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SECRETS OF THE LAND OF THE INCAS

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THE ESSENTIALS

The following list is a recommended minimum kit list for the stay. There is no need to pack the bare minimum as you will not have to carry it all at once at any time. The recommendations on clothes are just recommendations, take as much or as little as you are comfortable with. Temperatures may vary from 20 ºC / 68 ºF during the day to close to freezing in the evenings, so come prepared for all of that. It is unlikely to rain much, but do come prepared just in case.

Big bag
Either a large duffel bag or suitcase will be fine

Camera
Be sure to have sufficient batteries and memory space

Binoculars
Worth taking if you have some, not essential

Wash kit/medication
All typical toiletries will be provided in hotels, but do make sure you have enough personal medication and contact lens supplies to last the entire time. Sun block is also very important.

Insect repellent
Sometimes needed at Machu Picchu

Sunglasses
Important to have a good pair with good UV protection, the sun can be very strong at high altitude.

iPad/Laptop etc.
There will be internet signal reasonably often, so any technology you would like to bring is fine. Peru uses European style two round pin sockets.

NOTE: Homeopathic mosquito repellent and bottled water will be provided.

Headwear
A good sun hat AND a warm woolen/fleece hat

Shirts
A selection of T-shirts, shirts and sweatshirts is good as we are covering a variety of temperatures/climates (from 20 ºC / 68 ºF during the day and close to freezing some nights).

Warm tops
A sweatshirt together with a fleece jacket should be enough.

Trousers
Lightweight trousers are recommended in case of wet weather.

Shorts
It may not be warm enough for shorts, but may be worth packing.

Warm jacket
Warm jacket recommended, for the evenings in the mountains.

Gloves
A warm thermal pair, in case of cold evenings

Swimwear
Some of the hotels do have a pool

Socks
Suitable socks for your footwear

Shoes
Some sturdy (but comfortable) outdoor shoes are recommended (e.g. trekking trainers) for days on Titicaca and at Machu Picchu.

Waterproofs
Waterproof top jacket recommended

Evening/Dinner wear Cocktail Attire

Sun protection
Sun hat, sunglasses and sun protection including lip balm

 

PREPARING FOR THE TRIP
FREQUENT QUESTIONS 

Should I buy some drugs for emergency situations?
First of all, don’t forget your personal medications. That being said, we always have a complete First Aid kit for every activity. Please consult your doctor about your medical condition with high altitude.

How common is altitude sickness? How can it be prevented?
Altitude sickness is very common, but it is also easily prevented. Our first advice is having a good night rest the night before you are arriving. On your first day in a high-altitude place, we highly recommend you have a relaxed morning, eat light and drink a lot of water. Also, coca tea is available at the reception of your hotel, this is a healthy and good drink that may help you avoid altitude sickness.

We are told Acetazolamide 125mm – twice daily, helps with altitude unease. However, you should check with your physician before starting or taking any medication.

MEDICAL ADVICE/INOCULATIONS
http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/south-america--antarctica/peru.aspx

COMMUNICATIONS
Telephones and internet access are available in the cities. Outside of the major cities cell service is limited. If calling from Peru to other countries, you will need to dial 00 and then the country code, plus the area code of the city you are calling. If calling to Peru from another country, you will need to dial 00 51, plus the code of the city you are calling.

MONEY MATTERS
Peru operates a dual-currency system. Both the US dollar (dólares) and the Peruvian sol (soles) are in circulation. However, changing some money to ‘soles’ will be helpful, especially when we go into to remote villages. ATM Cash machines are available in Peru, and dispense both dollars and soles and most accept the major debit cards. Most of the larger restaurants and shops accept credit cards.

The exchange rate: US $1.00 = 3.20 Soles

TIPPING
All tipping is of course, at you own discretion, and you are under no obligation to tip. In restaurants, tips are not included and a 10% tip will be expected.  Just to have an idea, from US $20 to US $80 tips a day per person is a generous range.

CONTACT US
Maude
Montréal Office
1-438-380-9042
Mobile :1-514-503-7570
Fax : 1-438-380-9312
maude.lapierre@fuerstlichverwaltung.com