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TRIP PREPARATION

How to prepare for your trip to Peru

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Considering Perus´s weathers and climate conditions you should pick the best time to visit Peru that is to say from May to November because in these months the season are favorable and not rain¡; however from December to April the rainy season will start thus travelling on the highland mountains can be difficult at times. If there are heavy rains in the mountains and jungle then there would be even roads and paths closure because this natural disaster may cause landslide and it could be very risky to do treks. On the other hand, From December to April is ideal to take tours along the pacific basin Coast such as: Dune flying, quad sand boarding and all your summer delights. But in another side to make outdoor activities like trekking, camping and running, rafting, biking on the mountains from March to November months we highly recommend to come over to South of Peru. Tourist hotspots and other popular places will be much busier than in other months due to warmer temperatures and dry season, especially in Cusco. Peru Average Temperatures in Fahrenheit:
It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of travel and a visa if required. Please check the information in this link for the specific country/region you are visiting for more details. (Https://pe.usembassy.gov/foreign-travelers-to-peru-need-passport-valid-for-six-months-upon-entry/) IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Peru - Passport information must be submitted to Discover Satori at least 60 days prior to departure. This information is necessary to issue Machu Picchu train tickets. Traveling with Friends or Family? If you are traveling with friends or family, please send us a valid passport copy of each of the members who are coming. Sometimes it is difficult to get train tickets and Machu Picchu entry in same schedule; if you send the passports of everyone who is traveling we make sure that the guests are assigned together. This is achieved by connecting your reservations before your departure. Once you arrive at your destination, it may not be possible to make changes to the assignment due to room caps. To verify that your reservations are linked and it is right, please be in touch with Discover Satori trip advisors. Room Sharing Please note, by default all rooms are twin bed rooms. Couples/partners: When you book for more than one person, we will by default group you together in a room (unless you specifically request us not to). If you are unequal numbers (3, 5, 7 etc.) and we are unable to secure a triple room then the remaining traveler will be roomed with another passenger of the same gender. Single travelers: If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional upgrade room for single travelers who wish to have his own private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our trip advisor. We can generally provide a triple room on request; however it is not guaranteed to be available in every destination. Please note that in some hotels, the triple may be a double and a single bed, or the third bed may be a pull-out or bunk-bed. Where we cannot provide a triple room the rooming will consist of one twin room and the third passenger sharing with another single traveler of the same gender.
It’s common to pay with card, but cash is more widely accepted and probably your best bet. You can take out money at ATMs — they’re easily accessible, open on weekends, and allow you take out local currency (Peruvian Soles) and USD. We recommend using local currency so if you’re looking to exchange cash, it’s better to do it in the big cities rather than towns or tourist attractions because they generally have better rates.
We also recommend using credit cards in restaurants, department stores, and supermarkets. If paying with a card, VISA is more generally used but Mastercard is accepted too.
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order. Make sure also that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip and carry them with you in case your luggage is delayed. Bring a change of clothes in your carry-on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. You may also make a digital copy of your passport to keep a clear picture with the important details in your cell phone or digital camera photos. If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. Pack a list of medications including dosage and OTC names You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). Due to safety reasons, many museums have restrictions on the size of bags that can be taken inside and backpacks, carry-on bags or large purses may not be permitted. It is recommended to bring a small shoulder bag or purse to use in these situations instead. Avoid placing valuable belongings such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. We suggest that you place liquid containers into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.
The most important thing to bring along on your trip is a positive attitude and optimistic mindset. If you are not ready to do physical activities like hikes, bikings then train doing them first in your country; in this way you will have a good air and breathing resistant and feel comfortable in outdoors in Peru. As beautiful and magical as Peru is, and as much care as our trip leaders and guides put into making sure you have a fantastic experience, the biggest deciding factor in the quality of your experience is you. Especially for adventure treks, there may be times when you’ll need a little patience, strong will and as we said, an optimistic approach to the sometimes demanding adventure. But hey, this is part of a challenge which will enable to brag about it for the rest of your life!
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or “drone” technology has quickly become affordable and is increasingly popular with recreational users. While some countries have clear, established drone laws, others do not, or existing regulations are undergoing review and change. Travelers who wish to bring a drone on their trip are responsible to research and abide by the laws and regulations of the countries they are visiting, as well as to check with their airline(s) regarding their rules for transporting drones. Please note that tours are unable to extend the length of scheduled visits and stops to accommodate use of drones.

