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Overnight in Machu Picchu -5 Days-From $1100

This 5 Day Peru tour will allow you to maximize your Machu Picchu experience with an overnight in Machu Picchu.

MACHU PICCHU & RAINFOREST -7 Days-From $1735

This trip is the perfect combination of History and Nature. Learn about the Incas, Cusco and Machu Picchu and explore the Peruvian rainforest to complete an amazing travel experience.

CROSSING THE ANDES -7 Days -From $1450

Get amazed at Machu Picchu and meet the local communities living on the floating island on the highest lakes in the world.

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PERU BEST TOURS IS A TRAVEL COMPANY BASED IN LIMA, PERU WITH BRANCH OFFICES IN CUZCO AND THE USA

If you are thinking about traveling to Peru and looking for the best Peru Trips, you have arrived at the right site! We specialize in providing customized Peru tours for groups and independent travelers with destinations throughout Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. Established in 2008, over seven years as Peru tour operators, we offer individual travelers, couples, friends, families, and travel groups unrivaled expertise, exciting Peru travel packages and treks, excellent guides and a unique selection of activities, experiences, adventure tours, things to do, and hotel accommodations. Our professional English speaking staff will provide you with the best value and excellent customer service from start to finish. We can guarantee that our staff will provide you with an authentic, hassle-free travel experience in Latin America. Come enjoy one of our Peru trips, live the dream!

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  • We are licensed by the Peruvian Government Ministry of Tourism
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Shweta Gupta, MD

I just came back from Peru and I guess I had the holiday of a lifetime, thanks to Peru Best Tours. Planning was a piece of cake with Mike and it was all put in place according to my timeline and travel plans. Also, traveling alone and not knowing any Spanish, the tour company made it so simple for m...

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A few weeks ago we spent 5 days and 4 nights in Peru and visited Cusco, The Sacred Valley, AguasCalientes, Machu Picchu and Lima! What a fabulous time we had…. Arranged very nicely by Peru Best Tours. Our contact was Fernando who from day 1 was so courteous and professional. He helped us schedule ...

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Amélia and Arnalda Pinheiro

Peru Best Tours made our trip to Peru a success – everything was on time everywhere we went, the hotels were suitable and well placed, the trekking company was reliable and made our days on the wildlife incredible. We could just focus on having a great time, enjoy the great food, the monuments, di...

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Location& Arrival:

Peru is located in South America and you can easily flight into Lima’s Jorge Chavez International airport, which is the main gate for international flights.
For six consecutive years, Jorge Chavez Airport has been awarded ‘Best Airport in South America’ due to the highest level of customer satisfaction.
Cusco’s Alejandro Velasco Astete International airport is the second largest airport in Peru and operates domestic routes as well as some international routes.
Our staff will be waiting for you at the agreed place on arrival. If you are starting your journey in Lima or Cuzco our airport staff will be ready holding a sign your name on it.

Useful Facts:

 

Capital City: Lima
Time Zone: GMT -5
Language: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara.
NationalCurrency: Nuevo Sol (PEN)
Electricity: 230V / 60Hz
Telephone Area Code:
Main cities
(+51) for Peru
(1) Lima
(84) Cusco
(54) Arequipa
(51) Puno

 

Weather in Peru:

Summer on the coast of Peru is winter in the mountains and the jungles can be wet all year round although there is a “dry” season.

January – March April – June July – September October – December
High Low High Low High Low High Low
Coast (Lima & South) 28 °C 20 °C 18 °C 14 °C 16 °C 14 °C 21 °C 19 °C
Mountains 19 °C 6 °C 20 °C 1 °C 19 °C 4 °C 21 °C 7 °C
Jungle 33 °C 17 °C 34 °C 21 °C 34 °C 21 °C 33 °C 17 °C


Passport & Visas:

To enter and depart Peru, you will need a valid passport for at least six months after the date of entry with at least 2 pages in blank. Upon arrival, travelers will receive a Tourist Visa free of charge at the port of entry. The usual length of stay allowed is 90 days, with a maximum of 183 days per year. Please have in mind that Visa extensions cannot be issued once in Peru.

Tipping:

Tipping is an excellent way to show gratitude for a good service!
Although tipping in Peru is not mandatory, it will always be greatly appreciated. Most restaurants already include a 10% gratuity but for the ones that doesn’t you can consider leaving a 10% of the bill as well.
Some hotels, specially 4 and 5 stars, include a 10% service charge, this will later be split between the staff. If you would like to tip your bell boy, for example, a $1 bill per bag is advisable.
Your tour guide will also appreciate being tipped and knowing you really enjoyed your tour and had a wonderful time.
If you are doing the Inca Trail or any alternative trek, is now more and more common to tip the members of your crew on the last day of the trek.
Taxi drivers do not expect to receive tips as the fare is negotiated before taking the service.

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The Inca trails and treks are rated number two out of 100 treks for the most colorful interesting indigenous people, culture, history, and beautiful and unique mountain scenery.

Inca Trails:

Classic 4-day Inca Trail: The most popular trek to arrive directly into Machu Picchu’s Sun’s gate. This trek is 45 km / 26 miles long and the highest point of the hike is 4215m / 13,829 ft.

2-day Inca Trail: The short version of the Classic Inca trail starts at Km 104 passing through Wiñay Wayna Inca site. This trek is 12 km / 7.5 miles long and the highest point of the hike is 2600m / 8500 ft. Please have in mind that bookings are required at least six months in advance.

