak.” Within hiking distance of here is also the former Inca capital of Cuzco, which is plush with Inca ruins and extraordinary history. Experience the blend of Inca Culture and Spanish Colonial influence as we visit the Indian ruins and cathedrals. Our journey is designed to give us the opportunity to interact with locals and gain insight into their everyday life.

Inclusive Features of Our Tour:

  • Custom and Carefully Designed Vacation Elements so You Don’t Have to Plan, Just Show Up!
  • 7 Nights Accommodations in 4 Cities: 2 Nights in Lima, Peru at Hotel Dazzler; 3 Nights in Cusco, Peru at Hotel San Agustin El Dorado; 1 Night in Ollantaytambo, Peru at Del Pilar Ollantaytambo; and 1 Night in Machu Picchu at Casa Andina Machu Picchu.*
  • Round-Trip Domestic Airfare Between Lima and Cusco (rates subject to change at time of purchase)
  • Round-trip Airport to Hotel Transfers in Lima and Cusco within tour.
  • Transportation with English Speaking Local Guide for Included Tours
  • 4 hour train from Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes with Transfers
  • Local Host Service in Each City for Assistance with Dining & Optional Sightseeing
  • Breakfasts (7), Snack (1), Lunch (1) & Dinners (2) including: Dinner at El Parquetito, a Snack on the train, Lunch at Alhambra Restaurant in the Sacred Valley and Farewell Dinner and Show at Tunupa Restaurant Cusco
  • Optional Extra Night Package in Lima
  • Entrance Fees and Included sightseeing:
    • Lima – See City Landmarks including the Plaza San Martin, the Main Square, the Government Palace, City Hall, District of Pueblo Libre, San Francisco Monastery and Rafael Larco Herrera Museum
    • Sacred Valley – Ruins of Sacsayhuaman, breathtaking views of Cusco, Moray, a little Andean community, Salt Mines of Maras, take part in the Andean ritual “pago a la tierra” (Offering/Payment to the Earth).
    • Cusco – Visit the Cathedral, Inca street of Loreto, Temple of the Sun called Ahuajpinta, Church of San Blas, oldest church in Cusco
    • Machu Picchu – by way of train ride to Aguas Calientas, Entrance to Machu Picchu and Tour of Ruins, royal quarters, Temple of Three Windows, the Circular Tower , Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. Optional 2 Hour Hike to Huana Picchu**.
  • Complimentary Roommate Matching Via our State-of-the-Art Member Profile Feature
  • Services of a Professional, English Speaking Tour Leader in Each City*
  • Company of Other Single Adventurers!
  • Private and Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively for Members on Your Vacation – Topics Include Optional Tours, What to Pack, Who’s Coming Early etc., to Assist Members in Coordinating Activities in Advance. Create your own Topic and have fun!
  • “WHO’S GOING?”- Meet your travel companions and view their complete profiles even before you book!Exclusively Singles Only Events and the Company of Other Like Minded Members with a Passion for Travel
  • All Taxes and Gratuities for Hotels & Included Meals

Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios

*STI has partnered with a local company and our program includes tour leaders, familiar with our itinerary, that will be with our members to help us get orientated in each city. Hotels and activities listed are subject to change. We’ve built in lots of free time for our members to create their own experiences.

**Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to participate in the 2 hour hike to Huana Picchu, as only so many permits are allowed each day.

Itinerary

Sat, Sep 19:  Lima, Peru – Optional 1 Night Pre Tour Package Arrivals
Sun, Sep 20:  Lima, Peru – Arrival and Transfer to Hotel  
Mon, Sep 21:  Lima, Peru – City Tour and Museum  
Tue, Sep 22:  Cusco, Peru – Flight to Cusco and City Tour
Wed, Sep 23:  Cusco, Peru – Traditional Sacred Valley Tour with Pisac Ruins
Thu, Sep 24:  Scenic Train to Machu Picchu
Fri, Sep 25:  Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and Train back to Ollantaytambo
Sat, Sep 26:  Cusco, Peru – Nearby Ruins, Free Time and Farewell Dinner/Show
Sun, Sep 27:  Lima, Peru – Flight back to Lima and flights home* *Please note: Our domestic flight from Cusco (CUZ) to Lima (LIM), on September 27, is included in our package. Our flight will arrive in Lima (LIM) in the late afternoon. Schedule flights home to depart, from Lima (LIM), after 6 p.m. on September 27.
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Day 1 – Sunday, September 20

Arrival in Lima

Upon arrival at Lima Airport, transfer to Hotel Dazzler, a modern & ideally located hotel in the heart of Miraflores, perfect for travelers looking to be in the midst of Lima’s greatest density of restaurants, shopping and nightlife. This evening, we will meet our fellow travel companions at our Welcome meet and greet and then the rest of the evening is ours to start exploring Lima!