The safety of our clients is Discover Satoris’ main concern. Before making the decision to reserve your vacation, we want you to be aware of potential situations which may impact your holiday. While most of the time our programs run precisely according to plans, on rare occasion force majeure events including weather, transportation mechanical issues, or civil unrest will present themselves unexpectedly and with little or no notice. Discover Satori will make the decision to cancel a tour only after receiving verifiable government issued information. We are otherwise mandatory to comply with contractual airline and vendor agreements and carry out the tour until or unless we are advised otherwise. In the event of such an occurrence any time after your date of departure, Discover Satori and the local destination ground staff, in coordination with government advisories, airlines, hotels, cruise ships and other vendors, will make decisions with regard to your safety first. We strongly recommend that tour participants review the destination country's specific information at

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html/

You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. If you can access the Internet as you travel, you can take advantage of email or a Skype Internet telephone (VOIP) account for the best value. Additionally, if your phone can connect to WiFi you may be able to make voice and video calls free of charge. Please contact your cell phone provider for further details. Alternatively, you may investigate renting a cell phone before you leave or buying an inexpensive phone locally. When calling the U.S. from a foreign country, you may also use a prepaid calling card; normally, the only additional charge (besides the prepaid long distance charges) is a local fee of a few cents and possibly a connection fee if you are using your card at your hotel. It is best to check with the hotel’s reception desk prior to making phone calls to avoid unexpected charges. Please note that we are unable to provide compensation for phone calls regardless of reason. Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code (often indicated with a “+” sign), then the destination Country Code, then the Phone Number. For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If you are dialing from a mobile phone, you can enter a “+” instead of the international Exit Code (011, 001, 0011 or 00) by pressing and holding the 0 key. For most countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and South Pacific, if you are calling from a local phone to a number within the same country, you should drop both the exit and country codes and then add a leading 0 (zero). Exceptions include Spain, Italy, Hungary and Malta (no additional zero needed to dial locally). Example: To dial the following number in Germany (as listed on your voucher): +(49) 0555-555 From USA or your US cell phone: 011-49-555-555 From another country in Europe: 00-49-555-555 From a German phone within Germany: 0555-555 Wi-Fi Access WiFi access has improved. Free or inexpensive WiFi internet is accessible at coffee shops, airports, restaurants, libraries and on some trains and buses. WiFi access in hotels and cruise lines often involves a fee, determined by that property. Signal strength is subject to local conditions and not guaranteed.

All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal healthcare provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations. There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home. •Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit. •Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water. •If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician’s note detailing required treatment should you become ill. •Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer. •Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations). •You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with band aids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the entire trip. Notice on Aircraft Cabin Insecticide Treatment - Please note that some countries may require aircraft cabin insecticide treatment for in-bound foreign flights. A list of such countries is available at: http://www.dot.gov/office-policy/aviation-policy/aircraft-disinsection-requirements. Peru - While no inoculations are required, vaccination against yellow fever is recommended, especially if traveling to the Amazon. For the latest health requirements and recommendations, please visit World Health Organization and also consult with your personal healthcare provider. You may encounter mosquitoes in both urban and rural areas, especially during wet season. Travelers are encouraged to bring insect repellent and consider wearing clothing that adequately covers arms and legs. Traveler’s diarrhea is common and is caused by contaminated food or water, often resulting in dehydration. You are advised to follow these steps to avoid or reduce the symptoms.

  • Drink only bottled water.
  • Avoid unpasteurized cheeses, unpeeled fruits and raw vegetables.
  • Eggs, meat and seafood should be properly and fully cooked.
  • Please note that the popular Peruvian alcoholic beverage, Pisco Sour is often made with uncooked egg white.
  • If you have contracted diarrhea, let your stomach rest. Do not eat for several hours or until you are feeling better.
  • Drink bottled or boiled water and re-hydration beverages containing electrolytes (sports drinks) frequently and in small amounts.
  • Resume your diet with simple and bland foods, such as crackers, rice, bread, potatoes, and bananas.

Electrical supply in Peru is 220 volts AC at 60Hz. A twin flat blade (as used in North America) and twin round pin plugs (as used in continental Europe) are both standard. If you travel to Peru with a device that does not accept 220 Volts at 60Hz then you will need a voltage converter or transformer.

