The dry season is considered April – October.
The trips in November and December are chosen with slightly wetter, warmer weather in mind.
The rainy season is considered January to Mid-March and Amazonas Explorer do not operate camping trips in these months. The Inca Trail is closed in February to prevent erosion in the rainy season. However no guarantees are given for perfect weather at any time of year.
Wake up call at 0600 with a cup of tea and bowl of water for washing. You then have one hour to pack up your rucksack before breakfast at 0700. This enables the porters to take down your tents whilst you are eating.
0730 Start trekking.
1100 Snack break
1230 – 1330 Lunch break
1530 Arrival at camp. The porters will have set up camp and have hot drinks and snacks waiting.
1800 Three-course dinner and hot drinks
Trekking is at a leisurely pace with plenty of time for rests and exploring the ruins on route. This itinerary is flexible depending on the weather and group health.
0700 Wakeup call and time to pack up gear and tents.
0800 Breakfast and load support truck.
0830 Begin Biking
1230 – 1330 Lunch break
1530 Stop Biking & set up camp
This itinerary is flexible depending on the weather and group health.
0700 Wake-up call and time to pack up your gear.
0800 Breakfast whilst guides load kit on the rafts.
0830-0900 Begin rafting
1100 Snack time
1230 – 1330 Lunch break
1530 Stop rafting and set up camp
Rafting is at the speed deemed safe by the raft guides at the water conditions at the time. Plenty of time is allowed for portaging/walking the rapids deemed too dangerous to run.
From wonderfully differing backgrounds and countries, our genuinely small groups of 4 – 16 clients, typically share a passion for the outdoors, a healthy appetite for adventure and a love of the good life. No previous experience is necessary for any of our trips unless specified in the adventure.
The minimum age for the most adventure trips is sixteen years. Occasionally younger clients can be taken prior previous consultation with Amazonas Explorer.
Private trips can be arranged for passengers and friends under sixteen years old.
There is no maximum age limit but individuals are asked to be realistic of their capabilities when choosing an adventure trip.
Family trips are specifically aimed at ten to eighteen years olds travelling with their parents. However we can customize family trips for just about any age and even have equipment for babies and toddlers if required/ we can even provide nannies and baby sitters.
A doctor should always be consulted for the latest information and what is suitable for you.
Generally: Polio, Tetanus, Hepatitis A.
Jungle Areas only: Yellow fever and Malaria
Local Epidemics: Typhoid and Cholera
There is a very effective dog rabies vaccination program in Peru but if remote Mountain biking or trekking is to be undertaken Rabies vaccines should be considered. In emergencies this is available locally.
Most of the adventure trips are at altitudes greater than 2,800m where altitude effects can be felt.
Altitude tends to aggravate any pre-existing medical condition. Travellers with anaemia, lung conditions, heart conditions, aneurisms, thrombosis and high blood pressure should check with their doctors before undertaking travel at altitude.
A multi-activity adventure with no altitude involved is the Christmas TUMBES trip.
All dietary requirements from vegans, Lacto-allergies and general dislikes can be catered for so long as prior warning is given when booking the trip. Please bear in mind that many of our adventures such as trekking require all food to be carried, by person or horse. So there are limits to what we can carry. If on a group tour, your cook is also catering for a number of other people, so their time is limited.
Turn Right at Machu Picchu – Mark Adams
Trekking in Peru- Hilary Bradt and Kathy Jarvis
Inca Gold – Clive Cussler
Manu – Andre Baertschi & Kim MacQuarrie
The Inca Trail – Richard Danbury
Exploring Cusco – Peter Frost
Heart of the Amazon – Yossi Ghinsberg
Running the Amazon – Joe Kane
A Neo-tropical Companion -John C. Kricher
Last days of the Incas – Kim MacQuarrie
Where the Andes meets the Amazon – Kim MacQuarrie and Jordi Blassi
Realm of the Incas – Max Milligan
Inca Kola – Matthew Parris
Birds of Peru (Princeton Field Guides) – Thomas S. Schulenberg
The White Rock – Hugh Thomson
Cochineal Red – Hugh Thomson
The bridge of San Luis Rey – Thornton Wilder
Touching the Void – Joe Simpson
Into the forests of the night – John Simpson
Field guide to the birds of Machu Picchu – Barry Walker
Petty theft is wide-spread with thieves being quick and clever, most of the time people are unaware they have been robbed until later. Being vigilant with possessions, use a money belt, hooking your rucksack through your leg whilst sitting at tables and checking in and not carrying expensive items of value on display late at night in busy markets and stations avoids most losses. At night in towns the normal street rules apply so do not walk alone. Ensure any taxi your take is an official taxi. In your rooms and campsites keep valuables hidden to avoid temptation. On the whole Peru is still safer than most European cities. If you are really worried about losing anything precious then leave it at home.