Day 2 – Monday, September 21 (B, D)

City Tour and Larco Museum

After breakfast this morning, our day will start with a visit to the bustling city’s main square, the colonial area of the city. We’ll see the Plaza San Martin, the Government Palace, City Hall and the Cathedral, where conqueror Francisco Pizarro has his final resting place. The Cathedral also boasts a Religious Museum that we are free to wander with included admission.

Next, our guide will bring us to the San Francisco Church, with its eerie burial crypts. The complex was built above underground catacombs, used as cemeteries during the colonial era. Several areas are embellished with authentic Sevillian tiles dating back to 1620! The Monastery also hosts a Museum of Religious Art, the Zurbaran Room and a library.

As we continue to the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum, located in an 18th century vice royal mansion and built on a 17th century pyramid, we will admire it’s new galleries that exhibit the most extensive collection of Pre-columbian, Peruvian art in the world! The best and most complete collection of Peruvian Gold and Silver, from ancient times and textiles, will draw us in as we explore the exhibition. We will learn about 3000 years of development of Peruvian, Pre-Columbian history through the incredible chronological galleries. The featured, ancient gold and silver pieces and the erotic archaeological collection are what make this museum so famous and one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions.

After our city tour. and trip to the Larco Herrera Museum, we will have our group dinner at El Parquetito. The restaurant features authentic Peruvian dishes and is located in one of the hottest spots of Miraflores, perfect for experiencing Lima nightlife, at our leisure, after our meal.

Day 3 – Tuesday, September 22 (B)

Flight to Cusco and City Tour

Enjoy an early breakfast this morning, at the hotel, before we head to the airport for our flight to Cusco.

Once we have arrived and checked in to our hotel, it is time to explore the famous city of Cusco, also known as the “Navel of the Earth” because, during the florescence of the Incas, almost every pathway led to the capital of the empire. Here, we will find Incan walls and temples, offset by colonial mansions and Catholic Churches. Our adventure will start on the main square, known as Huacaypats, or “Warriors Square”, during Inca times. This was the scene for many key events in Cusco’s history. Admire one of the most impressive buildings in the city, the cathedral, which was built between 1560 and 1664 with large stones of red granite taken from the Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Wander the collections of gold and silver work from the colonial period or capture photos of the stunning city.

Our next stop is Koricancha and the Convent of Santo Domingo, built on the amazing Site of Gold, with a foundation of polished stone structures taken from an Inca sanctuary. The walls are covered with gold leaf, as it is the most important temple dedicated to the worship of the sun.

After a day of traveling and touring, the evening and night are ours to spend at leisure.

Day 4 – Wednesday, September 23 (B, L)

Traditional Sacred Valley Tour with Pisac Ruins

After breakfast, we take a short drive into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In colonial documents it is referred to as the “Valley of Yucay”. The valley includes everything between Calca, Lamay, Písac, and Ollantaytambo and has been formed by the Urubamba River, also known as Wilcamayu meaning the “Sacred River”. It is fed by numerous rivers, which descend through adjoining valleys and gorges, and contains numerous archaeological remains and villages. The agreeable climate and fertile plains provided the Incas with a perfect location for growing crops and, as it was also en route to the jungle, played a key role in trading fruits and plants of the tropical lowlands. This made it one of the empire’s main points for the extraction of natural wealth and an important area for maize production. Even today, the Sacred Valley remains a lush agricultural region.

Our tour begins with a visit to the Pisac Ruins, showing us the impressive architecture of the Incas. At one time, the complex existed out of large buildings with enormous, stone block walls and we can still see how imposing they were. As we make our way through the Pisac Andean Market, we will gain insight to the culture of this region. It is truly remarkable to witness the locals coming to buy and sell agricultural products and handcrafts and, of course, this provides us with a unique shopping experience!

