Frequently Asked Questions
When is the best time to travel to Peru?
If your travel dates are flexible, is better to go in the dry season, from May to October. If you plan on hiking, the best months to visit are April, May, June, September, and October. Early in the dry season is ideal for visiting the Amazon too, and taking advantage of more Peru travel packages across the various regions.
What type of passport and visa documents should I have prepared?
If I don't have a passport can I still make a trek booking?
No. We require a passport number in order to reserve the trek permits. If you don't have a passport then you cannot make a trek booking.
Do I need to have traveler's insurance?
We strongly recommend that you have your own travel insurance prior to departing on one of our treks. Please note that the non-refundable deposit should be able to be recuperated through a travel insurance claim in the case of accident or illness. We are often asked to provide more information about travel insurance but believe it's best if you contact insurance companies in your own country to learn more about what your travel insurance offers.
Do I need to have any vaccines?
Vaccines are necessary or recommended depending on the region you will be visiting and any alerts that have been issued. Check this website for information based on your own health and travel plans.
How far in advance do I need to make a trek reservation?
As far in advance as possible. The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca Trail (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters). We therefore recommend that you try to make your Inca trail reservation as far in advance as possible as soon as you know the dates of your international flights.
What kind of luggage do I need?
In this security-conscious era, airline luggage restrictions may change without notice. Also, luggage limits vary depending on ticket class, plane size, destinations, etc. It is always best to confirm with airlines for specific limitations. It’s highly recommended to travel light. One strong, medium size suitcase and carry-on bag per person should be adequate. We recommend that you carry your daypack or smaller luggage by hand on the plane, including important documents, medicines and any other valuable items.
What should I plan to bring on my trip to Peru?
Do I need to speak Spanish to participate in the trips?
No! Our expert tour guides speak proficient English, and all of the aspects of each trip can easily be navigated as a non-Spanish-speaker. Don't let language barriers keep you from your dream trip!
I have diet restrictions. Can I be accommodated?
Yes. Conquer Peru is also well aware of the various diet restrictions that travelers may have. Don't fear! Peruvian food is flexible and accommodations can easily be made to adapt to a vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free diet. Please let us know with plenty of advanced notice so that we may plan your meals.
What kind of social customs should I be ready for?
Shaking hands is the customary form of greeting. Visitors should follow normal social courtesies and the atmosphere is generally informal. Dress is usually informal, although for some business meetings and social occasions men wear a jacket and tie. Life is conducted at a leisurely pace. Depending on the context, hugs and light kisses on the cheek are also quite common.
What currency do I need in Peru?
While Peru uses its own monetary unit, the Nuevo Sol, it is wise for travelers to carry some US dollars just in case. If you bring US dollars, it is best to bring medium – to high denomination cash bank notes. If dollar bills are marked or damaged, they will not be accepted in Peru. It is best to carry an ATM card, ATM machines are generally available in major Peru’s cities. Major credit cards from international providers are often accepted in shops and restaurants, though you may be charged a fee.
What should I bring to a homestay?
You may have a chance to visit a local community on your program. If you would like to distribute small gifts to the children, items such as pens, regular or colored pencils, small crayon packages, blank notebooks or notepads, barrettes or hair clips, t-shirts, or hotel toiletries are greatly appreciated.
Should I buy a Tourist Ticket to pay in advance for entrance to sites?
Officially known as the Boleto Turistico Unico (BTU), this visitors' ticket costs 130 Peruvian Soles (approx. US $47) and 70 Peruvian Soles for students with an ISIC card (approx US $25). The ticket is valid for 10 days and can be bought at the OFEC office at Avenida Sol 103 office 102 (Mon-Fri 8am-6.30pm , Sat 8am-2pm) or at any of the sites included on the ticket (listed below).
Places included on the tourist ticket are:
Santa Catalina Convent and Art Museum
Museo de Historia Regional (Casa Inca Garcilazo de la Vega)
Museo Palacio Municipal de Arte Contemporaneo
Museo Arqueologico Koricancha (but not Koricancha itself)
Museo de Arte Popular
Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo
Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Q'enko, Tambomachay, and Puca Pucara
Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. These sites are normally visited as part of the Sacred Valley day tour.
Entrance tickets to the Cathedral (US $3), Koricancha / Qoricancha /Temple of the Sun (US $1.80), San Blas church, the Inka Museum (US $3), Museo de Arte Precolombino (US $4.60), Museo de Arte Religioso del Arzobispado (US $3) and La Merced (US $0.90) are sold separately.
Permits for the Inca Trail?
Groups planning to hike in April, May and June 2018 should reserve their dates now as these months typically sell out quickly.
How difficult is the Inca Trail?
While the Classic Inca Trail is a popular trek, it still is a 43 km (26 mile) hike through a high altitude region. The maximum altitude reached is 4200m above sea level. On the second day of the trek you will climb 1200m upwards, which is a hard climb. Even though our website rates the Inca trail as “moderate” this is a comparison to other treks in the region NOT because its easy! The Inca Trail is a relatively challenging trek and you should be well prepared (phyiscallly and mentally) prior to trekking.
Are there toilets on the Inca Trail?
Many new, flushing toilets have been built along the Inca trail including all of the major campsites. This has helped to improve sanitary conditions on the trail although conditions are still not always perfect. Each toilet block has cold running water. We recommend that you bring hand-sanitizer to use after visiting the public toilets. Every evening we will provide you with a bowl of warm water to wash with.
How much time should I allow in Cuzco before my hike? (Altitude & Acclimatization)
We strongly recommend that you acclimatize for 2-3 days in a high place (like Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Arequipa or Lake Titicaca) before attempting any of these hikes. Altitude can affect anyone at moderate to high altitude (generally anything over 3,000 meters). Altitude sickness is caused by lack of oxygen, and there is up to one-third less oxygen in the Andes than at sea level. No one understands why some people are affected and others are not. Age, level of fitness and strength is no indication of how well you will fare at high altitudes. Be aware that altitude sickness can be serious, so if your guide advises you to rest or descend, please do as instructed.
I'm not a very strong hiker. Can I still trek on one of these trips?
Our number one trekking tip is … Go at your own pace. It's not a race. Most of our tours have adequate time for you to take it easy along the trail. We also find it's more enjoyable to stop and rest frequently, to admire the landscapes rather than arrive at camp early and sit in your tent.
What is included in each travel package?
Check out "our packages" section and view specific trips to get a general sense of each package, and feel free to request more detailed information at any time.