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CuscoPeru Travel is a high end tour company that specializes in luxury designed tours in Peru. Our team of local travel experts specialize in crafting ready made, private multi-day journeys that include transfers, guides, hotels, activities, cruises, train tickets and entrance tickets. We specially design to suit your interests, budget and time availability to travel. We draw from our network of specialists in their field to offer private tour and special experiences.

Peru is a year-round travel destination. Due to dramatic geographical diversity - with jungle, desert and mountains - the weather in Peru will vary from region to region at any given time of year. The Andes and Machu Picchu sees a dry and rainy season, with the months either side of this forming a shoulder season when weather will vary. It is dry season from May to October with daytime temperatures of 18-25º C / 65-77º F. Rainy season runs from December to March, with daytime temperatures of 20-26º C / 68-79º F. The highest chance of rain is usually in late January and February. The shoulder season months at the start and end of the rainy season - April and November - see less chance of rainfall.

In Lima and along the desert coast. Lima is humid and overcast between May and October. Average daytime temperatures are 23-28º C / 74-82ºF In the Rainforest, the dry and rainy seasons are the same as the mountains but the temperature is higher and fluctuates relatively little year-round, with an average temperature of 21-30º C / 70-86º F.

Peru is great to travel all year round.

There are a range of options depending on where you're starting from. Almost all international flights arrive into Peru's capital, Lima. From the US there are direct flights from many major US cities, like New York, Miami, Dallas, Atlanta and LA across a range of airlines like America, United, Continental, Delta, JetBlue and LATAM. If traveling from Europe, there are similarly direct flights from hubs like Madrid (e.g. with Iberia) and London (British Airways). There are good connections with other South American countries like Colombia (Avianca) and Chile (LATAM). There are very limited international flights to Cusco from Colombia, with Avianca.

We arrange trips to Peru and can arrange domestic flights within Peru. We do not offer international flights to Peru. We specialize in ground arrangements (drivers, transfers, trains, boats etc in our region) as opposed to flights, so are unable to offer international flights to or from your departure country.

This depends on your passport. Citizens of most Western European nations and the USA and Canada who are entering Peru as tourists do not require visas in advance and receive visas on arrival. Travelers who require visas in advance can normally obtain them from embassies or consulates in their countries of residence. For specific information please contact your nearest Consulate.

Some of our nicest customers are solo travelers, we're happy to design trips for solo travelers, whether you plan to travel alone for part of the journey or all of it.

At CuscoPeru travel we only arrange private tours. We do not offer group tours on a join-in basis with a set departure date. If you have already formed your own group then we would be delighted to assist. We have designed tailor made trips for many groups, from multi-generational families to specialist interest groups visiting Peru.

All of the itineraries on our website are workable, as we always tailor make every trip to suit each traveler. Just contact us to let us know what you're interested in doing and we'll design a tailor made itinerary for you. You can pay either by bank transfer, or online with Visa, Mastercard or Amex. Depending on how soon your trip is, we may ask for a deposit payment first.

We strongly recommend that you visit your health care provider for professional clinical advice and the most up-to-date requirements, in accordance with your personal health and medical history.

Altitude Considerations:

There are a few different ways to alleviate the potential side-effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), also known as Soroche, during your trip. Diamox can help when it is taken a couple of days prior to ascending and a couple of days once at altitude. Once you are in Peru, a natural remedy is coca tea, which is helpful during your stay at high altitude. You should also drink plenty of water before your flight to high altitude and during your stay. Eating lightly before and upon arrival and resting also minimize the effects of altitude, which can include headaches, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea or loss of appetite. Arriving a few days before the start of a trek at high altitude will help your body naturally acclimatize.

Personal medical kit:

Our guides are equipped with basic medical kits, but you may want to bring some of your own medication, especially for treks or adventure activities e.g. antidiarrhetics (Imodium), Pepto Bismol for stomach pain, antihistamines (both capsules and balm), analgesics, band aids and blister plasters and insect repellent. There are pharmacies in all cities and towns in Peru, but if you have specific medical needs bring your medication with you.

Travel insurance is not usually a requirement, but we strongly recommend you do have insurance. We strongly recommend you travel with insurance whatever your activities, to cover you for flight cancellations, theft, lost luggage and general cancellation by you in the event that you are unable to carry out your trip due to illness or unforeseen circumstances. It should also cover you for potential medical expenses incurred during travel in case of illness or accident.

Peruvian Sol is the currency of Peru. Although US Dollars are often accepted in larger hotels, shops and restaurants in larger cities and tourist destinations like Cusco, they are not always accepted. As such, we recommend you always travel with local currency especially for smaller purchases in shops, markets and local restaurants.

Exchanging US Dollars and Euros into Peruvian Sol is possible in banks, by official moneychangers on the street (who you can recognize as by their vests and official IDs), in the airport, hotels, money exchange houses and in some shops (in small towns). The exchange rate is generally the same with the exception of hotels where it tends to be set at a slightly less advantageous rate. Please bear in mind that $100 bills can be difficult to change so it is better to have smaller bills. Dollars are easier to change than Euros. Any ripped US dollar bills (even with slight tears) are usually not accepted.

Visa, Mastercard and American Express are also generally accepted in Peru, although Visa is more widely accepted. When making purchases with a credit card, you may have to pay a 5-6% surcharge and may have to present your passport to make the purchase.

For security reasons we highly recommend you use ATM machines in airports and hotels rather than on the street.

Unfortunately, forged notes (both dollars and local currency) abound in some countries in the region, so be sure to examine your notes by feeling their texture and looking for watermarks.

Given Peru's diverse geography, you're likely to experience different climates whatever time of year you travel. We strongly recommend brining layers which makes it easier to deal with changing temperatures, especially in the Andes. We recommend you bring proper footwear for walking around cities, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

 Key suggestions:

  • Comfortable sneakers or hiking boots
  • Short and long-sleeved t-shirts
  • Rain gear
  • A fleece jacket
  • Jeans or casual trousers
  • Camera
  • Backpack
  • Insect repellent, lip balm and sun block
  • Binoculars

Tips are entirely at your discretion. All of our guides and drivers are paid fairly so tipping is not a requirement, though always welcomed. It is best to leave a tip in cash.

Tipping for guided excursions:

  • Tip for a guide per day for a group of 2 passengers: $20
  • Tip for a driver per day for a group of 2 passengers: $10
  • Tip for a guide per day for a group of 4+ passengers: $20-$40
  • Tip for a driver per day for a group of 4+ passengers: $10-$20

 Tipping for camping treks:

  • Tip for a guide per day for a group of 2 passengers: $20
  • Tip for cook per day for a group of 2 passengers: $5-$8
  • Tip per day for each member of support staff (porters) for a group of 2 passengers: $3-$5
  • Tip for a guide per day for a group of 4+ passengers: $20-$40
  • Tip for cook per day for a group of 4+passengers: $8-$12
  • Tip per day for each member of support staff (porters) for a group of 4+ passengers: $5-$8.

 Tipping in Restaurants:

  • You may tip 10%, but it is totally discretionary. Credit cards and traveler’s cheques are widely accepted in smarter restaurants. Tips are already included in the price if the meal is part of your program.

Phone and internet coverage is quite good in cities and even some rural areas, including Machu Picchu - though there is no phone coverage on the train ride to Machu Picchu. Most foreign smartphones work in the region if you have an international calling and data plan. If your phone is unlocked you can buy a local SIM card that will work for use while traveling.