Alterative Treks:

4-day Lares Trek: An outstanding Inca Trail alternative is the Lares Trek if you seek a unique enchanting insight into the tradition and culture of Andean life – off the normal beaten path. This trek is 35 km / 22 miles long and the highest point of the hike is 4650m / 8500 ft.

5-day Salkantay Trek: Another terrific alternative to the Classic Inca Trail, for the most adventurous. This hike will take you across beautiful sceneries of snow-capped mountains. This trek is 59 km / 36.5 miles long and the highest point of the hike is 4600m / 15090 ft.

Best time to trek:

The Inca Trail is closed for maintenance during February each year. Rainy season runs from November to March while the dry season starts around mid-April and continues until October.
From May to August the weather is pleasant and you will hardly experience rains, but the temperatures at night can get very cold from July to August.

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Money Related:

What money should I bring with me?
American dollars and Euros are the most widely exchanged foreign currencies in Peru and they can be changed both in the street, at your hotel or in banks to the local currency.
DO NOT bring damaged or defaced notes with you to exchange for local money as they will NOT be accepted. This includes badly worn notes or ripped notes.

Are American dollars and Euros accepted everywhere?
NO. Large hotels, fancier restaurants and supermarkets will accept American Dollars at their own set exchange rate (usually at quite poor rates) and will give back your change in local money. We usually suggest having enough money with you in local currency to last you for each day.

Are travelers cheques accepted?
Yes, but they can be problematic. Only certain brands of cheques can be cashed at certain banks. Queues at Peruvian Banks are usually long and changing them can be time-consuming.

Can I pay for things with my credit/debit card?
It’s always best to check at the place beforehand. Lots of up-market restaurants and bars accept this type of payment but they often charge a surcharge for this. Many places you would expect to accept cards DO NOT, so it’s always best to check.

Are there any ATM’s available?
These are available in large numbers via a range of banks in all major towns, cities, at all airports and most bus stations. You can withdraw money in both local currency and American dollars. They accept all major credit and debit cards, MasterCard and Visa being the most popular types accepted.

Inca Trail Related

When should I book the Inca Trail?
We recommend booking at least 6 months in advance, specially if you are planning to do the trek between April and August since the permits tend to sold out fairly quickly.

If I already purchased my ticket, can I change my departure date?
Unfortunately the answer is No. The Peruvian government issues 200 permits per day which can’t be changed or transferred to another person.

If I cancel my trek, can I get a refund?
Sadly, no. Once the permits are purchased, Peruvian government doesn’t allow for refunds.

What items should I bring for the trek?
Be sure to pack your original passport (you will be checked at the Inca trail entrance, along the trail, at the train station and at the entrance of Machu Picchu), hiking and waterproof footwear, sunglasses, sunscreen, repellent, essential toiletries, camera with extra batteries, warm clothes. Sleeping bags and trekking poles can be rented from us! Please request in advance.

Do you cater for special dietary needs?
Yes, of course! We will be more than happy to accommodate your dietary needs such as vegetarian, vegan or any food allergies. Please request in advance.

Can I climb Huayna Picchu / Machu Picchu Mountain?
Yes, of course! But please have in mind that when you book the Inca Trail, you will get a permit for the Inca Trail+Machu Picchu. It is not possible to add and extra fee to climb either of the mountains, so you would need to buy a full ticket Machu Picchu+ Huayna Picchu / Machu Picchu Mountain.

Baggage related

What clothes and items should I pack?
Peru isn’t really a formal country and you are not expected to dress in anything more than smart casual at even the most expensive hotels and restaurants. So there is no need to pack several things for every occasion. What to wear is usually defined by the weather and that varies by region.

If you are visiting the jungle bring long-sleeved and light-weighted shirts, as they protect you from the sun during the day and biting insects at night.

Pack your swim wear! The coast of Peru is lovely in the summer for a dip in the water to cool down. Also if you’re going to the jungle you might just have the chance to take swim in one of the lakes or rivers! Also if you plan on staying in Aguas Calientes you might want to relax in the hot springs from which the village takes its name.

We recommend bringing a digital camera and or a video camera. Bring LOTS of memory for your cameras so you don’t run out whilst you are here! If you don’t have lots of memory for your camera remember to pack the computer wire and a few CD’s so when you run out of space you can use the computer in your hotel or a local internet café to download and save your photos.

Sun Cream and bug spray is a must if you are visiting the jungle and you should bring enough to last you and the whole family for the duration of your trip. If you are susceptible or allergic to bites we suggest bringing some bug spray for use in other parts of Peru.

Binoculars can be handy on almost every trip in Peru and if you have a handy-sized pair, can borrow some or pick up a pair cheaply for your trip, they will be used over and over again during your trip.

Medication – If you are taking medication please remember to bring enough with you to last throughout your trip. Just in case we suggest bringing a small medical pack with you containing basic medications you may need on your trip such as Paracetamol, diarrhea tablets, bug spray, etc. As you will find it easier to have these things with you should you need them rather than having to find them at an inconvenient time during your trip.

What are the bag size/weight restrictions on domestic transport?
This will depend on each company. Most domestic flights allow:
01 Piece of hand luggage within the maximum size allowed (15 in x 13 in x 8 in H-W-D) and weighting no more than 8 lbs.
01 checked piece of luggage within the maximum size allowed (30 in x 17 in x 13 in H-W-D or 60 linear inches) and weighting no more than 55 lbs.

Peru Rail (Train to/from Machu Picchu):
1 bag or back pack within the maximum size allowed (62 linear inches) and weighting no more than 11 lbs.

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