1.- When is the best time to go on a Peru trip?
None of the seasons of the year are bad to visit Peru. Peru's climate can be divided into two seasons - wet and dry - though this can vary depending on the region. Temperature is mostly influenced by elevation: the higher you climb, the cooler it becomes.
Peru's peak tourist season is from April to October, which is the dry season in the Andean highlands. It's also the best time to go if you are interested in hiking, cicling or mountain climbing. For travelers who visit the highlands year-round, the wettest months, January and February, make trekking a muddy proposition. However, many of the major festivities occur around this time and continue undiminished in spite of heavy rain.
On the coast, Peruvians visit the beach during the sunny, humid months from December through March. The rest of the year, the coast is clothed in mist.
In the eastern rainforests, it naturally rains a lot. The wettest months are December to May, but travelers visit year-round. It is due to it rarely rains for more than a few hours at a time and there is plenty of sunshine to enjoy.
2.- How do I book a trip with Trendy Travel?
First please look through our website to see what kind of Tour you would like to take or what destinations you are interested in exploring.
The tours are organized into four different sections so that you can find them easily depending on the kind of trip you are looking for:
This section lists our tours based on the price. Here you will find the best offers we have for each destination.
This section lists our tours according to the destination you want to visit. Here you will find the most popular tours with alternatives in the number of days and prices. This option is for people who have less time to visit Peru and want to focus in the Peru's main tourist attractions.
Highlight Tour Packages:
This section lists our top packages. These are the most popular and complete itineraries that mix exciting tours from more than one destination. These programs are for people who have one or more than a week to visit Peru and want to know more than one city.
This section lists packages that include Peru as main destination, but also includes other countries as Peru's extensions. These programs are for people who have more than a week to travel and want to make the most of their trip exploring another country after or before visiting Peru.
If you want something special, we can make customized programs offering you the possibility to design your own trip.
Through this option you can design your trip according to your likes and preferences. We can arrange any tour to adapt them to your needs and expectations. Just you need to click on the following option and fill out the form.
Make Your Own Trip:
After you choose the itinerary you like the most you can then request a quote online or you can send us a message through our form Contact Us
This request will be reviewed by one of our travel advisors. Then, a travel advisor will contact you, normally within 24 hours, and provide you with a quote and preliminary itinerary. The more specific your initial request is, the more detailed the preliminary itinerary will be.
Since the first contact with your travel advisor you are going to start working on your itinerary. The idea is to put together the tour package that best suits your trip expectations. We encourage you to interact with your travel advisor as much as you want until you feel happy and comfortable with your travel plans.
Once you are satisfied with the itinerary you and your travel advisor have put together we will proceed to book your Tour and arrange for payment.
3.- How far in advance should I book a trip?
When booking an Inca Trail Trek, we recommend that you book your tour 6 to 9 months in advance. For other Peru tours, we recommend the following:
For Independent Traveler (FITS): The total amount of the tour price must be paid to Trendy Travel no later than 30 days before departure.
For Groups: 50% of the total amount must be paid to Trendy Travel no later than 60 days before departure and the remaining balance no later than 30 days before departure. In case of non-payment of the balance by the due dates Trendy Travel will treat the booking as cancelled by the client.
Late Bookings (within 30 days of the departure date): The client must pay the total amount of the tour price right away. We must have received full payment as well as all relevant information and documentation regarding your Tour at least 10 business days before you begin your program. A late booking fee will be applied otherwise.
4.- How do I make payment?
Payment can be made by PayPal, credit card, bank transfer, money order or direct deposit. In case of bank transfer all costs must be assumed by the client.
5.- Do your tours include international airfare?
International flights are not included in the price due to travelers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours. For this reason we do not make international flight arrangements in our tours, but we can do so if requested. Just ask for an air quote when making your booking. You may also book these flights through your preferred travel agent in your country.
6.- Are domestic airfares included in the Tour's general price?
All of our Tours include domestic airfare and transportation. Whether a Tour offers flights, private vehicles, buses or train transportation, Trendy Travel provides only the best service.
7.- Are airport taxes included? If not, how much should I expect to pay?
Each airport charges a tax for the use of its facilities, called the T.U.U.A. or airport use tax, which is not part of the price of your airline ticket, must be paid in cash before boarding your airplane, and differs, according to the city of departure. Minors are also charged.
For national or domestic flights, the airport tax is US$ 6.82 in Lima and US$ 4.28 in Cusco, which are the cities that charge a higher tax for the use of their airports. This tax is paid in each exit from an airport, and the payment is per person.