We will also have the unique opportunity to make a Pachamama Ceremony Offering, an Andean ritual also known as “pago a la tierra” (Tribute to the Earth). For centuries, the ancient Peruvians who inhabited the upper Andean areas of the country venerated to Pachamama, or Mother Earth, as a sacred goddess and giver of life. In thanksgiving, for the abundance of food, they held mystical ceremonies in which they made offering of native foods and animals, while invoking the Apu (Spirit of the mountain) and the Wilko (God of the fire). Despite this being an ancient ritual, it is still part of current Peruvian culture.

In the afternoon, we will enjoy a delicious lunch buffet, at Alhambra Restaurant, and head to the famous Ollantaytambo Ruins. These ruins were named after Ollanta, the warrior who fell in love with an Inca Princess but was not allowed to marry her. Here, we will check out one of the best preserved sites in the area, just north of the main square, known as Hanan Huacaypata. The ruins are comprised of elegantly crafted stone walls and are a beautiful site to see. Our tour will end with a stop at Chinchero, a little village with an interesting Inca history specializing in textile products.

When we return to the hotel, dinner, and the rest of the evening, is on our own but our tour leader is on hand to assist with making plans for the group.

Day 5 – Thursday, September 24 (B)

Scenic Train to Machu Picchu

Breakfast at our hotel is followed by an early morning transfer to the train* that will take us to Aguas Calientes, near Machu Picchu. On the way up, sit back in the comfortable seats and enjoy the scenery through the panoramic windows. Indulge in the magnificent views of the Urubamba River valley and the Choquesuysuy archaeological complex, as we enjoy a snack and excellent on board service. Be sure not to miss the beautiful waterfall located just a few minutes away from Wiñaywayna!

Upon arrival, we will check in to our hotel for the night and take advantage of some free time.

*Luggage allowed: A daypack with 8 kilos per person. Please leave the rest of your luggage at the hotel, as we will be returning.

Day 6 – Friday, September 25 (B)

Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu, Aguas Calientes and Train to Ollantaytambo

After our breakfast, we will join a local guide, in Aguas Calientes, for a tour of the archaeological site, before taking the bus up to Machu Picchu.

Also known as “The Lost City of the Incas”, Machu Picchu is considered to be one of the most extraordinary examples of landscape architecture in the world. The citadel was built around AD 1450, at the top of a granite mountain, and served as a place of worship, a site for star-gazing and a private hacienda for the family of the Inca Pachacutec. It was abandoned about a hundred years later, at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. Hidden in an enclave on the saddle of a mountain, overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba River and surrounded by lush tropical forest, the site was forgotten for centuries. It was brought back to worldwide attention, in 1911, by the explorer Hiram Bingham. The city consists of two main areas: one agricultural, formed mainly by mountains and food stores, and the other urban, noted for its sacred zone with temples, squares and royal tombs. The stairways and canals carved out of stone are recurrent throughout this remarkable archaeological site.

Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. More recently, it was also named one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World” and the most ecological travel destination in the world. Machu Picchu shows us the Incas ingenious engineering and masonry techniques, enabling them to transport heavy stone blocks up the mountain side and polish them to fit together without any cement.

For the best views, we will also have the option to hike up Huayna Picchu, also known as “young peak”. The mountain rises up over Machu Picchu and divides it into sections. The Incas built a trail up the side of the Huayna Picchu and built temples and terraces on its top. The peak reaches about 8,920 ft above sea level, or about 1,180 ft higher than Machu Picchu. At the peak, experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it. With ONLY 400 visitors allowed per day, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity! The hike takes about 2 hours and is for an intermediate hiker.

This afternoon, we will take the train down to Ollantaytambo and transport back to Cusco city.

Dinner is on our own, this evening, but Cusco is the hub for singles ending or beginning their journey to Machu Picchu. Join other members of the group for a night on the “square”.

