While your travel to Peru you want to see a lot of this beautiful country. Especially if it is a once-in-a-lifetime trip you want to visit as much as possible and to know as much as possible about each place. Sure, there are a lot of travel books about Peru that will give you the basic information, however, a Peru travel guide will provide you with first-hand and profound knowledge, leaving you in awe.
How to pick a guide?
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 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 yourself 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 the best way possible.
- Look for a guide that is able to 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 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.
How to organize a guide?
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 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. 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 and every guide that is able to 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.
What else to consider for your travels?
Before organizing your trip to Peru the first thing you do is to think about where you want to go and what you want to do. Some seek a relaxing holiday 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 tour and eventually have a bad surprise. Inform yourself about good travel insurances in your country or exchange experiences with other people to choose the right insurance for you.
These tips should help you to find your perfect Peru travel guide. Do not forget to be clear and specific with your request so you obtain the best service possible and the one that you were looking for.
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