For International departures, the amount you have to pay is US$ 31. This tax will be paid at the bank offices located in the airport after your Check-in, receiving a self-adhesive small sticker that usually adheres to the air ticket. At the moment of passing by the migration control, this payment voucher will be shown to the authority.
You can pay in US Dollars or the equivalent in Soles, the Peruvian currency. Please note that these prices are subject to change due to market fluctuations.
8.- Do I need a visa to travel to Peru?
Citizens from most countries in the Americas (including the United States and Canada), Western Europe (Great Britain), South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia do not require visas to enter Peru as tourists - only valid passports. Only some Asian, African and communist countries, need visas when entering Peru.
Bolivians, Ecuadorians, Brazilians, Colombians and Chileans may even enter specific regions of the country just by presenting their national identification documents.
The maximum authorized length of stay is 90 days stamped into their passports and onto a tourist card, called "Tarjeta Andina de Migración" or Andean Immigration Card, which you must return upon leaving the country. Carry your passport and tourist card with you, or at the very least, always keep a photocopy of your passport on you at all times, especially when traveling in remote areas (it's required by law on the Inca Trail).
9.- Do you offer any travel insurance?
We do not provide travel insurance. Before traveling, we strongly recommend that you review your personal insurance and your health insurance to ensure you have appropriate cover to meet your needs, and the needs of your family and dependants, in case of any loss of property, accident, injury or death.
Also check with your credit card provider. Some credit cards come with traveler's insurance programs as part of their service. Some organizations such as the AAA (Automobile Association) also offer insurance services for travelers. There are many well-established insurance companies that specialize in traveler's insurance services. You can find many of them through the Internet.
Explore your options. Make sure that at least you have good emergency medical coverage, especially if you will be participating in extreme sports activities.
10.- How much money should I bring?
We recommend bringing around U.S. $ 100.00 per day; however, it always depends on how much you plan to spend in restaurants, souvenirs, etc.
Trendy Travel Tours are usually all inclusive, and extra money is only needed for an occasional meal and for purchasing souvenirs. Tips are not included in the tour price. If you wish to give tips it is recommended that you bring along extra cash.
11.- What about altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness, also known as soroche in Peru, is a pathological effect of high altitude, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen. The main cause of altitude sickness is going too high too quickly. Given enough time, your body will adapt to the decrease in oxygen at a specific altitude.
An infusion, called "mate de coca" or coca leaf tea, made with the leaves of the coca plant (considered to have been a sacred plant for the Incas and still seen as such by many people in the highlands of Peru) is recommended. It is purported to help relieve altitude sickness and you can find it easily. Like regular tea it has a mild stimulating effect and a pleasant taste.
light dinner on the eve of a day trip to the height
do little physical activity on the first day
eat light foods, especially at night
drink plenty of fluids
consume mates of coca leaf or muña that help good digestion
12.- What vaccinations are recommended?
If you are planning to travel to the jungle, take the proper measures to protect yourself from mosquito bites: vaccinations against tropical diseases, insect repellant and medication. Consult your doctor before traveling. Take note that a yellow fever vaccination is required and must be administered at least 10 days before your trip. If not, it will not take effect.
13.- Are meals included in Tours?
Breakfasts are included every day with hotel stays. Depending on the hotel or destination, we also occasionally include several lunches during the tours and select dinners. Meals that are included in our Tours are excellent and the restaurants carefully chosen in order to give our customers the best dining experience possible. Nevertheless, we prefer to keep most lunches and dinners free to allow travelers to see how they feel each day and what type of cuisine they desire. Peru has a great number of superb restaurants and Peruvian cuisine is ranked amongst the top ten in the world. We make advanced restaurant reservations when requested, and we provide detailed lists of recommended restaurants in each location you will be travelling in.
14.- What is the most appropriate type of luggage to bring?
It is best to bring the luggage you feel most comfortable carrying, but you can travel with a suitcase if you prefer. Choose one with sturdy wheels if possible. If you will be doing the Inca trail bring a backpack or duffel bag. Waist bags are highly recommended so that you can keep your money, credit cards and passport on you at all times.
15.- What clothing should I pack?
We always recommend packing as light as possible; however the specific requirements for your tour will vary widely depending on where and when you are traveling.
Find out about the climate before you arrive so that you know what type of clothes you should bring. If you are coming in Summer you can bring shorts, jeans, T-shirts, sandals, quality sun block and a hat, as well as a light jumper or jacket, as there is often a cool breeze at night.
During Winter a jacket and thicker wool or cotton clothes are essential; they can be obtained here in malls and clothing stores. If you are going to the Andean plateau or jungle you should take waterproof clothing or an umbrella for the rain, as well as insect repellent. Also, take walking shoes if you plan any outdoor excursions.