So, you’re planning a trip to Peru and have your highlights all picked out, but still have some unanswered questions. To help you out, we at Peru Full Adventure can give you advice on common questions we get asked by our customers.
The Inca trail is one of the most popular treks in the world. There are only 500 permits a day released worldwide, it is worth noting this includes permits for the guides and porters, this means at best there could be 300 places available for the general public. With the popularity of travel within Peru it is best to book at least 6 months in advance to not be disappointed. You can do it here
How likely am I to suffer from altitude sickness? Altitude sickness can affect anyone in Cuzco, regardless of age or fitness levels. Don worry usually in 1 day you will get over it, we suggest you eat light meal and no alcohol. There are also pills you can take for this. The locals drink coca tea for altitude sickness, which is widely available in Cusco.
You can rent sleeping bags and walking sticks, tents come with the trekking packages we offer. Pack a small bag for a few days, the remainder of your luggage you will leave in your hotel in Cusco). The porters that are included as part of your package are hired to carry camping and cooking equipment. Though you can tip locally for the porters to carry personal items this is not guaranteed, if you do not feel able to carry these items you can hire an additional porter. This must be booked in advance as porters have the same access to permits as you do and the permits sell out quickly. Just let us know.
Tipping should be dependent on the quality of the service provided. As a good guide the tip is easy to work out per day of your trek, approx $10-20 a day for the guide and $5-10 for the porters. This of course is an average and is also per person, but a good idea of what other people tend to pay.
You will hear lots of different advice on currency and what is best to take. Dollars are widely accepted certainly in larger places so can be great emergency currency, but if, like us, you like small local places it is best to have local currency as well.