Day 7 – Saturday, September 26 (B, D)

Cusco Nearby Ruins, Free time and Farewell Dinner/Show

After breakfast this morning, we will visit the ruins near Cusco; the perfect destination to learn all about the Inca Culture! Sacsayhuaman Fortress is formed by immense walls of temples made up of huge stones in a zigzag pattern. Don’t forget your camera! We will also see the red Fort Puca Pucara, Qenko Amphitheatre and the Inca Baths, Tambomachay.

After our tour, the rest of the afternoon is ours to enjoy at leisure.

South America’s archaeological capital and oldest continuously inhabited city is now one of Peru’s most important and most frequented tourist attractions. Nevertheless, it is still remaining its vivid legacy as the hub of the Inca Empire: Quechua-speaking Inca descendants can still be found multitudinously in the centuries-old stone-walled city streets. Cusco also boasts many magnificent repositories of colonial art, aside from the places we have already visited. Visit the Inca street of Loreto, which is made of 12 cornered stones, the Temple of the Sun called Ahuajpinta, that features remains of the outstanding palaces of the ancient city. Check out the suburb of San Blas, where you have the chance to buy some beautiful handicrafts in the “Tiendas Mendivil”, or visit the church of San Blas, built in the 16th century and therefore the oldest one in Cusco. The church houses the most extraordinary wooden carvings shaped in the way of the Spanish Churriguerra style.

There is plenty to see and do in Cusco, with new friends, before our Farewell Buffet Dinner and Show. Sing and dance along, at Tunupa Restaurant, one of the most visited and highly recommended Peruvian experiences!

Day 8 – Sunday, September 27 (B)

Transfer to Airport 

This morning, enjoy our last breakfast before we transfer to the airport for our flight back to Lima and flights home*.

*Please note: Our domestic flight from Cusco (CUZ) to Lima (LIM), on September 27, is included in our package. Our flight will arrive in Lima (LIM) in the late afternoon. Schedule flights home to depart, from Lima (LIM), after 6 p.m. on September 27.

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change, at the discretion of our local operators, without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes.

 

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PASSPORT MANDATORY
A passport is required for US citizens and be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.

Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this tour.

UPLOAD a COLOR copy of your passport to us within 7 days of your reservation (within 24 hours if reserved after May 22, 2020). Note that a passport is mandatory and must be valid for 6 months form your return date.

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INSURANCE:
Travel Insurance is mandatory for this trip and available through Travel Guard. We sent you a quote, regarding travel insurance, after reserving your vacation.  If you have any questions, Travel Guard’s professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us today if you have not received your Travel Guard quote or CLICK HERE to go directly to Travel Guard and request a policy quote. It only takes a few minutes.

It is also mandatory for all travellers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers for both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

 

The tour begins in Lima (LIM) on September 20, 2020, and ends on September 27, in Lima, Peru (LIM). Therefore the tour is 7 nights/8 days.

To make the most of your vacation, we recommend arriving in Lima (LIM) before 3 p.m., on September 20.

*Please note: Our domestic flight from Cusco (CUZ) to Lima (LIM), on September 27, is included in our package. Our flight will arrive in Lima (LIM) in the late afternoon. Schedule flights home to depart, from Lima (LIM), after 6 p.m. on September 27.

 

Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every trip sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 25 years, we have perfected the singles vacation experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day.  Our first day begins with an orientation and the camaraderie builds as we go along. The object of your vacation is trying something new, seeing new places and making new friends. The bonds that develop on our tours are by far the strongest and longest lasting.

Absolutely. Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single room is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by May 22, 2020. Book today as we are limited to only a few single reservations, based on a first come, first serve basis.

Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible, but not guaranteed. STI reserves the right to make any match up until day of departure, including roommate changes once on tour for members who select the Share & Save option.

We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Booked members have access to our private online chat. Meet your roommate as well as the other members on your vacation. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

Read more about Roommate Matching on our Frequently Asked Questions found at the Help Center.

Our “Baby Boomer” vacations cater to singles in their 50s and 60s but you will often meet singles ranging anywhere from 45-75. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages.

We recommend that you meet the members of the STI Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.

We recommend arriving in Lima (LIM) before 3 p.m., on September 20, in order to allow plenty of time to start exploring.

Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate.

Of course! We offer a 1 night pre tour package in Lima.  Our surveys show that members arriving a day early have a more rewarding experience. 
Click “Price My Trip or Book Now” to reserve your space.

