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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 have asked our Peru travel specialists to give you their advice on some common questions we get asked by our customers.
When should I book my place on the Inca Trail?
The Inca trail is one of the most popular treks in the world. There are only 500 permits a day released worldwide, it’s 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’s best to book at least 6 months in advance to not be disappointed.
How likely am I to suffer from altitude sickness in Peru?
Altitude sickness can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness levels. Much like seasickness you just never know until you are already travelling. You can help yourself by where possible not flying straight to a place of high altitude. Travelling overland where possible, slowly acclimatising will reduce the risk.
What will I need to carry on my trek in Peru?
You’ll need to carry your own bag and sleeping bag (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 don’t 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.
How much should I tip the guides and porters?
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.
Should I take US Dollars to spend in Peru?
You will hear lots of different advice on currency and what is best to take. Changing your Pounds in to US dollars will of course mean you can pay commissions twice if you then change in to the Peruvian Sol as well. 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.