FAQ

When is my booking accepted?

The booking is accepted when Active Traveler Peru receives the first deposit from its clients. At this point in time the contract between client and Active Traveler Peru is effective and legally binding.
In order to secure the trip, we will require a 60% deposit of the total package price by the time of your booking.

 

Do I need to pay the full amount before my trip?

First Payment: 60% deposit by the time of booking
Second Payment: Full Amount, to be paid 45 days prior to your arrival
In the case the booking will be proceeded 45 or less days to the arrival, the whole amount will be required in once.
If the booking is made 45 days or less from the arrival time then the whole amount will be required at the time of booking.

 

What happen if I need to cancel my trip?

Any cancellations or changes made by the client must be submitted in writing by the client at their earliest convenience. Client is responsible for any fees or charges incurred by the cancellation  
Cancellation fee (Percentage of the total package price)

80 days or more 0% Free of charge
79 to 45 - 30%
44 to 30 - 40%
29 to 15 - 50%
14 or less 100%

If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, cancellation must be made previously.
The transaction costs will be paid by the client.

 

UNUSED

There will be no refund made for cancelled or unused services for any reason whatsoever.
AIR/FLIGHT Cancellations: All air packages and air tickets are subject to cancellation policies imposed by the airlines

 

WEATHER & ALTITUDE

What is the weather like in Peru?
Peru has three distinctive regions with three distinctive climates. The coastal region, which is mainly desert has a dry hot climate all year round, with temperatures reaching 45°C (110°F) from December through April. Further inland in the highlands of the Andes, there are two distinctive seasons the wet season from December through to the end of March and the dry season from April through November. Finally the tropical jungle region of Peru is humid all year round, with the humidity and rain intensifying from December through March.
The weather, temperatures and views will depend mostly on these seasons and the geographical area that you are visiting, with a general overview shown below:

 

The Andean highlands e.g. Cusco

Exact temperatures vary based on altitude, e.g. Machu Picchu somewhat warmer and Puno a little cooler.


Rainy Season:
Often overcast with frequent heavy showers, snow/hail at higher altitudes; warm in direct sun and much cooler in the shade or under cloud cover.
Average daytime temperatures around 20°C (70 °F)
Average nighttime temperatures around 7°C (45 F)


Dry Season:
Clear bright skies nearly 100% of the time; very warm in direct sun and much cooler in the shade; ground frosts overnight; very dry.
Average daytime temperatures around 20°C (70 °F)
Average nighttime temperatures around 0°C (30°F)

 

Coastal areas e.g. Lima

Rainy Season:
Very overcast with heavy fog most mornings; very little rain all year around.
Average daytime temperatures around 19°C (66 °F)
Average nighttime temperatures around 15°C (60°F)


Dry Season:
Sunnier days, some mist in the mornings, clearing during the day; very little rain all year around.
Average daytime temperatures around 26°C (79 °F)
Average nighttime temperatures around 19°C (66°F)

 

Low-lying jungle areas

Rainy Season:
Very warm and humid; heavy showers most days.
Average daytime temperatures around 31°C (88°F)
Average nighttime temperatures around 21°C (70°F)

Dry Season:
Very warm but less humid; showers occur throughout the year.
Average daytime temperatures around 30°C (86°F)
Average nighttime temperatures around 18°C (65°F)
What is the altitude of each area we will visit?

 

What is the altitude of each area we will visit?

Lima Sea Level
Nazca 600m, 2000ft
Cusco 3400m, 11150ft
Sacred Valley 2900m, 9500ft
Machu Picchu 2000m, 6500ft
Puno 3800m, 12500ft

 

What is altitude sickness? Can I prevent it?

Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), is a negative health effect of high altitude, caused by acute exposure to low amounts of oxygen at high altitude. Commonly occurs above 2,400 meters (8,000 ft). It presents as a collection of nonspecific symptoms, acquired at high altitude or in low air pressure, resembling a case of "flu, carbon monoxide poisoning, or a hangover"
While altitude sickness affects everyone differently, the best way to try and prevent altitude sickness is by following the next steps:

  • Avoid strenuous activity on the 24 hours.
  • Eat light during the first 24–48 hours.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption in the first 24–48 hours at a higher altitude is optimal.
  • Keep yourself hydrated.
  • Keep coca candies at hand
  • If you have any health condition, please consult with your doctor and bring your medication.
  • We highly recommend drinking coca tea. The consumption of coca tea, as well as chewing the leaves, increases the absorption of oxygen in the blood

 

TRAVEL REQUERIMENTS

Do I need Visas for my trip to Peru?
Citizens of the USA, Canada, the European Union, Australia and New Zealand do not need a visa to enter Peru for tourism purposes. Citizens of certain Asian countries such as China, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand and Singapore, as well as Israel don’t need visas.
Indian citizens (who do not possess a US/Canadian/EU passport) DO require a visa which should be obtained from a Peruvian Embassy/Consulate in the client’s home country.

The maximum authorized length of stay is 183 days. Information on Peruvian consulates and embassies abroad found at www.rree.gob.pe

 

Is there any restriction on Passports for travel to Peru?

Your passport must be valid for at least 90 days after your departure date to Peru. However, we recommend travelling with six months validity on your passport. If you are receiving a renewed passport prior to traveling to Peru, it is required that you bring either your old passport or a copy along with your new passport.

 

Do I need any vaccinations or medications to visit Peru?

There are no required inoculations to visit Peru unless you plan to visit areas of the Peruvian Amazon, in which case you will need a Yellow Fever shot. There are not any other diseases in the areas where you will be visiting. This particular vaccine must be administered at least 10 days before your trip in order for it to be effective.
Ask your doctor regarding travel to Peru, we strongly recommend you bring medications for bacterial infections that can affect your stomach as well as antidiarrheal medication (Immodium). Dramamine is also great for Altitude and motion sickness.