Note that guests must make the reservation with STI in order to participate in group activities in Lima. Bookings made directly with the hotel do not qualify.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

If you need other arrangements, please call us, we’d be happy to assist with your vacation plans. Remember that if you arrive early or stay late, transportation to and from the hotel is not included in our package. Public transportation is reliable and available.

A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Price and Options tab for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by May 22, 2020. A reminder will be emailed to you 14 days prior to due date and you may choose to pay your remaining balance, via PayPal, or contact our accounting department at 877-765-6874 option 4, with your payment details, to secure your reservation. If you make a reservation after May 22, 2020 full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply. Note that on occasion, charges are processed after the final due date, so there is no need to be concerned if you do not see the charges on that day.

Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:

After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $175 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.

*Cancellations made between May 22 and June 21, 2020 – $500 penalty applies.

*Between June 22 and July 21, 2020- 50% penalty applies in addition to.

*After July 22, 2020 – 100% penalty applies.

 

In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.

In order to make the most of your vacation, we recommend arriving in Lima (LIM) before 3 p.m., on September 20.

*Please note: Our domestic flight from Cusco (CUZ) to Lima (LIM), on September 27, is included in our package. Our flight will arrive in Lima (LIM) in the late afternoon. Schedule flights home to depart, from Lima (LIM), after 6 p.m. on September 27.

Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.

Transfers to and from the airport are not included in our package. STI offers private transfers, for additional cost. Click PRICE MY TRIP or BOOK NOW to add to your reservation.

If you have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, our local representative will be at the airport to meet you. If for any reason you are not met at the airport, please call our local support line (in your final documents). If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi.

 

Our tour does not include international airfare, 5 dinners and 6 lunches. You are responsible for alcoholic beverages (except when included in STI events), incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, plus gratuities to STI Concierge ($15 per day) and your local Driver/Guide ($10-12 per day).

We suggest you bring along $150-200 for additional sightseeing. All prices are in USD.

 

All guests are required to travel with a valid Passport that does not expire prior to 6 months after return home.

From our tour operator: Due to the travel requirements to Peru, we must request that the following information be obtained from each passenger prior to traveling: PASSPORT NUMBER, DATE OF BIRTH, AND NATIONALITY. This information will only be shared with the appropriate agency and/or government office requiring the information. Airline tickets and travel vouchers cannot be released without prior receipt of this information.

U.S. citizens carrying a tourist passport and in possession of an onward or return airline ticket do not require a visa to enter Peru.

Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this cruise.

It is completely the travelers’ responsibility to make sure they have the correct documentation to enter Peru and that their name is as it shows on their passport. Failure to carry proper proof of citizenship may lead to a denial of entry to the aircraft or foreign country and no refunds will be made. No refunds will be made if improper documentation results in denied boarding or entry.

We use comfortable 4-star accommodations, with character, in a centrally located area whenever possible.

Lima: Hotel Dazzler (or similar)

Cusco: Hotel San Agustin El Dorado (or similar)

Cuzco (Sacred Valley): Del Pilar Ollantaytambo (or similar)

Cusco: Hotel Tierra Viva Machu Picchu (or similar)

 

Peru is a year-round destination. The country has a wide range of climates, depending on altitude, location and due to the effects of the Andes and the impact of sea currents. Expect dry sunny weather with high in the 60s and low in the 40s depending on the elevation.

Currently, most airlines will allow you to check two bags, weighing 50 pounds each, for a fee on International flights. In addition you may carry-on one bag plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Please check with your air carrier for up-to-the minute regulations and fees for checked baggage.

IMPORTANT: On our tour, only ONE bag weighing 50 pounds (22kg) measuring 30x21x11 is allowed. As we are traveling in vans and have a limit for our Peruvian flights, we kindly request that you limit your luggage to one bag in addition to any hand carry items. Excess baggage or larger sizes may incur additional fees.

Members are responsible for any excess luggage charges.

 

 

Peru is at a higher altitude than most travelers’ home city. Be prepared for cool evenings and a much hotter sun. Not only are we higher, we are much closer to the Equator. Bring along spring/summer clothing and we recommend that you mix and match using 1-3 colors, such as khaki, brown and white that you can layer if necessary. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. Bring a fleece sweatshirt for those chilly evenings.

