While traveling to Peru, you most likely want to see a lot of this beautiful country. Especially if it is a once-in-a-lifetime trip like Peru. You are going to be excited to visit as much as possible and know as much as possible about each place. Sure, many travel books about Peru will give you the basic information. However, a Peru travel guide will give you in-depth and first-hand knowledge, leaving you in awe. And for this reason, together with Cusco Peru Travel, we have prepared a small article about the reasons to have a Peru travel guide. In this way, you will have a unique opportunity to enjoy everything that Peru has available. And you will be able to know historical details about our mystical country. Who better to introduce you to what Peru has to offer than a local?

All you need to know when hiring a Peru travel guide 

HOW TO PICK A GUIDE?

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When organizing your holiday, you will come across different options: Either hiring a travel agency to take care of your trip that usually includes a Peru travel guide, or plan everything yourself and hire an independent guide. While with the first option you will have limited influence and have to trust your agency to provide you with a knowledgeable guide, you can pick a guide if you wish to holiday independently. The importance here is to pick one that has a vast knowledge of the things you wish to see and does a great job taking care of you and your needs. Some key aspects you need to consider that will help you in picking the right person are:

  • Decide which Peru tourist places exactly you would like to visit and then look for guides that offer their services there.
  • Flexibility! Make sure the guide will operate per your request and you are the one to inform him where and when to meet.
  • Choose a guide with experience. They know how to take you on an educational journey through time and impart their knowledge in the best way possible.
  • Look for a guide that can speak your language fluently so that no communication barriers will arise.
  • Check guiding prices that are within your budget and compare the price-performance ratio.

Especially the last point is very important. First of all, you need to calculate your Peru vacation cost so you know how much you can spend on a guide. Please note that cheap prices do not mean a bad service. And expensive prices, of course, not the best service possible. It is recommendable to inform yourself about guides that offer their service, check reviews, or get in touch with people that took the service offered. Also, be sure to include the price of the top 10 best foods in Peru.

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HOW TO ORGANIZE A GUIDE

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There are various ways of how to organize your Peru travel guide. You can either do it upon your arrival to Peru with the risk that, particularly in the busy season from May to October, there might not be anyone available anymore or in advance (recommendable) online.  At many places, best example Machu Picchu, you will find that in case you have not booked a guide prior to your tour, there are plenty of free guides waiting outside the entrance. However, count with queuing in line for a long time if there are a lot of visitors because many more will need one. Before getting from Lima to Machu Picchu, make sure you have all your reservations made.

There are many accounts and innovative apps where tour guides offer their service and their corresponding prices. There are also sites where you can put your request online. Also, every guide or advisor that can assist you will send you a message. It encourages a comfortable feeling if the price is flexible. A good agent must be prepared to negotiate prices with a customer. Take a look at the Travel Industry Trade Associations, they are linked with many travel suppliers, travel consolidators, and wholesalers. The travel suppliers also have websites on their own, though. Additionally, the Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN) supports travel agents like home-based, Independent contractors, and outside sales agents with 100,000 members in it. Once you have found a suitable agent, keeping his word and providing a great service, stick with him throughout all your travels. You can also take advantage of the summer in Peru, where you will experience some incredible beaches.

HEALTH TIPS IN PERU

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Those who plan to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu do not need special vaccinations. But in rainforest areas, it may be a good idea to see your GP. In places like Iquitos and Puerto Maldonado, it may be a good idea to carry insect repellent. You should also wear long-sleeved clothing, pants, and a hat. If you are looking to protect yourself from the Zika virus or dengue, you should make an appointment with your doctor. It is good to consult with a professional about the preventive measures that are best for you. Even if you are on solo travel, it is recommended that you visit your GP.

Another thing to keep in mind when traveling to Peru is the high altitudes. In areas such as Cusco, Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu you will find yourself at a higher altitude. We recommend taking it easy so that your body adapts to the altitude. It is highly recommended that you drink plenty of water and try not to eat too heavily. At least for the first day try not to push yourself too hard and relax. Other recommendations would be to avoid alcohol, rest a lot, drink coca tea or try to use soroche pills. If you are traveling with us, you will notice that we will allow you time to relax and enjoy all the luxury tours in Peru.

WHAT ELSE TO CONSIDER FOR YOUR TRAVELS?

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Before organizing your trip to Peru, you should consider some things. The first thing you should do is to think about where you want to go and do what you want to do. Some seek relaxing holidays in Peru with spa treatments, others adventurous hikes along the Inca Trail or Salkantay Trek including zip-lining and rafting, and some just some enjoyable day-hikes and sightseeing. The importance of knowing your Peru destinations is to make sure that your travel insurance Peru covers everything. Though it is not a must to have one, it is very advisable, especially for adventurous activities. Check with your travel insurance if everything necessary for these activities there is covered before you start your tours in Peru and eventually have a bad surprise. Inform yourself about good travel insurance in your country. Or you can also exchange experiences with other people to choose the right insurance for you.

“YOUR PAST IS A PERSONAL SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR ALL OF YOUR TOMORROWS.”

This little Peru travel guide is just a few tips that will help you have a much more fluid trip. We hope together with the experts from Cusco Peru Travel to have been helpful. If you want to know more about what this country offers, you can consult with our qualified advisers. They are the ones who can advise you the most on how to have an excellent experience in the Peru. In addition, you can consult about our different travel packages. We will be waiting for your soon visit the beautiful country of Peru.

Peru has many wonders waiting for you to be discovered. Here in Cusco Peru Travel, our speciality is to make your trip an outstanding experience, fill-in this form and let your tailor-made luxury Peru vacation begin.


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