Altitude sickness occurs when there is less oxygen in the air that you breathe at high altitudes, including Cuzco (11,000 feet) and Puno (12,600 feet). Altitude sickness will affect some travelers regardless of age, gender or physical fitness. Symptoms may include headache, loss of appetite, dizziness and trouble sleeping. For some it will pass within a few hours, however for many the condition if gone untreated may last for several days. We urge you to read and follow these suggestions in order to reduce the chances and/or severity of altitude sickness.

  • Prior to departure, speak with your healthcare provider. They may recommend the medication acetazolamide (Diamox), which has been found to reduce the symptoms if taken a day or two before you depart.
  • Stick to a light diet the day before traveling to a high altitude area. Foods found easy to digest include fish, chicken and hot liquids. Avoid fried foods, beef, lamb and caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before and during your stay. Many find saline nasal drops/spray beneficial.
  • Upon arrival take it easy. Allow your body to adjust by lying down for 10-15 minutes. Rest as much as possible during the trip. Overexertion can exacerbate the symptoms.
  • Oxygen can be beneficial, and is easily found in airports, hotels and pharmacies.
  • For headaches, over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) have been found to be helpful.
  • Coca tea and wild mint (Muña) may ease the symptoms.
  • A diet high in carbohydrates, breads, cereals, grains, and pasta can also help alleviate the symptoms.

Once again, we highly recommend that you consult your personal healthcare provider before making the decision to travel to any high altitude destination and before choosing any course of treatment.

For the benefit of all tour participants, we ask tour members to be considerate of their fellow travelers in the following ways: • Refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes and/or personal products containing excessive fragrance in respect for other guests who may be allergic • Avoid smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes or cigars in the vicinity of other tour members, including in outdoor areas where smoking may be permitted but may still affect other tour participants • Avoid attire with political or religious messages that may offend other travelers • Respect your fellow passengers. Guests come from all walks of life and varied lifestyles. Please refrain from topics of conversation which might cause offense, such as religion and politics • Refrain from conversation or talking on mobile phones while commentary is in progress • Respect the mandatory seat rotation policy on the coach • Make use of the available hand sanitizer on the coach to support a healthy environment • Seek approval before taking photographs of other tour participants • Respect tour departures times to avoid delay and loss of sightseeing opportunities
Machu Picchu: Lost City of the Incas by Hiram Bingham (1948) Machu Picchu Sacred Center by Johan Reinhard (2007) Turn Right At Machu Picchu by Mark Adams (2011) Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas by Richard L Burg (2008) Incas: Book 3: The Light of Machu Picchu by A.B. Daniel (2003) The Steamer Trunk Adventures #2: The Ghosts of Machu Picchu by R.M. Garcia (2006) Nazca Lines: The Nasca Lines by Johan Reinhard (1986) Nazca: Eighth Wonder of the World by Anthony Adams (2001) Nazca by Steve Rogoff (2003) General Peruvian Life / Exploration: The Peru Readers by Orin Starn, Carlos Ivan Degregory, and Robin Kirk (2005) The Art of Peruvian Cuisine by Tony Custer (2003) Eight Feet in the Andes: Travels with a Mule in Unknown Peru by Dervla Murphy (2003) Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa (1975) Aunt Julia & the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa (1977) The White Rock - An exploration of the Incas heartland by Hugh Thomson (2001) Incas: The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming (1970, reprint 2003) Narrative of the Incas by Juan de Betanzos (originally from 1550s, not discovered and published until 1980s) The Secret of the Incas by William Sullivan (1997) Incas: Books 1&2 by A.B. Daniel (2002-2003) Other Archaeology/sites Lost Tomb of Viracocha by Maurice Cotterell (2001) Temple by Matthew Reilly (2002)
Some reasonable suggestions on how to tip the staff Restaurant When leaving a tip for your server in a restaurant, the standard 10-15% is fine. Bar Service People in Peru normally do not tip in bars, but if you’re feeling a little generous, anywhere between 5-10% is acceptable. Taxis Driver :) The price of a cab ride is normally negotiated before the trip starts, and the tip would be included in the agreed upon rate. Tour guides for one day tours$ When tipping the tour guides, it is recommended that each passenger contributes $5 USD/day or roughly $15 USD - $25 USD for treks that are three to four days long. Trekking guides, porters, drivers, cooks It is recommended that every passenger contributes about $50 USD towards the trekking guides, porters, drivers, and cooks. Hotel concierge / cleaning / staff Tipping hotel service is also not a common practice in the hotels we use, but anywhere between $2 USD and $5 USD is fine. Other services Drivers for included tours can be tipped typically between $1

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