Some people bring clothes and gifts they would normally donate to the Red Cross in the US and donate these items here at a local Peruvian school or families that could really use them. This is also helpful for packing because it will leave space for the souvenirs to bring back.

How To Pack

Take only what you need; don’t over pack. This is a casual vacation. Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase. All of your clothing and belongings should preferably be packed into one durable piece of soft-sided luggage such as a duffel bag or backpack. Each morning put everything that you will need during the day in a separate daypack. It is a good idea to bring plastic bags (ziplocks) to keep dirty clothes, wet swimsuits, camera, tickets, etc. compartmentalized.

Clothing and Footwear:
– Comfortable Walking shoes
– Raingear: Lightweight rain jacket and pants or rain poncho
– Changes of clothes for the evenings (casual dress is the norm)
– Shirts: a combination of mostly short and one or two long sleeve shirts is preferred
– Light-weight sweater, jacket, or polar fleece top (optional)
– Light-weight trousers: cotton or nylon hiking pants for bug protection (jeans are not recommended as they take a long time to dry if they get wet)
– Hat with visor for rain & sun protection
– Dry shoes (sneakers or sandals) for evenings

Equipment, etc.:

– Sunglasses with UV protection
– Sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher
– Insect repellent (with 20% Deet, buy in the US)
– Lip balm/moisturizer with UV protection
– Toiletries kit (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, brush, etc…)
– Hand lotion/skin moisturizer
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss.
– Personal first aid kit (aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, anti-bacterial medication, Dramamine (if prone to motion sickness), neosporin, anti-itch cream, eye drops, tampons, etc…)
– Wet Ones or other wipes
– Binoculars (very helpful for viewing wildlife)
– Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of film, memory cards and extra batteries.
– Guidebooks, novels, journal…
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face
– Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
– A strap (such as Croakies) to secure glasses to your head
– Earplugs for light sleepers
– Money belt

 

The currency, in Peru, is the Nuevo sol but the U.S. Dollar is accepted by most tourist oriented businesses.

A combination of ATM card (s) and some cash is the ideal mix.

As currency exchange rates do fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for the most up to date daily exchange rates: www.xe.com for each currency.

ATM Machines: The best way to carry your money is in debit cards, withdrawing cash in local currencies from ATM machines. ATMs are found throughout Thailand and will generally accept cards on the Visa and Mastercard networks. Please note, your bank will charge a fee for overseas withdrawals.

USD Cash is recommended for times when ATMs are not accessible. You should bring some cash with you for emergency situations (approximately $250) but carrying only cash is a high safety risk. If you are bringing US Dollars, please make sure that the notes are new and in good condition. Notes older than 2003, or with any tears or blemishes may not be accepted. Be fussy with your bank when buying cash!

Travellers cheques may be tricky, timely and expensive to exchange. While we do not recommend that you bring them as your primary source of funds, it is great to have one or two cheques in case of emergency. Thomas Cook or American Express travelers’ cheques in US currency are the easiest to exchange.

Cash advances may also be made with some banks but are time consuming and tend to have high fees attached.

Credit Cards: Credit cards may be used at some upmarket restaurants and at some larger stores if shopping for big items. Your credit card will likely be accepted to settle your incidentals bill at hotels as well.  MasterCard and Visa are most widely accepted. It is a great idea to travel with both a Visa and Mastercard if at all possible in case of loss or problems with one card, you will have a back up.

Travel Insurance is mandatory for this trip and available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation. If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.

It is also mandatory for all travellers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers for both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. In addition, we suggest that you have a physical check-up before your trip, and discuss the type of trip in which you are participating with your physician. You and your physician may access much more, very detailed health information for travelers (including tips on staying healthy while traveling).

You may also want to consult the Center for Disease Control’s website, which has extensive and easy-to-use information on Travelers’ Health for specific destinations: www.cdc.gov/travel. A list of travel clinics is also provided by the International Society of Travel Medicine at their website: www.istm.org.

 

Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date.

Check with your mobile phone provider. You will likely be able to establish a data, text and phone plan and we recommend that you check before departure.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please have your family contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.

All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.

On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.

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