The office may be contacted directly in case of emergencies. There are numerous Internet cafes in Cusco for e-mailing home, direct dial phone cards are widely available and telephone calls can be made from most hotels. Tri-band cellular phones also work in the major cities. On remote expeditions we carry a satellite phone but this is exclusively for emergency use. Wi-Fi is available in most major towns.
Generally in restaurants you only tip if the service is good up to 10% of the cost of the meal.
Hotel porters may receive a tip again if you believe they have provided a good service.
People asking you for money:
We believe in paying only for services rendered, helping with water bottles, directions or posing for photographs. There are some ladies in Cusco whose occupation is posing for photographs in full traditional costume with Llamas, this is their livelihood and payment is required for photographs.
A rough tip system has been set for the guides & porters. This varies with service, length of trip & size of group.
The North American influence has led the Inca Trail porters to expect around 100 – 200 soles / $60 per person split between them in the following way:
Drivers / Porters $10-$15
Head porter/ toilet carrier / Assistant cook $20
Head cook $40-$50
Other tips possible are:
Day guides for Biking, Rafting & Cultural tours $20
Inca Trail / Raft Guide / Bike guide /Tour Conductor $60-$100
Most good sporting equipment is unavailable in Peru. Equipment given in lieu of a cash tip is very much appreciated.
220V, 60Hz, American Style two-pin plugs
Orient Express has a virtual monopoly on the trains to Machu Picchu and Puno and charge and does exactly what they want. All trains are cancelled at the first sign of Industrial action and clients must apply for alternative trains. If a train is not full they also cancel these trains and place clients on other trains of Orient Express’s choice. Time-tables, costs and rules are changed regularly at short notice. Passports are required to travel with your ticket or you will be asked to disembark.
Orient express have introduced a new baggage allowance. Only 5kg day-packs of total dimensions <157cm are allowed to travel with you in the train carriages. Extra baggage will be carried on a separate train at the discretion of Orient express. Excess baggage train times 0853 to Machu Picchu and 1400 return to Ollantaytambo; costs $1.80/kg after 10kg.
International flight allowances vary between 20kg and 64kg – please check with your ticket agent.
National flights generally have baggage weight restrictions of between 20-kg per passenger. Passengers are responsible for their own excess baggage charges.
Hand luggage is also strictly controlled and must not weigh more than 8kg nor be much bigger than a small day-pack. Security is tight in the airports so remember to pack any pocket-knives, tools and sharp objects in your check-in luggage.
The official language is Spanish.
Quechua, the language of the Incas, has finally received some official status and is widely used in the mountains. Aymara is the language of the mountain people of Lake Titicaca and Bolivia.
The jungle tribes have their own dialects.
English is not widely spoken outside the tourist industry & the normal tourist routes.
All large towns and airports have ATM’s that accept Credit (Visa preferred) & normal bank cards (Connect, Cirrus).
Banks will accept paper credit card withdrawals – but the hours and queues are annoyingly unsociable.
Money changing houses are available in all towns. US Dollars are the preferred currency; GB Sterling is not widely accepted.
Out of towns try to have as many small coins and notes as possible as change is not widely available.
The Peruvian New Sol is the current currency. US Dollars can be used in most restaurants (at a poorer exchange rate). UK pounds and Euros are not recommended.
Current exchange rates:
1GBP = 4.46 soles 1US$ = 3.36 Soles (correct as of August 2016)
Your guides will advise you of all possible options during the trip. Cusco has an abundance of good artisan markets, local ruins, internet cafes, bars and restaurants.
It can also be a nice opportunity to just relax and read a book.
Camping toilets and toilet tents are provided on all but the remotest expeditions.
On the rafting the river is generally used for washing and clean water supplied for drinking and teeth brushing.
On the Inca trail bowls of hot water are supplied in the morning and night. Clean hand washing water is available at all meal times.
We pride ourselves on our high guide to passenger staff ratio.
Optimal weather and water conditions would give four or six passengers in paddle rafts (raft size depending). We do not pack eight people into any raft. In high water Oar frames are used for extra safety, these may have two or four passengers. Tail frames are also often used to provide more safety.
All excess gear may be stored in either the Hotels, support vehicles or in the Amazonas Explorer deposit whilst on alternative activities.
Please also note many ingredients available in your country may not be available in Peru.
But that said, we have successfully catered for hundreds of people with special dietary requirements, just please bear in mind a degree of flexibility may be needed on your part.
1: We require a 20% deposit to book your trip.
2: Full payment is required 90 days prior to trip departure.
If you cancel the trip – we reserve the right to charge:
In exceptional circumstances and entirely at our discretion, we can offer up to 50% off total price as an advance towards a future Amazonas Explorer trip.
Amazonas Explorer offers exceptional Peru adventures for discerning travellers.
Avenida Collasuyo 910, Miravalle, Cusco
9am - 4pm local time (GMT-5)