 

Do I need to purchase travel insurance?

We highly recommend travel insurance for your own benefit and protection against unforeseen travel misfortunes.  We recommend www.Squaremouth.com

 

MONEY MATTERS

What is the Currency in Peru? What is the exchange rate for U.S. Dollars?
The official currency of Peru is the Sol (S/.). The U.S. Dollar is accepted at most major stores, restaurants and hotels. Average exchange rate: USD 1.00 x 3.20 soles.

 

Where can exchange money?

You can exchange U.S. Dollars or Euros at Money Exchange Houses once you arrive in Lima airport also in Cuzco or Puno.

 

Credit Cards, ATMs and Traveler Checks are accepted in Peru?

VISA is the most accepted credit card in Peru. Mastercard is also popular; AMEX and Diner’s Club are not widely accepted.  You can Find ATMs easily to get money when in big cities.Some stores and restaurants will often add a 5% commission to your bill when you pay with credit card.
Traveler checks are often difficult to change and the exchange rate is not favorable.

 

WHAT TO BRING

What clothes should I pack for my trip?
Because of the diversity of weather of Peru your best plan is to dress in layers. Due to the diverse activities we always recommend that our passengers bring:

  • Fleece top
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Shirts / t-shirts
  • Sun hat
  • Pair of shorts
  • Hiking boots/ sturdy walking shoes
  • Light sandals
  • Wool hat
  • Mitts or gloves (can be bought in Cusco)
  • Rain poncho
  • Swim wear (hot thermal springs):
    • Hiking stick
    • Sunglasses and sun cream or block
    • Lip balm
    • Camera gear with extra batteries or battery charger Electrical transformer & plug adapters
    • Bring medications for bacterial infections that can affect your stomach as well as antidiarrheal medication (Immodium). Dramamine is also great for Altitude and motion sickness.
    • Moist towelettes and/or anti-bacterial “water-free” hand cleanser

 

 

SAFETY

Is Peru safe to visit?
Peru is safe to visit and the security in the major cities are getting better as the economy and tourism grows. As you travel, exercise the same caution and awareness that you would in a large City or any tourist destination. Don’t be overly nervous or suspicious, but keep your eyes open. If you are venturing out after dark, go with one or two other people, and always by taxi.

Like any other big city or tourist destination, pickpockets will sometimes target travelers. Fortunately, there are a few easy steps you can take to minimize your exposure. The first step is to avoid attracting attention. Don’t wear fancy jewelry or expensive watches in the street (or even cheaper items that look expensive).

The next step is to limit what you have on you. Instead of carrying all your money, all your credit cards, and your passport in your pocket or purse, stick to what you’ll need for that day a one-day supply of money and one or two cards.

Every hotel will offer use of a hotel safe at the front desk or an electronic in-room safe; please use them. We also recommend that you leave your passport in the room safe or hotel safe, and that you carry a photocopy instead when you are out and about.

 

 

ELECTRICITY

What is the voltage in Peru?
Electricity in Peru is 220 volts. In the U.S. it is 110 volts. Most of the things a traveler will want to plug in battery chargers, MP3 players, tablets or computers can run off both 110 and 220. But you should check the item or the owner’s guide first to confirm this before you plug it in. If you have something that needs 110 volts, like a shaver or a hairdryer, you can bring a transformer to change the current. (But transformers tend to burn out, so it might be better to leave whatever it is at home.

What types of Plugs are most common in Peru?
Flat blade plug
Two round pins
Adaptors can be easily found in Peru, if needed.

 

 

FOOD & WATER

What type of food is typical of Peru?
Peruvian cuisine reflects local practices and ingredients including influences from the indigenous population including the Inca and cuisines brought in with immigrants from Europe (Spanish cuisine, Italian cuisine, German cuisine), Asia (Chinese cuisine and Japanese cuisine) and West Africa. Without the familiar ingredients from their home countries, immigrants modified their traditional cuisines by using ingredients available in Peru. The four traditional staples of Peruvian cuisine are corn, potatoes and other  tubers, Amaranthaceaes  (quinoa,  kañiwa and  kiwicha) and legumes (beans and lupins). Staples brought by the Spanish include rice, wheat and meats (beef, pork and chicken).
Many traditional foods such as quinoa, kiwicha, chili peppers, and several roots and tubershave increased in popularity in recent decades, reflecting a revival of interest in native Peruvian foods and culinary techniques. Chef Gaston Acurio has become well known for raising awareness of local ingredients. The US food critic Eric Asimov has described it as one of the world's most important cuisines and as an exemplar of fusion cuisine, due to its long multicultural history.


Is safe to drink water from the tap?
ONLY drink bottled water.  Peruvian tap water is not potable. It is fine to use for teeth-brushing and cooking (provided it is boiled) but should not be ingested directly from the tap.


What kind of food and drink should be avoided to keep from getting sick?
To keep from getting gastrointestinal infections, we recommend you do not eat any raw foods, drink only bottled or boiled water and do not eat food from street vendors. We use only restaurants of the highest quality for our clients.

 

 

ACCOMODATIONS

What type of accommodation does Active Traveler Peru use?
We use bed & breakfast style locations or three, four and five star hotels. All of our Peru hotels have private bathrooms, hot water and clean, comfortable rooms.. For certain packages, homestays are available as well.


What to expect from a home homestay in Peru?
Host Family in Peru is an opportunity to live in a friendly home with a Peruvian family located in safe and nice areas. You will be able to experience the Peruvian life style and culture up close, and learn about the customs and traditions. You will feel safe in a family environment, which is just like staying in a second home in South America.





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